ARAB TIMES, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011
DIWANIYA a digest of public opinion
Deafening silence of parliament cause for concern
Top brass must shed light on MPs swelling accounts
“THE issue of millions of dinars being hostility against us, but unfortunately nature of these requests in exchange for ner the issue is being handled by our law-
deposited in the accounts of some people some of us deal with the international staying in power. America does not care if makers determines their performances and
has not only taken a vast dimension but reports as a conspiracy to undermine our the Arab regime is dictatorial or not. reaction to our problems. Whenever an
has undermined the reputation of Kuwait image, and not to correct our mistakes and “The Syrian regime that is practicing all issue arises, the MPs burden us with cruel
without revealing the names of those who reform our situations. sorts of torture against its people is one utterances against specific suspects whose
have benefited from these deposits,” “However, it was indeed good to see the such corrupt and dictatorial regime. The names are never mentioned, and the main
columnist, former MP and an incumbent Central Bank of Kuwait clearing the situa- question is: Why does not this regime learn issue eventually evaporates into thin air!
professor at Kuwait University Dr tion without wasting time by making it from the former ousted regimes? If the “With the issue of admission, 33 law-
Abdulmohsen Jamal wrote for Al-Qabas clear that the evaluation report issued by Syrian regime loves the country and is sin- makers signed for an emergency session
daily Wednesday. the International Monetary Fund was pre- cere about what it says about reform, it after series of noises witnessed at the
“Speaking of the report which has been pared at the request of Kuwait represented should step down. This is what the people social networking sites in that regard.
issued recently by the International by its Central Bank.” have been demanding; a demand for which However, only 31 lawmakers appeared
Monetary Fund (IMF) describing Kuwait ❑ ❑ ❑ blood had to be shed.” and 3 of them were not among those who
as a haven for money laundering, we sug- ❑ ❑ ❑ gave their signature, indicating 5 of those
His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh gest this report has most likely been based “The call made by MP Faisal Al-Muslim
Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received on in the name of the Development and “We have resorted to ten electoral con- signing for the emergency session never
Wednesday HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al- on reports which are being issued from showed up! Later, they turned round to
time to time by some Kuwaiti lawmakers Reform bloc to declare financial status of stituencies, shortly after we started clam-
Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah at Bayan Palace (top). HH MPs indicates the bloc’s keenness to pro- oring for five constituencies because we accuse the government of scuttling their
Sheikh Nawaf also received First Deputy Prime Minister in addition to the news reports published motive, and that was how far they went”.
and Minister of Defense Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al- by the local dailies. tect public interests and silence some are eager to dispose off the twenty-five
tongues that are making accusations with- constituency system to avoid the recur- ❑ ❑ ❑
Hamad Al-Sabah. (KUNA) “Here I would like to point out that the
statement which has been issued by a vet- out any evidence,” columnist Saad Al- rence of tribal by-elections, parliamentary “It has been said before that if you dis-
eran politician over the same issue such as Me’etesh wrote for Al-Rai daily. tensions and unnecessary distractions,” cuss inconceivable ideas with a supposed
Oil sector pay the Speaker of the National Assembly “I personally welcome the call and AbdulRahman Al-Awad wrote for Al- wise man and he believes you, it means he
Jassem Al-Khorafi is in fact accurate, praise Al-Muslim for it, and I wish that he Hurriya daily. does not have a mind,” Talal Al-Saeed
because we know the Speaker was quoted adopts the form of parliamentary questions “Other reasons for our attempt to get rid wrote for Al-Seyassah daily.
