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MENAFN - Arab Times - 18/11/2012

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(MENAFN - Arab Times) Fifth Constituency candidate Eid Al-Otaibi has called for investing in the human element and exploiting the huge potentials of the youth during the next stage.

In a press statement Al-Otaibi said, "The previous government had failed to utilize the youth potential and added now is the time to use their capabilities in the right framework."

He considers the new generation as the future pillars of the nation. The primary focus should be on the development, "therefore, the success in investing their energies after a due plan by the Executive Authority should devote on laying down mechanisms in this regard."

He called upon the government to pay attention to the young people by placing qualified young men in the frontline of leadership by overcoming the obstacles they face in the field of sports, education, employment and housing.

First Constituency candidate Mishari Al-Tarkeet has called for reconsidering the performance of the Touristic Enterprises Company (TEC) by creating other stock companies based on the new system of the establishment of new projects so that part of them are allocated for citizens. He also said the government should involve the private sector in the development of the waterfront.

In a press statement, he questioned the role played by the TEC in the development of the waterfront. He added, the citizens have abandoned this interface due to carelessness of the most important touristic sights of Kuwait.

He added, "The waterfront is the main interface of Kuwait and one of the most important places of touristic value. In spite of this fact the public facilities lack the lowest degree of cleanliness. He wondered saying, "Is it logical that toilets at our waterfronts unsuitable for human use?"

He said developed nations usually earmark large budgets to develop their tourism projects to attract the largest number of foreign tourists, "but we in Kuwait although we have abundant finance we do not care to highlight these projects that can improve the image of Kuwait in the eyes of visitors."

He noted a lot of public parks scattered in residential areas are neglected to the point most of them have become nests for mice and a haven for stray dogs. He said the government and the concerned authorities must take serious note of such facilities "which are the natural outlet in a country like Kuwait."

On the issue of national unity, Second Constituency candidate Wael Al-Qattan said he is surprised some people are playing the sectarian and tribal tunes to win a race to Parliament even if it comes at the expense of national cohesion and structure of the society. He stressed "national unity is not a slogan to sing, but statements to be accompanied by deeds."

Al-Qattan said the wrangling that dominated the political scene over the past years has had a dramatic impact on undermining the strong bonds of the society which have been the feature of all Kuwaitis.

He added dividing the country on tribal, sectarian and class basis "has bedeviled our society, deepened its wounds and broken engines of development, which has been at a standstill over the past decades."

He stressed on the need to achieve social harmony which the Kuwaiti people are accustomed with and that everyone knows that sustainability of the state and its survival is based on the bond and social harmony between people leading to national unity. He noted to achieve this goal is a major responsibility not borne by a particular party but every citizen that loves the nation must work to achieve it.

He indicated the issue of national unity needs deep understanding and a clear government policy that does not only depend on reactions, but also requires a strategy that basically focuses on the crises witnessed by the last stage so as to avoid their recurrence in future."

In another development, the controversial former MP Mohammed Al-Juwaihel has announced he is withdrawing from the contest for parliamentary elections.

In a statement, Al-Juwaihel asked his supporters from the Third Constituency to forgive him for taking this decision "which I took in the interest of the nation and give chance to new faces especially after the saboteurs (the opposition) decided to boycott the upcoming elections."

He said over the past years and his short term in the previous Parliament he was able "to reveal some practices which undermined the Kuwaiti society and its citizenship by traitors and I will continue to reveal the rest by the will of God."

Al-Juwaihel is the owner of Al-Sour TV channel. He is a controversial figure known for attacking Kuwaiti tribes which he considers non-Kuwaitis and their allegiance is for other Gulf countries.

During his campaign in the previous 2012 Parliament, Al-Juwaihel was attacked by the Al-Mutair tribe who burned down his campaign tent because they said Al-Juwaihel offended them in one of his television interviews.

 






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