Al-Hashem decries 'deceitful Bangladeshis'Kuwait Times, Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Dr Sami Alrabaa
Fouad Al-Hashem appeals in Al-Watan (May 28) to the Minister of the Interior to very carefully screen and scrutinise Bangladeshi workers before they enter Kuwait. "They are notorious for being violent and deceitful; they steal, rape women, and fake documents," Al-Hashem claims. My comment: Poor Bangladeshis! Can one generalise as Al-Hashem is doing? Are Bangladeshis really that bad? Or is it just prejudice, his own experience, or someone else's? Think about it? Who is keeping Kuwait's streets and parks clean day and night? Who is collecting the tons of garbage everyday? Who is keeping public places like ministries, schools, hospitals, universities clean because people throw litter everywhere but not in garbage-bins? It is those poor Bangladeshis-and all that for KD 30, if they ever get the money. I just wonder what would Al-Hashem do if he had to live like a Bangladeshi in Kuwait, if he had to live in a hole that rats would refuse to live in.
Besides, if Al-Hashem checked the records of the Ministry of the Interior, he would certainly find out that Bangladeshis are not more criminal than other expatriates or Kuwaitis. How about those Kuwaitis who suck the blood of their employees? For Al-Hashem's information, the Kuwaiti Municipality gives those cleaning companies per expatriate employee KD 220 a month for keeping Kuwait clean. They give the Bangladeshi a KD 30 and keep the rest, if the Bangladeshi ever gets the money. It is those companies that are deceitful-not the poor Bangladeshis. How about those Kuwaitis who sell visas and iqamas (residencies) to expatriates? Are they honest and do they deliver truthful documents when they are asked about job and salary of those expatriates to be shipped to Kuwait? In Islam, it is haram (sinful) to trade with money; to get interest on loans or bank accounts. It is usury. It is equally haram to trade with people, it is maybe more sinful. Bangladeshis are not criminals. Criminal are those who import them to Kuwait and exploit them.