Jumhooree Party (JP) leader Qasim Ibrahim has announced his intention to waive the rent for flats allocated to the public in Hulhumale if he assumes power. The promise was made during the party’s 158th council meeting held on Saturday, where Qasim criticized the government’s land allocation practices, highlighting the disparity between those who receive land at high prices and those who are granted it for free.
Qasim stated that under his government, the rent of the flats given in Hulhumale will be waived at once. In addition to the Hulhumale flats, Qasim’s special political advisor, Riyaz Rasheed, took to Twitter after the council meeting to affirm that rent would also be waived for Hiyaa flats, as well as for army and police flats.
However, Qasim’s promise has drawn criticism from various quarters. Members of the public have raised concerns about the repayment of the loans used to construct these flats, asserting that the rent waiver is neither reasonable nor logical. Qasim, who is running in the upcoming presidential election on September 9, has officially launched his campaign. Alongside receiving the party ticket, he has released a manifesto outlining his vision for the country and the actions he plans to take if elected to power.