In September Juche 34 (1945) President Kim Il Sung visited the Pyongyang Cornstarch Factory, which was supplying condiments to the Pyongyang citizens right after Korea’s liberation.
Conducted by the head of trade union of the factory, he went round several workshops. When he came out to the compound of the factory, there was a large crowd of workers in front of the grinding workshop.
With a beaming smile on his face, he talked with them: You are making painstaking efforts for the building of a new country. The Japanese imperialists severely destroyed all the industrial establishments in our country during their flight after defeat. We have no enough money, materials and technicians to restore and operate the devastated factories. But we must not yield to difficulties but should turn out as one to tide them over and advance bravely.
Then, he stressed: Today, our workers are the masters of liberated Korea and the factory. You, the masters of the factory, should take the responsibility for its rehabilitation.
The workers were greatly excited at his speech as they had never heard such remarks of putting them forward as the masters of the factory.