Kan­dari tar­gets hous­ing, em­ploy­ment, health and ed­u­ca­tion as top pri­or­i­ties

‘My Home­land will Al­ways be Beau­ti­ful’

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Nawara Fat­ta­hova

KUWAIT: For­mer MP Ab­dulka­reem AlKan­dari is run­ning in the As­sem­bly elec­tions from the third con­stituency for the sec­ond time. When he suc­ceeded in the 2013 elec­tions, he was the youngest mem­ber of par­lia­ment. His cam­paign is ti­tled ‘My Home­land will Al­ways be Beau­ti­ful’. Kan­dari was born in 1981 and grad­u­ated from the Fac­ulty of Law at Kuwait Univer­sity in 2003. He re­ceived his mas­ter’s de­gree from Stras­bourg Univer­sity in 2006 in Com­mer­cial Law, and a PhD in Busi­ness and Com­pa­nies Law in 2011 from the same univer­sity. He teaches at Kuwait Univer­sity and is a li­censed ar­bi­tra­tor at the Bar Association. He was a mem­ber of var­i­ous com­mit­tees in the pre­vi­ous par­lia­ment.

“Hous­ing, em­ploy­ment, health and ed­u­ca­tion are pri­or­i­ties. All MPs are obliged to work on re­solv­ing these is­sues, whether with sug­ges­tions and so­lu­tions, or by ex­e­cut­ing the projects that were pre­pared by the govern­ment. In fact, we have a de­fi­ciency in ex­e­cut­ing and ap­ply­ing laws,” he told Kuwait Times.

Main is­sues Kan­dari is fo­cus­ing on four is­sues:

Re­view­ing the laws of the pre­vi­ous par­lia­ment: “These laws suf­fer from var­i­ous prob­lems - ei­ther there are leg­isla­tive short­com­ings, they have no clear goal, or are against the ben­e­fit of ci­ti­zens. An ex­am­ple is the re­view of cus­to­dial de­ten­tion, as the pre­vi­ous par­lia­ment pro­longed the pe­riod up to 21 days, and we see this as a vi­o­la­tion of free­doms. Also, the elec­tronic me­dia law cen­sors and con­trols me­dia and does not or­ga­nize it,” said Kan­dari.

Fight against eco­nomic re­forms: “We are not against eco­nomic re­forms, but this must start from the govern­ment and not in­di­vid­u­als, as peo­ple should be the last com­po­nent in these re­form plans. The govern­ment should be a model for re­forms and should stop wast­ing public funds and ad­just spend­ing, in­clud­ing can­cel­ing bil­lions in grants,” he added.

Is­su­ing a law that bans the govern­ment from cut­ting salaries, al­lowances and sub­si­dies: “We want to stop the govern­ment from de­creas­ing or cut­ting any of these un­less they get the ap­proval of the par­lia­ment. The govern­ment doesn’t con­sider al­lowances and sub­si­dies as part of the salary, so they con­sider de­creas­ing or cut­ting them, and we should ban the govern­ment from do­ing so,” Kan­dari pointed out.

Chang­ing the elec­tion sys­tem: “I want to change the ‘one-vote’ elec­tion sys­tem. Al­though I suc­ceeded dur­ing pre­vi­ous elec­tions through this sys­tem, I in­tend to work on chang­ing it, as it is sup­port­ing sec­tar­i­an­ism and fac­tion­al­ism. I will work to­gether with other MPs to change it to a more suit­able sys­tem for all. If we don’t find a bet­ter al­ter­na­tive, we should go back to the pre­vi­ous four-vote sys­tem,” ex­plained Kan­dari.

Not re­solved

“I will also work on the is­sues that were not re­solved or were ne­glected dur­ing the pre­vi­ous par­lia­ment, such as ac­ti­vat­ing the crim­i­nal­iza­tion of the con­flict of in­ter­est law. I will also pro­pose crim­i­nal­iz­ing bribery in the pri­vate sec­tor, as it is only sanc­tioned in the public sec­tor,” he noted. “I want to scrap the lo­cal agency sys­tem in Kuwait. The law that was is­sued ear­lier this year only or­ga­nizes the agency, but I aim to can­cel it com­pletely, so the par­ent com­pany can in­vest di­rectly in Kuwait. This will en­cour­age for­eign in­vestors to in­vest in the coun­try. We also want to ac­ti­vate the com­pa­nies law that should sim­plify the pa­per­work of do­ing busi­ness through the one-win­dow sys­tem,” Kan­dari added.

“To­day, Kuwait is re­pelling for­eign in­vest­ments, while at the same time we aim to turn Kuwait into a fi­nan­cial cen­ter, as HH the Amir said. Young Kuwaitis are in­vest­ing abroad, whether in the GCC re­gion or else­where, as the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment is not en­cour­ag­ing,” he con­cluded.

KUWAIT: Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of In­te­rior Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah chairs a high-level se­cu­rity meet­ing yes­ter­day. — In­te­rior Min­istry photo

—Photo by Joseph Sha­gra

KUWAIT: Third con­stituency can­di­date Ab­dulka­reem Al-Kan­dari speaks to Kuwait Times.

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