Insisting on a wrong

24 Jan, '07

I’m curious, what makes the Muharraq governor Salman bin Hindi so adamant on insisting on a wrong? And now he’s even supported by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. What’s going on?

It just does not make sense, unless of course this is another “test balloon” being released by the government to see the reaction of people if (when) they produce laws to divide Bahrain into cantons housing specific sects and not allowing any intermingling between them.

This is not just stupid, but extremely worrying.

Why isn’t anyone responsible from government come out and immediately refute these claims and tell bin Hindi that he over-stepped his mandate? I know that a member of Al-Wefaq has tabled a parliamentary question to the Minister of the Interior in this regard, and I hope that the minister will be good enough to unequivocally answer the question, rather than pass the buck along to another ministry or department; thus, allowing this farce to continue.

We’re supposed to be one people and one country, right?

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  1. Redbelt says:

    Ah, this thing is brought on by the late “Iran buying land” thing.
    Having land open to GCC nationals and to forigners as well is a security breach if Iran is indeed buying land. Thus to be safe than sorry, the only sales permitted are from people that can be vouched for. ex: I am not Muharraqi nor ever lived there. I do have lot of friends, should I want a piece of land thiere, my friends )being Muharraqi themselves) Can vouch for my character. Thus enabeling my ability to buy land.
    It is much like the Secret service tapping communications in US in violation of right to privacy. Both cases saw actions which limited rights in favor of more security and control.
    This is an answer to your question “Why”. This is the catalyst.
    Now for it to stop, think physics: this subject (banning) was pushed by a force (threat) from place X to place Y. For it to return to place X again, Force 1 (threat) must seaze and be substituted by force 2 (I dunno, reassurance of some sort) that is opposite in direction for the subject to return to where it was.

  2. can we talk says:

    now, allow me to rephrase

    Coming up with a rule like this requires one/some of the following:
    1) lack of understanding of the basic constitutional rights of citizens.
    2) lack of understanding. period.
    3) overestimation of one’s powers.
    4) hootzbah!
    5) orders.

    now, circle the correct answer:
    a) alternative 1,3 and 4 together
    b) alternative 2,3 and 4 together
    c) alternative 5

    (???!!!) have a nice day!

  3. Dilmun says:

    The truth of the matter is Bin Hindi F***ed up, and the response of Land Registration and Works was late. Which clearly stated that there was no ban on people outside of Muharraq from buying land into Muharraq and the only ban was from ANYONE to trade land for a specific time period in certain areas, so that Culture and Heritage can protect it. The Crown Prince appointed Bin Hindi chairman of the Committee to protect old buildings in Muharraq, and the IDIOT took it too far. No he is retracting his statements because someone finally told him he should behave. It isn’t an issue at all anymore, except for the fact that the Government isn’t responding (See. AlBandar Report’s response and how much they screwed that one up) and Bin Hindi is an idiot yes its official! …

  4. mahmood says:

    I just came back from talking to a Bahraini property investor who bought a building in Gudaiybia for about one million Dinars, yet when he went to register it, it was refused. They told him that registration in that area are suspended until further notice!

    Read into that what you will… but the word “canton” does come to mind more readily.

  5. Butterfly says:


    The correct answer is difintely(c).

    May be he was unaware of the consequences his statement would bring at the begining but now and after all the criticism he received, I doubt he lacks the intelligence or the understanding of the rights of citizens.

    He was given some instructions which he communicated in a stupid manner, he wanted to defend himself and again he did it stupidly.
    Now he is given the orders to stick to what he said at the begining and he did.

    The man is simply not the right person for the mission.

  6. mahmood says:

    and his term is up, in fact all governors are due the boot. They’ve officially served their time and are due to be replaced.

    Why haven’t they been replaced so far is anyone’s guess.

  7. Muhurraqia says:

    Here we go again, our minds running wild with the ever infamous conspiracy theory. Do you not read the papers specifically sometime at the beginning of 2006 or even before that???
    In an effort to preserve what is left of our heritage and historical buildings, certain areas in old Muhurraq, Gudaibya and Hoora fall under the responsilbity of a governmental project that aims to restore what is restorable.
    I don’t think it was mentioned when the bann on land or bulding purchases was to take effect or for how long, but if you are so bothered, why don’t you call either the Muhurraq governate or the capital governate and ask them directly before screaming “Pirates”.

  8. Muhurraqia says:

    As for booting the current governers, have you ever asked yourself, maybe, just maybe, Muhurraqis feel that Salman bin Hindi is the right man for the job??? He isn’t responsible to make YOU or anybody else on this blogspot happy, hes there to benefit Muhurraqis, and if they want him there, then ,,,,, he should stay!! Its their call, not yours, unless you are a Muhurraqi of course.

  9. mahmood says:

    I am a Muharraqi! Just like I am a Karzakkani, Bani Jamrite, Rifai, Manami and Askari. In other words, I am a Bahraini and the decision of bin Hindi affects me directly as a Bahraini.

    Unless of course you want to declare Muharraq as a separate country, then that’s a different thing altogether, but rest assured that I will be on the front line fighting for and to get my Muharraq back.

