A state funeral will be accorded to Late President Nasir (1926 – 2008). His body was brought to Male’ this afternoon and received by President Nasheed and his cabinet, state dignitaries and well wishers who turned out in large numbers. The event was telecast live on state television TVM.
People continue to queue up in large numbers in the rain to give their last respects to Late President Nasir, who chose not to visit the country ever in his lifetime after he left the country in December 1978 after handing over power to President Gayoom.
The state television has been broadcasting a live event throughout the day, with snapshots of the numerous services of President Nasir including his efforts to get independence from the British, economic and social development including the introduction of English medium education, tourism, mechanized fishing dhonis, an international airport, the then prestigous national shipping line, state TV and radio, membership of international bodies, establishing the first Atoll Education Centre or the introduction of modern schooling to the atolls and many more.
Residents of Thinadhoo in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll protested the flying of national flag at half mast. They protest saying that the several people who were murdered under the regime of President Nasir must be mourned before mourning the death of Late President Nasir.
It will be up to the historians of the new democratic Maldives to give two sides of the story to the future generations of Maldives. We have a tradition of deleting parts of history that do not fit the whims of the government of the day!
Late President Nasir’s funeral will take place after the Early Morning Prayers on 24th November 2008, Monday.