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									                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ARAB TIMES, THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011




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                                         Legal Eagle

                                                                                 Mujib lauds some embassies for providing legal services


Ignorance of laws main cause of expats problems
         By Valiya S. Sajjad                  ignorance. People do not know their             “The Indian embassy in Kuwait,             ter in the embassy. “Runaway maids              of improvement in Kuwait in the con-           is in fact buttressing local economies
           Arab Times Staff                   rights and take everything lying down.        thanks to the efforts of the successive      usually end up in the hands with crim-          ditions of maids and labourers due to          back home.”
                                              Many foreign embassies in Kuwait are          ambassadors, especially the outgoing         inals who exploit them sexually and             the commendable initiatives taken by              When asked about some of the most
T   here is a lot of things that a lawyer
    can do to help different communi-
ties in Kuwait, feels Mujib
                                              providing good support to their people to
                                              ensure they enjoy all their rights. Mujib
                                                                                            ambassador, HE Ajai Malhotra, has
                                                                                            come a long way to serve Indian maids
                                                                                                                                         even use them as prostitutes.”
                                                                                                                                            Mujib has seen some of the darkest
                                                                                                                                                                                         the lawmakers and many kind hearted
                                                                                                                                                                                         Kuwaiti friends. “We shall remember
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        memorable cases he has handled,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mujib recalled a case of an Indian
                                              had a lot of praise for the Philippine        and labourers, and the system in the         sides of life in Kuwait. “The greatest          that in a country where the expatriates        worker who was falsely accused of
UrRahman, who has been working in             Embassy, “which has on many instances         embassy has definitely become more           exploiters are often your compatriots.          far outnumber citizens, such stray             misappropriating company funds by
Kuwait for 15 years as a lawyer, large-       come out strongly in support of               people friendly.                             There are innumerable cases of run-             instances of exploitation are bound to         his sponsor. This came when his near-
ly serving the interests of expatriates       Philippine maids and other labourers to         “There is a legal clinic at the            away maids who were offered protec-             happen; however, that should not blind         ly two-decade long tenure in the com-
on a variety of legal issues.                 protect their fundamental rights. I admire    embassy where people from all walks          tion by fellow community members,               us to the many benefits that we expa-          pany was coming to a close and a huge
   As the legal advisor at BuWaleed &         their courage and determination.”             of life can go and receive legal advice      only to be locked up in dingy and               triates enjoy in this beautiful country.”      indemnity was coming his way. “The
Talal Law Firm, Mujib says he has had            The Kuwaiti law has many provi-            on all matters of law.”                      cramped residential units to be prosti-                                                        sponsor was trying not to pay him.
the opportunity to help many house            sions to ensure that every human being                                                     tuted. Many such women have been                              Repatriate                       Mujib studied all the angles of the case
maids and labourers, who were suffer-         gets treated justly, Mujib noted.                              Exploit                     saved by the intervention of communi-              “Kuwait is a great nation and people        and presented valuable points to
ing due to unscrupulous agents and            “However, when people do not know               According to Mujib the best step           ty organizations and well meaning               from all parts of the world have pros-         undermine the arguments of the plain-
sponsors who tried to exploit them.           how to go acquire their rights, then          taken by the embassy towards the wel-        Kuwaiti authorities.”                           pered living here. The money that we           tiff. The case was adjudged in favour
   Mujib said the main problem lies with      there is a problem.                           fare of maids is the opening of a shel-         Mujib noted that there has been a lot        expatriates repatriate to our countries        of the Indian worker.”



