Bahrain MPs approve proposal to give Bahraini pilots full contracts

MPs also voted to have all mosques opened for prayers


MPs unanimously approved yesterday an urgent proposal to give Bahraini pilots full contracts.

However, Parliament acting speaker Abdulnabi Salman asked Khalid Bu Onk to mind his words after he caused outrage by saying housemaids were treated better than Bahraini Gulf Air pilots who were being given six-month temporary contracts.

Meanwhile, rental car agencies could be given seven years, instead of the current five, to use their vehicles.Under an urgent proposal approved unanimously yesterday, MPs also want fees charged by the Transportation and Telecommunications Ministry suspended for a year starting next month to help the agencies recover from losses caused by Covid-19.

They also approved another urgent proposal to provide necessary protection and job security to Bahrainis with disabilities working in places that receive support from the Labour and Social Development Ministry.

MPs also voted to have all mosques opened for prayers.

They also voted on an urgent proposal to reinstate the extra-time allowance given to teachers in intermediate and secondary government schools.

Former convicted students who have been pardoned could resume studies with other students in government schools instead of in evening classes or private schools under an urgent proposal.All will now be reviewed by the Cabinet.

An urgent proposal to prepare a study on circumstances related to all jobs, developing suitable environments and reducing injuries and deaths has been referred to the services committee for further study.Another urgent proposal to include a special chapter in the citizenship course for students from grade one to 12 has been also referred for review.

Meanwhile, MPs abstained from including seven urgent proposals presented by five MPs all spearheaded by Dr Masooma Abdulrahim.

They are: Allowing all surgeries in Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) rather than only emergencies; renaming the SMC after the late Prince Khalifa; giving full employment to doctors on temporary status in the Health Ministry; treating dentistry graduates from foreign universities on par with others who graduated from local universities; allowing more services in salons, hairdressers and barber shops; and removing all marine clay and putting warning signs across coasts.

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