Maafannu-South MP Ibrahim Rasheed has submitted a resolution to the Parliament against state funds to Ruder Finn. Ruder Finn is a Public Relations (PR) company assigned to help the Maldives counter negative publicity and boost confidence in its critical tourism sector.
Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) member MP Ibrahim Rasheed submitted the resolution to the Parliament last Tuesday, as funds allocated for the people are slashed and is being utilized to “improve the government’s image”.
“Clinics have stopped Aasandha (National Health Insurance Scheme). The government is pressuring private hospitals to give up Aasandha. Budget to renew and restore mosques are penniless. This year’s budget had allocated funds for these activities. The resolution was sent as these projects had been halted and money is being spent upon other activities (to improve the image of Maldives) which have not previously been accommodated in the budget,” MP Ibrahim Rasheed said.
He said that he believes that the debate on the resolution would commence during the coming week.
Parliament Secretary General Ahmed Mohamed also said that the parliament had received a resolution from MP Ibrahim Rasheed and was currently under review.
Ruder Finn was assigned to improve the negative publicity and boost confidence in its critical tourism sector for a monthly fee of MVR2.3 million (GBP93,000).