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Tuesday , November 13 2018

MP acts for respect of national symbols – Fears of sedition

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 4: MP Abdullah Al- Turaiji has unveiled his plan to submit a proposal to amend law number 26/1961 concerning the national flag, and another proposal on displaying pictures of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the political leaders. He pointed out that many people are now putting flags, banners and posters on rooftops and houses, indicating this raises questions and doubts that might lead to sedition.

He observed this practice has become common and the contents of most posters or banners are linked to countries and organizations which have nothing to do with Kuwait. “We have not found any justification for this kind of behavior while the concerned authorities have remained silent over the issue,” he asserted. According to the lawmaker, some people even went as far as putting photos or drawings on the Kuwaiti flag with the intent of disrespecting it. He said no Kuwaiti, who is loyal to his country, will tolerate this kind of behavior.

He warned against allowing such behaviors as it is tantamount to encouraging those who do not respect the country’s flag and its symbols. He pointed out these people could wreak havoc in Kuwait, considering the number of expatriates from certain countries exceed the population of Kuwaitis. He stressed this could result in leniency towards some foreign organizations and parties that might exploit Kuwait to achieve obnoxious goals which will undermine national unity and the social fabric.

He emphasized the need for everyone to be vigilant due to the ‘ocean’ of troubles surrounding Kuwait and there should be zero tolerance on attempts or practices deemed offensive to the symbols of the State. He urged the Interior Ministry and other concerned authorities to tighten surveillance over unusual activities or practices on the streets, schools, buildings and houses. He hopes the government will handle his proposal as a matter of urgency.

Meanwhile, MP Faisal Al-Kandari praised the efforts exerted by Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khalid and all the securitymen to protect the country; leading to the discovery of weapons in Farwaniya stable. He said this is a clear manifestation of their commitment to protect the country from terrorism. He added the current situation in the region requires everyone to cooperate with the securitymen. He also urged the citizens to be careful and wary of everything that goes around them to deter anyone who wants to instigate chaos in the country.

In another development, MP Abdul Hameed Dashti called for close monitoring of Kuwait’s donations to Syria to ensure the money goes to the rightful beneficiaries. He also voiced objection to the idea of categorizing displaced Syrians as refugees and for them to settle in other countries, as such steps will not solve the problems of Syrians and the country as a whole.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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