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Countering Iranian threats

After Prince Turki Al-Faisal’s speech at the Iranian opposition conference in Paris, some Arabs “loyal” to the Iranian regime rejected the speech and others expressed their reservations but the majority backed his views.
Those who rejected Prince Turki’s views don’t mind Iranian attempts to export its sectarian poison to the Arab world. These elements don’t have any problem with Iran’s divisive agenda and its support to anti-Arab causes. They apparently don’t mind Iranian interference in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. They are also blind to the fact that Iran is trying to destabilize the Arab world.
For them, we are not permitted to deliver even one speech supporting the Iranian opposition in the face of heirs of the Khomeini revolution despite Kingdom’s patience and attempts to have cordial ties for mutual benefits.
Since Khomeini’s announcement about the export of his revolution more than 30 years ago, the Kingdom has been consistently trying to convince Iran to abstain from its evil attempts against the GCC and the Arab countries. However, the Iranian regime met each Saudi good initiative with bad behavior and considered it a sign of weakness.
The Kingdom and other GCC and Arab countries don’t want enmity with Iran but, as Prince Turki said, they respect the Iranian culture and its civilization. But the real problem is with the Iranian regime, which is violating Arab borders and stoking sectarian sentiments to drive a wedge between the people of the Arab world.

— By Mohammed Al-Osaimi


Iran’s imprint in Nice

Following the Nice terrorist incident in France, the political stances of all countries were clear: Condemnation of violence, extremism and terrorism.
Many countries have carried out pre-emptive operations against terror, exposed parties and figures linked to terrorism and have effectively contributed to the war on terror. France is paying the price of its clear-cut political stances against terrorism.
Any terror act in France is normally preceded by an anti-French stance on Iran and the hosting of the Iranian opposition conference in Paris cannot go unnoticed.
Practically, Iran sent one of its elements to commit that heinous crime in Nice and earlier sent Daesh elements to kill innocent victims at Istanbul Airport as it did in Madinah to kill security men near the Prophet’s Mosque.
Iran is behind all these acts of terror. We cannot fight Daesh effectively unless Iran is expelled from Iraq and Syria.
Likewise, we cannot form an alliance against terrorism while Iran, its Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah are fighting on the ground and spreading sectarian poison among us and glorifying terrorists.

— By Ahmed Al-Jimaia


Saudi population

Based on data released by the General Authority for Statistics (GAS), Saudi Arabia’s population reached 31.1 million, of which 20.7 million are Saudis and nearly 10 million are non-Saudis.
In other words, non-Saudis, or residents, represent one third of the Saudi population, which poses threat in the long run.
According to globally accepted rates, the number of foreign residents should not exceed 10 percent of the total population of a country. But the most important thing here is how to change the new (population) figures and push forward the wheel of development in our country.
However, the reality is the reverse where the expat workers are fully dominating the private labor market and their number is steadily increasing. Unfortunately, the private sector is encouraging recruitment of foreign work force in all jobs at low, medium and higher levels.
— By Abdulrahman Saad Al-Orabi
Saudization of courier firms
THE Saudi Post has successfully hired Saudis to distribute letters and parcels in its “express” mail service while private courier firms are fully dominated by foreign workers.
We would like to ask a series of questions here: Where is “Saudization” in these private courier firms, which carry foreign names? What is the Ministry of Labor doing to address this issue?
Ironically, a condition for mail distribution services says there should be a foreign partner with any national company to undertake this task as if jobs are too technical to invite foreign expertise!
On the other hand, fees of the majority of foreign companies are high and exaggerated and their rates are much higher than the Saudi express mail companies. As regards services, many customers have complained about the loss of their consignments sent through foreign courier services.
In this context, we have to appreciate some national companies, which have developed their services and exploited the latest technologies to track parcels and letters sent through them.
The national companies have, further, employed national cadres as well as Arab qualified employees to undertake their missions effectively and confidently.

— By Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Qadi


Early closure of shops

The Ministry of Labor has moved to implement a proposal to reduce the working hours of shops or stores by ensuring their closure at 9 p.m.
The move is intended to create job opportunities for young Saudis by reducing working hours. The proposal, however, has stirred controversy. A number of economic experts said the decision would have positive impact in boosting the Saudization process notably in the retail sector.
They said long working hours are the major obstacle in employing Saudis in this sector. Since details of the proposal have not yet been announced, it would be better to withhold any comment on issues related to working hours.
I think we should focus on two points here: Reduction of working hours and unification of work systems between the government and private sectors.

— By Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Shinaibir


Introducing e-service

The Ministry of Justice has introduced a new electronic service that allows visitors follow up the court enforcement orders through the ministry’s website.
The new service ensures more privacy where the requestor of implementation (enforcement) or who is required to implement the court order can enquire through entering the transaction number all details without visiting the court.
This step is part of the ministry’s efforts to improve its performance. The step also allows the judiciary adopt the latest technology so as to save time and effort of visitors.
There is close cooperation between the Ministry of Justice and other government agencies such as the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), which has close link between the courts and banks where accounts and cash funds exist.
The Ministry of Justice is also working closely with the Labor and Passport offices as regards company services or banning travel orders to ensure effective implementation of the court orders.
The implementation judge has to look into each claim according to the strength of documents on the indebted such as lease contracts, written authorization, repay commitment, goodwill agreements, securities, or ordinary papers, which acknowledge maturity of the contents, in whole or in part.