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badryaDear Badrya,
Kuwait has just become the ‘World’s Most Racist Country’ along with being ‘The Most Hated’. The middle class expats working in Kuwait legally as doctors, nurses, accountants etc are being harassed on a daily basis. Their mobile phones are being searched for VoIP apps (Skype, Tango, Viber etc). Couples are being detained for not carrying a copy of their marriage certificates.

Where in the world is it required for couples to carry around their marriage certificates? Imagine if this happened to you while you were on vacation in Europe or the US or anywhere else. How would you feel? Why are only Asian expats being searched for VoIP apps? Don’t western expats use VoIP apps? What about Kuwaitis? Who doesn’t have Skype these days? Do you know how difficult it is for an expat to get a driver’s license in Kuwait? Yet people are getting their licenses cancelled for something as mundane as dropping their friends home. This is ridiculous. Arresting for a crime is a norm. Inventing an excuse to arrest someone is a crime in itself.

The police officers doing all this should be sued. Are these guys even human? How do they have the heart to do such things? For years, I have been reading columnists yapping away about how Islam is a peaceful way of life and how Kuwait, guided by Islam, has superior laws to protect human rights than what the USHRD has been asking for as a minimum. Is this what you guys were talking about? Where is the humanity in all this? I have never seen an Asian expat begging on the street. That means they all have jobs and are contributing to this economy. Kuwait gives absolutely no benefits to expats for free.

So expats are not a burden to the country’s exchequer. They provide cheap labor, boost corporate profits. Most of them were rendered illegal due to malpractices in issuing illegal visas by Kuwaitis. Thousands of Kuwaitis made millions of dinars over the years. They caused thousands of expats to become illegal here. And yet, not a single one of them was arrested for this. They are enjoying the millions they have made, living in bliss while the poor taxi driver, working 12-16 hours a day to make ends meet, is arrested. Where in the world do you hear of people being arrested or deported for minor traffic offenses? How would you feel if you were arrested in Bali while on a vacation for accidentally jumping a red light, and then humiliated and deported after weeks in a jail? How frustrated would you be? I know Kuwaitis who accumulate a dozen red light crossing and speeding tickets a year.

Their fines run into thousands. Yet their licenses are not even suspended for a week. They pay their fines online and that’s it. But expats are jailed and deported for the very same crime. Which other country in the world has such discriminating laws? People are afraid to step out of their houses now because they don’t know what new excuse will be used to harass them. Most police officers don’t speak English at all. And the ones that can speak English will pretend to not know English just to make it difficult for the expat.

Regards,

Madam Badrya Darwish,
God Bless You. You are doing a very good job. I always read your articles on the website Kuwaittimes.net. Madam, I want to tell you something. So many independent visas are issued routinely by employers and they take huge amounts from individuals and allow them to work where ever they want. Such employers have the right to obtain a certain number of visas, whether they have jobs or not to offer. I have been in Kuwait for the last 15 years and have very good Kuwaiti friends who always try to help others. But during this crackdown for the last few days, both good and bad things have been happening. The good thing is that they are catching illegal people and the bad thing is that some innocent people are also paying the price. God help Kuwait and the Muslim world.

Regards, Your well wisher

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This article was published on 06/06/2013