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November 3rd

Today we commemorate the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the independence of this nation and those whose lives were taken in the aftermath that followed. Our nation will remember them on this day every year which is marked as a public holiday (when we can rest) in memory of the harship and the martyrdom of those who toiled and gave up their lives for this nation. The top honors goes to Shaheed Hussain Adam who will be remebered for his bravery and selflessness. May we learn to respect with dignity – Martyr Hussain Adam and those who gave up their lives and whose lives were taken on that November 3rd day twenty years ago.

Long Live the Maldives!

November 3rd reflections from:
Think Maldives
DO Sappe
President Gayoom

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Posted by on November 3, 2008 in Nation Building


Men and Men: Guardians of the Good

In a moment of reflection, I could not just help wondering the great responsibilities that have come to the shoulders of the men and men who have been placed to kick-start the new constitution for the Maldivian people. The members of the election commission, the supreme court bench, the judicial services commission and others have on them, the onous to make the right decisions.

The difficult thing is that there is little precedence, institutional memory and wisdom that are a function of good decisions; for these institutions. They have to do a rush job and ensure that it is done democratically, fairly and correctly. There is no democratic culture in us, yet everyone expects these immature institutions to do a first-class job void of any flaws, and therefore will not accept anything short of their personal belief.

That is an unfathomable challenge that the men and men who make up these institutions are faced with today. I can only empathize with them.


Forward Nation: The Project

Our nation is outflowing with the manifestation of the real Maldivian (the person, not the airline).

My worst nighmare in forty two years have been the ridicule of Badheeaa (not the real name) in our neighborhood, who was a mentally ill person. That was the entertainment. Everyone seemed to enjoy when hooligans got her to do things that were “entertaining”. This sadistic nature of the Maldivian has been the most hard to forget single experience that repeated all my life. We enjoy laughing at people, mocking at disadvataged people, making fun of the disabled and the rest. Therefore, it is not surprising to see the kind of manifestations that we are seeing today in the political arena.

Sadism is the single highest common factor of the Maldivian. Why else would the “mainstream” media interview “Moya Nasira” on aspects of political leadership, and make that the cover page!

I pray that when all this is over, there will be a project called “Forward Nation” (Gaumaaigen Kuriyah) which will inculcate some civility into the Maldivian. It is quite possible since people like Hilmy from the Classification Bureau of the Information Ministry (who are running the Project “Think Nation”) are still likely to be around.

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Posted by on September 23, 2008 in Civil Society, Comments and Opionion, Democracy nd Reform, Nation Building, Presidential Race 2008


Comments on the Teachers' Strike!

I just couldn’t help but wonder the goodness in the majority of us, reading the following 2 comments to Nasheed’s blogpost on the Teachers’ Strike.

The expression of the respect for teachers is so awesome! I can now understand the sentiments of the 12 year old child from Iskandhar and where it came from: from the heart! The child knows the love the teachers have for them even when they are going for a strike. I too thought for a minute that this strike would set a bad example for the children. Now, I understand that it did not and it will not! Children know their teachers better! Teachers love their students in more meaningful ways than we can understand! Wow!

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Posted by on July 4, 2008 in Civil Service, Nation Building


People's Role and Participation in National Development

Thursday evening I stole away some time from an unusually back to back schedule to appear as a guest on Musthafa Hussain’s show “Alhugandu Dhekeygothugai…” (I think ) on TV Maldives. I was a guest at the show with Mota Hassan Manik, who has retired after 65 years of service to the government which he began way back in the Security Force (Sifain). The show is scheduled to air on TVM this Saturday after the English News at nine o’clock.

I am not quite sure whether I was able to clearly express my thoughts on the subject during the program. I have a problem with being understood when I talk. My mother tells me often that I need to learn to speak clearly. Anyway, I would definitely look forward to feedback and comments to my thoughts.

We were also shown clips of points of view expressed by the public on the same subject. What I observed in what people had to say was, whether development is a role of the people or the government. A wholesome ownership and responsibility has now become an issue for the general public, it seems from the clips.

The point of opinion, I tried to express in my own way is to focus on the fact that we have new challenges to be addressed in the current times. We had previously had the wholehearted participation of people in developmental activities. But there are challenges to that practise today. What I believe is that the process of people participation in development need to be institutionalized in a manner that is appropriate to the challenges faced by the people today.

In the last two decades we have focused so much on investment in the material resources that we perceived to contribute to development, namely the fisheries and tourism related resources. In the process we failed to take note of the most miraculous resource available to man for development – the human mind. I believe the challenge for us is to create and develop the minds of our young people.

It is our attitude of mind (as pointed out by Alfred Tack) that will determine the altitude of our life.

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Posted by on July 2, 2008 in Development, Nation Building


The Celebration of a Life Time!

The country is ticking like a time-bomb ready to explode. There is complete anarchy everywhere. There is a complete cessation of ordinary life and law and order. The Maldives is celebrating the unpcrecedented success of its footballers, who have proven themselves to be national heroes.