as saying ‘I hope the government will not to implement his call. All I wish is that the of the system include grilling proposals “The local political arena is currently
honorable MP continues his good deed and that are rooted in personal interests and
hike gets nod
remain silent in the face of what has been abuzz with talks on the million dinar
published by the IMF but take necessary puts the condition of revealing the finan- vote-buying that have actually taken place. deposit scam. It is unimaginable that the
executive actions. However, we say if the cial status of not only MPs, but also minis- We tried five constituencies and the situa- government has the ability to ‘buy’ one,
IMF has no concrete information to sup- ters, undersecretaries and other high-rank- tion remained unchanged. There was no two or even ten lawmakers for KD25 mil-
port its claim, it should apologize’. ing officials. The asset declaration must gain from the arguments, outcry, counter lion, because their performance is not
start from the first win in parliamentary accusations and suspicions over intentions
Expats to benefit “But calls for attention is to see six
political powers in the country some of elections for MPs, and the date of appoint- and actions among the lawmakers.
worth such an enormous amount. Under
such circumstances, one cannot help but
them members of the National Assembly, ment for undersecretaries. In case we come “Now, the lawmakers are trying to wonder what compelled the government to
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 7, (KUNA): Minister of issuing a statement to know these facts, I guarantee that the blame the electoral constituencies for their pay millions.
accusing both the Kuwaiti people will raise their e’egal misdeeds and are currently agitating
State for Cabinet Affairs and spokesman of (headcord), but I do not guarantee that all against the system, so as to transform the
“Granting the payment was made to ten
government and the lawmakers, KD2.5 million is still a huge
the government Ali Al-Rashed announced on National Assembly of them will be able to salute the officials entire country into a single constituency. amount. Why did the government pay that
Wednesday the approval of the Civil Service of involvement in the and MPs as the majority will hit them on We warn the blocs behind this plan that much even if it can actually shell out a
Commission (CSC) at its meeting today, issue of money their backs. their scheme will be useless because
“There is a problem with financial status Kuwaitis are united as a single indivisible small amount to purchase loyalty or prin-
chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and deposited in ques- ciples? Well, some people have the guts to
tion. and I do not know the way to find out family, and they will only accept a system
Interior Minister and acting President of the about overseas bank accounts and real that serves the national interest.” sell their principles for a small amount.
“Not just that, “Our problem is that we always choose
CSC Sheikh Ahmed Hamoud Al-Sabah, to these powers have estates. The people whose financial status ❑ ❑ ❑
to disagree and focus on personal conflicts,
grant an increase of salaries and allowances vehemently attacked we want to know hold special passports “I very much admire the rational
and are not subjected to inspection at away from public good. The entire nation
of Kuwaiti workers and salaries of non- the executive power speeches of National Assembly Speaker is also gullible; it easily believes rumors
and the legislature Jamal departure or arrival.”
Kuwaitis in the oil sector. Jassem Al-Khorafi. He neither ‘flirts’ with especially if the issue concerns the govern-
and used vulgar ❑ ❑ ❑ the street, nor does he worry about the
The minister told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) after ment and the Parliament.”
words to accuse them of collaborating to “In the developed world, responsibility upcoming elections or popular gains as ❑ ❑ ❑
the meeting that the Civil Service Council agreed to grant destroy and loot the national wealth and entails accountability. The more power much as he fears for Kuwait and its peo-
an increase of the salaries of Kuwaiti workers in the oil appointing in senior positions people who you hold because of your job, the more ple,” columnist Talal Al-Saeed wrote for “Al-Arabia TV recently broadcast a seri-
sector by a fixed percentage of the total basic salary plus are corrupt. your decisions will be scrutinized,” colum- Al-Watan Arabic daily. al themed ‘president by chance’ and in one
an incentive bonus to be in the form of a monthly finan- “Now the question: Do these powers nist Zayed Al-Zeid wrote for Annahar “The country is subjected on a daily episode, privatization in Egypt and mis-
cial reward. actually act as members in the National daily. basis to a new tremor that is eating up our takes the former regime committed by sell-
He said senior officials would be granted an increases of Assembly, or are they in fact suffering “This is what happens in the world of national unity. Khorafi spoke in the name ing some sectors such as petrol stations to
16.5 percent of basic salary, while administrators would from internal political divisions? We say genuine transparency. However, what is of the Kuwaiti people when he commented traders and relatives of some government
