Sunday, October 31, 2004

The Peoples' Majlis And The President's Cabinet

We have heard so much criticism about the president appointing his family members and close associates as cabinet members and senior aides.

The president has every right to appoint who ever he feels is capable to what ever post he wants as long as they are not posts stipulated to be appointed through an election by law. So we should not be having and objection with the President appointing his close associates for the Cabinet Posts. After all these are not elected posts and the president can elect anybody he wants by law.

It is clearly stated in the constituton in Article 42.b describing the powers of the president that President has power to “Appointment and dissolution of the cabinet of Ministers”. Again in Article 54 it says that “There shall be a Cabinet of Ministers appointed by the President, and the Cabinet will be presided over by the president” and the constitution clearly states in Article 59 that cabinet “shall be accountable to the president”. That is why the members elected by the people are called the People's or Citizen's Majlis as opposed to the Cabinet being called the President's Cabinet.

When the constitution clearly gives you the right to do so, it goes without reason that you would appoint people closer to you that you can trust as your Cabinet. If you see some of the other countries nearby similar examples are abundant. In Saudi all holding senior posts will be form the house of Saud. In Kuwait all senior posts given to Sabahs. It is same with the Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan's family in UAE. I know what the readers are itching to say, that these are all kingdoms. Let us take the US which is supposed to be the greatest democracy in this world. It's a known fact that George Bush appointed his wartime colleagues and Business Associates to senior associates. You must be a fool to appoint people you don't know well to senior government posts just because they have a good qualification.

And just because you have a good degree you shouldn't be expecting to get senior posts either unless you have proven yourself with hard work. But nevertheless you must agree that when the batch of Fathuhulla Jameel and Zahir Hussein was appointed they were really the most educated amongst the Maldivians at that time. To his credit President Maumoon has not backed away from giving senior posts even to his worst critics if they happen to have proper qualifications. Even Dr. Waheed was holding a senior post in the Education Ministry when he got fed up his in-law's terrorist activities and fled the country in search of a more financially lucrative job abroad.

Some of the present ministers in the cabinet bring an enormous wealth of experience with them apart from the education they have. The president has blended their experience with the modern education of the new comers very nicely. People like Dr. Shaugee and Dr. Saeed has brought fresh ideas and a new vigor to the present cabinet.

In fact the President had even before tried to bring in more educated people to the cabinet. But people like Dr. Munavvaru who was selected on the strength of his education alone, proved to be a bad choice and set back the legal system of the country many years. This just goes on to prove that education will not replace experience and trust.

Under such circumstances, is the president wrong to elect people whom he can trust to important appointments in the government? What remains to be seen is not weather how closely related a particular Government Official is to the president, rather we must see whether they are upholding the trust the government had put in them by appointing them to high offices.
And I am sure any Maldivian who is well versed with the development of this country for the last 25 years will not doubt that President has been wise in appointing people. Even his worst critics don't deny the amount of development the Maldives has seen in the last 25 years. Given this scenario I must congratulate the president on his judgment. Mr.President you haven't done badly at all. Not bad at all.

Saturday, October 30, 2004

The Peoples' Majlis And The President's Cabinet

We have heard so much criticism about the president appointing his family members and close associates as cabinet members and senior aides.

The president has every right to appoint who ever he feels is capable to what ever post he wants as long as they are not posts stipulated to be appointed through an election by law. So we should not be having and objection with the President appointing his close associates for the Cabinet Posts. After all these are not elected posts and the president can elect anybody he wants by law.

It is clearly stated in the constituton in Article 42.b describing the powers of the president that President has power to “Appointment and dissolution of the cabinet of Ministers”. Again in Article 54 it says that “There shall be a Cabinet of Ministers appointed by the President, and the Cabinet will be presided over by the president” and the constitution clearly states in Article 59 that cabinet “shall be accountable to the president”. That is why the members elected by the people are called the People's or Citizen's Majlis as opposed to the Cabinet being called the President's Cabinet.

When the constitution clearly gives you the right to do so, it goes without reason that you would appoint people closer to you that you can trust as your Cabinet. If you see some of the other countries nearby similar examples are abundant. In Saudi all holding senior posts will be form the house of Saud. In Kuwait all senior posts given to Sabahs. It is same with the Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan's family in UAE. I know what the readers are itching to say, that these are all kingdoms. Let us take the US which is supposed to be the greatest democracy in this world. It's a known fact that George Bush appointed his wartime colleagues and Business Associates to senior associates. You must be a fool to appoint people you don't know well to senior government posts just because they have a good qualification.

And just because you have a good degree you shouldn't be expecting to get senior posts either unless you have proven yourself with hard work. But nevertheless you must agree that when the batch of Fathuhulla Jameel and Zahir Hussein was appointed they were really the most educated amongst the Maldivians at that time. To his credit President Maumoon has not backed away from giving senior posts even to his worst critics if they happen to have proper qualifications. Even Dr. Waheed was holding a senior post in the Education Ministry when he got fed up his in-law's terrorist activities and fled the country in search of a more financially lucrative job abroad.

Some of the present ministers in the cabinet bring an enormous wealth of experience with them apart from the education they have. The president has blended their experience with the modern education of the new comers very nicely. People like Dr. Shaugee and Dr. Saeed has brought fresh ideas and a new vigor to the present cabinet.

In fact the President had even before tried to bring in more educated people to the cabinet. But people like Dr. Munavvaru who was selected on the strength of his education alone, proved to be a bad choice and set back the legal system of the country many years. This just goes on to prove that education will not replace experience and trust.

Under such circumstances, is the president wrong to elect people whom he can trust to important appointments in the government? What remains to be seen is not weather how closely related a particular Government Official is to the president, rather we must see whether they are upholding the trust the government had put in them by appointing them to high offices.

And I am sure any Maldivian who is well versed with the development of this country for the last 25 years will not doubt that President has been wise in appointing people. Even his worst critics don't deny the amount of development the Maldives has seen in the last 25 years. Given this scenario I must congratulate the president on his judgment. Mr.President you haven't done badly at all. Not bad at all.

30/10/04

MDP, Get Your Act Together First

We reported earlier in the Maldivian that there has been serious drift between Sappe and GO GO recently. This has been proven beyond a shadow of doubt.

Ever since Go Go announced himself to be the self proclaimed president of the MDP Sappe has been grumbling about it. It is no doubt that Sappe had wanted the Presidency but had to settle to be the editor of a tacky internet newspaper. In fact Sappe had gone to the length of garnishing support for his presidency with the MDP crowd. Anni is supposed to have made an un easy peace between them. This explains Anni's frequent trips to and fro between UK and Lanka.

The final blow came when Go Go refuted the Christians in the interview he gave and sappe experienced a serious financial crunch because his financiers backed down. Ever since, GoGo has never been considered to be in their league.

Sappe had to do some serious damage control then. Infact for the first time he had to admit that he supports multi-religious community in Maldives . No wonder Sappe is not pleased with GoGo for that.

Infact a lot of very prominent figures in the party are very angry at GoGo for calling outright boycott of Tourism in the Maldives . This finally exposed the selfish nature of their party when their self proclaimed president called for the boycott of the bread of the poor Maldives . Many of them believed that this call was very premature. Mr Luthfee of Sandhan fan refuted this in his interview to the Tribune de Geneve when he stated that he does not believe in Tourism Boycott. This shows that there is a lot of discontent and disagreement within their party.

Ever since that, Go Go has not been allowed to do the one thing he likes most. To go out in front of the camera, give interviews and bask in the lime light. That was because he was getting too much prominence and was increasingly being accepted as the leader in MDP much to the discontent of Sappe. Lots of MDP leaders were beginning to get threatened by Go Go's stature in the party.

Close aides say that it is this sudden step brotherly treatment from the MDP leadership which has led to much stress and resulted in his heart attack. DO did not feel it important enough to brief its readers on the health condition of MDP's self proclaimed president. Maybe its editor Sappe did not feel Go Go to be important enough to get a mention in his paper. Adding insult to injury The Maldivian carried a full article about his health with a prayer for his speedy recovery.
When unlikely partners become bedfellows in order to achieve a common target which only one of them can have this is bound to happen. After all only one of them can become the President. The MDP would do well to decide before hand who their President is going to be. All we have now is a highly unpopular self proclaimed President who is despised by his very party members.
Now, I wonder if the MDP leadership cannot bring their own small party in order how are they going to run a country. They should get their act together first. If the President Maumoon were to step down now for some reason, Maldives would be in a state worse then the post war Irag with the whole MDP leadership fighting to be the president. Come to think of it Go Go already fits the part of Chalabi, betrayed by his own people even before the war is over.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Animal Farm? Gogo Farm? Villa Farm? The Main Characters

When Bismarck was asked in 1899 about his thoughts for the coming century, he said that Germany would be in a great position because Russia was disintegrating. He identified the biggest problem facing Russia : the sudden burst of educated youths who could no find jobs and the attempts by the establishment to rapidly reform and modernise. He said education was raising the expectations of the public to a level that could not be supported by the traditional economic organisation of Russia .

