Call to treat injured Palestinians
KUWAIT CITY, May 16: MPs responded to the Israeli attacks on Gaza and the Palestinians in Jerusalem through the issuance of statements condemning the attacks and submission of a bill.
MP Saleh Zeib Al-Mutairi submitted a bill on establishing Kuwait Fund for Jerusalem with a capital of KD100 million; 50 percent of which will be paid by public institutions, 25 percent by private and shareholding companies, and 25 percent by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and individuals.
The bill stipulates that the foreign affairs minister shall supervise the fund and chair its board of directors. The fund will issue securities and grant loans amounting to as much as thrice the capital to the Palestinians living in Jerusalem for the implementation of development projects in coordination with the concerned Islamic and international organizations. The fund is banned from dealing with the authorities of the occupying entity (Israel), while its Board of Directors will manage the fund as per the executive decree which will be issued within six months of ratifying the law.
MP Muhammad Al-Mutair called on His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid and Health Minister Dr Basel Al-Sabah to start the treatment of injured Palestinians in the hospitals of Kuwait. He stressed the need to expedite procedures for the treatment of injured Palestinians in Gaza and Jerusalem as this is part of religious commitment rather than a humanitarian duty.
MP Khalid Al-Otaibi posted on Twitter: “After the series of crimes against humanity, attacking worship places and victimizing innocent people and children, it is appalling to see the flags of the Zionist entity being raised in some Arab capitals.”
MP Abdullah Al-Turaiji said Jerusalem and Aqsa Mosque are in the minds of all Muslims who are not affected by the betrayal of some parties. He pointed out that the objective of the heroic act of Palestinians through the chain of national liberation will be realized once the Zionists and their mercenaries are defeated.
He said the commitment of Muslims in front of Allah is to defend and protect Al-Aqsa Mosque and whoever abandons this commitment betrays Allah the Almighty.
MP Ahmed Al-Matar pointed out that one of the signs of Israel’s defeat is taking revenge on armless civilians and children when it failed to deal with the heroic resistance. He added: “Such a losing strategy will not help the Zionist entity hide its ugly face and it will never make those behind the resistance movement give up. It is no longer useful to rely on global awareness. The best strategy is to inflict pain on the enemy. “
MP Soud Bu Sleeb stressed that the shameful crimes committed by the Zionist entity against the innocent children will always remain a vivid memory for humans. He said this necessitates unmasking the horrible face of Israel to expose its cruel attitude toward the Palestinians.
In a related development, MP Osama Al-Shaheen participated in the online meeting of Parliamentarians for Al-Quds Society; during which they tackled ways to deal with the Israeli attacks on Palestinians in Jerusalem and Gaza. MPs from Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, Italy, Jordan, Turkey, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Yemen, Indonesia, Malaysia and Palestine attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee approved four bills submitted by MPs Muhammad Al-Hewaila, Khalil Al-Saleh, Marzouq Al-Khalifa and Yousef Al-Ghareeb on amending Civil Service Law number 15/1979.
One of the bills stipulates adding an article to allow a public sector employee to cash his unused leave days and the calculation will be based on his current salary. The bill also grants the employee the right to add his unused leave days to his indemnity.
Another bill allows the public sector employee to cash 30 to 200 days of his leave balance as per the policy of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in this regard.
The other bill states that if the need arises, the government can decide to suspend the regular vacation of some employees who, in turn, have the right to obtain the cash equivalent or add the suspended vacation days to their regular leave days for the following year.
The last bill allows the employee to apply for encashment of unused leave days in January every year and this right is protected even if the employee does not apply.
The report on these bills will be referred to the Assembly soon for inclusion in the agenda of its next session.
On the other hand, the Education, Culture and Guidance Affairs Committee is set to meet on Monday with Minister of Oil and Higher Education Dr Muhammad Al-Fares, Minister of Finance and Minister of State for Economic and Investment Affairs Khalifa Hamada and the senior officials in both ministries to discuss six bills on amending law number 15/1995 regarding the allowance or incentive granted to students.
Furthermore, MP Soud Bu Sleeb unveiled his plan to forward queries to Minister of Health Dr Basel Al-Sabah on Monday about the agent supplying AstraZenaca-Oxford vaccine, provisions and value of the contract. He intends to submit a grilling motion against the minister on this issue and others if the latter does not respond to his queries.
MP Muhannad Al-Sayer also asked the minister about the inaccurate estimation of the number of individuals who got the first dose of AstraZenaca-Oxford vaccine to prepare for the second dose. He wants to know the criteria for determining the individuals who got the second dose of the vaccine as many of them got the second dose before those who got the first dose earlier than them. He asked if the ministry conducted investigations to determine the reasons behind the alleged discrimination in administering the second dose of the vaccine.
He inquired if the decisions issued by the ministry, especially those concerning coronavirus, are based on legal studies to determine if they are in line with the Constitution. If yes, he requested for copies of these studies.
He also asked why those who have not been vaccinated are not allowed to travel even to countries which do not require vaccination for people entering their territories.
He wonders why the ministry decided to prohibit unvaccinated people from entering cinemas and theaters even if vaccination is not mandatory. He wants to know the number of lawsuits filed against the ministry due to these decisions.
In another development, the lawmakers congratulated Al-Arab Football Team for emerging victorious in the Kuwaiti Premium League.
National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim congratulated the fans, chairman and members of the Board of Directors of the team.
He addressed the fans: “You have been very patient and finally you won the prize you deserve.” He pointed out that the return of the team to the honor platform is in the interest of Kuwaiti football in general.
MP Hesham Al-Saleh also congratulated the team, stressing that the team might get sick but it will not die and this victory signals the beginning of a new phase for the team to revive its past glory.
It is worth mentioning that the last time the team won in the premium league was during the 2001/2002 season.
By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh
Arab Times Staff