Waste of pub­lic spend­ing, cor­rup­tion key chal­lenges

In­ter­view with can­di­date Alia Al-Khalid

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Nawara Fat­ta­hova

Kuwait Times is in­ter­view­ing can­di­dates for the up­com­ing par­lia­men­tary polls as part of a se­ries ex­am­in­ing the chal­lenges and prob­lems fac­ing Kuwait. Yes­ter­day we spoke with sec­ond con­stituency can­di­date, Alia Al-Khalid.

Khalid be­lieves that Kuwait can be bet­ter, and this only can be done through the Kuwaitis and par­tic­u­larly the youth. This is a driv­ing point of her cam­paign.

“The youth want re­forms and change. So I want to ap­ply the re­forms and changes in prac­ti­cal life. My vi­sion is based on peo­ple. I will fo­cus on in­di­vid­u­als to make them have clear vi­sion and un­der­stand the ben­e­fits from these is­sues. Peo­ple’s strength comes from their un­der­stand­ing and aware­ness. We don’t have po­lit­i­cal aware­ness in the com­mu­nity,” Khalid told the Kuwait Times.

On the Econ­omy

“We need open minds that un­der­stand these prob­lems and dis­cuss them with the peo­ple,” Khalid said when asked about her views of the chal­lenges fac­ing the econ­omy of Kuwait and re­cent changes in sub­si­dies. “We suf­fer from lack of trans­parency, which we need to solve the is­sues. We should be united to un­der­stand the eco­nomic re­forms to de­cide whether we ac­cept it as it is, we mod­ify it, or we refuse it. and if we refuse it, we should look for al­ter­na­tives,” she added.

Ac­cord­ing to her, Kuwait has nu­mer­ous laws, and these laws are not ac­tive. “I don’t want to add more laws, as the achieve­ment is not in is­su­ing laws but in ac­ti­vat­ing laws al­ready in ex­is­tence and ap­ply­ing them. Eco­nomic re­forms may be ac­cept­able or need few amend­ments thus I can’t de­cide on be­half of the peo­ple. They should be aware of this issue and give their opin­ion,” she noted.

“For in­stance ev­ery­body wants to ap­ply the elec­tronic pro­ce­dure of pa­per­work, as this will elim­i­nate cor­rup­tion in many pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions. Govern­ment is obliged to ap­ply this part of the eco­nomic re­forms pro­gram. The govern­ment has great waste and we aim to ra­tio­nal­ize spend­ing. Pub­lic ten­ders are one of the spend­ing wastes of govern­ment,” ex­plained Khalid.

Waste and cor­rup­tion

Ac­cord­ing to her the govern­ment didn’t start work­ing on the eco­nomic re­form yet, and the can­cel­ing of sub­si­dies is not an eco­nomic re­form. “There is con­flict in this issue, for in­stance. The govern­ment con­sid­ers sub­si­dies as waste in spend­ing, while the cit­i­zen doesn’t think this is waste. We need to con­nect the two par­ties so we then can issue a law for the whole en­tity,” she pointed out.

“Wast­ing of pub­lic funds is clear in many fields in­clud­ing the wrong man­age­ment, the grants, road projects, air­port pro­ject or the em­bez­zle­ments of so­cial se­cu­rity,” she said. So we should bring con­nec­tion be­tween the two par­ties to have a uni­fied opin­ion. Peo­ple should know the ar­ti­cles of the eco­nomic re­forms pa­per as we are a part­ner in the fu­ture pub­lic projects with 40 per­cent. The pa­per also in­cludes im­prov­ing the work en­vi­ron­ment and pro­vid­ing work op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­crease pro­duc­tion. If peo­ple were aware of all of this then they will be ready to bear the can­ce­la­tion of sub­si­dies,” high­lighted Khalid.

She sees the main rea­son be­hind the prob­lems fac­ing Kuwait is the wrong ad­min­is­tra­tion. “The wrong ad­min­is­tra­tion is re­spon­si­ble for most cor­rup­tion. The bad man­age­ment by govern­ment didn’t al­low pro­duc­tive per­sons to do their work in the cor­rect way. We need to ac­ti­vate con­trol­ling role of the par­lia­ment and not just the legislation,” she con­cluded.

KUWAIT: Sec­ond con­stituency can­di­date Alia Al-Khalid speaks dur­ing a rally at her cam­paign’s head­quar­ters in Ab­dul­lah Al-Salem.

— Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

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