Kim Jong-Il's last 'loving' gift - fish
Seoul - Kim Jong-Il's "loving care"
for the North Korean people lingers even beyond his death, with residents in
the capital enjoying a special treat of fresh fish, official media reported on Saturday.
The late leader took steps on the eve of his
demise to supply the rare luxury, and his son and successor Jong-Un ensured the
fish was rushed to the people while in mourning, the ruling communists' Rodong
Sinmun daily reported.
"Salespersons and citizens burst out
sobbing at fish shops in the capital city on Friday," it said.
The newspaper carried pictures of housewives
shedding tears of gratitude at shops in front of large plastic basins filled
with what appeared to be pollock. Fish is a luxury in the hunger-stricken
Commercial sector officials in Pyongyang
pledged their loyalty to the successor, "saying the history of loving care
for the people continues and no people on Earth are as blessed with leaders and
generals as the Koreans," it said.
It said the deceased leader worked with his
"heart and soul" to supply the people with fresh fish all year round,
giving tireless field guidance.
Kim presided over a 1990s famine that saw
hundreds of thousands of people die, and there are still chronic food shortages
in the impoverished communist state.
The late leader, who died on December 17 of a
heart attack aged 69, perpetuated his power using an all-pervading personality
cult inherited from his father.
The North's propaganda machine has cranked
into action to burnish the image of Jong-Un, who has inherited the Kim dynasty
while in his late 20s.
The showpiece capital is home to the
country's privileged elite and its 3.3 million residents enjoy better food
rationing, education, housing and other living standards compared with people
in poorer rural areas.