The respected Comrade
"Even though he was held in high respect and admiration by our people and progressive people around the world, President
It was in Juche 47(1958).
That year, some officials built a new house for the great leader's uncle in Mangyongdae.
Although, in rural villages across the country, thatched houses had already been removed and the new modern dwellings were being built up, his uncle's family members with his grandmother Ri Po Ik of an old age were still living in the outdated floored house, which is why the officials held a discussion and built a new 3-roomed house with a semi-basement to be used as an open shed, not far away from the original lot.
At that time, the modest relatives persistently dissuaded them, but they thought it was their due obligation, moving and building the new house.
Some days after the house was built, President
When he saw the new house, he immediately summoned the officials to ask them what it was for and under whose instructions they had built it.
They could not reply for a while, but finally told him the whole story of how they moved and built the new house honestly.
His voice, admonishing the officials, resounded with unprecedentedly solemn gravity.
After a while, President
And, he told them to demolish the house and use the building materials for other purposes.
The officials could not but swallowed tears and bowed before the noble personality of the great leader, who strictly treated his own relatives who suffered from the greatest trials and heartbreaking misfortunes with the harsh history of Korean revolution, like this, although he always cared for the workers, peasants, old revolutionaries and their bereaved families with a strong paternal affection and granted unsparing benefits so that the government took charge of and guaranteed their living.
Love for one's own family and blood relations is a human emotion common to everyone.
Why would not his love for his grandparents and kinsmen be warm? He was, indeed, the one who would feel the most heartbreaking and painful to think of the misery and troubles his blood relations had suffered from during the period of anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle.
Indeed, our President