I love this guy, Shaikh Salman bin Sager writes a daily column (arabic) in Al-Wasat and is normally hilarious, but cuts to the point and says things that other journalists won’t dare tackle. And maybe because he is part of the royal family he can criticise without having his loyalty continuously questioned. We need more like him, and fast.
Today, he once again ripped the embattled Shaikh Ahmed another hole, if you would pardon the course expression, and in no uncertain terms demanded his resignation from both his official positions. He rightly attributes this demand to save the untold damage that his continued occupation of those offices will do to the propriety of the forthcoming municipal and parliamentary elections in light of Bandargate, let alone the much contentious electronic voting they’re still trying to ram down our throats.
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Shaikh Salman rightly says that this fiasco has not been handled properly at all, and it has already damaged the credibility of the government. He further says that in reality if those implicated are not removed (not allowed step aside mind you, but removed, and I fully agree, as this decisive action will – might – get the forthcoming elections regain their credibility, such is the damage done) then we might as well forget about the elections altogether. No one would believe in their outcome.
Therefore, I demand that all political societies declare their unequivocal position now, stop this shy nonsense and demand their removal. They have been given enough chances to do the honourable thing and none of them have, so it is high time that they are removed from those positions immediately.
Nothing else would actually do; none of those implicated even came forward to clear his name and they knew about this report for weeks, which leads me to believe what Dr. Al-Bandar said is the truth! But regardless, truth or lies, it is far too late for any of those named to get out of their holes all squeaky clean, they were avaricious, unpatriotic, sectarian, traitorous morons to the community that nurtured them, and being fired from their positions is the very least they should get.
If they are not immediately removed, then I would fully support an elections boycott, and rightly so.
Can you imagine the implications of this action? The 90s will be a picnic in a peaceful field in comparison to what would come up…
After their expulsion from their positions, the king himself or at least the crown prince should head a panel of inquiry whose findings should be completely transparent and if the panel finds that those people were rightly implicated, they should be tried for the crimes they have committed and pay for them dearly.
Those implicated don’t seem to care however, or maybe they do know that they are above the law, for not only were they not ashamed enough and human enough to do the honourable thing and resign their positions, they allegedly released a doctored report trying to shift (not enlarge!) the blame and implications to known opposition figures.
The temerity of some people!
So do us all a favour and resign for
God’s YOUR sakes!
And if you’re a (soon to be or are an) out of work bum and have been implicated like the various so called MPs still defending Shaikh Ahmed to the death, then take heed of what his cousin, another member of the royal family, is doing: standing with what is RIGHT is always the honourable thing to do, and you would be much more loyal to your country by doing so, rather than continuing to bleat like paid-for sheep defending the indefensible.
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