Food For Thought
A coup d’état is usually brought about by people who are convinced that they cannot acquire power through democratic means and / or those whose vital interests are mightily threatened without power .
Friday, November 7, 2014
Friday, April 12, 2013
I can understand very well why MPS might seek such an affiliation. In addition to police officers being trained by a reputed University, it would put a feather in Abdulla Riyaz's cap by being able to claim that reputed academic institutions have no problems in associating with the MPS, which is an indication that the international community does not have a problem with assisting the current coup government. However, what made me flinch was that an Autralian University, funded by the Australian people could turn a blind eye to the atrocities being committed by the organization they were getting into bed with. The fact that an academic institution in a country like Australia, whose people have such a strong conviction in fairness and justice, could just turn a blind eye to those values they hold so dear.
Anyway, I got so upset that I called the contact officer listed on their website to lodge my protest, and she very kindly directed me to her email. I then proceeded to write to the University in an attempt to appeal to their ethical standards and ask them to review their decision.
I have copied below my email to the University, and the contact details of the University for the reference of readers.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Saturday, October 6, 2012
The courts will apply same procedures to all, and are bound by law to do so, and will not be selective in the application of law and procedures
The courts shall not display any bias in any way towards or against any person, and most importantly will not be seen or perceived to be biased in any way
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I have always accepted that being in the political front line, I am always a target for libel, innuendo and damned outright lies aimed at character assassination. I have had my fair share of mud slung at me, but none have ever really stuck. As such, I have never felt the need to explain those “creative” claims against me or reply to them. Rather I have taken the attitude that it is “all in a days work”. I know that I have never done wrong, and my morality is intact, and I continue to lead what I believe is an ethical life. Most of the general public, and especially those who support my work have never questioned my integrity, and that was enough. Before I go on, I would like to thank all those thousands of Maldivians who have held my character in high regard, and who at times, have even spoken and acted in my defense. I truly appreciate your support through thick and thin. That is one thing that helps me to keep going. Thank you, indeed for your trust and belief in me.
However there is one accusation which is being repeatedly thrown at me, which, by the sheer number of repetitions, is almost on the verge of “becoming a truth”. You see, sometimes, when even the biggest lie is repeated like a mantra oft enough, people start thinking “there must be some truth in it”. I refer to the claims made by my political opponents that President Nasheed “gave me the MES building without a bidding process” and that he also authorized 3 million rufiyaa from the education fund for me, outside the law. Both are outright lies, and I feel the time has come for me to break the silence on both issues and make public the truth.
Firstly the case of MES building. The government never gave me, or Mandhu College any rights on this building. Both EPSS and MES buildings were initially allocated to those schools for a 10 year period. After the period expired in 2006, a cabinet decision (Qayyoom’s cabinet) was made in 2008 to renew the lease agreement for another 10 years. The lease for the MES building was again signed between the Ministry of Education and Ali Mustafa and Seena Zahir. President Nasheed’s government honoured and executed a Qayyoom cabinet decision made prior to November 2008 by signing this agreement. Subsequently, Mandhu Learning Centre sub-leased the premises from Ali Mustafa and Seena Zahir. So the government never entered into a contract with me or Mandhu College. Just as Billabong School sub-leased the EPSS premises from the proprietors of EPSS school.
Subsequently, a business dispute arose between Ali Mustafa and Mandhu College, which was eventually settled with a transfer of lease agreement. I PAID 4 MILLION RUFIYA TO ALI MUSTAFA to secure that transfer, which was perfectly legal, and did not involve the government. The lawyer advising Ali Mustafa in that transfer agreement was none other than the current Attorney General Azima Shakoor.
Therefore, in essence, President Nasheed’s government, nor President Qayyoom’s government or any other government ever “gave” the MES building for me or Mandhu College, with or without a bid. Allah is my witness on this. I hear on the grapevine that the Ministry of Education and the Attorney General are in earnest discussions now, to find some way of terminating the agreements and kick Mandhu College and its students onto the streets. So be it
Secondly the 3 million rufiyaa loan. The story goes as follows. In 2009, Mandhu College applied for a loan from the Thauleemee Fund because a great deal of repairs and reconstruction had to be done on the building. After consideration, the Ministry of Education rejected the application. End of story.
Then, in early 2010, when we were preparing to launch a high school, and teachers had been recruited from the UK, Arabiyya School building collapsed and the Ministry of Education couldn’t find a suitable place to house Arabiyya until a new building was constructed. The Minister requested me over the phone to help out, and I agreed on the spot, no strings attached. We put our project on the back burner (where it still remains!) and housed Arabiyya under an agreement, for 2 years. No rent, nothing, All we asked was that they pay their share of the electricity and water bill, and maintain the areas that they use. The agreement has since been extended another year. Our business has been on hold for three years now.
