Al Hashem wades into expatriates over fake degrees

Published:  24 Jul at 6 PM
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Kuwaiti expats are dismayed that anti-expat lawmaker Safaa al Hashem is expat-bashing again.

Over the past several years, al Hashem has been a thorn in expat sides for her unending attacks on foreigners living and working in Kuwait. Her latest crusade is against all expats working in the emirate’s public sector, saying the vast majority are holding unauthorised credentials in order to get higher positions. They’re also, she ranted, hiring other incompetents similar to themselves and causing deteriorating services in government bodies.

She targeted engineers and doctors, saying both lives and the emirate’s infrastructure are now at risk, with her words inflaming an already controversial issue still further. As a result of the continuing unrest on the subject, a meeting of Kuwait’s parliamentary Replacement and Job Crisis Committee will take place next week in order to discuss the termination of contracts for all expats employed in the sector. Distortion of the issue is attracting an increasing number of MPs, with the majority now demanding disclosure of the names of guilty parties.

In addition, proposals as well as draft legislation is being put forward, with many linking the issue with the recent forged college degrees scandal also under investigation by the Kuwaiti parliament. Last week, Kuwait’s Education Ministry announced it had uncovered some 40 fake diplomas issued elsewhere in the Arab States, with a foreigner now arrested in connection with the scam. The emirate’s Civil Service is now involved in rooting out the scandal and has taken measures against a number of people found to be involved. According to another report, out of 9,000 certificates issued, one thousand were proven to have been forged.
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