What? No thanks notices?

Here’s a breath of absolute fresh air:

تعميم ديوان ولي العهد للوزارات: الشكر على الزيارات الميدانية بالعمل وليس بالإعلانات

أعلن مكتب النائب الأول لرئيس مجلس الوزراء، في تعميم من ديوان سمو ولي العهد، بأن الشكر موصول لمختلف الجهات الحكومية على حرصها لابداء امتنانها وتقديرها لزيارات العمل الميدانية التي يقوم ولي العهد نائب القائد الأعلى النائب الأول لرئيس مجلس الوزراء صاحب السمو الملكي الأمير سلمان بن حمد آل خليفة من أجل الاطلاع على الأهداف الاستراتيجية والوقوف على سير العمل بالوزارات والهيئات الحكومية. وأنه وفق توجيهات صاحب السمو الملكي ولي العهد نائب القائد الأعلى النائب الأول لرئيس مجلس الوزراء على الجهات الحكومية عدم نشر إعلانات الشكر بشأن زيارات العمل الميدانية التي يقوم بها سموه؛ وأن الشكر الحقيقي هو العمل الدؤوب لتوفير الخدمات الحكومية المتميزة والمتكاملة للمواطنين وتحقيق كل ما يصب في مصلحة الوطن. [Alwasat Newspaper]

Essentially, the release above is a directive by the Crown Prince to government (and other) agencies NOT to publish their customary “thanks for your visit” notices in papers and other media, but show their actual thanks through diligent work and actions which can benefit the country and its citizens!

This is a distinct departure from the status quo, and a very welcome one at that.

This is bound to piss off Anwar Abdulrahman as he built his whole career on such, ehm, appreciation. This directive will no doubt tick off other editors too as this unnecessary practice has unquestionably been a good source of revenue for their organisations. More importantly, the ramifications of such decision is that others will (and most definitely should) follow suit. To say that this has been a very long time coming is an understatement as far as I’m concerned, and it does shows that the Crown Prince has literally rolled up his sleeves and will not take any crap from anyone.

Observers might think nothing of this move. To us Bahrainis; however, this is quite significant in its intentions. I believe this country over the last few years has gone quite overboard in the art of brown-nosing with people actually being rewarded for doing so. I do fervently hope that this signals the end of that decrepit and degrading “custom”.

Here’s to a better future!


  1. tariq

    Arabs and brown nosing seem to thatgo together Mahmood. you and i may detest that, but many make their livelihood through such despicable acts.

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