You won - now clean up the Assem­bly

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Mudaf­far Ab­dul­lah

Iwould like to make some re­marks about par­lia­men­tary work if we re­ally want to re­form this in­sti­tu­tion. The re­marks are as fol­lows: Im­me­di­ate ac­tion must be taken to re­duce the to­tal num­ber of sec­re­taries for each MP from 15 to a num­ber that is enough to sci­en­tif­i­cally and re­search­wise help an MP. The cur­rent num­ber is noth­ing but prof­i­teer­ing by cam­paign staff and their rel­a­tives.

New law­mak­ers must be sub­jected to a train­ing course on par­lia­men­tary work to en­lighten them with re­gards to leg­is­la­tion and un­der­stand­ing the mean­ings of the con­sti­tu­tion, be­cause pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ences showed that many of them are ig­no­rant in this re­gard and con­trib­uted in pass­ing un­con­sti­tu­tional laws.

Stop para­phras­ing the text of the in­au­gu­ral oath and adding phrases to show off.

As ges­ture of sym­pa­thiz­ing with the prob­lems the 2013 par­lia­ment gave to citizens in the sum­mer, im­me­di­ately can­cel the free fuel coupons given to MPs.

As a re­ac­tion to the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing eco­nomic sit­u­a­tions, im­me­di­ately change the lease con­tracts of MPs’ lux­ury ve­hi­cles and sub­sti­tute them with more eco­nom­i­cal ones.

Form a spe­cial val­ues com­mit­tee to han­dle MPs’ fi­nan­cial, ad­min­is­tra­tive and eth­i­cal mis­takes dur­ing their mem­ber­ship.

Grant the pub­lic ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion about ses­sion agen­das and min­utes, MPs’ ab­sences and their role in leg­is­la­tion and mon­i­tor­ing as a means to en­hance pub­lic su­per­vi­sion of their per­for­mance.

In view of the mis­takes com­mit­ted by the Assem­bly’s TV chan­nel, it must be shut down, be­cause the par­lia­ment’s per­for­mance must be mon­i­tored by pri­vate me­dia, in ad­di­tion to the role al­ready played by state-owned me­dia.

Stop us­ing the par­lia­ment’s pa­pers for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons, as what has al­ready hap­pened.

We hope these re­marks find their way to im­ple­men­ta­tion and are not used to strike bar­gains amongst MPs - CLEAN UP the Na­tional Assem­bly!

— Trans­lated by Kuwait Times

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