A woman talking to a national radio chat show said that she is so happy that the opening goal of the championship which saw the country victorious against mighty India was scored by Shifan who hails from Haa Alif Atoll – the land that produced the nations saviour from the Portuguese rule.

Anchors on national radio and tv highlighted the need for calm and respect by the celebrating crowds when they passed mosques and hospitals. The event to receive the footballers which started around four thirty in the afternoon lasted till after eight thirty in the evening. The usually ultra-religous people continued to celebrate and play music through the Maghrib and Isha prayers in defiance of tradition.

As one person put it, there are quarters within the society who are shocked, awed and saddened by the new found unity that the national footballers have brought to this nation divided by religous and political ideologies that were tearing apart the social fabric that held us together. It is indeed true that people have decided to put aside their differences for the nation. It is a beautiful sight; one that will be fondly remembered for a long time.

Despite the mixed sentiments, there is no doubt that Maldivians have never been happier as a people and as a nation. It is a time to celebrate like never. Perhaps, codes of conduct and respect for others and maintaining order through better organization would follow, the next time. It is a nation in joyful shock and awe indeed.

This football team has given the young people of the nation, something worth looking up to. A reason for believing in a future.


Posted by on June 16, 2008 in Development, Nation Building


Congratulations to the Maldivian Footballers

The Maldivian Football team made the nation proud (for the first time in its history) by winning the SAFF Championship 2008. The winning goal and the only goal of the match was scored by Mukhthar Naseer. Congratulations to the team and the scorer.

The next level for football would be for us to see our young go international and make the business of football, one that will not only make the nation proud but a source of inspiration and big bucks for young people!

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Posted by on June 15, 2008 in Nation Building


Sexual Child Abuse…

… is a Maldivian pastime.

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Posted by on June 13, 2008 in Civil Service, My Argument, Nation Building


Care Society Fund Raiser!

We had a meeting of the executive committee of Care Society this evening at 2030hrs. The meeting held at Care Society was chaired by Chiarman of the Committee Dr. Abdul Hameed. I participated in the meeting as an elected independent member of the Committee.

Care Society is an NGO registered in the Maldives in 1998 with the aim of improving the lives of local vulnerable people. Care Society has 289 resource members supporting [its] programs. Its aims are, to: (i) create equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities in the Maldives, (ii) promote the rights of women and children and raise awareness (iii) assist affected people during times of national disasters, and (iv) build capacity of NGOs, community based organizations and community groups

Two of the major programs of Care Society include:

Care Development Centre (CDC): It is an educational and rehabilitation centre established in 2001. The centre has 53 students with disabilities in 10 classes, attended to by a team of 8 teachers trained in special education who run customized programs on core themes – (i) independent skills, (ii) communication skills, (iii) socialization skills, and (iv) academic skills. CDC also helps parents of children with disabilities. Over 60 parents have been trained to date in parental education programs. The centre has also provided vocational training to 10 young people in vocational training.

Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR): Care Society has collaborated with island communities to establish two rehabilitation centres for people with disabilities; one in Gaaf Dhaalu Thinadhoo and one in Seenu Hithadhoo. These centres focus on (i) provision of socialization and academic support to disabled children and people leading toward independent living, and (ii) provision of referral services and creating awareness at the different levels of community. The CBR centres are run by a network of volunteers.

The meeting of the executive committee reviewed the ongoing programs and looked at ways of filling the gaps in funding for the long term sustainability of the organization. I have written this post in the hope that we can actually get some ideas from the mvblog community on ways of further reaching out to those who are interested in supporting an effort such as the Care Society.

Care Society accepts financial and technical support. Support to Care Society can change the life of a teacher, child with disability, or a family of a child with disabilities.

Further information can be obtained by emailing to or calling Care Society on +960 3322297. Donations are also accepted to our Bank of Maldives accounts 7701-126874-102 (USD) or 7701-126874-101 (Rufiyaa).

Your valuable feedback on Care Society and its programs are very welcome.

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Posted by on May 23, 2008 in Care Society, Civil Society, Nation Building


Job Vacancies at Transparency Maldives

Transparency Maldives is seeking candidates for positions for [their] ‘I Choose To Vote’ project. The project seeks to contribute to a free and fair election by undertaking an assessment of the electoral system and providing voter education and some training on election observation.

Transparency Maldives is a non-political organization that promotes collaboration, awareness and other initiatives to improve governance and eliminate corruption from the daily lives of people. [The] organization is the National Contact of Transparency International (TI) in the Maldives.

I. Project Coordinator (1 position; 7-month contract)

Position Summary: The Project Coordinator will manage the ‘I Choose To Vote’ project. S/he will coordinate staff, help develop workshops and other program materials, serve as a facilitator/trainer, contribute to report writing, and oversee an online database.

Remuneration: 10,000 MRF/month

II. Project Officer (3 positions; 2- to 3-month contract)

Position Summary: The Project Officer will assist in developing workshops and other program materials, serve as a facilitator/trainer, and contribute to report writing.

Remuneration: 5,000 MRF/month
Closing date for applications: 31 May 2008

If interested in the positions, please contact immediately.

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