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Minister of Home Affairs Imran Abdulla has called to safeguard all aspects of the religion of Islam, independence and nationalism despite political differences in the country.
Speaking at a special function held on the occasion of this year’s National Day, Home Minister Imran said Maldivians are exposed to various ideologies and practices in the interconnected world and such exposure may change the perspectives of the people. He highlighted the importance of ensuring such a change of perspective does not affect sovereignty, independence and the unity of the country.
The home minister remarked the social discipline and etiquettes in the country are worrying as sexual abuse, substance abuse and religious issues in the country are on the rise. He likened the worn-out social fabric to a foreign invasion.
Minister Imran called on the public to ensure the unity, friendship, respect and hospitality towards others are maintained despite the influences of the global world. He said such values, which form an integral part of the Maldivian culture, must not be affected by political differences in the country. He also urged the people to protect the local language, culture, heritage and civilisation as the country aims to remain an independent and sovereign nation.
Home Minister Imran also applauded the efforts of President Ibrahim Solih in building the nation and thanked him for his work in reviving culture, heritage and economy, in addition to measures taken to safeguard the independence and sovereignty of the nation.