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Hakeem - Yesterday Chapter 6 - A statement from Ibrahim Shihab with Hakeem comment PDF Print E-mail
Iyye, Yesterday - Chapter 6
A statement from Ibrahim Shihab concerning Mohamed Ameen Didi, with additional information
Abdul Hakeem Hussein Manik
10 August 1997

translated by Fareesha Abdulla

Here is a paragraph originally from an essay by Ibrahim Shihab first published in volume 37 of Malas on page 194. These sentences reveal many of the negative characteristics of Mohamed Ameen. The quotation has been taken from Shihab's Essays - Volume 2 published by the National Council for Linguistic and Historical Research in Male'.

'The President of the nation is behaving as if he has forgotten that he is a human being. The arrogance of some government ministers has reached an infinite level. It seems the conventions and disciplines of Islam are saying farewell to Maldives.

The state treasury is becoming the personal possession of various people, and the extent of their ownership depends on their personal power and influence.

The male gender seems to have become a secondary class of people. The dignity and honour of young women is being stolen in the name of education and sports. The government leaders responsible for running the less important departments have gone beyond the limits of incompetence.'

I will now remind the reader what has been said in my previous essay, 'Aisa Manike, the daughter of Hussein Manik'. Aisa is my younger sister from the same mother and father. That essay gives clear details about Mohamed Ameen's attempt to take her to Dhoonidhoo.

Another incident occurred after midnight one night, when Ibrahim Hilmy's two daughters were summoned. It was Fanthoshi Dhon Moosa Fulhu who went to the Aa Kakaage house and knocked on the door. When Ibrahim Hilmy answered, Fanthoshi told him that Mohamed Ameen was summoning Hafsa and Habeeba regarding a school matter. Ibrahim Hilmy Didi said school business was not conducted so late at night and even if it was, the two sisters would only attend in the daytime or early evening.

When this incident became public knowledge, a person was summoned to court for telling the story and then he was vigorously whipped and banished from Male' for 18 years. However, he returned to Male' early in his sentence after the fall of the republican government.

Another person was also whipped and banished. He was first put under house arrest, and when the militia gathered in the morning, he had to leave his house and attend the parade ground. This was 21 August 1953, and Abdullah Jabir Sidi who was working for the Government Printing Press at the time, saw this trial. Jabir Sidi says the arrested man was informed that he had been summoned because he had defamed Mohamed Ameen's reputation. The man replied that he was not aware the nobleman had a reputation to lose, but if that was true, then he had defamed Ameen. 'I said that Mohamed Ameen sent for two young women at midnight and the father refused to let them go,' the man told the assembly, 'so you may do whatever you think fit.'

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