17 December 2008

Leave Maumoon alone and mind your own business.


It's been a little while since I have not been able to blog. Today I just felt to make a post after watching the Majlis.


During these two weeks I got a chance to watch almost every session of the Majils. I found it more disturbing than interesting. Every member seems to be more interested to make a bit of campaign for the upcoming election and if any time left, to promote the party they support. Then comes the interesting part. Almost every member who does not belong to DRP seems to be very much keen to attack the former president Maumoon. In every sitting I saw waves of attacks on Maumoon and his 30 year regime, the corruptions of Maumoon, the expensive government, the family government and anything and everything about Maumoon.


Let me make it very clear that I am not a supporter of Mr. Maumoon. Indeed I too was looking forward to see a day this country gets a new and fresh leader. And I am glade we got a leader like Mr. Nasheed(Anni) who sacrificed so much to bring democracy to our country.


I am not saying Maumoon was right. I am not saying he did not do anything wrong, nor am I saying that he should not be brought in front of justice. If the members of Parliament are interested to make any case against Maumoon in court or else where, fine, do it! But don't make it an excuse to waste the time of the Parliament sittings. I just cant make any sense when the so called great politicians of our country who claim to be so worried about the people are wasting their precious time. There is a lot to be done. Why then are they bringing the topic of Maumoon in every sitting? Is it just merely because he did so much of wrong to our country, or is it simply making it a good reason to promote themselves? I feel that the second reason is more closer than the first.


Now my point is very simple and clear. If the parliamentarians are interested to make a case against Maumoon in court or Parliament, do it officially in a more political manner rather than running around the bush. Do it or just stop talking about it. In any case don't wast the time spent in Parliament as there is a lot do be done there. Make time for it and don't make very sitting an opportunity to drop a "time bomb"on Maumoon. In another way I'd say leave Maumoon alone and mind your own business.

07 December 2008

Eid Mubaarak


I wish all the muslims a very happy Eid, and pray God for mercy to all muslims.

03 December 2008

smell of democracy


Now I think I do am getting the smell of democracy after so much of hoping. Just few hours back the first home minister of Mr. Nasheedh cabinet has resigned.

First of all I have nothing personnel about Mr. Gasim. Yet, I do believe that this was a right turn in the Maldivian politics.

Reason is very simple. It is we who have been claiming that the business people getting involved with the government senior jobs is not in real interest of the people who are very much in need of a democracy. In the first place itself I never believed that Mr. Gasim becoming the home minister was a good idea. Maybe this was a setback for Mr. Gasim in his dream to become the head of this nation. However it is true that his resignation should come after the events that had folded. There is no single means to accept the "improper behaviour" either from the Police or the MNDF. And there should be no excuse to allow it either. I welcome this move of resignation as a step taken in the path of democracy.

Maybe this is something that many of us would find hard to agree and digest, yet the reality is that this is an essential part of a political system for a newly founded democracy. So, guess form the political chimney of the nation, i smell democracy.

Lets hope our country will prosper as a model and sustainable democratic country.

26 November 2008

Might or Right


I often wonder if we are thinking by our own or by others. Very often I see that what we do is not necessarily the right but we make it as right because they have the might to do so.

All these days we (if not all many) thought that Mr. Ibrahim Nasir had done wrong! Indeed we did even demonstrate against him. We said he killed innocent people in Huvadhoo. At that time for us it was right because he who had might said he was bad and a culprit of killing.
Suddenly last week we heard from the powerful people once again that he was right. We said he brought independence to us and laid the foundations of our social and economic development. So he was good this time because the powerful people said he was such a hero.
This is the case with many aspects in us.

Think of the taxi prices. Few months back when the drivers increased the taxi charges we said it was right as they had no other option due to increase in fuel prices. True. But now that the prices came down and now they say they can’t bring the taxi fares down as the inflation has increased over the period. Even now they are right because they have the power and might.

Our Citizens Majlis is said to be the strongest body in our country. They climb the table, they are right! They were so desperate to guarantee the rights of the citizens. So? So it was right. They give themselves salary in several thousands, still they were right! When they ignore the poor people of the country still they are right as the economy is so weak they can’t help to deal with the poor groups.
I am sure if we talk on this we can show many examples. I just have a single question on my mind. Do we believe in might or right?

12 November 2008

New terms

This time I present a list of few terms that we came across and got familiar during the political changes that our country saw. Guess this will be just a good idea to recall these once again.

1. Isthiufa- Before the political changes started most of the time this word will be heard from the International news, except a rare case where a minister resigns.

