Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Ah­mad Al-Sar­raf

Ido not want to sound like a racist or prej­u­diced in this ar­ti­cle against ex­pats, as long as my writ­ing will not go be­yond the truth, while at the same time re­flect the real sit­u­a­tion on the ground, and what the po­lice records say.

I asked a friend who has been em­ploy­ing and deal­ing with tens of thou­sands of la­bor­ers from south east Asia, about the best na­tion­al­ity of work­ers that work for him and he an­swered that the Bangladeshi la­bor­ers are the strong­est and com­mit­ted at work, which to­tally con­tra­dicts my thoughts about them. In fact, he was right, Bangladeshis work un­der the most dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances such as sheep herd­ing in the desert dur­ing all sea­sons, run­ning gro­cery stores on high­ways, guard­ing and car­ing for camps and working on con­struc­tion sites in the desert.

As they are sin­cere in their work com­pared to oth­ers, we find them more cre­ative in find­ing means of get­ting richer that nor­mally do not at­tract the at­ten­tion of oth­ers. Ear­lier they were artis­tic in re­mov­ing man­hole cov­ers, but now they have left it for oth­ers and be­came more pro­fes­sional, as there isn’t a sin­gle depart­ment that does not suf­fer from cor­rup­tion and lacks their pres­ence and in­flu­ence in them.

You can find them sell­ing stamps for a higher price than its value, or for the same price but with a tip, af­ter emp­ty­ing the ma­chines, es­pe­cially those stamps that are not used by the depart­ment. Oth­ers among them buy all the stamps from the ma­chine and of­fer it to the pub­lic by con­vinc­ing them to spare the ef­forts of walk­ing to­wards the ma­chines, and ladies are more de­mand­ing of such ser­vices.

There are many work­ers who leave their clean­ing duty and stand in wait­ing lines in de­part­ments or hos­pi­tals, to se­lect a suit­able prey of­fer­ing them to wait in­stead of them while they bring the file or do their work for KD 1 or more de­pend­ing on the per­son’s gen­eros­ity. This is what hap­pened to me twice, and each time I re­gret­ted be­ing hon­est and re­ject­ing the ‘dis­hon­est’ of­fer. Some peo­ple may say that writ­ing about such mat­ters is not a pri­or­ity, as there are more im­por­tant is­sues that need at­ten­tion, and that is true; but I am here not to hurt them. De­spite of all their prob­lems, they con­trib­ute whether they know it or not in in­creas­ing the cor­rup­tion of the so­ci­ety’s man­ners and make it some­thing or­di­nary or ac­cepted.

Out of my keen­ness to­wards the coun­try’s in­ter­est, I called the man­ager of a clean­ing com­pany and ex­plained the sit­u­a­tion to him, and he ac­cused me of be­ing en­vi­ous, and that I wanted to de­prive them of their liveli­hood, and the “re­ward” for those who are kind to them, and this is where the prob­lem lies. So, I thanked him for his naivety and did not tell him that the keen­ness of some peo­ple to gain the “re­ward” for them, has com­pro­mised many of the so­ci­ety’s val­ues, and this is one of them.

La­bor­ers’ com­pa­nies are con­cerned with ask­ing their work­ers to stop per­form­ing jobs other than what they are asked to do. Also, con­cerned ar­eas at the ser­vices min­istries such as in­te­rior, health and so­cial affairs are asked to warn the pub­lic against buy­ing stamps from any­one and buy them from ma­chines only.

— Trans­lated by Kuwait Times

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