Sunday, 27 March 2011

Now That It Has All Died Down...

So it has been a rather active few weeks in Oman, what with all the whining and the complaining about this, that and the other.

Someone earlier in the month asked me what my opinions on the protests were.
I replied with the following comment:

"No reason in the world to comment about a bunch of lazy, entitlement-deluded idiots who, while looking for the usual Omani 'easy way out' are doing nothing but adding further damage to an already grossly corrupt and flawed system.

It is endemic. The blame culture meets the handout brigade.

You are doomed."

The emailed responses to the above were the typical drivel that one has come to expect from the regulars. There was, however, the marked absence of my good friend OMR, who has probably run out of internet credit and will need to sell his Yaris to feed his surfing habit.

The damage that has been done to Oman over the past few weeks has been nothing sort of massive.
Of course, with the local mentality of looking no further than an extended hand, it has not fully dawned on them that they've gone and royally fucked things.

As Undercover Dragon very gently put it to you the other day, the numbers just don't add up - you are not living in an oil rich nation. 
Add to this a grossly undereducated band of 20 somethings (and don't DARE blame this on the government - you have been given EVERY chance of learning) and you have the shit-fest that is coming very soon.

Just read the placards on some of the protests:
"We want 500 rials a month - and two days off"
This was outside one of the hotels in Muscat.

Sorry. But if you want two days off, then go back to school and get a job that warrants that! You are a hotel worker - you would not be there had you kept your head down in school.....the entitlement mentality here is unreal, as is the naivety!

No real oil wealth: just enough to run the country and give you things like roads and hospitals and schools (hint: which you can use to invest your time in and get a good job).

Dependancy on foreign employment.
"EXPATS OUT!" was another sign, but they failed to write the specifics.
All expats? Or just the ones that have the jobs you want to do?
Getting rid of just the house-workers.....there's your 50,000 jobs right there!
But, ohhhhhhh, you don't want to be sweeping floors and working for another Omani.
Being told what to do? No way!

How many of the local kids would be happy to:
Clean houses
Wash clothes
Wash cars
Clean Toilets
Build villas
Sweep roads
Change tyres
Fill your petrol tank

And don't give me the bullshit "There ARE Omanis doing this!" ok?
There's a handful! And bless them for doing it!

You might notice that this blog post has no real structure to it and apart from the raw information, there is no substance to it either.

Take that as a metaphor!

As I said before.... "You are doomed".
Oil revenue almost gone.
Gas is negligible.
Tourism? Ha! You've wrecked it. The goodwill damage alone will take years to get back.
Back to making clay pots and selling incense. 
It is a crying shame what you are doing to this beautiful nation.

Laziness and greed abound!

Is it too late? Who knows!


Anonymous said...

While i do agree with much of your post, i really think you need to have a good long look at the state of Omani education.

Most of these kids graduate school with zero English language capabilities - NOT because they haven't kept their heads down but because of the sorry state of English teaching at government schools.

Add to that the fact that we only have one decent university in Oman which can only take so many students, i really don't understand how one would not blame the government.

I do agree with all your other points, but i personally think that if any protests were to be justified, they would be ones against the ministries of education and higher education. Which unfortunately no one has thought of undertaking....probably due to a lack of perception....due to the sorry state of education...? You can see where im going with this,,

90% of the problem in Oman stems from the state of Omani education. I'm quite sure most of the private sector would definitely rather hire Omanies...Its certainly cheaper for one..but when you get applicants who can barely put a sentence in English together, i'd personally rather spend that extra 300 rials or whatever in recruiting an expat and stick to giving Omanies low paying jobs...and that also only because of the Omanisation policies enforced by the govt.....

Thus..the protests......which would never have happened had they had a better education

Anonymous said...

MJD > Look at the list of protestors. Banks, PDO, Electricity holding,ROP to Shell tank drivers, gas delievry guys !! Ouch.. Let everyone clinch whatever they want. But before doing that guys this msg is for you - YOU have brought shame to YOUR country, & OUR HM who has worked tirelessely. YOU people have made YOURSELF the laughing stock. Keep it up./.

Gerry said...

To the first anonymous....

It is not cheaper to employ Omanis. Toyota was going to build a car factory in Salalah free-port but after they crunched the numbers, then did it again based on the inevitable increase as a result of the protests, and have decided that it is much cheaper to do it in another GCC state where employing locals is not an issue.
Salalah port is already the most expensive port in the region and is about to become even more expensive.
Take away the oil and gas from Oman and what do you have? Yemen.

Sick to the back teeth said...

These brats have parents who seem to have forgotten life before Qaboos.

Yes, there is corruption in high places and wasta but the country has a leader who, despite this has built a decent country and lifestyle for his people and offers opportunities for learning.

The brats are spitting in his face, and if he walks away, low and high level corruption will bleed the country dry within a few years and leave them in fighting and (as Gerry said) a situation the same as Yemen.

OMR said...

Did you really miss me? Il tell you where i stand regarding these demonstrations, i got a really good job,a car that you will never afford, a house in MQ, secured investments abroad, a beautiful wife, two lovely kids and im 35 years old. Why would i protest? Im just like the expatriates(living the dream),the only difference is I’m Omani who is really good at what i do and do not have to worry about my job being omanised. So yes i see things the way you foreign workers see things, in an Ignorant kind of way.

Anonymous said...

'villa in MQ'
'secured investments abroad'
'car that you will never afford'

Comedy Gold!! xD The gift that just keeps giving!!

Anonymous said...

OMR - This isn't an attack on you, im just looking for some clarity. How do you "see things the way you foreign workers see things, in an ignorant kind of way"?