KUWAIT CITY, April 13: While the member of the Municipal Council Hamdi Nassar Azmi has submitted a proposal to cancel what is called ‘family sheesha’ in cafés and restaurants, his colleague has dropped a bombshell saying some cafés operate until after midnight and asked a question directly to the concerned ministries of the state about the presence of some women inside the cafés past midnight, reports Al-Rai daily.
The attention is drawn to the upcoming municipal council session Monday, where the controversial proposal will be debated and faces a severe blow, especially as a number of members object to the content of the proposal that focuses on the ‘family sheesha’ without including the general public. During the meeting, requests are expected to amend the proposal by consensus among members, so that the amendment will be ‘doing away with the sheesha from cafés and restaurants’, for everyone and not limited to the families sheesha, or pass the proposal as it stands.
However, the Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Fahd Al-Shula is expected to express his opinion of rejection or approval. “We are also from a conservative environment, and we do not allow anyone to judge us through proposals or recommendations,” said Mashaal Hamdan, a member of the Municipal Council. He said this is unacceptable, stressing he is against the proposal, but not against the customs and traditions, since the proposal is ‘defective’ and full of shortcomings, even the proposal is not applicable.
Al-Hamdan stressed that there is no such thing as ‘family sheesha’ and that there is no authorization to do so until there is a request to cancel. In the beginning, the proposal was sent to the Technical Committee to amend it to be consistent with the mechanism of application of the rules and laws, but unfortunately it was returned to the Commission without any modification