Member of Parliament Majed Al-Mutairi in a series of questions addressed to the State Minister for Municipal Affairs, Fahd Al-Shula, demanded to know what the government intended to do about the slum-like conditions in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, which he described as “outlaw-land and a total chaos”.
Despite its strategic location near the international airport, the new university and the country’s main sports stadium, Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh looks like a slum in some underdeveloped nation, said the lawmaker. He added that the area is home to tens of thousands of single, unskilled workers, most of them from Asian countries and many of them are law violators who pose a threat to the security of the country.
The lawmaker requested Minister Al-Shula to elaborate on the government’s proposed plans to resolve the problems in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, and to clarify the main difficulties facing the plan’s implementation. He also demanded to know if the government had plans to remove unlicensed roadside markets that spring up randomly everywhere in the area causing severe traffic disruptions. Al-Mutairi also questioned the minister on the number of single men living in the area and why the municipality had not penalized landlords who lease their buildings to bachelors in violation of the law.