KUWAIT CITY, Nov 13: The Court of Appeals on Sunday upheld the decision of the Interior Ministry to disqualify National Assembly election candidates Sheikh Malik Al- Sabah, Khalid Al-Dahrab and Fawaz Al-Juwaied; while it reinstated Safa Al-Hashem, Atef Al-Azmi and Khalid Al-Naif Al-Mutairi.
On the other hand, the court scheduled a session for Tuesday to announce its verdict on the disqualification of Bader Al-Dahoum. In another development, Second Constituency candidate and former Parliament speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem disclosed that his Instagram account has been hacked. He posted on Twitter, “I am not responsible for whatever is published in the hacked Instagram account. The necessary legal action is being taken in this regard.”
Meanwhile, First Constituency candidate and former MP Kamel Al-Awadhi said he submitted 35 bills and 10 proposals, and forwarded 18 parliamentary questions to various Cabinet members, during the term of the dissolved Parliament. He pointed out the previous Parliament approved many of his proposals concerning employees, pensioners, students, women and other issues affecting the whole Kuwaiti society.
He added the law on the establishment of Domestic Workers Company which was approved by the previous Parliament affects all segments of the Kuwaiti society that depend on these workers. He asserted the failure to regulate the recruitment of domestic workers caused a number of problems like the spread of theft and other crimes.
He said this law mandates keeping track of the entire recruitment process, including the need for domestic workers to undergo training courses and psychological and medical examinations. He added Kuwaiti families will save a lot due to the implementation of this law which will decrease the cost for hiring domestic workers by 70 percent, while ensuring that only competent workers are recruited. He stressed the law contributes to efforts to protect the reputation of Kuwait, adding that it is a step towards institutional work in a large and dynamic fi eld through the coordinated efforts of the public and private sectors.
He also suggested amending the fi rst paragraph of Article One of Law No. 69/2015 on the establishment of company for recruiting and employing domestic workers to ascertain that the company’s profi ts do not exceed 10 percent of the recruitment cost, especially since it is classifi ed as nonprofi t entity. Furthermore, Fifth Constituency candidate and former MP Faisal Al-Kandari has called for transformation of the new Jaber Hospital into a global medical center as a substitute to overseas treatment which caused many problems.
He said he worked hard towards granting the health minister power to bring international doctors and hospitals to Kuwait and this has been approved by the Cabinet. He went on to say Jaber Hospital has a capacity of 1,200 beds and it should be under the full management of a foreign institution specialized in various fi elds as well as all types of surgeries and therapies in order to stop the wastage of public funds in overseas treatment. He affi rmed the previous Parliament had remarkable achievements in the health sector, indicating Kuwait had only fi ve general hospitals from 1980 to 2013 but there are seven new hospitals now.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff