There’s much celebration in that the President has finally announced a pay rise for civil servants and other government staff. It is very interesting to me that there is much jubilation when there is no substance in that decision.
The raise in government staff salaries will not bring about an ease to the social hardships faced by people at large in the country. In addition, if it was a ploy to attract votes, one must understand that the backlash from such a decision will be more than the gains. The great majority of Maldivians who are employed do not belong to the civil service or the MNDF and the Maldives Police Services.
I would have thought that the President would announce a large scale housing scheme that is affordable to the great majority of the Maldivian people. That would have been a more appropriate intervention to address the pressing hardships faced by the people of this country.