No to negative phenomenon panel Committees set for Bedouns, women

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 25: The Parliament Tuesday discussed key issues in the Amiri speech and called on the government to abide by the speech and cooperate with the National Assembly.
The MPs also touched on several issues including education, development, media, unemployment, national unity and renouncing hatred, housing care, equal treatment, application of law, etc.
The National Assembly also approved the formation of two temporary committees — the Women and Family Affairs and the Human Rights and Bedoun Affairs.
MPs Masouma Al-Mubarak, Safa’ Al-Hashim, Khalil Ibrahim Al-Saleh, Khalil Ali Abdullah and Taher Al-Failakawi were elected members on the Women and Family Affairs Committee.
MPs Taher Al-Failakawi, Mubarak Al-Nejada, Abdul-Rahman Al-Jeeran, Khaled Al-Adwa and Abdulhamid Dashti were elected members on the Human Rights and Bedoun Committee.
The Assembly, however, rejected the formation of temporary committees for agriculture, negative phenomenon and environment.
The Parliament then voted to allocate some time of the Jan 9 session to discuss international agreements with Kuwait as requested by the Foreign Affairs Committee.
The March 5 session was also set to discuss housing issues, the March 19 session was set to discuss traffic congestion and the April 2 session to discuss unemployment.
In another development MP Yaqoub Al-Sane asked the Parliament to discuss allegations raised by former minister of Public Works Affairs Shuaib Al-Muweizri on financial violations committed in some state institutions. The MP was asked to present a request to set a date for holding a special session to discuss this serious allegation.
In response, the Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammed Al-Abdullah said the government has taken the allegation very seriously. He added the Amiri speech has highlighted protection of public funds.
He added, “These accusations are serious and we are ready to get ourselves involved in the protection of public funds. We will investigate what the former minister has alleged.”
 During the debate on the Amiri speech, MP Faisal Duwaisan pointed out some malpractices in Kuwait daily press. He added according to available information there are foreign elements that interfere in Kuwait’s internal affairs, “So the government especially the Interior Ministry should be more brave and strict against those who try to interfere in our internal affairs.”
He noted the Amiri decree did not talk about bedoun “the issue which unfortunately tarnishes Kuwaiti’s reputation internationally so the government is called upon to resolve this issue quickly.”
MP Masouma Al-Mubarak said the Amiri speech is a road map and includes a lot of wise advices. She said the speech addressed the government on the importance of applying the law “but the question is: is the government listening to these advices? We think not because we see many violations in the government institution but no law is applied on violators.”
Citing as an example the incident at the Avenues Mall where a young Lebanese man was knifed to death, she said ‘some’ are trying to intervene on behalf of the culprits.
She stressed the need for the Parliament to approve the decree of national unity and denounce hatred which she said will be a step towards uniting the Kuwaiti society.
On education and housing care issues, Al-Mubarak explained the country needs more than one university and that the Shaddadiya University City project is still far from completion in spite of the huge sums of money spent.
She also said the process of giving housing care is very slow and unfair to women. “We urge the authority to treat women fairly.”
She also urged the government to present its program to help cooperate with the Parliament to move forward with the national development plan.
On the security issue, MP Abdul-Hameed Dashti stressed on the need for rule of law to prevail in the country. He added the incident at the Avenues Mall is clear evidence there are security lapses and crises facing the Kuwaiti society.
MP Saad Al-Bous said he doesn’t see any justification in the delay in solving the housing care problem because the country has enough money and that there are 300 qualified local companies to build housing units for citizens, but ‘strange enough’ the government relies on foreign companies instead of the local firms.
On unemployment, Al-Bous blamed the Civil Service Commission (CSC). He blamed the commission for worsening the situation by its policy of not employing youth until they are 23 years old.
He added, the rest of the youths now stay home without employment and education and the government must take serious note of this situation and find radical solution to it.
MP Mubarak Al-Ourf noted the issue of loans has become a serious burden on many Kuwaiti families. He added there are about 300,000 persons who are banned from traveling outside the country because of debts. “So there must be a solution to write off debts,” he said.
On the issue of education, Al-Our pointed out for over 50 years Kuwait has produced only one university “The country needs to build branches of this university in every governorate to resolve the education problem. He also talked on the issue of traffic problems.
The Parliament then adjourned to Wednesday to deliberate on other matters on the agenda.

By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim and Nihal Sharaf Arab Times Staff

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