Online services in KSA

Updated 15 October 2014
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Online services in KSA

This is with reference to the report “Hassle-free system Abshir gains popularity” (Oct. 15). It is heartening to note that the Kingdom is swiftly moving to the digital age and making all-out efforts to facilitate the masses with the introduction of various services online. The availability of various government services online has made our lives easier.
However, there are various confusions regarding these services. I urge the authorities and the media to frequently issue guidelines on how to use these facilities effectively.
The Kingdom is making huge strides in almost every sphere of life. I think that the authorities should also introduce an effective system to address the grievances of expatriates working in different sectors. Many of their employers/sponsors exploit them, as they are aware that nobody will move any court out of fear. This perception should be changed, as justice plays an important role in the progress of a country.
It seems that expatriates have no rights and the system only protects the rights of the Saudi employers, which is obviously not true. The authorities should issue guidelines education people about their rights. A special department should be established to oversee matters pertaining to expatriates. This will help boost the productivity of the workers engaged in various professions across the Kingdom. — Khalilullah, Makkah


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia