KUWAIT CITY, Nov 21: MP Khalid Al-Shatti has presented questions to acting Minister of Information and State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al- Sabah about the banned books were presented earlier to the Press and Publications Department in the Information Ministry.
He requested for a list of banned books, names of their authors, reasons for banning them, names of the supervisory committee members tasked to inspect contents of the books, their academic qualifications, names of the members of the Grievance Committee which evaluates decisions of the supervisory committee, their qualifications, and list of books that the Grievance Committee approved.
On the other hand, MP Adel Al-Damkhi has also forwarded questions to Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah regarding the current situation in the region. He pointed out that the concerned ministries must provide security for citizens at home and abroad, considering the unstable political and security conditions in the region. He stressed the need for intensified efforts and preparations to confront any potential threat. He asked if the concerned ministries are taking the necessary steps to secure vital installations like the embassies, consulates and offices of the State of Kuwait all over the world. He also requested for a copy of contingency plans, if any.
Meanwhile, MP Riyadh Al-Adsani said the National Assembly is cooperating with the government to serve public interest, but the problem is the ‘fabrication’ of crises such as the rising prices of agricultural products and the absence of an effective mechanism to inspect these products. He argued, “The interim government serves as a caretaker and everything is in chaos due to the rising prices, faltering decisions and confl ict of interests.” He added that some traders are modonopolizing agricultural products so the prices keep on increasing. He said the inspectors of the State Ministry for Municipality Affairs must cooperate with the staff of the Food Authority in inspecting all agricultural products to ensure that they are suitable for human consumption.
He accused the government of creating one crisis after another to push for the application of valued added tax (VAT), adding this will not stop with the seatbelt crisis.
He alleged the government will soon start threatening MPs to cancel the motion of non-cooperation and dissolve the Parliament if the law on VAT is not implemented.
He added the government wants confrontation as manifested in its decision to impound vehicles for two months if the driver is using mobile phone by hand while driving or if the driver and front seat passenger are not wearing seatbelts. He clarified that he supports the enforcement of the law but it should be done gradually.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff