The Interior Ministry faces problems from a humanitarian and security point of view when dealing with difficult issues of citizens and expatriates, some of which seem difficult to solve especially given the shortage of well-trained and sincere men in uniform. One of the two qualities is not enough for a security man to perform his task to the full satisfaction.
One of the most difficult things in Kuwait, despite its small size and small number in population is the need for the security services to deal with more than three million residents belonging to more than 120 different nationalities who follow dozens of religious beliefs, backgrounds and countless cultures therefore a security man with modest training and education will find it difficult to deal with all this complex mix, hence the problems start from each party’s grievance of maltreatment or treatment of the other party often because of misunderstanding.
The matter gets worse because many have paid money to enter the country and to add insult to injury some MPs have bought their way to the Parliament and they want to make up for the money they spent during election canvassing and as a result the relationship between a citizen and a resident is our own creation.
We must not blame anyone for the tense relationship between the groups in society, neither the colonialists nor the world Zionism or even the arrogant powers in the world because they have nothing to do with the matter.
The issue of official procedures that a resident has to do annually is one of the most pressing factors that rule the relationship between an expatriate and the authority, and in general between the expatriate and the citizen. The residence permit renewal procedures include humiliation, traffic congestion, waste of time, efforts of the security services and exhaustion the staff suffers from and the electronic systems accompanied by routine issues.
Some may see subjecting an expatriate to annually renew his/her residence permit is a kind of control over the security situation, and this is absurd in the light of all the progress the world has made in the security area, so that monitoring does not require such negativities.
It is important that the Ministry of Interior, as we have previously requested through our meetings with the Interior Minister and through our articles, and the noble goals we set for the Human Friendship Society to determine the categories of serious residents especially those who have lived in the country for long periods of more than thirty or forty years and give them ‘silver residence’ for five years for example, and golden residence extending to ten or twenty years to a person who has lived in the country for half a century or more, and offer advantages to senior employees and investors.
All of this will contribute not only to the elimination of security tension between the two parties but will also make the residents feel their importance and confidence in their abilities and encourage them to work hard and invest in long-term projects instead of feeling that their stay in Kuwait is temporary and that they are subject to deportation at any time.
This is exactly what every resident feels because of the sword of residence renewal on his head all the time. A serious and honorable resident is among us and will remain as long as he is needed, so it is important to pay attention to his mental health as long as we are unable for one reason or another to dispense with him, whether an expert or a guard.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE have launched their permanent residence programs, and we still do not want to think about it though we have precedence over them in many other humanitarian matters. We therefore demand that the Minister of Interior take the initiative and do something to solve this problem.
By Ahmad alsarraf