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Where are we in contrast to Filipinos?

Ali Ahmed Al-Baghli Former Minister of Oil

NEWS from Manila, the capital of the Philippines, caught my attention — given that we and the Filipinos endured two issues a few months ago in terms of them continuing to work in our houses, shops and hospitals or bidding them farewell for good.

Indeed, the members of this community — both men and women — are the least to commit crimes in Kuwait compared to some other nationals. I will not mention names because they know themselves, and the numbers neither flatter nor lie.

Back to the news which caught my attention and amazement at the same time. The news says: “Philippines Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Nicanor Faeldon Sr offered to resign should his son be found involved in illegal drugs.” This came hours after his son was arrested in a police raid in the house of a suspected drug dealer.

Faeldon said he has not seen his son for six months and he had no knowledge that his son was involved in narcotics. He added, “I can assure everyone that if my son is involved in any way, even by consuming it, I will immediately resign from my position, and I will follow him up and punish him. I will kill him if he is involved.”

Now, tell me if this Filipino official does not deserve the highest honor for this unique position he has taken. His son is still a suspect and has not been proven to be involved in the crime in question, yet this official decided to step down in order to avoid interference in the investigation and also to prevent his high status in the government from affecting the work of his investigators in convicting his son.

How many sons or daughters of high ranking officials or personalities in both the executive and legislative authorities have escaped justice due to the status of their parents? This does not happen only in Kuwait, but in most Arab and Muslim countries.

Majority of our children are commoners; they do not see and they do not hear. It is as if nothing happened and the children are innocent in our eyes.

Someone might say this is idealist talk. We, especially in Kuwait, wish that at least those who looted public wealth or were involved in bribes and other similar crimes will face justice and get punished to serve as a deterrent for others. For years, the entire country has been waiting for the arrest of the one who looted its wealth or its sweat. He and his children are enjoying this stolen wealth without any sense of shame, fear, ethics or even law.

Therefore, we see public wealth looting on the rise day by day. We get preoccupied with such cases until someone decides to cover them with another major scandal in a bid to divert our attention from the previous one.

It is enough to see the sinking of streets in one of our new areas due to a single round of rain for us to see threats against officials in the government by those who are supposed to be held responsible. All this is due to the fact that the one who is safe from punishment will definitely misbehave.

Where are we in contrast to our Filipino brothers in humanity with regard to the story we narrated at the beginning?

By Ali Ahmed Al-Baghli

Former Minister of Oil

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