Government to restart construction of 300 flats for MNDF officers

President Dr Mohamed Waheed has announced that work is to restart on a project to construct 300 flats for Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) officers and their families.

Dr Waheed said Thursday (August 15) that the government had previously failed to provide enough attention to the welfare of MNDF officers, who also required rights as Maldivian citizens, according to the President’s Office website.

President Waheed said the 300 flats being provided to officers were expected to be completed by next year, adding that his government would work to ensure the project faced no further delays or suspensions.

He also denied that the flats were being provided to officers “as a favour from those in power”, stating that the housing was being given as a duty of the government.

Flats for police officers

The government’s decision to restart the flat construction for MNDF officers was announced after President Waheed earlier this month handed 50 flats on the island of Hulhumale’ to the country’s “top 50” police officials.

Police Spokesperson Chief Inspector Hassan Haneef told Minivan News at the time that the 50 officers presented with housing were required to undergo an “internal” selection procedure, based on specific criteria outlined by the institution itself.

Haneef explained that all officers who applied for the housing were then judged on a points system using the aforementioned internal criteria, with the “top 50” officers being selected.

Since President Waheed’s government came to power during the controversial transfer of power on February 7, 2012, which followed a mutiny by sections of the police and military, more than 1000 officers have been promoted, while 110 new police officers were hired.

A housing scheme has also been introduced for police officers, with 300 flats to be constructed in Hulhumale’, arrangements were made for cheap accommodation in Sri Lanka for officers and their families and a loan scheme was set up for police officers.

The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) meanwhile has raised concerns whether the 50 flats – which it contends forms part of the “Veshi Fahi” Male’ (decongestion) project launched under the previous government in 2011 – were being given to the most deserving.

MDP MP and Spokesperson Hamid Abdul Ghafoor has previously said it was “very concerning” that police should be given flats exclusively, to the detriment of teachers, doctors and other civilians. He also questioned how officers themselves had been selected for the process.

“The intention for these flats was for the needy and people who deserved them. This is why these flats were built,” he added.

President Waheed awarded the housing days after Commissioner Abdulla Riyaz declared that police would continue to refuse any orders deemed by the institution to be “unconstitutional”.


4 thoughts on “Government to restart construction of 300 flats for MNDF officers”

  1. These schemes are politically motivated. What about Doctors, Engineers, Teachers, Nurses, Civil Servants etc? Does the Government consider the services of these professionals to be less than the MNDF and MPS? Housing is a necessity and the right of all citizens not a privilege for a few. This is un-constitutional and un-fair!

  2. Oh yeah Waheed? I agree that officers also deserve rights as other citizens including housing. But my problem is that you are preferentially providing them better deals than the rest, which is really unfair and unjust. Makes me believe there is an ulterior motive. You appear very bored and fake with regular citizens like us, but appear confident and in your element when among police officers and mndf! The same people who helped you with the coup.

  3. In real sense, Maldives does not require an army but a navy. Maldives will never be attacked by our two neighbors (India and Sri Lanka), FOR WHAT????, but we may be attacked by pirates, or terrorists who may use the.

    Our security is more on sea and NOT land so why the hell do we spend millions on building an army whose bullets are so rusted that they cant fire???

    I agree totally with Ismail & Rasheed comments above. A doctor or a teacher today in Maldives is more important than an army officer.

  4. Anybody read - Under the dome? How the second selectman, when the city is cut off from the world, takes up police control? How he promotes them, arms them, recruits more of them and finally becomes defacto king? I guess Waheed read it in his spare time.


Comments are closed.