KUWAIT CITY, Nov 1: The Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs at the Ministry of Interior, Major-General Fahd Al-Shuwea has submitted a proposal to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah according to which any expatriate who commits five serious violations within five years will be deported from the country, reports Al-Anba daily quoting a senior security source.
The daily added, when a person commits the fifth violation, the computer system will automatically prevent the person from renewing his residence permit. The man will be arrested and deported. The source pointed out the proposal includes a clause which calls for dropping violations if they are less than five within five years and continue the count anew.
The source enumerated the serious violations as not fastening the seat belt, use of mobile phone while driving, parking on pavement and blocking pedestrian passageway and obstructing traffic.
The source added the new proposal is still under study by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and subjected to legal studies by specialists.
The source pointed out this proposal was submitted after the traffic sector noticed great deal of indifference on the part of the expatriates to the extent some of them committed at least five serious traffic violations each year which means they do not respect the law and therefore deterrent measures must be taken against them.
The sources confirmed once the decision is taken by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, the violations will be linked to the General Department of Residence Affairs so that no person commits 5 serious violations within 5 years and remains in the country.
The sources pointed out the proposal, when approved, will apply to all expatriates without discrimination. The violator will be deported even if he/she is acquitted by the judiciary. The source added the only authority which can do away with the violation is the investigation department after finding the violation was registered against the expatriate by mistake or if it was a clear case of abuse of authority.
The source said in this case, once the decision is issued, those who commit 5 serious violations within five years shall be deported, unless he/she is wanted in other cases that prevent the departure from the country.
Soruce: Arab Times
Debate over rise begins as evaluation date awaited
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 28: Member of the Health Committee of the National Assembly, MP Khalid Al-Otaibi has said the committee plans to request to reduce some of the recently approved health fees for expatriates.
He called on the concerned body to take into consideration some of the health fees announced by the Ministry of Health, especially the cost of some costly surgeries and fixing of prostheses. Al-Otaibi said: “We support the increase in health fees for expatriates to keep pace with the increasing price of medical devices and equipment, but at the same time we demand that the humanitarian side must be taken into consideration, especially that there are expatriates with very low salaries, therefore we must consider their circumstances if they need surgeries.”
Al-Otaibi revealed the reduction of some health fees will be on the agenda of the committee in preparation for discussion and prepare a report in this regard, especially as there is a demand to review some of them.
He noted, the fees of some services announced by the ministry in part exceed the prices applicable in some neighboring countries, which necessitates reconsideration.
Meanwhile, the decision to increase fees for health services offered to expatriates remains a controversial issue between those who are for and against it, as everyone waits for the outcome of the Ministry of Health’s evaluation three months after the implementation of the new fees.
Commenting on the issue, Deputy Chairman of Constituent Council of the Constitution Dr Ahmad Al-Khateeb asserted the decision contravenes humane principles on treatment; as well as the customs and traditions. “At a time Kuwait offers financial aid to other countries, it breaks our principles through a decision to increase health fees for expatriates,” he added. He went on to say, “The doctor is obligated to be impartial in the treatment of patients, because he is sworn to treat any patient even if the latter is an enemy and so are those who cannot afford the treatment cost?”
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 26: The idea of providing shelter for women who are exposed to domestic violence is no longer a mere dream based on a recent announcement saying the first shelter will be inaugurated soon, reports Al- Qabas daily.
Chairperson of the Women Socio-cultural Society Lulua Al- Mulla said the society played a pivotal role in transforming the dream to a reality. She added the society coordinated with the Ministry of Planning and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to review laws related to women since 2012.
She stated the project titled “My Paper” came out with 18 recommendations and presented to the office of UNDP in the country to mark the World Women’s Day.
The recommendations included establishment of a shelter for women who are facing domestic violence — the first of its kind to be established in cooperation between a civil society organization and government departments. She noted the study revealed that Kuwait was about the only country without such a shelter for women.
She indicated cases of domestic violence against women are high in Kuwait, while some people have been assisting such victims based on individual voluntary basis. This is risky and life threatening for those rendering assistance, because such people are exposed to danger when the father, husband or brothers of the victims detect their hideouts.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 26: Most of the Kuwaitis who had registered to work in the cooperatives sectors reportedly don’t want to work in the jobs that have been offered to them, reports Al-Jarida daily quoting sources from the cooperative societies.
The sources said those Kuwaitis who are actually working in the cooperative societies sector are less than 35 out of the more than 82 persons registered and who had shown their interest in the cooperatives sector during interviews but a majority of them are not serious about working.
The Manpower and Government Restructuring Program (MGRP) and the State Executive Apparatus have registered more than 1,100 citizens willing to work in cooperative societies, and are continuing to receive more applications. According to the memorandum of understanding (MoU), which showed 1,800 jobs available in cooperative societies, these vacancies did not suit most of the applicants. The sources pointed out the MoU between MGRP and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor and signed with the Federation of Cooperative Societies, is flawed.
