Development is what we always look-forward. A developed, peaceful and a civilized society sure will be the dream of all. However, reaching this is easier said than done.
We, in Addu, have the same dreams, the same wishes and the same hopes. Same is the case throughout the nation. Development is not just about the buildings. Development is not paved roads either. It is more a broader term.
Let me not go running around the bush! I am sure you'd not prefer it, after all, this is a post from me after ages!!
We in Addu, or even in Maldives, tries our level best to make sure our island/city as developed as possible. We made charts, we made plans, we drew our visions, and we even spoke of our big dreams; I Have a Dream!
However, I am pretty sure, time has come for us to seriously address another issue. OURSELVES!!!
What did I do? What did I fail to do? Let me tell just few things that comes to my mind.
Love Addu. Yes, We do love Addu. That I have no doubt of, Yet, I am sure people will question us, if we still throw pieces of papers, chewing gum, etc,,, to the streets. The tires, the nappies, the plastic bags, tins and bottles found on our beautiful beaches are no a good sign. We also seriously needs to find a way to dispose the fish wastes in a proper way than just throwing to the sea, which in a day or two makes our very breathing not so pleasant. The Education that we get will be in questions, if we have a very specific set garbage area in Addu, and still our beaches are worse than these garbage area.
Be Safe. Accidents are the big issue in Addu now. Specially that 2 youngsters just passed away a day back in a tragic accident. Accident may occur anytime and it maybe faced to anyone. Indeed that is why we call it accidents. However, negligence on the road, and breaching the rules made for the good of everyone is a what we could fix easily. I am sure no one will force you to not remove your helmet on link road or even else where on the road. I doubt if a taxi driver will ask you to remove seat belt either. And surely you wont have to pay mvr700 if you goes at or below 30km/hr and 60km/hr ranges given. This could only be fixed when we as a part of this society believes that the correction measure needs to start from the very our ourselves and not necessarily by a police fine.
Respect. A human is a human. That does not matter which country they belong to. If we claim Addu as a developed or even a developing city, let us have the basic respect to others. Bangaalhees as we often call, too are humans and they need to be respected and their rights protected. Without this its more than insane for us to try calling ourselves a civilized population. Respect also is found missing when we goes to counters of various offices and tries to "finish off fast" by taking the help and time of a friendly employee in office. Trust me, others are also as busy as we. In a nation where smoking in public places are banned, its a disrespect to the non smokers to break that rule. At least, I don't like someone to keep smoking and sending that smoke to my face!
I am not going to make the post too long. However, I will not hesitate to say that if we are able to fix what I mentioned above, our Addu is going to be far far more better than what she is today. Let us start from ourselves, and our family before we talk of what others could not do. That is the kind of thinking we expect from an educated and a civilized man in this 21st century. I Hope I don't need to give a caption for the photo I uploaded in this post. :)
09 September 2014
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I am Rafiu Jameel from Addu City, Maldives. I use Alif Laam Gaaf as my pen name which stands for 'pen that loves fairness' ( Insaafah Loabikuraa Galan) Tell you the truth, I am not a so called IT person. However, if I never use internet , I'd stay a stranger of this wide network of information, which I am sure does not sound very good for a teacher in the 21st century. I am not someone who is so good in English either. Yet I am not someone who wish to make it a barrier for me to express what I think and what I believe. Thank you for visiting my blog. I welcome any comments or criticism that fits to the limits of Islam and constitution of Maldives. Indeed, I'd love to get your comments. :) Please, kindly refrain from using any foul words. Hope you'd enjoy my blog posts.