12 November 2011

SAARC in Addu City- My report

Today we are happy that Addu city was able to hold the 17th SAARC summit.

Everyone is celebrating its success and what the great work we did. So I'd rater speak of what we could not do.

Seventeenth SAARC summit was held in Equatorial Convention Center.

"A wonder brought up in 6 months from a marsh land" they say. The landscaping done by MNDF and police was just marvelous. Thank you MNDF and MPS. But, we say this is a nation. A nation with law and order. As far as my knowledge, such a huge change in a big ecology in Maldives requires Environmental Impact Assessment. (the well known EIA). I saw on TV president answering the reporter regarding the issue saying that a harm will not be done knowingly for sure. Yes Sir! Your right, they will not bring a harm knowingly, yet an unknown harm too is a harm. Where was the city council? Silent? Where was the environment ministry? At Male'? I don't know. All I know is it all happened "above the law"

Inside the convention center, I was able to enter as a media person. I was informed of around 118 expected media persons, yet saw not more than 3 computers and 5-10 internet ports. Excuse me if it was more. As for the security, mobile phones were not allowed into the ECC on 10th and 11th. But while I saw a media person using the phone he was "informed" it was strictly not allowed. Good security indeed. I saw 2 others using the phone too when the heads of states were inside the "Bodu kiba". When I asked if international media was given special priority, the answer I got was wonderful. "Even they are not allowed to bring phones. But it happened"

Thew names given to various rooms of the ECC...Well its good to give a name of each atoll to a room. But then let us not forget that this is a building in Addu City and Addu too has a history. I cant understand why names of the important people from Addu were not in there. And only few people from this 30,000 population were invited, even when there were no less than a 100 chairs vacant on the opening ceremony too.
Please don't tell anyone this secret. None of the city council members were to be seen when president Nasheed declared open the Equatorial Convention Center!!! ;)

Road construction was an important task that was to be done. As a person belonging to Addu city, it bothers me least if a country leader pass the car when compared to the quality and durability of the road. It is now very clear that the road construction did not go as planned.. Yesterday SAARC Summit was concluded. Even now, surely more than 70% of the pavement is yet to be paved. I heard so many times Southern Utilities promising that "the job will be done." Well. SUL, it was not done, and is still not done!

The monument became a huge issue after a monument from Pakistan was attacked by 2 people from Addu. Now who failed here? I heard our Mayor telling that nothing that goes against the faith of people will be fixed as a monument. Well sir! Islamic minister says that monument does not fit to our values and limits of constitution. Who is confusing us? You or the minister? A dhoni was supposed to be kept as a monument in the junction of Ghaazee maga and Medhe aari maga. Hello Addu City Council...SAARC summit is over! Leaders did pass that "empty" area. Where are you?

The quality of the work, I don't think anyone has to answer. Just this incidence speaks out. I asked an engineer who was having a close eye on the projects. "Just go and see the many very different sizes of gravel they used. How the thickness of the layers differ from place to place, the surface of the road. Then anyone will know that this is just a show off" He said. and added one more from his experience. "If link road lasts for 10 years, just pray to God, this bodu magu lasts for 5"

Many blamed Hithadhoo people did not give cooperation compared to other islands. Let me be very frank on this. In other islands (ooops, sorry wards of the city) the ward leaders, the constituency councilors were the first to do the work before asking people to do it. This encouraged the people. What did we see in Hithadhoo. I'd share two experiences I had. The "city cleaning day" was celebrated. All schools, offices and public were to participate. I wanted to see what our councilors were upto. In a short while I found at least one of them on his car and the other wearing tie. Excuse me! This is democracy according to you. If then, don't expect people to to something that you are not ready to do.
Second situation was the day Hithadhoo main road and city square was cleaned. Well, I may become the bad boy for speaking this out, but when president Nasheed was out in city square with cleaning work, our respected councilors were not there. Well, some may say they were on the main road doing the work, I bet not until 9:30. :P

I think the list could go on. Now I have a simple question. City square, ECC, monuments, main roads, harbours, banquet hall were the projects of government. What did the city council that we voted do for the SAARC summit? Did you really do enough.?


  1. great report rafiu. This is the untold that public needs to know. You have shown us how badly the council has failed. Hats off to the report.

  2. Raape! u jst saw a small part of "Bodumanzar". bt v saw enme "Bodumanzar"...4 me dis Saarc Sumit thing is nothing bt a smart campaing stund...i wonder weda he (President) acheived it, as people of Addu wre nt Happy....

  3. the council was given the job of managing the city and its people. People are very disappointed as the students used for various activities was very unfair, thus angering majority of the public (parents) and schools. Many schools will suffer next year as parents will not respond to the schools requests because others organizing saarc sideline events was very lousy. Schools take the blame which is not fair

  4. What a pathetic excuse for a country we are! Indeed my good sir, this article touches the worst problem we are facing. No, threat would be a more appropriate word.

    That is, many of our leaders play with our law. Its unenforceable. I'm sure that if our president declares dictatorship tomorrow, what would follow will not be appropriate de-posting that needs to follow but a whole lot of political drama. The courts may speak out against it, but it won't be listened to. Yes, I'm saying that in today's state, the highed-ups are above the law (pun fully intended).

  5. great one dear..I m thoughtfully inspired by this...atlast someone took the pain to speak the fact:)

  6. The convention center was to be constructed under agreed contract. But poor MNDF people were slaving away day in day out. Its easy to use them as you don't have to pay them ..So where did the money go?

  7. This is not in any way a constructive report or something in that capacity. But this is just a piece of jelousy bla bla bla. The writer must know that in the 21st century he cannot sell some stupid noncense. This is nothing other than just I know everything better report like many Maldivians always does. He also did not realise that such a report will only be accepted with clear facts.

  8. What the hell are you trying to prov here? Why everyone is trying to justify things for a political reason? When we talk about the Pakistani monument it just depicts their culture, their beliefs. Being a part of the SAARC, i guess every country has the right to display what they believe in, their pride. The monument being displayed at the city doesn't ask people to change beliefs. Are we still kids who could be fooled by such a monument to lose our faith? I guess, by the grace of Almighty Allah everyone can decide upon the right and wrong!And we call us a Democratic country and seeks for our rights, are we a secular state? I guess secularism is an evident characteristic of a democratic state!
    Regarding the city council and SUL they were absolutely enthusiastic and they were present lending a hand to the people at all phases of the project.

  9. @ Anonymous, Mon Nov 14, 03:27:00 AM MVT: If only who know this guy, will you put this comment. I know him very well. He is a supporter of MDP and this government from day one. But he always criticizes not just to the government, but to opposition too. Just because some are always in political thinking, that doesn't mean everyone will be same.
    I see from every point he raised, some good facts. Please read once. Good report aliflaamgaaf. Go on.

  10. i agree with u. Although dis has been a dream to all Adduans we shud also consider the negative facts on this. I agree due to the fast speed some imporatnt factors to be considered were neglected and works were incomplete. There will be issues. however we appreciate what president has done, showing that anything is possible and him personally participating in evry little work of SAARC summit unlike others. its a gud example.

  11. Wonderful Article. Thank you for telling the world the truth. We were under the impressions that MNBC broadcasted boasting the success.
    I am sure you have a lot more, please share with us.

  12. Thank you Alif Laam Gaaf for sharing the “untold story” Wonder full report with facts. It is really a publicity stunt to get win the election by 2013.Adduan would forget this fantasy by 2013, what is the point of building ECC with cost of RF300 Million, unless it would not benefit the people of Addu.I strongly called MMPRC & Government of Maldives to promote MICE market to Addu city,


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