2. Golhaabo- This I heard was a nick name given in Huvadhoo Atoll for a person who steals Toddy from the coconut palm at night.

3. Nizaamee Nuguthaa- This was so famous among us, I wonder if any wife ever stopped her husband from divorcing her using a Niazaamee Nuguthaa!!! (Point of Order).

4. Membalhun- oh...........no comments.

5- Postmortem / autopsy- We got friendly with this term after late Hussain Solah case.

6. Madhanee Basneyhun- Something I never imagined in Maldives till I saw it. (civil disobedience).

7. Civil society- ............

8. Commission- example: Civil Service Commission, Human Rights Commission.

9. Inthigaalee- Transitional.

10- Ganjaa- Guess the last attack to Nasheed in the election. (Opium)

11. Manifesto- Day dreams or real dreams? I don't know!

12. Running mate- If your not one don't worry! Get married soon. Then you'd have one.

13. Iththihaadh- Coalition.

14. Minivian musthaggillu- Independent body.

15. Gaannoonee shakhsiyyathu- Legal identity

These are some terms that came to my mind. Surely there will be many more.

10 November 2008

DO And DON'T for Anni


Today the fourth president of this country will be taking the office. All these days we had been struggling to get rid of a regime that held its power for three long decades. Now that a new president is coming...
I give a warm welcome to our new president Mr. Mohamed Nasheedh
...
well in advance. I thank the outgoing president for at least accepting the defeat and moving away smoothly.
Yet, that is not all that I wont to say. Since Mr. Nasheedh is going to be leading the nation form tomorrow onwards I better talk of him rather than wasting my time talking about the "history." I'd put it as a DO and DON'T

Mr. Nasheedh, our president..............

DO:

1. Do fulfill your promise to rule on us with honesty, dignity and love.


2. Do bring the necessary changes to your cabinet and show us the "Quality Cabinet" (not the present party interest cabinet) that you promised.


3. Do try to make the Maldives Police Service a part of the Civil Services.


4. Do bring the mid term election as you promised.


5. Do privatize the government media and government businesses as soon as possible.


6. Do give a high priority to education system reforms and change the schools to single session.


7. Do have a plan of sending Maldivians to more authentic places like Saudi Arabia for Religious education.


8. Do make Theemuge the head office of the Maldives University as you promised.


9. Do implement a real and meaningful tax system as early as possible.


10. Do make the posts of Island Chief and Atoll Chief as elected posts



DON'T


1. Don't keep any selected members in the parliament as it is against the democracy even if done by you.


2.Don't be a president who tries to do everything in a way that goes exactly opposite of what DRP do as earlier done in presidential/parliamentary vote.


3. Don't hesitate to make the decision of changing your cabinet to a more productive one.


4. Don't bow down in front of money or the wealthy people to forget the poor who are in need.


5. Don't expect the people to any longer stay quietly if your promises fail.


6. Don't stay long without giving a reasonable salary increment to the civil servants, yet Don't increase the salary of teachers as promised by Mr. Maumoon dating from August 2008 which will be an unequal deal on others of civil services.

7. Don't suppress the Sheiks in the country and don't give the "government sponsored Kuthubaa" for the Friday prayers.

8. Don't repeat the same mistake of dealing with people outside as "bai kulhandu madhu" people.


9. Don't use try to cheat the people as done before by changing the "name boards" of schools to colleges and health posts to medical colleges. (consider quality than quantity)

10. Don't be a man with a thousand faces to tell something different every other day.


These are something that I feel are very important.


09 November 2008

Mr. Nasheedh(Anni) divided the cake

Today we saw the Mohamad Nasheedh's (Anni) cabinet been announced.
There seems to be an equal distribution to every member of the coalition as expected.

1. Minister of Home Affairs: Qasim Ibrahim
2.Minister of Finance and Treasury: Ali Hashim
3.Minister of Foreign Affairs: Dr. Ahmad Shaheedh
4.Minister of Islamic Affairs: Dr. Abdul Majeedh Abdul
5.Minister of Defence and National Security: Amin Faisal
6.Minister of Economic Development: Mohamad Rasheedh
7.Minister of Health and Family: Dr. Aminath Jameel
8.Minister of Economic Development: Mohamad Rasheedh
9.Minister of Tourism: Dr. Ahmadh Ali Sawaadh
10.Minister of Human Resources,
11.Youth and Sports: Hassan Latheef
12.Minister of Housing, Transport and Environment: Mohamadh Aslam
13.Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries: Dr. Ibrahim Didi
14.Minister of Civil Aviation and Communication: Dr. Mohamadh Jameel Ahmad
15.Attorney-General: Diyana

I would like to add just my view about this. This will surely be the best cabinet that we saw in any recent history of the nation. Congrats to Anni for the very well organised and equal distribution of the BIG CAKE.

