MP Shareef: MP Hussain yet to be penalized for voting in favor of tax hike bill

Faresmaathodaa MP Hussain Mohamed Latheef. (File Photo/People's Majlis)

Mauduvvari MP Adam Shareef Umar has revealed that Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has yet to penalize PPM parliamentarian representing Faresmaathoda constituency, Hussain Mohamed Latheef, for voting in favor of the government proposed tax hike bill.

The bill submitted by Ihavandhoo MP Mohamed Shifau on behalf of the government - designed to raise the GST from 6 percent to 8 percent, and the TGST from 12 percent to 16 percent – was passed at last Wednesday’s parliamentary sitting.

Out of the 88 members in attendance – 55 voted in favor of bill, with only 26 voting against it.

One of the members that voted in favor of the bill included PPM’s Hussain Mohamed Latheef – a bill his representative PPM-PNC coalition has been strongly against.

Opposition coalition had also protested against the bill in front of the parliament building on Monday, which saw several arrests.

Members of the coalition stood up in protest, making loud noises with horns, when vote was asked for this bill at Wednesday’s sitting.

At a press conference later that day, MP Shareef emphasized that PPM issued a three-line whip to vote against the bill. Therewith, he said necessary internal action would be taken in order to penalize MP Hussain Mohamed Latheef.

“MDP also issued a three-line whip, which some members had violated. This might be how democracy works,” he added. 

When Sun inquired on Tuesday whether MP Hussain Mohamed Latheef has been penalized – MP Shareef responded not yet. However, he gave full assurance MP Hussain Mohamed Latheef will be penalized.