Saudi Gazette, Saturday, February 25, 2017
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Globalization is not new
I am writing with regard to the article “Who’s afraid of globalization?” (Feb.
21). In fact, globalization is not a new trend. It was curtailed for a short time
due to the rise in nationalism and during the colonial era when the imperialists
forced their subjects to buy only products produced by them even to the
detriment of local economies.
The book “An Era of Darkness” by Shashi Tharoor explains all of this
in greater detail. The Indian economy that represented 23 percent of the
world’s economy when the British began taking control, was returned to
the real owners of the country in 1947 when its share was only 4 percent.
One of the reasons for this decline was the destruction of cotton and
other industries by the British in order to promote their own products.
From another statistical analytical point of view, while the GDP of Britain
rose by 347 percent between 1757 to 1900, in India growth was a mere
It was the trade in whose name the British, the Dutch and the
Portuguese entered into distant lands before making them their colonies.
The domination still continues, though the means and process have
changed. The defense industries of the West feed their economies by
keeping conflicts in different parts of the world alive.
Safi H. Jannaty, Online response
In other words, this is negative globalization, that is to say the demolishing
of borders and creating of markets without boundaries. The author points
out that this may be the cause of a new world disorder generating a cycle of
violence and injustice. To quote Arundhati Roy: “While the elite journeys to its
imaginary destination somewhere near the top of the world, the dispossessed
are spiraling downwards into crime and chaos.”
And as pointed out, the policies of the US along with cohorts WB, IMF and WTO
have created dangerous byproducts like nationalism, religious fanaticism, fascism
and lastly terrorism.
Syed Qamar Hasan, Online response
Taxing all income groups the same is unfair
I am writing with regard to the article “Minister told to fix date for
implementing selective tax” (Feb. 21). I am sure that experts have discussed
this tax and that a decision has been made to apply it on goods and services.
The details are yet to be released but as they are discussing implementation
dates it looks like it is a foregone conclusion. I have one point to add. Taxing all
income groups the same is unfair. A better solution would be to have an income
tax that would be a percentage of income. This would mean that the tax would
be proportional to income and thus fair to all.
Abdulrahman Fahad Al Faiz, Online response
Wearing national dress should not be mandatory
With regard to the article “Importance of wearing national dress” (Feb.
21), wearing national dress is nice but it does not have anything to do with
patriotism. So passing a law to force people to wear it is useless. Furthermore,
people want to wear what is convenient for their activity. I’m sure most of the
youth wear traditional dress during Eid and national days, but what is the
benefit of wearing it to the supermarket or health club or mosque?
Issah M. Al-Hamad, Online response
Enforcement is not the solution. Islam does not enforce a dress code for
Muslims. You can perhaps make it mandatory for some occasions but not for all.
Citizens must have the right and freedom to wear anything they please.
Sharique Sami, Online response
You cannot and indeed you do not have the right to impose a dress code
on anyone male or female!
Christina Frasi Zahid, Online response
‘We must Saudize dental clinics’ (Feb. 10)
The question is: Why don’t the owners of
dental clinics hire Saudi dentists? Owning a
business in Saudi Arabia is limited to Saudis,
unless you are a foreign company with
enough capital. So those Saudi dentistry
graduates can open their own clinics. Dental
equipment is not so expensive to buy. Once
you establish your reputation as a good
dentist, everything will fall into place. Then
expat dentists will eventually be eased out.
Leo Anthony Almora
The world has become a global village
and every industry is facing cutthroat
competition. A hospital needs an expert at
low cost so it will seek its goal and will not
differentiate between nationalities but rather
consider cost and experience. I 100 percent
believe that if someone is competent in his
field he will get a job.
Allah helps those who help themselves. I
strongly suggest that Saudi graduates take
the initiative of doing voluntary work to start
with. This will not only allow them to practice
their profession but enable them to get expert
skills making them a priority when it comes
to employing the “right person for the right
job.” Saudis should also accept that there is
competition in the market and be ready to
work for less than their usual expectation of
Umair Ejaz Virk
‘Stop the suffering of women who are not
allowed to drive’ (Feb. 10)
I fully agree with the author. I have many
female colleagues who are suffering from
the same. They are just slaves to their drivers,
who come whenever they wish to bring them
to work or take them home. It is really sad
to see that they pay money to drivers, who
are complete strangers, while their male
guardians are sleeping at home. Sad indeed!
