Saudi Gazette, Saturday, March 25, 2017
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Policeman assaulted; what next? — March 12
Address the root cause of the assault....It’s
wrong to attack the forces and the people who
endeavor to protect citizens and provide security
for the same. But again was there issues that
escalated the incident, like for example injustices
or sort of unfair treatment or harassment by
police? It is fair to look on both sides of the coin.
Citizens can’t just walk and start assaulting the
officers. Investigations should be done to get to
the bottom of the issue.
According to the news published in this
newspaper, the motorcyclist who hit the
policeman with his bike is a Saudi national, rest
of them are from Chad and Yemen. If a Saudi
policeman is not even safe from a Saudi than just
think for a moment what they can do to a non-
Saudi. Many complain but no action is taken.
Exit by expats, biometrics cited
for drop in SIM usage — March 12
Every sector will follow. Good. A positive result
of Saudization. Keep forcing it to accelerate
the result. Later they will have to spend more
in the country and not outside, less income less
vacation. Later on they don’t have to force
Not good, but the fact that the economy is
not stable has led to delayed salary, recession,
and low salary income. We need to look for other
opportunities as expats for our families. Also some
of us are getting older, and we need a better
and stable income. Let’s value life and equality
of each other. Let’s respect each other values.
Firstly, please accept my apologies because I
might sound bitter. For decades expatriates have
been benefiting from the Kingdom but it does not
allow us the right to criticize when a country stands
up for itself. I believe the any jobs and opportunities
in the Kingdom are the right of its countrymen. I
also wish, they get well trained and qualify for the
opportunities. They should seek wisdom if they are
not ready to handle such opportunities. I am an
implementer of ERP solutions and to my pleasure I
welcome my Saudi brother to learn from me. I will
happily share my wisdom to help them excel. Allah
is the best provider.
The reality will be seen in the summer holiday
before July when new laws targeting expatriate
workers will come into force.
Earlier biometrics/finger print in Saudi Arabia
is used for getting machine readable iqama, car
driving licence etc. government utility services
and not for any SIM registration by the phone
company except an iqama photocopy only.
Its also because of Saudization of mobile
outlets...the staff is so rude that most expats just
turn away rather wasting time in long queues.
This is just beginning. Other sectors to
follow rules need to be changed encourage
investment and introduce easy visa rules. If UAE
can do it so can KSA but bottom line is attitude
and correct intention.
Filipinos: A conscientious
community — March 13
Thanks to the author for coming up with
a good article. But let’s see when he visits
the Philippines and see the amount of waste
people are throwing anywhere and everywhere.
The author categorically referred to a small
community of people only but the bigger and
real picture in the Philippines depicts a different
story. However, the Filipino community’s effort is
Dennis B. Danao
Why foreign investors
flee KSA? — March 13
While there are a lot of good people in
Saudi there are also a lot of people who don’t
want foreigners here, especially non Muslims.
Whether its the laws about women’s driving (a lot
of business owners and investors internationally
are women), lack of entertainment for business
travelers, hotels demanding women travel with a
male guardian, etc. there are a lot of obstacles
which make business in the Kingdom difficult.
It’s simple the more you become greedy
the more you lose opportunities. Controlling
remittances is not a good sign of open market
opportunities for investors. Saudization destroyed
the market and won’t benefit in the long run.
This kind of mentality is damaging when one
becomes happy to control remittances from
150 billion to 100 billion reducing the revenue
from 950 billion to 500 billion then imagine the
talent deployed through Saudization affecting
the revenue of the private companies and they
expect to attract investors?
The business structure here is simply not
suitable for most multinational investors... They
are open for business but Saudi is not...
How can a foreign company invest when
there is no transparency and the laws change
on a daily basis? The latest news is that they
want the major infrastructure projects to be PPP
or BOT, if a foreign company cannot have any
assurances that they will get a return on such a
huge investment they will not come.
