Thursday, November 03, 2005

Who's idea was this?

The latest law in the land is all the 5 star hotels have to be closed for the Eid holiday. Why is that? another Arab leader died this week? Or are they being inspected for weapons of mass destruction? This is some serious bullshit!
I've had it with these beards and turbans going talibani on our ass! You know, now that you did a good job chasing tourism out of this country, there is another similar sounding word you have to think about, Terrorism! Now that we are going ahead in banning 5 star functions and restaurants, whats next? Shopping malls for families only? Have big signs on entrances saying "NO BACHELORS!" like the one I've seen years ago in Alrashid Mall?
Now tourism and terrorism kind of sound the same. With no tourism, first there is no outlet to relax and enjoy some simple pleasures of life. Second, tourism is the fastest growing service sector in the world for a while now. Finally, and I believe this point is overlooked, tourism gives us the exposure to other people and cultures. The more you do see that, the more you respect our differences and appreciate the meaning of being humans.
Now, after this thunderbolt of a decision, we will have a young generation that 1. Do not have much of a choice to enjoy themselves 2. Don't have a job 3. Don't appreciate people that are different.
You can guess where this new path we're taking is going to lead us!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jocker you guys making it big deal..
i think its a good idea we not to have drunk people in Eid days its a good idea i totaly support it. Eid meant to be religious celebration not drinking beer all night long.


3:52 PM  
Blogger The Joker said...

Thank you for your comment hashim. We can't tell people what Eid is meant to be. To me for example, Eid means celebration. I remember back when everyone went out in Eid wearing their nice new clothes and making the children happy.. thats why it will always have a nice spot in my heart... personally, I don't see it dressed up in religion. And the comment about having less drunks out there, I think we are pushing the people into much more serious problems than intoxication my friend. Now we all complain about tourists from particular GCC nations, and I won't mention those countries. Its quite clear why they act that way, why drug smuggling is too high, and lots of more serious social problems.

Thank you once again, hashim. Dont be a stranger.

6:13 PM  
Blogger SillyBahrainiGirl said...

U must be joking..

Eid Mubarak Joker ;)

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Mahmood Al-Yousif said...

Hashem if there is one thing that is completely wrong with Muslims, it would be imposing a view or interpretation on the whole. Why? Where is live and let live and why is this concept so foreign to Islam? Why must everyone conform to an interpretation?

If you in particular don't want to drink then that's fine, don't, but don't impose that on everyone.

As to "people of certain GCC nationalities" let me remind everyone that without these people Bahrain would be dead. They constitute more than 60% of investments in this country and they are more benevolant than our own, so if they want to come here and unwind, hell, they are MORE than welcome. I for one love Saudis and wish that more of them come here and get to FEEL welcome.

Eid mubarak everyone, regardless of how you wish to celebrate the occasion.

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Profundity Ferret said...

(Or are they being inspected for weapons of mass destruction? This is some serious bullshit)

No pal they are being inspected for malfeasance (from religion perspective, and those beards with turbans have justifications based on religion, and those justification are undeniable for every Muslim such as Alcohol.

(I've had it with these beards and turbans going talibani on our ass! You know, now that you did a good job chasing tourism out of this country)

Second: are you assuming that all tourism activities are with no negative consequences along with their positive economic outcomes?

(Now, after this thunderbolt of a decision, we will have a young generation that 1. Do not have much of a choice to enjoy themselves 2. Don't have a job 3. Don't appreciate people that are different)

I do think that those consequences need to be proved scientifically and economically because I think it contains some exaggeration.

1:06 AM  
Blogger The Joker said...

yes I do assume tourism is positive, and chasing it out is negative. Prove me wrong.

12:13 PM  
Anonymous profundity ferrert said...

It seems you did not get what i meant clearly pal, i said it is not without the negative consequences, it is not so positive all the time. Plus, let me put it bluntly before you here, what kind of tourism do we have here? Prostitutions and alcohols, do you want evidence: just ban the women from certain nationalities and drinks for some time and you will see the result. There are not tourism pal, you cannot build your tourism sector based on these merely pal; these are bubbles of economy. The economical sectors that you should be totally into are productive economy.

Take for example, Thailand, the above (prostitutions and drinks) are result of real tourism sector, while here, they are the main tourism sector.

At last, can you estimate the percentage of the Bahraini population who considers these places as choices of enjoyment?

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

profundity ferrert

You need a lesson in ECONOMICS 101. You sound too JADED to form a rational thought on the subject. What do you call the F1? What do you call the European PGA Tour Championship? What do you call the soon to be built Causway to Qatar? These do not bring in tourism to Bahrain? You cannot have your utopian Islamic Socialist State where everyone has a high paying Job and nothing violates your religious views. It simply isn't going to happen. Tiny bubbles make the wine. Think about it....