He said that the best strategy for the Bolsheviks or the Communists was to prevent the Tsar from modernising the country. In this he agreed with Karl Marx. The best way to defeat a government is to not give it the space to reform. According to Karl Marx and Lenin, if a capitalist system was allowed to resolve its inherent "contradictions" through reform, then the "dialectics" will not work-in other words, in order for the Bolsheviks to defeat the government, the Bolsheviks must first increase the hardship and frustration of the people. There were enough anarchists and other extremists who were willing to shed blood.


Ditto Maldives ?
When Nerd Dajjal was asked in 2002 by Sikka about his thoughts for tourism in the future, he said that Sri Lanka would be in a great position because Maldives was disintegrating. He identified the biggest problem facing Maldives : the sudden burst of educated youths who could no find jobs and the attempts by the establishment to rapidly reform and modernise. He said education was raising the expectations of the public to a level that could not be supported by the traditional economic organisation of Maldives .

He said that the best strategy for Sikka or MDP thugs was to prevent the President from modernising the country. In this he agreed with Karl Marx. The best way to defeat a government is to not give it the space to reform. According to Karl Marx and Lenin, if a capitalist system was allowed to resolve its inherent "contradictions" through reform, then the "dialectics" will not work-in other words, in order for the MDP to defeat the government, the MDP must first increase the hardship and frustration of the people. There were enough anarchists and other extremists who were willing to shed blood.

Bloodthirsty MDP and Bolshevik Tactics
If you look at MDP, they are following the same tactics as the Bolsheviks. That is why Gogo, Sappe, Anni, Nerd Dajjal, Sikka, and others are calling for a tourism boycott of Maldives-not to make the government suffer, but to make the people suffer. That is why they glorify the bloodbath that took place at the Winter Palace , and continue to fan yobs from the street. MDP is as bloodthirsty and as fratricidal as the anarchists who attacked the Winter Palace .

Animal Farm and Patrice Lumumba University You have all heard about Animal Farm, a political satire, about a revolution that overthrew a modernising leader, a revolution that was fanned by fanatical anarchists who were educated but jobless, a revolution that promised to provide a heaven on earth, a revolution that quickly became the Soviet monster, a killing machine which went on purging millions of citizens, and establishing Patrice Lumumba University to spread revolution and insurrection to the Third World.

MDP's Russian Connections: Leninism without Marxism?
Many MDP operatives and their sympathisers have Soviet links, from Dr Munavar, who is a Russian lawyer to Ali Faiz, who trained as a pilot in Soviet Russia. Gogo himself and his brother Dr Samad, a close friend of Rado Zahir, also studied in Patrice Lumumba, as did the brother-in-law of Dr Waheed, whose other brother-in-law is a specialist in Molotov cocktails.

MDP and JVP
In our part of the world, the Patrice Lumumba inspired insurrection was first tried in Ceylon in 1971, when Marxist-Leninist cadres of JVP led by Rohana Wijeweera launched co-ordinated arson attacks on police stations throughout the island on the same day. The country was saved with the intervention of Indian troops.

This is exactly what the MDP ands its yobs want to do. They tried this last year. That was the pilot project. It was a success. They tried to replicate it on 13 August. Emergency was declared when some of the cells dispersed to the town to torch the police precincts. Many of the MDP generalissimos like Gogo were in Sri Lanka when Rohana Wijeweera tried to launch his own Marxist-Leninist revolution. This is what MDP and their sympathisers have in mind.

MDP and Animal Farm
This is all so very Animal Farm. This is all so very Marxist-Leninist, by people who do not understand Marxism or Leninism. The MDP Bolsheviks all feature in Animal Farm. Go pick up your old copy of Animal Farm. Dust off the cover and read on. Don't you see how these MDP blokes resemble the characters described by George Orwell in Animal Farm?

The Gogo Farm?
In Animal Farm, Mr. Jones is the farmer. Led by the pigs, the animals decide on an uprising against Mr. Jones, who eventually runs away, leaving the governance and management of the farm in the hands of the animals, chiefly the pigs. Essentially a parody of the Communists, Karl Marx, who dreams of communism, is the Old Major, Snowball, another pig, is Lenin, while Napoleon, also another pig, is Stalin, and Squealer is Trotsky. But no more of this: even a name like Stalin is too much of a credit to the likes of MDP.

The Old Major
An old and venerable pig on the farm. He is the animal who inspires everyone else to dream of being freed from slavery under the humans. Wouldn't this be Sikka himself, having staged coups against every government? Snowball A pig, he is one of the leaders of the rebellion. Snowball is highly intelligent and persuasive, a brilliant orator, and is always dreaming of ways and means of self­improvement. Anyone remember Lenin or Dr Munavir? (an anagram of "Vladmir", the original name of Lenin)
Napoleon A pig, along with Snowball the other main leader of the rebellion. He is more adept than Snowball at building alliances among the other animals. He is also more politically astute and deceitful than his rival. Wouldn't that be so like Zaki?Squealer A pig. Like Snowball, a brilliant and persuasive orator, but unlike Snowball, much less inclined to take the lead with his own ideas.

Gogo Latheef, one without a mind of his own? Or is it Ibra? Boxer A carthorse. Enormously strong, most of the ambitious building projects undertaken on Animal Farm depend on his physical strength and his unquestioning dedication to the rebellion. Dull-witted, he is easily manipulated by the more intelligent animals. Poor Gasim! If only money could buy brains!

Clover Another carthorse. Unquestioningly loyal to the rebellion, though even she has doubts at times. Zuhaira, sometimes of SHE, other times of MDP.

Muriel A goat, one of the more intelligent animals on the farm outside of the pigs. She is a great friend of Clover. Is Anthu Najeeb intelligent enough? Is anyone in MDP intelligent enough?
Benjamin A donkey. Stubborn and reserved, he is one of the very few animals on the farm who does not actively support the rebellion, though he does not condemn it either. A cynic. He is devoted to Boxer. This has to be ADK Nashid.

Moses A raven. He seduces many of the animals on the farm with tales of SugarCandy mountain, a mythical place in the clouds where animals go after they die. Rado Zahir? Fareed?
Mr Jones?

Who is Mr Jones? Like the bloody Soviets, the MDP will fail, because of an inherent contradiction in their own lot. After all, who is Mr. Jones, the owner of the farm against which the initial rebellion of the animals is directed? It is after all the capitalists. So who is our Mr Jones? Is it not Villa Inc? It is. Indeed, how can people be free when all the wealth is in the hands of one man? How can people be free when one man, and one man alone, owns the lion's share of resorts, import licenses, seaplane fleets, marine transport fleets, shipping fleets, fishing licenses, franchises, etc? The Gogo Farm will not succeed in the face of the Villa Farm.

MDP, Get Your Act Together First

We reported earlier in the Maldivian that there has been serious drift between Sappe and GO GO recently. This has been proven beyond a shadow of doubt.

Ever since Go Go announced himself to be the self proclaimed president of the MDP Sappe has been grumbling about it. It is no doubt that Sappe had wanted the Presidency but had to settle to be the editor of a tacky internet newspaper. In fact Sappe had gone to the length of garnishing support for his presidency with the MDP crowd. Anni is supposed to have made an un easy peace between them. This explains Anni's frequent trips to and fro between UK and Lanka.

The final blow came when Go Go refuted the Christians in the interview he gave and sappe experienced a serious financial crunch because his financiers backed down. Ever since, GoGo has never been considered to be in their league.

Sappe had to do some serious damage control then. Infact for the first time he had to admit that he supports multi-religious community in Maldives . No wonder Sappe is not pleased with GoGo for that.

Infact a lot of very prominent figures in the party are very angry at GoGo for calling outright boycott of Tourism in the Maldives . This finally exposed the selfish nature of their party when their self proclaimed president called for the boycott of the bread of the poor Maldives . Many of them believed that this call was very premature. Mr Luthfee of Sandhan fan refuted this in his interview to the Tribune de Geneve when he stated that he does not believe in Tourism Boycott. This shows that there is a lot of discontent and disagreement within their party.

Ever since that, Go Go has not been allowed to do the one thing he likes most. To go out in front of the camera, give interviews and bask in the lime light. That was because he was getting too much prominence and was increasingly being accepted as the leader in MDP much to the discontent of Sappe. Lots of MDP leaders were beginning to get threatened by Go Go's stature in the party.

Close aides say that it is this sudden step brotherly treatment from the MDP leadership which has led to much stress and resulted in his heart attack. DO did not feel it important enough to brief its readers on the health condition of MDP's self proclaimed president. Maybe its editor Sappe did not feel Go Go to be important enough to get a mention in his paper. Adding insult to injury The Maldivian carried a full article about his health with a prayer for his speedy recovery.
When unlikely partners become bedfellows in order to achieve a common target which only one of them can have this is bound to happen. After all only one of them can become the President. The MDP would do well to decide before hand who their President is going to be. All we have now is a highly unpopular self proclaimed President who is despised by his very party members.
Now, I wonder if the MDP leadership cannot bring their own small party in order how are they going to run a country. They should get their act together first. If the President Maumoon were to step down now for some reason, Maldives would be in a state worse then the post war Irag with the whole MDP leadership fighting to be the president. Come to think of it Go Go already fits the part of Chalabi, betrayed by his own people even before the war is over.

