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Proposal submitted to ban PUBG video games

MPs file grilling motion on ‘Information’

KUWAIT CITY, April 23: Kuwaiti MPs Ryad Al-Adsani, Adel Al- Damkhi and Mohammad Al-Dallah on Tuesday presented a grilling motion to Acting National Assembly Speaker Isa Al-Kanderi against Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Mohammad Al-Jabri.

The motion involves allegations of law-breaking, abuse of power and irregularities. Article 100 of the Kuwaiti Constitution grants MPs to file an interpellation motion against the Prime Minister and ministers regarding their ministerial affairs. Acting National Assembly Speaker Isa Al-Kanderi said on Tuesday MPs will discuss the interpellation motion against Al-Jabri next Tuesday (April 30). He argued that any “clean-handed and self-confident” Cabinet minister should not fear interpellation, and should even take this opportunity to highlight his role in developing his ministry and combatting corruption.

MP Ahmed Al-Fadel has submitted a proposal to ban certain video games due to their negative impact on the mental health of users, especially children. According to studies which are accessible online; video games such as Fortnite, PUBG and the Blue Whale Challenge negatively affect the mental and social behaviors of young people.

These games encourage the youths to adopt aggressive and suicidal tendencies, he explained. He said the number of parents complaining about these types of video games has been increasing, particularly since these games are not subject to any regulation; hence, it is easy for children to acquire them. Since most of these games are multiplayer online shooters, children are vulnerable to radicalism by ill-intentioned individuals or groups targeting innocent minds.

For this reason, the MP suggested that the minister of finance and Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority must ban video games that fall under the abovementioned category or those proven to have mental, social or behavioral impact on users. Furthermore, Al-Fadel has voiced objection to the Charity Work Bill which he considers embarrassing; hence, the need for major revision to ensure that it serves the intended purpose.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting of the parliamentary Health, Social and Labor Affairs Committee; the MP disclosed there are several unacceptable stipulations in the bill such as the article on giving charity associations the freedom to affiliate with international organizations and receive contributions from outside the country. He stressed the need for strict governmental supervision over the activities of charity associations to ensure that they operate within the limits of the law. Therefore, eliminating the authority of the government over charity work, as the bill stipulates, is unacceptable, he added.

By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff and Agencies

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