No advice for Parliament to give to me: Maleeh

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 said that the Parliament has no advice which needs to be given to him

Maleeh said this follwoing the decision made by the Privileges and Conduct Committee of the Parliament, in sending a letter of advice to Maleeh following his comments aimed at the parliament members, in the parliamentary floor during his no-confidence motion.

Maleeh stated that not even the parliament nor the Privileges and Conduct Committee has a right to advice him, and that the Parliament has gone against Article 20 (a),(b) and (c) of Parliamentary Privileges Act (05/2013) , and Section (c) of Article 90 of the Maldivian Constitution.

Maleeh had previously refused to answer the questions of the members after being summoned to the member’s Privileges and Conduct Committee of the Parliament on March 22.

Maleeh was summoned to the committee on accusation of making false statements at the Parliament, while facing a no confidence vote against him on March 1, 2021. Maleeh had said that Former Gender Minister Shidhaatha Shareef resigned from her position due to blackmail from the parliament.

In the committee meeting 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.