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MPs mulling ‘laws’ that will let Kuwait fully benefit from expats – Burning of flags to be criminalized

KUWAIT CITY, June 20: A number of MPs intend to submit draft laws for the country to fully benefit from the expatriates, reports Annahar daily quoting sources.

Sources revealed the draft laws include the transfer of expatriate workers, income tax, license to engage in business, medium and long-term residency permits.

Sources said many expatriates with high income want to invest their money in Kuwait but the existing laws do not allow them to do this.

In the same context, the Legislative Committee in the Parliament referred to its finance counterpart a draft law on allowing foreigners to engage in trading and retail businesses without a Kuwaiti agent or partner.

Sources affirmed the proposal is constitutional and it is considered an application of the principles of the World Trade Organization signed by Kuwait.

Sources added that the proposal, once approved, will reduce prices and improve the standard of services offered to consumers.

The parliamentary Legislative Committee has endorsed a proposal to punish anyone, who hoists a flag or banner of a country, organization, movement or sect, to six months up to one year imprisonment and fine of KD 1,000 to KD3,000, reports Al-Shahid daily.

The proposal also stipulates that anyone who continuously hoists or raises any national flag on private buildings, organizations and camps, will be jailed for three months to one year, fined KD 500 up to KD 1,000 or both penalties.

It also criminalizes the act of using the national flag as a trademark or with the intention to advertise, raising a torn or worn out flag, tearing the national flag or disdaining the flag physically or verbally.

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