For­mer MP Nisef wel­comes boy­cotters’ re­turn to polls

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Nawara Fat­ta­hova

For­mer MP Rakan Al-Nisef held a sym­po­sium on Mon­day at his cam­paign head­quar­ters, where he called on Kuwaitis to vote, em­pha­siz­ing it’s a na­tional duty. “It’s great to see those who boy­cotted the pre­vi­ous elec­tions are par­tic­i­pat­ing again af­ter three years. I wel­come them to­day al­though they dis­trusted and in­sulted me. I be­lieve that the par­lia­ment is big enough to in­clude Is­lamists, lib­er­als, women and all sects. Kuwait will be fac­ing many po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic chal­lenges and we should all face it to­gether. I be­lieve that po­lit­i­cal work is teamwork based on di­a­logue,” he noted.

Nisef, who is run­ning from the sec­ond con­stituency, vowed to fo­cus on three is­sues if he en­ters par­lia­ment again. “Dur­ing the pre­vi­ous elec­tions, I promised my vot­ers to adopt three main is­sues - po­lit­i­cal re­forms in­clud­ing the right of in­di­vid­u­als to lit­i­gate at the con­sti­tu­tional court; chang­ing the elec­toral sys­tem to strengthen par­tic­i­pa­tion and col­lec­tive work; and hous­ing, along with elim­i­nat­ing wastage of pub­lic funds,” stressed Nisef.

According to him, many er­ro­neous laws were is­sued dur­ing the pre­vi­ous par­lia­ment. “I didn’t agree with many grillings that were not rea­son­able. Also, many in­cor­rect leg­is­la­tions and laws were is­sued and ap­proved, and I voted against them, such as pro­long­ing the pe­riod of re­mand, the cy­ber­crime law and the elec­tronic me­dia law. On the other hand, there were good laws ap­proved, such as the com­mer­cial agencies law and the mu­nic­i­pal­ity law that elim­i­nated vi­o­la­tions such as build­ing vi­o­la­tions. Some laws were amended, such as the ten­ders law. We suc­ceeded to pass a law al­low­ing in­di­vid­u­als to take their cases to the con­sti­tu­tional court, which pro­tects mi­nori­ties from the in­jus­tice of the ma­jor­ity,” Nisef pointed out.

Hous­ing prob­lem

Wrong laws passed by the par­lia­ment were be­hind the hous­ing prob­lem, he said. “Af­ter meet­ing with the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Hous­ing Welfare, we re­al­ized that the prob­lem is not of avail­abil­ity of pub­lic lands, but bad laws. So we started work­ing on two an­gles - the first was a deal with the govern­ment to dis­trib­ute 12,000 hous­ing units. The sec­ond was to scrap the laws that im­pede the work of the hous­ing au­thor­ity. Dur­ing the past three years, 30 per­cent of houses in the en­tire his­tory of Kuwait as a mod­ern coun­try were dis­trib­uted,” ex­plained Al-Nisef.

“To­day, the hous­ing is­sue is on the right path, but we need to ap­prove three laws, which should have been ap­proved in Oc­to­ber, but the par­lia­ment was dis­solved. Th­ese are the land­lords union law, mort­gage of new ar­eas and the new hous­ing law, which are all im­por­tant,” he added.

Med­i­cal treat­ment abroad is the most dis­cussed is­sue in terms of fi­nan­cial cor­rup­tion and wastage of pub­lic funds, Nisef said. “Dur­ing the time Dr Hi­lal Al-Sayer was health min­is­ter, 1,600 peo­ple were treated abroad, while to­day the num­ber has reached 11,000 cases. This in­di­cates one of two rea­sons - the bad qual­ity of health­care here that is get­ting worse, or that most pa­tients are go­ing for med­i­cal tourism,” con­cluded Nisef.

A view of peo­ple in at­ten­dance.

KUWAIT: For­mer MP Rakan Al-Nisef speaks dur­ing a sym­po­sium held at his cam­paign head­quar­ters Mon­day night. — Photos by Joseph Sha­gra

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