The frontrunner to be South Korea’s next president has apologised after sparking a public uproar for jokingly likening the skin colour of an African scholarship student to coal.
Kim Moo-sung, the leader of the country’s ruling conservative Saenuri Party and the leader in polling ahead of the December 2017 elections, issued the apology in the face of public criticism over the gaffe.
“I failed to realise that showing friendliness this way could hurt someone’s feelings,” Kim wrote on his Facebook page on Friday.
“I am really sorry and there is no excuse. I sincerely apologise from the bottom of my heart.”