.::The Truth ::.

.::The Truth ::.: "You will never realize the beauty of something unless you loose it!
27/10/04

To the Editor
Who I am is irrelevant. But my father once used to tell me that if you want someone to listen to your conversation, then you must first make the person to understand who you are and let that person feel that you are being really open with that person. With that opinion in mind, I have decided to first give a brief introduction to who I am. I am a Japanese person, who visited the Maldives a lot of times, since my childhood days. I had been to Maldives a long time ago, and even quite recently as well. In exception to these two trips to the Maldives , I have been to Maldives a lot of times on various occasions including me and my wife's Honeymoon. Sorry for beating around the bushes, but I found that telling these stories is really helpful to what I am about to tell.
I can remember when I first visited the Maldives ! I can even remember the moment when I first sat foot on its Land. It was a time of glory and happiness. At that time Maldives was not a very developed country, but still it was a paradise for all who visited. The Maldivian people were so friendly. The gesture they provided us was outstanding. At that time even, the Maldivian people had the gift of making unique and beautiful handicrafts. It was my first visit to Maldives but not the last. Soon after we left the Maldives , I got the opportunity to come again, which I gladly accepted. But it was a few years after out first visit.
At the second time I sat foot in the Maldives , I was shocked! Shocked to see such a small, country developed at a really vast scale. Every thing from the people's clothing, households and even the transportation was so much developed. At first I thought it was a dream, but later I found out that it was real. This was the trip "

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

We don't Have to go find you!

To: Shaz
I'm sorry - was that a typo?
Or are you really that stupid?
We don't Have to go find you!

Cyber Newspapers: An Emerging Culture

by Mohamed Azim

I have been following the internet newspapers for a long time. First it was only the DO which I must agree started off pretty well perhaps because it was the only paper at that time. Recently I have come across this other paper called Maldivian too which has been gaining popularity very rapidly.

As I said DO started off pretty well but at present I think it is a vivid example of blatant abuse of the freedom of expression. For them the old adage “my freedom ends where yours start” holds true. Apart from the very outrageous lies they publish without any verification of fact whatsoever it is also filled with filth which you would not like to hear in any household with family values. It goes to the extreme of defamation.

DO also seem to be a newspaper centered with just one objective in mind. The over throw of the present Government. It does not seem to have a diverse view of opinions as any decent news paper should have. Every reporter worth his soul knows that a good story is like a hand, that it has two sides. It is this single minded obsession of the DO editors which has caused much discontent among its readers. With a dwindling readership DO editors have been forced to hunt through other newspapers and print what they feel is even remotely connected without any though to copy right laws. Perhaps it also comes under DO’s version of freedom.

Like DO I must say I read The Maldivian too with a lot of weariness. I was told that the The Maldivian is a pro government newspaper brought out by people close to the president, infact some have suggested, the son of the president.

What struck me most was the diverse view of opinions in the Maldivian. It provided a good balance to the DO’s lies by counter articles with solid facts. Plus it also has its own articles in support of the Government. More important it also has articles criticizing the government for its inaction as well as its actions.

Maldivian also had become a forum where by people can bring their grieves to open discussion. Instead of having a tunnel vision Maldivian, by focusing on a lot of issues is able to help a lot of people in expressing their discontent. The recent discussion on health issues is a vivid example of this.

There is a great difference between the criticism we find in DO and The Maldivian. The criticism in DO is very destructive and inflammatory and brinks on defamatory remarks and always end with a call for the President to resign, what ever the problem might be. While as most of the criticisms in The Maldivian are constructive and always give the writers view point of how it should be. Now you must be all wondering what I am trying to say. Where is this article leading? I was content with just reading the articles in these newspapers when one of the banner headlines in DO suddenly struck me. It was a quote by Edmund Burke which read as “The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing”. This was when I decided to follow the advice given in DO and decided to write and thank the editors of The Maldivian for bringing some sanity in to this whole process.

It is time that we Maldivians stop to be just readers and started expressing out opinions. We should stop treating these newspapers like DO for its entertainment value in its lies and try to force the truth out. Its time we start writing our opinions so that the truth be known and the mandate of the people are expressed. Let the truth prevail.

Finally I call upon the concerned Government authorities to look through these internet articles and take on the constructive criticism expressed there in stride with a positive out look and to remember that we are all working for a common goal whether inside or outside the Government.

To Shaz or any one

If you have courage leav you mailing address we will give you answer

antimdp.com

Friday, October 22, 2004

Sappe caught between the Devil and the Fire: To drop or not to drop O’Shea?

So much has been written about Michael O’Shea joining DO lately with good reasons. I believe this was a case of things back firing for Sappe. No wonder Sappe might have thought that he would get tremendous response when he announced that O’Shea has joined his tack newspaper. Or may be this announcement was demanded by his Christian Financers who were irritated when Mr. Gogo announced that MDP do not endorse Christianity. What ever may be the case the readers, even DO die hard fans, saw it as an insult that this guy is playing any part in the DO publication. To add salt to injury was the outrageous articles he started bringing out. This was clearly evident form the comments they were getting in the open forum.

Sappe was left with some serious trouble shooting. He was quick to announce as an editorial notice that O’Shea had concerted to Islam and that his Muslim name is “Abdurrahman Abdulla”. Everyone knows that he converted in name to marry a Maldivian girl. If he has really been inclined towards Islam as he leads us to believe then why did he use his Christian name to introduce himself in DO whose main Clientele is Mulsims in Maldives. For that matter why is he retaining that name at all? For example do we hear anyone calling Yoosuf Islam, Cat Stevens any more?

Sappe’s announcement in the DO that he had converted fooled nobody. We are all aware of his Christian Missionary activities. DO says that O’Shea had specialized in “Maldives, Asian and Middle Eastern history and religion particularly Islam and widely traveled in this region” but what he was actually involved in missionary activities during this time. If he is such a qualified person as we are lead to believe what the hell was he doing in a Hithadhoo Southern secondary School as an English Teacher. According to DO these schools are substandard schools. If you had read the Jousha Project you would know this is exactly how these missionaries infiltrate in to religiously adherent Muslim societies.

This is a widely known fact and it would be futile for Sappe to refute this. He might as well admit that he made a mistake and drop O’Shea like a hot potato. But of course he cannot do this. If he does that how will he support his lavish life style in UK without his Christian financers?
I am glad you appointed him Sappe. This is the final seal on your pack of lies. By appointing him you have lost what ever credibility you managed to garnish even among your supporters. You have been exposed for what you are, selfish and ungrateful. Its time you pack up and call it a day. Take a break man. We need one too….

Thursday, October 21, 2004

House Arrest


Ibrahim Hussain Zaki, Munawar, Ibra and Gasim Ibrahim changed
to house arrest



Be fair, Reveal the truth

If someone is to talk about natural wonders and its unique enchanting sceneries, any Maldivian can brace up to the conversation. But in it we have no absolute advantage over any other country for they too have its own unique natural wonders. So when it comes to trade the unique natural beauty, we have no absolute advantage over the others. But the secret of our success in the tourism sector is purely the integrated effect of the peace and harmony in the country with the natural wonders we have. It’s an effect most of the other
countries lack.

So if anyone is to hinder our development in the tourism sector it is that they have to break the integrity of the Maldivians, by bringing in racial, social and religious problems. If any of these problems are to flame in the country there won’t be any peace any more here or anywhere.


In the past, many has attempted to disrepute our beloved nation and Insha Allah at all times they have failed. Present day we are once again under such an influence. Few Maldivian joined with some Sri Lankan and some British are on the run to disrepute the country. And this got-to-be brotherly Maldivians who are so worried about the country’s success, have they up-to-date done any good deed for the country? Open up there biography, they have never been anything other than a burden to the country. The present day attempt to disrepute the country has given some effect. The UK branch of the Members of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA-UK) was here two days back to review the political situation in the country. Unlike the previous mission by EU members they commended on what we have achieved in this short
period of time. Visiting members also noted that, during their visit, they had met with some members of the Cabinet and the People’s Majlis and a number of senior Government officials, who they said were of a very high caliber and committed to national progress. They also spoke on the importance of the President’s 9th June reform agenda, and noted the President’s commitment to implementing the agenda, in spite of attempts to derail the constitutional
reform process.When such teams from such organizations step their foot on our soil, it automatically sends a warning message to the entire world, but in our case a warning not true. We have no problem of such in the country for teams of such nature to be here. But as they are going to be here we are with them with our fullest cooperation.

It is our word of concern to any such organization, please; the minutest of damage done to the image of this country will bring immense serration to the economy and thereby to its people. So don’t be bias, be fair, reveal the fact N truth to the world…


Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Maafushi prison repaired and being used again

The prison in Maafushi island which was vandalized on 20 September have been repaired and is being used again.

Penitentiary Department’s director Ahmed Rashid said that the prison was being used starting from last Thursday.

However, services such as cable TV is still not functioning as damages done were serious.

When the prison was repaired, some changes were brought, including the strengthening of security for public safety.

The repairs were made by the construction ministry.

The prison was vandalized by inmates claiming to mark the first anniversary of the death and torture of inmate Hassan Evan Naseem by security officers.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Gogo Latheef admitted in Sri Lanka Apollo Hospital due to heart attack!

