Recent rhetoric and accusations by presidential hopefuls Anni, Hassan and Ibra – pointing fingers at certain elements within national security agencies (Immigration, Customs, Police along with National Narcotics Control Bureau); has strongly hurt the big bosses who run these organizations and the agencies they head. There have been press releases claiming innocense and dignity. (I could not help wondering diginty and respect cannot be claimed but can only be earned. Look at TVM and Voice of Maldives).
Let’s for arguments sake agree that ALL officers in all the national security agencies are good people unlike the rest of Maldivians. Then, the question is do we want good people who will come to us and give excuses – or do we want people who can protect our boaders and make this country free of widespread mayhem! I definitely don’t care whether they are Muslims or Jews for that matter, as long as they can deliver; where good people are simply good – but ineffective and inefficient.
It is very immature of the presidential hopefuls to decide to “attack” the integrity of these national security agencies (and also by association perhaps even the MNDF) when these agencies combined are a critical voter base. And from the little I understand of human psychology, men and women in uniform have a “single-mind” and cannot appreciate diversity- for them these agencies are sacred and must be protected at any cost.
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