The economic ministry has withheld opposition Jumhoory Party (JP)’s leader Qasim Ibrahim’s Royal Island Resorts’ permit to import pork and alcohol Sunday.
According to Maldives Customs Services, the permits for Qasim’s other resorts Sun Island Resort, Fun Island Resort, Holiday Island Resort and Paradise Island resort, operated under the Villa Shipping company had been terminated in March 2017.
With the revocation of Royal Island Resort’s permit it carry alcohol and pork, the authorities have completely halted the import of these products to all of Qasim’s resorts.
A letter was sent from the economic ministry to Qasim, claiming that Royal Island had violated a clause in the regulations of pork and alcohol import, hence the permit had been revoked for six months, starting from January 21.
Maldives customs have accused Royal Island Resort of distributing the alcohol and pork imported for the resort, to the other resorts of Villa, and have already seized some of the alcohol in Fun Island Resort’s storage.
According to Gaisar Naseem, General manager of Villa Hotels and Resorts, the staff of Villa are planning to protest against the raids that are being conducted. He added that if alcohol and pork imports to the resorts come to an end, the resorts could no longer operate, leaving several people unemployed. Gaisar also encouraged others, especially tour operators to raise their voice against this.
In addition to staffs, people from Qasim’s former constituency, Alif Dhaal Maamigili Island have started to protest in defence of Villa resorts.
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