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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

14 percent.

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.

Haroon Mirza

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!

Mohamad Irfan

‘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?

Marto Jekov

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.

Al Rahashi

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.

James McDaniel

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.

Ahmed Shahid

‘If expats leave, Saudis will suffer’

(Feb. 11)

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?

Nabbil Khan

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.

Haris Mansoor