9 June 2010. The Transport Ministry has denied findings by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) that the Dhoogas Guest House in Addu Atoll was awarded to MVK for 50 years in violation of the government’s financial regulations and tourism laws.
Moreover, as the contracts were awarded following transparent bidding processes, the tourism law did not preclude granting plots of land in return for providing ferry services.
The ACC notes that five months elapsed after the signing of the contract with MVK before the President’s Office transferred the land to the Tourism Ministry.
Manik said companies had the choice of either selecting the government’s standard bid document or providing an alternative bid proposal.
MVK chose the latter, he explained, suggesting Dhoogas as part of their bid.