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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 16: MP Sultan Al- Shammari has presented a proposal for the concerned government authorities to take the necessary measures to lessen the number of expatriate workers and replace them with Kuwaitis. Al-Shammari explained the rationale behind his recommendation, indicating the latest statistical report showed that 2.9 percent of the unemployed Kuwaitis have been on the job waiting list for a long time. He then proposed the following:

■ The government should take quick steps to implement the Kuwaitization policy in all ministries and government institutions.

■ Impose fees on non-technical expatriate workers in the private sector so that citizens can take over their positions.

■ Benefit from the expertise of retired citizens by encouraging them to work in government institutions, private sector and some jobs that are not accepted by Kuwaiti youths like security men, messenger and mandoub.

■ Limit certain jobs like driving taxis only to citizens in order to reduce the number of expatriates.

■ Impose tough penalties, such as fine of not more than KD10,000 on every citizen who hires expatriate workers illegally.

In another development, MP Mohammed Al-Hadiya submitted a number of queries to the interior minister on laws related to traffic and vehicles. He wants to know the maximum period for impounding cars, regulations for the issuance of driving license to foreigners, number of forged vehicle document cases, number of expatriates deported, and reasons for deportation.

Meanwhile, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim has stressed the need for the people’s opinions to reach the Assembly. He made the statement in a press conference held recently to launch the newest service entitled, “Participate in Legislation”, offered by the Assembly to allow the Kuwaiti public to voice their opinions on the draft bills and other issues being discussed by the parliamentary committees.

Al-Ghanim explained the citizens can now access the National Assembly website and click on the desired committee to view topics being discussed; then they may post their comments or suggestions. He said the people can actively participate in the ratification of legislation in this manner, while maintaining close ties with the legislature and its members. “Today we call on citizens concerned with the country’s legislation and inform them that the country needs them. We invite all citizens to help the nation move forward as this is now a national obligation. This step enriches the democratic growth of Kuwait. You don’t have to be a member of the Parliament to legislate for the benefit of the country. Now, you can easily voice your opinion and the MPs will be able to personally contact you to further discuss the issue,” the speaker explained.

When asked about the possibility that the citizens will be subjected to interpellation, Al- Ghanim clarified the Constitution guarantees immunity of the citizens from grilling as they are merely stating their views on national issues. In another development, MP Kamel Al- Awadhi has downplayed the statements made by Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Thikra Al-Rashidi that she is in control of all matters inside her ministry.

He pointed out there have been posts on various social networking sites and video clips uploaded on YouTube about some business owners who claimed that anarchy still prevails in the ministry. These business owners have also been quoted as saying that corruption is rampant in the sections in charge of processing applications for transferring visit visas to work permits; thereby, making it difficult for some companies to complete such transactions unless they pay a bribe.

He wonders why the minister allows officials in her ministry to behave in such manner; while she asserted that such transactions will not be processed without her approval. He asserted this is a clear indication that the minister leaves things freely in the hands of opportunists in her ministry where transactions are done to serve personal interests, not that of the public. He added there have been many complaints from honest company owners on the widespread corruption inside the ministry. He also accused the minister of merely issuing press statements without taking any action.

By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim and Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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