Saudi minister praised for gallant offer

December 14, 2012

Yusuf Al Othaimeen

Online users have heaped praise on a Saudi minister for giving up his first class plane seat for a disabled Bahraini woman.

Yusuf Al Othaimeen, the social affairs minister, was in his single seat on board of the plane flying from Riyadh to Bahrain when he saw a physically challenged Bahraini woman facing difficulties.

He immediately offered his seat and urged the woman accompanying her, booked to fly in the economy class, to swap seats with him and remain in the first class section while he takes her economy class seat, Saudi news site Sabq reported.

Despite his insistence, the Bahraini companion refused to allow the minister to move to the economy class and thanked him for his humanitarian gesture.

Al Othaimeen was on his way to Bahrain to attend a conference.

“It is such simple, but significant acts that renew your faith in the human side of government officials,” Mansoor Al Asmari commented.

Online commentator Abdul Rahman Bu Karsha thanked the minister for his thoughtfulness.

“I also thank him for his modesty. It shows his human dimension has not been dimmed by the position. I simply wish all the other ministers were so kind with the common people,” he posted.

Ben Borjes, another blogger, remarked that he looked forward to meeting ministers on planes to see whether they too would be so helpful.

X-baham in his online comments said that he appreciated the gesture, but reminded the minister there were urgent social issues in Saudi Arabia that needed his attention as well.



About the author

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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