Monday, May 20, 2013
Now understanding that she can't do with away with the old guard at the Ministry of Education (questionable individuals some of them) the current Minister of Health announced she would be visiting a certain school in Al Batinah region. The old guard of course, went into full-fledged cover-up mode, "leaked this information" to those incharge of that school, and of course, a state of emergancy was declared. Walls were painted, missing fixtures were replaced, and I am certain students were forbidden from using the restrooms to give all appearences of students happy to be in their classrooms. But then...
She changed her mind at the last minute and decided to visit another Muscat-region school instead.
Of course, those involved in the Al-Batinah school battle debacle were crushed that they would not get the chance to look good in her eyes. So they asked her why she didn't come.
"Because I don't want to get the smell of paint on my abaya," she was quoted, quite the cutting remark aimed at those involved.
Corruption-cutting technique number one: arrange on-site visits, but always unnanounced. Works for any old manager as well. If you haven't read it already, this hilarious post http://misadventuresinhr.blogspot.com/2011/03/im-branch-manager-is-it-not-my-right-to.html then do. Advice is the same.
Apparently locals in Sinaw had a big row with the Royal Oman Police (ROP) the other day when protesting due to corruption in the Ministry of Housing. Apprarently a big big big big big chunk of land was granted to single individual to start a chicken farm on it? But of course, this chunk of land, being much bigger than is fair for any other normal wasta-less individual, drew questions, and accusations of obvious corruption. Being we already know this Ministry is corrupt. This happens ALLLLLLL the time. I guess protesting it is not allowed, so police row ensuent makes sense. But of course, the dude who twittered about the incident (I assume he named names) was told to come into the police station, he refused after consulting with a lawyer, and then he was taken in at night forcibly. BTW, ROP, I am not anti-government, just anti-courrption, and I mean, I am not saying anything that isn't already ALL over whatsapp and twitter. I swear to you I am not rumour mongering like that plane crash in Shatti ya'll showed up to check out (which was a purely Whaatsapp-based rumour that I found amusingly delightlful: seeing all the disaster-freaks out there that like car-crash carnage gawking like idiots).
So moral of the story is, don't name names at the Ministry of Housing, my fellow bloggers, even if the proof is as obvious as, well, something big big big big big big big.