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“I Will Wipe out the word WASTA from the Traffic Dictionary”

Wooo HOOOO on You, Major General Abdulfattah Al-Ali!

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Sometimes, when you are reading a newspaper looking for content, the most significant articles can be little small ones:

Major Al-Ali vows to redraw traffic map

KUWAIT: “I have orders from higher authorities to organize the traffic and the law will be implemented strictly, Assistant Interior Ministry Under Secretary for Traffic Affairs Major General Abdelfattah Al-Ali said. “I will change the traffic map within six months and wipe out the word wasta from the traffic dictionary ,” he added. “I have strict orders from higher authorities to organize traffic and the law will be implemented very strictly,” Major Ali said.

The Kuwait Times got his title wrong; it is Major GENERAL, not Major, LOL, that’s a big difference. It appears he has the clout – and the backing – to make a brave and steadfast stand:

“WIPE OUT THE WORD WASTA FROM THE TRAFFIC DICTIONARY”

I can hardly believe my eyes. This is going to be very painful for young Kuwait men, who have learned – from prior experience – that the rules do not apply to them. IF Major General Abdulfattah Al-Ali can maintain his strong position, there may be more young Kuwait men who live to be grown-up men, there may be fewer heart-wrenching funerals, far fewer trips to the emergency room (did you know that some of the best head-trauma physicians in the world are in the ER’s in Qatar, Kuwait, and the UAE? There’s a reason for that.) The days of seeing babies on their daddy’s laps in traffic may be over. People may actually start wearing seatbelts!

Wooo HOOO on You, Major General Abdulfattah Al-Ali. You are a brave and courageous man, with a vision for a safer future for Kuwait.

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June 9, 2013 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Character, Civility, Cultural, Family Issues, Kuwait, Law and Order, Leadership, Safety |

2 Comments »

  1. What does the word Wasta mean?

    Comment by Sondy | June 12, 2013 | Reply

  2. Sondy, it means using position or connection to achieve your goals (as opposed to merit), i.e. you get in trouble, you use your position or your connections to make it go away, to get a contract you use “wasta” to win even if your proposal is not the most elegant or efficient, but your brother-in-law has a connection to those making the decision. It can be used in small, inoffensive ways.

    Influence of this sort exists in every society, but when it becomes a way of life, it acts as sand in the gears of operational efficiency, or sludge – everything slows down, and nothing gets accomplished. It can mean, literally, getting away with murder. It often means escaping consequences of your actions. It happens in all countries, but where it is rampant, out-of-control, there is no equality before the law, no equality of enforcement, no genuine justice. It is the bane of civilized society.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 12, 2013 | Reply


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