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Restore moral high ground

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By Park Yoon-bae

The alleged misappropriation of donations for the surviving victims of Japan's wartime sexual slavery is at the center of a scandal involving an activist-turned-lawmaker. If it proves to be true, she must be subject to stern punishment.

Yet, Rep. Yoon Mee-hyang of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) has denied all the allegations raised by Lee Yong-soo, 92, one of the victims. She has also snubbed a call to give up her National Assembly seat she won under the proportional representation system in the April 15 general election.

Yoon and Lee are locked in a tense game of truth or dare. Their estrangement is disturbing to many people who can hardly figure out who is on the side of truth.

Lee, however, is dauntless in accusing Yoon of mobilizing the slavery victims to raise donations. She claimed Yoon spent little on helping the victims and their families. She even said Yoon has betrayed those forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military before and during World War II.

Regardless of whether such allegations are true or not, Yoon deserves public criticism because she raised funds for the victims and diverted them into her personal bank accounts. She should have........

© The Korea Times