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!


1 comment:

  1. I think 23 (g) is pretty straightforward. It's ensuring that all citizens are provided with adequate electricity. Pricing is a different story.

    It won't be economically and financially viable to charge all islands a same rate given their size, location and population and also given the fact that its provided by different companies (if my information is correct).

    This is the case in even the most developed countries. However, the government could try to minimise the financial burden on its less wealthy citizens by means of subsidies or through other forms of social security nets. But then again factor in the cost of living in different parts of the country!?

    Despite all the above, I would agree that they are a monopoly when it comes to each island. The only way to bring down the cost would be to open energy industry up for others. However, it's a question of how feasible it would be given the many factors (for example, less electricity usage in islands) which would hinder their establishment.

    Wind energy and solar powered energy sound like a better option for a small country like ours. Why not the government pave way to interested parties including ordinary citizens, schools and hospitals for the start-up? Why not lend loans and encourage other financial institutions to do so. They can then sell excess electricity to the current utility companies. I know at least a few who are doing this now and finance is their biggest worry.

    The population on these islands and Maldives as a whole is so small that it is possible to make this happen.


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