JUST after the Parliament endorsed the proposed amendment of the Election Law to ban anyone who insults or abuses the Divine Entity, the Prophets (Peace be Upon Them) and the entity of HH the Amir from contesting the elections; we started hearing voices calling on HH the Amir to intervene and reject the law. This raises many questions.
What are they afraid of? Why are they rejecting a law that bans whoever commits this crime from running in the elections? Before this or that, did they read the Holy Qur’an properly and understood it, especially Verse 59 of the Fourth Chapter which says: “O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best result?” Didn’t they read the Constitution, especially Article 54 stating, “The Amir is the Head of the State, his person is untouchable and inviolable?” If they really read and understood, why are they opposing the amendment? If they did not read, how can they oppose something they are ignorant of?
Despite excusing some of them for their good intention, it is difficult to excuse others for the same reason given that they are opportunists who are always ready to grab any chance to ignite sectarian sedition of all kind in a bid to revive their mixed-up dreams on what was known as ‘Erada Square’ and cripple the pillars of the State.
Obviously, the entity of the Amir is shielded from transgression. This is in addition to the fact that HH the Amir is not only the head of State, but its symbol as well. The members of Parliament are supposed to be fully aware of this. They should be the first to respect the symbol of the State in order to serve as an example to others while refraining from taking over platforms to transgress and violate reverence.
The objective of the voices opposing this amendment is not a secret to anyone; in fact, it is completely exposed. Individuals behind those voices benefited in the past by investing in politics as well as stirring tribal and sectarian agitation, as they practiced parliamentary dictatorship that crippled development and economy of the country.
Their actions at the time went to the extent of attempting to overthrow the State when they announced a proposal to have a new Constitution. Today, by urging HH the Amir to reject the amendment, they aim to protect those who transgressed on the Divine Entity, Prophets (Peace be Upon Them) and the custodian of this nation by using parliamentary immunity in a bid to make such behavior and killing of the national spirit common in the society.
It is surprising to hear voices that claim elitism, awareness and ability to represent Kuwaitis in the National Assembly and issuing legislation for them to be this oblivious to the Holy Qur’an and the Constitution. Actually, they take what would be the door to pounce on the State and refuse to work with articles which go against their desires.
Since the issuance of a decree on the one vote-system and rectification of the parliamentary representative, these people found themselves facing the reality. A handful of people benefited from the previous faults in terms of having a grip on the Parliament where they exchanged and traded in votes, stirred tribal and sectarian fanaticism, and used services for bribery.
Consequently, they tried in the past few years to find an exit from their isolation without apologizing for their mistakes. Today, in this amendment, they see the era of vulgarity and instigating fanaticism during elections is gone. Such practices followed almost all Parliaments since liberation as they kept on threatening Kuwait and its existence, and cemented seditious speech in the society.
Undoubtedly, the parliamentary consensus over this amendment has a positive impact welcomed by Kuwaitis. It restores happiness and joy like when the electoral decree was issued to amend the voting system of the country.
Perhaps, most of the jubilation is due to the law that starts a new stage to end the days of melancholy dominated with altercations, insults and instigating violence which almost made us lose the land.
Indeed, time will not go back and Kuwaitis will never be fooled twice.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times