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Wasta, and wasta

Jul 29,2017 - Last updated at Jul 29,2017

Wasta is a form of corruption even though it is widespread, not only in developing but also in advanced countries.

To be sure, there are two kinds of wasta: one which is benevolent and good, and therefore positive, and one that is evil and destructive, and therefore negative.

In other words, wasta can serve a noble and honourable purpose by opening avenues to deserving people who are so marginalised and disadvantaged in their societies that they stand no chance to enjoy a right, be it in the form of a job, a job transfer or even obtaining an official document, without someone extending a helping hand.

What is wrong with this kind of positive wasta when all it does is help a person obtain his rights?

In developing nations, many deserving people would have no chance of getting their dues, be it related to employment or other domains, without a helping hand, or wasta.

On the other hand, wasta can be evil when it promotes discrimination by granting certain privileges to undeserving people at the expense of qualified persons.

This happens a lot especially in developing countries, where such negative wasta is rampant even though less publicised.

Accordingly, wasta should be dropped from the list of practices recognised as forms of corruption. 

There are other much more serious forms of corruption that go by without notice and behind closed doors. 

Man is by nature a discriminating being no matter how much he tries to be even handed when dealing with people.

People will always favour someone over another, usually for subjective reasons. 

Objectivity simply does not exist.

Human beings are not objective by nature and their decisions are often dictated by whims, perceptions or personal biases.

This is where positive wasta can play a role by improving the chances of success for people who are at a disadvantage because of their personal attributes or socio-economic status.

 

Let us, therefore, promote positive wasta whenever possible, for the sake of fairness and to ensure equal opportunity.

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I want to shed a new light on this article.

It is a VERY big problem, indeed. How can one be unharmed if he or she decides to approach the government to report on someone 'influential' who has been breaking laws and the 'influential person' has such great relations with some high-level officials? If something goes wrong, one could get into trouble by suffering wrongful accusations. One could be jailed or even be deported. Adding to what this author said, wasta can be a destructive obstacle to one's efforts to defend justice and humanity. In other words, it can gravely impede efforts by human rights defenders who are dedicated to defending the national interests of Jordan.

EXCELLENT ARTICLE BECAUSE ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS FRICTIONS HINDERING THE ROAD TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPEMENT, EDUCATION AND THE FRUIT OF THE BRILLIANT BRAINS IN JORDAN TODAY IS THE WASTA FACTORS. IT IS WRONG AND EPIDEMIC IN JORDAN. LET US SAMPLE THE HEAD OF MOST INSTITUTIONS IN JORDAN TODAY FROM ACADEMIC TO ALL AND SEE WHO GOT THERE BY WASTA FACTOR. ITS VERY SIMPLE STUDY TO DO BECAUSE THE STATISTICS IS READILY AVAILABLE.

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