THE decision on the new prices of fuel takes effect today. In other words, it is a great national test for all. Will they stand by the powerful State that is able to meet demands for prosperity, along with its national and constitutional responsibilities, according to the law and reason?
In the previous days, those who were hurt by sports decisions, those who were referred to the judiciary, the disappointed activists and forgotten boycotters left no stone unturned to take advantage of the decision aimed at returning to the foreground of the picture by provoking the feelings of citizens. They considered the aforementioned decisions as their ‘wood’ of salvation from which they could jump to reform the Election Law in order to turn it back to the four-vote system.
Actually, their aim is to transform the National Assembly into a tool which they can use to blackmail the State. They missed out the fact that the Constitution of Kuwait gives the government the right to impose taxes in order to generate income that helps the State meet the basic demands of citizens.
This happened in Norway which is similar to Kuwait in terms of the number of people and natural sources of wealth. Nevertheless, the citizen of Norway differs from the Kuwaiti in bearing the responsibility of maintaining the financial power of the State. Most of the oil revenues in Norway go to the reserve fund and its citizens pay taxes like any other European country.
Ninety-five percent of the people in Switzerland have opted not to get monthly salaries from the government although they pay taxes equal to 40 percent of their income. No citizen called for keeping the fuel prices as they are. No one called for subsidies on food products that are sold in the black market in Kuwait and even smuggled to other countries.
In countries which are richer than Kuwait and have different sources of income, we heard that no one exploits the State to obtain election benefits paying no attention to the benefit of the coming generations. We saw none of those offering illegal opportunities for overseas treatment to guarantee more votes in the parliamentary elections. We never met those who ‘stimulate’ the government in order to violate the basic articles of the Constitution, meaning the article on imposing taxes. We never heard about those who call for making everything in life free and asking the State to support the citizen from birth to death.
National responsibility is more than just raising symbols and singing the national anthem. National responsibility has nothing to do with career chaos and whenever the government tries to confront it in order to protect the State’s wealth, fire erupts and ‘wasta’ (influence) starts to play its destructive role that may reach the stage of parliamentary questioning. This condition is not seen even in States which failed the most. Why do those who take actions that contradict national duty claim to work towards reaching a powerful State?
What happens if a responsible official makes a follow up tour in some directorates and decides to ban those who are absent as well as the slacking employees by referring them for retirement, as the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid did a couple of days ago?
Let us imagine the results of the tour in our official directorates which suffer from the ‘satiety’ of employees who were appointed due to favoritism – the entrance through which the MPs of the previous sessions reached the Assembly Hall.
Since illusion is good only for the hopeless, they tried to take advantage of the decisions. They seemed to be a drowning person who had nothing to hold on to but a small straw. They have sunk in the ocean of people’s reactions that most of them believed there was no other choice away from the State. The MPs who boycotted the elections showed themselves in their real little size. They even took the side of the government.
Everybody welcomes and respects the strict actions taken by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Muhammad Al-Khaled who confronted any attempt to start riots. They considered the good treatment of the State towards strikes and the act of offering sandwiches and juices to them a sign of weakness and submission. They tried to go farther, but today is a new beginning where there is no wavering on any part of the authority. The headline of this stage is: “He who does not give to the State should not take from it.”
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times