ADVERTISING in Bahrain is getting too sexy, according to MPs.
Parliament yesterday demanded stricter monitoring of ads in the media and on billboards.
They claim the National Advertisements Committee has not been meeting regularly and are seeking a review of current policies.
"Most adverts use females who, unfortunately, are semi-naked for attraction - despite most of the products they showcase having nothing to do with women," said MP Ali Al Zayed yesterday.
"The ineffective National (Advertisements) Committee has to start issuing warnings and if advertisers or those allowed to use space don't comply, then they have to be referred to the Public Prosecution for action."
Meanwhile, MPs also voted in favour of a proposal to open five kidney dialysis centres - one in each of Bahrain's five governorates.
This is despite a Health Ministry representative claiming a new facility in Busaiteen already offered more than enough facilities, with 300 beds.
"We are also going to reopen the Salmaniya Medical Complex dialysis centre after renovation and it will have around 150 beds, besides a new centre that will be built in the Northern Governorate at the expense of philanthropist Shaikhan Al Farsi, so we don't need five," said the official.
MPs also approved two new proposals to give junior office staff at government schools paid leave during the summer holidays, in line with teachers, and to launch an anti-drugs campaign in schools.
Education Ministry Under-Secretary for Education and Curricula Dr Abdulla Al Mutawa said that both would be implemented.
"We have already co-ordinated with the Civil Service Bureau and office boys will be getting paid leave like teachers, while anti-drugs campaigns will start in September with the new academic year."
Parliament also voted in favour of allowing civil servants to dip into their pensions before they retire if they need a loan, regardless of other loan obligations with banks.
Civil servants are currently barred from taking loans from their pensions if their loan repayments to commercial banks are more than half of their monthly income.
In addition, MPs voted in favour of opening free government health clubs in each governorate.
They also voted to open a social centre and elderly care home in the Hoora and Gudaibiya area.
Shelters for Bahrainis facing emergencies were also approved, along with a proposal to launch a new maritime route between Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
All proposals will now be studied by the Cabinet.