Overseas investment, bribery under scrutiny
KUWAIT CITY, June 14: National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim invited the MPs and government to the regular parliamentary sessions slated for June 16- 17, 2020.
Following are the items in the agenda for these sessions:
■ Grilling motion submitted by MP Faisal Al-Kandari against Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Soud Al-Harbi on four issues – mismanagement of the educational file during the coronavirus crisis that harmed the students, private schools collecting fees although they are closed and academic activity is limited to online education, lack of a clear plan to deal with the crisis, and absence of online education mechanism including the training of students and teachers in this regard.
■ Grilling motion submitted by MP Riyadh Al-Adasani against Minister of Finance Barrak Al-Shitan on five issues – public loan and condition of public treasury, giving privileges to companies at the expense of public interest, negative consequences and high cost of the usurious loan and salary advance which affected retirees, violations in local and overseas investments, and financial cases like bribery, stealing and money laundering.
■ Reports of the concerned parliamentary committees on bills amending judicial procedures and Criminal Trials Law No. 17/1960.
The bills amending the Social Security Law, particularly the clauses about loans and salary advance for retirees, are supposed to be included in the agenda; but the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee’s reports on these bills are not yet ready. The Assembly had earlier approved these bills in the first round of discussion.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health expressed reservations about holding the parliamentary sessions due to the number of coronavirus infections among employees at the Assembly. On the other hand, MP Muhammad Al-Dallal is looking forward to the resumption of parliamentary sessions, provided the health regulations are strictly followed.
He pointed out a few number of Assembly employees infected with coronavirus should not lead to suspension of sessions. He cited as an example the cooperative societies, which are open and continue to serve the public even if some of their employees tested positive for coronavirus.
In another development, MP Osama Al-Shaheen submitted a bill to nationalize all consultative jobs at the Assembly, indicating it does not matter if the contracts signed with expatriate consultants are permanent or temporary. He said the Assembly must serve as a model in terms of commitment to the replacement policy.
Moreover, MP Abdulkareem Al- Kandari called on the concerned authorities to divulge the names of officials who helped the Bangladeshi MP commit visa trading crimes in the same manner that the latter’s name was revealed.
By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff and Agencies