If ratified by the president, the new penal code will replace the existing law that was drafted and enacted in the 1960s. Passed with a 47 vote margin, the code will come into force one year after ratification.
“Nominees for two of the posts we discussed yesterday received the required percentage of marks, the other didn’t. Approvals are based on a preset grading scheme, and not on members’ opinions,” the committee’s Deputy Chair MP Rozaina explained.
The new signings brings the number of PPM MPs in the 18th People’s Majlis to 37, and the number of Progressive Coalition MPs to 57, including five from the MDA and 15 from the JP.
“We should not delude ourselves into thinking that what we are experiencing today is a permanent state of stability. I appeal to the respectable police and your leaders to utilize these calm times to prepare for future challenges that may come your way,” said the president.
The new regulation outlining criteria for issuing licenses was included in the General Regulations Act, which was passed in late 2008 as a parent legislation for over 80 regulations without a statutory basis when the new constitution was adopted.
Minister of Home Affairs Umar Naseer welcomed constructive criticism of the police force, but argued that the incitement of hatred against the service only encourages criminals. Both Naseer and Police Commissioner Hussain Waheed spoke at the Maldives Police Service’s 81st anniversary celebrations.
The government has proposed an amendment to the Decentralisation Act to replace the mandatory committees – designed to promote the social and economic development of local women – with four advisory committees.
“The archipelago of Maldives, renowned for its natural beauty and fabulous water villas on ultramarine blue lagoons, makes it one of the finest tourist destinations,” writes Professor Selina Mohsin. “But, behind these remarkable villas lie a dark story of the blood, sweat, tears and death of numerous workers, mostly Bangladeshis.”
“The objective of this scheme is to further aid the fisheries industry to become a main pillar in strengthening the country’s economy. We are trying to give support and assurance to fishermen that they can maintain their careers in fishing,” explained the Fisheries Minister Dr Shainee.