Candidate Ali lays out program at campaign rally
Lawyer Ali Mohammed Al-Ali, a candidate from the first constituency, held a symposium on Tuesday at the Regency Hotel to meet voters of the district and speak about his election program. “People know there are problems in the health and educational sectors, in addition to other poor public services, but they need solutions to resolve them. This is the reason why I am running in this election,” he said.
“Young people have a lot of free time, so we should establish sports clubs that will graduate professional players. I also suggest separating the ministry of information from the ministry of youth. Furthermore, I disagree with the amendment of the juvenile law, which will go in effect in January, as it reduces the age of criminal liability from 18 to 16 years. According to this law, a 16-year-old juvenile may be sentenced to death,” noted Ali.
“MPs should submit financial disclosures and the conditions for being a candidate should be changed in terms of their education,” he said.
“The Kuwaiti constitution sets equity between genders, yet the woman is oppressed in many areas compared to men. Her foreign husband or children can’t get her nationality or inheritance, while the wife and children of a Kuwaiti man can. So we need to make some changes in this discriminatory law. Women candidates should also work on changing this,” explained Ali. “Children of Kuwaiti women should get citizenship to prevent losing their identities. They should also get the same allowances as children of Kuwaiti fathers,” he added.
“Many decisions against the disabled are unjustified, as it’s not allowed to appeal against a decision of the medical committee that is reviewing their cases. For more than 12 years, I have defended many of their cases free of charge as I believe that not having the right to appeal a case is great injustice. Also, a ministry decree was issued that stopped paying allowances for light and medium disabilities, and limited it to major disabilities. I will file a case against this decision,” Ali stated.
“I will submit a draft law banning selling tenders to subcontractors, as this makes services bad. We should instead let foreign investors to prove their capabilities,” he pointed out.
“We can’t cancel this service or stop sending patients abroad for medical treatment, as this will affect actual patients who are benefiting from this service. But I suggest investing in establishing medical spas and centers of international standards, so patients can receive medical services here in Kuwait. Only actual patients will benefit from it and medical tourism will stop,” concluded Ali.
KUWAIT: Lawyer Ali Mohammed Al-Ali speaks during the symposium. — Photos by Joseph Shagra