THE zeal for development has faded. The government got knocked out by a fatal blow administered by the Public Authority for Manpower, which seems to be stronger than it, as it made the country an isolated island by expelling skilled expertise that Kuwait is in need of.
Such expertise – especially those who have reached the age of sixty – had participated in actual development, and not slogans, throughout the past decades. This ruling body, which operates based on the mood of its officials, performs “miracles” that are logically unacceptable. Hence, none of its decisions get opposed even if it is contrary to the Constitution, law, international conventions and treaties signed by the State of Kuwait.
Therefore, we ask His Highness the Prime Minister, the Minister of Commerce and Industry, and the rest of the Cabinet members and officials in the “wise” government: How can the major projects, which His Highness announced a few weeks ago, be implemented when hiring workers from abroad is prohibited, and our brothers above the age of 60 years are being expelled after residing in this country for decades to work and contribute in the building of the state?
Don’t these “geniuses”, who are planning the future of Kuwait and claim to have the ability to transform it into a competing hub with the world in terms of global finance, commercial and economic center, ask what Kuwait benefits from their expulsion? What does it benefit from working with the policy of “do what I want” or “doing what others do without thinking” other than to appease some of the parties involved in enmity and hostility?
Ironically, these people are welcomed by other Gulf countries which benefit from the experiences of those people who learnt the nature of Kuwait until they became experts. They know the Kuwaiti rules and laws, as well as the customs of its people. In fact, they became part of the social fabric, and an added value to our economy.
However, all of this has been struck out with the stroke of a pen. It is not looked at by any of the concerned authorities in order to avoid bothering some racists, human traffickers and visa-traders.
All of the Gulf countries were built by the expat workforce. They contributed to the renaissance in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain. All of these countries did well and benefited from these people.
This is due to the fact that they work in all professions and trades that the people of those countries resent. In those countries, expats who have reached the age of 60 and above have been granted many privileges, but in Kuwait, they are expelled as if they are infected with plague.
The GCC countries are not the only beneficiaries of foreign labor. Germany receives hundreds of thousands of immigrants, even illegal ones, and grants them residency. They are hence taken into the labor market in an effort by the state to expand the circle of economy and industry. The same happens in France and Britain, and even some Arab countries such as Egypt that do not need manpower, and yet benefited from the Syrians who were displaced, turning them into an added value to the Egyptian economy.
None of them are asking for citizenship, but for legal residency in order to continue working, and offering their experience and life to Kuwait. However, this country is controlled by a backward mentality that does not see reality from an upright perspective.
Did the officials not see the wages of the workers after the recent unfair decisions? The cost of projects has increased by 100 percent. A worker’s wage used to be KD 10 per day but now it has become KD 20-KD 25, which is being paid by the citizens.
Does this body, and the silent government with it, intend to slaughter the national economy in cold blood?! How can investors and contractors accept the losses they incur, and not raise their voice to the relevant authorities, or explain to the government the negative effect they are enduring due to the mood of the few who are detached from reality and completely unaware of where their place is?
We will not tell you to fear Allah for the sake of Kuwait, because “ … And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him a way out, and will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent.”
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times