The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights is an important historical document drafted by legal and cultural luminaries from around the world.
This document, adopted in Paris on December 10, 1948, and translated into 500 languages, defines basic human rights that must be protected globally.
But freedom must have some controls so that society does not turn chaotic where every person assaults and transgresses others just because there is no deterrent.
As I write this, I remember another article I had penned earlier on how many house-owners and those who own stores and buildings reserve parking spaces in front of their properties as if it were their own – and that’s completely illegal.
I was, therefore, very pleased when I recently read that the Muharraq Municipality had removed several such structures made of concrete and iron rods to enforce decisions regarding the public road occupancy law, thereby preserving the safety of citizens and residents. I am sure this law is now being implemented by all.
Some may say this issue does not deserve municipal attention and add there is no need to be writing about it but I feel if we let small and so-called trivial matters aside, soon they would become difficult and defy solutions.
We must deal with everything that is wrong so that people become aware and are aware we are in a country of institutions and the law that His Majesty the King has laid the foundations for.
In our societies, we often show no interest in trivial matters and that applies at home and in dealing with our children. Soon, we end up losing control and find children have grown up ignorant of all the good habits and qualities. It is, therefore, necessary to focus on the small things.
As columnists, we must do justice and commend the wonderful work of various state agencies. If we blame or criticise them, it is definitely because of our love for our country and our endeavour to achieve more success and development.
To be fair, the service ministries are making strenuous and persistent efforts and they are appreciated by everyone, but there must be some deficiencies that we must highlight.
I believe we should all participate in nation-building and complement each other. The state institutions are there to provide services to the public and are equipped with tools to raise suggestions and complaints.
But what is also important is to take these ideas seriously and work to speed up their implementation.