KUWAIT CITY, Sept 18: The government took advantage of the Parliament recess and raised the prices of petrol, MP Faisal Al-Kandari said Sunday while disclosing his intention to submit an interpellation motion against Minister of Finance and acting Minister of Oil Anas Al-Saleh.’
He clarified the interpellation will take place during the very first session of the new parliamentary term, unless the government withdraws its decision and stick to the recommendations and decisions made in the meeting between the two authorities over the issue. He pointed out he has been warning against such governmental decisions since the emergence of the electricity subsidy issue a few months ago.
Unfortunately, the government decided to raise the prices of petrol during the Parliament recess, bypassing any kind of committee meetings and parliamentary sessions.
This is absolutely unacceptable, especially when the decision has negative impact on citizens and this is a red line that the MPs will not allow the government to cross, he added. Furthermore, the MP argued that if the government is trying to curb the squandering of public funds, then there are numerous channels which it has not even glanced at, wondering until when the citizens are going to be victims of poor judgments and unstudied governmental decisions.
On the other hand, MP Abdullah Al-Mayouf stated that ever since MP Ahmed Al-Qudhaibi called for an emergency session to discuss the government’s decision to lift subsidies on petrol, the MPs have gone out voicing their rejection and discontent over it. He added that whilst all of the statements, concerns, proposals and interpellations are genuine, the MP called on his colleagues to make them a reality by taking tangible steps towards finding the appropriate solution, not just words on paper aimed at political gain.
In another development, the parliamentary Public Funds Protection Committee, tasked to investigate companies that used falsified documentations to acquire farming land, demanded for the termination of three officials at the Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR).
The committee said the three officials were proven to have shady connections with these companies and an official letter with detailed explanation about the matter was sent to HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.
Also, the committee discovered that the daughters of two officials in the authority were given land under questionable circumstances and a pattern of allocating farming land to relatives of officials is evident; hence, the demand to take necessary action against them.
By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff