Our main prob­lem

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Ah­mad Al-Sar­raf

Kuwait is con­sid­ered the most trash pro­duc­ing coun­try around the world, and there are nearly 100,000 work­ers who pick it up and haul it in trucks to land­fills, while Kuwaitis’ role here is lim­ited to sign­ing the con­tract. The Kuwaiti is also con­sid­ered the most lazy, and least prac­ti­tioner of sports, so it is rarely that we find a per­son in gov­ern­ment de­part­ments who is ready to move out of his chair and take a pa­per from one desk to an­other rather he prefers to rely on an army of of­fice boys to carry out this process. Those of­fice boys also have the bur­den of clean­ing cor­ri­dors, tea ser­vice, clean­ing bath­rooms and other ser­vices, and the role of the Kuwaiti is no more than pro­vid­ing the far­rash (peon) at the cheap­est price, in ex­change of what he gets from the state, and a per­cent­age of the salaries of those work­ers.

Al­though oil is al­most the only source of state in­come, this vi­tal in­dus­try is car­ried out by an­other army of en­gi­neers, tech­ni­cians and la­bor­ers, and they are al­most all non-Kuwaitis, and this is the ev­i­dence of our fail­ure through 70 years to make the oil com­pany a Kuwaiti one.

Kuwaiti homes are also con­sid­ered the largest around the world com­pared to the num­ber of those who live in them, be­cause it is im­pos­si­ble to live in the ma­jor­ity of them with­out the pres­ence of an­other army of do­mes­tic helpers, in which the Kuwaiti trades in their liveli­hood due to his sta­tus.

The Kuwaiti peo­ple are the most re­li­gious among the earth’s peo­ple, but many do not know that their mosques were his­tor­i­cally built by non-Kuwaitis and mostly non-Mus­lims. Mosques are also cleaned, and the call to prayers (azan) and even the job of the imam are done by non-Kuwaitis, while the role of the cit­i­zen is lim­ited to pray­ing in them, and pray against those who built them, in­vented their mi­cro­phones, made its build­ing ma­te­rial, its car­pets, wa­ter faucets and other things, then add the prayer “may Al­lah not change things for us.”

The Kuwaiti, civil and uni­formed, is con­sid­ered the most hand­somely dressed in the world, but his role is lim­ited to go­ing to the non-Kuwaiti tai­lor to get his mea­sure­ments and stitch his clothes, and if the tai­lor leaves, no one would know what will hap­pen then. De­spite the rel­a­tive old age of the nurs­ing in­sti­tute, it is rare to find a Kuwaiti male or fe­male nurse in any med­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment, and the Kuwaiti’s role in the nurs­ing pro­fes­sion is lim­ited to pro­vid­ing the health min­istry with tens of thou­sands of nurses and re­ceive thou­sands for each “head”!

Kuwait will need more than 30,000 of th­ese in the few com­ing years, so do those wor­ried about the pop­u­la­tion struc­ture know from where are we go­ing to get those? The list is too long, and we will stop here, and say that it is not strange to have more than three ex­pats for each cit­i­zen, as the as­sis­tant in­te­rior min­istry un­der­sec­re­tary com­panied. The rea­son, my “dear gen­eral,” is my cousin and your cousin who are not only sat­is­fied by re­ject­ing 90 per­cent of the jobs, but add to it by trad­ing in hu­man beings, in­stead of wor­ry­ing about the pop­u­la­tion struc­ture.

I know why you are wor­ried, and I share your con­cern, but our prob­lem is one of civ­i­lized, eth­i­cal and ed­u­ca­tional na­ture be­fore be­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive.

—Trans­lated by Kuwait Times

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