Vice President of oppositional People's National Congress (PNC) and parliament representative for Maavashu constituency Mohamed Saeed has likened President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's government to a ghost ship drifting aimlessly at sea.
Saeed made his statement regarding Hulhule' Island Hotel (HIH), where the 100 percent state-owned enterprise Maldives Airports Company Ltd (MACL) holds 60 percent of shares, suddenly terminating Maldivian employees while the government has announced an increase in the salaries of executives of state-owned enterprises.
Saeed declared that while the economy is going to ruin, the salaries for executives are increasing. Salaries of regular staff have been cut down by 50 percent, despite the companies receiving tax breaks.
HIH employees were terminated after being held on leave without pay for over a year. Families have expressed great concern.
The Maldivian economy is currently in an extremely fragile state. However, the government continues to create political positions and appoint those who remain loyal to Maldives Democratic Party (MDP).