The Saudi market has enormous potential
with a young population and richness in natural
resources. What is required is a pragmatic
approach to attract the best professionals and
local/international funding to drive projects over
the medium/long terms. The current wave of
misplaced nationalism and xenophobia is the
worst thing that could happen for the Saudi
Investors always observe present market
condition means how companies already
in Kingdom are sending feedbacks about
there business. Unfortunately presently most of
companies business are down. So no matter how
many seminars you hold few foreign investors will
Saudi Arabia has huge mineral wealth
copper, gold, oil and manpower — well
educated now. Even if the companies leave
Saudis won’t run out of wealth even if all
expats leave Saudis and Saudi Arabia will still
be one of the richest in the world. Economic
planning is not easy and KSA is just starting off.
There will be wins and fails but eventually they
might figure out during this transitional period
of shift from oil to capital-based economy the
right way. There will be casualties, companies
investors leaving till KSA figure out a proper
model after that these investors maybe
attracted back. This is a period of trial and error
and what worked for China or South Korea
may not work for Saudi Arabia. They have
to figure out the best win-win situation for all
economic players and it will take a while but
they have started off. Soon they will figure it
out. May Allah bless Saudi brothers
I think if Saudi money of Saudis lying outside
is invested in Saudi Arabia you may not need
foreign investment. Let’s ask why Saudis are
keeping their money outside rather than investing
in KSA. You may find your answer without need
for any explanation.
Things have to change. Why should
foreigners invest in the country where there is
no clear rules and transparency. Many things
have to change or review the plan again. Other
countries welcome anyone who wants to do
business but setting up a business in KSA is really
Abdur Rahman Abdul Amin
Around 2,000 investors were forced to cancel
SAGIA licence by imposing huge penalties on
small business investors. Other than that office
expense, Saudization etc. cost too much.
Shoaib Akhtar Syed
Today the world is taking its advance paces
in every walk of life. Apprenticeship is always
the demand of time — both in science and arts.
Unlike painting and sculpturing, poetry is beyond
this term. It is personal and non-transferable
trait of the poet. It pulsates right from his birth
and ends on his deathbed. His verses resurrect
A poet is a person who has humanitarian
instinct, which is further elevated by sensitivity
and tenderness of nature. It is the subtlest genre
of literature. It has sturdy engrossment with
the emotional make up of the mind. To write
anything is equal to the process of creation. The
brain of the poet is the house of creativity where
different reactions take place. He collects raw
material from the experience and imagination,
senses and catalyzes it into new combinations.
The moment of tranquility and retrospection
polishes this faculty. In this way, a creative art
comes into being.
Firstly, it is non-spontaneous. Afterwards it turns
to the realms of spontaneity. The poet always
follows the winding of motives and reasons
through the most complex maze of imagination
and eloquently bubbles off his verbal coins. They
are remarkable for the most agreeable sense of
exaggeration, a pleasant sense of beauty and a
terse sense of rectitude.
“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of
powerful feelings: it takes its origins from
emotion recollected in tranquillity.” —William
Poetry is an elixir of life, when remedy seems
to be worse than the disease. It places the reality
into counter world. That is self-created world,
where the inner strength is harmonized with the
outer weakness. This state can be characterized
as “delirium” which ultimately ends into
“A poet must never make a statement simply
because it sounds poetically exciting; he must
also believe it to be true.” — W. H. Auden
A poet is the most rational, prudent and sane
person, who is blessed with real eyes, which have
a tendency to permeate into bare reality. He
sees the object as it is, not as he is. Therefore,
he has to transcend the world immediately
experienced and anchor beyond space as well
Poetry is about playing with words and
entering into one’s soul. The facts, which
are assembled by poetry, become more
memorable. War poems are true instances of it.
Poetry is not mere sonorous, it is an edifice of
delight and wisdom. It makes one to hear the
whispering of autumn leaves. It is poetry that
makes one to see that earth laughs in flowers. It
can touch the secret recesses of sensuousness. It
smells the soil, which weds in the rain.
In short, poetry is all about perception. The
transition of thoughts is like the movement of
the serpent. Versification is an art. Words are the
soul of poetry. Musical cadence and rhetorical
power furnish the subject matter of the poems.
Poetry has been redressed in every age.
A stanza dedicated to the World Poetry Day
In the land of Imagination,
I walk and fly,
Where laugh in cry;
That crowns the heart of creation.
Aymen Zaheer, via e-mail
In remembrance of world poetry day