Sunday, March 31, 2013
Foreigners are to blame for everything
C'mon - has the Kuwaiti blame game extended this far? Why does Kuwait stagnate so much? Because everybody is busy pointing fingers and blaming other groups (until recently, domestic groups) and meanwhile, the country is floundering in a cesspool of bad business while the rest of the Gulf is excelling.
They even want to mandate a separate price for gasoline for foreigners and Kuwaitis. Puhleeze - have you seen the lines at the gas stations in Kuwait? They can't figure out how to install updated (current-century) gas pumps. How would they handle separate lines/separate pricing? (I long for the types of gas pumps they have in the States where you can just swipe your credit card and go.)
Then, the plans for apartheid in the healthcare system, segregating foreigners from Kuwaitis with different operating hours for both. Yeah, that is definitely a step in the wrong direction. Imagine that happening in Western countries; suddenly imposing the same laws on any foreigners... let's say Kuwaitis would have to wait until the afternoon for treatment at a London hospital. It would be the end of the world.
Cutting 100,000 jobs to foreigners per year. Okey dokey - let's start with the street cleaners, domestic workers and drivers. Bada bing. Put your big girl panties on and deal with it yourself. Or perhapsee waiters and waitresses. From my perspective, following the first 3 categories I mentioned above, the largest number of current foreign-hires are wait staff and restaurant workers (kick ass, Shaya!). (Let's be real - the only businesses that thrive in Kuwait are food-related.) So, I completely agree - less of all of those categories and more jobs for Kuwaitis.
I was so happy to see young Kuwaitis serving customers through LOYAC's internship programs. Is there shame in those jobs? No, and the kids loved it. They had pride in their accomplishments and a sense of responsibility. Is that a bad thing? LOYAC's model is simple: Do something for your community and for yourself.
Why are countries like Qatar and Dubai thriving? Because they are working in cooperation with their foreign/professional workforce (just look at the number of universities and hospitals they work with). They LEARN from past results of business models brought in from other places; other ideas, other perspectives. You don't see countries like Dubai trying to cut expat jobs; they open the door to other nationalities. Come on in! Buy our land. Add to our flourishing economy and tourism sectors. Bring your families! Spend, spend, spend. Hey, now that is a novel idea: Benefiting the local economies. Huh.
I love Kuwait and I hate so see all this negativity. Open your minds. Stop blaming, start moving.