I wish Gasim didn't take the post of home affairs, as many believes business man involving with political leadership is not good to a country. At least that's what I feel. Guess the only one who deserves a piece yet didn't get is Dr. Hassan. It will be very unfair to say he didn't get, rather he didn't take his part. I just have one question in my mind. Did Dr.Hassan stay aside to be away from the government with a wish and a hope to be our next president? Will it be a wise way to help himself rather than the nation when our country is in need of people like him who have the potential? Whether someone likes it or not, wants it or not Mr. Nasheed is going to be our president in just 2days.
This is not a time to "act like kids"or to promote ourselves. What do you say!!!

08 November 2008

My dhivehi blog މަގޭ ދިވެހި ބުލޮގު

Its been around 100 days since I started blogging with blogspot. So, now I guess I should blog in Dhivehi too. So here is my Dhivehi blog which I tried to make as good as I could. Hope my Dhivehi blog too will be progressing day by day.

http://aliflaamgaafdhivehi.blogspot.com/

The Wheel is turning backwards… We need to fix soon. (4)

Development is what everyone looks forward to. It is the dream of every person, family, society and nation to develop in one way or the other. However, achieving development is easier to be said than done.



Read the story fully before you judge the story.



This country is experiencing one of the very important historical changes. After a long three decades of rule by a single person, we are going to see a new president soon on 11Th November 2008. Surely this is a result of a lot of hard work. A fruit we got from a long waiting and by the toiling of several Maldivians. In the process have we got the lessons that are to be learnt?
As far as I believe, the best achievement we Maldivians got in this process of change is to get the right to express ourselves. And this is something that we can never afford to lose.

Are we however using this right properly? Do we enjoy this freedom as we should? I really doubt about it. Of cause there are reasons for me to say so.

We still seem to be struggling to understand what this freedom is about. It is not just talking about someone or not talking about someone. Many of us still tends to believe that freedom of expression is all about blaming Maumoon or his DRP and praising Mohamed Nasheed(Anni) or his MDP. Yet we still are unable to understand that the opposite of it also is part of freedom of expression. There should be chance to express our views and ideas about anyone regardless of the party or position. If you really want to know that what I am saying is right, have a look at my previous post without reading the comments that I got and then come back to this post.

................. ........................ .................... ......................... ..................


Now tell me! Am I a member of MDP or DRP? If not a member, which party do I support? I bet most of you will answer as I support DRP. That is why I am saying that the wheel is turning backwards. An article that someone writes is not simply a mere excuse for us to decide that he is a MDP or DRP person or he is a "bad guy or good guy". That will be like judging the book by its cover.
As the country goes under changes, we need to be able to look back and learn from the past.
I'd give you an example. Ma votaa Shareef or Addu Shareef was one of the top figures in MDP once, but now he now is the neuron Shareef for the MDP members. So is the case with case with Zaki who once was the planning minister yet now is the traitor and culprit of everything bad according to DRP.
Is this how it should be? Not at all. If someone is doing the right thing by been a member of MDP, DRP or any other party, that doesn’t matter. It still should be accepted as right. If he is doing the wrong, regardless of who he is, it must be wrong. The important part is that we need to understand this reality.
If we say we won’t to have a democratic country, we should be ready to accept criticisms too. The right to express is not a free grant. It comes with the obligation of responsibility as well. I see the right to express been practiced everywhere, yet hardly see the responsibility of accepting the others right to express been respected.
This is not how it must be. We need to fix this soon

05 November 2008

Anii Just SHUT UP Your Mouth!!!


Yesterday the Maldivian High Court reported that the case against the president elect Mohamed Nasheed (Anni) was rescheduled because he did not turn out.
This became a very annoying news for many Maldivians. Especially for people who tried so much to see that he wins the election. For them it will be very much disturbing when they see him been dragged to the courts even after been elected as a president. Indeed, many says the case should be withdrawn.
I disagree. Let me tell you the reasons.

1. All these days we were saying that Maumoon was above the law. If so, even after experiencing the toughness of that regime, are we going to keep Anni also above the law??? That's insane.

