Hous­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, traf­fic top vot­ers’ list of con­cerns Re­turn Kuwait as ‘Pearl of the Gulf’

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi

KUWAIT:

“What do ci­ti­zens want from the com­ing par­lia­ment?” With this ques­tion in mind, Kuwait Times in­ter­viewed a num­ber of ci­ti­zens at var­i­ous elec­toral cam­paign head­quar­ters to learn about their ex­pec­ta­tions for the com­ing par­lia­ment. Many ci­ti­zens agreed the most ur­gent is­sues are hous­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, traf­fic, em­ploy­ment and de­vel­op­ing Kuwait to make it once again the ‘Pearl of the Gulf’.

Hous­ing

Me­shari Al-Nayef said the new par­lia­ment has to work on re­solv­ing the hous­ing problem and pro­vide enough land to build more hous­ing units. “We have an abun­dance of empty land and are only liv­ing on 10 per­cent of Kuwait’s to­tal area,” he un­der­lined, point­ing out that not own­ing their own homes is a night­mare haunt­ing most ci­ti­zens, who still live with their par­ents or in rented apart­ments.

Un­em­ploy­ment

Saad Al-Mu­tairi said the com­ing par­lia­ment and its law­mak­ers will have to work on re­solv­ing the problem of un­em­ploy­ment and find enough job op­por­tu­ni­ties for young men and women who have ob­tained university de­grees and have been wait­ing for em­ploy­ment for more than two years. Mur­tairi also called for pro­vid­ing equal chances and pre­vent­ing wasta in em­ploy­ment.

De­vel­op­ment

Me­shaal Bader said that the com­ing par­lia­ment will have to give due care to de­vel­op­ment in order to re­store Kuwait’s lead­er­ship in the re­gion. Ab­dul­lah Al-Sour stressed that de­vel­op­ing ed­u­ca­tion was the most ur­gent is­sue and it should be pri­or­i­tized. He also urged the com­ing par­lia­ment to pro­tect state funds, find al­ter­na­tive sources of na­tional in­come, stop over­bur­den­ing ci­ti­zens and boost for­eign in­vest­ments.

Youth

Turki Mo­hammed said the com­ing par­lia­ment will have to pay more at­ten­tion to the youth by de­vel­op­ing their skills and pre­par­ing them to as­sume lead­er­ship roles in var­i­ous min­istries and gov­ern­ment es­tab­lish­ments. Mo­hammed also ex­pressed hope of re­solv­ing the problem of traf­fic con­ges­tions on var­i­ous roads.

None of the ci­ti­zens spo­ken to ex­pressed ex­ces­sive con­cerns about the role of ex­pa­tri­ates in Kuwait, their num­bers or the prob­lems cre­ated by their pres­ence.

Me­shari Al-Nayef

Saad Al-Mu­tairi

Me­shaal Bader

Turki Mo­hammed

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