receive an increase of 33 percent of basic pay. this because we know they have accused happening here is the complete opposite. on the report issued by the International officials was shown. The regime had gone
As for the technicians, the minister said they would the entire members of the National We talk at length about transparency, Monetary Fund (IMF) that had really ahead and committed those crimes at the
receive an increase of 66 percent of basic salary in addition Assembly ignoring the fact they actually applying of law, and equality and justice, offended Kuwait. He demanded authorities expense of the nation and deteriorating
to the promotional allowance for the grade. are MPs in the incumbent Parliament. but the reality is extremely grim. Do you to deny or quickly deal with what has been economic situation at that time. Those
He said the Civil Service Commission also agreed to “Such being the case and based on the remember the so-called financial deriva- reported if it was true in order to preserve policies were among the reasons for top-
grant an increase in allowances for non-Kuwaiti employ- above, we have observed that the political tives crisis that took place two years ago Kuwait’s reputation that is important to all pling the former regime,” Mohammad Al-
ees in the oil sector between 25 to 50 Kuwaiti dinars per action in Kuwait has reached such a low and resulted in a loss that had exceeded the of us. He also talked about some MPs who Dosari wrote for Alam Al-Yawm daily.
month and KD 30 for irregular shift a month. A housing level that various political powers have capital of the bank that witnessed the scan- have millions of dinars in their bank “The issue reminds me of recent steps
allowance of KD 75-80 will also be paid. started leveling accusations at each other. dal? Have you heard about putting anyone accounts. He demanded anyone who has being taken to privatize the petrol stations
The minister added that technicians in the oil sector “The International Monetary Fund on trial because of corruption that had led evidence to present them to justice, and he in Kuwait, notwithstanding the smuggling
based on these accusations has issued its to the evaporation of KD 400 million? volunteered to take up this issue if there of subsidized fuel is still under investiga-
almost represent two thirds of the workers. report without leveling any specific charge
He said that the Civil Service Board agreed to grant a 50 What is disastrous is that there are indica- was evidence. He was very realistic, and I tion by the committee formed for that pur-
against any specific individual. tions pointing to attempts to cover up this wished that he had mentioned the source pose.
percent increase in salaries of non-Kuwaiti employees in “However, I don’t know how this can
the oil sector. mess through public funds — our money of those leaks that had damaged our “Privatization of petrol stations in
happen particularly since the party that has and that of future generations. national economy and shook the trust in Kuwait is a strange initiative, since the
The minister congratulated the employees for these involved itself in the issue is an interna-
incentives. “I remember MP Khaled Al-Tahous had the local banks. sector is vital to national security.
tional organization like the IMF and some asked the minister of finance precise par- “He also called for coordination Whatever relations the traders have with
On the other hand, Al-Rashed said that the Civil Service MPs belonging to the Kuwait National
Board reviewed at its meeting today some of the organiza- liamentary questions on that scandal, but I between MPs and the Speaker’s office decision-makers, it’s not appropriate to
Assembly. However, the fact is some MPs doubt the government would dare to before requesting the holding of an emer- privatize this sector, in light of dangers
tional structures provided by some government agencies are currently facing the charge of benefit- associated with smuggling our fuel to
and took the appropriate decisions. answer. The difference is not between our gency session so that it does not go up in
ing from the millions of dinars said to have banks and banks in the West, although air like the one in Ramadan. I wish all MPs neighboring countries like Iraq and Iran”.
been deposited in the accounts of some there are huge differences in aspects of were like Al-Khorafi and thought of their ❑ ❑ ❑
members. management and systems. The real differ- country’s interest and preserving the repu-
“Ironically, this is the strangest kind of “The document discovered in the office
ence is between our government and tation of the legislative institution that is
Kuwait Today behavior on the part of the incumbent theirs. That is because of the reactions that unfortunately going through its worst of the former Libyan intelligence chief
National Assembly because it coincides differ from one government to another phase despite the presence of Jassem Al- showed that the CIA has rounded up sus-
with silence on the part of the Parliament towards facing up to violations, transgres- Khorafi as speaker. The Kuwaiti people pects and sent them to Libya for interroga-
Prayer Timings deaths because it has failed to deal with the tion,” Abdulaziz Sabah Al-Fadli wrote for
sions, thefts, and embezzlements. That is are looking for quick fixes for their prob-
Fajr ...............................04:08 am Fehaid Mejbel Saleh Al-Amyan Al-
‘deposits’ issue. the real difference between us and them.” lems as talk now has turned to the corrup- Al-Rai daily.