2. If Anni is the president of the Maldives, he will be the president of mine too as I too am a Maldivian. I had enough of a dirty background regime. At least go to court and prove that he is not guilty of a wrongdoing. Whats the big deal in it???

3. Anni always promised to be "at the reach of the people". If so, this is high time that he mean what he said and appear in the court and prove to us that he is really "our president". Why cant he prove it to us???

4. If supporters of Anni believes that it is not in the national interest for him to go and answer the court of justice, what on earth is the democracy that we were trying to get so much with so much of pain???

5. Anni did not go to court. Nor did he give a proper excuse. The excuse that Mr. Zaki gave is simply going against democracy. Why do we try to make democracy as an excuse for every action and reaction of us???

6. All these days we said Maumoon uses power. We said he breaks the rule. Now the courts are independent and free of influence. What is Anni doing by not turning to court? Isn't that breaking the law???

You can answer it by been very honest to your nation and yourself.
My point is very simple. Anni needs to be well answerable to two things. First why he went against the court order. Next he needs to be answerable to the case that is raised against him and prove to the public if he is giulty or not. If Anni fails to do it, he better just shut up his mouth and stop talking about democracy.

29 October 2008

Thank you....Mr. Maumoon.


Today is a very historical day for the Maldives. Today's sun raised with the good tiding to many(not all) Maldivians that the president Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom has lost the run off election with Mr. Mohamed Nasheed (Anni).Of cause it is a heart breaking news for people in favor of Mr. Maumoon who ruled this country for 30 years. As I came home from dawn prayer, I did hear many people saying "eid mubaarak", as though they got a real Eid. Tell you the truth, I too didn't vote Maumoon and even I was looking for a change.
But as I see the time for change arrives, I just wonder about something.
We always say we are 100% Muslims. We feel proud to say we are Maldivians. We feel strong in saying we are brothers.
Here I share with you a very small story that a maths teacher told while I was in grade 9. hmmm 8years back...here it goes

There were four friends, Somebody,Nobody,Everybody and Anybody!!!Now... There was a task to be done. if SOMEBODY did it, EVERYBODY could have got the credit of it. ANYBODY could have done it, yet at the end, NOBODY did it.

hey that's the end of the story!! Don't expect it to be another Alif Laila.
Now you may wonder what am talking about. OK. Back to topic.
As we all know that many of us are very much involved in the celebration of the opposition winning the runoff in the presidential election. Let me tell you one thing. Believe it or not, we like him or not, Mr Maumoon in his 30 years as the president of this country did many things for us and our nation. Now don't blame me for this statement. I am not saying he did what he should have done, nor I am claiming that he did enough. my point is that he did at least some thing.
So, as the story mentioned goes, let me be the somebody to do what anybody could have done.
MR. Maumoon. You have been ruling this country for 3long decades. Maybe we did not like how you did it. But surely you did it. And now that your opposition has won the election, I guess this will be the very last fortnight of you in office. Maybe others are too busy with celebrations of their success. Maybe your supporters are too upset about the result. Therefore, Mr. Maumoon. Thank you for every thing good that you have done to this nation in your long period of presidency. I as a child of this nation, sincerely thank you. May Allah forgive you and we all.

11 October 2008

Cheating God...


This Friday, I attended a funeral at Aasaharaa. There I came across a so called "funeral custom" that many Maldivians often practice, which I found very odd.
According to our (Muslim) religious believes, the person after his/her death will be questioned. Hey I am not going to say I don't believe in that!! I have some other problem.
As the coffin was covered, and the burial was getting over, the Imam who was leading the funeral did something on which we have a very different belief. Indeed I'd say a stupid belief. This Imam reads out or recites a Dhuaa (prayer) to the dead body. It's ok. But that’s not the problem. The problem is how we do it and what we believe towards it.
As Muslims we believe that the person will be asked some questions. So we try to cheat God by giving the answer to those questions. Huh... the angel is asking questions to the slave of God, and the other slaves of God are mocking the angels by mimicking the answers. Oh this sounds ridiculous!!! Yet, this is what they do. The Imam sits near and says a recites…which goes something like this.....
“Oh...Bother/sister of Islam…There is no God but Allah...Our religion is Islam…book is Quran...Prophet is Mohamed (PBUH)…the pillars of Islam are testimony to one God and His Prophet…five times prayers…paying alms… performing pilgrimage….” And so it continues.
We know that theses questions will be asked so we stay on top and give the answers. Now you tell me. Is it right to copy in an exam? Is it logical to allow to copy in a test. At last is it believable with common sense that we could cheat God this way. As I always say, I have shown the facts on ground now you’d know the rest of it.

