Maldives Democratic Alliance (MDA) leader Ahmed Siyam said that he had witnessed with his own eyes, some MPs taking money in millions per vote in Parliament.
Siyam said this at a press conference held by Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and MDA government coalition on Tuesday.
He said that he had seen some MPs take money in millions for every vote taken in Parliament from 2008 till date.
“The biggest independent institute formed by people’s votes is the Parliament. I have been working in the Parliament since 2008 and have seen with my own eyes some MPs taking money in millions for each vote, each budget vote since then. I was astonished the first time I witnessed it and wondered what kind of Parliament this is”, he said.
Siyam further said that all MPs would be well aware of how grave a sin corruption is and that the money taken for each vote, and for changing parties, is similar to throwing their families into the fires of Hell.
He also said that parliamentarians losing seats they won as candidates for a particular party upon switching the party is something the parliament should have already voted and decided on. And added that they are in favour of this as this would safeguard the Parliament from bribery, which is a major sin in Islam.