30 December 2009
Now, that government has decided to withdraw the bill on decentralization, question is who lost and who won?
The bill is at first has proved that government has still to lobby the opposition if they were ever to get through the Parliament. At the same time, it also has proved to the opposition that a mere majority does not make them the boss of Parliament either.
This could mean a postpone in council elections. That could be a turning point of the picture.
I think, DRP will be better off, had they allowed this to get through Parliament. The reasons are simple.
MDP led government has already established provinces. Very honestly, the provinces have not been performing as promising as many people wanted. As a result, a lot of MDP members who are now in the jobs in the provinces have lost the faith of many people as credible leaders for 'tomorrows' council elections. On the other side,DRP can show their fresh members who were not tested under the present system.
Government wants to reduce civil servants. This has upset many people- a golden chance to an opposition.The reduction in salary for 3 months angered many. Also, the increase in salary next month, many believes was a DRP initiative. The past one or more year, the present government has tried to deal with more of economic reforms than material development. This means people will see less been done.
With these reasons and the bond among members of DRP, it will be better had they tried to allow the provinces and get into these provinces through election at this hard time of government. The truth is, government, be it DRP or MDP will be strong. They said that even if this bill do not pass, they still have chance and will establish provinces. If then, why wait and create chances for government to give excuses to postpone the elections till they gain the support they need. I think it will be a mistake to give that chance, when it comes to an opposition. Yet, my ideas may not be the same as you or anyone else.
15 December 2009
Internet- The way its meant to be. This is the mission statement of one of the two Internet service providers in Maldives. Rajje Online. They are talking about providing Internet services in the way it's meant to be. I am going to talk about using the Internet in the way its meant to be.
Internet for me looks like an environment. In this environment you could see, and find almost everything. Good or bad. And you could roam around in this environment in a way that you prefer.
The big question is, are we using this wisely? Do we really do anything productive when we spend hours and hours on Internet?
Surely not. Lets not talk about 'opening' the door of this world-Internet to kids without any supervision as it is too general a reality though it is a totally big mistake. Forgetting the kids, are the elders using Internet properly? Very frankly, I don't think so.
One of the applications, or I guess a social community very much used by many Maldivians is facebook. Since I began using facebook, one thing that I found was, for us, it was less of a social network. It looked more like a place where we express our own personnel feelings. I am not saying that expressing personnel feeling cannot be taken as a part of been social. It can be, yet surely it is not the end of story.
Since I joined the facebook, I felt that it is a good platform where we could discuss on various important matters rather than keeping it as a mere online diary of mine. What I observed was that many takes facebook as a time pass. Hardly few of the links or notes or any posts that comes up are productive. I am not saying it can not be used in that way, yet I am sure it can be used more wisely.
At this point I got the feeling that we, Maldivians really take big things small and small things big. When I lose phone, my key ,my sleep, etc....its a very big issue and discussed all again and again and again. But hardly any of us seems to bother discussing and thinking about things that we really need to address. Facebook is a social network. We have so many social problems among us, specially the divisions among members of our own society.
I thought to check on this. In the past 3days, my facebook status updates were all about...my love, my girlfriend, my heart, my dream, my soul and my, my, my!!!
Many I found were keen to discuss on that. Many asked me online about my life. I just thought. We got to stop using facebook as our own diary and use it for its purpose. Social. We can use facebook to solve social issues among us as well.
My thnking may not be same as yours. It doesn't have to be either. Before you go on tell me that facebook is a community for this and that, think and answer to yourself..... Do YOU use internet in the way you really should use? Do you use it in a productive and purposeful manner. Finally, do you use facebook wisely. :)
29 November 2009
In the last post that I made, I was writing about an issue that I felt I had to write on. Of course, as I expected not everyone was against what I said, nor was everyone in favor of what I said. Yet, I am glad for the comments that I got. Specially the many comments and criticisms I got online in facebook and live messenger. Thank you all.
Some friends of mine asked if this is really the right decision. Or was it right in first place to even think of changing the existing system. Of all that I was asked, the best question was why does it bother me. hehehe
Now the decision is made. Muhibbuddin School is going to be the secondary school and Islamiyya School is going to be the higher secondary school in a given time schedule.
I am happy that the failed system of making a school out of failed students to teach the same syllabus is at last out of agenda. Many, believes that this will have a negative impact on Muhibbuddin School. I do agree with them that there will be such an effect, yet, I really think the cost will be far far less than what it used to be.
