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Wednesday , September 28 2022

Exit darkness, enter light

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The deputy stood in front of the media and made a statement showing the modesty of his linguistic, political and intellectual level, repeating boring sentences that he had received messages that there will be an evening on January 26, 2014 for the philosopher and poet Maulana Jalaluddin Al-Roumi.

He said the event will be held in a hotel, and from his position as a MP, he communicated with the Minister of Interior and demanded that the festivals, dancing, superstitions and things alien to religion should be stopped.

The deputy added, those invited to the event should be women only, and that Jalaluddin Al-Roumi will give specific lessons on rituals about doctrines that we do not know about. He also provided the minister other details such as the time, date and the place where the event will be held.

The local and regional TV channels published the news about this scandal and severely criticized us but the government looked at the MP’s statement from a different angle, and made him minister of information, and placed the National Library, National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) and everything related to media under his care.

Was it a coincidence to appoint a person minister of information while he does not know who Jalaluddin Al-Roumi is since he died 750 years ago and that he was not a dance teacher?

Was it a coincidence that the minister of information is responsible for animal fodder? Was it a coincidence that another minister who had earlier ‘caused harm’ to his wife and was not punished to be appointed minister of justice? We stress here on the word ‘justice’.

Let’s flip through the pages of the book backwards and look into the future with optimism and little caution. It is clear that the election results did not satisfy the expectations of many, and the percentage of change is the highest in the history of the Kuwaiti parliament.

A small number of competent people were not so fortunate, people such as the former MP Ahmad Al-Fadhel; add to this the failure of women of the likes of Alia Al-Khaled and Ghadeer Asiri. However, it is so good that a considerable number of former MPs, whose biographies were controversial and their parliamentary performance below par failed to win as we enjoyed seeing the arrival of promising new faces to represent people of their respective constituencies.

However, all these things must not deceive us because of the lessons we have learned from past experiences because everything depends on the formation of the government and the choice of the prime minister who can be held accountable for the failures of his ministers.

This is where we could not venture in the past because more than one party intervened in the formation of the government.

We also wish ministers are chosen who are charismatic and have a strong personality, practical experiences and good conduct. It is noteworthy to mention some of the current ministers, even if they are few, have done their best and their return to the government fold will be a welcome sign.

How and whom to include in the next Council of Ministers will be a historic moment and a golden opportunity that should not be looked in the face. The good choice will be the beginning of our exit from the tunnel of darkness and step into the light of hope and real reforms.

e-mail: a.alsarraf@alqabas.com.kw

By Ahmad alsarraf