Trust of People in the WPK
Alhassan M. Muhammad
National Chairman, Nigerian National Committee
on the Study of Kimilsungism and Kimjongilism
It was founded on the solid mass basis. Through its foundation was proclaimed on October 10, 1945, immediately after Korea was liberated from the Japanese military occupation on August 15 the same year, the preparation for it had been made from nearly 20 years ago. President Kim Il Sung (1912-1994) formed the Down-With-Imperialism Union (DIU) on October 17, 1926, which served as the historical roots of the WPK.
Having perceived the important role of a party, the President put forth the line of hounding the party, its roots struck deep among the broad masses of the people. It has been an established formula that a party makes public its program and rules before declaring its founding and building its affiliates. Kim Il Sung regarded this formula from a different angle. He though that the formula would lead the party to be founded to separation from the masses, like oil on the water. Thus, the WPK established its basic organizations among the people from all walks of life, including workers and peasants; formed local branches based on them and organized its central committee, a method unprecedented in party founding. Its emblem bears a hammer, a sickle and a writing brush as suited to its character.
The WPK, guided by the Juche idea that the masses of the people are the master of the revolution and construction and they are also the motive force for them, is mapping out all its lines and policies in reflection of demands and desire of the people.
Since its foundation the WPK has successfully performed its mission and duty as a mass party. It affected land reform, equal rights for both sexes, nationalization of major industries and various other democratic reforms, satisfying the long-cherished desire of the Korean people, and pursued the people-oriented policies. While enjoying an independent, creative and worthwhile life in the embrace of the WPK all the Korean s came to keenly feel the preciousness of their happiness as well as the WPK that ensures it.
A policy of land reform advanced by the WPK was also framed that way in the period when the Korean people were carrying out a democratic revolution after their country was liberated from the colonial yoke of the Japanese imperialists in August 1945.
Busy as he was with his guidance to the overall affairs to build a new society, Kim Il Sung visited a large number of rural villages in different parts of the country to listen to peasants and acquaint himself with the actual conditions in the countryside.
Based on it, he put forward the historic policy of land reform. As a result, the lands owned by the Japanese imperialists, traitors to the nation and landlords were confiscated without compensation and distributed free of charge to the peasants with no or little land. March 5, 1945, when the Agrarian Reform Law was promulgated, was recorded as the day when the centuries-old desire of the Korean people to become genuine masters of land came true.
After the Korean War (1950-1953), the WPK put forward a basic line of socialist economic construction on giving priority to the growth of heavy industry while developing light industry and agriculture simultaneously.
In the early 1960s it laid down a ling of simultaneously carrying on the building up of the economy and defence in order to cope with the ever-increasing US manoeuvres of aggression.
Its other lines and policies were all mapped out in reflection of the aspiration and demands of the Korean people to build a prosperous, sovereign and independent state as masters of their own destiny.
In order to realize the long-cherished dream of the Korean people he advanced a line of building a thriving socialist nation with strong national power, where everything prospers and its people live an abundant life without anything to envy in the world, and is now leading the struggle for its realization.
It is an iron rule of the WPK to give top priority to the people’s interests in all affairs.
It is well explained by newly-built or updated public service establishments including the Pyongyang grand Theatre, North Hwanghae Province Art Theatre, Taedongmun Cinema, Okryu and Chongryu restaurants and Kaeson Youth Park. As the DPRK is now pushing ahead with the building of a thriving nation under constant war threats and economic sanctions imposed by the United States, it needs a colossal sum of funds to be geared to the field of national defence and the economy.
The WPK takes responsible care of the livelihood of the people.
Over the last several decades of leading the socialist construction, the WPK has put into effect the universal 11-year compulsory education of the highest standard and the universal free medical care, supplies people with food at a low price, provided them free of charge with dwelling houses built at the state expense and turned the DPRK into one and the only tax-free country in the world, with the result that the Korean people have become happy people free from any worries about food, clothing and housing, medical treatment, education of their children, and taxation.
Such policies of the WPK were enforced without letup in the past 1990s when the DPRK suffered from harsh economic difficulties due to the extreme economic sanctions and blockade imposed by the US and other imperialists and the consecutive natural calamities.
Thanks to this absolute trust in and support for the Party, Korea could make a historical miracles of having defeated the US-led imperialist allied forces, stronger in numbers and military and technical preparedness beyond comparison, and emerged victorious in the Korean war (1950-1953). Many Korean People’s Army soldiers blocked with their chests the muzzles of firing enemy guns and rushed forward under roiling tanks with bundles of grenades, shouting “Call me a member of the WPK!” Such facts are clear testimony to deep trust in Koreans placed in the WPK.
The WPK has built a socialist state centred on the masses of people, holding high the slogan “We serve the people!”
In the last years of the previous century when several socialist countries collapsed at one time, Korea safeguarded socialism with honour. It is a good example of thorough responsibility of the WPK for its people. In spite of the worst trials and hardship it faced due to the intensive anti-socialist offensives of the imperialist forces and consecutive natural disasters, Korea did not in the least experience any disturbance against government or social chaos, contrary to the prediction of the West. On the contrary, it firmed up the single-hearted unity of the whole society around the WPK.
It is by no means fortuitous that the Korean people call the WPK a “mother Party”.
The Juche idea underlined the people’s absolute trust in and support for the WPK. The Juche idea, authored by the President Kim Il Sung and enriched by General Kim Jong Il, is the idea that upholds the masses of the people as the most valuable and powerful in the world. The WPK has incorporated the idea, an invariable guideline, in its activities, thus administering the politics that loves and trusts the people. President Kim Il Sung’s dictum was that one emerges ever-victorious when he believes and relies on the people, but not when he turns his back on them and it forsaken by them. The dictum is the doctrine of the WPK today. The WPK exists only for the sake of the people and it deems it its duty to defend and ensure their interests and right to independence.
The supreme principle of its activities is to promote the people’s well-being. It raises high the slogan, “Let the whole Party go among the masses!” ensuring that all its officials serve the people faithfully, always mixing with them. Its every line and policy reflects the opinions and demands of the masses; it never tolerated the slightest setback or weakening in the enforcement of polices for the people-free education and medical care, tax-free arrangement and so on-however difficult the economic situation of the country may be. For this reason, the Koreans call the WPK the “motherly party”, entrust their destiny to it and wage a vigorous struggle to carry out its lines and policies.
Africa can learn from the Korean experience.
As the tree with its roots struck deep stands firm in whatever fierce gales, the WPK that enjoys absolute trust of the people and has rock-solid mass foundation will never flinch in the face of any political turmoil of the world.