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09 October 2008

i report 2008 election experiences

I got a chance to wear the "official card" and be part of the process of voting. Let me share few things I came across.

I applied to give a helping hand in this historical election via Faculty of Education (FE)as they put a nice advertisement asking to use this golden opportunity. Though they put an advertisement, they dealt with it in a very irresponsible and unprofessional manner. The many forms that students of FE filled were held without submitting to Elections Commission in FE till the due date passed.hmmm guess a good step towards democracy from our going to be university. So i got a chance to join on the evening of election day.

Anyway...i went to Dharubaaruge at 19:30 ON 8TH Oct. First few hours for eating drinking and yea...toilet too...

Then came the time..we were asked to go to elections commission. Its was to take a polling booth to Villingili( Villinmale' according to them). There I saw everything in jeopardy. We were asked to take a polling box and two poll booths there. Believe me they were searching for the list of voter even then(00:30 around 3hrs after the time set to close the poll). Then we went to Villingili ferry terminal and found that there wasn't any launch and had to spend a lot of time there. We reached Villingil and called the person whom according to the election commission will be waiting to receive us. The answer was simple...how can I leave this place and go to jetty now? Quiet sensible dho..as he was in charge of election there. That makes sense but the other part of the conversation seems very interesting to me. Here I am talking about 3 guys and 3girls(non of them attended the election training) taking a ballet box, two voting booths and the documents of voting and waiting at Villingili jetty for a vehicle at 2:00 midnight. Yet we were asked to carry it. come on. Not a point of the distance. But does it really makes sense when we carry ballet boxes and voting booths on our shoulders as if our grandmothers carried Dharubondi?? Whatever we went as they asked.
Oh my God..it was 2:00 and I was shocked to see as many as 400 people packed inside the small area waiting to vote. That was OK. But will you not laugh when I tell you that they had one extra ballet box and they told that they will not be using that even. So just guess how organized when they send still another box!!! no comments from me!

Election went till 4:20 and i felt that the list was almost useless, as no one had to worry if they were registered or not. Guess even you would have been able to vote a couple of times if you tried...hahaha;. Then I saw a wonderful session of sleeping. Not just the observers but most of the people who were organizing the ballot too. Maybe because there were 15 police in that small area:p. After 4long hours of waiting and sleeping, counting began at 8:45. I did see that the counting was quite transparent. Just will tell you one thing that I noticed. Maybe I am not as good as them in reading. But when I read the notice fixed outside the voting area, what I understood is that the tick must be put inside the box. There was very clearly a box shown inside which we were supposed to tick when we vote. But I found that they did count the votes with the tick on the logo of the candidate(opposite to box). I read the note several times yet found no means to say that it is a right decision. huh I am too a small guy for decision making dho..

05 October 2008

A Teachers request


Today is 5th October; the day world celebrates as the teacher’s day. Every year on this day we see some celebrations going on. Even today 'our education minister' Ms. Zahiya Zareer gave a nice speech with beautiful words, wonderful sentences and uncountable praises
I just wonder if this is how it should be done. Does our society accept the role of teachers? I don’t think so. If so, I should justify my point, Right? Here it is.
The governments always remember the teachers on 5th October...That is when the honorable education minister sends his/her remarkable speech with so much of praising and thanks to the teachers. This will be the time to remind the teachers of their duty, warn the teacher of their responsibility, and show them where they have failed. hehehe happy teacher’s day. Remarkably this year’s teacher’s day is very important. This big day comes just few months after many teachers stayed back at home for one day due to the low pay. It is very important that we recall what happened then. We did see how some of our MP’s tried to change the image of teachers. In very simple terms, we did see some trying to make teachers to cheaters.
This is also true with the parents and students with whom the teachers are to deal around the year. The truth is that the teachers are doing what the parents could not do for their own kids. Yet, they often are very keen to blame the teachers rather than accepting what they did. The unfortunate reality is that in our society, teacher s are not respected by students, accepted by many parents, and valued by government. IT is only on teacher’s day that everyone knows that teachers do a Nobel job.
Now on this teacher’s day, I, as someone who is among this group of teachers have one humble request. Please... please… please... Don’t send us gifts via the students. Don’t send us cards either. That is not going to make teachers happy. A card send once a year and those gifts are nothing compared to accepting the works of teachers. That is more than enough.
At the end…I wish all the teachers a happy teacher’s day and hope and wish for a day our society will recognize the work of teachers.

