Thursday, February 15, 2007

Just suppose….

Let’s say that you are a minister. Just for the fun of it, the minister of municipalities. Part of your job, among other things, is to recommend hiring or firing of mayors. Like the mayor of Amman. You can get him hired or fired.

Now, suppose that you have a super genius engineer kid, who is so interested in public service, just like his dad. Suppose, out of noblesse oblige, that this kid is willing to serve the public interest for a fraction of what his real genius is worth, say 2500 dinars a month (only 5 to 10 times what a non-genius peer would make). So, the mayor of Amman hires him.

Now, what would be wrong with that?



At 6:27 PM, Blogger Oleander said...

in the words of Ziad Rahbani, akh awf...

have they no shame any more?

At 6:31 PM, Blogger Khalaf said...

I suppose not.

At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Hamzeh N. said...

I think the minister should have tried to use his son's genius in his hometown of northern shooneh; God knows it's in desparate need for care and attention.

At 6:48 PM, Blogger Khalaf said...

I think the whole payroll of the Northern Shuneh municipality is less than 2500 dinars a month.

At 7:00 PM, Anonymous Nas said...

i had a 15 minute conversation with my father over this piece of news over breakfast today.

i wasnt surprised that it happened

i was surprised it got reported!

(which in some odd way may be a good step towards accountability vis a vis the press)

At 8:50 PM, Anonymous hamede said...

Nas 3ez wa nas me3za.

At 10:30 PM, Blogger Arrabi said...

do we know how old is his son? does he have any qualifications?

At 12:27 AM, Blogger Khalaf said...

Nas: I agree. I would, however, point out that it is not enough just to point this out. Appropriate actions should follow.

Hamede: Nas b%#@& w nas biniaz.

Arrabi: You're kidding, right?

At 2:24 AM, Anonymous Nas said...

khalaf: no doubt. i was actually being sarcastic with the accountability thing :-D

arrabi: patronage is patronage, if one's qualifications are good enough he or she would'nt need it.

plus theres also the issue of the outstanding public sector salary this guy is getting..ya3ni mashallah mashallah!

At 2:15 AM, Blogger Arrabi said...

you guys are too used to cynicism. I was asking a real question :-) I have a hunch this son of the minister is a new graduate from some private university.

At 10:19 AM, Blogger Khalaf said...

Arrabi: I wouldn't be surprised. I have never heard of him, and he doesn't show up anywhere on google.


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