Cato would be proud – Islam is used to back libertarian principles:
Bahrain trade union officials and religious leaders have slammed the governmentâ€™s 1% salary tax, claiming it goes against the principles of Islam.
Jamal Ateeq, head of the Communication, Posts and Civil Aviation Authority trade union, said on Tuesday it was considered â€œun-Islamicâ€ to deduct money from peopleâ€™s salaries without permission, reported Gulf Daily News.
The problem is big:
According to the government, the countryâ€™s unemployment rate stands at below 4%, with around 20,000 Bahraini citizens jobless.
There are currently about half a million people working in Bahrain, but only around 200,000 of these are nationals.
But the next stage in the government’s plan is causing protests.