The British Factor: Interference in Maldivian Domestic Affairs

03 Aug

Miadhu Online has reported that Allan Govindh, a prominent British businessman speaking at MDP Haruge has said, “that Maldives needs the changes which the people wants and he would assist in bringing economical changes to the Maldives. Alan said he believes that Anni is a good candidate to lead the change.” Read more from Miadhu Online here.

I cannot understand why the British Conservative Party and British business should poke their fingers into the upcoming national elections, which is very much an internal matter for the nation. By virtue of being colonialists does not give the British the right to interfere in the internal affairs of an independent nation. I believe the British should go home where they belong and leave the Maldives to its people. We are capable of making our own decisions without the “guidance and mentorship” of the British. Please leave!

MDP and Anni should learn to build on the grassroot support and the goodwill of the business community and other influential lobbyists in the nation, rather than bringing in support from foreigners in the democratization process. I don’t think the change we want is to replace the Maldivian business community with an MDP blessed foreign business community led by the British. That is not the change the people desire, in my opinion!

We don’t need a Govindh to tell us what Anni has done for us and to celebrate his contribution to this nation and the process of its democratization. Anni will be remembered and respected for his contribution to decomcracy and his leadership in our transition from a dictatorial regime to a democractic nation, by his people. Our democratization process needs the moral and technical support of the international community including the British people; but not by means of interference in our internal affairs. I would like to call upon the unwanted Britishers to leave, as a concerned Maldivian. You guys are doing more harm than good to this nation and the MDP, by your interference.

We didn’t need a David Hardingham to help in the transition nor do we need an Allan Govindh.


22 responses to “The British Factor: Interference in Maldivian Domestic Affairs

  1. Anonymous

    August 6, 2008 at 1:50 am


  2. Anonymous

    August 5, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    within the current system even if an angle comes, he will become a dictator. we are after a good system and will vote for the person with best policies. supporting or not supporting depends on that, and not the person. so anni haters/lovers and maummoon hater/lovers you are wasting your time calling names to each other, rather than justifying your policies and decisions. take a break.

  3. Anonymous

    August 5, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    I agree our first job is to getting rid of golhaaboa but what if a golhaaboa plus comes as next president ,, so careful thought must be given before this crucial decision ..,, Anni is a minor dictator now what of he becomes a major,,,,Kaadheri

  4. Anonymous

    August 5, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    It is just unbelievable how shallow and gullible some people are!Anni could have been practicing scientology (Although his interview on 101 EAST- Aljazeera makes it quite clear where his spiritual proclivities lie; a Godless vacuum) in jail for all we care, But that does not fit into the context of this discussion on globalization!Anti-globalization is NOT anti-westernization or Anti-Religion; not everything is Just about hating non-moslems or crusading for Islamists because of an inherent bias borne out of being born Moslems!!There are arguments against economic globalization that hold water, arguments which needs to be carefully considered, and ANY external influence in a sovereign nations internal affairs, esp. when its is lead by shady Business Interests, is a matter of national security and demands thorough and careful examination! Why in the biggest profiteer of globalization, requires congressional approval for ANY major business venture with outside business interests- as the recent controversy over rights for a Dubai firm to develop a mega-port on the Eastern seaboard of the US..I am just unable to fathom how narrow minded and closed off by prejudices and personal inadequacies some people are, and how they let arrogance perpetuate their ignorance!Anni has made friends with many ‘foreign’ shady characters, and it is no secret that his policies lean towards “massive privatization”, and consultancies such as the Rothschild Investment Giants; the long term effects on our economic independence and therefore our sovereignty are thus in question! International loan sharks stand indicted in the economic collapse of nations, literally overnight, because of ill conceived sell-outs of national assets to foreign interests for short term gains, often concentrating power and wealth into the hands of a few people!Sincere attempts to understand and bring to light the finer points of such matters of national importance are being brushed off as insignificant because our foresight/hindsight really goes only as far as that of a Goldfish! Our concern is only the immediate- how fast can we get “golhaabo” out of Theemuge ! THIS IN ITSELF CHANGES NOTHING.

  5. Anonymous

    August 5, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Anni himself practiced Buddism while he was in jail during Bomb era …ask his jail mate… it a part of globalization…

  6. Anonymous

    August 5, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    “Anne raajje” is a concept derived from “new briton” as used by conservatives…..but Anni’s aneh raajje will consists of people like feyrey (24 hours a day 365 days drunk) and bunch of addcits….Anni so far failed to show a promising team to lead this country …….

  7. saeed

    August 5, 2008 at 11:36 am

    If an expression of unhappiness over the foreign involvement in our domestic affairs is considered as being a frog in the well I too would join my friend Shihab in the well. Sadly this shows how our local polititians have successfully fooled at least some of us with their use of the Almighty DHOMEEHA It is not foreigners meddling in our private affairs rather us using the Almighty DHONMMHA to fool our own people which of course leads to them getting a prominent place in our local affairs.

  8. st

    August 5, 2008 at 6:38 am

    Anoymous@5.01: You are probably doing a disservice to your boss by ad hominem attacks in response to valid concerns of people. Instead of intelligently defending British interefernce in our domenstic politics, what you are doing is sending a message that die-hard supporters of Anni may be imbecils. I don’t think your boss will appreciate it, especially if are being paid to write this.

