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Negligence or Deliberate?

Badrya Darwish

Badrya Darwish

I’m sure you’ve all heard about the fire at the data information systems of the Ministry of Interior two days ago. So far, as I’m writing my article, we have not received any statement from the Interior Ministry explaining to the nation what exactly took place.

Which part was burned or how the fire started or what the investigation has revealed so far. Do they suspect negligence or was it set deliberately? Whatever the reason, I wonder if the ministry lost lots of information, though they said no data was lost.

Still, I have to ask if this is true - and I hope they did not lose anything - why were all the departments shut down across Kuwait?

For instance, my friend went to the traffic department this morning but was told to come back on Monday as all the systems are still shut down. Forget the traffic department - all departments for immigration, residency, renewals, etc, etc have been closed for the last two days.

The scariest part is the security side of the issue. As data was lost or at least inaccessible for some time, it created major problems for travelers at the airport. I’m sure many people who are banned from travelling tried to take advantage of the situation.

According to my sources, the airport has its own blacklist, but it’s not immediately updated. Like the Arabic proverb goes, “disasters for some are benefits for others”. But that’s life. By the way guys, it doesn’t mean that all those banned are bad people.

It could be a traffic fine or telephone bill. Someone with even a minor issue might be blocked from travelling. If the fire was caused by negligence, it is a nightmare. But if it was deliberately set, it is a bigger disaster. That means there are people behind it and they have their reasons.

God protect Kuwait from their motives.

By Badrya Darwish

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This article was published on 08/04/2015