International markets took a huge plunge yesterday, with the Dow Jones hitting its lowest point since 1997. Everywhere, even here in Jordan, people are feeling the financial pinch. Jobs are being lost and those who still have them are fighting to keep them. Salary raises are almost out of the question.
Except in the Jordan government.
The latest reshuffled Dahabi cabinet – also hereby known as Dahabi 2.0 – which was ironically given the mandate to focus on the economy in the midst of the unfolding financial crisis, has just given its ministers a salary bump. In fact, the JD1,500 salary has been doubled to JD3,000 according to Arab Al-Yawm.
I’m praying this story isn’t true.
In these dire financial times that has engulfed the entire world, is it really too much to ask the government we never elected to show just a bit of empathy towards the people it supposed to be serving?