However, the MES building was in poor shape, and for Arabiyya to start using it, a substantial level of repairs had to be done. The building was leaking from the entire west wall, modifications on the higher floors had to be made to make it safe for primary aged children and so on. The government did not have funds for it, and we proposed that if the Ministry would approve the loan we had requested, we would repair the building for Arabiyya, and WE WOULD PAY BACK THE LOAN from OUR funds. It was the Thauleemee fund committee, and NOT President Nasheed, who authorized the loan. And as far as I know, President Nasheed never issued any instruction regarding the authorizing of this loan. Frankly, none of us had any other choice at the time. The priority was that Arabiyya School should resume operating as soon as possible.
This is the truth behind the MES building lease agreement and the thauleemee fund loan. I don’t think I, or the government did anything wrong here, I would do it all over again without any qualms.
Those of you who have stood by me all these days, I would sincerely request that you help me to clarify the truth about these issues to those who spread the lie unknowingly. As for those who do it deliberately….well let them carry on.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
More than a year since I penned anything on the blog, now. Many a times I have thought of sharing a thought, but somehow I never got around to it. And then…the world collapsed, throwing me into utter despair. The pain was so deep. What I saw happening was so fearful it made me speechless. Thrust into a time machine and in the blink of an eye, we are hurtled back 2 decades. Only thing is we remain two decades older and somewhat wiser than then.
I must admit, it has taken sometime to shake off the weariness and pick up the pen again. But I feel I must. I have to. The least I could do was to try and make some sense of what was happening and to put it out for anyone who cared to read.
The last couple of years had made my conviction stronger, that a change of leadership was insufficient to bring in lasting democracy. Readers of my blog would recall that even before the Presidential Election in 2008, I had been advocating that Qayyoom simply epitomized a system and that it was the system which propagated oppression. What became more apparent was that even though Qayyoom himself was ousted from office in the 2008 election, his tentacles which had been bred over a period of thirty years were strongly rooted in the civil service, in the judiciary, various commissions, in the military and the police force. All these elements were working in concert, first to maintain the system which had served their personal interests so well in pecuniary terms as well as privilege and in some cases impunity, and when change became inevitable, with the bedrock of the old system, the Judiciary, coming under direct threat of being reformed, it was time to pull the coup, before all was lost.
Now that I have recovered somewhat from the blow, and the self pity for seeing what I had worked for and sacrificed all my life going down the drain, I can finally start thinking clearly. I must admit the first few weeks since the coup I felt a rage that I had never experienced in my life, and it was difficult to think rationally and clearly. Rage and clear thoughts don’t see eye to eye, I suppose. Anyway, that phase is gone, and now it is time to fight this tyranny again. It should be done with clarity of thought, a cool head and cold logic which is exacting. The enemy must be sprung with what he is least expecting (Old Chinese war philosophy). The vulnerable spots must be identified (and there will be many, I can assure you).
What is heartening is that a great proportion of the general public does not seem to be accepting this atrocity. Compared to 2004 – 2008, there are less people now to be convinced of what has to happen. It appears that the Maldivian public is no longer prepared to timidly accept a dictatorship. Will we have an election this year? I can see no reason to doubt that this will happen. If the public do not relent, the rest of the world will not simply turn a blind eye. Their engagement looks set to get stronger by the day.
The eternal optimist, I believe that much good also has come out of this. We now know who is who and what is what. This will make it much easier for us to complete the work we have started.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
One day two cats stole a boakibaa (fish cake?). The two cats tore it into two bits, and one bit was bigger than the other. The cats started quarrelling as to who should get the bigger half. Along came the monkey who offered to adjudicate (the operative word in the current context). The monkey started eating from one bit, and then the other, supposedly trying to get the two bits equal. Eventually the monkey managed to eat the boakibaa down to two tiny bits that were equal. Just when the two cats thought they were finally going to get at least a tiny bit, the monkey claimed that he was entitled to a fee for adjudicating and claimed the remaining bits as the fee.
I am also reminded of a verse from a poem I learnt while in primary school, which goes as follows (if I recall correctly):
“Haama vee reethi manzaru thakey nethi dhanee
Maamalun eyge thaazaa kamey gellenee
Dhaamagun dhuniye hin’gamun miharagen dhanee
AA MAGEH GAI HIN’GEYKAH NETHEY ANGANEE”
Oh! Mother! More of your sons have raped you yet again! How deep will these wounds be? Why do you not desert us and look out for yourself? Of course! You are Mum, after all, silly me! The country has surely gone to the dogs. Let us hope and pray that the dogs will be magnanimous and kind to us all.