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Books

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ‘Islam & Muslims’

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          AUK Prof Nassir
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          pens new book
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          KUWAIT CITY, May 4: Associate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Professor of English Language &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Literature at AUK Dr Ghazi Q.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nassir’s proposal to author a new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          book entitled Perceptions and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          \Representations of Islam and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Muslims in English Literature:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          three volumes has been accepted by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the Edwin Mellen Press. This is his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          third book.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Perceptions and Representations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of Islam and Muslims in English
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Literature traces and examines the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          perceptions and representations of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Islam and the Muslims, their civi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lization as reflected in the works of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the English writers from the Middle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ages to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          present time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The main aim
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of this study is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          not to launch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          an attempt to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          identify
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          homogenous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          representa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tions of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Muslim fig-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ures but rather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to consider the          Nassir
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          significance of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the variety of works at hand and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          explore the reasons that informed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and motivated the authors’ views
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and presentations.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Misconceptions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The book gives a historical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          overview of English writers’ popu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lar misconceptions of Islam which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          resulted in their often hostile atti-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tude towards Islam, its founder, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          its followers. It demonstrates, how-
                                                             Kuwait Al Doha Port by Christopher Sanan. (Inset): Kuwait Liberation Tower by Ramil Sunga                                                                                    ever, that in including a variety of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          prominent Muslim figures in their
                                                                            ‘Kuwait between yesterday and today’                                                                                                                          literary works, their treatments of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          these figures and events bear no
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          trace of the folkloric or theological
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          attacks on Islam and its propaga-

