Why the hell our President went to visit North Korea, ordinary Mongolians wonder

Not many times Mongolia makes headlines in the global media. During last few days, all eye of the major mainstream news media was on our President Elbegdorj who paid 4-day official visit to reclusive North Korea. 
However, ordinary Mongolians are wondering why he has to visit the North Korea which Mongolia has minimum economic and political, cultural connection and whose leader even did not bother to meet him up!

Once a while North Korea asks for meat from us through its barely functioning embassy in UB. About 1700 North koreans are laboring in construction and garment sector and this is very insignificant compared to 1900 Mongolians who were laid off from OT, the giant copper and gold mine in Mongolia.

Don't our president has more important matters to address than visiting North Korea?  Economic downturn and stagnation of the mining sector that Mongolia faces needs quick solutions. President Elbegdorj needs to focus more on pressing economic matters of Mongolia including political stability, attraction of international investors, dealing more effectively with our two imminent neighbors etc. 

Do we feel close to North Korea? No. Average Mongolian has no idea about North Korea. North Korea reminds us something of the past. It is time to get real and stop this nostalgia of "Mongolia and North Korea was traditional ally and still is" blah blah.

We want more public schools, kindergartens, improved roads, hospitals in UB and the rural provincial centers. Average Mongolians are tired of being treated as second class citizens by ruling Mongolian oligarch families who are running the country. The public schools and kindergartens where our children go are overcrowded. Over 40 children are studying in one classroom.

We don't care about North Korea. We are not ethnic Koreans. We are Mongolians. We are living a miserable and stressful life. North Korea is far from us. We care more about our children, our future, our livelihood.

I'm angry and stressed. Yesterday, i was stuck in traffic jam all day because of visiting South African Vice President.Stuck in bus near the Blue Sky hotel where he was staying.It seems our Mongolian government and politicians don't care about us, ordinary Mongolians. For them, visiting North Korea or meeting with South African Vice President is fare more important than caring about Mongolians...

Our children are treated in second-grade Mongolian hospitals and studying in second-grade schools... Enough is enough. 

Stop wasting our tax money by stupid visits like this visit to North Korea. Please think about ordinary Mongolians and focus more on our domestic issues. We want to live like a human being and treated as a decent human being also!

Ranted by stressed out Shagai 



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