For the first time in my life I voted for the Bahraini Parliament. Now I know that I should not have bothered. Democracy is not worth it and it doesn’t work in the Arab world in general and Bahrain in particular.
They have been operating now since October 2002. Almost a full term considering that they’ve just voted to take 3 months off for summer! They want to be addressed as “your excellency”. They insist on getting Mercedes S320 cars with drivers. They get between BD 2,000 and 3,000 per month, maybe more if they’re involved in various committees and shall not be surprised if they also get overtime pay.
What the bloody hell are these people doing? Did they do a single thing since taking office to better the way of life in Bahrain?
A CALL for veiled women to be allowed to drive in Bahrain with their faces covered could get a second hearing by members of parliament.
A move to put the proposal to lift the ban on driving while veiled to a full parliament meeting was last week rejected by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Economy Committee.
But now it is to reconsider its decision, after appeals by parliament second-vice-chairman Adel Al Ma’a-wda and MP Jassim Al Saeedi.
They urged the committee yesterday to put the matter before a full parliament meeting.
A full parliament meeting? What are these jokers up to? What age do they really live in, and more importantly what age do they want us to go back to? For God’s sake change the constitution and ban any Islamists or whatever religious nut from running for office. Let them live in their own caves, mosques, churches, synagogues, temples, anywhere BUT being a representative of the people.
Your Exalted Excellencies Messrs. Al-Saeedi and Al Ma’a-wda want to waste the national time by having yet ANOTHER full parliamentary debate on a subject so trivial that they should feel absolutely ashamed to even suggest it. If they don’t then it is OUR job, the people who elected them in the first place, to shame them.
Don’t we have any other problems in Bahrain that needs their real attention?
Obviously not.We don’t suffer from unemploymentWe don’t suffer from abuse of powerWe don’t suffer from bribery and corruptionWe don’t suffer from housing shortagesWe don’t suffer from a filthy environmentWe don’t suffer from desertificationWe don’t suffer from the huge escape of capitalWe don’t suffer from inflationWe don’t suffer from descriminationWe don’t suffer from an economy down in the dumpsWe don’t suffer from high costs of livingWe don’t suffer from a bankrupt and backward education system
and the list goes on. However:We do want more mosques, having 5 in every neighborhood is not enoughWe do want to keep women chained to their homesWe do want to have every woman completely covered from head to toeWe do want to have separate laws for the various sects we have in BahrainWe do want to stay on the man’s side, no matter whatWe do want to keep the divorce, inheritance, and custody laws at the man’s will
Progress? What the hell is that? Bahrain now is at least 50 years behind Dubai, and in some cases even behind Saudi Arabia!
But let our elected exalted representative of the people create a country that no one wants to live in.
I wonder if the emigration laws to Europe, America and Australia are still on? Hell, India sounds even a nicer place to be than Bahrain at the moment – and for as long as these so called “People’s Representatives” are in Parliament.
The King should seriously consider another referendum. Bannish the parliament and democracy. I’ll be the first to sign up!