We are all corrupted
Awqaf and Municipality Affairs Minister Mohammad Al-Jabri made us happy with his press statement about “Kuwait being free of extremism.” This is not a statement for media consumption, as much as it is an official testimony about the “nonexistence of extremist ideology in Kuwait or partisan action in ministries, as the place of the partisan person is home and not the Awqaf ministry,” according to the minister. Statements of MP and Minister Jabri (published by Al-Jarida on June 27, 2017), who accepted to have the Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources under his authority, after being rejected by more than one minister, has political and security indications that the Interior Ministry and government as a whole should benefit from the minister’s view.
The minister put the rules of the partisan action by his total rejection of any party member to work in the Awqaf ministry, and “confronting extremist ideologies in all ministries.” This gives peace of mind to people and denies all what has been said about Kuwait by countries and international establishments about the existence of “terrorist cells” in Kuwait. Among minister Jabri’s rules is that the partisan person practice his ideology at “home and not in state ministries,” regardless of its nature, whether it is extreme or moderate, as there is no difference between extreme or moderate and as long as the partisan person practices his “activity” outside the government domain.
The interior and foreign ministries should benefit from the minister’s analysis in answering any claims about the existence of citizens who have an extreme “Daesh” or “Qaeda” ideology in general, as the minister’s statement refutes all what was attributed to Kuwaiti citizens, that they adopt an extreme suicidal ideology.
The minister’s statement also denies the mistake the government had made in regards to approving the latest “terrorist list” that was issued by either international establishments, or brotherly Gulf countries. His statements seem to suggest that Kuwait is void of ideology extremism, and we do not have terrorists among us, and no one had carried out any terrorist action in or outside Kuwait, which means that Al-Abdaly cell, and the explosion at Al-Sadeq mosque has no relation with terrorism, and there is no need for the “advice and guidance program” by Awqaf Ministry.
Of course, the minister should have a convincing justification to make such a statement at this particular time, especially when the Gulf is engaged in a deep dispute over issues including terrorism and the relation of some individuals with terrorist networks that target Gulf security, as the minister was satisfied with the press statement, and to present his views to the government later.
It is found out that there is wrong information about the existence of partisan activity in Kuwait, and that the Awqaf ministry in particular was “not affected with partisanship at all,” and that some of those who have extremist and partisan ideologies are at “home” and not in government offices, and this is legal in the minister’s opinion. As for those who were detained at Guantanamo, we leave it to the minister to study the case to safeguard Kuwait and the detainees’ rights. We thank the minister for his sincerity and we hope the government benefits from his views in regards to his definition of home partisan action, and the necessity to legalize it.—Al-Qabas