28 April 2009

Is MDP selling Maldives.

MDP is selling Maldives. This has become on of the big topics of the week. Politicians seems to be very much in love with the issue.

We need to seriously look at the matter if we hear that our nation is going to be sold. At least that's what I feel. Lets see whats going on.

This topic was first taken by IDP leader Umar Naseer as far as my knowledge, with regard to increasing the tourist resorts lease period to another 15 years making it to a total of 50years. DRP followed, but of causue with hesitation and caution as some DRP leaders too will benefit if the change was ever done. Mr. Gasim Ibrahim and his fellow member of the Jumhooree Party were extremely silent on this matter. No wonder! Mr Gasim owns a couple of resorts too. After few protests the topic went off.

NOW, it seems the problem is even more critical. The only International Air Port in the country is going to be sold!!! (hey, don't tell me that we have 2 International Air Ports. I'm from Addu:P.. I know the truth) The government says they are not going to sell the airport. Indeed they are going to give the management to an international group and a share of the airport stake to them in return for the investments that are needed in the air port. Well, I think that would be a very nicely arranged words by the government. I think it will not be wrong to say that the government is going to sell a 50% or a bit less share of the airport to a multinational business. In that case what opposition says is right.

Why is government selling our nation, our capital, our sovereignty and our national pride? I'd try to answer in the best way I can.

First, let me make it very clear to you that we are living in a globalizing world. In today's world, if not the best, the most appropriate economic system in place is market economic system. The first and the best thing any government can do is to privatize the government owned businesses.

Second, we need to improve a lot in our country and that demands for huge investments which we cannot once again expect to come to us by the mercy of the other countries. Yes, we cant always ask to give a fish, rather its time to ask to teach us how to catch a fish.

Third, its time to understand that every foreign investment does not mean Boaraa viyafaariverin to us. Its high time we accept that we are part of the world economy and try to get on with business. If there is good regulation and the good governance, there is no point of worrying about the national sovereignty or national best interest. That will be protected and taken care of.

Fourth, already we do have such investments like Dhiraagu, MWSC which we never found is working against our sovereignty.

Fifth, I think there is a lot deal of personal interest rather than national interest in this issue. I will not say that it is because Mr. Gasim own an airport. Rather, I believe it is more about the political interest for the up coming election.

So, I think the big talk that is going on, saying that government is trying to sell our sovereignty baseless.

I can think of just two reasons for the claims.
1. To gain support and sympathy in the up coming election

hmmm Guess they didn't read their Economics book well.
I cant say they don't know, at least I wont say it.

22 April 2009

Auditing the Auditor General

According to Auditor general office official website, Mr. Ibrahim Naeem was appointed as the first independent Auditor General of Maldives on 16th January 2008.
I still did not forget the very promising speech that he gave in his first news conference. According to the official website of the Auditor general, they mainly focus on performance audit, governance audit and risk based audits. Well and good.

I just have few things that keeps disturbing me to believe that our auditor general is as independent as he should be.

A track record of the audit history itself is a bit difficult to understand. So far 17 audit reports is been published. Since the commence of Auditor generals office in January 2008, the first audit report was published on 29th May 2008. This was followed by two reports in June and one in September.

Then came the big month of our presidential election. 8 audit reports were published on October 2008 which also included, the Audit report of the Presidential Office which then the President Maumoon described as a time bomb. This is a 47% of all the audit reports so far published by the Auditor general. Thank you Aduditor General Naeem. You did try to show reality before we went near the ballot boxes.

So far so good. Ya it is. But here is what I say needs to be done. I did hear the auditor general saying that they will give priority to the areas in which people have most stake. If then, why is that we still did not see the audit report of the MDP and DRP. I think most of the people even doesn't know the so called Maldivian Social Democratic Party. Is the auditor generals time bomb report in 2008 just before the presidential election and the Presidential Palace audit report just before that parliamentary election really a coincidence? I don't think so.

I wish by coincidence, the audit report for 2008 of Commissioner of election comes before this election. I also wish we get another tsunami of audit reports before the upcoming election. And hope this tsunami will include all the political parties, Commissioner of election, and the present Peoples Majlis. If this is not the case, I don't think it'd be wrong if I say we need to audit our Auditor general , especially on his performance.

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16 April 2009

God made a mistake???

ooh........... I should never say it right? Yes I didn't want to say. Yet its something many of us say.

If saying that goes like "silence speaks louder than words"...well, then they say it more than me. Come on! I said it with a word, they say it with actions(guess worse than silence too)

Don't ask me why I said this. You'd GET THE ANSWER FROM HERE.

We show the facts. You know the rest.
So you can decide.


05 April 2009

Oi Anii....Oi Raeesu....Oi Nasheedhu...

Just like president Nasheed asked himself last night when launching the campaign, if he should talks such things, I also asked myself if I should call the president like this!

I think time has come for me to call like that even.

Oi Anni. Did you know that our country is going to a very wrong path. Jail was burnt, prisoners are ruling the jail,religious extremism is expanding and growing. Today we saw in headlines that there are improvised explosive device (IED)are found in jail which is, meant to be the place where people are kept for punishment. OK. Something may happen. But who will take the responsibility.

Anni... There is a Parliament in this country. There are rules and regulations. The government must be responsible and answerable for what they do. Is there anyone in this government to take the responsibility of what is going on in the jail? The counselor who was in charge of jail all these days resigned saying that the government was no facilitating to improve jail conditions. Did he realize it after the whole jail was turned to ash? Who was there to ask him if he fulfilled his duty? In my last article on this blog I did mention of what he was doing there.

Now.. Anni.. Things are going form bad to worse, you need to take some actions.
I recommend few here.

1. Ask the MNDF to look after jail till things get back to normal.

2. Ask police to carry out a detailed investigation of how and why unwanted or forbidden materials and drugs enter the jail and make the wrong doers responsible in respect of their job or party.

3. Separate all the people serving life time prison terms immediately.

4. Give the task of turning every stone regarding the case of Maldivians arrested in Pakistan and the IED found in jail to an investigation unit consisting of members from Police, MNDF and a expert from abroad.

5. Change the duty roasters of jail guards, their duty positions in prison regularly under direct supervision of home ministry.

6. Show us a Home minister. Not a one man show where Amin faisal is the defense minister, peon, home minister adviser etc... ( Last time I said going for a bid to get a home minister will be a good idea....If not make Laila(first lady), the Home minister. At least I hope she'd be trust worthy for you.

7. Start dealing with the potential problems before its too late. Not only we need to look at the parety now, we also need to look at whats going among some religious groups here. This may be a point some may not like, yet the truth.

So..If things no solid action is taken to correct the problems in jail, I'd not say your story is one of a success.

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