Of course I still believe we need a vocational school. Islamiyya School might have been formed with a good will, yet was formed in the wrong manner. After at least seven years, decision makers decided that it is a failed system. The bubble could not hold. Today, the good bye to the system of making a school of failed system is gone. It is sure better, yet not the best. Sending all the students who studied in grade seven to Muhibbuddin School regardless of results will too create another bubble.
The question is, are we going to wait till the next bubble bursts or are we still going to try and find a way to get a vocational school in Addu to cater students who are unable to perform well academically? Once again, noone will be there to decide unless the public wants it that way.
11 November 2009
Maybe we can say it is the case even now. At least the only two professors in the country are from Addu. The best school outside Male' is in Addu, former Southern Secondary School or the present Muhibbuddin School. This is the famous model school.
However, today, I am going to write on what we often did not talk, simply because I feel the time to speak out has come. Before I go on with my article let me make two things very clear. First, I was a student of Muhibbuddin School. I did my O Level and A Level in my Muhibbuddin School. I love my school, yet I love my nation as well. Speaking the truth and expressing what I feel, is something I'd always want to do. Second, this article is not to attack anyone by any means, but I feel the system is going on a wrong path, thus I express what I feel.
As I mentioned earlier, the outstanding performance of Muhibbuddin School is very well known around the nation. However, what is untold and hidden is the real cost of this performance.
Unlike any other school in Maldives, there is an entrance exam in Muhibbuddin School for any student to enter the school. This was the practice in school during the past 15years. Only the students who gets above 40 are given chance in school after doing an exam on Maths, English, Science and Social studies. This is believed to be to get a standard set of students to do O Level. If that is the case, it is very well and good.
However, the real story is different. The students who fails in the entrance are sent to another school, Islamiyya School. What does this mean? This simply means a segregation of students. A failed system which many believes is not fit to this civilized world of 21st century. This also leads to a school with failed students, who themselves have no more self confidence as they feel been "banished" as failures.
As someone who studied in Muhibbuddin School and someone who taught in Islamiyya School, I think I have a pretty good idea of both the places. The students of Islamiyya School are been labeled by the whole society as failures. I say this not because I heard someone saying, but because I got the chance to be part of the system.
The performance of Muhibbuddin School is good. Yet a simple question. Why does Muhibbuddin School fails to become the top school in nation every single year when they take the best students. The students some describes as the CREAM. If then is it worth to take this cream and put the educational life of many other students in misery?
Now the question may be why I speak of this today!
This week, the government (as far as my knowledge the southern province with the views of some school heads) decided that this system will be continued. The announcement came after a previous talk on dividing the students who finish grade 7 between two school, which would have ended the previous practice of segregation of students and making a students out of failed students. I am writing this article because I feel, this is the wrong decision in a wrong manner at a wrong time. Five years of segregation has proved itself very wrong. Enough of students have been sacrificed. We should not waste another 3-5 years to do our experiments. Of cause when I say this is wrong, I should give my standing on what is best for us.
What I believe.
1. The entrance examination is not wrong in itself. I totally agree that students of good standards only can survive the O Levels. If then, we should not make a school to produce Us in O Level when we know that failure is certain. The failed students should be given a second chance, and students who pass should be divided equally between two secondary schools.
2. The failed students should not be send out of the education system as done before the Islamiyya School was made as a second secondary school in Hithadhoo. They should be taught some work along with the essential studies like Islam, Dhivehi Mathematics and English. This could be possible. Government can use the already existing building of Addu Comprehensive School, where the building is just standing idle.
Now you may wonder if this article will help bring any change. Frankly it will not. Yet, we should be aware that when we say we have such a famous and outstanding school, we need to realize that it is at a high cost. I believe the fame our Muhibbuddin School gets is at too high a price to our society. Too many students are been sacrificed, for the sake of too few students.
At least one day, when the society realize this grave reality and gives a pressure to stakeholders to stop this failed segregation, I will tell the decision makers....I told you. But you chose to take fame and pride at the cost of the whole society.
[I know some will describe me as letting down my atoll or my own school. But I feel the price our society is paying is too high. ]
26 October 2009
This will certainly change how the world looks at our country. I do believe that every action possible should be taken to stop this yet, I do not believe, president should advertise it. Excuse me, if you say democracy, well, then shall we see him announce tomorrow that we are next to Mexico in drugs? Best in Asia in gang fights? It is true that there are few who Maldivians who fight and are involved with Taliban. Yet they are very few. Whether we like it or not, there are people in this country who do not believe in Islam. Will we tomorrow announce our nation as a multi-religious country.
