Richard Branson Puts Maldives President On Notice: Twitter Reactions

    February 24, 2012
    Drew Bowling
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Virgin founder, media tycoon, and fabulously haired billionaire Richard Branson penned an open letter to interim Maldives president Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik to express his shock upon finding out that Waheed was involved in the military coup that unseated the previous president, Mohamed Nasheed.

After saying how pleased he was to have met Waheed and his wife, Branson went on:

You personally said to me that the Maldives needed a truth and reconciliation commission to examine the past misdeeds and the people who perpetuated them, and asked if I would speak with The Elders to see whether they would set one up.

Therefore, forgive me for finding it completely astounding that you have been part of an overthrow of a democratically elected government that has effectively let the old regime back into power. From knowing you, I would assume that you were given no choice and that it was through threats that you have ended up in this position.

Anyway, I do very much hope that was the case rather than you doing it of your own free will. With the world moving towards democracies, how dreadful it is to see the beautiful Maldives moving in the opposite direction.

Branson concluded by urging Waheed to ensure “free and fair” elections for the country this year and then effectively put their relationship on hold. “I look forward to renewing our friendship after those elections,” the letter ended.

Bold words, indeed. Twitterers took notice of Branson’s letter today and shared their approval.

How dreadful to see the #Maldives moving away from democracy. Fair & free elections should be held http://t.co/DjJ8MLVp(image) 5 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Thanks for your commitment as founder of Virgin group for fair and free #Maldives elections http://t.co/Q4miOiRb(image) 4 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Interim unconstitutional president Waheed exposed by Sir Branson.
#mvcoup(image) 5 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Interim unconstitutional president Waheed exposed by Sir Branson.
#mvcoup(image) 5 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

@richardbranson thank you so much sir! Your support indeed inspire us to continue our fight towards democracy…thanks again heaps & heaps!(image) 9 hours ago via Twitter for Android ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

@richardbranson i can’t help but wonder where your interests lie in this matter(image) 9 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

http://t.co/gNSEYeg4 thank you Sir Richard Branson for reminding Mr. Waheed(image) 6 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Waheed to Richard Branson: Do I look like an Interim President to you? @AdduHaanee(image) 9 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

I think Mr.Branson is bloody pissed off with Mr. Waheed (said with a very English accent)(image) 8 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Thank you! “@richardbranson: An Open Letter to Mohamed Waheed Hussain Manik, interim President of the #Maldives http://t.co/ox3arnPA(image) 9 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

  • achkmed

    But who’s this “Richard Branson” again? Is he a Maldivian? How come he gets a say in this?
    Ok Mr Richard. Your wife should be divorced 😛

  • A. Turab

    If Mr Branson is so interested in the well-being of the Maldives and its people; he may spare a few of his billions to help pay off the national debt (an amount of Rf 23 billion; translates to roughly $128 million USD) which the ex-President Nasheed irresponsibly racked up in just three years. For a small country, that’s tremendous. Or if Mr Branson is so interested in the well-being of the Maldives, he may inform himself of the various legal violations, acts of corruption and nepotism of which the ex-President Nasheed was responsible. Yet, he chooses to remain completely ignorant and decides to speak and offend us, Maldivians, with his presumptuous ignorance.

  • http://facebook ahmed razee

    I have known Dr Waheed since his school days as a soft spoken well mannered gentleman albeit with a tendency for excessive preening. However the man I saw at a rally ( on Feb. 24th) to ostensibly mark the Islamization of Maldives, appeared to be in a rage and sounded more like a rabble rouser! I am praying that he will be able to get rid, soon, of whatever parasites that may be eating his insides right now.

  • Jadhullah

    I agree with Razee. When we look at the picture we certainly see an alien soul in Waheed’s body and he is been controlled by the forces of Dictator Gayyoom. This is a sad period for the democracy in Maldives and we hope with the international pressure things will change soon.

  • Zafar Mohamed

    Mr.Richard Branson does not have any rhyme or reason to interfere in the internal affairs of the Maldives just as we the Maldivians do not have any legal or other justification in meddling with internal affairs of the United Kingdom or questioning the virginity of the Virgin Group.
    There is a broad international conspiracy against the small Republic of Maldives for the simple reason that we are 100 percent Muslims. The Jews and the fraternity of groups like the Bohemian Grove wants to see the Maldivians embrace other faiths and believes.
    The ousted President is an instrument of these people who practice such gruesome rituals like Cremation of Care.
    We will, Allah willing, remain Muslims.Plse dont profile all Muslims as terrorists. We Maldivians are not terrorists and exremists.

  • Nazim

    Sir richard, in the maldives a president has to spoon feed the police and the army. Mr nasheed did not do that. Now mr. Nazim the chief of defence force has said that the army does not love president nasheed no more. This is the situation here, its a love triangle gone wrong.
    In the end Nasheed got beaten and forced to love them as he was grabbed by army on his genitals and almost raped.
    Now waheed loves them he cares for them an pets them.

