- Kuwait Times Extra
“Kuwaiti people proved without any doubt that they do not know how to choose their MPs”
We keep hearing every now and then that some ruling family members are convinced that ushering in democracy was a strategic mistake that they should not have made. If, for the sake of argument, we assume that this opinion of the sheikhs is true, and I am not among those who say so, we will find that such an opinion has some credibility.
The way Kuwait is reeling under problems is linked to parliament, and what we have been going through for years, is the best evidence of that.
Imagine that you give one of your sons a swanky car to go around managing his business, and to help you in the running of some of your affairs when you needed, but then he disappoints you with his selfishness, shatters your hopes by misusing the car, drives recklessly, jumps traffic lights and threatens the lives of other motorists, hits other people’s cars, crashes into walls and light poles and then challenges the security men pulling him over for his violations. If anyone draws his attention to his own mistakes, he sticks his tongue out in ridicule just like children do. Now, what will you do?
Democracy by itself is a sublime idea, a beautiful way of life that everyone should follow because it includes freedom and respect for the individual. The mistakes in the democratic practice creep in due to one of the three factors – people, MPs or the authority. In Kuwait, all three are the reason why we are facing such problems.
After 1990, the people of Kuwaiti proved decisively that they did not know how to choose their MPs. In general, the Shiite voters chose a Shiite like themselves, the tribals elected an MP from their own tribe, and the members of the brotherhood nominated someone from the same party. If the Salaf will align with another Salafi, then the urban man will not be acting differently either.
All were seeking to derive power from their own groups. They found that everything was good with their own group while all evil lay with others. The most heinous of them were those who sold their votes.
These were bad choices that brought such MPs into parliament who considered it an Aladdin’s lamp to achieve their own goals and gain financial and personal glory at the expense of the country, its dreams, the people, their livelihood and emotions.
The authority is adding to the mistake because it has agreed to relinquish its duty to impose a basis for justice and equality among its citizens, and has left the doors wide open for MPs to implement it as they see it and as per what is in their interest.
It has agreed to be lax and not implement the law and has left many ends loose to satisfy the MPs. It has also accepted the control of some groups, and Hadas on top of the list over high-ranking centers. It has also accepted the quota system in leadership posts instead of going by competence and dedication. The authority has turned a blind eye towards corruption and has refrained from taking strong decisions regarding certain issues.
All this has led to what we are today experiencing as a series of endless crises.
Our problem in Kuwait, unlike what some believe, is not that some sheikhs do not believe in democracy, but that we have failed to implement a successful administration. Whenever we resort to true democracy, we will surely find ourselves in a better shape. — Al-Watan
By Aziza Al Mufarrej
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