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MP calls for action against bogus firms

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 6: MP Khalil Saleh has called on the concerned authorities to take the necessary legal steps against bogus companies which have violated the Labor Law, while praising the decision taken by Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Planning and Development Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh to refer such companies to the Public Prosecution.

In a press statement, Saleh has stressed the need to eliminate these bogus companies as they have negatively affected the labor market. He said if an employer is found to be engaged in activities other than what he has been licensed for, his company must be shut down. He pointed out the bogus companies should be referred immediately to the authorities, close their files, inform the General Immigration Department in order to take the necessary action like deportation of workers registered under them, and for the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to revoke their licenses in accordance with the regulations.

He called for laying down new regulations to assess the actual need for each activity separately, instead of leaving everything without restraint considering the increasing number of marginal laborers - a phenomenon that poses a threat to national security and the society in general.

He affirmed Al-Sabeeh has taken reformative steps as she is determined to end irregularities in the licensing of companies that made the population structure lopsided. He hopes the minister will stop some ministry officials from abusing their power, up to the extent that certain transactions are not processed even if they are legal and other officials impede work procedures due to their insistence to centralize everything.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the parliamentary committee investigating the alleged violations in the Capital Market Authority (CMA) MP Abdullah Al- Turaiji praised HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak for preventing the minister of commerce and industry from appointing the new board members of the authority. He and his colleague, MPAwda Al-Ruwaie, had earlier warned about the dire consequences of appointing the new board members prior to the completion of investigations.

Al-Turaiji disclosed they noticed many suspicious items in the CMA’s documents, including the contract signed with a media company to hire workers for the authority at a cost of $120,000. He asserted this is considered a violation because the CMA has not benefitted from it, except the appointment of one employee. He added the committee has assigned a team to look into the certificates of employees because some of which seem to have not been accredited. He said the initial investigation results showed a former director from Kuwait Investment Authority was appointed as consultant in the authority with a monthly salary of KD6,000.

Commenting on the same issue, MP Awda Al-Ruwaie claimed the government is trying to buy time as many parliamentary questions remain unanswered. He revealed the committee found a number of unaccredited certificates - a violation of the employment policy. He said the committee will most likely refer the case to the Public Prosecution, indicating the parliamentarians have been asking the CMA head to voluntarily leave his post for quite some time now; hence, there is a possibility that he will be forced to resign in the near future.

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

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