My comment to the post Maldives: “Gone in 60 Seconds” by mnasheed.com:
Events and decisions “not so visual” have impacted on the recipe of the Maldivian tourism industry at the core. Sadly, our simple ways and simple minds habe been alerted only by “an explosion of sorts”. That should never have been.
We started a swimming program for school children when a CHSE student drowned. We put up speed breakers when a young life was lost. More recently, we have failed to act and respond effectively on the lives lost to suicide, gang fights, reckless driving and so on. Life has lost its value in our society. Yet, we have fortunately been alarmed when mega investments have been put in jeopardy. Lives of foreigners who make up the building blocks of our economy have been almost lost, yet did not get the attention nor the priority because they were not perceived to bring in the riches.
While I join in condemning those behind the explosion that targeted unsuspecting and innocent lives, in the strongest possible terms, I believe we the Maldivians have been wronged more and cajoled into the fantasy of living in a paradise on earth, by people who have robbed and eroded us of our dignity and human values.
The issue is not as simple as how it is being showcased by the very emotional sentiments of our politicians and parliamentatrians. Our economy that has lacked the foresight to build on its sustainable existence through measures of social responsibility has given rise to “invisible” explosions far worse.
Maldives need to make timely and appropriate interventions to distribute the “ownership” of the economy and build a broad based SME sector in the country, if further incidents like the Sultan Park Explosion are to be avoided in the futre.