30 September 2008

Eid Mbaarik.......divided or united?


Eid Mubarak to all Muslims. May Allah bless Muslims with forgiveness and happiness.

Eid is meant to be showing the solidarity and unity among Muslims. But I wonder if we see it in that way. For every Muslim fasting is during the month of Ramadan and Eid at the end of Ramadan. However for some of the Muslims, today is Eid where as for the others tomorrow is Eid.

Is this really the way it should be? will the Muslims always be celebrating our Eid on different days. Will we see a day Muslim Ummah celebrate Eids on a single day, showing ourselves as united rather than divided?
Eid Mubarak once again.

27 September 2008

My brand new experience...

Last night I had to travel to Sri Lanka for a medical treatment. Now this is just a simple thing right? But for me, this became a very different experience. I am talking about having to travel and stay in the airport during the month of fasting.
Checking began at 16:30 so I was there at 17:00. The plane was scheduled to take off at 19:30. This means that when the sunsets at 18:02 we all will be inside the airport.
So what do you expect?
The break fast will be available or if not provided right.. Yea! That is what even I was expecting, been a Muslim and belonging to a so called 100% Muslim country. Yet, what I saw was very different. "There is no arrangement for it." They said. huh. But there is no arrangement to send us out of this jail too. So we went to the famous "departure restaurant." To my surprise the answer was even more wonderful. In one side we see the prayer call from TVM, and on the other side we were kindly informed that they will not take any orders even if it be to break fast unless ordered before 17:30!!
Imagine...the right of every Maldivian has to be given and respected.Hmmmmm Maybe we did not belong to Maldives because we didn't scream out for their resignation on the spot.
Whatever it maybe I really cant imagine me been unable to get break fast on the holy month of Ramadan... in my home land which I hear everyone naming as a 100% Muslim nation.
I don't know.. I will not comment on that. Yet just thought to share this brand new experience of mine. Here I recall a saying that a friend of mine very often repeats. Expect the unexpected.

23 September 2008

A boycott request...

Great news

Hope you all know about the Denmark newspaper who made fun upon our
loving Prophet and till now they never regret. let us make them regret
for all time.

The Denmark ambassador, prime minister and Denmark channel they all
try to do something just to stop the boycott made by Muslims last
month, by which their losses has reached to 2 billion Euro. If we
continue to boycott Denmark products after 7 months it could reach
around 40 billion Euro's destruction.


Believers do not let this message stop in your PC. Please copy this
text and forward this text to as many Muslims as possible..... I ask
u, as Muslims... Can't u spare 15 minutes in order to spread this
message among Muslims ...ASAP?

7up drinks-LEGO - Cadburry chocolates -Hall Chewgums any product with
barcode no. starting with 57


Plz convince all Muslims to circulate this around the Globe to the whole Muslim ummah to ban Danish made products.
'Some lessons are best learned by experience.....'


{this is a mail that i received that i have published as it was}

18 September 2008

Party System or Zaathee System??

Kon party eh? Kaakah vote dhenee? These are the questions that we hear everywhere in Maldives these days.
The election time is getting nearer. This will be the first multiparty election this country will see. There are 10 political parties registered in Maldives so far.{1} There are six candidates representing six different political parties and two independent candidates.
But my question is very short and simple. Are we ready for multiparty system? At least do we know what a multiparty system is? To tell you the truth I see something very different. If I am to name the political situation of our country right now, I’d call it a Zaathee System rather than a Party System. There are reasons for me to say so:
1. The candidates are attacking the opponents in a very personnel manner. The funny part of it is that whenever they attack someone they give a super excuse. “I am not telling this because I have anything personnel with……. But because this is the truth.” Truth is no excuse for attacking personnel, yet unfortunately it’s the fact that we are experiencing every single day. Maumoon attacks the opponents because they studied in Pakistan and not Egypt. Anni competed the election because Maumoon is competing. Ibra made a party because Anni was too influence or autocratic in MDP. Dr Hassan because Maumoon failed to remove commissioner of police and the family members. I am not saying this is the only reason, yet surely it is some of the reasons.

2. The public are judging the candidates personally. Because Maummon is the president, because Anni lead the opposition initially, because Dr. Hassan is young and handsome, because Gasim gave me job and a two way ticket to India last year and so on. We hardly see anyone judging a candidate because he has the ability and potential and has proved his honesty and commitment.


