Royal Flush for the Bogus Philanthropist
Ramadoss lays his siege on SCCI
The Bogus Philanthropist is at it again! In a major coup orchestrated with the sly intention of power consolidation and influence on the country’s economic community, the good old doctor lands in the chair of the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce (SCCI). It is well known that Dr. Ramadoss has been accumulating wealth and businesses handed on a golden platter by the SPPF government – tainted by allegations that he acts as a front man for key figures in our society. He has even hinted at the prospect of joining the political race, presumably taking into account his support from higher up or from the shear fact that he has enough in his coffers to fund such a high risk gamble.
And gambling is one of the doctor’s main line of business. A business he has enjoyed with impunity where taxation laws are concerned for over a decade. Is there a specific reason for the SPPF government to refrain from taxing one of the most lucrative businesses? There are surely some ulterior motives… perhaps it is the main source of funding for the SPPF or a major source of income for the ones in the shadows or the Bogus man himself? Surely a decent tax on this industry of vice would go a long way towards digging us out of this financial hole that we find ourselves in today.
With the advent of privatisation, the doctor was at the forefront of the acquisition of several government companies with the latest being the SMB bottling plant which he has snapped up under the name of his two brothers (the empire expands!). Awash with cash, he diversified into hotels, other casinos, restaurants, super market, construction, private hospital, agriculture, local tour operation company, printing, food manufacture etc… sounds like SPPF nationalisation of the ‘80s? Well, it is the perfect way to let go by grabbing almost everything through the back door. Why has no one questioned the cronyism or favouritism being practiced by the SPPF? Is this not CORRUPTION to the first degree Mr. President Michel?
With the rise of Ramadoss, we have seen an alarming interest and involvement of Indian nationals in our society to the point that several locals fear a radical transformation of the Seychellois community as we know it. A predomination of one ethnic group in our country will surely alter the makeup of these rainbow islands. This wave of influence being wielded by the doctor and his cohorts is more far reaching than one would like to believe. Having already thrown his weight in the Medical Association and the Hindu Community, Ramadoss mobilised his kinfolk and threw them into the arena to take on the most influential independent institution of our land. With the SCCI chairmanship firmly in his grasp (don’t forget buddy Dolor as Vice-Chair and cohort Palani as Treasurer), the good old doctor with his Midas touch is poised for another meteoric rise on the echelons of power… up high in the sky and perhaps one day to State House! Better watch your back Mr. President Michel as you will now have to engage in dialogue with the man himself… Or is it Narcissus staring at himself in the puddle?