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New calls to relocate expat labourers from residential neighbourhoods

Bahrain News
Wed, 14 Mar 2018
By Razan Alkhair
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A SPATE of unruly behaviour by expatriate labourers in residential neighbourhoods have prompted fresh calls to relocate them.

The latest incident on Monday involved an Asian worker, who was presumably intoxicated and lying on a main road pretending to drive a car in Eker.

The video of the man circulated online, while reports on social media described the situation as “evading the confines of moral and legal principles”.

Last week, another presumably drunk man was seen passed out in an alleyway in Manama. Other incidents included one man running down the street fully nude last month near Sacred Heart Church.

“There has been a suggestion from parliament to place rules and conditions for foreign bachelors living in residential neighbourhoods,” said Capital Trustees Board member Majdi Al Nasheet.

“This is a joint opinion, especially after there have been many bad images circulating, so there is more movement to get the issue sorted.”

He added that the proposal still needed approval from concerned ministries along with the country’s three municipal councils and the four governors.

The GDN reported in December that MPs demanded the forced relocation of expatriate labourers from residential areas across Bahrain.

They insisted on the measure while debating a parliamentary proposal to tackle the problem of rundown homes being used to house labourers, which was submitted in July 2017.

Last month, a key meeting was hosted by the Capital Trustees Board to discuss major problems facing residents living in Manama.

Issues raised involved immoral acts committed by expatriate residents, lack of hygiene among expat bachelors living in the area, sewage problems, and lack of fire safety in some buildings.

Mr Al Nasheet also highlighted the need to register personal information of expatriates living in residential areas. “They should register all their information, such as phone numbers, names and other important personal information otherwise nobody will be able to identify them, especially when there maybe 40 people living in one residency,” he said.

Shura members on Sunday approved an amendment that could allow industries in Bahrain to build labour accommodations at their premises.

The amendment to the 1999 Industrial Areas Establishment and Organisation Law will be referred to parliament, which in October last year made changes to force companies to allocate 15 per cent of their total land for labour accommodations.

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