This is in ABC Ashrafieh.
The driver decided it was OK to threaten the photographer. No, this is not OK.
We all know handicapped people and we all know how hard their life is in Lebanon.
I did not know whose car it was before writing this.
– www.xkhabar.com wrote: http://xkhabar.com/news-5569.html
– www.lorientlejour.com wrote: http://www.lorientlejour.com/article/814856/son-auto-etait-garee-sur-une-place-pour-handicapes-le-depute-moukheiber-sexcuse.html
Mr. Ghassan Moukheiber replied:
Dear Ms. Kamel Dear All,
This conversation was brought to my attention just now. Here is what I have to say.
1 – I congratulate the attitude of all whistle-blowers including of the person who complained first;
2 – all persons accused (including a policeman, driver or MP) should be given the right to explain before any such person is verbally attacked, slandered and made guilty.
3 – the car is indeed mine, however I was never aware where my driver had parked it after I had stepped down from it; I personally have therefore nothing to to with this parking issue.
4 – If as evidenced in the picture, it was parked by my driver in a handicapped slot, and if he might have further misbehaved, then this is a legal violation that I totally disapprove and condone; I therefore apologize to all for such act and will make sure that remedial action is taken and that it certainly is never repeated.
5 – My driver has standing and permanent instructions that, as a Parliamentary plated car, I and him should be the most law abiding citizen in Lebanon and not the other way around … there are no privileges there but an increased citizen duty. Unfortunately mistakes sometimes happen and they are appropriately addressed.
6 – for many unfortunate comments that I read in this thread, please know that it was myself who wrote, as a lawyer the law 220/2000 on handicapped rights; Handicapped rights is a cause that is very present in my actions, before and after being an MP. For all those truly concerned with handicapped rights, please know that I do much more than just stopping or not in places reserved for handicapped cars, but relentlessly follow-up on the full and proper implementation of the Handicapped law. I hope the above answers all well meaning comments of those participating in this thread and wish you all involvement in Handicapped rights. I am most willing to involve you in many such ongoing actions.
Mr. Ghassan Moukheiber adds on Stop Cultural Terrorism in Lebanon:
Dear All: thanks for the comments. Please note that I am not taking any blame off anybody, nor defending my driver, since I have condoned his action as illegal, apologized and promised and will take remedial action. I have also welcomed the whistle-blower action of the first post, but simply invite you to think responsibly of the most important issue at hand: that is to promote and defend handicapped rights and politicians and MPs should not be above the law!!!. If these are the real issues, then take note that: 1- as an MP I seek no privileges and welcome holding all politicians to account; and 2- I am misleading nobody when I say that working for handicapped rights it is a life commitment, that I will pursue till full implementation of Law 220 on handicapped rights, on the parking issue and all on the many other issues that need proper implementation. Best
I appreciate the response, neither the photographer nor I had an idea whose car this was. My intention was never personal. I only blogged about something I personally find disturbing and shared it like I usually do. I was surprised to find out that it was actually Mr. Ghassan Moukheiber’s car. I hope this serves as a lesson to everyone. No one should be above the law, nor the employees should think that it’s OK to break the rules if they work with politicians. The driver needs to understand that Mr. Moukheiber is a public figure representing the people who voted for him and that what he did and the way he reacted is not acceptable. The employer is responsible for his employee as well. The driver should also be setting an example for people to follow; besides ABC has VIP parking spots, he could have parked there.