Sunrise ...............................05:29 “We request all political powers in the “The Human Rights Watch (HRW) said
Azemi, 83 years old, buried on ❑ ❑ ❑ tion of MPs. Where are we heading to?”
Zohr ....................................11:46 Wednesday. Condolences: Ali Sabah Al- country to dot the i’s and cross the t’s if there are pieces of evidence that some CIA
Salem, Block 5, St 12, House 3, Tel: they have any information on the issue in “Tyrants don’t carry out reforms and so, ❑ ❑ ❑
Asr ..…………………… 03:18 pm
99004293-66272322. Abdul Rahman
agents were present during interrogations
Maghreb .............................06:02 Abdullah Eidan Abu Eidan, 22 years question. Failing to do this a finger of expecting them to carry out reforms is like “The Central Bank of Kuwait has put an and the agency even sent questions for the
Isha.....................................07:21 old, buried on Wednesday. accusation will be pointed at all MPs expecting a devil inside paradise. A legiti- end to rumors and arguments on the recent suspects. The organization also accused
Condolences: Kheitan, Block 3, Ibrahim
Weather Bin Adham St, House 225, Tel:
including those who are part of these polit- mate leader with constitutional backing or report of the International Monetary Fund the US of tolerating the Libyan intelli-
Expected weather for 99524567- 66126111. Mansour Ali ical powers. socio-historical legitimacy will have the (IMF), saying the evaluation was done in gence agents who tortured the suspects.
the next 24 hours
By night: Relatively hot with
Ahmad Al-Qatan, 91 years old, buried
Also: ability to listen to people and hold dia- response to the request of Kuwait and it was “This document is a clear proof of the
on Wednesday. Condolences:
light to moderate north westerly Mansouriya, Huseiniyat Al-Awhad, Block
logue with them,” columnist Salah Al- carried out in a transparent manner,” Hassan cooperation between the Western nations
wind, with speed of 12-35 km/h. “It looks like the hubbub caused recent- Sayer wrote for Al-Anba daily. Al-Mehaimzy wrote for Al-Sabah daily.
By day: Hot with light to moder-
1, Diwan Al-Qatan, Tel: 25334945.
ly by the International Monetary Fund and certain Arab leaders in torturing the
ate north westerly wind, with speed
(Women) Surra, Block 1, St 11, House “However, a tyrant will remain deaf and “The bank also explained that although citizens they are supposed to defend.
of 12-35 km/h.
23. Abdullah Merza Ali Mohammad, 65 (IMF) report warning Kuwait is likely to dumb and will never hear his people. A the report said Kuwait has yet to take
years old, buried on Wednesday. become a fertile ground for money laun- Muammar Gaddafi is just one of the lead-
Kuwait Weather Condolences: (Men) Maidan Hawally, Al- tyrant is a coward and is miserable due to measures to criminalize financing terrorist ers who deceive the people by faking
Station Max Min Huseiniya Al-Ashkinaniya, Tel: dering activities is irrelevant, particularly the fear of unknown. He is scared whenev- activities, it still managed to pass the anti-
99799269. (Women) Mubarak Al- since we know the Central Bank of Kuwait enmity against imperialists, while secretly
Kabeer, Block 3, St 22, House 21. Al- er he hears noise or whispering. This money laundering bill and no enormous serving as their agents.