It is better to take solid actions rather than talk and talk. How about a temporary halt to higher education chances in Pakistan if it is so out of control as president described? Moreover, yesterday in the news conference only president was talking about authentic questions. If then why don't president come up with an authentic source of his figures.
Come on. President. Mind your language. If not just shut up.
19 October 2009
Today, when we look at the development of our country, we focus on the roads, harbors, jetties and buildings. To put it in very simple term the infrastructure is what we are most concerned of. However, the reality is that infrastructure is not what all the development is about. It is only one of the pillars to development. Trust me, a single pillar will not hold a nation. We need more. It is sad to see that we are too careless of some of the very important factors for the survival and well being of a nation.
One of the most important factors that is needed for developing a nation is a CIVILIZED CITIZEN in the country. Are we civilized? Are we really civilized to develop and maintain a nation as developed in this 21st century. Though I love my nation, as someone who loves to speak the truth, I'd say we are not yet civilized. At least not enough yet.
1. The most fundamental factor that should be found in a civilized society is respect. The grave reality of today is that respect has become a once upon a time story in Maldives. Rulers don't respect citizens, citizens don't respect rulers. No respect to elders, parents, teachers, doctors, police, nurses, religious scholars and the list can go on. You can make my life easy by showing just one set of people in this country that people respect. None!!!
2. Next thing that we miss is tolerance. This is something I don't see from "top to bottom" in our beloved county. The best example of this could be seen in our Parliament. This is supposed to be one of the most respectable places in the country, yet in simple words our Parliament today is the olden day Vakarugey. Moreover, there is less tolerance in every aspect of our life today. We make anyone who is not agreeing with us a "bad guy", which of cause is not how it should be. We must learn to live with differences in opinion, yet so far we failed to do so, though we claim we are very democratic people.
As we lack these two, the impact that we are faced is enormous. Now that we have already ruined our generation with hatred to our own brother and sisters, and lack of mutual understanding and so many other mistakes, the wost thing that we'd do to our country will be to pass our "dark legacy" to the next generations. I am not saying we did not do anything right. Of cause we did. Yet, my point is that we can not be called as civilized if we pass down our stupidity to our own kids. If we do so, we are not going to see them as responsible citizens. If then, I am afraid the old days of this generation too will be one full of sorrow.
The old government has gone. That was the excuse most gave. Now are we still going to continue with the same fashion as earlier? Are we going to show to the next generation that the solution for every problem is protests? Are we still going to go on calling the respected people of this country by nick names? This is the time that we stop these things and try to be more of civilized type. The nation has already paid a too high cost for a regime change. There is no way we could afford to be destructive to this country than been constructive. What will you get by calling the police or MNDF by nick names. Believe me, you don't get anything. However you teach the kids of today, the bad habit once again. For just one moment, imagine the lessons students of Majiddiyya and Dharumavantha will learn by seeing these acts every time there is a bill discussed in Parliament.
Let me tell you something our Assistant Principal once told in our class while I was in grade 12.
"There are always better and more diplomatic ways of solving problems." I believe this is the message we need to give to our next generation. Not a message of nicknames, protests, and anything that is "anti".
17 October 2009
"I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me . . . All I ask is that you respect me as a human being." Jackie Robinson.
Its been a while since I last updated the blog. There is something that keeps disturbing me. So thought to share with you all.
Maldives is famous throughout the world as a destination of peace and stability. A heaven on earth. A paradise of white sand. We all, as Maldivians feel happy and proud of it.
However, today I feel that there is something that we kept aside which we should not have.
Bangalhun, the labours, the workers, the garbage takers, the drivers, the plumbers, the wielders etc etc...
I have a question. You want to do something and you couldn't do it. I did it for you. Will you be thankful or will you be harming me?
The very reality is that this is what those Bangalhees are doing. What you could not do!!! Cleaning the junction that you cannot clean, doing the works you'd otherwise hesitate to do. In simple terms, making the impossible in your life to possible. However, its sad to see that our society accepts them as nothing more than animals. Yes, this is the truth. If not all, this is the large percentage.
Forget about the small pay they get compare to the hard work. How many of them are given proper food? How Many of them lives in a single cage? (I said cage not because I forgot the word room, but because that is the proper word). 20? 30? 40? Take a glance at our roads, if we see them, we look at them as though dirty. The harms given to them on roads is clear but always ignored.
Such an interesting part will be seen in our Jumhuree Maidhaan, how we treat them and how we treat the "dhon" tourists. Keep aside the story of Muslim Bangalhees and often non Muslim tourists. We cannot treat them well though they are Muslims. OK. Cant we treat them well because they are humans at least?
