Seoul, May 12 : Opposition leader Lee Jae-myung on Friday ordered an ethics inspection of fellow lawmaker Kim Nam-kuk over his suspected cryptocurrency transaction during parliamentary meetings, according to the party's spokesperson.

Kim of the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) has been under intense media and public scrutiny following revelations that he had owned around 800,000 Wemix coins in 2021, worth around 6 billion won (S$4.5 million), a significant amount inconsistent with his frugal image. Google’s AI Search and Bard Chatbot Are Open to Public, but Are Quite Different; Learn the Difference Between the Two and How To Use Them.

Allegations further surfaced that the first-term lawmaker traded cryptocurrency coins while he was attending at least two meetings of the judiciary committee of the National Assembly in May and November of last year, Yonhap news agency reported.

"Lee instructed an emergency ethics inspection to determine whether Kim, as an elected public official and a party lawmaker, has compromised the dignity," Kwon Chil-seung, the DP spokesperson, said in a text message sent to reporters. Biden, Elon Musk Twitter Accounts Hacker Pleads Guilty to Cyber Crime and Hacking.

The inspection is separate from the ongoing DP investigation into potential irregularities related to Kim's coin trading. Lee's move appears to be aimed at minimising potential backlash over the party's moral hazard and maintaining strong support from young voters. According to a poll released by Gallup Korea on Friday, the approval rating of the DP remained at 32 per cent, the same level as the previous week.

However, the approval rating among people aged 18-29 and in their 30s dropped significantly to 19 per cent and 33 per cent, respectively, compared with 31 per cent and 42 per cent the previous week. Kim has claimed he had used the proceeds from the sale of his LG Display stocks to buy some virtual assets for the first time. Some industry watchers suspect the first virtual asset Kim bought was BitTorrent, not Wemix.

Earlier on Friday, Kim reiterated his stance that the source of his funds is transparent and that there are no issues with the transactions. However, he stated he is currently reviewing transaction records to determine whether the coins were traded during the committee meetings.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on May 12, 2023 06:59 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website