3:52 PM  
Blogger The Joker said...

so, ferret, you're indirectly saying that the tourism sector is underdeveloped! Now how does banning 5 STAR, focus on this point, not 3 star hotels with legalized prostitution, not even 4 star, 5 star restaurants, that most of us agree are at least the closest thing we have to decent tourism. The closest things we have compared to thailand, as you brought into conversation, are Ritz, novotel, and maybe bandar.

Profoundity farret.... guess what... these are the ones that are closed. I will tell you my theory about this whole mess later on in another comment. I'm just interested in hearing your explanation first.

4:12 PM  
Anonymous profundity ferret said...


U stupid dump, you do not know me so no need to make such conclusion you fucking moron.

Crawl under your shit bonehead!

4:57 PM  
Blogger The Joker said...

There there ferret. We're all big boys here. No need to say that... relax

6:03 PM  
Blogger Cerebralwaste said...

profundity ferret

You have just proved the Anon posters point. You are acting too jaded to form a rational opinion on the subject with a response like that.

Have you no room in your mind for differant points of view or must you attack what you disagree with?

Take a step back and look at what was said. You can disagree and be respectfull to those around you and still maintain a level of credability to your arguement.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the issue here is not freedom of choice, it is lack of information. I am a part of the hotel/restaurant industry and what i'm hearing is that there was no notificaton of the rule changes. Had the hotels been advised of the rule changes, they would have followed them. Also, they would have adjusted staff(sent them on holiday) in preparation for Ramadan. As there was no notification, hotels simply followed the rules in place for last ramadan.

7:39 PM  
Blogger The Joker said...

Anon, how clear and efficient the circular was communicated is a different issue in my opinion. What it carried out is what I am concerned with.

And profoundity ferret, I hope you find it clear that killing off the semi legitamite form of tourism diverts people from in and out of Bahrain to non-legitamite places, which were surprisingly given the green light.

And If you are worried about your religion, why don't we see other forms of tourism here or any other Muslim country? Other than maybe malasya... which isn't really "islamic tourism".. and if we had malasian style tourism here.. people would still get upset... talk sure is cheap, isn't it?

3:27 PM  
Blogger Scorpio said...

You can see the direction things are going? Unless liberals get organised things are going to get a hell of a lot worse.

I know this has been brought up before but what exactly are the liberals doing to the counter the beards? It seems to me that liberals are still operating in the pre-2001 mindset believing that the state will uphold their social freedoms, but the rules of the game have changed.

We've seen the BCCI speak up about the alcohol ban - at the very end of Ramadan. Liberals are neither providing an effective pressure group outside parliament, with no equivalent human rights groups to argue their case, nor do they seem to be preparing with any great urgency candidates for 06. You'd imagine that this would be an ideal time for potential candidates to begin raising their media profile. But what's happening - sweet FA.

Time to get down to business boys and girls.

4:35 PM  
Blogger The Joker said...

Scorpio! It's been a long time, mate! Where have you been?

What you said describes whats going on, and what should be done.

But the comment about "the pre 2001, where the state upheld their social freedoms." What freedoms??
Thats apples and oranges.

I believe the only reason this ban is on, is the state trying to deminish the margin of freedom we have, through using stupid MP brainfarts and shoving it down our throats. What leads me to this assumption is I have never seen the government that cooperative with the MPs, especially when it came to corruption and public funds, namely bapco, bankrupt GOSI, employment, and lots of other stuff. Their eagerness to carry this one out, in my opinion, is to turn around and say "look! That is where you ended up with a little freedom!"

7:35 PM  
Blogger Scorpio said...

Hey the Joker, thanks for the welcome and a belated Eid Mubarak.

I'm sorry but I just don't see it that the state is pushing the ban on alcohol and then trying to blame it on Adel Mouwdah and co. That’s one cart that’s so far in front of the horse it’s already arrived at the knackers yard.

Before we all start agreeing with each other on the failure of Bahrain’s liberals to get their act together, this article in today’s Gulf News is well worth reading; its about one section of liberal opinion that’s conspicuously failed to speak out on the current battle for women’s equality – Bahrain’s bloggers.

I can only think of two blogs that regularly highlight and support liberal causes: your’s and Mahmood’s. This silence over the clash between women’s rights activists and Islamists over the Personal Status Law is a case in point. How many blogs have covered this major political battle over fundamental rights for women? Every street corner’s covered in billboards and there’s accusation and counter accusation between women’s leaders and clerics, yet what do we hear from Bahrain’s blogs? Virtual silence.

When we talk about ‘liberals’ we aren’t dealing with abstractions, we’re dealing with individuals such as (most) bloggers, and until these individuals get out there and start making some noise the beards are going to get bolder and bolder.

1:01 AM  
Blogger The Joker said...

You know what, scorpio? You make a very valid point. I've always said this, if you remember in the meeting, its our responsibility to stop and clarify lots of distortions going on. I, for one, was not fully aware of the issue to be honest, to say something about it. I think we should rise to the occasion. Thanks for bringing this link to my attention.

2:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bahraini Women need a Rosa Parks type to rally around. Or is there one on the horizon?

5:17 AM  

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