Can­di­date Ali lays out pro­gram at cam­paign rally

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Nawara Fat­ta­hova

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.

Ten­ders

“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

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