Kuwait City 45 34
Zagei Jamaan Musalam Al-Rasheedi,
yesterday issued a statement asserting the explains why he belittles people and forces terrorist act has been recorded so far.
Kuwait Airport 44 26
74 years old, buried on Wednesday. report of IMF in this regard was prepared “Many nations have been faking resist-
Nuwaiseeb 42 29 them to worship him alone. “Undoubtedly, the Central Bank plays ance to the American and Zionist influence
Wafra 45 27
Condolences: Ardiya, Block 11, St 4, at the request of Kuwait in accordance “A coup planner who hijacks the power its role in monitoring the activities of
Salmi 43 26
Avenue 2, House 80, Tel: 66119878-
with the outcome of a meeting of financial in our region but they are actually working
Abdaly 45 27
66478878. Aysha Abdul Jaleel Al- of authority by force has only one force in exchange bureaus, banks and investment in the interest of the two. Some of our
Jalaliyah 44 27
Baqer, 64 years old, buried on work group of the Middle East and North his dictionary. He no longer needs the companies to ensure strict implementation
Failaka 44 28
Wednesday. Condolences: (Men) Africa which was held in Kuwait last leaders are mere cards in the hands of the
Khaldiya, Block 4, Ali Al-Fathala St water of Euphrates to quench his thirst of anti-money laundering regulations to Western world; they are discarded once
Ahmadi Port 43 33 House 10, Tel: 99669901. (Women) May,” columnist Badr Al-Rashidi wrote because he got used to drinking blood prevent financing of terrorism.
Umm Al-Maradem 39 33 Yarmouk, Block 3, St 1, Avenue 2, House for Freedom Journal daily Wednesday. they are rendered useless, similar to what
Warba-Bubiyan 45 25 8, Tel: 25335811. Adel Ahmad Hasan every time people gather for protests and “The IMF has not accused Kuwait of happened to Saddam Hussein, Yasser
Marine Forecast Al-Baloshi, 46 years old, buried on
“As a matter of fact, this is our problem chant ‘AllahuAkbar’.” money laundering; it only warned against
Wednesday. Condolences: Salmiya, Al- because we blow things out of proportion Arafat, Zine bin El-Abidine, Hosni
Station Max Min Sea Today’s
Exp Rec Surf Waves Huseiniya Al Haidariya, Block 10, and level the accusations at each other and ❑ ❑ ❑ the tendency of our country in becoming a Mubarak and Gaddafi.”
Ht Direction haven for such practices. As usual, people
Amman St 2, behind Al-Rashed hospital, then go into a shell. When the facts surface “The US was one of the first countries to ❑ ❑ ❑
South Dolphin 41 33 31 4ft SE Tel: 99820400-97337134. Husein
support the Arab regimes that have disap- with inordinate ambitions have quoted the
Ahmadi L/V 39 33 33 4ft SE Mohammad Al-Wetaib Al-Ajmi, 17 and no apology is issued then we raise hell. report out of context to instigate chaos. “We supported Syrians on religious
Beacon M28 37 32 32 4ft SE years old, buried on Wednesday. “In this context, we say some people peared from the Arab and international grounds and were surprised of odious reac-
Beacon N6 42 31 - 4ft SE Condolences: (Men) Adan, Block 8, St
political map and appeared on the media “Kuwait has confirmed that it is keen on
Umm Al-Maradem 39 33 - 4ft SE 21, House 32, Tel: 55870000. (Women)
have dealt with IMF report in question as combating financial crimes. It has gone a tions that transformed the issue from sim-
Sea island Buoy 38 34 33 4ft SE Bayan, Block 11, Avenue 3, House 9. abuse against Kuwait. However, we won- map,” columnist Hamad Al-Enizi wrote for ply obtaining civil rights into another
Al-Mustaqbal daily. long way in earning the respect of bankers,
Salmiyah 43 33 - 4ft SE Jalabah Jayed Adham, 60 years old, der what these people would have done if thing,” Ahmad Al-Shohoumi wrote for Al-
Julaia Port 41 33 - 4ft SE widow of Faleh Jedai Dahom, buried on
the Central Bank of Kuwait had made it “The revolutions are continuing to dom- financial gurus and economists. The duty
Tide times at Shuwaikh Port Wednesday. Condolences: (Men) Waha, of the lawmakers then is to amend the Anba daily.
