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Saudi Gazette report

DAMMAM —

The National

Anti-Corruption

Commission

(Nazaha) has received as many as

6,482 complaints about corrup-

tion in 2016 of which only about

3,802 (59 percent) were within

its jurisdiction, Makkah daily re-

ported on Sunday.

Nazaha said 1,357 complaints

were about financial and

administrative

corruption

including 288 on the misuse of

the job authority.

It said as many as 2,680 com-

plaints it received were not with-

in its purview but it responded to

the informants directing them to

the right places to go to.

Nazaha said the majority of

the complaints were about finan-

cial and administrative corrup-

tion, sub-standard performance,

slackness in the execution of gov-

ernment projects, bribes, forgery

and others.

The commission said the fi-

nancial and administrative cor-

ruption included embezzling or

wasting government resources,

misuse of power, wasta (nepo-

tism), working in business be-

side the government job, taking

probes, forgery and others.

It said most of the complaints

came from four main regions

which were Riyadh, the Eastern

Province, Asir and Makkah (69

percent) while the other 31 percent

came from other various regions.

Nazaha said it monitors the

local press and the social media

looking for information about

corruption cases so as to investi-

gate and follow them up.

It said most of the complaints

against corruption cases involved

10 ministries and government de-

partments which were the min-

istries of municipal and rural af-

fairs, health, environment, water

and agriculture, transport, edu-

cation, interior, labor and social

development, the Saudi Electric-

ity Company (SEC) and the Saudi

telecommunications company.

KINGDOM

MONDAY 21 AUGUST 2017,

SAUDI GAZETTE

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CRIMES

CASUALTIES

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Local Viewpoints are translated from the Arabic press to bring current mainstream opinions published in Saudi

media to a worldwide audience. The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily

reflect the views and opinions of Saudi Gazette or of its team.

Nazaha said as many as 2,680 complaints

it received were not within its purview but it

responded to the informants directing them to the

right places to go to.

Expats’ contributions appreciated

T

HERE are sev-

eral objectives

for the newVi-

sion 2030 and

we agree with

all of them and disagree

with some of the policies

and methods followed to

realize those objectives.

One of its main objectives

is to focus on the educa-

tion, training and employ-

ment of Saudis as well as

creating a suitable working

environment for them

either as an employee or

an investor in one of the

development projects.

This is a lofty goal and

at the same time it does

not prevent us from mak-

ing use of international

expertise in various fields,

especially from Arab and

Islamic countries, to imple-

ment the country’s devel-

opment plans. The Vision

2030, which was set out

with the support of foreign

expertise, emphasizes the

need to make use foreign

manpower for our develop-

mental programs.

Everybody in this

country will acknowledge

the significant role played

by our previous ministers,

deputy ministers, senior

officials, media persons,

religious leaders and intel-

lectuals in boosting the

Kingdom’s development

during the past 50 years.

We cannot ignore

or underestimate their

achievements despite their

mistakes and shortcom-

ings. Hundreds of thou-

sands foreign workers from

Arab, Muslim and friendly

countries have also con-

tributed immensely to the

Kingdom’s progress.

Some of these foreign

workers have returned to

their home countries after

completing their contract

and hold important posi-

tions such as ministers and

top officials. Some others

have started businesses

and investment projects

while others have gone to

the US and other Western

countries and obtained

good jobs thanks to their

long-standing experience

in the Kingdom.

Some of these Arab

doctors went to the US

and were successful in im-

Abdullah Sadiq

Dahlan

Okaz

pressing Americans through

their excellent services.

We are proud of them. Our

country has served as a large

training center for many of

these foreign workers.

Saudi Arabia has recruit-

ed millions of foreign work-

ers in the past to meet its

development requirements.

We, Saudis, are indebted to

foreign doctors and teachers

who treated us at hospitals

and taught at schools and

universities.We

remember

them with appreciation and

pride.

A large number of them

have left the Kingdom to

continue their services in

their

countries.We

hope

that expatriate workers in

the Kingdom would not

misunderstand the Saudiza-

tion program as a war against

foreigners or as an expres-

sion of hatred toward them.

The main objective of this

program is to create job op-

portunities for thousands

of Saudi jobseekers, who

deserve priority in the King-

dom’s labor market.

The move was essential to

cut down unemployment rate

and combat poverty. It has

nothing to do with the King-

dom’s political relations with

other countries. I would like

to express our sincere thanks

and appreciation to all expa-

triates and their families who

have left the Kingdom in

recent years after extending

their valuable services toward

accelerating the country’s

development.

