Lest historical discourse fade away…Building a state of fairness, restoring one’s pearl, and emerging from one’s ‘adversity’ – ARAB TIMES





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HISTORY will always remember that His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad’s royal address, delivered on his behalf by His Highness Crown Prince Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmad, laid a new foundation for Kuwait.

We thought we were blowing a torn horn every time we voiced our concerns about the country and its people, but the royal speech made it clear to us that political leaders were watching everything closely and paying attention to what was being said and published.

This is contrary to what was portrayed by His Highness the Prime Minister and the senseless struggle in the National Assembly, which made us fear and assume that our concerns were falling on deaf ears and that our country’s mojo had expired – a country that was once the “Pearl of the Gulf”.

This historical position must be satisfied by measures from the people and the leaders, each in his or her capacity. Everyone must be attentive to what serves the future of the country, especially in this sensitive stage and the pressing international situation at all levels.

It is here that the principle “in every era a country has its men” can apply, as they work to save the country and lead it out of confusion and unwillingness to take action. decisions on serious matters, far from electoral mileage and narrow calculations.

Similarly, the ministerial post or any senior position in the ministries should not be made into an honorary position, but there should be the absolute conviction that it is an official task of great importance and a burden of trust that cannot be lightly treated under any circumstances or enticements.

Your Highness the Amir and Your Highness the Crown Prince, there is no doubt that fairness is the basis of justice. This can only be achieved by addressing the problems of large segments of the population who are suffering the most, because the state of yesterday refused to help these people.

This includes the issue of loan cancellation, which neighboring countries have done as they have canceled their citizens’ debts and set realistic terms for re-borrowing. This had contributed to the financial cycle of the state and prevented any creditor or loan shark from lending to a citizen who is not financially solvent. This is in accordance with the popular proverb – The sheep does not perish and the wolf does not die.

Unfortunately, in Kuwait there are envious and miserly people who are ungrateful. They eye what is in the hands of others, even if it is breadcrumbs, with the aim of devouring it.

The population today wants a clear housing policy that will serve them and not the real estate merchants and entrepreneurs, because it is unreasonable for the beneficiary of housing assistance to wait 15 to 20 years to have their housing while the State is paying a rent allowance amounting to more than KD 2.9 billion to employees every year when the solution is in the hands of the state. With a single decision, this amount, sufficient to build integrated residential cities, can be saved. Isn’t that reasonable in that regard?

This problem is part of what has been caused by the deep state, in which utilitarians and opportunists have taken over everything in the country. Therefore, if there is any seriousness in returning to the state of fairness, there must be executives who work in the light, and who do not conclude deals at night and obstruct everything.

Your Highness the Amir and Your Highness the Crown Prince, the people of today want the state of today to restore the spirit of Kuwait, which has been suffocated by chains of bans imposed by currents of puritanism and cultural backwardness. Therefore, the oxygen of recreational facilities must return in order to stop the eviction of people who, as we mentioned earlier, just hear about vacations without rushing to all border crossings to get to d other countries, especially neighboring countries, to enjoy their time there.

Once upon a time, Kuwait was the recreational destination of our neighboring brothers. It was once the arena of recreation, personal freedom and tourism. Even in the midst of hot summer days, the country woke up to an intellectual seminar or an entertainment festival and slept after a cultural and artistic evening.

However, when you look at Kuwait today, there is no room for entertainment. If there is, it is usually more expensive than anywhere in the world.

Your Highness the Amir and Your Highness the Crown Prince, Kuwaitis today want a country free from organized looting, continued waste of public money and bespoke tenders that have rendered infrastructure and projects worse than anywhere in the world, while what’s left is expensive.

These people yearn for a bold and major decision to stop corruption, even if it is against members of the ruling family, to expel officials who have descended with parachutes on positions and tasks greater than themselves, and to seek a sound administration which does not suffer from the diseases of the temperaments of patronage, wasta and nepotism in order to have a capable and strong State, and not farms and yards of mutual interests.

It is not possible for any citizen in this situation to choose his representatives in all conscience, because he remains bound to tribal and sectarian clientelism and to mutual interests and benefits.

Your Highness the Amir and Your Highness the Crown Prince, what the people want today is a state that prospers and progresses like their counterparts in the Gulf States, not a state of slogans about democracy that hinders more than it produces. They also want us to stop bragging about not being a one man show state, when such countries have prospered and advanced under the leadership of one man as we go backwards every day.

The real challenge is for everyone to work within the directions and guidelines that Your Highness has laid out for us, which gives us the choice between creating a future that works for Kuwait, or continuing to backslide in all aspects.

All the people now hope is that those concerned do not act on their whims, lest this historic speech be emptied of its content and fade away like previous speeches in the past, and everyone in testifies.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah

Editor-in-Chief, The Arab Times





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