Fact Maldives has received confirmed reports that Gogo Latheef had been admitted in Sri Lanka Apollo Hospital due to a

heart attack. He is now admitted in the ICU of the Apollo Hospital of Sri Lanka and is now under treatment. Fact Maldives also received information that he was last seen entering his house at 1900hrs.

According to various information
gathered, the cause for the Heart Attack was due to the difficulty of money problems that Gogo Latheef has been recently facing, the death of Mariyam Najeeb who is a close relative of Gogo Latheef's wife, who died on the this month (17 th October 2004). Fact also received information that Gogo Latheef had been sick from 12 th August due to the arresting of most of his relatives who were involved in the acts of the Black Friday.

Most importantly, Fact Maldives has also received information that the cause of the heart attack was also due to excessive usage of Alcohol and that Gogo Latheef is currently having some kidney problems as well! We will find more about this matter and notify as soon as possible.


Dhivehi Observer is trying to eradicate the peacefulness of the Ramadan!


It is of great joy that we Maldivians welcome the month of Ramadan. The month of Ramadan is the one in which the Quran was sent down, a guidance for mankind, clear proofs for the guidance. In it Allah has a night which is better than a thousand months. Whoever established
prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.


In a mont h like this please don't try to eradicate this peacefulness and this religious unity.

PLEASE NO CONFLICTS, NO FIGHTS, NO OTHER RELIGION, AND NO DIRTY POLITICS IN THIS COUNTRY. This country was and still is a beautiful, peace full and relaxing paradise so we must strive to maintain the country as it is rather than going for a conflict. So I request all
the Maldivians very politely to ignore what Dhivehi Observer is writing. The one and only thing they want is, to destroy the religious unity.

We must look for peace, better living standard, better life and a better work environment rather than politics, conflicts etc. We all must learn a lesson from Afghanistan and Iraq . There were
and still some selfish peoples who has requested America and England to get the power for them and now that those countries has destroyed the two countries there has been more angry peoples who are starving for foods and homeless. We, Maldivians must unite to save our nation from the claws of these few people who are trying to destroy our nation .
Lets not let them decide our future.

PLEASE THINK BEFORE TAKING AN ACTION. Always think about yourself been in the same position. WE LOVE OUR COUNTRY SO WE DON'T NEED OTHER INFLUENSES IN THIS COUNTRY.


we Maldivians are wise to their tricks now. We have seen through your façade of lies and we are fed up with you. We will not tolerate you any more. This is the reason why we have laws
regarding the publishing of papers. There should be some responsibility with editors and they should be accountable to what they write and should be able to justify all the crap they produce in the name of freedom and democracy.
We are working for the betterment of Maldives and that We were not biased towards some people while praising others.


We, Maldivians must unite to save our nation from the claws of these people who are trying to destroy our nation . Lets not let them decide our future. PLEASE THINK BEFORE TAKING AN ACTION. Always think about yourself been in the same position.

MDP Propaganda Machine Mohamed Latheef

MDP Propaganda Machine Mohamed Latheef has been admitted in a hospital in Colombo following breathing difficulties.

We wish him a Long Term disease.
-Dhivehi Dharin

One of the casualties of the accident that took place on the 15th of this month in Male�, has passed away last night.

19-10-2004

One of the casualties of the accident that took place on the 15th of this month in Male’, has passed away last night. Maldives Police Service says that Abdulla Waheed of North Miladummadulu, Komandoo, Boaganvilla died at the Intensive Care Unit of IGMH around 12.30 a.m.

The cause for his death is believed to be severe brain damage. Maldives Police Service reports that one of the casualties of the serious accident that took place around 4.00 p.m. on 15th of this month, is already evacuated to Sri Lanka due to his critical state and another 4 persons are now released from the hospital after treatment.

Due to the increasing number of such incidents recently in Male’, the Authority has repeatedly appealed the public to be more vigilant on the traffic and says that it has been retaining driving licence of those violating traffic rules. The Authority reports 13 such cases until now.


Latest Photos from Manchester venues & club + pub info:
19 October 2004

Alex Wood

News
At 4pm on Friday 22nd October 75 volunteers will be
released from the cells of the Manchester police museum in an attempt to get as far away

from Manchester as possible!


It isn’t a gang of escaped convicts, but an event
organised by the charity ‘Kidscan’ in order to raise
money for their worthwhile cause of curing cancer in
children. The rules of the event are simple - get as far away
from Manchester as possible, however there is a catch.
You may not use any of your own money, or your friends’ or family’s money, you can’t use your own transport or your mates’ transport! You have only your own charm and blagging skills to go on. If you are
thinking you’d probably only get as far away as Bolton you’d be wrong; previous volunteers have travelled as far away as Tokyo and the Maldives.

On Saturday October 23rd at 10pm all participants must
contact the charity base in Manchester to let them
know their whereabouts, whoever is furthest away is
the winner!

Although the charity event is light-hearted and a lot
of fun for participants, (If you end up in the Maldives you might not want to come back!) the cause is extremely beneficial. Kidscan aims to: “develop new and improved treatments to cure all children with cancer’.

To some this may seem like an
unrealistic aim, however the charity that works closely with The University of Salford have discovered a new substance that kills the blood vessels inside cancers.

A spokesperson for Kidscan said:“This represents a new and potentially exciting development in the search for better cancer treatments”. The
substance that is used to fight cancers is an extract of a Chinese herb related to common garden mint.
Whereas conventional cancer treatments target the cancer cells themselves, this new substance is designed to destroy blood vessels within the cancer cells.

Kidscan is a small charity and the money raised from this event will be extremely helpful for them. There are still 50 places up for grabs in the ‘jailbreak’ event, if you want to get involved then contact
Manchester Rag office in the union building.

For more information
go to www.kidscan.org.uk

Maldivian Democratic Party

Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) co-founder and spokesperson Mr. Mohamed Latheef has been admitted in a hospital in Colombo following breathing difficulties. He works tirelessly to further the party’s cause and achieving its stated goals.

Monday, October 18, 2004

We Prepare People for them to Serve the Nation

by Shrek 2

Maldives has a 99% literary rate, a position no other country stand. Is it not a position we attained with no-effort. Imagine how much sweat our leadership would have shed to come this long way. Have anyone ever thought about? No wonder, why people are unaware of these things? The issues of most concern are issue such as the provision of basic needs which are in plenty available to all.

Maldives is developing and so there are many foreign agencies which do support us in the run to development. Along with the economic assistance provided, to sustain the development, people are educated both locally and abroad under their loans and free scholarship. Anyone who earns the education through these schemes is obliged to serve the government thereby the country for a period ascertained in accordance to the duration and the type of course done. And this government bond system is laid in accordance to the donors’ wish. It is seen in many developing nations that the educated people flees to the developed nation, a system of we-prepare and they-gain, so called “brain drain “.

Today there are many educated people serving the government and the country. Most of the educated crowd in employed in the government, but does not mean that their hands are not prominent in the private sector. A figure of little more than 80 percent of people with higher educational qualifications, serving in the government, are also playing an active role in the private sector. This guarantees that the educated people are serving the nation and is not applying the we-prepare and they-gain system as people like Dr. Waheed, etc.

In accordance to the qualifications, they should be given the ranking. So the people with doctorates are holding higher positions than that of lower level qualifications. It is simple logic. But the issue of placing them in the right job may have some variations. Our resources are very limited, so mostly people who are qualified in technical areas have rare opportunities to fit into their kind of work. But because of their educational level the chances are high for us to utilize them in a may be not the best, but an equal competent job where he could render a better service for the country.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Who is this Micheal O’Shea

by Mohamed Shafeeq

We are happy and enjoy the good times we are surpassing here. And all those said-to-be bitter-under-went weirdoes in Michael O’Shea’s report are too enjoying the good times we are enjoying, but hiding the facts.

Michael O’Shea who is some 1000s of km away is having an ache for the systems we are in meanwhile we enjoy it. From his binocular he sees our people being hanged up side down and treated inhumanly in every sphere of life. We are happy here and our jails are not full of canning and torturing as the report state. Why not Mr. Michael O’Shea checks with his binocular and turn it right.

For Michael O’Shea our nation is full of crippled men for they have all undergone torture and brutal canning in custody. The named victims of torture, but for Michael O’Shea the most pious men on earth, Abdulla Alexander, Ahmed Fairish, Hassan Rasheed and Shammi are all in good health. But anyone who has undergone such a torture described in their articles will not be able to stand on his feet. Is it the condition of these young men? They are fresh and doing more damage to the country. Yes, in there accounts there are no one wiser than them and looking through a bino, such that of Michael O’Shea, the view might be so. But a man who feels the country’s soil beneath his feet would know who they are and what wrong they do to our property and to our country.

Michael O’Shea leaves the blame on our President accusing him for giving direct orders and authorizing torture in jails. Does Michael O’Shea know our president and our people? Doesn’t he know we hate violence and it is not in us to ill treat other beings? It’s a proven fact that the environment you grow up influences on your thinking capacity. So in that regard the chances are high for Michael O’Shea to have his thinking in that angle for he grew up in a country where racism, discrimination and brutality to the Aborigines flourished.

