Bahrainis must abandon their life of idleness
Vol XXVII NO. 176 Sunday 12 September 2004
By AMIRA AL HUSSAINI
Many Bahrainis, even those from modest backgrounds, are behaving as if they were born with a silver spoon in their mouths.
They do not want to study. They demand a job. And they do not want any job. They expect a good office job with a fat pay cheque simply because they are Bahrainis and there are expats filling positions in companies across the board. Those very expats, most of whom are in menial jobs, are filling the shoes of Bahrainis, who are not willing to be garbage collectors, work in retail shops and as mechanics, carpenters, fishermen and plumbers.
Once they 'accept' a job which is suitable to their high level of education - usually something equivalent to a high school certificate if not lower - they do not want to be told how to do the job, because they simply know. They are after all Bahraini and have the right to work in their own country which they know about more than those expats.
At present, 15 per cent of Bahrainis hold jobs that do not match their qualifications. If this isn't horrific, gloomy projections show this figure will leap to 70pc by 2013. Brace yourself. If normal people are complaining today, I don't want to even bring myself to think how bright our tomorrow will be.
Many Bahrainis, if you allow me to be blunt, have no work ethics, no manners and above all, don't think they should wake up early in the morning to make it to work on time.
Many of those 'professionals', do not accept being told to report to work on time, and even when they eventually turn up, they watch the clock and leave at finishing time on the dot - if not before. Here you should also not forget that they are Bahraini and they have another life outside the office.
Unlike expats, who are expected to remain at work at all times because they were brought to Bahrain specifically to work, Bahrainis have extended families, friends and other interests to pursue during and after working hours.
When they do turn up, they are the ones doing their boss a favour. Without them, the institution they work in will not run.
In return, they want to live their lives. They want to have a mobile or two, a luxury car, a nice place to live in, a beautiful wife to show off and a few children into the bargain.
To those dreamers, it is time to wake up and smell the coffee. Hang on to that job and try and improve your skills and attitude at the very least.
Reality in the shape of figures published in black and white yesterday show that unemployment will quadruple in Bahrain by 2013.
The government sector - where bureaucracy reigns - is saturated with Bahrainis. There, 92 per cent of the workers - who don't work - are Bahraini.