As every weekend they sit under the shade of our huge national flag, enjoying its protection, did we once even think that our proud nation gives them nothing more than humiliation even when they are giving us such valuable services.
Please ask one question to yourself. " Did you do your part in dealing them with respect as they are also humans just like you? DID YOU?"
30 September 2009
USA is and continues to be one of the largest and leading economies on earth. Any economic problem to the USA is taken as an international issue. No doubt it will be so as they contribute so much to the world economy. One such well know issue was the black Thursday, also known as the Great Crash of 1929. This was an incidence where the stock market of USA saw a devastating crash, which some says is the worst such scenario other than the great depression.
They are big events in big countries with big economies. It is very obvious that small countries like Maldives will not see such economic events unfolding. Yet, I am afraid, that tomorrow, the Thursday, the 1st of October is going to be a beginning of our Black Thursday. Of cause of our 'size'.
This is going to be a Black Thursday more to the government than to the people. Let me tell you some reasons why I feel so.
Tomorrow is going to mark the beginning of "low salary" era. The 10%-20% reduction in the salary will affect many people in different ways. This opens a golden opportunity for the opposition to create doubts about the new governments credibility in the minds of people. The reduction in allowances could also mean protests, low productivity of workers, and the reduction of support to the government and to the worse, might lead to wastage of governments resources.
Tomorrow is also going to mark the beginning of the next term of the Parliament. Many important bills are awaiting. The Maumoon's bill for DRP and the Province bill for MDP are two important names I guess I should mention. The reality is that DRP holds a majority in the Parliament, which of cause means no more honeymoon.
Yesterday, president Nasheed is back from UN General Assembly . The speech he gave was quite impressive for most of the Maldivians except the part about Israel. Many Maldivians including the supporters of the present government does question the morality of the decision to have a good relationship with Israel, who the Islamic world sees as the enemy of Palestine. Maybe, the argument of the government is well reasonable. Yet I doubt that many will be able to digest those reasons. The criticism to this will be coming in the days ahead.
This three is enough to believe that government of Nasheed is going to face some tough days ahead. With DRP hell-bent on bringing an end to Nasheed government, I think tomorrow is going to be the beginning of these waves. Of cause if he gets through these three months (which I believe he will), this Thursday will not be the black Thursday. If not, tomorrow will be our the black Thursday for the first democratic government of this nation.
21 September 2009
First, six of us could not get a Bokkuraa, (shame on us?) the wife of one of us arranged it for us.
One of the friends who was supposed return from Fuahmulak today noon delayed it to tomorrow. Meaningly? No more captain for the trip!!! Who else will lead. First problem. Hmmm its poor me. Me? Believe me, I went out on a Bokkuraa only 3times in life. That too as 'a boy'. Anyway, we did not give up. We decided we will go. There we go........................
Next, we packed up a lot, baits, lines, hooks, coke, water, biscuits and everything. Be frank, we didn't miss anything, at least not yet! Though we all are from Hithadhoo, we had to get on to Bokkuraa from Feydhoo since that is where we got it. Yea, there were a lot of people near the harbor. We loaded our stuffs and started with our business. This seems to be a good Bokkuraa. So is the owner of it since he was kind enough to give us the key of 'engine' too. I think that's not an engine rather its an outboard motor, which in Maldives is well known as Dhavvaa engine.(so I'd continue with that local name). The engine was pulled up and we had to push it back so that it'd touch the water!!! Problem two...we could not push it back.
So? The crowd was watching and there is no way we could stop over there even. We decided to 'go ahead'. Guess what, we started the journey with the traditional oar (fali). Oh my God, Six Maldivians who are said to be living in a nation with 99% oceans, yet unable to start an outboard motor? No comments..... After going out of sight, we tried and managed to push back the engine. Wow, congratulations. We did it. I been the only one who ever touched this so called engine started the journey from there on. Alas, just few seconds, it stopped. It was there that I made the very unfortunate discovery. The engine was there. Yet the oil tank, which has to be connected was nowhere to be found. Problem three. Shall we go back and get it? NO WAY. We'd rather go with fali (oar).
