MPs tar­get de­mo­graphic im­bal­ance as pri­or­ity

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS -

Sev­eral MPs in­di­cated some of the gov­ern­ment’s pri­or­i­ties by speak­ing about the de­mo­graphic im­bal­ance and the prob­lem of ‘bach­e­lors’. MPs Osama Al-Sha­heen, Ou­dah Al-Ruwaei, Salah Khour­shid, Ha­mad Al-Har­shani and Khalil Al-Saleh called to put an end to these is­sues that have been raised for more than a decade with­out any so­lu­tions.

Sha­heen con­sid­ered rec­ti­fy­ing the de­fect in the pop­u­la­tion struc­ture and a find­ing log­i­cal so­lu­tion for the bach­e­lor prob­lem among his pri­or­i­ties, es­pe­cially since the im­bal­ance has neg­a­tive eco­nomic, so­cial and se­cu­rity im­pli­ca­tions. He said re­peated gov­ern­ment prom­ises of re­form did not pro­duce true re­form - rather it widened the gap be­tween the num­ber of ex­pats and cit­i­zens.

Sha­heen said the de­fect in the pop­u­la­tion struc­ture is in­creas­ing, and it is strange that the fo­cus is only on cer­tain na­tion­al­i­ties. “Re­form should be on two tracks - the first is to boost the per­cent­age of cit­i­zens com­pared to ex­pats and bring them back to be­com­ing a ma­jor­ity; and di­ver­sify na­tion­al­i­ties that are par­tic­i­pat­ing in build­ing the coun­try, and there should not be a con­cen­tra­tion of cer­tain na­tion­al­i­ties,” he said.

Mean­while, Assem­bly Sec­re­tary Ruwaie said “if the gov­ern­ment had com­plied with the rules and did not ap­pease any­one at the ex­pense of the pop­u­la­tion struc­ture, we would not have seen these prob­lems”. “This should be dealt with ac­cord­ing to the law,” he added.

Khour­shid asked the Cabi­net to “put an end to the bach­e­lors’ prob­lem and search for a se­ri­ous and well­stud­ied so­lu­tion in­stead of trans­fer­ring prob­lems”. “The bach­e­lors’ prob­lem is not one of to­day, since a decade ago the gov­ern­ment spoke about build­ing cities for bach­e­lors. But due to fa­voritism in dis­tribut­ing projects, no bach­e­lor cities were built,” he charged. “One of the most dan­ger­ous prob­lems that has sur­faced lately is that of sin­gle women, es­pe­cially those seen on the streets, which may cre­ate moral prob­lems,” he said, call­ing for hold­ing those who caused the bach­e­lors’ prob­lem to ac­count.

Har­shani called for read­just­ing the de­mo­graphic struc­ture be­cause it is the most im­por­tant pil­lar of devel­op­ment, es­pe­cially since it is linked to the se­cu­rity, econ­omy and so­cial sec­tors. He called upon the so­cial af­fairs and la­bor min­is­ter to an­nounce so­lu­tions for the prob­lem and end the is­sue of bach­e­lors.

Saleh also de­manded the so­cial af­fairs and la­bor min­is­ter to ad­just the pop­u­la­tion struc­ture and called for a strategy to re­duce the num­ber of ex­pats, “be­cause it is no longer ac­cept­able to have the num­ber of ex­pats three times the num­ber of cit­i­zens”. “We are not against ex­pats, but we are for re­duc­ing their num­bers and find­ing so­lu­tions to the bach­e­lor prob­lem. There is no dis­pute over the ne­ces­sity to find a so­lu­tion for their hu­man­i­tar­ian prob­lems, and pun­ish those who caused the un­re­al­is­tic in­crease in their num­bers,” he added. — Al-Rai

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