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MP seeks grilling of Awqaf

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 9: MP Ahmed Al-Qudaibi on Sunday presented a grilling request against Minister of Justice, Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Yaqoub Al-Sanei on the delayed issuance of the executive regulation for the Anti- Corruption Authority Law.

Speaking to reporters, the lawmaker explained that corruption is widespread in government institutions and HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah gives priority to the fight against corruption; thus, the Anti-Corruption Authority Law was ratified through a decree of necessity after the previous Parliaments failed to enact it.

He stressed Al-Sanei must explain the delay; otherwise, he must stand on the grilling podium. “I wish the Parliament is not dissolved before the issuance of the regulation in order to oblige the MPs and ministers to submit their financial statements.”

In another development, MPs Fares Al- Otaibi, Hamad Al-Harshani, Madhi Al-Hajri, Mohammed Al-Barrak and Mansour Al-Zufairi presented a proposal stating that the prices of gasoline should not be increased unless it is done through a law.

Meanwhile, MP Faisal Al-Duwaisan has stressed the need to ratify a law specifying rental fees in order to curb the abusive acts of landlords and owners of real estate properties.

He said the law must be applied on everyone regardless of their status, indicating the rental fees for flats should be determined according to the location and size especially since the rents have increased remarkably. He asserted the remarkable increase in rents has negatively affected the citizens and expatriates while the government keeps on watching silently.

He added the government has given expatriate teachers a number of financial privileges, particularly the KD 150 housing allowance. He asserted this resulted in a remarkable increase in rents and prices under the watch of various regulatory bodies.

He lamented such a move affected citizens first before the expatriates, wondering if the government can activate its regulatory tools to control rental fees and prices of commodities or it will succumb to pressure from influential people like landlords and property owners. It can be recalled that two years ago, the lawmaker submitted a draft law on determining rental fees as per the governorate and size of the flats but the bill is still in the hands of the parliamentary Legislative Committee which has yet to present its report in this regard

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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