For the sake of their bidding project for World Expo 2030 Busan, Mayor Park Hyung Joon has submitted an official request for BTS to take alternative military service. Check out the following reports for the complete information.
Busan Mayor Submits Proposal to President for BTS Alternative Military Service
On August 18, Korean media reported that Busan Mayor Park Heong Joon had officially requested BTS alternative military service to the South Korean President’s Office.
Mayor Park also announced on his social media that he’d made the official request. According to the Mayor, this official request was for the sake of World Expo 2030 Busan bidding project, considering BTS had agreed to join the war as the official ambassador.
“To host the 2030 World Expo in Busan, we have proposed to the Presidential Office to apply alternative military service system for BTS as they will be promoting as the public relations ambassador.”Busan Mayor Park Heong Joon.
Only BTS Has the Power to Strengthen Busan for World Expo 2030 Bidding Wars
Furthermore, Mayor Park stated that without undermining the philosophical value of South Korean military service, the urgency of BTS role as World Expo 2030 Busan ambassador is highly required.
After all, it took Busan 1 year to convince BTS to join the bidding war as the official ambassador. They had been mobilizing every inch of their national diplomatic capabilities. That’s especially after the fierce competition with Saudi Arabia, who has aggressively increased its bidding activities.
“Providing alternative military service system simultaneously means giving a great responsibility to BTS members. Therefore, they will be required to serve the country with the capacity only they can achieve.
After all, the desperate duty of realizing ‘Busan Expo 2030’ belongs not only to Busan but also to South Korea.”Busan Mayor Park Heong Joon.
Finally, alternative military service applies to qualified males in South Korea, including high achieving athletes, artists, musicians, and dancers. Unfortunately, according to South Korean government, pop culture fits in none of these categories.
Therefore, the government decided to give BTS no military exemption despite their massive homework for the country. Instead, BTS will continue performing without profits as long as it’s for national interests. After all, the government does not allow anyone making profits while serving in the military. And if you insist, you will get a severe penalty.
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