Then we tried to find a coral where we'd stop and start to catch fish. Excuse me. We are from Hithadhoo and now we are outside Feydhoo. How could we find one? Add to that, there is no one here with a good fishing experience, as our captain isn't here either. Problem four. If no place is found,then no fish. We tried here and there. Nothing. Just nothing. At last we found a guy, alone on a Bokkuraa. We decided to go near him as we can see him enjoying a good catch. Going to destroy his wonderful day even? Who cares. We went. Thank God he realized whats going on. Showed us the place to set the anchor, and offered to stay near him. Thank you that Anonymous man. lol. He even assured that we can get a good catch from there. It didn't take long to get the first catch of the day. No doubt, it was the last catch too!!! Don't ask me what type of fish we got. None of us knew and we asked the guy on the other Bokkuraa. He said he don't know the local name and told us a nick name that he uses. I am not going to mention that name. I respect ladies.
After 2hours, we decided it was time to go. Problem five. One fish? There are people who will wait to see how much we caught. Leave it. We'd make a good story. :) With a lot of struggle we came near Feydhoo. We had to enter from the "neru" (I don't know the English word for that). Suddenly came a wave. The Bokkuraa was nearly upside down. God! Please, we already had enough. Problem six. We found that with the wave we were nearing the reef. It should not happen. With lots of struggle and a collective work, we managed to enter without any problems.
Finally......hmmm a breath of relief. We tied the rope and started with cleaning the Bokkuraa. The finishing touches right? An Engine Dhaoni came before we left the Bokkuraa. Good for us. People will not ask us about our catch. Suddenly.... I don't know if it was bombs or bullets that were coming out of his mouth. Who gave you this Bokkuraa? Who Asked you to touch it? Who gave you the permission to take it? Thank God, there wasn't a bad word from his mouth yet, it was "shocking". Problem Seven. We were in the wrong Bokkuraa. Luckily, after we explained he also agreed that since both the Bokkuraa were identical and with same type engines its possible to happen as we were not from Feydhoo even.
This is our very special, memorable, frightening, and I guess enjoyable fishing trip. Hope you enjoyed reading the story of a day in our life.
20 September 2009
I wish every the Muslim brothers and sister around the world Eid Mubarak. As we celebrate the Eid, as we thank God for His mercy and as we pray for his forgiveness, lets not forget many sufferings of Muslims around the globe. Let us include them in our prayers. The Muslims in Palestine, Chechnya, Iraq, Kashmir and so on.
May Allah bless all the Muslims and make the Islamic world better and prosperous.
07 September 2009
So just thought to share with all.
24 July 2009
Now, that one year has past...I feel I did achieve my targets. Very honestly, I expected to reach 1200 hits within a year to my blog, yet I am glade to see around 4200 hits, which I feel is OK for someone who started to write very recently. Also there are 12 blogger who follow my blog. I believe the best achievement of mine in blogger is not deleting the comments. So far I only deleted one comment which was due to the fouls language used. I got the most hits as well as most comments to "Anni Just SHUT UP Your Mouth"
I am glade that there are regular readers of my blog. I thank all of you who reads and comment my blog.
I don't often ask for comments, yet today, in this 70th post of mine, I would like to request to your ideas and comments on my blog.
How is my blog? What needs to be corrected? What is to be included? What is that which needs to be removed? And most important, what is your view on the posts?
Hope to get a good response.
I also have opened a poll to see how you rank my blog, as the readers are the ones who best could judge my performance.
( as a friend of mine told me, some who don't use blogspot finds it difficult to comment, I think this will help out)
22 July 2009
Our nation have for the past many years been taking a leading role in the issues of the environment. Today we, the Maldives have successfully introduced to the world another ideology of joining the human rights and environment as one.
"Smoke is not good for your health. Avoid smoking… In case you can’t, please do not throw cigarette stubs around. It takes more than 200 years for a cigarette filter to be decomposed by nature. By then turtles and other nosy animals will have eaten them and suffered a horrendous death because of it. Set an example, whether you are on the beach or a dive boat"
A very simple yet an important advice by WHO(1) that I found in their website.
I am not someone who smokes, yet I wonder if I really can say it. I think it will be more appropriate to say that I am not a active smoker. As for the passive smoking which also harms us, I wonder how on earth we could escape that in our society.
Everyone seems to be talking about developing our country and protecting the human rights of every member of our society. If then how about MAKE OUR PUBLIC PLACES SMOKE FREE. I say so because this is something that will have many benefits. Of cause this will mean a cut in revenue by selling cigarettes. However, the benefits are far more exceeding.
1. Non-smokers will be protected from passive smoking.
2. An indirect discourage to smoking or encouragement to reduce smoking.
3. The OK attitude towards smoking will change to a "NOT OK" which in long run reduce smokers.
4. This will also encourage people to make their houses smoke free.
5. The money we spend on importing the cigarettes will reduce, at least to some extent.
6. Children gets a better and safer environment to live.
I am sure one could go on explain a lot of advantages, yet I know very well that this is more easy to be said than done. This is a concept that is already in place in many countries like, Albania, Cyprus, Czech Republic and Finland and England. (2)
Remember, many government members including our president does smoke. The same is the case with our Parliament. So it will not be very good idea to expect this to happen overnight, yet there is nothing wrong in talking about it as this is something that will benefit all.
