Al-Dhahrani’s at it again

23 Mar, '05

Our illustrious Parliamentary Chairman not content with the state of our own laws, now suggests that we should import others from our giant neighbour (arabic); Saudi Arabia, especially as they pertain to the family, legal age and of course laws that would further demonstrate his complete “respect” for women.

It is done of course to “protect” women and minors. Nothing else you understand, and these laws will in no way impinge on their personal freedoms nor will they affect their way of life.

It’s not a big deal really, the laws he wants to pass are:

1 Restrict minor traveling without a parent or guardian’s approval. The age of majority in Bahrain is 21.
2 Restrict women (no age limit) from traveling unless approved by their legal guardian, be that their husband, father, brother or son as the case may be.

Can anyone spot a stupid moron in the house? Will you vote for him again? (Riffa are you listening? You’ve gotten more morons into this parliament and we want to make sure that you do so again next year!)

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  1. KhalidSaad says:

    Al-Dhahrani’s at it again

    Read about that burial thing, all I can say is that this guy doesn’t know the economic and historic benefits of this site. What do you expect, the usual from those clowns.

  2. mahmood says:

    Re: Al-Dhahrani’s at it again

    He’s an expert at harassing women though… and hiding!

    I found his stance on this not very surprising however, as they are ALL posturing hoping against hope that they will be re-elected next year. So expect a lot more voiciferous brainfarts from our dear parliamentarians over the next 18 months or so.

  3. Steelangel says:

    Re: Al-Dhahrani’s at it again

    [quote]The last thing anyone needs to do is bring any legal opinions from Saudi Arabia.[/quote]

    Truer words are rarely spoken.

    Saudi Arabia is the antithesis of human rights, period. Even China has more respect for its people.

  4. 7alaylia says:

    Re(1): Al-Dhahrani’s at it again

    Posted “Truer words are rarely spoken.

    Saudi Arabia is the antithesis of human rights, period. Even China has more respect for its people. ”

    A perfect reason why Saudi Arabia should NOT be an American ally. Saudi Arabia is not a good example of Islam either, unless you want an example of what is WRONG with Islam today.

  5. anonymous says:

    Re: Al-Dhahrani’s at it again

    Don’t confuse the issues here Anon.
    Islam does not and should not enter into this.
    The idea Dhahrani is proposing is ludicrous. Incredibly the representative of Bahrains 1st real forum for debate and advancment chooses to use the vehicle to take us in reverse!
    The government must be laughing their tits off!
    Woman. Equal rights as men. Nothing else shouyld be accepted.
    Minors are the responsibility of their parents untill such time as they are regarded as adult,21 says Mahmood, sounds fair enough.
    I have one, members of parliament should,by law, run twice around the seef mall with their underpants on their heads, shouting “We are crap!We are crap”

  6. anonymous says:

    Re(1): Al-Dhahrani’s at it again

    Mahmood, I’m starting to think that maybe we should re-elect them. At least we know where they are and what theyr’re not doing!
    What will these morons get up to out of office and out of sight?!

  7. 7alaylia says:

    Al-Dhahrani’s at it again

    I have heard that some other states in the Gulf want to start doing what the Saudis do when it comes to marriage. They want to control the marriage of their citizens to non citizens. In Saudi Arabia if a citizen wants to marry a non citizen they must gain permission, either before or after the marriage. This is rather easy for a male Saudi to do, much much harder for a female Saudi to do. This is the major issue my Saudi wife and I are facing with the Saudi authorities. Without their permission my wife and I cannot travel to Saudi Arabia together. We would not be legally married in Saudi. One can imagine the implications if caught in Saudi under such circumstances. We would not be allowed to stay at a hotel together, or to legal be together in public. When it came time to leave Saudi my wife could not leave because I could not give her permission to leave, an uncle would have to do that.

    I dont know how this same thing works in Bahrain, maybe Mahmood could let us know. I heard a report on al-Jazeera I think, where the government in UAE think too many of their citizens are marrying foreigners and they might move to the Saudi idea.

    If the Saudis want to stick with God’s law, let them do so without adding innovations of their own.

