Male’, Maldives – Minister of Science, Communication and Technology, Mohamed Maleeh Jamal has said that he would sue Galolhu south constituency MP, Mikaaeel Ahmed Naseem for filing a no-confidence motion against him.
MP Mikaaeel had submitted a motion to remove Minister Maleeh to the MDP parliamentary group on November 15 stating that during Minister Maleeh’s two years in office, he has not made any policies which are mandatory according to a Telecommunications Act, through the Communications Authority of Maldives (CAM).
Initially Minister Maleeh said that MDP members were interpreting the law wrongly and to clarify how CAM functions. Later on he posted a tweet stating that he’s going to take MP Mikaaeel to the Supreme Court for trying to punish him for using his constitutional right given under Article 27 (Freedom of Expression).
Minister Maleeh also said that this was defying the constitutional rights and destroying the basis of democracy. He also said this was something seriously alarming and due to these reasons he was going to take MP Mikaaeel to court.
Speaking on VTV this week, Minister Maleeh had said that the parliament cannot tell the government how to do its job. He also said that the current parliament is trying to gain control over other institutions much like the Supreme Court back in Former President Abdulla Yameen’s presidency.
Minister Maleeh’s remarks had attracted harsh criticism by MDP parliament members and the general public. One MP had said that in the past two years, Minister Maleeh’s only notable achievement was to grow a variety of chilies on his home terrace and that he had not done any substantial work as a minister.