Seven years have passed since the demise of Kim Jong Il (1942-2011), eternal chairman of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Minju Joson, paper of the DPRK, Tuesday says that he was the great leader of the Korean people who devoted his all to the prosperity of the country and people’s happiness throughout his whole life.
In his lifetime he visited over 14 290 units, the total distance of his field guidance trips exceeding 669 840km.
Even in 2011, the last year of his life, he visited many units ranging from light industry factories in the capital to small production cooperatives in provinces.
On a sultry day of the year he visited the Pyongyang Department Store No. 1 to look round the hall for the second trade fair, giving instructions on how to develop light industry and improve commercial service.
He also visited the newly-built Pothongmungori Fish and Meat Shop and the Pyongyang Vegetable Science Institute in order to provide the people with fresh vegetables all the year round.
Seeing the beautiful flowers in the greenhouses of the Pyongyang Floriculture Institute, he stressed the need to build more flower shops in the city. At a noodle restaurant in a miners’ village, he even tasted the noodles and dishes, and during his visit to a machine-building factory, he pointed to the necessity of producing daily necessities.
The Wonhung area in the suburbs of Pyongyang demonstrates his close concern for the people; the large-scale Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm was established, followed by the construction of a modern fruit-processing plant, a stockbreeding farm and a net factory.
Though the ideals of the people were coming true thanks to his devotion, he himself was in failing health.
At that time he was suffering from a serious disease caused by excessive mental and physical fatigue; he had a great difficulty in standing long.
However, he led the effort to build a socialist power, visiting over one hundred units in 2011 alone.
Medical staff begged him to take a good rest, but he went on his field guidance trips.
On the first Sunday of December 2011, he visited the Amusement Park of the Kaeson Youth Park, which was newly renovated. It was the beginning of the winter and the weather was unusually freezing. When the staff of the park told him that he should not have come on such a foul day, he said smilingly that as he came in bad weather, the people would come in fine weather.
In the middle of the month he inspected such units as the February 8 Vinalon Complex, Hamhung Knitwear Factory and Hungnam Leather Shoes Factory, making painstaking efforts for the building of a powerful socialist country and improvement of the people’s standard of living.
On the 15th, two days before he passed away, he visited the Hana Music Information Centre and Kwangbok Area Supermarket.
On the 16th, he took measures for the people’s living conditions, staying in his office until late at night and that night, he set out on another trip for field guidance.
On the 17th, his heart stopped beating on a running train.
For his noble devotion to the people’s wellbeing till the last moment of his life, Kim Jong Il will live forever in the hearts of the Korean people and other progressive peoples throughout the world.