Saturday , November 25 2017

Who will blow the whistle?

Ali Ahmed Al-Baghli Former Minister of Oil
Ali Ahmed Al-Baghli Former Minister of Oil

FINALLY, after the long wait and government-parliamentary delay, the executive regulations for the Anti-Corruption Authority have seen the light; hoping these regulations will be implemented immediately — on this day, not tomorrow.

In a recent press statement, the head of Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority highlighted contents of the regulations. I would like to focus on the Fourth Chapter of these regulations — “methods of reporting and making inferences, as well as how to protect those who report and the ones in the same category.”

This means that every citizen with information about corruption crime should report to the authority. The one reporting, who is commonly known as ‘whistle blower’ in the advance system, deserves reward in accordance with the regulations. We pray that Almighty Allah blesses us with 10 whistle blowers to stop the corruption flood which has started to drown us in every aspect.

I do not think our whistle blowers will face any difficulties in backing up their reports. Every day, we see and hear someone who became timidly barefooted recently playing hundreds of thousands of games without anyone raising an issue.

An election campaigner disclosed that he called a commercial television station to ask for televised interview with the candidate he is campaigning for. He said a presenter at the station who is known for being vain asked him to pay KD 25,000 — an amount that would have made CNN officials suffer a stroke if they heard about it.

Just imagine a television interview of not more than 30 minutes cost this much; let alone the billboards on the streets which cost KD 95,000 for a bundle of 36 photos, cost of advertisements in newspapers and banquets, as well as the share of campaigners and aides.

We see campaigns of people, who are not known for being wealthy, cost millions. All that must be done is to ask one question for candidates who are paying these millions, “From where did you get all these?”

This question will make them fall and sweat. They became an easy prey for the anti-corruption authority which we hope will prove us wrong in our expectation that it will be a ‘decorative’ authority meant to throw dust into the eyes; contrary to the authority with claws and teeth, and does not fear anyone when it comes to serving justice.

 Email: Ali-albaghli@hotmail.com

By Ali Ahmed Al-Baghli

Former Minister of Oil

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