Just because your Prime Minister left a fleet to Iraq to support the torturing exist there, do not be in mind that our president will do the same. It is our president who brought us out to the day light from the dark ages, it is he who taught us what life he and it is he who showed us the success we are achieving today. So a for a man so wise and so much love his people the doubt of ill treating never arises.

Friday, October 15, 2004

The President extends Ramazan greetings to the people

The President notes that the start of the work of the People’s Special Majlis coincides with the auspicious month of Ramazan
15 October 2004

The President last night extended his sincere greetings and good wishes to the people, on the happy occasion of the commencement of the holy month of Ramazan. He was speaking at last night’s function organised by the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs to mark the commencement of Ramazan for the year 1425 on the Hijri calendar. He also extended his greetings to the entire Islamic Ummah.

The President said that the holy month of Ramazan was a very important spiritual opportunity granted annually to the Islamic Ummah by the Almighty Allah. He pointed out that Ramazan was the month of righteousness and piety, as well as fasting, Tharaaveeh prayers and other such good deeds. He went on to note that during Ramazan the people should take greater care to lend a helping hand and be courteous towards their fellow Muslims.

The President noted that life on Earth was a very short span. He said that human beings would witness their permanent domain on the day of judgement. He said that the Almighty Allah would judge each according to his or her deeds in life. He noted the importance of the people reflecting on their own deeds, and that the holy month of Ramazan was a great opportunity to do so.

Noting that the Maldives was greeting Ramazan at a very important moment in the nation’s history, the President highlighted that the start of the work of the People’s Special Majlis was coinciding with the auspicious month of Ramazan. He expressed his confidence that the Sittings of the Special Majlis would continue very soon, and that the Members of the Special Majlis would work with sincerity and loyalty to deliberate on these important reforms for the nation.

The President extends Ramazan greetings to the people

The President extends Ramazan greetings to the people

The President notes that the start of the work of the People’s Special Majlis coincides with the auspicious month of Ramazan

15 October 2004

The President last night extended his sincere greetings and good wishes to the people, on the happy occasion of the commencement of the holy month of Ramazan. He was speaking at last night’s function organised by the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs to mark the commencement of Ramazan for the year 1425 on the Hijri calendar. He also extended his greetings to the entire Islamic Ummah.

The President said that the holy month of Ramazan was a very important spiritual opportunity granted annually to the Islamic Ummah by the Almighty Allah. He pointed out that Ramazan was the month of righteousness and piety, as well as fasting, Tharaaveeh prayers and other such good deeds. He went on to note that during Ramazan the people should take greater care to lend a helping hand and be courteous towards their fellow Muslims.

The President noted that life on Earth was a very short span. He said that human beings would witness their permanent domain on the day of judgement. He said that the Almighty Allah would judge each according to his or her deeds in life. He noted the importance of the people reflecting on their own deeds, and that the holy month of Ramazan was a great opportunity to do so.

Noting that the Maldives was greeting Ramazan at a very important moment in the nation’s history, the President highlighted that the start of the work of the People’s Special Majlis was coinciding with the auspicious month of Ramazan. He expressed his confidence that the Sittings of the Special Majlis would continue very soon, and that the Members of the Special Majlis would work with sincerity and loyalty to deliberate on these important reforms for the nation.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

BREAKING NEWS

The Maldivian: "14 Oct 2004 - Reports are coming that about 12 members of the special majlis (including Adhil, Mohamed Shihab, Gulhee Shareef, Afeef (Jesus), X-Ray Athif, Shareef (mavota)) have walkout from the ongoing majlis session today after they had a disagreement about the voting procedure to elect the President of the Special Majlis. However it is now confirmed that Abbas Ibrahim of SilverCloud has been elected and sworn in as the President of the Special Majlis. After the walkout there were 84 members left inside the Majlis. 71 voted for Abbas Ibrahim, 05 voted for Gasim Ibrahim and 13 didn't vote for any. � Male� Reporter"

The People’s Special Majlis is to resume tomorrow morning at 9.00 a.m. after being adjourned yesterday.

The People’s Special Majlis is to resume tomorrow morning at 9.00 a.m. after being adjourned yesterday. Yesterday’s sitting also focussed on the election of a President to the People’s Special Majlis.

The Special Majlis sitting is being reconvened to expedite the process of legislating the sweeping constitutional reform ideas that the President had proposed on 9th June and thereby usher in full democracy to the Maldives.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

The EU must focus on poverty eradication in South Asia as a policy area in its own right, says a leading development campaigner.

BRUSSELS, Oct 13 (IPS) - The EU must focus on poverty eradication in South Asia as a policy area in its own right, says a leading development campaigner.

Dr Rukmini Rao of the Centre of World Solidarity (CWS), an Indian development non-governmental organisation, says European Union (EU) development policy must work particularly to achieve the eradication of poverty in the South Asian region.

”South Asia is not just asking for more money, but we want the funds that are available to be used for poverty eradication alone,” she told IPS in an interview Wednesday (Oct 13). ”The development perspective of the EU's external aid must be maintained.”

Rao insists the poverty situation in countries such as India will not change ”unless development remains a focus.”

South Asia, which includes Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal, India and Pakistan, remains home to almost 40 percent of the world's poor living on less than one dollar a day. That translates to some 1.2 billion people living in absolute poverty.

Rao, who is in Brussels to promote the South Asian cause, is particularly concerned about new proposals adopted by the European Commission, the EU executive arm. The proposals involve slimming down the commission's wide range of geographical and thematic instruments for development aid.

The new framework includes an instrument for pre-accession assistance to candidate countries and a European neighbourhood and partnership instrument to cover third countries participating in the European neighbourhood policy, namely countries of the south and eastern Mediterranean and the countries of the southern Caucasus.

A new instrument for stability aims will tackle crises and instability in third countries and will also address ”trans-border challenges” including nuclear safety and non-proliferation, and the fight against trafficking, organised crime and terrorism.

Existing instruments governing humanitarian aid and macro-economic assistance remain in place.

Rao is particularly concerned about the new development cooperation and economic cooperation instrument which will cover countries, territories and regions not eligible for assistance under either the pre-accession instrument or the European neighbourhood and partnership instrument.

Rao says that the Union must not treat developed and developing countries the same with regards to its external assistance and other relationships.

”The danger is that the EU is putting countries like India and Japan in the same basket when they are talking about development policy and external aid. You cannot do this as there are too many differences between the two countries,” she said.

Rao adds that such a ”mixing of instruments” will also put increased pressure on development resources and could take the focus off poverty eradication in South Asian countries.

”It's a tricky situation,” she said. ”Business policies should focus on business, economic policies should focus on economics and development cooperation should focus on poverty eradication. The EU must name things correctly and ensure each instrument does what it says, otherwise it will only be the businessmen who will gain from the relationships.”

Similar concerns have been expressed by Brussels-based NGOs who say that the combined instrument will compromise development aid for the neediest countries.

Rao adds that the commission's proposals may also jeopardise efforts to build a coherent approach to development aimed at poverty eradication and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed by heads of state in September 2000.

”The goals of the MDGs are very clear but the EU has to ensure that they will be achieved. This could be easily achieved as EU member states have a long history with many of the developing countries, but they need to remain focused on them,” she said.

Whilst in Brussels, Rao will also meet members of the European Parliament to discuss ways the bloc's newest member states can forge a shared development perspective for countries such as India.

Drawing parallels between India and some of the EU's newest member states which joined the bloc in May, Rao says that the countries should share their experiences.

”Many of the EU's newest member states are in the same situation as India -- while they are not absolutely poor, there are extremely poor areas within the countries. We want to work with them so that they can reach out and embrace their new roles as international donors,” she said.

In spite of concerns over the EU's changing development cooperation, Rao says she is optimistic that her development message will be heard.

”I know things won't happen overnight but I am sure they will gradually change. European citizens are very generous and believe that poverty eradication is extremely important. Europe is still a democracy so I hope that the policy makers will listen to what they want,” she said. (END/2004)

Mr. Mohamed Hussain assigned temporary charge of the Audit Office

Mr. Mohamed Hussain assigned temporary charge of the Audit Office
13 October 2004

The President has assigned temporary charge of the Audit Office to the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Mr. Mohamed Hussain, pending the return of Auditor General, Mr. Ismail Fathee, who is on an overseas visit.

Press Release reference number: 2004-612

Special Majlis continues first sitting

Special Majlis continues first sitting
The People’s Special Majlis met yesterday. Yesterday’s sitting was a resumption of the first sitting of the Special Majlis that was suspended on 19 July 2004 after 23 members walked out following differences of opinion as to how the President of the Special Majlis may be elected.

23 members participated in the debate that ran for the large part of yesterday’s sitting. The Members of the House entrusted with constitutional review continued to be divided on how voting may be held in electing the President of the House. While some Members felt that the Constitution made it mandatory that the President be elected by secret ballot, others were of the opinion that the Constitution did not place such a mandatory requirement.

A proposal also emerged from within the debate that the House may put to vote if the President of the Special Majlis shall be elected by secret ballot of by an open show of hands.
The name of Abbas Ibrahim, one of the two Members representing South Huvadhu Atoll in the People’s Majlis was also proposed as a further candidate for the Presidency of Special Majlis.

