Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"Let them eat cake": Omani style

Dear friends and family back [insert countries of the OPNO expats], we are all fine.

Oman is not on fire. Some idiot lit a gas tank on fire, and some lunatics that decided to try and break into the ROP station jail to break out some idiots who lit a gas tank on fire and tried to loot their local Lulu (aka the Omani Walmart) were held for the night.

We are not the next Libya, or Egypt. People love Sultan Qaboos. And he decided to give people who don't have jobs (after freely paying for their University I might add) an income while they search for a job.

MOP calls these people spoiled brats. Or lazy.

Yes the income for widows and people with special needs is great.

But I do want to add a stupid comment, translated from its original Arabic , said by some genius at the Ministry of Manpower (to be honest, I forget his name).

When asked how he thinks 140 OMR is enough for an Omani person to make at a job and live on he said (idiotically): "Well, the people that usually make that much have more than one job so it is more than enough for them."

:SSSSS

That comparison is soundly like when the starving peasents of France pre-revolution came to the sisters of the former French King (no people, it ACTUALLY WASN'T Marie Antionette who uttered that famous line) saying they couldn't afford to buy bread. So removed as they were from any understanding of finance and struggle one of the former French King's sisters replied: "Well, if they cannot afford bread, let them eat cake."

Yes, if they have more than one job. Because they CANNOT AFFORD to live on 140 rials.

So both sides of lunacy.

No matter what, Oman is home. And honestly, most people are aghast at these protesters wrecking things and then claiming to speak for Omanis.

7 comments:

C said...

OMG first of all i cant beleive he said that!!!
people need to calm down and understand that Oman isnt actually what they showed on TV for the past week...

hijabi said...

We in the Netherlands are following the situation in Oman since our queen is planning to visit Oman. Many people think it's like Egypt etc. But some wise people alhemdoulilah understand it's totally different.

Leila Rousseau said...

I love your posts MOP and your enthusiasm and all the news and different things you write about and admire about the beautiful Oman (the only place in the Mid East that I truly love too).
However, it has not been refuted that Marie Antoinette along with many of her predecessors who uttered 'let them eat cake' (Qu'ils mangent de la brioche) during the Flour War - "in seeing the people who treat us well despite their misfortune, we are more obliged than ever to work hard for their happiness." in Antonia Fraser's book. She was similar to Qaboos in that she cared for those less fortunate, however never did she go to the extremes of providing for those who were, like Qaboos. It is sickening to think of those selfish ungrateful people in the roundabouts - those creations that put a smile on everyone's faces.

Looking forward to reading more of your blog - found it via Muscat Mutterings.

Leila Rousseau

Leila Rousseau said...

I love your posts MOP and your enthusiasm and all the news and different things you write about and admire about the beautiful Oman (the only place in the Mid East that I truly love too).
However, it has not been refuted that Marie Antoinette along with many of her predecessors who uttered 'let them eat cake' (Qu'ils mangent de la brioche) during the Flour War - "in seeing the people who treat us well despite their misfortune, we are more obliged than ever to work hard for their happiness." in Antonia Fraser's book. She was similar to Qaboos in that she cared for those less fortunate, however never did she go to the extremes of providing for those who were, like Qaboos. It is sickening to think of those selfish ungrateful people in the roundabouts - those creations that put a smile on everyone's faces.

Looking forward to reading more of your blog - found it via Muscat Mutterings.

Leila Rousseau

riviera life said...

I am following with concern what ta happening in your beautiful Oman, I hope everything gets back to normal in the shortest possible time. sympathize with all the people who now show their love and their loyalty to the sultan
Oman is a country that I love very much, despite not yet been able to visit but I hope that this will be very soon
I will manifest all my love

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

C: yep, some people right?

Hijabi: Oman is safe alhamdulilah so no one need worry, nothing like Bahrain or Libya.

Leila Rousseau: Thank you for visiting our quaint and opinionated blog;)

Riviera life: InshaAllah you can come visit soon. Oman is fine.

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

C: yep, some people right?

Hijabi: Oman is safe alhamdulilah so no one need worry, nothing like Bahrain or Libya.

Leila Rousseau: Thank you for visiting our quaint and opinionated blog;)

Riviera life: InshaAllah you can come visit soon. Oman is fine.