Kuwaiti MP seeks National Day bonus for expatriates

January 24, 2011

A Kuwaiti lawmaker has urged the private sector to donate one month’s salary to their expatriate employees ahead of the national celebrations.

The owners of private companies and institutions should emulate the example of the Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah and give their employees a one month salary as Kuwait celebrates its national day, liberation and accession to power of the Emir, MP Waleed Al Tabtabai said.

The Emir on Monday ordered that each of the 1.1 million Kuwaiti citizens would be given KD 1,000 ($3,572) in cash and free essential food items until 31 March, 2012.

However, Kuwait’s 2.3 million foreign residents were excluded from the free food and grants.

“The gift from the Emir made all Kuwaitis happy and increased their joy as the country celebrates the National Day. Businessmen should assume their social role and give the non-Kuwaiti employees a grant equivalent to one month salary to share the joy of the Kuwaitis,” Al Tabtabai said.

“Kuwaitis, particularly businessmen and traders, have always been known for their generosity and for helping people in Kuwait and abroad through charitable work. The businessmen and traders will be rewarded by God when they give a grant to their employees,” he said.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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