Pinoy lensmen win top prizes in KOC photo contest                                                                                                                                                                                         tors. It also traces the origins of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Muslim (Turks and Arabs) images
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in English Literature since the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Middle Ages to the present time.
     By Michelle Fe Santiago                  social life.                                  Landscape Category is Ramil Sunga            quipped Sunga who beamed with hap-              great day for all Filipino photography           The works of literature are ana-
     Special to the Arab Times                               Showcase                       with his photo of the Kuwait                 piness as he showed his certificate of          enthusiasts. This recognition will               lyzed and viewed through histori-
                                                                                            Liberation Tower taken from a cre-           recognition to the Arab Times.                  inspire me to work harder and improve            cal, political, religious, and cultural
                                                 “We weren’t really expecting to win
T    heir countless photoshoots and
     photowalks during weekends
finally paid off. Their photographs
                                              because there were a lot of participants
                                              of various nationalities whose works
                                                                                            ative perspective — chiaroscuro, a
                                                                                            breathtaking interplay of light and
                                                                                                                                                          Subject
                                                                                                                                            On the other hand, Marin bagged the
                                                                                                                                                                                         on my craft and capture more images
                                                                                                                                                                                         that will best encapsulate life,” he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          contexts to show why these images
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          prevail, and what changes, if any,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          have been presented.
                                              are really world-class. We joined the         darkness. “We’re very happy that our                                                         enthused.                                           Over sixteen hundred years of
speak so much of their sheer creativity                                                                                                  second prize in the Portrait Category
                                              competition just to showcase our pho-         photos have been recognized in this          with his black and white photograph of             Meanwhile, Ramon Marbella won                 English literature under consideration
as they made waves in the recently
                                              tographs and thank God, we’ve made            competition. We are deeply honored           a Kuwaiti praying and in supplication.          consolation prize for his photo of the           in Perceptions and Representations of
concluded photography competition
organised by the Kuwait Oil Company           it!” shared Sanan, an architect by pro-       and we share this recognition to all our     His photo captured the intense emotions         Kuwait Bay at its best during sunset.            Islam and Muslims contains, in
(KOC) under the theme “Kuwait                 fession, who won first place in the           kababayan and to all Filipino photog-        of the subject. “Words are not enough to        “Winning the consolation prize is                Chaucer’s phrase, “all God’s plenty.”
Between Yesterday and Today.”                 Landscape Category with his winning           raphy enthusiasts. This is for you,”         express my happiness. This is really a          already an honor considering the                 In these centuries of literature, read-
   Four Filipino photography enthusi-         entry “Drought” - a photo of an aban-                                                                                                      numerous entries. It all began as a              ers can trace and observe the interre-
                                              doned dhow at the Doha Port.                                                                                                               hobby and now our work is starting to            lation of literature and religion, litera-
asts Christopher Sanan, Ramil Sunga,                                                                                                                                                                                                      ture and culture, and literature and
Aldrin Marin and Ramon Marbella, all             His winning entry evokes environ-                                                                                                       get noticed. We thank God for this
                                                                                                                                                                                         wonderful blessing and of course,                politics. It seeks to furnish the stu-
members of the LightBenders                   mental consciousness with its crisp                                                                                                                                                         dents of Orientalism, Oriental schol-
Photography Group bagged top prizes           combination of colourful hues cap-                                                                                                         thanks to all my colleagues who have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ars, with some useful observations
in the KOC Photography Competition            tured perfectly by his lens. Sanan, a                                                                                                      been tagging me along in every photo-            and insights on English Orientalists,
2011 which coincided with the coun-           former president of a Filipino photog-                                                                                                     shoot and photowalk,” he stated.                 as a whole, and as well on particular
try’s celebrations of the 50th anniver-       raphy group who now heads the newly                                                                                                           The four award-winning Pinoy lens-            works in the light of what is now
sary of its independence, the 20th            created LightBenders, outlined that                                                                                                        men received their certificates of               known of perceptions and representa-
anniversary of the liberation and the         you just have to keep on honing your                                                                                                       recognition from KOC Chairman and                tions of Islam and Muslims, and the
5th anniversary of the assumption into        craft. “Don’t be afraid to experiment.                                                                                                     Managing Director Sami Al Rushaid                intellectual and literary milieu in
office of HH the Amir. The event              Explore your creativity. Keep on prac-                                                                                                     during the awarding ceremony held                which they wrote their literary works.
aimed at highlighting the aesthetic           ticing and just focus on the technicali-                                                                                                   recently at the Missoni Hotel in                              Interaction
aspects of Kuwait, its rich heritage,         ties later on,” he pointed out.                                                                                                            Salmiya. Sanan, Sunga and Marin also                Perceptions and representations of
architecture, landscape, culture and             Landing on the second spot in the                                                                                                       received cash for their prizes.                  Islam and Muslims in English
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Literature will contribute to existing
                                                May 7                                                                                                                                      May 12                                         scholarship by, first, documenting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and contextualizing Christian
                                              Future Eye Theatre workshop:                                                                                                               GWS – May Queen event: The Goan                  English writers’ perceptions and
                                              Future Eye Theatre, Kuwait will hold a                                                                                                     Welfare Society is delighted to announce         images of Muslims, Turks, and
                                              demonstration-cum-workshop on ‘Theatre                                                                                                     plans for the annual ‘May Queen 2011’ to         Arabs over the course of their entire
                                              and Dance’ on Saturday May 7, 2011 at                                                                                                      be held at the Al-Andalus Ballroom,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          history of interaction, not just a sin-
         click                                7.30pm at the Successlines, Abbassiya.
                                              Renowned Kathakali exponent Kalaman-          Award-winning Pinoy lensmen (right to left) Ramon Marbella, Christopher
                                                                                                                                                                                         Crowne Plaza, Farwaniya on May 12,
                                                                                                                                                                                         2011, from 8:00 pm onwards. The high-            gle period. Second, in doing so it will
                                              dalam E Vasudevan and Bharatanatyam and                        Sanan, Ramil Sunga and Aldrin Marin.                                        lights of the glamorous event are undoubt-       pay particular attention to continu-
                                              Mohiniyattom exponent Kalamandalam                                                                                                         edly, the crowning of May Queen 2011.            ities and discontinuities that have not
Drinking problem?: You are no longer                                                                                                                                                                                                      been coherently studied in this con-
alone! Confidential helpline 99641389.        Mallika will conduct the workshop. All the-   Embassy of the Slovak Republic in                In this age of computing and the advent     Participants, vying for the prestigious
                                              atre and dance lovers including dance stu-                                                                                                 crown, are urged to get set and make sure        text, primarily the gradual replace-
           ❑        ❑        ❑                dents are welcome. For details, Tel:
                                                                                            Kuwait would like to inform the public       of wireless networks, more and more peo-
                                                                                                                                                                                         they are among the select few, competing         ment of “infidels” or “pagans”,
                                                                                            that on the occasion Liberation Day of the   ple are getting connected on the Internet all
Narcotics Anonymous: NA can help              97277151, 66726427 or 65018302.               Slovak Republic the Embassy of the           over Kuwait and other parts of the world.       in the mega beauty pageant, which will be        “Hagarnes” or “Ishmaelites”,
with addiction problems. Totally confi-                   ❑        ❑        ❑               Slovak Republic will be closed on May 8,     Various companies are offering deals on
                                                                                                                                                                                         professionally conducted. They will be           “Mahometans”, “Saracens” by
dential: 94087800 English/Arabic.                                                                                                                                                        ably supported by a panel of eminent             “Turks”, “Arab Terrorists,” or
                                              Children’s workshop: Parents – The            2011.                                        wireless routers and internet packages. But     judges to ensure impartiality.                   “Muslim Terrorists” at the center of
                                              final series of children’s workshops starts                ❑       ❑       ❑               how safe is the Internet? How do you pro-          For more information and bookings
                       Latest                 this Saturday, May 7, at 9:30. We’ll begin                                                 tect yourself, your privacy and prevent         please call after 6 pm on these Tel Nos:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Englishmen’s fantasies about the
                                              working on the annual play, so I hope         French Embassy closure: On the               your personal information from falling into                                                      Islamic World, and the transforma-
Lost certificate: It is notified for the                                                    occasion of public holidays in France, the                                                   Sydney: 99696316, Joseph: 66933250,              tion of Christian historical narratives
information that my original certificate of   we’ll see any actors and actresses, set                                                    the wrong hands? Join us at AWARE               Sharon: 25642160, Philoo: 25733548,
                                              designers, costume makers, and penguins       French Embassy in Kuwait will be closed      where we will explore various avenues to                                                         into the secular narratives of the
Supplementary Secondary examination                                                         on Sunday the 8th of May 2011.                                                               Rabindra: 55738343, Mario: 66399009,
                                              on Saturday.                                                                               protect yourself from falling prey to those     Cajetan: 97165438, Dominic: 99391452,            Enlightenment and Modernity and
year 2005, Roll No 6102721 pass out from                                                                                                                                                                                                  the roles accorded to Muslims, Turks
CBSE, Delhi has been lost. Finder may call       If you have any questions about either                                                  who abuse the Internet. Salaah Chris            Franco: 66056019.
                                              programme, please email me (susan-              May 10                                     Whyte is an information security analyst.                                                        and Arabs in each. Third, this study
at the following mobile no: 66148480.                                                                                                                                                                 ❑       ❑        ❑
Name of candidate: Ali Akbar Hussain;         day@darmuseum.org.kw or                       AWARE diwaniya: “The AWARE                   When? On May 10, 2011 at 7:00pm.                                                                 attempts to show how this history
Full address: Al Rashid International         daysusan@gmail.com                            Center cordially invites you to its             For more information, call                   Basnium II: ‘Basnium II’ a melodious             matters today, with particular focus
Shipping Company, CEVA Logistics, 3rd                                                       diwaniya presentation entitled, “Network     25335260/80 or e-mail: Htaware.has-             nite with variety of stunning and amazing        on the relation of the East/Islam and
                                                May 8                                                                                                                                    items, will be conducted on Thursday,            West/Christian.
floor; Email address: aliahmed12@hot-                                                       Security: privacy protection,” by Salaah     san@gmail.com or log onto:
mail.com                                      Slovakian Embassy closure: The                Chris Whyte on Tuesday May 10, 2011.         www.aware.com.kw                                        Continued on Page 29

								
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