I am proud to be Bahraini – proud to be a citizen of a land that is small in size but big in heart – inhabited by generous people who deserve all praise.
This is a message I want to convey to every Bahraini. The security and safety we enjoy, thanks to our wise leadership, is one of the best blessings God has bestowed upon us. Without this, there is no homeland and no rest and no peace. Countries that suffer from security problems and internal unrest are among the countries that suffer the most.
Yes, we acknowledge that we lack many things that need solutions in the short and long terms but thanks to everyone’s solidarity, we will be able to achieve those aspirations and wishes, not through hollow slogans, but with serious and sincere work.
The Bahraini human factor is second to none, and this is the key to the success of any work or responsibility entrusted to it. I do not want to mention individual achievements at all levels but all we need is to give everyone the opportunity and the confidence to represent the country well.
We all acknowledge that Bahrainis abroad, whether for study, work or tourism, are the best ambassadors for their country. I remember during my university studies in India when we played football matches with other communities, the Indian fans were always keen to attend and encourage us in a way as if they were supporting their own team.
This was because they told us we were good people and possessed high morals, respected local laws and never did anything that went against local sensibilities.
As the great poet Ahmed Shawki said: “The nations with morals did not remain and if the morals are gone, they are gone.” Respect is one of the values that characterise a person, and is expressed towards everything around him. It is appreciation of the value of something or a person, and a sense of its value and distinction, or the quality of personality, or ability. It is manifested in morals or values, as is the case in the popular concept of respecting others or the principle of reciprocity.
My message to the decision-makers in the government is to invest in Bahrainis that will give the local people the opportunity, confidence and necessary training and respect.
We need bold decisions to replace with Bahrainis employees in lower, middle and leadership jobs because we simply have to have competence in all fields and specialisations. I am surprised that we have failed to achieve this in many areas.
A few days ago, I happened to interact with a Bahraini working at the reception of a major hotel. He was a friendly person with high morals and co-operative to the utmost extent, and I could see he worked with all sincerity and dedication.
Later, I sent a note to the hotel general manager to express my thanks and appreciation to this loyal Bahraini employee. This very simple initiative does not take us more than a few minutes and does not cost us anything, but has a great impact on one simple employee.
We need to support and encourage our Bahraini brothers and sisters in their workplaces, even moral, since this has a magical effect. Let us highlight this buried energy and talent to reach the highest ranks and raise the flag of our dear country high in all forums.
Let us make teamwork our slogan.