They will remain in our

hearts thanks to the strong

friendship, even after depart-

ing from our country and we

value their contributions. I

have established friendship

with a large number of for-

eign workers who have left

the Kingdom and we main-

tain that friendship over the

past years.

We hope our foreign

workers and their families

would continue this friend-

ship with their Saudis

employers and colleagues.

Saudi Arabia will continue

to seek international exper-

tise to implement future

development projects and

enhance capabilities of its

national cadre by providing

them with education and

training.

Future recruitment pro-

grams of the country would

focus on highly qualified

foreign workers and experts

and this move will benefit

manpower exporting coun-

tries and help them earn

more hard currency than

before.

Exchange of local and

international expertise will

be the objective of any fu-

ture vision and this policy

will benefit manpower ex-

porting countries. Europe

and the United States offer

their foreign experts and

executives incentives such

as permanent residency and

nationality to keep them in

their countries.

We should also adopt the

same policy to attract out-

standing foreign scientists,

doctors and university pro-

fessors. The Saudi leader-

ship has adopted this vision

since the Kingdom’s incep-

tion. Many experts from

Arab and Islamic countries

have obtained Saudi nation-

ality in the past.

I hope the Kingdom

would change its recruit-

ment policy by bringing

foreign experts who are

required by the country to

accelerate its development

process. Let me take this

opportunity to thank all

expatriates who have con-

tributed for the Kingdom’s

development and left the

country for

good.We

wish

them success in their future

careers and enterprises.

Nazaha receives more than

6,400 complaints in a year

124 damaged vehicles hauled to yard

DAMMAM —

The municipality hauled 124 damaged vehicles and car

skeletons from the streets of Al-Khobar and Dhahran within 15 days.

Eastern Province Municipality Secretary Assistant Mohammad Al-Omani

said the municipality organized an inspection campaign on Al-Khobar

Governorate and Dhahran Governorate. The campaign lasted 15 days.

The municipality hauled 66 damaged vehicles in Dhahran and posted

warnings on 75 vehicles notifying the owners to remove the vehicle

within 15 days or the municipality will haul and leave it as scrap in the

car graveyard. The municipality hauled 58 damaged vehicles in Al-

Khobar and posted warnings on 200 cars notifying the owners that they

have 15 days to remove the vehicles from the street or the municipality

will haul and scrap the vehicle.

1,743 health violations recorded

RIYADH —

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority recorded 1,743 health

and technical violations in various food establishments. The authority re-

ported that it is running intensive and frequent inspection campaigns in

Makkah and Madinah to ensure that the services and products offered

to pilgrims are safe for human use and consumption. The inspectors

visited kitchens, restaurants, fast food chains, butcheries, bakeries, fac-

tories, warehouses, confessionary stores and shopping centers. The mu-

nicipality seized and discarded 9,026 kg of food unsuitable for human

consumption. The inspectors visited 626 establishments in Makkah. Two

of the establishments were shut down for committing a combined total

of 669 health and technical violations. The inspectors also seized 915 kg

of meat, poultry, vegetables, cheese and dates and 55 liters of juice.

The inspectors visited 621 establishments in Madinah. The inspectors

recorded a total of 828 violations and seized 8,111 kg of meat, poultry,

fish, liver, salads, dairy products, juices, fruits and vegetables, vegetable

oil and chocolate.

— Okaz/Saudi Gazette

Pilgrims cycle

3,000 km

on way

to Madinah

From Jeddah, the group trav-

eled to Madinah on bicycles and

their voyage was backed by traf fic

police and Saudi Red Crescent Au-

thority services.

The head of the group, Abdul

Wahid Don White, said the trip

was aimed at conveying a picture

of Islam as a religion of peace and

tolerance in the countries they

passed through.

Before embarking on the trip,

the riders from the UK-based char-

ity Human Aid hoped to raise £1

million for medical aid in Syria.

The journey started in East

London and the group first cycled

to New Haven and took a ferry to

Dieppe in France. From there, they

biked to Paris and then travelled

to Switzerland, Germany, Austria,

Liechtenstein and entered Italy.

In Venice, the group caught

a ferry to Igoumenitsa in Greece.

They cycled through Greece and

took a plane over the sea to Al-

exandria, Egypt. They cycled in

Egypt and went to Hurghada from

where they took a ferry to Yanbu

in Saudi Arabia.

AbdulWahid conceptualized the

project when he converted to Islam

11 years ago. “People say you have to

change everything about you when

you become Muslim. I had a lot of

time to think about how I can merge

my lives. I thought I love cycling and

I want to go to Haj, so why don’t we

go back to the old way of journey-

ing?” Abdul Wahid was quoted by Al

Arabiya English as saying at the start

of the group’s journey.

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