This morning as I commuted to work, I got down from the ferry and boarded a taxi to STO Trade Centre. The driver of the taxi asked me which form of government I supported for the country. I told him that I will not be voting in the Public Vote to decide a Form of Government because it did not give a clear set of choices. I told him that the Special Majlis has not adopted the institutions that will form each of the forms of government and what would be the powers of those institutions. So the choices were not clear.
As we continued the dicussion, I also told him that we started the reform process demanding that (i) the people should be able to elect the leader of the country directly; instead of the parliament giving us one, (ii) that the executive, the legislature and the judiciary should be independant of each other, (iii) that ministers should not be in parliament; parliament to be independent of the government, (iv) that no one should be above the law, and that (v) politicians should not control institutions that serve the people; the civil service should be independent. I told him that these were made right under a proper presidential system based on liberal democratic values.
The driver got a little upset. He told me that what I was saying is what all Maumoon supporters and the government supporters are deliberately saying to mislead the people. I asked him why he supported the parliamentary form. He told me that it was the only way to get rid of Maumoon. I asked how. He said that in the parliamentary system; anyone who has been President for more than two terms will not be able to hold Office of the President!
Later as we got closer to the STO Trade Centre, I told him that I had worked in the government for sixteen years; and that I know how bad it is and how good it is; and that I left for very valid reasons. I was saved from being "a traitor" to this country. The temper on his face had subsided by the time I opened the door of the taxi to get out, saying thank you to the driver. At that moment, I was reminded of a parent and student from Villingili who were asked to get out of a taxi half way to Dharubaaruge, because the drive saw they were not pro-parliamentary.
Some people want change; whatever! They live around a Mecca of Maumoon day and night. Our political leaders must be laughing twenty four hours a day. Most of us are divided into two cults; one against and one for Maumoon. Either way he is the Mecca of Maldives!