Transparency Maldives' Aiman Rasheed explained that his organisation had been looking into the issue of MPs expenses since 2010.
said that MPs
already received a Rf20,000 (US$1,298) per month allowance in phone, travel, and living expenses, even for those MPs
who live in the capital Male'.
"However, all MPs
are paid the additional 20,000 regardless of actual expenses," added Rasheed
, "We strongly recommend that allowances to MPs
must be released based on actual expenditure."
"The 20k committee allowance is in addition to the basic salary and the living/phone/travel allowance.
The justification by the Majlis
for 20k is to incentivise MPs to attend committee meetings and to help their constituents," said Rasheed
made public statements that they would distribute the money among their constituents and that the money will go towards constituents' medical bills etc.
We at TM think that is plain corruption, abuse of authority and amounts to using state funds for campaigning."
Regarding the decision to award the allowances for March, Rasheed
noted that the Majlis's regulations stipulate that MPs
must attend 75 percent of their committee's meeting to be eligible for the allowance.