The Perfect Minister · chapter 1   After falling in disgrace Kim Hwa Sung, the Great Leader handed the position  to Choe Jae Ha,  who would become one of his favorite ministers. Choe is still known and admired in North Korea as  "the prime minister from the working class." During the Japanese occupation, Choe worked as a  humble employee in the hydroelectric power Suphung. That is where he shook Kim Il Sungs  hand for  the first time in 1946, in one of his regular inspection rounds. Choe used the visit of Kim, who had been  in power for only a year, to pledge his loyalty in front of other workers. Two years later, Choe was  promoted to the position of plant manager. Later he was positioned as head of the Bureau of Electricity  of North Korean government and, once the war ended, he rose to Deputy Minister of Electricity. His  ascend culminated in December 1956, during the persecution of "factionalism" with his appointment as  minister of construction, although he had absolutely no experience in this field.  Kim Il Sung did not care about that detail. Above all he was looking for someone he could trust, of  fidelity with no cracks, that unlike Kim Sung Hwa, will have no objections on the method of  prefabrication. "I will serve the people faithfully, lifting high the purposes of President Kim Il Sung,"  Choe vowed then that he felt infinitely indebted to his promoter. Choe committed himself to his new  venture and began to forge his legend. He used to be present himself on construction sites in  proletarian apparel, to remind the workers that he was one of their own. It is said he made install a bed  and a telephone in a room of a block of flats under construction, in order to direct the work day and  night. He imbedded a frenetic rhythm to the works, known as "the speed of Pyongyang " that made  flourish thousands of homes in the capital in record time, thanks to prefabricated elements and  piecework of operators. He is credited with the miracle of having completed a commission of 20,839  homes with materials assigned for only 7,000. And all in a single year, 1958, when under normal  circumstances would have taken at least three or four years. In Kim Il Sung was fond of quoting this  accomplishment as an example of efficiency.    Nevertheless the good fortune which had until then accompanied Choe suddenly vanished. In  October 1958, in the full swing of construction, he was injured while directing a construction site and  died. Kim Il Sung, desolate, regretted this "great loss". Nearly four decades later, he was still publicly  invoking the figure of his pupil, "a loyal person with a strong character and ability to work," while  praising his "selfless efforts to implement the party's guidance regarding mechanization and use of  prefabricated building rejecting the obstructive tactics of the anti-party factionalists who had infiltrated  in that sector. " Aware of the affection Great Leader felt for him, Kim Jong Il ordered a film to praise the  former minister.