‘Ministry’s decision will harm Saudization,
fear businessmen’ (Feb. 14)
Apparently people here do not understand
how business works. To have a profitable
enterprise you have to have resources, which
you turn into goods or services. Well if your
resources are crap, then your services or goods
will be crap and no one will buy them. Now
imagine that labor is part of your resources. Then
if your labor force gives only 20 percent of its
potential, how can you expect to have a 100
percent sellable product?
The private sector is in the business
of maximizing shareholder value. We all
understand that private companies are
concerned with the efficiency of their operation
in order to compete in the market. Business
owners, shareholders, and stakeholders seek
continuity. Listed companies are measured by
net worth, profitability and solvency.
Now on the other side of the coin and where
the Ministry of Labor continues to fail is that it is
directly ready to enforce penalties. This in my
opinion creates wars in an important sector that
should be encouraged to grow and hire Saudis.
I believe that the private sector should be
a partner in Saudization. In 2008, I attended
the Jeddah Economic Forum at the Hilton
hotel and there was a session run by the social
responsibility representative of the Jeddah
Chamber of Commerce and Industry and her
role was to discuss how the private sector could
give back to our communities. This is where we
need Saudization to come in.
Abdulrahman Fahad Al Faiz
‘Economists see 9 factors to create jobs,
spur growth’ (Feb. 15)
These economic experts are not experts.
Unfortunately, they are people with closed
minds. Everyone knows what ails the economy,
but the focus is on forced jobs. You think
that just having jobs without diversification in
industry, setting up new industry, training young
people, inculcating work ethics, starting from
the bottom up, opening the market to stop the
money drain, developing railways, revamping
the educational system, etc. can make the
economy stand on its own two feet? These guys
are living in a fool’s paradise.
Tashfeen Masood Qayyum
If those “nine factors” were to be
implemented, then the sector would no longer
be “private”; it would be public.
Leave the private sector to hire whomever
they feel is best suited for the job. Focus on
reducing, if not eliminating, corruption in the
public sector, namely the Ministry of Education.
Money is being stolen and squandered;
money that the government gives for the
education of the country’s citizens.
Students are graduating with worthless
degrees, because the monies are not
properly allocated and the entire educational
system is being used as a cash cow for
citizens who just want a free ride. Students are
getting a raw deal.
Umm Abdullaah Khadijah
‘Retrenchment of Saudi workers and its
impact’ (Feb. 16)
Do not use your nationality to retain your
job. If a Saudi employee is performing his job
well, there is no reason for him to receive a
termination letter from a foreign HR manager.
The same is true of an expat worker.
Business is business. It is all about getting
as much bang for your buck as possible. An
employer will most often have to pay a Saudi
more than an expat, but too often he gets
less in return. And business is money; the less
you produce the less you get out of it. They
will fire a person that does not fit the balance.
And then the author of this article will ask why
they fired the Saudi first.
Mikael Wallin Angelin
The trouble is that some Saudis see no
reason to work because they know they
cannot be fired. Fire the lazy ones and
replace them with a Saudi willing to work.
Yes, they are out there, but as was mentioned
in another article, many Saudis are hired
based on tribe or family relations instead of
qualifications and work ethics.
An employee cannot be terminated
unless the employee does not meet the given
tasks and job requirements. So whether it’s
a Saudi or non-Saudi employee, he cannot
be terminated if he keeps doing a good job.
With regard to managers, in this modern era
of massive competition, companies hire the
best available managers irrespective of their
nationality because businesses are not run on
the basis of nationality.
‘If expats leave, Saudis will suffer’
Saudis don’t know how to work properly,
especially the younger generation. How long
can a country survive with such an attitude,
which is against the teachings of Islam?
It seems Saudis think that their real enemy is
expatriates but they are naïve in thinking in this
way. The real enemy is they themselves who
do not study, do not work hard and think they
will get a job directly as managers. If you don’t
believe me, expel all expatriates and run the
Saudi economy with Saudis. If you do so, you will
see the catastrophic results. The rulers of the UAE
are smart; they hired expatriates and they run the
most progressive city in the world, Dubai.