Ex­pats con­ve­nient scape­goats for prob­lems

Res­ig­na­tion of 6 coun­cil mem­bers to be okayed on Oct 13

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 16: Any so­ci­ety wit­ness­ing cri­sis usu­ally looks for a scape­goat; while the public of­ten ex­presses sen­ti­ments over the prac­tice of hold­ing ex­pa­tri­ates ac­count­able for prob­lems and this feel­ing proves the in­abil­ity of so­ci­eties to ad­dress their prob­lems, re­ports Al-Rai daily quot­ing Con­sti­tu­tional ex­pert Dr Mo­hamed Al-Feeli.

Al-Feeli agrees with the chair­man of Kuwait So­ci­ety for Hu­man Rights on sus­pi­cion of vi­o­lat­ing in­ter­na­tional laws in some law­suits such as the de­mand to im­pose tax on the re­mit­tances of ex­pa­tri­ates and de­priv­ing them of the right to re­sort to the court in or­der to ap­peal against ad­min­is­tra­tive de­por­ta­tion de­ci­sions. He ex­plained that pre­vent­ing ex­pa­tri­ates to ap­peal be­fore the court re­gard­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive de­por­ta­tion puts the na­tion in a sit­u­a­tion of de­priv­ing for­eign­ers of the right to lit­i­ga­tion. He as­serted Kuwait is bound by the In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion on the right of lit­i­ga­tion be­fore the com­pe­tent author­i­ties.

He went to say that re­gard­ing the is­sue of de­por­ta­tion as part of the author­ity of the ad­min­is­tra­tive body, in­stead of the courts, could be a vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional laws.

He added the in­ter­na­tional agree­ments oblige the coun­try to pro­vide pri­mary health care to ex­pa­tri­ates as this is part of their right to life, and this care can be in the form of money paid through health in­sur­ance associated with the res­i­dency of for­eign­ers.

Mean­while, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil Yousif Al-Saqaabi has an­nounced post­pone­ment of com­mit­tees’ and main meet­ings, as well as sus­pen­sion of agen­das, un­til mat­ters are set­tled in the coun­cil, re­ports Al-Rai daily.

Speak­ing to the daily, Al-Saqaabi re­vealed that the trans­ac­tions and pro­pos­als of com­mit­tees have been sus­pended and trans­ferred to the tem­po­rary com­mit­tee.

He af­firmed the res­ig­na­tion of six coun­cil mem­bers will be ap­proved on Oct 13 and a let­ter in this re­gard will be for­warded to the state min­is­ter for mu­nic­i­pal­ity af­fairs for ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion.

He added th­ese mem­bers have re­turned the cars is­sued to them one year ago to ob­tain cash al­lowance as per the en­dorse­ment of the Fi­nance Min­istry.

With re­gard to the of­fices and sec­re­tar­ial teams of the re­signed coun­cil mem­bers, Al-Saqaabi dis­closed they will be handed over once the res­ig­na­tion takes ef­fect.

In the mean­time, Chair­man and mem­bers of the Board of Di­rec­tors of Shamiya and Shuwaikh Co­op­er­a­tive So­ci­ety in­au­gu­rated Gh­er­nata Phar­macy fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of its ren­o­va­tion.

Board Chair­man Talal Al-Lah­dan said the ren­o­va­tion process took about two months, af­firm­ing that the phar­macy is an im­por­tant ad­di­tion to the achieve­ments of the co­op­er­a­tive so­ci­ety.

Trea­surer of Shamiya and Shuwaikh Co­op­er­a­tive So­ci­ety Ab­dul­lah Al-Oth­man Al-Rashed said the phar­macy has lim­ited its prof­its to only ten per­cent for prod­ucts that are not con­trolled by the prices al­lot­ted by Min­istry of Health.

He re­vealed that the prof­its ob­tained from the last sea­son were KD 250,000, in­di­cat­ing that this amount was big­ger than ex­pected be­cause it came at a time when Gh­er­nata Phar­macy was not op­er­at­ing.

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