I hold a dream to see a day, when smoking in public places are banned, and our future generation gets a healthier environment to grow up.
18 July 2009
Burgaa or veil seems to be a big topic in Maldives, especially the so called Boduburugaa or hijaab as commonly known.
In my nearly a year of stay in this blogger, I did come across various different articles regarding burugaa. Of cause most of them, criticize the buruga, showing the 'bad side' of burugaa, the bad life of those who wear it or those who asks to wear it and so on...which i need not explain anymore as its out there.
There is something special about this. Why is that everyone is so worried about burugaa or people who wear it? Answer could be simple. It hinders women to enjoy their basic right. Its an extreme way. Its not fit to our country. And many more such answers.
However, my view on this is a bit different. Before you go on to criticize my points, I think it'd be a good idea to read the whole article right. In the end, democracy we talk about, and in it the best part is the tolerance and respect to others views.
First there is no act in Maldivian constitution saying wearing veil is a must. Also there is no single statement saying wearing veil is not allowed.
Second, there are people who wears various different styles of clothes in Maldives. And everyone seems to be OK with it as they wear what they wanted to wear. If so, whats wrong in wearing the burugaa or bodu burugaa, as long as they want to wear it? I don't think the democracy every Maldivian is so much in love is all about not wearing a burugaa. Indeed, it should be about wearing what they wanted to wear right? If then, let the people who want's to wear it do it. You or others wont lose anything. Surely your wives hairs wont be lost just because your friends wife is wearing a burugaa, if that is your excuse!!!
Finally we say human rights, It violates the human right of the ladies. Well, take this example. I been a Muslim, (you call it extremist, Wahhabi, fundamentalist, and many more...which is not what I am worried) I am not allowed look at another lady unless it be my relatives or wife. Now if I say I need to go out on road so none should be out there without covering yourself. What will you say? Obviously you'd label me as a person who is not respecting others right. If so, where is my right to live in my society with my beliefs? That surely is my human right.
So I think we need to learn to live in a society. If you think burugaa violates your rights, fine, that your believes, but that is not an excuse to try to let down another part of society who also have the same basic rights to live the way they wanted.
16 July 2009
(an interesting article I came across and thought to share.)
In a remarkable tale of survival against all the odds, a teenage British backpacker has walked out of dense bushland in Australia after surviving for 12 days in freezing weather.
Jamie Neale, from Muswell Hill in north London, had no tent, no rations and no survival equipment, but survived on seeds and grass and slept under logs as he wandered lost through the Blue Mountains in New South Wales after going for a hike.
By the time he appeared this morning, rescue workers had nearly given up on the 19-year-old and his father Richard Cass had told his wife: "Give up, he's dead."
Mr Cass was at Sydney airport about to get on a plane back to London when police called to tell him his son was alive.
"He's come back from the dead," Mr Cass said. "I'd held my own closure ceremony in the park. I carved his name, lit a little candle. But I always said he was tough."
Speaking outside the hospital in the tourist town of Katoomba, where his son was being treated for exposure and dehydration, Mr Cass said that his son had seen rescue helicopters but been unable to attract their attention.
"He would go up on a cliff and see where to go but as soon as he went back down he didn't know where he was.
"He was talking to me about whether there was a god. He was losing faith, every time he saw a helicopter and he waved and shouted and nothing happened. He thought he was going to die."
Mr Neale had not been seen since July 3, when he left a youth hostel in Katoomba planning to walk to the Ruined Castle rock formation, regarded as an easy day's walk. He had a bottle of water and two bread rolls, but had left his mobile phone in the hostel - "the only teenager in the world", said Mr Cass, to go on a hike without his mobile phone.
He had brought a silver emergency heat blanket to Australia but accidentally left it behind at his uncle's house in Perth before he flew to Sydney.
He was last spotted on top of Ruined Castle, where he told a married couple he intended to keep walking to Mount Solitary, an isolated plateau in the Jamison Valley, a beautiful but rugged area near Katoomba. As he descended into the bush, he wandered off the trail and became disoriented, he told his rescuers.
"There's only one track in and one track out," said Sgt Ian Colless. "Once you lose the track it can be very dangerous. You can't just blaze your own trail in this area."
