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Saturday , August 13 2022

Give lifetime homes before the grave

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YOUR Highness, after discussing the two crises concerning health and education in this country, we will today talk about the housing issue.

This matter suffers from deliberate government neglect and deliberate parliamentary procrastination, and citizens continue to endure its brunt day after day.

There is no doubt that this file will be part of the work program of the next government. This is because it is one of the usual things that are placed in ministerial programs, but remains an ink on paper, as the beneficiaries have the ability to obstruct any real project that can rid the Kuwaitis of what they suffer.

These exploiters are ready to let the Kuwaitis die waiting to obtain such a right. A citizen ends up residing in his grave before residing in his lifetime home, and his children and grandchildren inherit his number in the queue.

In this regard, we say it again – Your Highness, the Prime Minister, where there is a will, there is a way. Repetition benefits the smart ones. Learning from the experiences of other countries is not a shame. Therefore, if the decision is found, this problem can be resolved within a few years. However, if it is just a matter of tickling the feelings of citizens through constructive speeches in your work program, you should realize that this sedative will quickly wear out, and the pain will return.

Your Highness the Prime Minister, the problem of slums constituted the biggest social and developmental obstacle in Egypt. The administration of President Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi had worked to solve it within a few years, in a manner that dignity of families was preserved with the homes being built in a modern style.

By the way, the number of those seeking housing care in Egypt is greater than the population of all Kuwait, but that state did not face any obstacle in solving the problem, despite the complexities of expropriation that we do not have, as Morocco did.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, our closest neighbor, allocated in its budget for the next year 130,000 housing units. It did this in a creative way that it has been doing for many years, which is through the involvement of the private sector. The state guaranteed the interest on loans, and did not burden the public finances like we do.

In many countries around the world where citizens suffer from housing problems, the state builds economic units and rents them to the needy for a small allowance for a period specified in the law, while guaranteeing its other rights in terms of not sub-selling, like the way it is in China and some British provinces.

Your Highness the Prime Minister, you have left the matter to the heresies of the MPs who seek to benefit from every issue presented to them, and do not initiate a solution. If you had endorsed it, you would have saved the Kuwaitis a lot. What is happening today is that the citizens have become a prey to the merchants who are not deterred by the law that was not amended for decades.

There is no doubt that one of the solutions to overcome the housing crisis is to involve the private sector, real estate developers, and banks, as they have sufficient solutions and experience in implementing housing projects, and can save a lot of public money.

If your government is able to see the light and prove that it wants to work, it must reconsider all this file, and work on benefiting from the experience of other countries in this regard … Otherwise, this problem will be one of the things that hasten the fall of your government.YOUR Highness, after discussing the two crises concerning health and education in this country, we will today talk about the housing issue.

This matter suffers from deliberate government neglect and deliberate parliamentary procrastination, and citizens continue to endure its brunt day after day.

There is no doubt that this file will be part of the work program of the next government. This is because it is one of the usual things that are placed in ministerial programs, but remains an ink on paper, as the beneficiaries have the ability to obstruct any real project that can rid the Kuwaitis of what they suffer.

These exploiters are ready to let the Kuwaitis die waiting to obtain such a right. A citizen ends up residing in his grave before residing in his lifetime home, and his children and grandchildren inherit his number in the queue.

In this regard, we say it again – Your Highness, the Prime Minister, where there is a will, there is a way. Repetition benefits the smart ones. Learning from the experiences of other countries is not a shame. Therefore, if the decision is found, this problem can be resolved within a few years. However, if it is just a matter of tickling the feelings of citizens through constructive speeches in your work program, you should realize that this sedative will quickly wear out, and the pain will return.

Your Highness the Prime Minister, the problem of slums constituted the biggest social and developmental obstacle in Egypt. The administration of President Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi had worked to solve it within a few years, in a manner that dignity of families was preserved with the homes being built in a modern style.

By the way, the number of those seeking housing care in Egypt is greater than the population of all Kuwait, but that state did not face any obstacle in solving the problem, despite the complexities of expropriation that we do not have, as Morocco did.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, our closest neighbor, allocated in its budget for the next year 130,000 housing units. It did this in a creative way that it has been doing for many years, which is through the involvement of the private sector. The state guaranteed the interest on loans, and did not burden the public finances like we do.

In many countries around the world where citizens suffer from housing problems, the state builds economic units and rents them to the needy for a small allowance for a period specified in the law, while guaranteeing its other rights in terms of not sub-selling, like the way it is in China and some British provinces.

Your Highness the Prime Minister, you have left the matter to the heresies of the MPs who seek to benefit from every issue presented to them, and do not initiate a solution. If you had endorsed it, you would have saved the Kuwaitis a lot. What is happening today is that the citizens have become a prey to the merchants who are not deterred by the law that was not amended for decades.

There is no doubt that one of the solutions to overcome the housing crisis is to involve the private sector, real estate developers, and banks, as they have sufficient solutions and experience in implementing housing projects, and can save a lot of public money.

If your government is able to see the light and prove that it wants to work, it must reconsider all this file, and work on benefiting from the experience of other countries in this regard … Otherwise, this problem will be one of the things that hasten the fall of your government.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah

Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

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