Put Your Selves in Our Shoes!

By Mohammad Aburumman

تم نشره في Mon 3 July / Jul 2017. 12:00 AM - آخر تعديل في Mon 3 July / Jul 2017. 11:53 PM
  • Mohammad Aburumman

Empathy is one’s ability to place themselves in someone else’s shoes, both emotionally and cognitively, in order to understand the other person’s views.

If only our officials would somehow put themselves in the shoes of the citizens, as they read yesterday’s news on the admission of a certain US shipment of corn.

This particular shipment, allowed entry to the Jordanian market by order of the Ministry of Agriculture, was previously examined by Department of Standards and Metrology, and declared unfit for consumption.

The Department’s examination found that the fracture percentage of the corn shipment, at 7.5 per cent, means that the corn in freight is more “soil” than corn.

According to the source with the Metrology Department, as stated in AlGhad’s Monday edition, the shipment was still allowed admission by the Ministry.

The respective authority, specialised in standards and metrology, rejects a shipment of foodstuff, and the government decides to allow it.

What could be more tragic than this standing state of chaos and the irresponsible manipulation of health and safety standards?

If anything, this says, clearly, that the Ministry of Health doesn’t really care about the people’s “health” or safety.

Naturally, how will the public ever trust the foods they consume, or the Ministry of Health for that matter, after this?

I haven’t exactly an answer as to why the Ministry decided to overthrow the Department’s monitory authorities, in regards to this particular shipment.

The Director of the Metrology Department isn’t picking up, which is unusual.

What I know, however, is that there have been endless complaints by the official offices respective, and businessmen.

Most of these complaints maintain that the Department of Standard and Metrology and the Jordan Food and Drugs Administration are not doing that well of a job, they say.

This is nothing new; there have been countless claims of the sort in the past as well.

Why this confusion, I do not know. Who’s benefiting from it too, I also have no clue.

Every time these two bodies do their jobs, officials fuss and cuss, and claim that their “strict” standards and inflexibilities are hurting investment!

As if investment in Jordan, as opposed to the rest of the world, requires the manipulation of health and safety standards!

Is it flexibility to allow for influential businessmen to allow malfunctioning gas cylinders in? Or to allow shipments of food unfit for human consumption? Is this what investment is? In a country that is already suffering the increase of chronic and dangerous diseases!

Is this flexibility; to endanger the lives of our citizens?!

This is irresponsibility, recklessness, and corruption.

There is nothing worse than to take the welfare of humans and citizens so lightly!

Empathise with citizens, as they gaze upon this reckless manipulation in the citizen’s most basic necessities.

How will that reflect on the public’s trust in our government’s officials?

The public already has very little confidence in the state, let alone the receding sense of security here at home!

Now that our food has been shown to be so easily manipulated, especially after the rotten chicken case and the ban of Jordanian produce in the UAE, due to high residues of pesticides.

How does all this add up?

I was told, by informed officials, that the Jordan Food and Drugs Administration was scolded heavily for announcing the shipments of rotten chicken which was smuggled to Amman!

Could You imagine?!

The body responsible for safeguarding health and safety was scolded for doing its job right!

These monitory institutions comprise some of the most invaluable pillars of stability and whatever remains of the citizenry’s trust in the government’s integrity.

It is everything that remains to validate transparency, and it is a cornerstone for attracting real investment.

These bodies reinforce and pillar the rule of law, which we’ve been blabbering about all year.

Why on earth would the government jeopardise whatever public trust there is in the government? For whose benefit?

Who here has the right to blame the state’s monitory bodies for being effective?

Even if they were overly so, it is far better than the recklessness and irresponsibility that wreaks havoc in a society that is barely coming through!

This article is an edited translation of the Arabic version, published by AlGhad.