Can­di­dates Speak We need strong as­sem­bly that de­fends ci­ti­zens’ rights: Khalidy

Can­di­date dis­cusses treat­ment abroad, ed­u­ca­tion, be­doons

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi

KUWAIT: Fifth con­stituency par­lia­men­tary can­di­date Faisal Al-Khalidy said the youth have many con­cerns and prob­lems that were not tack­led in the pre­vi­ous Na­tional As­sem­bly. He said more than 30,000 Kuwaiti youth suf­fer from un­em­ploy­ment, while most of them have post­grad­u­ate de­grees in var­i­ous spe­cial­ties.

Khalidy told Kuwait Times he is look­ing for­ward to an As­sem­bly of achieve­ments, as the com­ing years will be tough and “we are in need of a strong As­sem­bly that can de­fend ci­ti­zens’ rights, es­pe­cially over the gov­ern­ment’s short­com­ings”. He said de­spite the fi­nan­cial abun­dance the state en­joys, there is clear ev­i­dence of a lack of fi­nan­cial man­age­ment to re­solve ci­ti­zens’ prob­lems. He said it is nec­es­sary to pay at­ten­tion to ed­u­ca­tion be­cause it con­trib­utes to the de­vel­op­ment of the so­ci­ety and the hu­man el­e­ment, and with­out it coun­tries can­not progress.

Youth con­cerns

Kuwait Times: As you be­long to the youth cat­e­gory, have you placed youth con­cerns, suf­fer­ings and de­mands in your pro­gram?

Faisal Al-Khalidy: Youth have con­cerns, prob­lems and is­sues that were not dealt with jus­tice in the pre­vi­ous As­sem­bly. More than 30,000 Kuwaiti youth are un­em­ployed and most of them have post­grad­u­ate de­grees in var­i­ous spe­cial­ties.

KT: How do you pre­dict the for­ma­tion of the next As­sem­bly will be?

Khalidy: We are look­ing for­ward to an As­sem­bly of achieve­ments, as the com­ing years will be tough and we are in need of a strong As­sem­bly that can de­fend ci­ti­zens’ rights, as the gov­ern­ment is in­ef­fec­tive.

KT: Is there a problem with fi­nan­cial re­sources that causes some of the prob­lems in the coun­try?

Khalidy: De­spite the fi­nan­cial abun­dance the state en­joys, it is clear there is a lack of pa­tri­otic sense to re­solve cit­i­zen’s prob­lems.

Treat­ment abroad

KT: What are your views or treat­ment abroad dur­ing the three years of par­lia­ment?

Khalidy: The bud­get for treat­ment abroad reached more than KD 600 mil­lion be­cause of send­ing those who don’t de­serve it abroad. I de­mand a se­ri­ous pause to tackle this is­sue.

KT: What is the so­lu­tion in your view to re­duce ex­penses of treat­ment abroad?

Khalidy: Among the most fea­si­ble so­lu­tions is to sign con­tracts with spe­cial­ist doc­tors from abroad and bring them to hospi­tals here, so that money can be saved.

Ed­u­ca­tion

KT: Does ed­u­ca­tion have a place in your pro­gram? Khalidy: It is nec­es­sary to take in­ter­est in ed­u­ca­tion be­cause it con­trib­utes to the true

de­vel­op­ment of the so­ci­ety.

KT: Is there a de­fect in the cur­rent school cur­ric­ula that needs cor­rec­tion?

Khalidy: Yes, the cur­rent cur­ric­ula do not pro­vide any ben­e­fit to stu­dents and should be re­placed. Teach­ing meth­ods need to be de­vel­oped too.

Be­doons

KT: The bedoon is­sue has been ig­nored by many can­di­dates. What is your opin­ion?

FK: The bedoon is­sue should be re­solved, as there are many who have sac­ri­ficed their wealth and chil­dren for the ser­vice of the coun­try, and it is nec­es­sary that they re­ceive their rights in full.

Fifth con­stituency can­di­date Faisal Al-Khalidy’s poster, with a motto that reads ‘To­gether for a bet­ter fu­ture... Youth will make their voice heard.’

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