Here's a welcome piece of news from today's GDN:
Civil servants should be recruited on merit and nothing else, Shura Council members declared yesterday. Employees should be selected through official advertisements in local newspapers, otherwise their applications should be refused, council legislative and legal affairs committee chairman Mohammed Al Halwachi told the GDN yesterday.
"Even those applying through local papers should undergo personal interviews to ensure they are qualified to fulfil the position they have applied for," he said. "We want people to be selected according to their credentials and qualifications and not anything else. We want an end to random employment, ensuring that the best are being taken for the job." (Continued)
This is such a basic and obvious idea, that it almost seems a bit silly that a statement is needed. However a statement is needed because was6a culture is still rife in Bahrain. The hard part though is to translate this statement into actions. And this seems particularly difficult to implement universally when we consider that it is still official state policy for the ministries of defence and interior to discriminate according to sectarian affiliation. But I'm hopeful, for change must come eventually.