ABU DHABI // Saeed Al Khateri did not solely rely on people visiting his majlis during the 2011 FNC elections, instead he visited the people.
Mr Al Khateri is one of Ras Al Khaimah’s only members to reach out to remote villages to meet the public.
He is considerably less talkative, however, at the council.
He continues to host Emiratis at his private majlis as a platform to pass on their concerns. Issues raised included teacher retirement age, the shortage of late-night hospital staff and employment options for graduates.
He has passed on the latter concern to the council with a question directed at Humaid Al Qattami, Minister of Education, about jobs for unemployed Emiratis, particularly graduates of the higher colleges of technology and school dropouts.
With a strong military background, Mr Al Khateri, who retired as a Major General, was active in the military service discussions earlier this year and supported a proposed amendment to the law to increase incentives for recruits.
The law will now provide all those without a job with an income while they complete national service.
“Those in the Government or private sector will continue to get their salaries, but we wanted something for those who were unemployed and serving in the military,” Mr Al Khateri says. “The country must take responsibility for these people since they are serving the country.”
Mr Al Khateri is a member of the Interior and Defence Committee and the Islamic and Awqaf and Public Facilities Committee in the FNC.