(this is an article taken from times online:July 15, 2009 under the headine)
10 July 2009
The moment I saw this quote from a website, I thought this is what we see in Maldives.
In a party system there will be two sides; those who support the government and those who oppose the government. As the members of Parliament are also humans, they do not have any exemption form this reality. Lets not talk about the independent members. Every member is independent as a person, but none of them are free of the idea of supporting or opposing the government.
The big question will be should we support or oppose the government? The answer is will depend on the party that you belong to right?
If I am an MDP member or supporter, I will support the government.
If I am not a member or supporter of the MDP, I will oppose the government.
That is what we at least see in Maldives and in our Parliament. However, I do not think that is how it should be. The decision of right or wrong of what is been proposed in Majlis should not be merely dependent on what the party or party member feels or believes. If we look at the present situation, almost everything proposed by the government is nothing more than a hypocritical plan filled with selfishness, in the eyes of opposition members. Same is true towards opposition members from the members supporting the government.
When we keep on talking about change, I wonder when this will change. We need a Majlis where members do fact based debates with responsible decisions rather than a Yes Sir to the party. It is time that the members understand that saying NO to everything is not what is meant by supporting and saying YES to everything is not what is opposing. So far the Majlis is not going well. The Wheel is turning backwards… We need to fix soon.
29 June 2009
After reading this article on Economist, I felt it is worth to share.
Democracy is about a ruling of the country "by the people, to the people, of the people". That is what we often describes. Now the question will be what could be banned in a democracy? Simple! Anything that could harm himself or anyone else. Now the point is, does this famous Burugaa really harms anyone? It is not just about Buruga, anything that people uses that is linked to their faith should be respected in any civilized country. This could include the cross used by the Christians as well.
At least this is what I felt, and what you feel may be different.
17 June 2009
While doing a module on International Economics, I came across the term Specificity rule which I think could give us a hint to better understand the situation of our problems as well.
This is an economics term, yet, as long as it gives the message that I want to give, and you understand it, I am happy. Specificity rule states that any economics problem needs to be dealt by not looking at the mere problem, but by looking at the source of the problem.
"The principle that the optimal policy for correcting a distortion is one that deals most directly, or specifically, with that distortion."(1)
So, lets apply specificity rule on some of the issues in our society that disturbs and worries us.
1. Majlis. Please, for heaven sake don't ask me if we have problems in our Majlis. But why does it happen? Is it because of MDP or DRP? Is it because the members are not good? Is it because they are stupid? Is it because they are so selfish? It can be any of those!!! However, the reality is, we did not use our vote wisely to elect a credible MP.
2. Drugs. Drugs nearly have destroyed a whole generation. Why are we still having the same problem even now? Before we said the last regime members were dealers. Now are we going to say that the present regime also started on drug business? Are we going to open more and more rehabilitation centers and watch another generation destroyed? Is it because of those "parteys"? Is it because of dealers. Maybe! However, the root cause for the whole drug issue in Maldives is that we are unable to stop it entering the country.
3. Crimes. Crimes are so common now. It is now more like a sport as we see the news of one crime or the other at every news hour. Who is to blame? Their parents? The government? The courts? The police? No, not really. The reason behind the repeated crimes is that they are not dealt properly. A honeymoon in jail will not do the magic. We need to strong and solid justice system which is also implemented. The real fact is that we do not punish the criminals. (Punishing and harming are two very different things.)
Now, with this three areas, I hope we will get a chance to better think of our problems we face and what really is wrong. One problem is that we just tend to believe whatever another person says. Specificity rule? you are not thinking on your own:).
1 . http://www.asiaecon.org/index.php/glossary/get_definition/Specificity%20rule
10 June 2009
The dictionary meaning
( http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/long+arm+of+the+law,+the )
1- The far-reaching power of the authorities. For example, You'll never get away with leaving work early; the long arm of the law is bound to catch you. This expression began as Kings have long arms (or hands) and was listed as a proverb in 1539. The current version, now often used lightly, was first recorded in 1908.
An explanation of its origin by the ABC news. (http://www.abc.net.au/newsradio/txt/s1531144.htm)
2- A News Radio listener asks for the origin of the expression the long arm of the law – meaning (of course) that you can’t escape the reach of the law.
