Skip to main content

Everybody hates 'bed tax'!

It’s strange! It is not this governments’ idea that Maldives should be divided into regions and developed by creating 4 or 5 urban areas where quality services are available. The creator of the policy and ‘champions of decentralization’ (aka previous government on the advise of countless local  and international experts) disowning their own creation is a bit of a mystery. Look into each and every plan developed by previous government and you will find the same thing emphasized, magnified again and again in bold letters. 

Everybody hates bed tax! That’s why honourable mps in the majlis got rid of it from the  balance sheet of their companies by law! Who would entertain the idea of indefinitely paying 80 percent of their income as  'bed tax' to live like refugees in a match box size flat with no air or natural light just to get  a decent education, health services and jobs? 

So have a heart! We too want live in our own home  and where decent education, health services and jobs are plenty. We are giving up one for the other and that should change for democracy in the Maldives to work.

Note: Really wonder who gives policy advice to some mps. Anyone with presidential aspirations can say bye bye to their hopes if they angered the citizens of most populated and largest islands in the country.


Yasin Fikry said…
Most of the MPs do not know, what they discuss about.
When ever they face a new bill, they will conclude saying: "it's a very good bill, must thank the honorable MP", and it will be followed by the political accusations.
( Dear Muna Mohamed:your blog is very informative, thanks)
Muna Mohamed said…
thank you yasin. sometimes watching majlis is bad for our health. its just increases our blood preasure and are not worth watching if you want to keep your sanity.
Anonymous said…
Limiting month-to-month losses is indeed one factor that casinos can do to guard shoppers, however they don't appear to be|they aren't} obligated to take action in every jurisdiction. Online companies have had it somewhat easy for a good whereas now, successfully leveraging the power heaps of|to keep away from wasting} up on retail prices and offer players flexible betting limits. Well, regulators have lastly caught up that permitting players to wager an excessive quantity of} too shortly has been main them down treacherous paths. That is why some jurisdictions are now are|are actually} actively pushing to fix the max slot betting measurement, for example, to 다파벳 as low as $2. The measure isn't welcomed by gambling stakeholders who argue that it could utterly damage their companies. Another reason why on-line gambling is considered extra dangerous than visiting a casino is the shortage of sufficient consumer protection.

Popular posts from this blog

Divide and rule!

We are an unfortunate lot. I mean we are already divided geographically to insignificant proportions making it unsustainable, unfeasible and not viable to do and sustain anything valuable. (On top of that some bigger islands want to stay divided administratively to get two or more councils!!). In this state the perks available to any ruler is ignorance of his subjects, them being busy with their quarrels, arguments, and differences to notice the sorry state they are in. This makes The Maldives a heaven to get power, to stay in power and sustain that power without doing much, for centuries to come! Let me get to the point. According to last census, 75 islands have a population of less than 500, 58 islands have a pop. between 500-1000, and only 65 islands have more than 1000 pop. If I have my way, an inhabited island should have at least 1000 pop (which is not much). If it does not fit the criteria, the people should be offered the option to move to bigger islands. Any i

Can we, women of this country, have some space to grow food and offer food security to our family?

Illustration by Aishath Rishtha   Translation: “When the Last Tree Is Cut Down, the Last Fish Eaten, and the Last Stream Poisoned, You Will Realize That You Cannot Eat Money”  The article was published in  Maldives Economic Review  in its March 2020 Issue 3.  To read the full article click link at end  2014: Think about it? In 2014, I started writing a book using census and all available economic data on every atoll including data on how many uninhabited islands each atoll has. I thought that showing demographic, geographic and economic data will make people realize we need to do something about abandoning such rich resources for a congested living in Male’…. I shared the first draft with friends and mother thinking everyone will be very pleased. They weren’t happy. Major problem seemed to be - “just throwing data on people is not enough… we need to talk about some solutions. Take food security for one…..” Outline of the article 2014: Think about it? 2016: Write a

Towards a more equitable budget

The article was published in Maldives Economic Review in its December 2019 Issue 2.  To read the full article click link at end  World Bank in an introductory economic report on Maldives in 1979 states that “Male dominates the political, economic, and social structure of the country. It is here that a small national elite presides over the archipelago's affairs and takes decisions that are crucial to the well-being of the atolls. Not surprisingly, a disproportionate share of government expenditures directly benefits Male and ensures its residents a standard of living that is substantially higher than in the atolls The other islands now rely upon it as their main trading post and contact point with the rest of the world” Fifty years later Male’ has become one of the most congested cities in the world with a population density of 65,201 per km according to National Bureau of Statistics of Maldives. Top reasons for migration as per census is; as a return migrant, educati