Request to hold parliament committee meeting in Singapore, denied

Speaker of the Parliament Abdulla Shahid has notified the parliament temporary committee assembled to investigate the unconstitutional actions of the previous government, that their request to hold a meeting in Singapore has been denied.

Committee Chairman Vilufushi MP Riyaz Rasheed told Sun today that the meeting was scheduled to be held in Singapore on the 10th of February and that when requested that the meeting be facilitated, the Speaker of the Parliament had notified the committee that their request has been denied.

“We were informed yesterday that the trip cannot be facilitated. If there are budget constraints, the speaker is the one who will know about it,” Riyaz said.

The committee has said that they decided to hold the meeting in Singapore for security reasons. Majority of the committee is held by parties who support the current government.

The committee, which holds the prerogative to look into the unconstitutional actions by the previous administration, was assembled by Kaashidhoo MP Abdulla Jabir along with the backing of the parties that supports the current government.

Eleven member National Security Committee has also decided to visit Singapore, Burma and Malaysia to investigate a case which involves an $800 million dollar oil scandal, which was allegedly carried out during former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s administration. The committee has not revealed whether they have been granted the budget for the trip.