After a 3 hour debate, the interim President of the House, Speaker of the People’s Majlis Ahmed Zahir adjourned the continuation of the debate to a further date. Shortly after the adjournment Majlis Secretariat made a statement that Thursday, 13th October has now been set for resuming the sitting.
A total of 98 Members attended yesterday’s part of the first sitting of the People’s Special Majlis.

Commonwealth Secretary General welcomes lifting of Emergency

Commonwealth Secretary General welcomes lifting of Emergency
The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Mr. Don McKinnon, has welcomed the decision by the President to lift the State of Emergency, which was declared following the mob violence in Male’ and surrounding areas on 12th and 13th August.

In a statement issued by the Commonwealth Secretariat yesterday, Secretary General McKinnon said that the Commonwealth was a strong supporter of the democratic reforms announced by President Gayoom in June. He also offered the assistance of the Secretariat to the Government of Maldives in taking its political and constitutional reforms forward.

The 9th June reforms include greater separation of powers including the creation of the office of Prime Minister, the removal of the gender bar in running for presidency, and the establishment and functioning of political parties in the country.
A draft Constitution formulated on these proposals has already been sent for consideration of the members of he Cabinet on 22 October, and it is to be presented to the People’s Majlis after Cabinet comments have been added in.

IS SAPPE’ MORE AWARE OF WHAT

by Shrek 2
Maldivian independence is what the Maldivian value most. Second comes in the same line the development and the democracy. Independence, development and democracy are all easy to say but cost a long way to achieve. But stage by stage we are achievingall these in favor of us in a stunning pace that most of the countries have never imagined.

We fought many battles against many intruders for our independence at various times in the history. With the great successes we achieved in the battles for freedom today we stand as an independent and free, non-aligned state.

With the independence of us from the British in 1968, we took a sharp turn to develop the nation in an escalating pace. The journey which we started in the early 1970s has given immense results today. We, only about 320 thousand people are in top rungs in terms of development among South Asia’s 1.3 billion people.

Every democracy is unique and the kind adopted varies with the customs, traditions and beliefs of the people. So is our democracy. But as every democracy has room for improvement we too are making it more democratic everyday.

If we are to adopt the democracy in the developed nations, in a friction of a second, imagine how worst things will go. The democracy which is flourishing in the developed world is not something they achieved in nick of time. Our independence is only 39 years and compare our place with theirs in their 39th year of independence. Sappe’ who spent most of his life out of the
country in the western world, has known their present day societies and is in thought that what he sees now was the state it was 50 years ago. Sappe’ is so ignorant that he is betraying the country which spent our money on his education.

Our democracy is not yet full fledged, but all efforts are being made to make it better. But it is Sappe’ who he is soliciting in the name of democracy who is violating our rights to become more democratic while hampering our freedom and development by diluting the beautiful image our hard work has bloomed to us.

We are Muslims and we remain steadfast in our faith. Even constitutionally there is no room for any other religion in this country. This is where Sappe’ is hitting us. But for Sappe’ and his followers we say, if you want to convert to any other religion do please vacate the country and live happily in a society where that particular religion is accepted. We cannot allow it here, for our society is small, and the minutest religious conflicts will bring total disruption to the country. Take examples from what is happening all over the world. Imagine how many countries are having internal problems due to religious conflicts. May be that’s what the said-to-be patriotic Sappe’ wants, but we will fight against it at any cost.

If Sappe’ could name anybody who was arrested for listening to Minivan radio and following the Divehi Observer, he is under hallucination. But anybody who has gone through these two would know that it is of no value to us, but of full of worthless worldly gains to violate the peace and harmony in the country.

Should anything done in this country be in favour of the minority’s desire or the majority’s desire? Sappe’ is a single man or his followers are few, so is it there needs that has to be fulfilled or ours? Whatever it comes to Sappe’s mind he hysterically utter it for he thinks he can alter the minds of the world over.

Sappe’ is spreading rumors that no evil person than our president ever ruled anywhere, and he has to be not only removed from his post but locked up for life. But who is he to decide the future of our country and our president? Has Sappe’ done anything for his country other than diluting the image we took many years to build and trying to hamper our development? We
Maldivians stand steadfast in the leadership of our present president and praise him for the achievements he has won for this country and are with him in the run to build a strong democracy here.


The article written by Mr. VS Sambandan about the Maldives in
the Indian National Magazine, Frontline’s issue of 25 September 2004 indicates
very clearly what we Maldivians want for Maldives “the people of the country
needs changed system with the incumbent president.”






Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Mr. Maizan Ahmed Maniku appointed as Deputy Executive Director at the Ministry of Information, Arts and Culture

Mr. Maizan Ahmed Maniku appointed as Deputy Executive Director at the Ministry of Information, Arts and Culture
12 October 2004

Mr. Maizan Ahmed Maniku of Henveiru Gaadhoo has been appointed as Deputy Executive Director at the Ministry of Information, Arts and Culture.

Gasim Squeals on 12 MPs

Buruma Gasim, a man who claimed that the Government could not imprison him and was willing to spend millions of Rufiyaa to help people so that they would oppose his imprisonment, was the first person to spill the beans to the Police.

He has confirmed in a signed statement that at least 12 Members of the People's Special Majlis had practically bought seats with his money and that these include payments made to various parties including the loan that he borrowed from the Bank of Maldives to this effect.

It is also known that at least two other Special Majlis Members have corroborated Gasim's story and have turned State witness. Gasim himself has been implicated in conspiracy to overthrow the Government and conspiracy to incite violent acts should he be arrested by the authorities.

It is believed that the Attorney General is preparing charges of election fraud against these 12 Members of the Special Majlis, but informed sources say that he is unlike to press charges against the two Special Majlis Members who corroborated Gasim's story. It is also believed that the charge sheets against the remaining 10 Special Majlis Members will be filed with the Courts before the end of work tomorrow.

Corrupt financing for elections is a scandalous matter that had bedeviled many legislatures. In India, votes in Parliament are by Law required to be open and by show of hands as a measure to deter selling of votes and buying of seats. It is also known that allegations of corrupt electoral practices are strongly condemned in all reports of Commonwealth Elections Monitors.


Mr. Ali Faiz of M.Manaage has been released

The Fact has received information that Mr. Ali Faiz of M.Manaage has been released today. Ali Faiz is working in Villa Shipping and Trading Company private limited. He is known to have a close relationship with Buruma Qasim and his Business. Ali Faiz was a member of the MDP in the year 2001. It is believed that he has cooperated fully with the police. Ali Faiz was arrested because he was involved in 12/13 August incident.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Maldivian president meets visiting top Chinese official

Maldivian president meets visiting top Chinese official


MALE, Oct. 11 (Xinhuanet) -- Maldivian President Maumoon Gayoom met here on Monday with visiting top official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Wu Guanzheng and both sides discussed bilateral relations between the two friendly countries. Wu, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau ofthe CPC Central Committee, said during the meeting that the relations between China and the Maldives have seen a steadily development and the cooperation in the fields of economy, education and tourism.

They are deepened with the increasing high level exchange since the establishment of
diplomatic ties more than three decades ago.


He
spoke highly of the contribution of President Gayoom, an oldfriend of the Chinese people, to the strengthening of friendship between China and the
Maldives.
Wu, also Secretary of the CPC Central Commission
for DisciplineInspection, said that the Chinese government has appreciated the firm support of the Maldivian counterpart on the issues of Taiwan,human rights and Tibet.


He emphasized that the Chinese government maintains
that all countries, big or small, rich or poor, should respect each other, cohabitate in a friendly manner and cooperate on the basis of mutual benefit.


He further said that China is willing to expand friendly cooperation in all domains between the two countries in order to further push forward the bilateral relations.


President Gayoom asked Wu to convey his warm greetings and bestwishes to the new leadership of China and expressed his satisfaction with the smooth development of Sino-Maldivian ties. He also highly valued the achievements made by China in the implementation of its policy of reform and the opening up to the outside world as well as in the process of its modernization.


The president also hailed China's commitment to the
foreign policy of independence and self-reliance, which he said is conducive to safeguarding peace and stability in the region and the whole world.


He noted that the Maldivian government will continue to pursue the One-China policy and constantly strengthen the friendly cooperation in all fields with China.
He thanked the Chinese government and its people for their longterm support and assistance to the Maldivians.


Wu also met with Maldivian Foreign Minister Fathulla Jameel late Sunday. Both sides had an in-depth exchange of views on the issues of common concern including the development of the Sino-Maldivian relations.


