Come Satur­day

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Badrya Dar­wish badrya_d@kuwait­

Two days more for the na­tion to de­cide. It’s a tough choice for many. Talk­ing to many of my friends and neigh­bors, I feel that they aren’t too in­ter­ested in these elec­tions - as if the na­tion has lost its faith in the par­lia­ment. Which is, by the way, a shame, be­cause a few can­di­dates could be sin­cere and hon­est and de­fend the na­tion. But peo­ple al­ways point to pre­vi­ous par­lia­ments with anger and dis­may.

Even I feel the elec­tions don’t have any en­thu­si­asm. Ev­ery­one is sort of go­ing through the mo­tions. None of us truly be­lieves that this par­lia­ment will be bet­ter than the pre­vi­ous or the pre­vi­ous or the pre­vi­ous one, etc, etc, etc.

The fact is that the par­lia­ment has lost its cred­i­bil­ity. Un­for­tu­nately, it has be­come one of the govern­ment’s tools, not the voice of the peo­ple.

In the past, I used to at­tend all lec­tures and talks and lis­ten and chat with the can­di­dates to hear what they had to say. But in my ex­pe­ri­ence, once some­one reaches Ab­dul­lah Al-Salem Hall, he for­gets all what he promised us. I don’t want to say they all en­ter the par­lia­ment poor and leave rich. I’m not ac­cus­ing them as many peo­ple think. But def­i­nitely, peo­ple are crack­ing jokes on so­cial me­dia about this.

The gen­eral at­mos­phere on­line and in the di­waniyas and shisha cafes is that these elec­tions will not re­sult in a uni­fied voice of the peo­ple. It will be frac­tured along tribal, sec­tar­ian and re­li­gious lines, with only a few work­ing for the good of Kuwait as a whole.

The truth is that these jokes and crit­i­cisms carry more than a grain of truth. The pre­vi­ous par­lia­ments have done lit­tle to truly im­prove the sit­u­a­tion in Kuwait. Our roads are proof enough along with our fail­ing ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and our trou­bled na­tional health sec­tor. Laws and rules are passed with­out full stud­ies and with­out clear un­der­stand­ing of the im­pact they will have on our econ­omy and our coun­try. We all feel that there is a state of chaos.

We have no voice any­more. Our par­lia­ment does not stand up for our dreams. Or even half of our dreams. Peo­ple are still vot­ing, but mostly for their cousin or friend or their in­di­vid­ual in­ter­ests - not for the na­tion. But no mat­ter what, guys, it’s still called a par­lia­ment and we should cast our votes. Maybe we will be lucky to get at least a few law­mak­ers who care and can make a pos­i­tive difference. Let’s see on Satur­day what hap­pens.

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