In recent days, a video depicting employees of the Fuel Supply Maldives (FSM) company disposing of large jumbo bags filled with documents into a concrete grinder has gone viral on social media. The incident has sparked concerns and controversy, leading to official responses from relevant authorities.
FSM has swiftly addressed the video, explaining that the scene depicted was the disposal of outdated and unnecessary documents that had been stored for an extended period and were deemed unusable. The company maintains that the action was taken as part of regular housekeeping procedures.
However, the Ministry of Heritage has raised objections regarding this disposal, filing a complaint against FSM for destroying documents without the requisite permission from the National Archives. In accordance with legal provisions, government documents may only be destroyed following proper notification to the relevant agency.
The matter has further gained attention, as allegations have arisen on social media that the documents were destroyed to conceal any wrongdoings. FSM’s Managing Director, Mr. Gasam, strongly denied these claims on a social media platform, emphasizing that the disposal was driven solely by the necessity to clear out outdated documents and that no concealment of any wrongdoings was involved.
Additionally, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has brought this issue to the attention of the police. The ACC is reportedly receiving complaints regarding the destruction of state documents during the early stages of the transition. The commission has stressed the importance of halting such actions, emphasizing their potential to obstruct ongoing investigations. The situation continues to develop, with further discussions and investigations expected in the coming days.