Connect with us

News

MPs voted for Ranil for personal gain – SJB

Published

on

By Akitha Perera

Most MPs had voted for Ranil Wickremesinghe for personal gain and to maintain their grip on power, Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) General Secretary, Ranjith Madduma Bandara, said yesterday.

“Most of these people want the government to build them better houses from the taxpayer’s money. They also want bigger vehicles. And, most of all, they want to remain in Parliament and enjoy the perks as long as possible,” he said.

Madduma Bandara added that Wednesday’s vote to elect a President did not reflect the will of the people. The last general election had been held when Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the most popular politician in Sri Lanka, he said.

“People managed to chase away Gotabaya. But his corrupt yes-men still remain in Parliament. People are demanding their resignation, too, and the election of a group of new MPs. However, this has not happened. The same corrupt bunch was given the chance to elect a new President,” he said.

The SJB General Secretary said that if Dullas Alahapperuma had won the vote, the establishment of an all-party government would have been possible. The main opposition as well as a number of parties across racial and religious and class divides would have worked with Dullas, he said.

“We didn’t spend any money for the election, but the same can’t be said about all candidates. The election of Ranil shows that there is no democracy in the country and that the people’s will is not reflected in Parliament,” he said.

Madduma Bandara said they are closely monitoring the actions of the government. There have been allegations of corruption since Wickremesinghe became PM, he said.

“We were planning on limiting the Cabinet to 15 and to compose it with representation from all parties. On Friday evening we will see if this is an all-party government,” he said.

The SJB stalwart said that Ranil and those who brought him into power have no solutions to the problems faced by the country and that this is why the country needs an all party government.

“If there was any hope that Ranil would behave differently, that was shattered with what happened at Gota Go Gama on Friday morning. The government is trying to destroy democracy,” he said.

The attack on protestors would do a lot to undermine the Wickremesinghe administration, both locally and internationally, he said.

“Already most countries have expressed their displeasure on what happened. This has angered Sri Lankans, too. Maybe, he can scare the people for a few weeks, but this will blow up in his face,” Madduma Bandara warned.



Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

SJB MP: Most parents have to choose between food and children’s education

Published

on

By Saman Indrajith

Most Sri Lankan parents are compelled to choose between food for their families and their children’s eduction, SJB Matale District MP Rohini Kumari Wijerathne told Parliament yesterday.

Only a few parents were able to feed and educate their children the MP said, participating in the debate on Budget 2023 under the expenditure heads of Ministries of Education and Women and Child Affairs.

“An 80-page exercise book costs Rs. 200. A CR book costs Rs 560. A pencil or pen costs Rs 40. A box of colour pencils costs Rs 570 while a bottle of glue costs Rs 150. If the father is a daily wage earner he has to spend one fourth of his salary on a box of colour pencils for his child. A satchel now costs around Rs 4,000. A pair of school shoes is above Rs 3,500. The Minister of Education knows well how many days a child could use an 80-page exercise book for taking notes. Roughly, stationery cost is around Rs 25,000 to 30,000 per child, MP Wijerathne said, adding that only Rs. 232 billion had been allotted for the Ministry of Education by Budget 2023.

“After paying salaries of teachers and covering officials’ expenses, etc., there will be very little left for other important matters,” the MP said, noting that Sri Lanka would soon be known as the country that made the lowest allocation of funds for education in the South Asian region.

Continue Reading

News

All crises boil down to flaws in education system, says Dullas

Published

on

By Saman Indrajith

All the crises Sri Lanka was beset with were due to the country’s outdated education system, MP Dullas Alahapperuma told Parliament yesterday.

“The political and economic crisis we are facing is the direct result of our education,” he said.

The Sri Lankan education system had not changed with global developments. Our system is not even geared for employment. Our examination system is antiquated and our classrooms are in the 19th Century.

However, the students belong to the 21st century. How can you cater to 21st Century children under an outdated system?” he queried.

Continue Reading

News

President: SL should tap its potential to become education hub in region

Published

on

By Saman Indrajith

Sri Lanka has the potential to become a regional education hub, President Ranil Wickremesinghe said addressing a Committee Stage debate of the 2023 Budget in parliament yesterday.The President said that the way schools are conducted will change in the next 25 years.

“In 25 years, there may not be physical universities. That actually makes it easier for us to become a regional hub of education,” he said.

Wickremesinghe said a large number of students leave the country for higher education. Around three billion US dollars is sent out of the country for foreign education, he said.

The President said that if Sri Lanka becomes a regional hub for education the country can earn about USD 10 billion.

“I urge the National Council and other Parliamentary Committees to look into this,” he said.

Continue Reading

Trending