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Freedom of Movement and Democracy

Fisheries Minister Ahmed Shafeeu obstructed by a group of islanders from getting on to Kolamaafushi. | via Sun Online

The local media reported today that a group of islanders have obstructed the Minister of Fisheries from getting on to Kolamaafushi, an island in Gaafu Alifu Atoll. The minister is reported to have gone to the island along with the Cabinet Secretary of President Mohamed Waheed Hassan’s government. The cabinet secretary Dr. Abdulla Nazeer is from the island.

The minister is said to have been later allowed onto the island after the Dr. Nazeer negotiated with the group of islanders. However, other members of the minister’s entourage were not allowed onto the island.

Maldivians have a new constitution, which they believe have given them unprecedented freedoms and liberty to do whatever they wish without bounds. Political parties deem it fit to take the new found liberty to their own hands as they see fit. In essence, there are no courts or law enforcement agencies who can check the free will of the people who chose to observe their own version of vigilante justice.

Maldivians are tribal by natural selection and design. That had been the tradition of the forefathers who had lived on these islands. The true history has however been successfully buried along with the rest, by social engineers who thought they would bury it forever. The liberties of a constitutional monarchy, a monarchy style presidential form of government, and later a liberal democracy have manifested the true character and tribal nature of the giant within.

Values that give distinction to civilized cultures are alien to Maldivians in general. Such things as dialogue, civilized conversation and argument are second place to the more respected art of arrogance and unreasonableness. Reasoning and logic are non-existent.

It is against this backdrop that the treatment of those like Fisheries Minister Shafeeu, and of President Nasheed and President Waheed, by the “democracy loving” and “annihilate-the-rest believing” hooligans who brave the islands can be understood.

Maldives has been known to those who have not lived here as a paradise on Earth. It is however, the most scariest dwelling on earth for those who are compelled to make a living on its capital Male’ which hold a third of the population of the country. It is a concrete jungle which is more like a constructions site, with the roads a resembling a huge vehicle deport. Young people who have no value of human life roam the streets. They will blame that on the higher ups who dwell on lawlessness as a means to prosperity.

The challenge of overcoming tribalism in the Maldives is going to take decades. Overcoming tribalism and removing the public from the slavery of the monarchical clans is going to take ages.


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Posted by on June 16, 2012 in Society


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Government defeated by the Party for a second time in a week

The government of President Nasheed seem to have been defeated for a second time in a row in a matter of just one week. First, the government team was defeated by the MDP parliamentarians in a football match held to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the Party. Later today, the government was defeated in its tracks by the Party when it announced it was spearheading an awareness campaign to combat the dengue fever which has taken the lives of five children in a matter of 48 hours. The media has now revealed the formation by the government, of a national task force comprising of the health minister, home minister, education minister, finance minister, defense minister, Male’ city council mayor, and an under secretary of the President’s Office.

The public health crisis facing the nation which has cost more than seven lives according to media reports, have been unattended to by the Health Ministry in the confusion within the administration as to where the responsibility lies. Media reports have indicated that responsibility for public health lies within the jurisdiction of the local councils, which is hard to believe. The health ministry has been quiet on the crisis which, some claim has been in the air for the past two months around the country.

Professionals and public health experts as well as members of the intelligentsia who have expressed their concerns in the social media, and commentators in the online mainstream media have hit hard at the government for its inaction and ill-response. The Human Rights Commission of the Maldives has also joined in the cry, expressing its concerns in a press release issued today.

The press secretary of the President’s Office who announced the formation of the national task force gave no further details except that there would be a media campaign and that appropriate measures to curb the crisis through various agencies of the government.

The public seems to be in need of a Chief Public Health Officer who can be held accountable.

Related Link: Maldives hit hard by Dengue amidst the chaos in the health sector 

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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Politics


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President Nasheed opens his weekly address this week with “sincere thanks to the people, especially the business community” for their patience, and trust and confidence in the government

President Nasheed in his 93rd radio address to the nation, hjas expressed his gratitude to the public and the bsiness community for their understanding of his devaluation of the Maldivian Rufiyaa, and the confidence and trust in the government shown by the public and the business community. He said expressed his sincere thanks to their patience.

The President is quite convinced that the US Dollar rate will fall below the median value of the exchange rate band announced by the government last week, in a short period of time. The president has however backtracked from the earlier line in the media as the newsbroke and drove the market into a panic, saying that the decision by the MMA Board was not following an order by him or the government.

The President also noted that, though there are rumors spreading in the country, he in convinced that there will not be a wholesale increase of the prices of products and services. He has he has been informed by businessman of there is no alarming price hikes.

The President concluded his radio address by reiterating his belief that since all monetary and fiscal policy interventions are now in place, we will be on the road to economic prosperity in a short span of time. The President also reiterated that his commitment that his government’s only purpose is to serve the people.

Related Link: Raees Nasheed ge 93vana Radio Khithaab , President in South Huvadhu Atoll

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Posted by on April 15, 2011 in Politics


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The movement to dethrone President Nasheed and reinstate the powers of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom

Supporters of the sacked former Deputy Leader Umar Naseer of DRP are moving fast and organizing themselves to garner support within the parliament to get enough MPs to sign for a resolution to take a vote of no confidence of President Nasheed. This was announced in the media by members of the breakaway faction led by Umar Naseer with the blessing of former President Gayoom. The former President seems to have been disillusioned as his thirst for grandeure has been not met by the government of President Nasheed.

It is quite reasonable to believe that he has been lured into “a no-turning back, dead end” by Umar Naseer, who was his most ardent opponent in the four years prior to the presidential election of 2008. Umar may in fact be designing implementing the ultimate demise of the Legacy that Maumoon so desperately desired, like the cultist leaders of the Middle East and Africa. Former President Gayoom was educated in Egypt and worked in Africa before returning home to move his way through his presidential aspirations.

The dictatorship of MDP and DRP, which is the biggest threat to a functioning democracy of the people in Maldives, is also undergoing power struggles within, at this juncture. Perhaps, it will be this chaos that will save the President from the proposed no confidence vote promoted by the Umar Naseer faction of the DRP.

The efforts by MDP to silence any opposition of any sort to its absolute power for the next 50 years, as expressed by its parlimentary leader, will perhaps benefit from the division of the opposition amongst those rallying behind Dear Leader Maumoon (or Zaeem as they love to call him) and the rest. The government and the opposition seem to be blind to the fate of the nation, in their struggle to own and control the people of the Maldives and the length and breadth of its wealth. Maumoon cannot be satisfied with the 30 years of absolute power to rule and benefit from the people, neither will the leaders of the MDP be satisfied unless they have the absolute power to rule the people and the nation’s wealth as they wish.

Children are being raped, people are being robbed and killed, businesses are being vandalized, tourists are under threat of being hijacked or kidnapped; and all the politicians who take away over 5% of the country’s budget under different names for their personal expenses cannot be bothered about anything except absolute power unto themselves.

Related Link: In Power by Default

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Posted by on April 9, 2011 in Politics


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