Block 3, St 3, House 29, Tel: 66049828. clear that the said report was prepared by inate due to youth who insist on following
1st high tide: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21:15 (Women) Waha, Block 3, St 3, House 33, the IMF at the request of the State of them up and staying committed to their existing laws and rectify the flaws. It is not “We must confess that toppling Bashar
2nd high tide: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .07:15 Tel: 24562340. Khalifa Saleh Al-
Kuwait. goal of toppling corrupt regimes that have good to tarnish the image of Kuwait to Al-Assad’s regime in Syria is tantamount
1st low tide: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .01:45 Shayei, 85 years old, to be buried on achieve political goals.” to collapse of the crescent Iran is devoted-
2nd low tide: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15:45 Thursday after Asr prayers. “Meanwhile, we say according to the stolen the riches of the peoples. They are
Sunrise: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .05:28 Condolences: (Men) Kaifan, Block 2, Central Bank of Kuwait, the evaluation continuing to voice the famous statement, ❑ ❑ ❑ ly trying to depict in the region. The recent
Sunset: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18:05 Okath St House 28, Tel: 24849090.
was done by a specialist team from the ‘The people want the ouster of the regime’ “Apparently, our lawmakers are good rioting in Bahrain was a blow to the Gulf
Recorded yesterday at (Women) Jabriya, Block 9, St 19, House
8, Tel: 25315085. Noora Talal Abdul International Monetary Fund in October which had a strange effect in scaring and with the roles they play in discharging when it suspended support to the uprising
Kuwait Airport Karim Al-Awadi, 8 years old, to be 2010, about one year ago. shaking the corrupt regimes that have fall- their duties via mobile phone and social in Egypt, Libya and Syria.
Max temp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46C buried on Thursday after Asr prayers. “Currently, the Iranian observer moni-
Min temp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31C Condolences: (Men) Bayan, Block 1, St “Hence, we wonder why some people en like dominos on hearing those words. networking sites, without necessarily
Max Rh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21% 1, Avenue 5, House 27, Tel: 94922212- have kicked the dust now. And why did The American administration has to now being inside the parliament. Ever since the toring events in Kuwait believes that buy-
Min Rh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .05% 99685189. (Women) Fintas, Block 2, St
these people not try to probe what had catch up with the demands of the revolting parliament break, our lawmakers have not ing political loyalty has become easy here.
Max Wind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .N 46 km/h 17, House 32, Tel: 23902957-66190022. I learnt one of the lawmakers involved in
Total Rainfall in 24 hr . . . . . . . . . .00 mm actually happened before waging an unfair youths in order to keep its relations with stopped bombarding us with series of hot
Recorded yesterday at South
Sept, 7, 2011 campaign against the International democratic regimes that are coming up statements on array of issues. However, the KD 25,000,000 scandal justifies the
Prev Wave Dir/Max Wave Ht........... N/3 ft Monetary Fund? inevitably. And thus, the administration is they have not presented a single solution to amount which has been transferred into his
Dolphin account to allegedly support charity activ-
Min/Max/ Air Temp .........................33/42C
Min/Max Sea Surface Temp ..........31/32C “However, we should keep in mind that making demands from those who were one any problem,” Ahmad Al-Essa wrote for
Sea Current...............................Downdraft ities in Lebanon”.
Min/Max Rel Hum .........................16/58% — Directorate General of Civil the International Monetary Fund is an day its allies and who never turned down Al-Jareeda daily.
Wind Direction/Wind Speed......N/41 km/h Aviation, Meteorological Dept. international body and does not harbor any any American requests regardless of the “The million-dinar scandal and the man- — Compiled by Zaki Taleb