The parliament yesterday rejected a bill completely banning the importation of alcohol and pork to the Maldives
The bill on banning the importation of alcohol and pork was presented to the parliament by independent MP Ibrahim Muthalib, which he claimed was an amendment to the list of things that cannot not be imported under 75/4 of the law concerning contraband.
15 MPs voted in favour of the bill while 53 MPs voted against it. Four MPs did not vote.
“The last time I presented a bill banning the sale and usage of alcohol on inhabited islands parliament sent it off the floor claiming that it only banned particular areas (inhabited islands),” Muthalib said, upon presenting the bill.
“This time I am presenting a bill to ban [alcohol and pork] from being brought inside the country at all.”
Almost all of the MPs were against the bill, claiming that it would harm the country’s tourism industry and its economy.
Meanwhile, another bill governing political parties was approved in a near-unanimous vote 68-2.
Maldivian Democratic Party MP Ahmed Abdulla presented the bill to the parliament on behalf of the government, with the stated aim of strengthening the democracy of the country by providing people “a peaceful” way to participate in political activities.
The bill was approved by the vote of 68 MPs, while 2 MPs voted against the bill.