Is it a point of no re­turn?

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Arab Times - - LOCAL -

CBy Ahmad Al-Sar­raf

er­tainly, Your High­ness, you are aware that some­day some­one will oc­cupy your po­si­tion, so it would be nice if you ended your ten­ure with the best achieve­ments which will re­mem­ber your name for­ever, and you have taken the first step in this di­rec­tion, most im­por­tantly you have be­gun the jour­ney of a thou­sand miles.

Sir, we are fed up, we are dis­gusted, de­spair af­ter de­spair has en­veloped our feel­ings be­cause of the cor­rupt prac­tices of a few over the past few years. Most in­sti­tu­tions of Kuwait breed the cor­rupt and dis­hon­est peo­ple.

How can we ac­cept the theft of bil­lions of di­nars? Take for ex­am­ple the Kuwait Oil Tankers Com­pany (KOTC), the Dow Chem­i­cals and the Over­seas Med­i­cal Treat­ment. All that we have done un­til now is we have stood idle with­out blink­ing our eye­lids.

Your High­ness! How can you tol­er­ate Kuwait, the pearl of the Gulf, which the en­tire world en­vied, has reached a point of no re­turn to such an ex­tent that on the scale of cor­rup­tion we have slipped from the 53rd to the 85th po­si­tion over the past three years.

How can we re­main mum in the face of thefts by some MPs, em­bez­zle­ment of money in most co­op­er­a­tive so­ci­eties, peo­ple who sell food­stuffs un­fit for hu­man con­sump­tion, peo­ple who con­tinue to smug­gle al­co­hol into the coun­try in huge con­tain­ers, money em­bez­zled by those who are in­volved in build­ing our roads, etc, etc.

How to re­main mum in the face of the cor­rupt peo­ple who sup­ply fur­ni­ture and medicines, peo­ple who smug­gle for­bid­den items in­side the Cen­tral Prison in spite of the tight se­cu­rity, peo­ple who smug­gle out of the coun­try peo­ple wanted by law


through land, air and sea ports.

How can we re­main mum in the face of those who steal sub­si­dized com­modi­ties, the theft at the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for the Dis­abled Af­fairs (PADA), theft in la­bor sup­port, thefts of aid for the el­derly, theft at the Awqaf, theft of the Min­istry of In­te­rior hos­pi­tal­ity bud­get, in­vest­ments, health of­fices, re­tirees’ money, hu­man traf­fick­ers, and so on.

This is in ad­di­tion to hun­dreds of other scan­dals and the list goes on, some items on which can­not even be re­mem­bered.

You in the name of the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters has taken the first step by form­ing a com­mit­tee com­pris­ing per­son­nel from var­i­ous min­istries and state in­sti­tu­tions to dis­cuss why Kuwait dropped to a lower level on the Global Cor­rup­tion Per­cep­tions In­dex 2017 and taken mea­sures to rec­tify Kuwait’s sit­u­a­tion.

All this is beau­ti­ful, but you know more than oth­ers the fate of dozens of com­mit­tees which were formed dur­ing your ten­ure and be­fore you took charge of the gov­ern­ment which has come up with noth­ing con­crete. We put the sec­re­tar­iat of this com­mit­tee un­der your re­spon­si­bil­ity. It is the last hope to stop our con­tin­ued de­te­ri­o­ra­tion.

We re­spect your feel­ings be­cause you re­sent what the me­dia has pub­lished about the de­cline of Kuwait’s po­si­tion be­cause it tar­nishes the im­age and rep­u­ta­tion of the coun­try and the rul­ing fam­ily, but re­sent­ment alone is not enough.

Abu Sabah, we are not ask­ing much from you, only the ap­pli­ca­tion of the law at an ac­cel­er­ated pace.

If you do this, the moth­ers of Kuwaitis will feel the fu­ture of their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren is se­cure and the for­eign in­vestor will feel re­as­sured about the mar­ket im­prove­ment.

Only with de­ter­rent mea­sures can Kuwait come out of the shame­ful and dis­grace­ful place in Global Cor­rup­tion Per­cep­tions In­dex if we want to see the Kuwait of our choice.


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