  • A. Turab

    Why should the president be democratically elected? What are the inherent virtues of democracy? Why are some Maldivians so adamant about things being “democratic”? Is it simply because its advertised as “The Way To Go” by the West? People are happy the way things are. Ex-President Nasheed had his shot at power, and he failed: miserably. Mr Branson, like a lot of self-important people, obviously lacks the sophistication and worldliness to understand that some people may not agree with his view of the world.

  • turnedpage

    mr. branson should understand we the maldivians have a constitution n that cannot b compromised just to please him or any other.. where was branson when ousted ex-president persistently raped the rules of the land.. we never heard a whisper from u and the likes.. now the matter is in our hands.. so let us handle it.. investigation is going on.. if this is found to be a coup, then this clown nasheed would be reinstated.. if not we will continue with current government until the next election in 2013 as prescribed in the constitution.. so mr. branson try to understand the situation before passing on ur remarks.

  • fathey

    law must be enforced in any country, it doesnd happened in maldives on Mr Mohamed Nasheed’s adminitration…he has voilated the constitution of this country. thts the main reason why he missed the seat. he is v good at teaching democratic system at the media to public. but practically he never act as a democratic leader. Mr Branson he has discrimated among maldives during his 3 year presidency. Maldivian doesnt have any problem with his Political party, We all r maldivians.we love maldives and his party “Maldivian democratic Party” But we hate him to be the leader of MDP and Maldives. I m a Maldivian who loves this land nd hope peace will remain in this land for ever. hope the present president will not allow any one to voilate te laws. if the must works well in UK it must work in the Maldives TOOOOO…

  • fathmath

    My message to MR.Richard !Thi beyfulhaa mi gaumuga vaanuvaa ingigen democracy ey vidhaalhuvun buddiveri kamah feney! Raees Nasheed veri akah hunnavaa, chartun beyrun amalu kuraanamey vidhaalhuvun, mee tho democracy akee?? Raees Nasheed ge party MDP ge meehun fiyavaa ehen meehaku raees nasheed kairi ah dhiyumun huri nulafaakan dhakkaa laana mey vidhaaluvun tho democracy akee? Gaumuge raees mifadha in bas vidhaalhu vumun aammu rayyithun ge asaru engivadhai ganeytho? alhugandhakee evves party eh ge meeheh noon! Ahugandu manik faanah Ilthimaas aruvan kamuge dhekolhu bellevumah!

  • aisha

    oooops MR Richard……. pls get the right info before you write a love letter like this ……we ,majority of us,all the parties except mdp are in favor of DR Waheed,we love him n we will defend his administration…….we dont need a guy like you from out of space to comment on our internal matters………better shut up !

  • Fathimath Sara de Mille

    Why are all the Jews clamouring for the reinstatement of Nasheed.Nasheed,Hitler,Mussolini and there ilk came to power on democratic elections but later turned into brutal dicatators.Nasheed violated the Maldives Constitution and the Supreme Court orders with impunity,thereby loosing all legitimacy to rule.Sir Richard Branson is not worried about the poor Maldivians’perceived loss of democracy but rather he is worried about not getting a few prime islands to operate gambling dens now called casinos.

  • Ahmed

    Thank u sir Richard , people elect leaders via ballet not select

  • Zayd

    When Nasheed flouted the laws laid down by the constitution, when Nasheed used the military to lock up the supreme court, when Nasheed used the military to eject MPs from Majlis to give his party an attendance majority, when Nasheed gave sold off state properties and national resources and multi million dollar projects to friends and family and the “highest bidder” with no transparency, when Nasheed raped the economy of this country over 3yrs through excessive spending, WHERE WERE YOU??! I ask you that Mr. Branson. Where were you when your “democratic” friend decided that he could flout the laws of this nation and that he could disregard human rights? Send yourself an open letter instead of butting into our internal affairs. Thanks.

  • Ali Ahmed

    Mr Richard whatever, Just take your dirty hands off Maldives, who the hell you think you are? Mr Nasheed maybe your slave licking whateever you show. Go show your virginity to outer space Man

  • Mohamed Nashim

    Dear Mr. Richard Branson,
    First and foremost I apologise for the narrow-mindedness of my fellow citizens who had been laying out low-grade comments here. That is proof enough that the education system of a 30 year regime was incompetent and how low the morality of the nation had become. Please accept it when I say that it is only their ignorance speaking here. I for one, am devastated today that the democratically elected government had been overthrown by the dirty work of a few rich people in our society. We saw how much hard work President Nasheed put forward in trying to make this nation a democracy; but sad to say that it did not happen. Yet, we will fight till out last breath, with President Nasheed, to make this a democratic country which is accepted by the whole world; and with inspiration from people like you, I am sure that we can do it. Thank you for trying your best!

  • Ari Kou

    Your Excellency, a voice more passionate than your friend Branson’s speaks softly to your soul. You may choose to listen to your him, or obey your enemies.