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MP queries cases filed on hate...sectarianism Ashour unhappy with indemnity bill

KUWAIT CITY, June 23: MP Abdulrahman Al-Jeeraan submitted a unique proposal on Monday to translate the Kuwaiti Constitution into different languages and distribute copies of the translated version to foreigners residing in the country.

The lawmaker emphasized the importance of raising legal and constitutional awareness, not just amongst Kuwaitis but the foreigners as well. He explained this is due to the large number of foreigners residing in Kuwait and their frequent entry, considering they are needed to execute major projects throughout the country. He recommended translation of the Constitution into what he regards as the most common languages in Kuwait - English, French, German, Urdu, Bengali and Sinhalese (Sri Lanka).

Alongside posters and flyers about the country’s political system, religion, individual rights and obligations; copies of the translated Constitution will be distributed to embassies, consulates and private foreign schools, according to the dominant language of the recipients and ensure accessibility.

Furthermore, MP Faisal Al- Duwaisan submitted parliamentary queries to the minister of justice regarding the Public Prosecution cases related to the protection of national unity. He noted that according to law number 19/2012, it is prohibited to spread hate or contempt against any group in the society and promote sectarian ideas in written or verbal form.

He wants to know the number of such cases and reports submitted to the Public Prosecution since the implementation of the law until the date of this query; requesting details like the means, goals and subject. Moreover, MP Saleh Ashour expressed displeasure over the exclusion of Kuwaiti private sector employees in the Indemnity Bill, indicating this contravenes the Constitution and it is a form of discrimination. “We will not accept the exclusion of any Kuwaiti from the bill, which will not be passed in Abdullah Al-Salem Hall as the MPs do not tolerate discrimination since they have taken the constitutional oath to guarantee equality among citizens,” he asserted.

He then called on members of the Human Resources Development Committee to revise the bill to include all Kuwaiti employees in the public and private sectors, adding that he will present an amendment in the interest of all citizens. He warned that passage of the bill in its current form will drive citizens away from the private sector as most of them, if not all, will transfer to the public sector to benefit from the end-of-service package.

He pointed out this is contrary to the government’s policy to support the private sector and to privatize some public institutions. He wondered how the bill fits this policy if the indemnity package is granted to public sector employees while depriving their counterparts in private companies.

On another issue, MP Askar Al- Anazi has recommended the establishment of a specialized department in government hospitals and clinics for the treatment of primary immunodeficiency - genetic or congenital disorders in which part of the body’s immune system is missing or does not function normally.

He stressed the need to approve the proposal due to the increasing number of primary immunodeficiency cases and patients have no choice but to seek treatment in private hospitals despite the high cost due to the lack of such services in government medical facilities.

In another proposal, Al-Anazi called on the Finance Ministry to review the budget of its health counterpart and increase it, if possible, to allow the latter to purchase more ambulances, as well as develop its buildings and parking lots. Meanwhile, in its regular session on Tuesday, the Parliament will discuss a number of bills like the formation of investigative panels, as well as the reports of committees and foreign agreements in which the Kuwaiti government is part of. These bills include the Build-Operate and-Transfer (BOT) in its second deliberation; in addition to the amendment of some provisions of the Penal Code, Capital markets Authority Law and naturalization of 4,000 Bedouns.

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

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