Gasim calls for public vigilance over political parties trying to buy MPs

Government-aligned Jumhoree Party (JP) Leader Gasim Ibrahim has accused other political parties of attempting to bribe MPs to jump parties, and boost support for their policies.

Speaking at a rally on the island of Gahdhoo in Gaaf Dhaal Atoll on Friday (June 28), MP and local business tycoon Gasim asked the public to be vigilant against what he alleged were efforts by political parties to “buy” the country.

Gasim noted with particular concern that large sums of money were being paid to MPs by unidentified political parties looking to boost their parliamentary representation and support their respective agendas.

“We hear members change parties for US$2 million,” he was quoted as saying by Haveeru. “Why are they being paid such vast sums to change parties? Why?”

Gasim’s comments were made on the back of widespread media speculation that Ahmed Mahloof, an MP for the fellow government-aligned Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), was looking to switch to the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).

JP Spokesperson Moosa Rameez told Minivan News earlier this year that it was “against the values” of the party to offer incentives to encourage MPs to join.

The comments were made after former PPM MP Ilham Ahmed told media that his allegiance was “not for sale”, despite his “love and admiration” for JP Leader Gasim.

MP Ilham later joined the JP in April following the PPM presidential primary vote.

Various political parties have moved to reject claims they offer MPs incentives to back them.  However, NGOs in the country have previously expressed concern at a perceived accountability failure in the Maldives’ democratic system allowing MPs to switch freely between rival parties for personal gain.

Transparency Maldives has claimed the lack of mechanisms for investigating the alleged use of incentives to encourage MPs to transfer to other parties had done very little to “allay fears” among the general public of parliament being a corrupt institution.

Ibrahim Shareef, former Deputy Leader of the government-aligned Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP), said in January this year that he did not believe MPs were necessarily having their allegiance bought by rival parties.

However, he said there was realistically “always a temptation” for elected officials to transfer to a party expected to come to power.

Shareef claimed such behaviour was a likely factor in growing public disillusionment with democracy.

Earlier this month, Parliamentary Speaker Abullah Shahid, who switched his allegiance from the DRP to the MDP in April 2013, confirmed that five MPs had recently moved to new parties.

This movement of MPs included Deputy Speaker Ahmed Nazim from the People’s Alliance (PA) going to the PPM, MPs Ahmed Shareef Adam and Ahmed Moosa from PPM to President Dr Mohamed Waheed’s Gaumee Ihthihaad Party (GIP), and MP Ali Azim from the government-aligned Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) to the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).

DRP MP Ali Saleem meanwhile left the party to become an Independent MP.


9 thoughts on “Gasim calls for public vigilance over political parties trying to buy MPs”

  1. Reason is simple!

    Under the guise of following the purest religions from the one and only God Almighty, we are all pure hypocrites.

    Make that a capital Hypocrites!!!

  2. Gasim had well said.

    GMR and Nasheed is trying to buy the MPs to get the airport back .

    GMR will be able to spend 10 millions dollars since they will earn over 100 millions dollars in profit if they get the airport back very year.

    MPs must be very careful in getting trap with the Nasheed and GMR offerings and should know that in a matter of few months, they will have to back to people and ask for votes again.

    If Mps, sell themselves to Gmr to give away the airport to GMR, still the population will not let it happened and the majority of Maldivian will kick the Mps out .

  3. When this Kaasim buys MP's is it just fine & when others change party he think there is money involved. This man is buying vote by bribing public and this is on broad light.

  4. Gasim is going bonkers!
    I wonder if Gasim can remember buying anything for anyone!

  5. Gasim Ibrahim have court case against him by MP and to top over the Government.that MDP leak all his phone call and HD Kulhufushi MP Kutti Nasheed saying i need some cash even I wore the the T Shirt

  6. Gasim bought bought a stake in the police force in Feb 2012. Now he dreams of buying the country. Of course he has tried and succeeded in buying MPs too. But this close to an election MPs will look for reelection prospects too.

    MP Mahloof and MP Rozeyana's very childish spat on live TV sealed his fate. The Pharaoh is not the toothless Dr Waheed, to take Mahloof's insults lightly.

  7. Gasim please clean up your own dirty acts and stop acting so desperate.


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