  10. Muhurraqia says:

    You are totally taking this out of context and misunderstanding the issue at hand.
    Eveybody’s interest is Bahrain… The governate is a govermental body that aims is to benefit the people of of that governate, see to their needs of developing their housing, commercial and transportation needs.
    If the specific governor does that and those that live in the governate are happy then so be it, if not, then that is a different matter.
    This is a generalization, it shouldn’t only fall on Muhurraq or the capital….
    I am sure if you open the book for speculation from a non-prejudiced eye, all governates could be poked at for meeting the needs of their communities and NOT Bahraini civillians at large…

  11. can we talk says:

    meeting the needs of their local communities is one thing, discriminating between citizens of the country is a totally other issue.

    if this was about the preservation of OUR heritage and OUR culture, then it makes no difference where WE bahrainis originate from that would buy the land. rules can be put in place about what you are allowed/not allowed to do with the land, such as no apartments, no selling to NON-BAHRAINIS, no changing the facade of the building, no structural change before getting approval from a culture/planning/engineering committee. there are all kinds of ways to do this. none of them is unconstitutional in that none of them discriminates between citizens.

    this discrimination is wrong, whether it applies to real estate trade, housing projects, or any proposed regulation.

    if we are not careful, you might find you have to get a visa everytime you need to cross the causeway to manama!! is that what you want??

  12. mahmood says:

    The governate is a governmental body that aims is to benefit the people of of that governate, see to their needs of developing their housing, commercial and transportation needs.

    Nope, those are the jobs of the Municipal councils. The “governate” is an extension of the security apparatus, they are an extension of the Ministry of Interior to which they report and are placed in their positions for a period of 4 years a term by the king. They do not and should not get involved in municipal affairs. Look it up.

    In any case, no one, no matter who they are or an organisation is, should be above the law and especially the constitution, which the Muharraq governor has most definitely usurped.

    You might be interested in reviewing Article 9 of the Constitution dealing with Property, and of course Article 4 regarding that thing called equality between all citizens.

  13. mahmood says:

    For reference’s sake, here is part of the Law by Decree number 16 for the year 1996 establishing and regulating the work of the four governates:

    مادة – 8 –

    يعتبر المحافظ ممثلا للسلطة التنفيذية في دائرة محافظته، ويتولى إدارتها وفقاً للسياسة العامة للدولة وأحكام هذا القانون، وعليه بصفة خاصة:

    1- العمل على النهوض بالمحافظة من كافة النواحي، وتطويرها اجتماعيا واقتصاديا وعمرانيا، وتهيئة أسباب إنجاح خطط وبرامج التنمية، واقتراح الوسائل الكفيلة بذلك، ومتابعة تنفيذ المشروعات المتعلقة بها.

    2- المساهمة في الإشراف على الخدمات التي تقدمها مرافق وأجهزة الدولة في دائرة المحافظة، عدا وزارتي الخارجية والدفاع والمحاكم، والعمل على تنميتها، ورفع كفايتها وسرعة وصولها إلى المواطنين.

    3 – المحافظة على الأمن والنظام العام.

    4 – رعاية وتشجيع التربية الدينية والأنشطة التربوية والتعليمية والاجتماعية والرياضية والثقافية والصحية وغيرها، والعمل على تنميتها، ودعمها، وتوجيهها نحو الإحساس بالمسئولية وروح التعاون، وتعميق الحس الوطني، ومشاعر الانتماء، والولاء، ومفاهيم الوحدة الوطنية، والأسرة الواحدة، وذلك بالتنسيق مع الجهات المعنية.

    5- العمل على دعم جهود وأنشطة الحفاظ على البيئة وتحسينها، وحمايتها من مظاهر العبث أو التلوث.

    6- تلقى شكاوي المواطنين والعمل على إيجاد الحلول المناسبة لها، في حدود صلاحياته المقررة في القانون

    Now what’s the actual different between “governates” and “municipalities”? And why were they established in the first place?

  14. Muhurraqia says:

    Thank you Mahmood, Thank you for printing the obvious. Articles 1,2 & 6 clearly emphasise the point I was trying to make…. The governate is NOT only responsible for the security measures taken within their jurisdiction, they work in conjuntion with ALL ministerial bodies that have an interest in that specific area.
    Hence, real estate regulations, land development, the restoration of historical sites, peoples enquiries and interests. ALL very clear.

  15. mahmood says:

    Except for that little thing called the constitution.

    Look, I’m not disagreeing with you just for the sake of it. I have no problem with bin Hindi or anyone else for that matter. He’s probably doing a good job overall, except, he did a very human thing and made a mistake and then rather than apologizing for it and moving on, he insisted on an obvious wrong.

    He was further supported by no less than the Chairman of the House.


    And much more important than that, don’t you see that this type of restriction, no matter how “honest” or “good” it may look, directly infringes on the freedoms of Bahrainis? Why should I be restricted from buying a piece of land or any other type of property anywhere in Bahrain?

    This decision stinks of sectarian intent, and that I have a problem with as well.

    My read into this situation is that he was ordered to take this position and disregard any criticism. If that is the case, then we have an even bigger problem that should be dealt with. Promptly and honestly.

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