The opposition alliance’s running mate Faisal Naseem said the actions of the government invite other faiths to be practiced in the country and that caution should be taken before it happens.
Faisal said this while speaking at a meeting held in M. Dhiggaru as former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s incarceration reaches six months.
Faisal said the stand of the people is very clear and that they will say ‘no’ to oppression on September 23. Noting that there are numerous reasons why people should say ‘no’ to the current government, Faisal said these include the imprisonment of Gayoom while he is over 80 years of age and the incarceration of Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon, barring him from representing his constituency.
He said their only mistake was that they began the reform work, and that a jail cell awaits all those who work to reform the country.
“Why does the government loath the Dhiggaru constituency so much? This constituency’s representative is always accused of something, while everyone who works for reform has to be jailed. The people have to put an end to this”, Faisal said.
Speaking about the opposition’s presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Faisal said he is a man of great character and expertise, one that knows the feelings of the people. When electing a president, we should check whether they are traitors, oppressors or one’s who jail people unjustly. Solih’s long service in the parliament shows his great respect for the people. He is also the reason for the opposition alliance’s unity in reaching this far, Faisal said.
Faisal said everyone has to work ten times more to ensure that the upcoming election is victorious. He said the people do not want corruption and injustice, therefore work has to be done to ensure people are given their constituted rights.
“If we waste this opportunity, the country could become enslaved by another. The people would never want other religions established here, however the useless loans which the government takes from other countries could result in the enslavement of our country”, Faisal said.
Faisal further said that the opposition alliance would not govern from the safety of an air-conditioned room, but rather they would govern without pride and arrogance; going to the people in order to better understand their feelings. Pointing out that oppression should be stopped, he said that business owners should be able to independently carry out their businesses while government employees should be able to work without fear.
An opposition government would ensure these things and also make sure that those unjustly dismissed from their jobs would be re-hired and people would be given their rights mandated by the constitution, he said.