Saturday , November 18 2017

Beware of tree member terror

Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

IS KUWAIT weak to such a point that an artificial tree shakes and causes an MP to brandish his sword of interpellation in the face of the minister of Social Affairs and Labor, rendering her courage to shudder and order the removal of the tree?

Or does it represent a clear message to the government that the groups of political and social marginalization are back to practise their political frivolities, which would mean frustration of every hope for development that could help the country escape from the rollercoaster of economic crises?

Isn’t the quick acquiescence of the minister to the dictations of that MP considered as a weakness of the government as a whole? Doesn’t it represent infringement of Articles 29, 35 and 50? Or is there a new constitution that Kuwaitis are unaware about, a constitution that gives an MP the authority and trusteeship of the society, a constitution that every MP molds as per their political whims and agendas of their parties?

There is no constitutional text or law that allows MPs to spy on people. As per all available texts, MPs represent the legislative authority and oversight organ over the work of the government. Both legislative and executive authorities have their own powers such that “none of them is allowed to relinquish any of their powers”. In this manner, the principle of separation of powers is achieved.

Undoubtedly, this clear violation of the Constitution calls for the resignation of the minister of Social Affairs and Labor as well as the minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs as he allowed the circulation of a Friday sermon, which was considered as capable of instigating tension, is completely unconstitutional and draws an image that differs from Kuwait’s social culture of tolerance and moderation.

A question that begs to be asked is — How can a country, which hosts about 125 countries of different norms and religions, settles tensions and advocates peace, have ministers and MPs who practise their powers in a manner that violate the Kuwaiti Constitution?

Kuwait has foreign communities that revere and worship cows. So will we soon see an MP demand the minister of Commerce and Industry to ban the importation action of cows in order to stop those communities from worshipping cows? Will the minister submit to that demand?

Unfortunately, this issue is probable as long as a plastic tree that has nothing to do with religion manages to shake the minister and cause her to submit to the whims of an MP, a trend that is strange to the culture of this country.

The minister, who is entrusted to uphold the constitution and laws of the country and not succumb to such kind of strange desires, should not have decided to marginalize and instigate hatred in the society. This also applies to the minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs.

What happened in the last few days indicates pessimism. It indicates that the government will give in to a group of MPs who strive to extend beyond their powers in order to execute their various narrow-minded agendas that have been burning Kuwait in the past years in economic, development and education aspects and have led to the crippling of the country and creating panic among people.

Since the liberation of the country in 1991, about 19 governments have been formed. All of them were challenged by parliamentary blocs that attempted, through various means, to hamper the implementation of governmental decisions, because of which, everything came to a halt.

Due to the acquiescence of current ministers in such manner, everyone fears for what will happen next if the government does not put its foot firmly down on the MPs in order to protect and preserve its authority as well as protect the country and its people from the destiny that some political groups are striving for.

At several instances, these groups had managed to impose their will on the National Assembly. During those times, the country was on the verge of being lost, but it was saved because of the grace of Almighty Allah and the wisdom of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah

Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

 

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