Muthalib: “100 percent sure no-confidence motion against Education Minister will succeed”

A no-confidence motion against Education Minister Dr Musthafa Luthfy has put on parliament’s agenda for June 30, after the motion was put forward by Independent MP Ibrahim Muthalib.

Muthalib said that “by divine will” he was “100 percent sure the motion will succeed if the vote is taken.”

”We [and the MPs who signed the petition] forwarded the no-confidence motion because of many concerns we had,” said Muthalib, adding that he did “not want to talk further on the issue yet.”

Dr Luthfy has come under heavy criticism, extending to protests outside his home, after the ministry’s steering committee suggested that the subjects Islam and Dhivehi be made optional at A-Level.

Muthalib has also claimed that Dr Luthfy had told him that students of Arabbiya School, which was shut down after a wall collapsed, would be transferred to other schools.

Dr Luthfy told Minivan News that demolition work on the old site was starting tomorrow, so the refurbishment could begin.

Muthalib said that a meeting with the Education Minister was scheduled for Thursday at request of the minister.

“We now believe that national education matters will not go well because of the attitude and thinking of the Education Ministry, especially Mustafa Luthfy,” Muthalib said recently. “So [Luthfy] should either make amends or resign.”

Dr Luthfy meanwhile claimed that if the situation was dealt with fairly, there “was no issue that can lead to a no-confidence motion.”

”The constitution says that a no-confidence motion should be forwarded if either a minister fails to implement the government’s policy or if he or she was irresponsible in his duty,” Dr Luthfy said.

”I am a person whose duty is to implement government’s policy, and everything I do is done to implement the government’s policy.”

Dr Luthfy noted that the issues mentioned in the no-confidence motion were all religious matters.

On June 8, Muthalib presented a petition to forward the motion against Education Minister, which was signed by five independent MPs, three Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) MPs and two People’s Alliance (PA) MPs.

The government has meanwhile launched a spirited defense of the Education Minister.

“This is a part of DRP’s plan to pick off ministers one-by-one,” said the President’s Press Secretary, Mohamed Zuhair.

“First they plan to try and bring down the Education Minister, and if that succeeds they will then go after other ministers. This no-confidence motion is a shallow attempt to destabilise the government and the country.”


23 thoughts on “Muthalib: “100 percent sure no-confidence motion against Education Minister will succeed””

  1. By divine will, we the people of the country will deprive Muthalib of his thousands of Rufiyaa that he doesn't deserve!

    This joker needs to be removed from Parliament for wasting its time and resources and making a mockery of the Parliament as a democratic institution.

  2. Muttalib strikes again!

    I pity the fools who elected this joke of a politician to the Maldivian parliament.

    In a Majlis full of carefully handpicked incompetent idiots, Muttalib takes the pride of place.

    It is absolutely disgusting, and shameful to think that this barely qualified to talk 'member' will waste precious parliament working hours on his personal witchhunt against highly qualified specialists, intellectuals and PhD holders in the Education sector.

    "Divine will", indeed.

  3. Muthalib should leave policy making on education to people who know about it. Why is he not even mentioning the good things Dr. Musthafa Luthfy has done like implementing praying facilities at all schools? Our school system does not only constitute Arabiyya and Kuliyya. All other schools have benefited from the one session policy and no one can deny that. Incorporating Kulliya into the college system is a big development for the school. And the issue of making Islam and Dhivehi optional is a good move. Why do these extremists want to shove these subjects down the student's throats? Making these subjects optional does not mean that they are not offered. If all the students want to take those subjects they can all take them. Of course if you are stuck in the backward ways of extremists you will never want to believe this. You extremists, please get out of your bubble and accept that the world is developing and we need to do so alongside. Or else just get out of our beautiful country and leave us alone! The sad thing is that Muthalib will probably not even understand what I am saying coz he probably is not very fluent in English and not educated enough to understand these concepts.

  4. Muthalib does not seem at all bothered with the recent stabbings, and how unsafe Male had become. Instead he is interested in presenting bills that is of absolutely no benefit to the country.
    Education minister is doing a good job, Muthalib needs to ask himself whether he is doing a good enough job as an MP.

  5. The illiterate by divine will Muthalib strikes again. This man is a disgrace and is very dangerous because uneducated people who think they know everything are always dangerous. I pity those who have elected him. Of course they had no way to know this man would be what he is today...a really dangerous and very backward religious fanatic.

  6. Blasphemy! How does Muthalib know what is and what is not divine will!? Is claiming to be a prophet now? I call on the Ministry of Islamic Affairs to look into this case of clear "Shirk" by the MP Muttalib.

