29 May 2009

Majlis Drama. (new episode)

Yesterday, the new Majlis under the new constitution was sworn. I congratulate the newly elected president of Majlis Mr. Abdulla Shaahid and the vice president Mr. Ahmed Nazim.

Now the question will be what else is to come! To put it in very simple terms I'd say, the game is going to get more than ever dirtier.

Few things that I think we'd see in this Majlis are there.

Now that it is very certain and clear that the government did not get the majority, we'd see a huge struggle to "cover up" the failure by some members of the government party. A main role in this will be played by members like Reeko Moosa and Maria.
At the same time there will be a good enough bashes on government by the opposition members to prove the power of the opposition by members like Yaamin and Ali Waheed.
This means that we are once again going to see a Majlis wasting time on point of orders(Nizaamee Nuguthaa) and useless personal attacks on each other. Don't expect it to go any soon. We'd see this throughout this Majlis.

It is also true that the oppositions will throw stones at the government every now and then. So, few no confidence motions are very likely. This most probably will include the State minister Abdulla Shahid, Minster of Defence Mr. Amin Faisal and of cause I am afraid the name first ever independent Auditor general of Maldives Mr. Ibrahim Naeem too may appear.

The most interesting part of the new Majlis will be the story of Former president Maumoon. The first will be the Protection and Benefits to the Former President. This is believed to including giving him the honour name of "President", Immunity, and set of allowances and other benefits. This will be where the dirty mouths of MDP will be found. A tsunami of personal attacks on Maumoon and his followers will be seen. This will be passed with many changes.
Then will come the other episode of Maumoon, this could be the case that Reeko Moosa has filed to Majlis
floor to check and investigate the alleged corruption by the former president Maumoon. This time a tsunami of personal attacks on MDP and president Nasheed will be from DRP and the dirty mouths of their members too will be revealed. Yet, this will not be passed, in the given situation.

I bet a lot more is to come. This is just few highlights that I think many people will be seen in near future. Now get some snacks and get ready to watch these drama.

23 May 2009


From my very childhood, I use to hear from the radio that its a big pride for the Maldivians that we have our own language. True I guess, but there is something else that they also say. They say our language is a mixture of many languages.

I checked from a dictionary the definition of a language and there is one definition which goes like this..."any set or system of such symbols as used in a more or less uniform fashion by a number of people, who are thus enabled to communicate intelligibly with one another."

Now a simple question. Are we talking in Dhivehi? Sure, the answer will be YES! If I ask the same question once again, but this time are the Bangladeshis speaking in Dhivehi, what will be your reply? If so how are they talking? Surely we don't know their language. Also it is certain that they do talk us and we do understand what they say. As far the definition a language should be used by many people, I think 20000 plus humans are enough to be called 'many people'. We also to understand what they say.

Add to that, if I start talking like....aharen hunaanee mihen nubunan...ekamaku nubune kon vaththaru hunnanee...huri haa meehun mi vaththaru vaahaka dhakkanee...mi vathatharu bas annanee dho beybey...dhen ma kiyanee mi new banagaalee bas vaththaru Maldives thibenee...... you'd surely say I am talking as if a Bangladesh person. If we are happy to agree that it is their way of speaking and their language, are we ready to accept that a new language is evolving among us.

Today, the young generation, if not purposely, at least for a fun started using this way of talking. I think we should call this new language Dhivengaalhu as its formed by the people of Maldives and Bangladesh. Anyhow, this is just an idea.


photo: www.intersolinc.com

12 May 2009


Commissioner of Elections of Maldives announced the provisional results of the 2009 parlimentary elections. The ruling party (MDP) who has been promising the people that they will win 50 seats, to fulfill the 5 promises of the MDP won 26 seats only. The main opposition party DRP who said they wanted 60 seats to ensure the freedom, stability and Islam in Maldives got 28 seats. Bad news for both, but too bad for the government.

Why did this happen?

The very low performance of the ruling party in the parliamentary election is something that the government needs to look at a bit more seriously. Mr Nasheed became the president of this country just 6months back, which means this election is simply a test on him. If not fully, surely he has slipped of and needs to regain the balance before its too late.

The government needs to see why they failed to win 50 seats. I feel there are reasons for this.

- MDP needs to show a real philosophy to its members. Not a philosophy where majority by government is good if MDP is ruling and is bad when DRP is ruling.

- Maldivians had got rid of a 30year long regime recently. They just feel promises as another slap than a hope. MDP needs to stop promises and start some solid actions.

- The people of this country heard enough of blames. They heard Maumoons name for 30 years. Don't make it the excuse of everything bad. Enough is enough. Now MDP need to show a real road to the Maldivians.


