"It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose."Franklin D. Roosevelt. Thirty-second President of the USA.
The moment I saw this quote from a website, I thought this is what we see in Maldives.
In a party system there will be two sides; those who support the government and those who oppose the government. As the members of Parliament are also humans, they do not have any exemption form this reality. Lets not talk about the independent members. Every member is independent as a person, but none of them are free of the idea of supporting or opposing the government.
The big question will be should we support or oppose the government? The answer is will depend on the party that you belong to right?
If I am an MDP member or supporter, I will support the government.
If I am not a member or supporter of the MDP, I will oppose the government.
That is what we at least see in Maldives and in our Parliament. However, I do not think that is how it should be. The decision of right or wrong of what is been proposed in Majlis should not be merely dependent on what the party or party member feels or believes. If we look at the present situation, almost everything proposed by the government is nothing more than a hypocritical plan filled with selfishness, in the eyes of opposition members. Same is true towards opposition members from the members supporting the government.
When we keep on talking about change, I wonder when this will change. We need a Majlis where members do fact based debates with responsible decisions rather than a Yes Sir to the party. It is time that the members understand that saying NO to everything is not what is meant by supporting and saying YES to everything is not what is opposing. So far the Majlis is not going well. The Wheel is turning backwards… We need to fix soon.