Shoura panel says no to former drug addicts returning to their jobs

Updated 11 November 2014

Shoura panel says no to former drug addicts returning to their jobs

A proposal under consideration by the Shoura Council suggests the possibility of returning rehabilitated addicts to their former jobs after treatment. The security committee of the council has, however, rejected the proposal. Some members, on the other hand, quoted a survey indicating that 45 percent of current addicts are holding jobs at present.
The proposal, submitted by Shoura member Ahmad Al-Mufreh, called on the parties concerned to encourage rehabilitated addicts from both the public and private sectors to go back to their previous job once the rehabilitation program had been completed successfully.
Meanwhile, the security committee at the council stressed the need to find supportive and adequate solutions that help addicts to quit their addictions, including extending financial help to their families if they are entitled to it. However, the majority of the committee did not approve adding extra provisions to the anti-drugs system, and suggested resorting to the regulations and channels of the Ministry of Social Affairs, or amending the social insurance system to realize this goal instead.
The security committee considered the proposal submitted by Al-Mufreh as containing phrases and items unrelated to the subject matter of the anti-drug law and provisions, which itself did not include any specifications regarding the eligibility of the addict themselves, such the person's status as an employee, worker, unemployed, male, female, citizen or resident. The proposal, in comparison, included provisions that touch on the employment judgments that should apply on the affected employee, such as their retirement entitlements and subjection to guardianship if unable to act on their own. Such provisions, according to the security committee, are stated in other regulations and laws. The committee did not approve the proposal on these grounds.
Representing the minority of members from the security committee who had voted in favor of the proposal, member Abdulrahman Al-Atwi said that the proposal is very important, and that its provisions should be added to the anti-drug law, pointing to the increasing problem of drugs in the Kingdom.
The report submitted by the minority of the committee confirmed that the proportion of currently addicted persons in employment today exceed 45 percent of the total number of addicted in Saudi society. This percentage represents job categories such as doctors, officers, pilots and others. The survey indicated that 70 percent of prisoners today are detained due to drugs-related issues.


Fraud alert over cryptocurrency falsely linked to Saudi Arabia

Updated 21 August 2019

Fraud alert over cryptocurrency falsely linked to Saudi Arabia

  • The website of a cryptocurrency company is promoting what it calls the CryptoRiyal and SmartRiyal
  • The Singapore-based company uses the Saudi emblem of two crossed swords and a palm tree

JEDDAH: Fraudsters are trying to lure victims into investing in a “virtual currency” with false claims that it is linked to the Saudi riyal and will be used to finance key projects, the Saudi Ministry of Finance warned on Tuesday.

The website of a cryptocurrency company in Singapore is promoting what it calls the CryptoRiyal and SmartRiyal, using the Saudi emblem of two crossed swords and a palm tree. Its “ultimate goal” is to finance NEOM, the smart city and tourist destination being built in the north of the Kingdom, the company claims.

“Any use of the KSA name, national currency or national emblem by any entity for virtual or digital currencies marketing will be subject to legal action by the competent authorities in the Kingdom,” the ministry said on Tuesday.

The fraudsters were exploiting ignorance of how virtual currencies work, cryptocurrency expert Dr. Assad Rizq told Arab News.

“A lot of tricks can be played,” he said. “Some of these companies are not regulated, they have no assets, and even their prospectus is sometimes copied from other projects.

“They hype and pump their project so the price goes up. Inexpert investors, afraid of missing out, jump in, which spikes the price even higher. Then the owners sell up and make tons of money.

“Cryptocurrencies are a risky investment for two reasons. First, the sector is not yet fully regulated and a lot of projects use fake names and identities, such as countries’ names or flags, to manipulate investors.

“Second, you have to do your homework, learn about the technology. And if you still want to invest, consider your country’s rules and regulations.”