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KUWAIT CITY, July 27: MP Bader Al- Humaidi has forwarded queries to Deputy Prime Minister, State Minister for Cabinet Affairs and Minister of Oil, Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy Mohammad Al-Fares about the information he obtained that Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC) and Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI) violated the recruitment regulations and National Labor Support Law number 19/2000. He said he is aware that these companies have been hiring workers without publishing job advertisements; so he asked the minister to provide him copies of the recruitment regulations and job advertisements published since 2000 till date.
He inquired about the legal basis for adding one condition in the job advertisements — that Kuwaitis currently employed at Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation (KNPC) and its subsidiaries cannot apply for the advertised vacancies, number of applicants who were rejected because of this condition since 2000 till date, number of nationals working at KFPE and KPI compared to the number of expatriates, job descriptions stated in the consultant job advertisements that the two companies published since 2000 till date, number of workers hired through labor supply companies, contracts signed with consultants since 2000 till date, as well as the number, nationalities and allowances of consultants.
He also asked about the legal basis of the Environment Public Authority (EPA) in specifying KD80 fee for the compulsory testing of chemical substances imported from other GCC countries. He pointed out that the decision violates the commercial treaties between Kuwait and other GCC countries, indicating the authority even assigned two companies to do the testing and evaluation procedures even if it has laboratories and staff capable of doing such jobs.
He wants to know why the decision remains in effect even if the Court of Cassation declared that chemical substances imported from other GCC countries are exempted from tax or testing procedures. He added the decision contradicts the State’s vision on the development of investments and industries. In addition, MP Muhannad Al-Sayer asked Minister of Health Dr Khalid Al-Saeed to clarify the allegation that some Kuwaiti women were admitted to the Psychiatric Hospital without medical records. If this is true, he wants to know why the Health Ministry did not investigate the issue, number of these women, reasons for confining them at the hospital, and if any of them suffered from abuse or assault by the medical team. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff