‘Let It Rot’ campaign against hike in Zubaidi prices starts

Fish market.
Fish market.

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 10: Several Kuwaiti citizens and experts have declared their support for the ‘Let It Rot’ campaign, which will begin on Thursday, against traders of Zubaidi fish for increasing the price of the fish to more than KD 13 per kilogram in the markets.

The campaigners believe boycotting the fish will force its price to fall like the way it did after the previous campaigns. They are of the opinion that Ministry of Commerce and Industry has been negligent in monitoring the markets, which is the main reason why the prices of food items including Zubaidi fish are so high.

On the other hand, some people indicated that the prices of commodities are determined by the demand-and-supply theory due to which they did not share sentiment of the campaign.

They urged those who are not pleased with the price of Kuwaiti Zubaidi fish to opt for other types without necessarily embarking on any campaign that will force the traders to reduce fish prices. Meanwhile, Chairman of the Association of Kuwaiti Contracting Companies Dr. Salah Buresli declared that prices of shrimps also shot up lately and a decisive step must be taken to curb the greed of fish traders. He hoped that the prices will come down when the campaign is enforced, advising people to eat Bouri fish, which “tastes fantastic and is moderately priced”.

Photos by Bassam Abu Shanab
Photos by Bassam Abu Shanab

In addition, Chairman of Kuwaiti Fishermen Association Dhahar Al-Souyan declared his support for the campaign, insisting that cost of KD 13 per kilogram for Zubaidi fish is “outrageous” and should be forced to drop. He assured the campaigners of the support of the association, affirming that the role of the association is to ensure availability of fish at moderate prices.

On the other hand, the opinion of former member of the Council of Accountants and Auditors in GCC Countries Abdullatif Al-Ahmad differed from the ideology of the campaign to the extent that he expressed outright objection to the campaign. He insisted that the boycott campaign is not the right solution since the prices of some commodities vary based on the demand and supply. Al-Ahmad suggested that those who consider the Kuwaiti Zubaidi fish as expensive can opt for the Iranian or Pakistani Zubaidi fish.

By Najeh Bilal Al-Seyassah Staff

The rotten fi sh up for sale
The rotten fi sh up for sale

Selling spoiled fish
Three Bangladeshi men were arrested for selling spoiled fish and vegetables in Fahaheel market. According to security sources, Ahmadi securitymen were patrolling Fahaheel market when they caught the suspects selling spoiled fi sh and vegetables.

They checked their civil IDs to discover they are Bangladeshi citizens who violated the residency law and were reported as absconding. The suspects were referred to the concerned authorities for necessary legal action.

By Munaif Nayef Al-Seyassah Staff

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