Muammar Gaddafi provided three free facilities to the people of Libya before he was killed by rebels during the NATO invasion. Photo/REUTERS
JAKARTA – Muammar Gaddafi is the longest-serving leader of the Libya since he managed to overthrow the government of King Idris I in a bloodless coup. At the time of the coup, Gaddafi was only 27 years old.
During his reign, Gaddafi made many controversial policies. Some of them disbanded the United States (US) and British military bases in Libya to expel the Italians in their country.
Apart from that, Gaddafi is also known as a nepotistic leader because he only chose his relatives and brothers to sit in important government positions.
Corruption and oppression are also daily practices in every organization in Libya, thus making the people poor. Even so, Gaddafi is also called a caring leader because he provides several free facilities for his people.
Muammar Gaddafi’s 3 Free Facilities for the Libyan People
1. Free School
During the era of Gaddafi’s rule, the entire cost of education for Libyan children was free. In fact, the government is ready to pay for them to study abroad if the education program they choose is not available domestically.
Most of the Libyan people during the Gaddafi era really enjoyed education. The improvement in the quality of public education can be seen from the higher literacy rate starting from 25 percent to 87 percent.
However, after Gaddafi was killed by rebels when Libya was invaded by NATO, the level of education of the Libyan people fell dramatically. Education there must also be overhauled because the alphabet or symbols they use are not in accordance with international norms.
2. Free Hospital
Despite decades of human rights violations, the Gaddafi regime has upheld the health care system. Funded from the proceeds of oil exports, the Libyan government provides free and quality health care.
All Libyan citizens can enjoy this important facility. Although the conflict has destroyed much of Libya’s infrastructure, remnants of Gaddafi’s maintenance system still exist today.
3. Free Housing
Quoted from the musafhanif page, Friday (26/5/2023), like socialist countries in general, the Libyan government also provides free housing to its citizens. Not only ordinary houses, a line of equipment such as electricity has also been provided.
Even though many facilities have been provided, such as housing, health, and free education, the people of Libya still have low wages because the results of their mining exports only benefit a handful of elites, especially those working for Muammar Gaddafi.