The real threat

Southasia - - EDITOR'S MAIL - Male’, Mal­dives Mo­hamed Hafeej

I agree with most of what Asna Ali has writ­ten in her ar­ti­cle ‘Fall of the MDP’. How­ever, I want to add a point to the rea­sons she gave for Mo­hamed Nasheed’s down­fall. It was the kind of money spent by his ri­vals in their elec­tion cam­paigns. Nasheed is among the few sane voices that we are left with in the Mal­dives. Had he been al­lowed to rule the coun­try, he’d have def­i­nitely put it on the road to progress. His ef­forts to raise aware­ness of cli­mate change and its dire con­se­quences for the ar­chi­pel­ago were known to all.

Do we hear about this is­sue any­more? There is hardly any men­tion of it. In­stead, what we hear about all the time is the aid re­ceived from a ‘brother’ Is­lamic coun­try to build mosques on ev­ery is­land, news about raids on par­ties and ar­rest of people on the al­le­ga­tions of un­law­ful ac­tiv­i­ties. These are is­sues that should bother us the least. Most im­por­tant is the risk posed to the Mal­dives by en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion. Does any­one care?

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