  8. anonymous says:

    Al-Dhahrani’s at it again

    Does Bahrain’s parlimentory members not have a shaddow opposition group ? an opposition that might shed light on the ridiculous laws they wish to pass and show people an alternative and a better way of doing things?

  9. kategirl says:

    Re(1): Al-Dhahrani’s at it again

    Aha! Thanks for the link Mahmood… I knew I recognized his name and face from somewhere else!

    Also, due credit to the newspapers for publicizing these brainfarts as what they are… come 2006, this will hopefully help voters decide who not to vote for.

  10. mahmood says:

    Re: Al-Dhahrani’s at it again

    That’s the huge irony: they ARE the opposition by default! The parliament does not make a prime minister nor does it assign or approve ministers, judges, directors or anything of the sort. All of those functions are at the King’s pleasure. Therefore, the parliament in both the upper (appointed) and lower (elected) houses SHOULD act as a shadow government to ensure that the executive branch does its job well and with complete transparency.

    The Shura Council (the upper house) has actually proved much more effective and on the ball than the Council of Representatives (lower house – elected) has ever been. Time and time again.

    What Al-Dhahrani (and co) has made of this parliament is a mere rubber-stamping, ass-kissing, posturing, and flag waving edifice.

    Al-Dhahrani has proved without a shadow of a doubt that he’s the prime minister’s stooge and he would do his bidding at any cost, even suplanting his own version of dictatorship in place of democracy.

    This person is not worthy of the position he has been entrusted with.

  11. mahmood says:

    Re: Al-Dhahrani’s at it again

    this is hardly relevant to this thread

  12. KhalidSaad says:

    Al-Dhahrani’s at it again

    Honestly those laws are bs, he wants more women’s rights and to show them respect by restraining them from goin out. The funny part is importing it from Saudi (all my respect to the ppl), where woman don’t have balanced rights compared to the men. They’re not kids. I really don’t want to rant anymore, 2006 please come soon, and hopefully we’ll get rid of those who don’t serve our country. Honestly, whomever votes for these ppl again is nuts.

  13. anonymous says:

    Al-Dhahrani’s at it again

    Posted “1 Restrict minor traveling without a parent or guardian’s approval. The age of majority in Bahrain is 21.
    2 Restrict women (no age limit) from traveling unless approved by their legal guardian, be that their husband, father, brother or son as the case may be. ”

    None of this is Islam. The last thing anyone needs to do is bring any legal opinions from Saudi Arabia.

  14. kategirl says:

    Al-Dhahrani’s at it again

    Yes it seems the MP brainfart detector was reading some very high levels yesterday.

    There was also a proposal in parliament yesterday to protect the ancient and historic A’ali burial mounds from destruction. However, the GDN reports, MP Jassim Al Mawali opposed the idea:
    [quote]He said the burial mounds were useless and that preserving them was a waste of time and money.

    “Give these mounds to the Works and Housing Ministry and let them turn it into government houses,” he said.

    “Quit talking rubbish and instead of fighting for something useless, fight for something worth it.”[/quote]

    But thankfully the representatives passed the proposal to protect the site.

  15. anonymous says:

    Al-Dhahrani’s at it again

    I wonder if this guy Al-Dahrani is one of those pious parliamentarians that appreciate a young (minor) woman’s right to be a prostitute when they travel to less religiously strict countries. From what I hear a number of Saudis also appreciate this right.

  16. Steelangel says:

    Re(2): Al-Dhahrani’s at it again

    I’m sure that we will get very little argument on this from all sides.

  17. Alireza says:

    Al-Dhahrani’s at it again

    If this self styled ‘moderate extremist’ had any self respect he’d resign his position as Parliamentary Speaker, given his responsibility for the low esteem that parliamentarians are held. Under his tenure MPs have spent most of their time either thinking up restrictions on people or looking at ways to bribe the electorate by ensuring that the government pays ‘bonuses’ into the bank accounts of their constituents – rather than using the money to invest in the future. It’s particularly ironic that to find legislation to promote human rights or freedom of the press, you have to look to people like Ibrahim Bashmi in the Shura Council.

    At least Al Dharani’s comments this time don’t sink quite so low as his urging of the government to send in the bulldozers against peaceful protests.

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