Minivan News reported today:
MPs vote against pay cut
Vilufushi MP Riyaz Rasheed of the Dhivehi Qaumee Party criticised Nasheed for suggesting a pay cut. “The honourable member will know the benefits of receiving two salaries, he was in the Special Majlis and he was a minister,” he said. “We certainly haven’t had an opportunity like that.”
“I support the spirit of the bill, but I don’t support the purpose of it,” said Hoarafushi MP Ahmed Rasheed. He said Nasheed was proposing bills to waste parliament’s time and further his political career. “Don’t use this Majlis as a tool to fool the people,” he said.
Baarah MP Mohamed Shifaz described the legislation as “useless”, saying Nasheed was proposing bills because “two people got fired or because he feels somebody’s salary is too high”.
It is nice to see that MPs today are saying things like this. That the bill presented by Kulhudhuffushi South MP Nasheed, has made the Majlis ponder upon the enormous responsibilities put on their shoulders and the importance of making the Majlis a place of responsible behavior rather than a stage for the mockery of democracy and reform.
Now they have in their vocabulary a phrase which says “wasting time” on “useless” things, and the need to have a “purpose” in the things that they do.