‘Kuwait in dire need for en­hance­ment of na­tional unity’

End me­dia war over Gulf cri­sis: MP Al-De­qbasi

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

MP Ali Al-De­qbasi has urged the gov­ern­ment to close the chap­ter of po­lit­i­cal prose­cu­tions in the same way the op­po­si­tion closed the chap­ter of po­lit­i­cal boy­cott, in­sist­ing that the coun­try is cur­rently in dire need for en­hance­ment of na­tional unity, re­ports AlQabas daily.

In an in­ter­view, MP Al-De­qbasi praised the ef­forts ex­erted by His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in mend­ing the rift among the mem­ber states of the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC), an en­deavor which en­joys na­tional and in­ter­na­tional sup­port.

He called for an end to the me­dia war over the cur­rent Gulf cri­sis, stress­ing that the GCC mem­ber states should take up all is­sues of con­flict se­ri­ously in or­der to clear the re­gional at­mos­phere.

MP Al-De­qbasi also urged all Arab coun­tries on the need to change the means and ways of fac­ing the Zion­ist en­emy, “if we want to cre­ate an ef­fec­tive im­pact when fac­ing this crim­i­nal en­tity”.

He warned against ret­ro­gres­sion in the ceil­ing of free­dom in Kuwait, say­ing, “Through the en­hance­ment of free­dom is the door to ac­tual re­forms”.

Re­gard­ing cre­ation of em­ploy­ment, the law­maker af­firmed his sin­cere in­ter­est in push­ing for re­forms and en­hance­ment of free­dom, as well as con­fronting the catas­tro­phe of lack of job op­por­tu­ni­ties for Kuwaitis.

He stressed that ev­ery state of­fi­cial ought to know that those wait­ing in queues for em­ploy­ment have reached thou­sands, in­di­cat­ing that he won­ders if the fund for small and medium en­ter­prises is not be­ing uti­lized ef­fec­tively, as they can open many job op­por­tu­ni­ties for Kuwaiti youths.

Re­gard­ing to his past warn­ing con­cern­ing wastage of funds and ab­sence of a clear vi­sion for re­forms, MP Al-De­qbasi re­vealed that he is not sure if the gov­ern­ment has a clear vi­sion and plan, and whether its ac­com­plish­ments or steps would help the coun­try achieve its ob­jec­tives. He added, “Any re­form that does not pro­vide job op­por­tu­ni­ties for cit­i­zens is re­jected”.

He ex­plained, “The coun­try needs a vi­sion. There are many ideas, but, at the same time, bil­lions are be­ing trans­ferred over­seas without any re­turns for the coun­try. De­spite hav­ing sur­plus rev­enues in the past, the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion is dif­fer­ent. Dur­ing the sur­plus pe­riod, the gov­ern­ment failed, so one can’t help but won­der if it can suc­ceed un­der the cur­rent fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion when we are in need of real so­lu­tions to face the fi­nan­cial bur­den”.

Al-De­qbasi called for re­forms in the cur­rent elec­toral sys­tem in a man­ner that will guar­an­tee sta­bil­ity, urg­ing the po­lit­i­cal cir­cle of the coun­try to de­pend on the ele­ment of time to solve the chal­lenges fac­ing cit­i­zens.

He also urged to keep up with the con­tem­po­rary de­vel­op­ments world­wide es­pe­cially in terms of free­dom which has ex­ceeded the is­sue of news­pa­pers to satel­lite chan­nels and so­cial me­dia, and to en­sure that cit­i­zens can lis­ten or watch real news without re­sort­ing to hearsay.

Al-De­qbasi con­cluded by say­ing, “Most im­por­tant of all, en­hance­ment of free­dom and ac­cep­tance of crit­i­cism should be adopted in or­der to achieve ac­tual and con­struc­tive strides to­wards re­forms in so­cial and po­lit­i­cal as­pects”.

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