Riyadh, Saudi Ara­bia

The Week Middle East - - News -

Ac­cused of lazi­ness: Saudis have been out­raged by com­ments made by min­is­ters de­scrib­ing civil ser­vants as lazy and the king­dom as be­ing on the brink of bank­ruptcy. Dur­ing a de­bate on the 8 O’clock with Da­wood tele­vi­sion talk show, min­is­ter of civil ser­vice Khaled Al-Araj claimed state em­ploy­ees barely turned up to the of­fice for an hour a day. Deputy min­is­ter of econ­omy and plan­ning Muham­mad Al-Tuwai­jri also warned dur­ing the show that the coun­try faced bank­ruptcy un­less aus­ter­ity mea­sures are en­forced. Saudis ex­pressed their anger at the state­ments on so­cial me­dia with sev­eral hash­tags emerg­ing on Twit­ter. Many stated that the one-hour work­day com­ment was an ex­ag­ger­a­tion and a stereo­type of govern­ment em­ploy­ees. Last week, work­ers at a mu­nic­i­pal­ity of­fice in Mad­i­nah com­plained af­ter a new punc­tu­al­ity sys­tem was in­tro­duced.

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