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MP Requests One Month Wages Bonus for Expats in Kuwait to be Paid by Private Firms

Kuwait : 20 January 2011

Tabtabaei challenges businesses.

Waleed Al-Tabtabaei, an Islamist MP, is urging businesses in the private sector to provide expat workers with a bonus worth one month of wages in recognition of the anniversary of national and liberation days.

The MP stated that this bonus payment should be timed with the grant given to Kuwaiti citizens from His Highness the Amir, which amounts to KD 1,000. Al-Tabtabaei added that the people of Kuwait, notably merchants and those in business, are well known for being generous, kind and charitable both locally and overseas.

The gracious gesture of His Highness the Amir has been received with great pleasure by the Kuwait citizens, explained the MP, who also noted that based on social duties those merchants and businessmen should then offer a bonus of one month’s wages to their expat staff in recognition of the fifth anniversary of Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and to mark the liberation and national day.

It is believed that the prices of basic necessities could increase due to the provision of the grant from the Amir. Local MPs are pushing the Trade and Commerce Ministry to provide price stability.

Based on information given by an anonymous source to the Arab Times, Sheikh Jaber Al-Khaled Al-Sabah will receive the request this coming Sunday.

The anonymous source stated that this demand will be put forward upon the return of Shuaib Al-Muwaizri. The opposition MP has been in the UAE and is involved in the delegation from Kuwait with the Extraordinary Conference of the Parliamentary Union with members of the OIC.

The MPs of the opposition are resolved to question the Minister of the Interior after issues of torture and abuse throughout his ministry have recently come out. A parliamentary panel has been investigating the torturing and death of Mohammed Al-Mitairi, a citizen of Kuwait. The panel is set to finish and submit their report next Monday to the National Assembly, which will allow it to be included with the January 25 session of parliament’s agenda.

MP and National Assembly secretary Ali Al-Rashid stated that the Constitution and democracy itself is damaged when ministers are questioned without the presence of concrete evidence and the majority’s opinions are ignored.

Al-Rashid made a request that all of the MPs wait for the report from the investigation panel on this issue, as well as waiting for implementation of the Minister of the Interior’s planned reforms.  All those who were involved in the crimes committed against Mohammed Al-Mitairi have been referred for prosecution. Al-Rashid also noted that the minister is currently cleaning up the rampant corruption.

Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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