Ed­u­ca­tion, hous­ing, un­em­ploy­ment: Ma­jor is­sues await 2016 Par­lia­ment

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: Just as Novem­ber 26 was set for the snap par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, the elec­toral scene has been bustling; can­di­dates hur­ried to reg­is­ter and join the race, work­ing hard on their man­i­festos and cam­paigns to win peo­ple to vote for them.

Vot­ers, on the other hand, have been bus­ing con­sid­er­ing the ur­gent is­sues of prime im­por­tance for the ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple, that will need to be ad­dressed by the mew par­lia­ment. They are ex­am­in­ing the elec­toral pro­grams, or man­i­festos to choose who can re­ally rep­re­sent them and de­fend their rights and gains in the Ab­dul­lah Al-Salem’s Hall.

It is al­ways been the case with ev­ery par­lia­men­tary poll, that vot­ers in the five con­stituen­cies have dis­parate views re­gard­ing the pri­or­i­ties that will have to be on top of the agenda of the fu­ture leg­is­la­ture. How­ever, they share the view on es­sen­tial top­ics, namely hous­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, health and un­em­ploy­ment. Th­ese top the list of peo­ple’s con­cerns, closely re­lated to the present, and the fu­ture.

Still th­ese same tra­di­tional is­sues and prob­lems come on top of peo­ples in­ter­est, as they look for­ward to hav­ing MPs who en­joy a high sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity and ca­pa­bil­i­ties to de­velop the ef­fi­ca­cious so­lu­tions, Nasser Ab­du­laziz, an en­gi­neer at the Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity and Water said.

Pro­mot­ing ed­u­ca­tion takes over all other is­sues; it the real cri­te­ria of a so­ci­ety’s de­vel­op­ment in all fields, Ab­du­laziz said. A na­tions progress and as­pi­ra­tion rely mainly on good ed­u­ca­tion, es­pe­cially in early stages, to guar­an­tee a bright fu­ture for the coun­try, Ab­du­laziz added.

Health care

Ah­mad Al-Herz, also an en­gi­neer at the Kuwait Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (KPC), urged the po­ten­tial MPs to con­cern them­selves more with the is­sue of health care. For Herz, im­prov­ing health ser­vices is a ‘ne­ces­sity’ of high con­cern to cit­i­zens and ex­pats.

The is­sue in­cludes pro­vid­ing the state of the art med­i­cal equip­ment, and for­eign ef­fi­cien­cies, which will be for the ben­e­fit of all, and in the mean­time save the huge sums of money spent on treat­ing pa­tients abroad.

For Bader Al-Mashaan, a cit­i­zen, hous­ing is an is­sue of high con­cern to many Kuwaitis; it is es­sen­tial for the sta­bil­ity of a fam­ily. Mashaan hopes that vot­ers will choose rep­re­sen­ta­tives who can ful­fill their mis­sion and play due role in han­dling the is­sues of the so­ci­ety.

Un­em­ploy­ment

Cit­i­zen Omar Al-Saidi said mean­while that un­em­ploy­ment has to be paid ut­most at­ten­tion by the new leg­is­la­tures, to rid the so­ci­ety of the hard­est ob­sta­cle to youth as­pi­ra­tion. Un­em­ploy­ment is a chief cause of some youth de­vi­a­tion from the right path, and who could fall prey to drug-tak­ing or even to com­mit crimes pun­ish­able by the law, he said.

Cre­at­ing new jobs and in­vest­ing youth free time in the best pos­si­ble way for their own good and for the so­ci­ety, has to top off all pri­or­i­ties of new par­lia­ment. There is dire need for hard work to avoid the neg­a­tive and so­cial im­pact of job­less­ness, he noted.

Ac­cord­ing to a poll by the Sec­re­tariat of the for­mer par­lia­ment, dis­solved by an Amiri de­cree last month, hous­ing topped the con­cern of the Kuwaiti peo­ple by 21 per­cent; pro­mot­ing health ser­vices fol­lowed with 17 per­cent. De­vel­op­ing ed­u­ca­tion was third on the list with 13 per­cent, and cit­i­zens loans ranked fourth. Other top­ics in­cluded women, de­vel­op­ment, in­creas­ing wages, ad­min­is­tra­tive re­form, coun­ter­ing cor­rup­tion, and traf­fic. The poll cov­ered 10,551 peo­ple, out of 439,715 el­i­gi­ble vot­ers, about 2.4 per­cent.

An im­proved ed­u­ca­tional sec­tor re­mains one of the most press­ing pub­lic de­mands in Kuwait.

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