Wu arrived here on Sunday following his goodwill
visit to Sri Lanka. His four-nation tour will also take him to Indonesia and the Philippines. Enditem

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Maldives Police Services released 5 detainees

Maldives Police Services released 5 detainees who were charged in connection with the incidents of 12th and 13th of August.
11 October 2004

The Maldives Police Services has released 5 detainees yesterday, who were charged in connection with the incidents of 12th and 13th of August this year making a total of 154 detainees released upto now. 56 detainees are reported to be held at present.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Maldives Terrorists list

01. Abdulla Saeed, Ma.Kosheege
02. Adam Abdul Gafoor, H.Kuredhimaage
03. Ahmed Abbas, G.Bamboo
04. Ahmed Ali Naseer, G.Fithuroanu Villa
05. Ahmed Mausoom, Pleasant Waves
06. Ahmed Nazim Abdul Sattar, G.Canaryge
07. Ahmed Shafeeg (Sappe’), M.Maafusheege
08. Ali Hashim, Ma.Hithilaage
09. Ibrahim Hussain Zaki, H.Hilihilaage
10. Ibrahim Ismail, Ma.Boagan Villa
11. Jennifer Letheef, M.Nedhunge
12. Mohamed Mahir, H.Green
13. Mohamed Nasheed, G.Canaryge
14. Mohamed Ziyad, M.Saljamuge
15. Susan Ibrahim Fulhu, M.Limerick

The President lifts the State of Emergency

The President lifts the State of Emergency declared in Male’ and surrounding areas on 13th August

NAFAA NASEEM AND ADIL RELEASED!

Nafaa Naseem and Unimaagey Adil have been released from dhoonidhoo prison last night. Nafaa Naseem is a well known person. He is also a share holder of Horizon Fisheries. Nafaa Naseem is also the member of special majilis of Laamu Atoll. Information received to the FACT that Mr. Burmaa Qasim sponsored the special majilis campaign of Naseem. Confirmed sources informed that Mr. Naseem did not make any payment to purchase the share of Horizon Fisheries. "It was a gift from Buruma" said one of Villa Fishing Staff.

Unimaagey Adil is the special majilis member of HDH. He is closely associated with Transport Minister, Hon. Ilyas Ibrahim and Buruma Qasim. Adil is a director of Transport Ministry. The FACT received information that Adil's campaign for special majilis was sponsored by both Qasim and Ilyas. Adil is also a relative of Health Minister Ms. Aneesa.

Our analysis suggests that the members of the special majilis, who were released, will be attending the special majilis meeting which is scheduled on 12 h of this month.

It is expected that all the members will be attending the meeting and that there will be a secret vote to elect the president of majilis. And who will be the president of the historic special majilis is a question of time!!!!!

WILL NAZIM BE ARRESTED FOR 12/13 AUGUST INCIDENT?

"Nazim Sattar is a brother of Anni and MDP Agent in the Maldives . Information received that Nazim was highly active at the Sagarey Park on the 12 th and 13 th August. He has seen by many eyes while inciting people. It is also informed that he has instructed to take the voice system to the Sagarey Park , which was at the MDP Ibura's office. Also he has been seen carrying food and drinks to the ground. His pictures must have seen by the Qayyoom's investigation team.
The Fact is aware that Nazim is one of the key members of MDP in Maldives . And that he is behind every Anti Government initiatives. Nazim, Anni and Sikka family is hoping a day of SIKKA presidency in the Maldives . Sikka family is well known in politics. They were never happy with then president Nasir and attempted to overthrow him.
The FACT has seen NAZIM meeting with foreigners and giving them false information about the Maldives and the government.
We wish that Nazim will be arrested soon. We can live in peace only when Sikka family is neutralized. "

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Black Friday case sent to the Attorney General's Office

Informants at Police confirmed the submission of Black Friday case to the Attorney General's Office today. Our contact at Attorney General's Office also confirms this. It is believed that statements of between 10 to 15 persons with their charges have submitted. Among them Mr. Zaki and several other members were included. "

MDP Member Released

X-Ray Athif Released 9-10-04


The Fact has reports that X-Ray Athif has been released this morning. It is believed that he has cooperated fully with the police. Athif was arrested in relation with 12/13 August incident. Athif is married with Ms. Rashthaa, who is the secretary General of Human Rights.



Friday, October 08, 2004

ZAKI GETS DROPPED FROM SAKAROV'S LIST

ZAKI GETS DROPPED FROM SAKAROV'S LIST

08/10/04

Zaki has been dropped from Sakarov's price list and the price goes to a Kurdish woman and Nerj Deva is been questioned why he proposed the name of a biggermist and the person who paid for his holiday in the Maldives.



Ali Abdulla Released

Ali Abdulla Released
08/10/04
Reports
received that Mr. Ali Abdulla of H.Omadhoo has been released. Ali Abdulla is the father of Lailaa Ali, who is married with Mohamed Nasheed (Anni) Ali Abdulla has been a failure of his life. He was in the government for a long time. His recent job was the managing director of Maldives Ports Authority. Ali Abdulla was involved in a theft case during Ibrahim Nasir's presidency. Ali Abdulla is believed one of the masterminds of August 12/13 incident. Unconfirmed reports suggests that he has been financially supporting MDP. His vision is Sikka family to rule the government. Ali Abdulla is believed to be having financial problems
within his family. The famous ALIA has been split now and Ali Abdulla has
nothing but peanuts. His brothers Abbas and Ilyas are brave than him and they
are heading the ALIA business now.


MR LATHEEF TO BE PRESIDENT OR NOT!!

by DM
Mr Latheef claims that he opposes Mr Gayyoom And to proove that , he has formed a political party called MDP. (Maldivian Democratic Party) But our constitution has not passed a bill Stating that a minor party such as the MDP can oppose the President. Thus it is proof that Mr Latheef and his party are "CRIMINALS". He has not yet achieved his post of the "President" and yet he and his party are already proven CRIMINALS in the eyes of the Maldivian judiciary LAW.
My Dear Friends , I can not imagine how criminals can built the future of a nation. CAN YOU?

www.antimdp.com Anti-Maldivian Democratic Party

Ministry of Home Affairs said that the case files of key persons involved in the incidents of 12th and 13th August Would be forwarded to the Attorney General's Office very soon for prosecution.

TVM 05-10-2004

The Ministry of Home Affairs today said that the case files of key persons involved in the incidents of 12th and 13th August Would be forwarded to the Attorney General's Office very soon for prosecution by the State. The Home Ministry went on to note that the investigations of a lot of people detained in relations with the incidents were in their final stages.

The Press Release noted that the investigations were not based primarily on statements given by detainees, but also on witness evidence and other material information. They also noted that, given the nature of the incident and the number of persons involved, the speed of the investigations was not slow.

On the basis of information gathered so far, the Home Ministry Press Released states that the investigations pointed to a violation of the Section of the Penal Code of the Maldives on offences against the State. The Press Release also showed that planning of the offences had taken place both in the Maldives and abroad, and that evidence and information pointed to the involvement of some foreign elements in these activities.

The Press Release of the Ministry of Home Affairs pointed out that the suspects had incited people against the Government, and that they had also sought to enlist foreign support by providing false information about the Maldives. Further, it was noted that the planning of the activities began well ahead of 12th and 13th August. It also states that some candidates who contested the election for the People's Special Majlis appeared to have violated electoral laws.

President reinstates rights and laws suspended following Declaration of Emergency

President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom yesterday reinstated a number of rights and laws that had been suspended since the Declaration of Emergency. The suspension of rights and laws had been applicable only to those detained in connection with the mob violence in Jumhooree Maidhaan on 12th and 13th August.
The rights and laws that have been reinstated effective yesterday are the fundamental right granted by Article 15 (1) (b) of the Constitution, which states that persons who are detained for periods exceeding twenty-four hours have to be informed of the grounds of arrest or detention, the fundamental right granted by Article 16 (2) of the Constitution, which states that persons who are charged with an offence should be allowed to obtain the assistance of a lawyer during investigation.
Further, the regulation on arrestable and non-arrestable offences, and the rights granted under Article 9 of the Act on the Protection of the Rights of the Child (Act no. 9/91), and Sections 4 and 5 of the Regulation on Juvenile Offenders, have also been reinstated yesterday."

Students tackle crime code grounded in Islamic law

PHILADELPHIA - Professor Paul Robinson's fall seminar at the University of Pennsylvania Law School offered a unique opportunity for the ambitious student: a chance to make law, rather than just study it.

As part of a project sponsored by the United Nations, the class's sole task would be to craft an updated crime code for the Republic of Maldives, a small island nation in the Indian Ocean.

The job would be no exercise. The students would work with high-ranking Maldivian officials. Their final draft would be submitted to the country's parliament. As a bonus, some would get to travel to the tropical archipelago, known for its white beaches, coral reefs and luxurious resorts.

But there was a catch.The students' client would be a regime that has outlawed dissent, jailed pro-democracy demonstrators and been accused by Amnesty International of "endemic torture and unfair trials."

And, the new legal code was to be based on the Shariah, a body of Islamic law that fundamentalist nations have used to subjugate women, crush free religious expression and impose personal behavior laws criminalizing homosexuality, alcohol consumption and sex outside marriage.
To third-year law student Tom Stenson, the situation posed a challenge too important to pass up.

"Is there a way to convince people that there is an Islamic alternative that doesn't include all the unpleasant practices? I think so," he said. "The criminal code that we'd like to present will comply with human rights norms. It will treat men and women equally. I don't think any of us would stand by and create a document that could be used for repression."

Fifty students applied for a seat in the class. Eighteen were accepted and have been immersed in the project for several weeks.
So far, many of the issues they tackled differ little from what they might encounter streamlining law in the West.

