|10 August 2011 22:40 | | Follow Jordanoholic|
Well, this is not the first time for King Abdullah II to go for close meetings with Jordanian youth, or for personal visits around the kingdom, but this time I was personally involved and sensed the spirit through my participation in King Abdullah II's meeting with 15 Jordanian youth last week, August 2, 2011. As I received the invitation to meet the head of the state, along with Jordanian youth, for 90 minutes where King Abdullah II is requesting our feedback on the current situation of the country, discussing problems and suggesting solutions, I have brainstormed quickly and came up with a quick list of problems and solutions we face to discuss with his majesty.
The Royal Court representatives asked us to talk freely, honestly, using any accent, with no limits nor borders, as the king requested.
We shacked hands with the king then all sat down on a small meeting table, where the king started by declaring that the constitutional amendments will take place on September, advanced and centered around boosting balance among the three branches of government and enhancing the role of Parliament, which will be endorsed along with the new elections and political parties laws, by November. That will all support and establish a legal basis to finally see an elected parliamentary governments in the future, as a completion of the reforms package. To stress on the fact that Reform in Jordan will lead to elected parliamentary governments.
Then time was ours, as we discussed various topics with the king who said: "The worst thing to do is to sit beside me and praise me". Young ladies and gentlemen discussed multiple topics like absolute justice is the key to solve most of the challenges, how would the constitutional amendments and electoral laws satisfy the needs of Jordanian people, and the role of Bedouins to be considered in good times and not only in bad times, ministries and inherited positions, and environmental problems of nuclear reactor and forests, where the tone was more like: how come we find most of the relatives of ministers hired in ministries! Then I tried not to duplicate any of the previously discussed issues and went for other problems and solutions listed below in my letter to king Abdullah II [a translation of the Arabic version previously published].
One of the most extraordinary parts was the king discussing issues at our level, deeply listening and actually taking notes of our speeches to be considered. As he also expressed his sadness and frustration over some important governmental organizations, where there are old fashion direcotrs who are against the reform we are all working for, as they are satisfied this way, but he also stressed that all of that is changing gradually. And while he was expressing that it came to me to imagine how much it's hard to manage a 50 employees company, where our king is managing thousands who are responsible of millions in such area, with a huge challenge that is a big portion of the existing employees are already corrupt.
Why is the king taking notes from Jordanian youth?
I guess King Abdullah II is shocking his own system, he's not waiting for people to shock it but he's shocking the middle of the system himself and going down for feedback. King Abdullah II is being a micro-manager, tho he shouldn't be, but he's finding this huge gap in between that he's trying to fill the right way. He's been paying personal visits to many projects, cities, and poor people to touch the problems himself, and asking youth to come to his house and give him the full and clear picture, tho most of these tasks should be done by the government and other organizations, but since they are not up to it, as I sensed from his speeches, he's doing them himself, being a role model for others, and this is clearly a big failure of the government!
"Ramadan Mubarak, may God protect you and help you to lead one of the toughest states in one of the most difficult areas. Your majesty, I've been granted 5 minutes only to list the problems and solutions that have been swimming in mind lately:
1. Problem: Jordanian young people no longer trust the traditional methods of governments and media which were not developed since ages, (I think you're aware of this problem and for this you're calling for direct dialogue with youth without any obstacles and formalities). Solution: Governments should learn, from you, to be close to the people, go to the streets, touch problems, perform quick steps for a successive reform in an up-to-date manner, and to lose the negative sense.. In short.. listen to the public in the streets but don't let the noise control you.