25 April, 2006

Column: "There's something fishy about the labour protests"

I just read this column at Gulfnews.com by a local journalist:

It is very important for the UAE to resolve such a sensitive issue. This can only be done by opening up the media, frankness, disclosure and transparency.

The UAE, which opened the door of livelihood wide for millions of expatriate workers has got nothing to hide. There is no country in the world that welcomes foreign workers the way the UAE does.


That last line is simply precious. :P

13 comments:

Keefieboy said...

There's something fishy about the repeated use of the word 'malicious' in that article - the author seems to be a bit paranoid. The reason this gets so much attention globally is that Dubai promotes itself as a secure haven for investments, with a fabulous lifestyle thrown in. But it clearly isn't like that if you're a labourer or other extremely low-paid worker.

moviemania said...

Hahahahahaha. I wonder what world the author is living in.

grapeshisha said...

A malicious use of the obviously malicious word malicious, a malicious amount of times makes its maliciousness less malicious in reference to the malicious goings on and malicious reporting of the malicious treatment of the labourers, who themselves are not malicious.

chanad said...

haha, that last para is beautiful.

trailingspouse said...

Have you seen the hard copy version? In the editorial column, directly to the left of this article, the headline reads "Eliminate modern version of slavery". Ha, ha! Was this just a coincidence or does the editor have his tongue in his cheek?

archer14 said...

That was one funny read. To question the reputation of a 125+ year old syndicates such as AP and Washington post is moronic and stupid. These papers have been around even before his grandfather was born LOL!

Imagine GN being a total of 4 pages should both be 'punished' for being too 'fishy' :-O

Seabee said...

trailingspouse, they keep doing it with those very strange layout combinations. At first I thought it was simply an unfortunate accident, someone not paying attention, but they do it so often I now suspect they have a mole on a sabotage mission.

nzm said...

I like the first paragraph:

Lately, the local media has taken an increasing interest in highlighting labour issues which are wildly exaggerated for nefarious reasons.

and then he goes off to slag the international press!

Tim Newman said...

I wrote a piece on this article here.

Tim Newman said...

There's something fishy about the repeated use of the word 'malicious' in that article - the author seems to be a bit paranoid.

I thought exactly the same thing. The author does not know how to choose adjectives which don't make him sound like he iss foaming at the mouth.

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Expat said...

The Author said " There is no country in the world that welcomes foreign workers the way the UAE does ".


Let me tell the author also that "
On the same lines there is no country that treats foreign workers shabbily like the way UAE does ".

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