20 June 2016

Today MVR 1 billion. Tomorrow US$1 billion?

The hundred day of this government was very much celebrated. Yet, did you know today we are counting the 139th day since the Audit report of the largest corruption ever in the nation was published.

I am talking about this because I belong to this nation, and I am talking about a MVR1.22 billion taken out of the state. Well, in a nation where in 2016 the na

tional budget was MVR 27 billion, and we are saying 4.5% of the national budget equivalent was taken by one corruption scandal. 
As per the government of President Mr. Yamin, this was the notorious act of then his vice president Mr. Ahmed Adheeb. 

However, there are reason why, I as a son of this nation feel disturbed. There are reason to be concerned of as I am talking of the money that does not belong to any one or any family, but rather belong to every citizen of this beloved nation. 

Interestingly, according to the audit report, the one reason why a corruption of this scale occurred was due to ignoring of the 2014 audit report which clearly mentions of suspected corruption and the recommended actions. 

Where was Mr president then? Was he waiting to raise the issue till "the attempt to assassinate the president"? Why was actions not taken by then?
Where was the Anti Corruption Commission back then? Awaiting for the luxury flats by the government which they claim brings no change to their integrity? OK Ok forget it!! 

People needs the answers. How such a large scale of corruption occurred in such a short period of time. Where is the check and balance system in our democracy that we brought by so much of toil. 

This US$ 79.37million was not lost by mistake, nor is this a case that could be forgotten. 
If, President Yamin is committed to find the money of the people, why even after 100 days we never saw the money coming back, or even a sign of it regaining. Is the government expecting that sending few who are involved in corruption consoles the people from the loss. Is our investigative system so weak? If it is weak, why international parties were not brought to investigate and recover the biggest corruption done by your very vice president? Well, the argument can be, we will mange our things on our own. Excuse me, we had mediators for all party talks, we brought someone after 2012 fall of President Nasheed government and we even brought to investigate launch blast too. 

Now I have a question, how will i trust? Our vice president has taken MVR1.22billion by the lease of several islands. The question is how can i really believe that the 15,000 flat construction program that was launched and handed to 5 international companies were in the best interest of the nation. Well in a country where the Anti Corruption Commission people says is for a name sake. How can I believe that the project to build new Finance building and IGMH building which costs MVR2 billion was really the not another leakage of people's money? I have reason to believe as today's parliament is more a rubber stamp of the government, which ignored both the projects i above mentioned regardless of been awarded without any bid process. 

Today, as we open the eyes for the 140th day after the MMPRC Audit report, the wrong I feel is turned. Government is working to remove the part of the Act that required them to go for an open budget to lease islands. Today we are moving one step behind. I am not talking about the Charity foundation of first lady, which happened to get 10 tonns of the 50 tonne dates gifted to the citizens by Saudi Arabian government, nor am I talking about 50 of the 1000 quota allocated to Maldivians taken by the same foundation.

The government must let us the Maldivians know about these cases. 
Today, if we ignore the corruption of MVR 1 billion by a vice president, tomorrow we must be ready to accept a corruption of US$ 1billion by the president. No reason why it should not. 


27 May 2016

My Dear Son

My dear son,

Today we live in an ever changing world, where you need to always hope for the best and expect the worst. You got to be ready to face very many unexpected things in life, yet always remember that you have a future ahead of you.
Nothing other than the taste of death is a reason to stop going. You got to go ahead regardless of any hindrance you may face or your frustrations telling you that its time to give up.

Today, finding the right path is a tough a job than finding water in a desert. Remember. Truth is always truth no matter what. One lie that you makes will lead to you having to repeat it several more times in life. Never choose to end up your life in that viscous cycle. The worst lie to utter in a humans life will be to deny the truth of Islam. The most true statement you could say is "There is no god but Allah. Mohamed is the messenger of Allah".

Fashion and trends are a big thing is today's world. You can follow the fashions and trends, but always remember you are a Muslim before these comes to your life. Don't forget the basis of the religion you belong to.

Drugs they say shows the gut of the youth. Alas! How could it be when it damages your strong and adventurous mind. Stay away from it and save this life and hereafter.

Always remember one rule in speaking out. "Until the word is spoken out it is your slave. Once spoken out you become the slave of what you spoke."  There is no shift+ delete in real life. God did not create that button for us, so be careful.

Humans to get angry. It is greater and stronger people who has control over their anger. People says if you want to make a great speech that you will regret for the rest of life, do it while your angry. Stay calm. Give time. Time is a
solution to several issues in life.

Two harms we do, physical and mental. Never hit, nor bully. Stand strong enough to know that it means a lot.

