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Kuwaitis behaving badly? Revoke their passports, say MPs

MP Abdul Hameed Dashti said he would call for a debate on the issue of Kuwaiti acts abroad that affect their country’s reputation.

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Kuwaiti lawmakers have announced proposals to withdraw passports from any Kuwaiti citizen who harms their country’s reputation abroad.

According to Gulf News, Nabeel Al Fadhel, member of the parliament said “We would like also the health minister to suspend the right for treatment trips abroad for any patients or their relatives who misbehaves abroad. The situation has gone beyond the point of resentment among Europeans who are now calling for the expulsion of all Arabs.”

MP Abdul Hameed Dashti said he would call for a debate on the issue of Kuwaiti acts abroad that affect their country’s reputation.

“We need to carry out a study on the increasing instances of irresponsible practices by some young Kuwaitis during their trips abroad. Their actions are offensive to the reputation of Kuwaitis as civilized and refined people who respect the laws, customs and traditions of the countries they visit,” he said in remarks by Al Watan on Sunday.

Dashti said that he was worried about any possible consequences from the irresponsible acts abroad.

“What we fear is that Kuwait and its people may have to pay for acts that can put our foreign officials in embarrassing situations. Their recklessness should not be tolerated and it deserves our attention. Options include revoking the passport of any Kuwaiti found guilty of misbehaving for a specific period of time,” he added.

Social media users in Kuwait broadcasted videos and pictures of Kuwaitis acting irrationally abroad. This included a woman using flip flops to publicly hit her children as well as littering and tampering with fountains.

However, neither of the members specified the malpractices that led them to call for government action, including revoking passports.