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Al-Azmi warns against Christmas celebration MP Safa forwards queries to PM on fight against corruption

 KUWAIT CITY, Dec 11: MP Hamdan Al- Azmi has warned Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khalid Al-Sabah and Minister of Commerce and Industry Anas Al-Saleh on the consequences of failure to take any action against the celebration of Christmas in the country, particularly since many commercial establishments have been found to be selling items related to the occasion.

Al-Azmi described the act as mockery, asserting the ministries must take concrete steps to stop the celebration of events that are considered inappropriate in an Islamic society. He argued this act contravenes the religious teachings; hence, the need to take action against those trying to promote western culture.

He said the concerned authorities must not allow anyone to make profits out of such activities at the expense of religion and Islamic values. The lawmaker asserted he will closely follow up the issue and he has no intention to remain silent until the two ministers carry out their duties.

He urged the interior minister to intensify efforts in monitoring the activities in camps and chalets; especially in the last days of the year as some youths are allegedly planning to organize parties in these areas.

On the other hand, Chairman of the Budget and Final Accounts Committee MP Adnan AbdulSamad emphasized the need for the concerned ministers to look into the violations related to their final accounts mentioned in the reports of the Audit Bureau.

He warned the repetition of such violations may give the lawmakers justification for presenting grilling requests against certain ministers. Furthermore, MP Saud Al- Harija proposed inclusion of some condition in the contracts awarded to the owners of BOT projects, such as the allocation of 2.5 percent of the project value to support small-scale enterprises and 2.5 percent for the disabled and Patients Assistance Society

Meanwhile, MP Safa Al-Hashim has forwarded parliamentary questions to HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al- Sabah on the fight against corruption. Al-Hashim pointed out that according to Article 123 of the Constitution; the Cabinet should protect national interests, formulate the general policy, ensure its proper execution, and oversee the functions of various government departments. She said Kuwait was ranked number 69 out of 177 countries in the latest report of Transparency International; while it was ranked last in the GCC. She explained that she presented the following questions to the prime minister as he has been head of the government since November 2011; hence, he is responsible for laying down the general policy of the State:

■ What are the factors that led to Kuwait’s remarkable drop in the abovementioned world index? What is the reason behind the issuance of the statement that the Anti-Corruption Authority is not under the jurisdiction of the premier?

■ Have you asked the competent authorities to provide you with the fundamentals, standards and sources of corruption in Kuwait in accordance with the factors mentioned in the Transparency International report?

■ What precautionary and pre-emptive steps have been taken to improve Kuwait’s ranking internationally and in GCC?

■ Have you ever taken any action in line with the Transparency International’s reports over the years, particularly during your tenure as prime minister?

■ What actions have been taken against those proven to be involved in corrupt activities?

By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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