MDP Ali Waheed alleges that journalists politicised his housing bid

Former Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) MP Ali Waheed, who recently crossed the floor to join the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), has claimed that journalists covering his winning bid for a beach house in Hulhumale’ had politicised the matter and implied he was corrupt.

Waheed said that he had paid Rf1 million (US$64,580) upfront for the house, after winning the bid with the Hulhumale Development Corporation.

“The house will become my property only after I finish the rest of the payment within five years,” Waheed said in a press statement. “However, the story of this business transaction was spun in the media, with [outlets] writing ‘Ali Waheed and his wife have bought two houses in Hulhumale’ for Rf9.4 million’ (US$600,000)’ in their headlines.’’

Waheed said the journalists who wrote the articles had “attempted to damage my reputation” by implying to the public that there was “corruption in everything I spend money on.”

“Perhaps that is how journalists and owners of those news outlets got land plots, houses and wealth from previous governments,” he continued. “I will not use a proxy and stay hidden, and will do everything very publicly. For the information of such journalists who get personal with their pens, I will be involved in the real estate business in the future.”

He added that he had joined the MDP “with empty hands” to support government’s efforts to “change an antiquated and weak economy to a modern and robust economy.”

“I see the future of the Maldives very clearly, I can see the flats of flat Dhonbe [phrase used by opposition to mock President Mohamed Nasheed],” he said. “By God’s will, Maldivian citizens will see a better tomorrow than today and Ali Waheed will go boom boom to maximum.”

Waheed won the beachfront house for Rf4.6 million (US$300,000), bidding Rf 3020 per square foot. His wife also reportedly won a house.

Waheed’s former opposition colleague, MP Ahmed Nihan, questioned Waheed’s ability to afford such a property on his MP’s wage. Waheed, he alleged, “was quite a poor boy when we first met him as a DRP MP – that’s why we spoke with a friend and arranged him a house for rent that did not require an advance paid upfront,” said Nihan. “There was no way that Waheed could afford to buy a house in Hulhumale’ for Rf4.6 million unless there was a hand of corruption in it.”

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11 thoughts on “MDP Ali Waheed alleges that journalists politicised his housing bid”

  1. The senseless mad dog Jameel is accusing Ali Whaheed of bribery. Maybe few years back Ali Waheed had no money to buy land. The fact is that now he has a good income to buy a property in Hulhumale in installment basis.
    The mad dog Jameel should be ashamed of how he is living. Normal men do not depend or scrounge their wife food and shelter. Jameel you are pest get lost and “P” off!

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  2. "MDP Ali Waheed alleges that journalists politicised his housing bid."

    It is the naivity of Ali Waheed to have thought that it will not be politicised.

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  3. What to do.. right now even MDP activists may be shouting that he and other MDPs as such are corrupt and evil doers but come next election all will b forgiven and the same bloody parliament of corrupt individuals would be elected by the so called "reform" minded "democracy" loving mdpians

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  4. Oh you shamefless disgysting selfish creature. You are right, Ali Waheed will go boom boom under MDP government but the rest of the ordinary Maldivians won't. We are still suffering and struggling and it has been worse wince you all idiots came to power. By the way you didn't say hwo did you get all that money to pay the down payment of you and your wife's beachfront property. If you are not corrupt, why don't you open your smelly gob and say honestly how much did you earn from MDP so far? You guys are all an embarassement to this country.

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  5. An affront to the dignity of human life and every Maldivian citizen who has ever worked hard for a living.

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  6. Hmm interesting ...form then ammount on this articles you need to pay 76,667.00 a month for 5 Years .... And how about you add your rent 25000.00 , food 10000.00 utilities 8000.00 and as you all say donations to public 15,000 . As you claim dnt have any buisness .... This total which excludes a lot o f your misc expences,adds up to 134,667.00 ... I have only one question from ware do you get it !!!

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  7. DRP members can get money whenever they call Gasim ( need some cash????) Remember ? Similarly there are supporters of MDP who can call supporters like Ismail Sodiq (in USA) who has spent millions just to keep Gayoom from power.

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  8. waheed, you sir have failed. your credibility has gone ever since you left drp and joined mdp. you are as corrupt as anyone could be. shame on you.

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  9. I guess politicians go haywire at some point of their career. Like someone said, politicians are like diapers and they need to be constantly changed!

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