The DRP neither had performed so well as to say they won though they got more seats. Been the largest political party in the country and the largest opposition party, DRP should have been able to take all the opposition to a single platform which they failed to do. Unless they move ahead with as a responsible opposition, they may lose the support of people who voted them.
Why did DRP not get its 60 seat target?

- The Muamoonism is frankly too high still in DRP. Stop acting as a party that revolves around Maumoon. Come on Mr. Nasheed(former minister) is upset and so you lost your first seat. More may come!

- DRP really needs to stop taking Islam as the excuse to everything. What on earth did you the DRP do to protect Islam or MDP do to kill Islam? Simply nothing from both the sides

- Now that DRP got majority they need to prove in parliament that they are real politicians. Don't make it a war zone. Now that you got a second chance, try to serve the people.

What is NEXT???

Very simple. Just 3 major things will happen.

1. Mr. President, your honeymoon is over. The time has come for the new president to get on with his business. Stop making us 24 promises every 24 hours. Show things been done rather than trying to show us more and more dreams. The government is already very much top heavy. Its not in the best interest of the country. And more important, mind your language. Don't tell us you cant fulfill promises because you did not get 50 seats. You never mentioned of even a single seat when you became president.

2. The hands will get dirtier. We still remember how Ms Fathin Hameed showed her middle finger to the news reporter during special Majlis era. Who will forget how Mr. Ilyas Hussain stood on majlis table? How can anyone forget who they called themselves "membalhun" rather than 'membarun'! Believe me, that was nothing. It is this time that we will see the real dirt. Who knows? Take a scenario like this. Mr. Yameen becomes the speaker of Majlis. I bet Mr. Reeko will find his mike off every now and then because he "cross the limits". How many people will face the vote of No confidence? hmm God knows. Auditor general Mr. Ibrahim Naeem. Did you really expect these DRP to win majority.? I doubt.

3. Members for sale. Yes. There is no way the independent 13 members will stay independent. Come on...for them its a golden opportunity to auction themselves in political market in millions. (promise to people? hey its after another 5 years only)

4. Government positions. Ms. Dhiyana, now that your darling (Mr Jabir) lost the seat, you'd no more be dear to Mr. Nasheed or his MDP. On your mark! Get set! Ready! Ibra sounds good for me to replace Dhiyana. What? Ibra in MDP government? Never will he! Moreover, MDP has to give a prize to thier last parlimentary group leader Mr. Hassan Afeef too. Maybe our last speaker of Majlis Mr.Shihab will love to become our next home minister. But, Mr.Abdulla Shaahid and Mr. Amin Faisal need to be ready to answer the Parliament questions a bit more, if not a no confidence vote.

So, these are the things that I think we'd see soon. Though its not very good, the wheel of our politics is really turning back wards and its going to get dirtier than we ever thought.

06 May 2009

College Kudhinge Halhuthaalu?

Yesterday, around 100 or more students of Maldives College of Higher Education held a rally to bring to the attention, the problems we have faced in college.
Of cause 100 students was not much when compared to the college population which is around 2700.

This was the first time I ever participated in a rally like this. I felt it was quite different to other rallies that we see in our nation.

1. Few participated! Very less participated in our rally. Yes, 100 was so less, indeed a birthday party also could attract more.

2. Not a halhthaalu but a shu-ooru faalhu kurun! It was not a "halhuthaau" indeed, we say we just expressed our problems so that people will know whats going on.

3. No Isthiufaa! We did not call on the resignation of anyone. We only talked about the reality and requested to change it. Also it is true that we went for the rally only as the lender of last resort.

4. No personal attacks! Though there were many problems in college, in the rally that lasted for 2hours, no one including the college lecturers, management team, or the government members were attacked.

5. Less media attention!yes, only few media personals were seen. One reason will surely be the small size. Another reason is that "it was not a good strike type". Ya, no blaming and no screaming and no personal attacks. Haveeru did cover the news TVM and VTV was there too. Sun fm said it in headlines.

Not because I was there, but I genuinely think that this was one of the model strikes in Maldives. A clear message to the whole society that expressing a feeling does not mean attacking another. Maybe be one day, we'd realize this and bring back the societal features that we now lack in our society. Maybe one day, the members of our media too will realize the fact that we should not be looking at who says something, but we should see whats is been said.

02 May 2009

Photo of the year 2009

Cant they just stay a bit nicely? Now its your turn. These are the top seven nominations. You decide the best.

Dr. Hassan Saeedh- http://www.dhaala.com/news/
Maumoon Abdul gayyoom- http://cache.daylife.com/
Ibrahim Shareef- http://www.dhivehiobserver.com/
Gasim Ibrahim- http://www.vom.gov.mv/dralive/
Mohamed Nasheed- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
Ibrahim Ismail- http://www.dhivehiobserver.com/
Fathin Hameed- http://2.bp.blogspot.com/