Our main problem
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