Is the As­sem­bly’s im­por­tant?

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Ner­min Al-Houti

Many peo­ple may find the ti­tle of my col­umn a lit­tle strange, and the ma­jor­ity might ac­cuse me of be­ing un­demo­cratic. De­spite all these hy­po­thet­i­cal the­o­ries, I re­peat the ques­tion: Is there any im­por­tance of the ex­is­tence of the Na­tional As­sem­bly? The col­umn to­day has two parts to present the ques­tion to our read­ers, and I leave the judg­ment and find­ing the so­lu­tion to them.

The first part is about the money spent on the As­sem­bly and the na­tion’s deputies. We should cal­cu­late the money be­ing spent out of the state bud­get on Ab­dul­lah Al-Salem Hall and those who work there. There should be an of­fice for each MP, who needs at least two or three em­ploy­ees (as sec­re­taries), and the of­fices them­selves should be finely fur­nished, along with state-of-the-art elec­tronic equip­ment, bear­ing in mind that all these ac­ces­sories are re­placed ev­ery year. How many em­ploy­ees, tea boys and of­fice boys are there to keep the MP’s mood at its best? We should not for­get that a car is also al­lo­cated to each MP, as if the deputies of the na­tion do not pos­sess cars. It seems that if “any­thing is free...give me more”.

Three meals a day and af­ter­noon tea - this is not an as­sem­bly; it is a five-star restau­rant. My dear MPs, what about the food in your own houses, and what about the per­sonal chef? This is in ad­di­tion to sta­tionery, se­cu­rity em­ploy­ees and WiFi ser­vices so that our MPs can tweet and play games. We should not for­get the of­fi­cial trips and the Ma­jles TV Chan­nel, so that the peo­ple’s voices can be heard. The ques­tion that presents it­self is - is there any­one among us who heard a whim­per about his is­sues in­side Ab­dul­lah Al-Salem Hall? The ma­jor­ity are silent be­cause of in­ter­ests that we do not know or hear about, and only our MPs know about it, but only care about their per­sonal in­ter­ests and ig­nore our na­tion’s voice.

The sec­ond part: How many as­sem­blies came into ex­is­tence? They ei­ther got dis­solved or their term ended. What are MPs’ achieve­ments and work com­pared to the pros­per­ous life they en­joy un­der the Ab­dul­lah Al-Salem dome? How many pe­ti­tions were pre­sented at the com­plaints com­mit­tee, and how many out of them were dis­cussed and solved? Noth­ing, in my own per­sonal opin­ion. If the Au­dit Bureau gets an op­por­tu­nity to ac­count for all the mis­takes of its em­ploy­ees, we will find a huge amount of fi­nan­cial vi­o­la­tions, and the de­ci­sion will be to abol­ish the As­sem­bly, be­cause it is a bur­den to our na­tion. “If you can­not say what is right, then do not cheer what is wrong.” — Sheikh Mo­ham­mad AlMit­walli Al-Shaarawi.

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