  9. Anonymous

    August 5, 2008 at 4:01 am

    Not only Shihab but most of the guards who have been paid to do their duty must be shivering. Dont worry guys you will be safe and will have much better life in “Anne Dhivehiraajje”. We assure you that but sorry to say the income your boss and the others big-heads gets today will be distributed to the whole population.My suggestion to Shihab: Just keep writing whatever your boss says and do your duty, after all thats what you have been paid for. we need loyal Maldivians like you.

  10. Shihab

    August 5, 2008 at 1:51 am

    I just looked up “globalization and democracy” and will post my findings shortly. It is very interesting that some of us believe that globalization means former colonialists should be allowed to interfere with a People’s Decision of a sovereign state. There are international bodies which have been formed for the expressed purpose of global democracy, but the democratic nature of those institutions is in question, if we were to go back to the basis of democracy. Is it the rule of the majority of the people or the majority of nations? That is what EU seems to be grappling with. Are we to believe that the majoritarian rule in Britain is a true democracy, when it doesn’t even have a constitution which is the basis of any democracy?

  11. massive privatization and labor "reforms

    August 4, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    anonymous # 2 the last 10 years of unbridled corporate globalization, the world’s total income has increased by an average of 2.5 percent a year. And yet the numbers of the poor in the world has increased by 100 million. Of the top 100 biggest economies, 51 are corporations, not countries. The top 1 percent of the world has the same combined income as the bottom 57 percent, and the disparity is growing. structural adjustment” end of the corporate globalization project is ripping through people’s lives. “Development” projects, massive privatization and labor “reforms” are pushing people off their lands and out of their jobs, resulting in a kind of barbaric dispossession that has few parallels in history……

  12. Anonymous

    August 4, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Babe, read this too

  13. Anonymous

    August 4, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    As I said, typical!That was a very well-informed definition of globalization. Where did you learn it from? The home-ed class?Too conquerer naivete, one needs to come out of the well, and read Both sides of arguments. Should have read the anti-globalization part of the article on wiki as wellAfter more closely reading that, now read this, and go through the website as well.

  14. st

    August 4, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Anonymous: thats satire and not a definition. I fail to see how economic globalisation give the British a right to meddle in our internal affairs. How exactly does this work? Is it a privilege afforded to the British in particular, or is it wholesale?

  15. Anonymous

    August 4, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Who ever asked to define globalization, here is it,An English princess with an Egyptian boyfriend crashes in a French tunnel, driving a German carwith a Dutch engine,driven by a Belgian who was drunk on Scottish whisky, followed closely by Italian Paparazzi, on Japanese motorcycles; treated by an American doctor, using Brazilian medicines. This is sent to you by an American, using Bill Gates’s technology, and you’re probably reading this on your computer,that use Taiwanese chips,and a Korean monitor, assembled by Bangladeshi workers in a Singapore plant,transported by Indian lorry-drivers, hijacked by Indonesians, unloaded by Sicilian longshoremen, and trucked to you by Mexican illegals…..That, my friends, is Globalization

  16. Muna

    August 4, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Bush and blair went to iraq to bring democracy to iraqy people. who buys that. wonder why they are not interested in brining democracy to egypt and saudy arabiawe are thrilled that the most resorts are actually owned and run by foreingers. arnt we. more than 90 resorts, only 200000 working popultion, but still there are jobless youth runing on the streets after drugs. what a a political party MDP getting too cozy with particular british firms and businessmen is not a pretty picture.leaning too much to left or right and making deals with particular party limits the opportunites we may get from all sides.

  17. Anonymous

    August 3, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    There’s no such thing as “innocent” economic integration or “selfless” international cooperation.can the person who mentioned Globalization, define it?The British conservative party is not going out on a limb to help “restore democracy” in Maldives or to “bring democracy” to Maldives. They are here sniffing our butts, because of a vested interest, in meddling in our internal affairs. Anni has probably the foresight of a goldfish, and will not hesitate to sell our national interests for party centered gains. The business interest that this MDP represents and its Anglo-connection is marred in suspicion.I wonder if the bugger would detail his campaign contributions, esp the ‘foreign assistance’ he has recruited in bringing democracy to the beautiful and stupid people of Maldives.Typical Cable-TV informed world-view of globalisation..I doubt if shihab is the one in a well

  18. Anonymous

    August 3, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    well this allan govindh or govindhan is not on any document or data sheet as billionaire or multi millionaire …Anni and the gang usually bring Europeans and fool the general public ….sometimes as reporters from BBC or CNN …..Global Protection Unit … the list is long….i agree on the globilization process.. nothing wrong in helping the reform process … i bet they Europeans will be better than indians

  19. Anonymous

    August 3, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    well said devil. Shihab is a frog indeed who is in need.

  20. Maldivian Devil

    August 3, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    a frog in a well will always be a frog in a well. It has no clue about the outside world. Globalization, International co-operation, international economic integration and development are alien to it.

  21. Anonymous

    August 3, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    So this really played your mind? Shihab come to the 21st century and open your eyes. Have you heard about Globilization?

  22. Anonymous

    August 3, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Who knows what promises Anni has made to the british in case in wins. There are many things that i’m sure even grass root MDP members do not know why the British conservatives have such a close relationship with MDP, specially Anni. Thoughts that come are scary.

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