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‘Cut telephone lines over text msgs on donations’

MoSAL sends official letters to telecom firms

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 2: The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor has sent official letters to the three telecommunications companies to disconnect immediately the telephone lines of those who ask for donations through text messages, reports Al- Jarida daily quoting reliable sources. The ministry added, these people have neither the licence nor permission to collect donations.

This came after many citizens and residents complained to the ministry on the hotline about receiving text messages from unknown parties asking for donations to establish charity projects outside the country. The sources pointed out, the ministry has also asked the communications companies to provide details of the message senders.

The sources said if they are citizens, they will be summoned for interrogations and referred to the concerned authority and they will be asked to sign a pledge not to repeat the offence because such behavior distorts the reputation of charity work. The sources added, if the senders of messages are expatriates, their names will be submitted to the Ministry of Interior for legal action which may result in administrative deportation.

The sources have called on the National Assembly to expedite the adoption of the new charity work law which has tightened penalties for such violations — imprisonment and a huge fine. “Despite the decline in serious violations committed by well-known charities, the violations committed by individuals remain the most serious and dangerous and affect the charity work because more often than not such acts are committed in secret and beyond the scope of the Interior Ministry control.

Moreover, there is no record of how the money was spent or where it was sent,” the sources added. The sources have called on citizens and residents to report such violations immediately through the hotline 5218688 to help the authorities tighten the noose on such activities and ensure control over fundraising.

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