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

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