My fiancé completely opposes yearly cash payments and debt relief. I absolutely agree with him. This money would serve Kuwait more by investing it in Kuwait’s future. Kuwait offers its citizens a free education, free medical care which is just a part of their cradle to the grave care. Those that are in debt need to abide by the terms of their contract and pay off their loans that they agreed to. It’s not the government’s job to bail out irresponsible citizens that are in debt over their heads. Bail them out and the majority will only end up right back in debt. I hope for the sake of this country’s future generations that Kuwait will use this money responsibly for all.Mr. Labeed Abdal wrote an interesting article today in the Kuwait Times that I would like to re-post. [Link: Invest to Serve All ]
The proposal to grant KD 5,000 to every Kuwaiti after a number of Kuwaiti MPs co-authored a bill calling upon the government to grant that amount to all citizens in addition to KD 300 per month to every unemployed Kuwaiti woman has run into a controversy with many people opposing it.
We certainly need a responsible and active Parliament that can exercise its legislative powers, which was its original role, and not comprise its efficacy in issuing new productive legislation and monitoring the performance of the government.
There are other vital issues facing the Kuwaiti society which are more important than pleasing the voters with such shenanigans and making them even more dependent on the state.
Truly, there are pending issues like the development plan’s stages that are worth of billions of dollars. Nationals and expats who are well wishers of Kuwait are waiting to see a more modern country, ready to compete with others and achieve things on the ground. Kuwait is blessed with patriotic Kuwaitis and well-meaning expats who deserve to experience such a transformation.
They do not want the shrill voices of some of the MPs who are merely looking for some short term benefits to score some brownie points and cater to vote bank politics.
I would love to see them becoming alarmed as wake up calls jolt them into seeing what is good for the people, like granting shares of public investment companies or selling shares in development projects to the people.
All efforts must be directed to serve the interest of the people, which means any funds that are planned to be spent must be spent to serve the interests of Kuwait as a whole, not some isolated groups of voters.
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