Tourism Minister Ali Waheed

'Castle' on Aarah was built under CSR, says tourism minister

  • The minister revealed this at Wednesday’s meeting of the parliament’s government oversight committee
  • Photos of the three-storey “castle” was leaked on by current Sports Minister Ahmed Mahloof, last November 2018
  • He said that the castle looks like one seen "on cartoons"

Aishath Shaany
Shaaknee

K. Male' 2019 Jul 11 | Thu 09:20 3,343 local

Castle-like house on the presidential retreat island - Twitter

A resort had funded the construction of a castle-like house on the presidential retreat island under a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, says Tourism Minister Ali Waheed.

He revealed this at Wednesday’s meeting of the parliament’s government oversight committee, where senior officials of the tourism ministry were presented.

Noting that he was recently in Aarah island for a cabinet meeting, the minister said that he saw that a castle had been built there.

“I saw that castle was built there, under CSR. This was done under CSR. What kind of CSR is that?”

~ Minister Waheed

Noting that it looks like one seen “on cartoons,” Waheed further said that it is “the president’s retreat castle.”

Photos of the three-storey “castle” was leaked on by current Sports Minister Ahmed Mahloof, last November, and had drawn outrage and criticism on social media.

The minister also noted that fish tank was built below the mosque on the island, and stated that this was done “under the previous CSR model.”

While this was built during former President Abdulla Yameen's tenure, he is accused of corruption and misrule.

There is a CSR policy framework, which states the amount that can be used. This is to be declared at the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA), which will then be transferred to the finance ministry.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, Minister Waheed said that they have brought changes to the CSR policy,

Noting that such work will be publicized from now on, he said that a special committee has been formed to conduct the work.

Last updated at: 1 week ago | Reviewed by: Leevan Ali

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