If I tell you a one thousand and one problems and its solutions, and be happy that you will be safe ever after, surely I didn't learn anything in my life.

Our world is changing. So are the problems and challenges. One is not strong been equipped with a solution for every problem we have today. One is safe for having an assertive mind, ready to come up with the best solutions by calculating on your own the factors around. In simple term, learn to live. Take steps in life than acting as a shadow throughout.

Note: Maybe my son will take few years to read this. It doesn't matter. End of the day, my blog is to write things that comes to my mind which I feel to share with you all. 

01 March 2016

A greater reminder to the greater president

Neither a  poem am I going to write, nor a poet an I!!

Let me keep this as simple as this. I am a Muslim, and I believe it is very important to remind when something doesn't seem to be going so well.

Reminder is important.  Well, especially when you live in a country where your  president did not remember to check on the "gifts" he gets..when he was unable to find that his very vice president made the largest ever corruption in nation. And when he says he was not sure if he offered a luxury apartment to the Anti Corruption Commission head.  We need to keep reminding that we are  a one nation and we by our constitution needs to be dealt equally.

I spend sometime to read and find, if anywhere a "Greater Male' region" is mentioned in our constition. And in the process I found 2 important points in Chapter 2 (Fundamental Rights and Freedoms) of the constitution. Now Here is my reminder to my our presdient.

Mr President. Dear Sir, Your the elected president of this nation and the constitution does not allow any discrimination. I am not a lawyer, no a student of law. Yet the two tarif rates to the so called "greater Male' Region" and the other islands is a discrimination. Will be thankful if peoplewho happens to come accross this article tells me on what you feel. Here is what I have seen.

A chapter from Constitution
The Calculation for electricity bill to the "Greater Male' region (as per Energy Authority)

The Calculation for electricity bill to the "Other Islands" (as per Energy Authority)
Again from Maldivian constitution

I hope President Yamin remembers that every Maldivian needs to be given basic rights without discrimination regardless of which island they belong to. I hope he is sound enough to understand that one can not be punished because he was borne in a small island which Mr President seems to hate!


11 January 2016

An Evening with Professor Ugail

Last night I got the opportunity to listen to the very inspiring and informative session at Sharafuddin School, by Professor Ugail.

Surely I did not even once thought that the programme will be marked as one of the largest gathering for a public lecture in Addu City recently.

A lot of information, experience and advice were shared by the Professor and I thought to post on few point that I noticed very interesting or informative. I am not claiming to give you a summary of his lecture or rather discussion.

As a student in Nooraanee School he explained having used black boot painted in white for a year just because that was the only option he had. Now, for us, the Maldivians, education is free, exam fees are free, a voucher for purchasing school items are given. Could this be one reason education is not so well valued by the present generations? Just what I thought while sitting there.

The importance of reading, was another point Prof. Ugail highlighted. He advised to make reading a habit and that reading does not have to be strictly to one area. Example, just because I work in education sector, it does not mean I cant read something about gardening. Moreover he highlighted the importance if seen the different views of different people or scholars on topics. The call to differentiate between knowledge and information I found very interesting and linked to our society. It is  also true that we just blindly keep sharing everything that we come across, specially on social media with the messages "please share".  As he said, its very important to see the authenticity of the information that we use.

Some of the basic factors that could be seen according to him in success includes,
1- Hard work
2- Believing in yourself
3- Well planning
4- Regularly checking on the plan and following it.
5- Prioritize what should be done and
6- Balance of time (time management)

''if you look at anybody who is successful they will look at failure as learning point. if you don't fail in your life, you haven't learned anything and you have moved on. I expect me to fail, but I don't expect to get disappointed from my failure.'' Guess the statement speaks out.

Well, maybe it was his book that attracted such a huge gathering. Thank You prof. Ugail for the gift to the nation. He also highlighted on the studies he did as he wrote the book, "Sihhee Hadhiyaa" and shared few traits that was found in healthy societies.

- They had a faith ( believe in creation )
- They had a good relationship (family, friends, neighbours etc...)
- They go out regularly (going for a walk, a park beach or somewhere out of home)
- They do exercises (not going to gym but simple yet consistent exercises)
- They have good sleep habits ( It seems healthy people arent "night owls") 
-They have a food manner ( hey no more than 80% , read his book!!)

Well I told you this is not a summary of the discussion. Yet, let me end the post with something that we could seriously think of. 
Worrying is never a solution. Its more an extra a burden we take. Sit down and think quietly, worrying wont help. 

Photo: Addu online
Note: This is just few points of his informative session. It is true that a lot will be missed, yet I tried to include the points that I found very important.