Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) MP Ahmed Mahlouf has submitted a resolution to the parliament to delay its recess until parliament concludes the Criminal Justice Procedure Bill, Evidence Bill, Parole Bill, Amendment to Children’s Act, Amendment to Gang Violence Act and Crime Prevention Bill.
Mahlouf told Minivan News that he presented the resolution in the hope that MPs will hasten their work and put more effort to pass those bills as soon as possible.
”The crimes occurring in the Maldives are now a very big concern for the citizens and they have expectations from the parliament,” Mahlouf said. ”I think the parliament should pass these bills before going to recess, which will play an important role to curb the gang violence and crime at the same time.”
The parliament is scheduled to go on recess on the first of next month, he said.
In parliament today Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Parliamentary Group leader MP ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik presented the Criminal Justice Procedure Bill to the parliament.
The bill consisting of 229 articles and was drafted well, said Mahlouf.
”Although there might be some amendments that should be brought, I think the parliament should shorten the preliminary debate and pass it,” he said. ”Such bills often get politicised, but these are bills that need to be passed soon.”
He added that he fully supported any bills presented to the parliament if it will benefit the citizens, regardless of whether they were submitted by MDP.
Mahlouf recently resubmitted a resolution cutting a controversial Rf 20,000 committee allowance for MPs, which had originally been submitted by MDP Chairperson and MP Mariya Ahmed Didi. Mariya was forced to withdraw the amendment after the MDP Parliamentary Group voted that she do so.