Quotations expert Nigel Rees thinks all of these expressions ultimately derive from an old English proverb
It’s first recorded as the title of movie in 1956. But a century earlier, in Pickwick Papers Charles Dickens referred to “the strong arm of the law”. And then in The Mystery of Edwin Drood in 1870 Dickens got even closer to the modern expression when he wrote that “The arm of the law is a strong arm, and a long arm.” Quotations expert Nigel Rees thinks all of these expressions ultimately derive from an old English proverb (recorded from 1539) which says: “Kings have long arms, many ears, and many eyes.” Since in feudal times the king was the law it seems Rees is right – and the expression the long arm of the law grew from the proverbial “long arm of the king”.
3- A poem A teacher of mine showed me this poem on the topic and asked to read so I will know what it really means. Its worth to read than trying with own guesses. (http://www.poemhunter.com/song/long-arm-of-the-law/)
Long Arm of The Law
In cumberland kentucky
On a cool hot evening
Billy lay in love with marrianne
She was a rich judge’s daughter
He was a son of a miner
But that night their love was more than they could stand
The judge said to his daughter
That son of that coal miner
Is someone you’ll go hell to leave alone
She knew his dad so well
She knew she couldn’t tell
But the truth was bound in show before too long
Their love had started growing on it’s own
You can’t out run the long arm of the law
No, you can’t out run the long arm of the law
Billy placed his hand on mary
And he felt the baby’s moving
Kissed her and said I’ll see you when I can
The judge had made a promise
When he caught up with billy
He’d sent him far away from marianne
The whole town knew he’d do it
Too many times he’d proved it
To at least a hundred men behind the wall
He’d smiled behind that frown
And when he brought that gavel down
He called himself the long arm of the law
And he’d set his mind on seeing billy fall
In a hot humid mine shack
A mid-white pulled the sheet back
And placed cool damp towel on marianne
Billy’s eyes were wide with wonder
From the spell he was under
When she placed the new born baby in his hands
He didn’t hear the siren
Just a baby’s crying
That miracle of love was all he saw
When the door came crashing down
And billy turned around
He felt the heart and soul inside him fall
He stood face to face
With the long arm of the law
You can’t out run the long arm of the law
No, you can’t out run the long arm of the law
You can hide out for a while
He says with a smile
But you can’t out run the long arm of the law
Seemed like everybody down in cumberland kentucky
Came out that day to see poor billy’s trial
The court was called to order
There sat the judge’s daughter
She looked so proud
Holding billy’s child
When they brought billy to him
The judge just look right thru him
As he held that holy Bible in his hand
And he smiled at his grandson
Then his eyes cut back to billy
And said I think this time
The law will understand
Son, I sentence you to live with marianne
You can’t out run the long arm of the law
No, you can’t out run the long arm of the law
He said to billy with a smile
I know you hide out for a while
Ah but you can’t out run the long arm of the law
No you can’t out run the long arm of the law
05 June 2009
Pogonophobia is simply a fear of beards. Do we really have pogonophobia? Yes, we do. We really have it.
Take a scenario. You get a Ronaldo cut. For the family and friends it's OK.
You pray five times a day........... your very good.
You wear most recent fashions and have a good french beard.........well then your so cool.
You scream out at police and call them Golhaaboa(now Gnajaaboa?) ......yea..you have a good gut.
You smooth shave.........oh salhi, haadha omaaney.
You grow beard.....Oh my God...you became a Wahhabi...or terrorist. So we fear the beard.
Very often we link the guys with beards as terrorists, extremists or Wahhabi (you name it, its there). But is it really the truth?
This is the best guy right? Yes. He is the person with the beard who gets this name so often.
I have a simple question. Did his beard ask him to be anything? Or did it help him become anyone, whether it be terrorist, tourist or whatever (which I don't care)? I don't think anyone will say his beard asked him to do it. Is it really true that because someone with a beard do something wrong, and all who have beards will do the same? If so, the black Casio watch Usama uses will turn everyone else who uses those to terrorist!! Quite logical?
OK, you may not like Usaama much or some of you may have an already established anger or fear to him. So lets look at this guy.
Are you afraid of him? He is a good player. Did him having beard turn anyone with the beard to a football star? I doubt.
If then why do we fear beard?
This is because of halo effect : "An effect whereby the perception of positive qualities in one thing or part gives rise to the perception of similar qualities in related things or in the whole." (1)
It could go the same way to negative things as well.
Eg: All Muslims are terrorists. ( We hear this so often. What really happens is, when a Muslim does something wrong everyone puts the blame on ALL Muslims. Generalizing) Like wise, Muslims who got involved in terrorism happens to have beard.So we join the beard with the fear. At the end they have beards, so we hate or fear anyone who has a beard. So, we do have pogonophobia and it is because we, knowingly or unknowingly brings halo effect to it.