The same sources said the MoU will be reviewed due to lack of incentives for Kuwaiti workers in cooperative societies except for the labor support provided by the government. The sources said the nature of cooperative societies which are service institutions unlike the private sector companies and they cannot be forced to pay specific salaries to citizens who wish to work. They also announce job vacancies and make interviews according to their needs, the source added.
Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has signed several contracts with local companies to supply deep drilling pipes worth up to 50 million dinars for three years, reports Al-Seyassah daily. KOC signed the contracts with more than one local company in September and October respectively to supply and manufacture deep drilling pipes for North Kuwait and Jurassic gas fields after they were qualified by the tender committee of the Petroleum Corporation and Central Tenders Committee.
It also received approval of the Central Agency for Tenders Tuesday for the joint venture company to execute additional works at the Jurassic Gas Project and related activities in Northern Kuwait at a cost of KD 4.1 million. Sources added Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) provided the company with details of the contract and additional items the company will implement so as to complete the rest of the work entrusted to it, noting the issuance of change orders for all projects in the company is strictly by terms and conditions.
Source: Arab times
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 25, (KUNA): The administrative department in the Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit filed by a lawyer against the Ministry of Health (MOH) to overturn its decision to increase health care fees for foreigners.
The Fatwa and Legislation Department pleaded on behalf of the ministry of Health and demanded to dismiss the case and submitted a defense memorandum behind the ministry’s decision. The case was first heard by the court last August, and decided on Oct 4 to hold the case for the verdict until today.
Health ministry has issued a decision to increase fees on expatriates due to increase in costs for providing health care services such as surgeries, medical equipment, laboratories and medical supplies.
The decision came into force on Oct 1 with the exception of emergency and critical cases. Earlier, Kuwait Health Minister Jamal Al-Harbi announced the exemption of some categories of expatriates from paying the new healthcare fees.
These exemptions included non-Kuwaitis married to Kuwaiti women. The minister also issued several “explanatory decisions” regarding health insurance, fees pertaining to medical prescriptions and receiving intensive care at public hospitals for non-Kuwaitis, read a ministry statement.
Intensive care fees will be subject to a medical report approved by the doctor and after consultation from the head of the specialised ward, said the minister, adding that domestic workers will not be subject to these fees. He reiterated that the increase in the fees is due to the high expense burden of healthcare on the ministry.
Those exempt from the fees include children under the age of 12 of cancer patients, non-Kuwaiti women married to Kuwaitis, non-Kuwaiti mothers of Kuwaitis and the daughters of a Kuwaiti mother married to a non-Kuwaiti.
Others include people receiving care at welfare homes, Gulf Cooperation Council citizens, illegal residents, members of official delegations, transit travelers, non-Kuwaiti prisoners and students on a Kuwaiti-funded grant.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim
Arab Times Staff
Source: Arab Times / KUNA
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 25: Assistant Undersecretary for Technical Affairs at the Environment Public Authority (EPA) Mohammad Al- Enezi announced the imposition of KD 10,000 fine for anyone who makes barbecue on the beaches, considering it a ‘tough penalty’, in respect of fines for barbecuing in public parks, which varies according to the type of violation, reports Al-Rai daily.
“The environmental law does not punish the activity of barbecue itself, but it punishes the effect and pollution resulting from any activity that harms the surrounding environment and accordingly determines the type of violation and the monetary fine,” Al-Enezi said in a statement.
He indicated the violation may be in accordance with one or more provisions contained in the Environmental Protection Law, and each provision has its own financial penalty. He explained when a resident or a citizen is caught in a permitted range and does not comply with the provisions of the Environmental Protection Law and his activity results in causing harm to the environment, or whoever makes barbecue in non-permitted locations, the law will be applied according to the type and size of the violation. He added, the violator may be subjected to other penalties for violating laws issued by the Kuwait Municipality or the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources.
Source: Arab times
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 23: Assistant Undersecretary for Public Security Affairs at Ministry of Interior Major General Ibrahim Al-Tarrah has issued orders to deport 22 expatriates who were arrested from makeshift markets, reports Al-Anba daily. The decision to deport them is in line with implementation of the regulations related to violation of the residency law. No further details were available.
Employee bribed: Security operatives are looking for a citizen who presented a cheque to an employee of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor as a bribe to facilitate his transaction, reports Al-Rai daily. The lady employee filed a complaint at a police station in the Capital and said the citizen submitted an application that did not meet specifications, and he tried to bribe her to complete the transaction. Apparently, the citizen left the premises and returned 30 minutes later with a cheque and tried to bribe the lady employee when she asked him to complete the missing documents. She expelled him and notified her supervisor about it. She provided details of the citizen to the police, and a case of bribery was registered