3. The parties are formed to quiet the same way. It maybe to show Maumoon he that we can also make a party, to Prove to Anni that. Nothing that DRP do is good for any other party and vice versa. Adhaalath sold religion because they did not join DRP and joined Jumhuree party. MDP can digest blaming others yet cannot digest any blame on them. Adhaalath members studied in Pakistan so they won’t know a heck of what they themselves talk. DRP members are Maumooon followers so they are the corrupted people. These are not what I say. These are what I hear them say.
So, now think of our situation. Now judge on your own. Are we having a Party System or Zaathee System????
I’d go for the second one.

(1) http://www.elections.gov.mv/

02 September 2008

The Wheel is turning backwards… We need to fix soon. (3)



Development is what everyone looks forward to. It is the dream of every person, family, society and nation to develop in one way or the other. However, achieving development is easier to be said than done.


Ramlhaan… time to eat and play


Hey!!! Ramlhaan Mubarak to all of you. This is the month that brings the big change to our life. We feel hungry. We pray our prayers. There is no place left in the mosques. We play so many games. We sleep so late and get up so late. We make kadaas on our roads (kadaas I mean the small tables that are kept on the road and used to sell things, often by kids). We even have so many ramlhaan Ihthifaalhs. That’s not all. So many TV and radio programs like roadha kurukurun and the list can’t be finished even. This is how it is. Let’s turn it another way. Is this how it should be?

I don’t think so. I think just like many things that have gone off the track, even our dealing with the ramzaan. Very often we are keen to label ourselves as the 100% Muslim country. But when it comes to practicing the religion, the percentage comes down dramatically.

If you went to any mosque of this whole country on 31st August and 1st September you’d see that there is a huge change in the number of people who go for prayers. For me, it means something very odd. Is it like this? We get hungry when we fast, so we remember God! That’s what I feel, because the increase of people going to, mosque seems to increase only in ramlhaan and will reduce just the days that we stop fasting.

Kadaas... There are certain rules regarding selling food items, yet it doesn’t seem to matter when it comes to these kadaa. Moreover, many say this encourages young children to go for stealing. Funny part is that many don’t like the idea of these kadaas, yet they buy from them as things are very cheap without even considering how those kids would have obtained them.

Ramlhaan is the time to playing games and enjoying, time to load our dining tables with varieties of food. Yet I do hear the religious people repeatedly saying it’s the month of praying, reciting, helping the poor. But, unfortunately these happens to be the last on our agenda.

TV radio and chatting are close friends of us, especially at night. The famous thyabeyfulhunge furusath, bailbalaa, and more are things that we wait for. We say ramlhaan Mubarak to all that we see or meet but we seems to be happy not because ramlhaan came with the blessing and chance to repent and opportunity to become a better Muslim.

So, things are not going as it should; it is going off the path. We need to thin k and correct. Many who saw ramlhaan last year are not here anymore. Maybe we may not be here when the next year ramlhaan comes.

note: photo from www.discoverireland.ie/

31 August 2008

Gaasim's speech. Simply failed


Yesterday night we saw the official launch of presidential candidate and the famous business man, Mr. Gaasim Ibrahim. I did notice something in his speech. When he started his speech he attacked the members who accuse him of been working for his own self interest. He said:-
އަޅުގަނޑުގެ ވަރަށް ބޮޑު އަމިއްލަ އެދުމެއް އެބައޮތް. އެއެދުމަކީ ދިވެހިރައްޔިތުން އެދޭ ބަދަލުތައް ދިވެހިރައްޔިތުންނަށް ގެނެސްދިނުމާއި ތިޔަބޭފުޅުން އެދިވަޑައިގަންނަވަމުންދާ ތަފާތު ކަންތައްތައް ހާސިލްކޮށްދިނުމާއި އަދި ރާއްޖޭގެ ރައްޔިތުންގެ ތެރެއިން ކަންތައްތަކަށް ދަތިވެފައިވާ, އުނދަގޫވެފައިވާ މީހުންގެ ދަތިތައް ފިލުވައިދިނުން


Here Mr. Gaasim says something that I like to know more about. “amilla edhun” so I went to radheef in check it out. When I checked it, unfortunately it didn’t go much in favor of Mr. Gaasim. It says:-
ހަމައެކަނި ތިމާޔަށްމޮޅުވާގޮތް ހޯދުމަށް އެދޭ އެދުން
If so, is Mr. Gaasim going to be a president of our country? Can you really eat bread so that my hunger will go away? Or is it just like many says, Gaasim resigning from Villa Business chairman to be the president of Villa Government.
photo: www.dhivehiobserver.com

