Last night, I stopped by Alfresco on my way home. There were people gathered around the tables watching the campaign rally of Aneh Dhivehi Raajje on DhiTV. People at one of the tables started shouting filth as Dr. Mustapha Luthfy came on stage. They started with “elhaa vakikuree keevvekan engeytha!” It is always a crime to participate in political activity; for some. I clearly remember the disgrace the same man was subjected to by the champions of reform in the last parliamentary elections.
I wondered to myself, what is this democracy we have got! I sometimes wonder whether there is a need to go vote in this election. The majority seems to be hysterical if anything. Maybe there is a reason for it. There is always a reason for everything, to the minds of those who are looking for excuses.
It is true that a condition of a purposeful democracy is also civility and maturity of minds. We Maldivians have not matured to decent humanity. How can we ever have a democracy!
My friend told me that, it was however, important to go vote. Perhaps, he has been influenced by the Go Vote Campaign.
October 8, 2008 at 4:39 pm
I totally agree with Shihab.We havent matured yet.We know only to blame the old man for our woes.What about our individual responsibility to this nation.Most of us who had got an education have chosen to live abroad.Blame the old man again.Think of the number of docs,teachers n engineers who have chosen to stay abroad rather than come home to serve conveniently forgetting they had been trained with our hard earned money.Then one Dr.Sawad(n one enginner quotes his wife has sevred the nation for several yrs,hahahaha.This from a guy whos doing phd,imagine our selective thinking n interests) and Dr.Waheed chose to come back bcos they got top posts.Cmon guys pls come back from aus,Uk,etc and serve in one of these islands for few years before u forget ur grassroots.Its our money.Bcos u chose to stay abraod we have been forced to recruit people from abroad, in the process sending this nation to slvaery,our children victims,etc.Cmon guys blame on the old man.My,my blame on ur a…..
October 8, 2008 at 4:11 pm
I am listening to questions by the media to the President of Elections Commission. Towards the end of the question time, it is very interesting to note the confrontational attitude of some in the media trying to corner the elections commission. Very unprofessional. Heh he
October 8, 2008 at 12:19 pm
Go Vote Campaign has expressed concern over the confusion in voter lists in the resorts and industrial establishment. This was reported on DhiFM, a little after Dhiyana from Jumhooree Gulhun said that the election date should not be postponed in connection with Anni’s comments.
October 8, 2008 at 12:10 pm
Anni has just now said on DhiFM that he has learnt that the government is considering cancellation of the elections. Anni must have been fully informed and briefed as he has his party colleague Saabe on the elections commission that was formed on influential party lines.
October 8, 2008 at 12:05 pm
This post like some others is a product of frustration that has bottled up in me, and the hurt at seeing how uncivilized we are as a people and as a nation. I have been brought up and have grown up with the belief that we are a Muslim nation. Islam to me is what the way of life Allah besowed on all humanity through Prophet Muhammadh Rasool-Allah (PBUH). I cannot seem to digest the conflict within. That we reach for the heaven and could care less about the teachings of civilization that Islam is all about. I respect all faiths, nationalities and colors of people; but I cannot understand our sense of “superiority in race”. Our attitude of class and creed in how we treat other human beings. To me democracy is about respect for freedom of consciounse, respect and dignity. BTW I did vote, but was shocked at how a small crowd of people outside were trying to intimidate those who turned up to vote. They were making remarks and holding up their palms with certain number of fingers and asking people whether they have voted.
October 8, 2008 at 9:15 am
shihab this is what u get when u do not use abusive language to any particular person specially to presidential candidates. what can u expect from pple who`s belief system has formed to identify heros and zeros by how far can you or cannot explicitly abuse a political rivals specially maumoon.although i don`t agree with certain things maumoon has done during his tenure of office, but i`m inclined to believe that he also has brought changes for the betterment of maldivians as a whole.pple who are above fifty yrs of age would cetainly agree with me that we maldivians have increased our wealth health and education last 30 yrs which were never achieved since the emergence of this country as a sovereign state on the map of the world.Most of maumoon`s political oppononts who have obtained their higher educational qualifications are the products of his regime.even most of adalath islamic schorlars are the pple who have either studied islamic studies with direct or indirect help rcvd from this regime. Those who have bought lands and apartments in rich countries and established their business empires around the world are the beneficiaries of this regime. now these very pple out there to topple him, for two reasons I assume. one is that either they are not satisfied with wht they have accmulated and need to expand their selfish interested empires by grabbing the power, or either they want to give due shares to the rest of the pple as well, but the later one is very unlikely, simply because had they any consideration towards the pple they would have done that charity even before they have their own shares. yes i hve to admit burma has and is conducting such charitble activiteis but we all know the motive behind his vested interest as well.so you will not be praised as long as u also join those forces who are openly singing the song of golha bo faiba! what cultre have we created by the name of democracy? so pple who have a certain level of sanity should either choose one of two ways. either you keep on writing to change this sort of mind set or seek a silent and calm cave and keep counting your days on this planet earth.These are the pple who adovocate that if the teacher failed to prepare his lesson and deliver it, shout at him and do wht ever u can to disrupt the classroom no matter what ever u do is jusified as the the teacher is useless.
V for Vandetta
October 8, 2008 at 8:38 am
Shihab,I think you are getting too emotional, and too philosophical in this matter. And to be exact, for an uncivil society to achieve civility is not a over night affair. I believe we are taking those steps, towards a more civil society. Perhaps you should also consider that the person with the filthy outburst might have actually been in a more emotional state, as the state you have written this piece.The emotion bring out vulgarity, because of the unjust, unfair society and system, that a controlling and manipulative regime has imposed on us. You have to also get into his shoes, and several others for that matter, as many would have undergone unimaginable atrocities under this tyranny. It is more than justified and fair for him to curse his offender, which seemed and was vulgar to the rest of the community. Yet, the fact is emotion overrun reason. At the end of the day, the truth is that Maumoon and his manipulative cronies and loyals, have put most of the people in this situation today. The civility which would come with democracy is not there, as we have not seen a single democratic trait in this government. So tell me, why should you or anyone refrain from voting. A vote which could bring the democracy and fairness to this country, which can lead to civility? Why are you afraid to take such a step?
October 8, 2008 at 8:22 am
By questioning and/or doubting and expressing, you have gone down to the lowest level of social participation. unless you are being sarcastic.
October 8, 2008 at 8:04 am
what’s your point. You seem like propagating Maumoon propoganda, i.e. don’t vote, stay home
October 8, 2008 at 7:26 am
Go vote for Maumoon. Maumoon is the Leader.