Stenson has been working on theft and kidnapping statutes. Other students have been codifying laws regarding fraud, forgery and rules on criminal culpability.

In interviews, several students said they have found little in Islamic law that requires the strict enforcement of centuries-old social norms favored by some Muslim scholars, and much in it that promotes social justice.
Their work doesn't sit well with everyone.

Daniel Pipes, head of the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum and a presidential appointee to the U.S. Institute of Peace, said it was a mistake for the class to do anything that could help prop up Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the strongman who has ruled Maldives since 1978.

"It's like working on the criminal law in Saddam Hussein's Iraq," Pipes said.
Pipes, an outspoken critic of militant Islam, called the Shariah incompatible with many western values, including freedom of religion, gender equality and the separation of church and state. He said it should be rejected as a source of state law, "not made prettier."

The criticism hasn't deterred Robinson, who sat on the U.S. Sentencing Commission and has helped several nations revise their legal systems.
He said the brand of Islamic law practiced in Maldives is a far cry from the systems imposed in Saudi Arabia or under the Taliban in Afghanistan.
"Maldivians stopped using the death penalty half a century ago. They don't cut off the hands of thieves. They don't have public stoning of adulterers," he said. "It is probably true that there are going to be differences we don't approve of, but what you have to understand is, they were the ones who decided who to approach and they approached us. That choice, by itself, tells you where they are headed." He said he expects to present a draft code to Maldives by the end of November.

Whether it is ever implemented could depend on the resolution of evolving political tensions in the nation of 278,00 people, 300 miles off the coast of India. On Aug. 13, security forces cracked down after 3,000 pro-democracy demonstrators rallied in the capital. The European Parliament called for sanctions last month to protest the clampdown. Gayoom has insisted he is serious about reform, including constitutional changes that would allow people to join opposition parties.

Thai, German Ambassadors, Nigerian High Commissioner present Credentials to President

The new Ambassadors from Thailand and Germany and the new High Commissioner from Nigeria presented their credentials to President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

The new envoys were Ambassador Karn Chiranond of Thailand, Ambassador Jurgen Weerth of Germany and High Commissioner Umar El-Gash Maina from Nigeria.

At separate ceremonies held at the President’s Office yesterday morning, the President and the envoys discussed on avenues of further strengthening the ties between the Maldives and their respective countries. The envoys congratulated the President, the Government and the people of the Maldives, on the degree of development that the country had achieved, despite the lack of natural resources and other constraints typically faced by small island states.

US Ambassador pays courtesy call on President

The US Ambassador to the Maldives, Mr. Jeffrey Lunstead paid a courtesy call on President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom yesterday morning. The call was held at the President’s Office.

The President and US Ambassador discussed the close friendly relations that existed between the Maldives and the United States, and ways to further strengthen these relations.

As the Maldives and the United States cooperate in the fight against terrorism, the President handed over to Ambassador Lunstead information received from the Government of a friendly country with regard to potential security threats to the Maldives.

Ambassador Lunstead noted the efforts by the President to implement his 9th June reform agenda, and assured the President on the fullest cooperation by the US in this endeavour.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Blair says 9th June reform proposals will be fitting culmination of Gayoom’s leadership

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said that the reform proposals that President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom had announced on 9th June were wide-ranging and comprehensive, and that they would be a fitting culmination of his leadership, the President’s Office said Wednesday.

Blair made the statement in his reply to Gayoom’s letter of 22nd August, in which he had briefed the British government on recent political developments in the Maldives. The letter was delivered to the British government by the President’s Special Envoy, Ambassador Hassan Sobir, during his visit to the UK last month.

Blair noted that the Maldives had enjoyed stability, increasing prosperity and impressive development during Gayoom’s tenure. He said that he was encouraged to hear from Gayoom that recent events in the Maldives had not swayed his commitment to the reform process.

Are We To Be Ruled By Whacko And Psychos?

by Santa

Have we come to this stage that we are submitting our selves to be ruled by whacko? Is our government that bad that we would rather hand the helm of the country to a few psychos?

Let us consider some of the people in question? The much applauded Sappe is a sick person with a sadistic mind. One have to see how used to beat his wife before fleeing away to Britain. Who else but a sick sadist will resort to these activities like wife beating in this modern age? He is also known to be having a drinking problem.

Ibrahim Ismail (Ibra) is a known psychiatric case. He is under regular treatment under a psychiatrist for a variety of illness including panic disorders and chronic depression. Reliable sources tell us that while in jail he has been reviewed by a psychiatrist several times. Do we expect him to lead us and play a constructive part in our development? Read More

It Looks like you are trying to run a country!

I regrettably should say that, I have doubts about MDP's political maturity and about their willingness and ability to lead Maldives.

MDP is a party born out of hatred and frustration, and their functioning and working methods reminds me, that of a mentally retarded. They do not have any policies, what so ever, of how would they lead Maldives and virtually have no answer, if not any idea about critical questions like "How will MDP provide employment?", "How will MDP provide a national health care plan?" or "How will MDP establish a drug-free Maldives?”

Being a politician is not an easy task, as after all it is not only cunningness and shrewdness, but it meant that they are leaders or potential leaders. We expect a greater deal of diplomacy, moral and ethical values from them, which we may call leadership qualities. To be a good politician, you must put a great effort and time to your cause, and a "part time politician" who spends all day in his private business office, weekends in his resorts and only attends a couple of "reform debates" during the later part of the evening, is surely not a dedicated politician. Therefore my first question is “Do MDP members portray these values, qualities and dedication?” Read More

The Cabinet discusses ongoing activities on the diplomatic front

The Cabinet today discussed ongoing activities of the Government on the diplomatic front.

The President spoke on recent political events in the country, and briefed members of the Cabinet on the efforts to provide information to friendly countries on the reforms that he was implementing.

The President briefed Cabinet members on the discussions that took place during his telephone conversations with the Sri Lankan President, Mrs. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Begum Khaleda Zia, as well as his recent meeting with the Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, during his private visit to Singapore. The President went on to note that he had also spoken on the phone with the former Prime Minister and leader of the United National Party of Sri Lanka, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Mr. Don McKinnon. He also briefed members on the efforts of the Government to provide factual information on recent political developments in the Maldives to members of the European Council, prior to their recent discussions on the country.

Members of the Cabinet reflected on the work ahead in implementing the President’s reform agenda.

In today’s meeting, members were briefed by Ambassador Hassan Sobir on his recent visit to London and Brussels to meet with top officials of the European Commission and the European Parliament, and by Ambassador Lieutenant General (Ret.) Anbaree Abdul Sattar on his recent visit to India to enhance relations between the Maldives and India.

The Cabinet discuss ongoing activities on the diplomatic front.

The Cabinet discuss ongoing activities on the diplomatic front.: "The Cabinet today discussed ongoing activities of the Government on the diplomatic front. The President spoke on recent political events in the country, and briefed members of the Cabinet on the efforts to provide information to friendly countries on the reforms that he was implementing.

The President briefed Cabinet members on the discussions that took place during his telephone conversations with the Sri Lankan President, Mrs. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Begum Khaleda Zia, as well as his recent meeting with the Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, during his private visit to Singapore.

The President went on to note that he had also spoken on the phone with the former Prime Minister and leader of the United National Party of Sri Lanka, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Mr. Don McKinnon. He also briefed members on the efforts of the Government to provide factual information on recent political developments in the Maldives to members of the European Council, prior to their recent discussions on the country.

Members of the Cabinet reflected on the work ahead in implementing the President�s reform agenda.
In today�s meeting, members were briefed by Ambassador Hassan Sobir on his recent visit to London and Brussels to meet with top officials of the European Commission and the European Parliament, and by Ambassador Lieutenant General (Ret) Anbaree Abdul Sattar on his recent visit to India to enhance relations between the Maldives and India. "

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

The Commonwealth Secretary General welcomes the Maldivian Government�s request for assistance under the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooper

6 Oct 04
The Commonwealth Secretary General, Mr. Don McKinnon has welcomed the Maldivian Government’s request for assistance under the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation, in the implementation of the President’s Constitutional reforms, proposed on the 9th of June.

He said this during a Luncheon held yesterday, in London, in honour of the Foreign Minister, Mr. Fathulla Jameel. The Commonwealth Secretary General said that arrangements will be made as soon as possible in providing the necessary assistance and also welcomed the Government’s invitation to observe the election process of the People’s Majlis to be held at the end of the year.

He also assured the Commonwealth’s support for the Government’s efforts in bringing about constitutional reforms. Mr. Fathulla Jameel also met with the British Minister of State for South Asia, Mr. Douglas Alexander, yesterday.

The meeting was held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. Mr. Fathulla Jameel provided him a detailed account of the work being done by the Government in bringing about constitutional reforms. Mr. Douglas Alexander welcomed the proposals made by the President in bringing about constitutional reforms and expressed hope that the sessions of the People’s Special Majlis would resume soon, in order to speed up the process of constitutional reforms.

The Counsellor of the Maldivian High Commission in the UK and the Acting High Commissioner, Mr. Adam Hassan and the Second Secretary of the Maldivian High Commission in the UK, Ms. Irthishaam Adam, also attended the meeting.