26 August 2008

Worst mistake

I have been reading Jazeera online since I came to Male’ on January 2008. As someone who hopes to be in journalism everyday I try to keep commenting Jazeera in the same name as by blog ( alif laam gaaf) . As a result it has become almost like my habit to read almost all the articles every day. Here I would like to share with you the worst mistake I have seen so far in the newspaper.
Today there was an article about OPEC oil supply. It says…”OPEC ge theluge supply mimahu ithuruvaane elhumun.”
(އޯޕެކް ތެލުގެ ސަޕްލައި މިމަހު އިތުރުވާނެ އެޅުމުން )
Yes! That’s the exact quote of the topic. I was wondering what on earth should be added!! I think it should be something like this: - OPEC ge theluge supply mimahu ithuruvaane ……………… elhumun.
Maybe you can fill the blank. Had I been the given the chance to do it, I’d surely add my favorite DhiFM News, Addu Bondi, rihakuru, Onion, and of cause some Nippon paint to make it colorful. Now it’s your turn. Tell me what you will add to this. Hope I will get some interesting things to add!

note: some may not be able to see the dhivehi wordings if the Jazeera font is not available.

22 August 2008

Slipper Lock of 21st Century ( A real one)

Tonight I went to Masjidhul Bahaaudheen ( Maaveyo Miskih) for the Maghrib prayer. Just before I entered the mosque, my eyes caught something. So thought to share with you my very unusual experience of seen a slipper locked like a baggage locked for a journey. So me and two of my friends took a photo. And here it is.
I wonder what will be the comments that I get for the post!!! Maybe it reflects the situation of our country or maybe it could even mean an "act of a different guy". just lets see dho:) I thank my two friends who helped me.

21 August 2008

An Open Letter to President Maumoon.


To: The President of Republic of Maldives

Dear Sir,

I am not a member of your political party (DRP), and am not a member of Civil Service or even any other political parties. I am neither a writer, nor someone good in writing or fluent in English. Yet, as a citizen of the country I do believe I can write a letter to you in the way that I can and sent to you in the way I am able to. I politely apologize to you as I will not be able to write as nicely as the resource editor of DRP sponsored Hamaroalhi Mr. Ahmed Nihaan Hussain Manik did.

Mr. President. As you are more aware of than me, there are just two schools in this country where Arab language is been taught. And these two are in the capital Male’. Since my parents are not from Male’, I was living and studying in my home island, Addu atoll Hithadhoo. Therefore I was unable to get the chance to study Arabic language. Been a Muslim it is sad, yet the truth that I don’t know Arabic. Although many blame your 30 years rule as the reason for this sad reality, here I am not writing to you on that topic. As a kid I did go to Edhuruge but unfortunately, there, the importance was given not to teach the reading of the Arabic words, yet to learn by heart. Even then, there were many who were not able to read by looking at what it written. And I am sure this is the case all around our small country.

Yesterday, I was very keen to hear about the new Dhivehi Translation of Nobel Quran. I am writing this letter to bring to your attention two things I noticed regarding this translation. I am not going to ask if you’re using a 60-60 or even 80-80 numbered spectacle. Indeed I will not ask you to go to Eye Care or Singapore to get a new spectacle too. But I kindly request you to give us (The Maldivians who are not literate in Arabic) a solution to the problems that I mention below.

· It was good news that the Dhivehi Translation of Nobel Quran came to a reality even though after so many years. However, there are many words written in Arabic in the translation. As far as my knowledge is concerned, a language may differ the meaning of something but not the dialect that we use to write it. It would have been much easier for us, (the Maldivians who don’t know Arabic) if the translation was written fully in Dhivehi. There are many words that could be easily written in Dhivehi. Example: Inkaaru…Aadham…israafu…salaam. According to my knowldge only the word Allah cannot be written by Dhivehi dialect (Thaana).

· The translation was sent as soft copies to the radio channels of Maldives. And it is in the president’s office website too. However, I do believe it will be easier if the soft copy is available for us to download in an easy way so that we could refer anytime anywhere. Maybe your concern was that it maybe changed by some “naughty people” but I do believe that can be done even now. So it will be much better to leave it for free and easy down load to everyone.

I thank you for publishing the Dhivehi Translation of Nobel Quran in your office site and hope it will not take another 30 years to reach our doorsteps as you have promised several different times in many different occasions.

Thank you and may peace be on you.

Alif Laam Gaaf.