The Famous Millionaire

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Chapter 290 - Chapter 284

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Chapter 290: Chapter 284

When Hwang said that, other lawmakers present seconded the statement.

“Oh, you, too, thought so. Frankly, I felt upset about him, looking at Mr. Jang’s arrogant actions these days. To put it bluntly, did he make a success without anybody’s help? Didn’t he make such a huge success because we politicians created a good environment for his business activities?”

“You bet. He is just audacious when I see his words and actions these days. He must not have been well bred at home. Tut, tut, tut.”

Hwang didn’t need to take the initiative to censure Hyunwoo, as they competed to blame him.

In fact, politicians and businessmen had inseparable ties.

That’s why politicians call them honey bees because the latter brought sweet stuff called money to the former.

They wanted Hyunwoo to be their honey bee, but Hyunwoo was not that type of businessman. It seemed that he was determined never to cultivate any relationship with politicians.

Of course, he knew several politicians. For example, he knew one young politician with an independent mind, whose constituency was in Sosan City.

But Hyunwoo had no intention to be his honey bee.

“Let me try to meet, Mr. Jang,” said one of the four politicianns.

He was lawmaker Kilpyo Jang, the youngest of them. Even though he was younger than the other three, he was almost 60 years old.

Hwang reacted with delight, “Oh, can you do so? Hope you can bring us good results.”

Several days later, Hyunwoo went to congressman Kilpyo Chuns’s office in Seoul. Though Hyunwoo looked gloomy on the way, he put a bright expression on his face when he got there.

Waiting for him outside the office, Kilpyon hugged him.

“Oh, Mr. Jang. Nice to meet you like this.”

“I should have come here to see you sooner, congressman. Sorry.”

“To be honest, I felt sorry about that. As you have come to see me even now, I feel good.”

Hyunwoo felt like frowning at that but held it back. Though he said that out of courtesy, Kilpyon seemed to take it for granted.

Kilpyon first praised Hyunwoo. Just like a typical politician, he picked up only good words to please Hyunwoo’s ears.

But there was nothing substantial in his remarks. He didn’t mention anything beneficial to his business. He was just paying lip service to Hyunwoo.

Finally, Kilpyo brought up the main topic, which was why he wanted to see Hyunwoo today.

“I think a politician’s first duty is to help businessmen do their business well. Don’t you think?”

If that’s true, Kilpyo was neglecting his duty. Hyunwoo didn’t get any help from him.

But Hyunwoo said casually, pretending not to know, “Thanks for saying that.”

“What do you think is the duty of businessmen then? Is it just to make money and fatten their wallets?” asked Kilpyo.

Hyunwoo already knew what he would say next.

Like a seasoned politician, Kilpyo knew how to say figuratively.

“Everything is supposed to go interlocking. In other words, we have to help each other by sharing what we have. You shouldn’t force any party to make sacrifices.”

“You’re right.”

“Now, you’re seeing eye to eye with me! I don’t have to repeat this to you then. Let’s help each other. Politicians and businessmen should join hands for the people.”

“Got it. I’ll do my best,” said Hyunwoo, bowing to him.

With a satisfied look, Kilpyo nodded his head.

“Okay, let me have some expectations of you. When our politics goes smoothly, our economy goes well and our country will develop. Thanks for coming here.”

Hyunwoo came out of the office with a bitter smile.

‘After all, he is asking me for money, isn’t he?’

Hyunwoo agnoized about it. If he gave Kilpyon the money, the corrupt world around him would be more corrupt. If he refused, he was scared that Kilpyon might take revenge on him.

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Hyunwoo went back home to discuss it with his father.

Duyoung gave him some practical advice.

“You have to think about the gains and losses when you make a choice. What do you think you could get when you accept or reject the congressman’s request?”

It was difficult to answer.

Hyunwoo felt there were many lawmakers like Kilpyo. If he had to give political funds to Kilpyo, he had to give political funds to other politicians.

That would make corrupt politics more corrupt.

Why?

Because money is power. If corrupt politicians received money, they would become more powerful, while clean politicians wiould continue to lose their power.

That was the situation that Hyunwoo hated so much. But that’s what he might have to create with his own hand now.

If Hyunwoo refused to give political funds, politicians would use all kinds of means to put pressure on him. KOVE DREAM, Ani & Funny, STM as well as Haenim School would most likely get into trouble in the days ahead.

Duyoung asked again when Hyunwoo was agonized.

“Which side do you think can cause you more losses than gains?”

That was a difficult question, too.

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He would have to accept Kilpyo’s request for his own interests. But he would have to fight against Kilpyo for the interests of the country.

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