Maleeh refuses to answer in parliament committee

Former Minister of Communication, Science and Technology, Mohamed Maleeh Jamaal attending the parliamentary committee on member’s privileges and ethics on March 22, 2021 | Photo: Avas

Malé, Maldives – Former Communication, Science and Technology Minister, Mohamed Maleeh Jamaal has refused to answer the questions of the members after being summoned to the parliament’s committee on member’s privileges and ethics.

Maleeh was summoned to the committee due to making false statements at the Parliament, while facing a no confidence vote against him. Maleeh had said that Former Gender Minister Shidhaatha Shareef resigned from her position due to blackmail from the parliament.

In the committee meeting held today, Maleeh stated that no one has a right to question him based on what he had said in the parliament floor. Some committee members had asked repeatedly for Maleeh to answer the questions, which he refused to.

The no confidence vote against the Maleeh had initially come following his comments aimed at the parliamentary group of MDP on a TV program, in which he said that the parliament members cannot dictate how the government should do it’s job and that no such policy can also be formulated. He had 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.

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.