  7. Who is this Muththalib? Poeple like Muththalib are really from Jaahiliyya Zamaan and there is enough in Maldives of this sort to gather a strong momentum. I don't know what to make of the Maldivians who elect these people for MPs. Sad state of affairs...

  8. How do people like this even get elected in the first place? Are we Maldivians that stupid....

  9. hani yeah u r right. maldivians are really stupid.
    all these years i was abroad and was thinking that my country ppl r better than every country ppl i met with. but now that i av come bk and started to work here i have come to know that maldivians r realy very narrow minded, mutalib reperesents more than 80 percent of maldivian's status of mind!
    if u ask any islander or any normal life living maldivian they will agree with mutalb only , they r so dumb, no brain, really why aren't ppl using the brain god has given them!???????

  10. Honourable MP Mr. Muththalib is the personification of the modern Maldivian cleric-advocate type, who only create confusion and waste public funds. The current scenes inside the Parliament resemble a wave of 'tyranny of the mediocre', as a friend of mine commented...

  11. What to do with these jokers in parliament. How can we rid this nation of good-for-nothings like this fellow. Its high time we come out with a way to useat such non-performing clowns.

  12. General public needs to be educated.MP's should have certain qualties & standard. It takes a lot of time to get a good eduated population. Most of us, Maldivians thinks we know everything. The truth is Most of us so narrow minded and under exposed. Our president himself thinks he knows everything and talks too big. But reality is he is considered a joker to the world and the truth is there is shortage of such leaders and devoloped countries need these leaders to runthei own political games. So now they have one who is really usefull to them...

  13. Glad to see there are people who can spot a fool in this country.
    Too bad they are the minority and letting the fools be kings.

    Anyone heard of the song "knights of Cydonia" by Muse? song of few words, but true words.

    "Come ride with me,
    Through the veins of history,
    I'll show you a god
    Who falls asleep on the job.

    And how can we win,
    When fools can be kings,
    Don't waste your time,
    Or time will waste you,

    No one's gonna take me alive,
    The time has come to make things right,
    You and I must fight for our rights,
    You and I must fight to survive"

  14. NO I DON AGREE THAT PRESIDENT TALKS AS IF HE KNOWS EVERYTHING , infact he always gives chance to the qualified and best ppl to speak about in their own that way he gives us chance to see our own level.

  15. Where are the people who elected Muthalib? Are they as stupid as he is? Can they call him and ask him to resign or stop this nonsensical blabbering?

    It's not that I support all of Dr.Musthafa Luthfy's decisions (While Islam can be made optional, I believe we should make Dhivehi literature mandatory).

    Yet, it's not the democratic or the logical way to call for a no-confidence motion every time a minister makes a decision that one constituency or one member dislikes. Shame on all the parliamentarians.

    I call for Muthalib's resignation.

  16. education minister Dr Musthafa Luthfy is amongst the more, if not the most successful minister in the cabinet.

    the education ministry has not made the decision to make Islam and Dhivehi optional subjects at the higher education level. it was merely a recommendation put forward by the curriculum committee.

    it is bullshit to put forward a motion of no confidence against something that the education minister might do, as opposed to what he has done. the protesters have already decided that this is indeed what the ministry has done, when in reality it is just a recommendation.

    stupid MP. stupid

  17. Wait and watch the DRP brand of fools join the joker..... Oh what a headache!. Feel like banging my head on the wall!!!! sheeeet!

  18. Musthafaa isthiufaaa....i think musthafaa should be kicked out in order to send government an important message that being Ministers you cannot stay at your post only by satisfying every whim of Pres.Nasheed and that you have a duty to satisfy the masses..if you fail in one of the above you will be impeached....I support hundred percent the bill to impeach this useless, pathetic, irresponsible,coward of minister..who blindly follows Anni even when ordered to remove islam and dhivehi as subjects .

  19. Muthalib,
    We Maldivians are paying you a fat salary to make the laws for this country. Yesterday a young man was beaten and stabbed on the road. The perpetrators are still at large. Complete the laws and stop wasting our money and time.

  20. Bananas and Monkeys

    Start with a cage containing five monkeys.

    Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other monkeys with cold water.

    After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result - all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

    Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him.

    After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

    Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm! Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked.

    Most of the monkeys that are beating him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

    After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the banana. Why not? Because as far as they know that's the way it's always been done round here.

    Find any similarities in how things are done around here?

  21. Fares Maathodaa population also must be morons to allow a joker like this cartoon to represent them. If he visits your constituency please put him in a cage and dump in the lagoon. Get someone else please.


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