No More VIP Treatments

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The Sri Lanka Immigration and Emigration Officers’ Association has decided to suspend services at the VIP and CIP lounges at all airports including the BIA, until the Government and Parliament come up with a solid plan to address the current economic and social crises in the country.

In a statement, the Association said, they will withdraw from duties at these lounges from today (6).

The Immigration and Emigration Officers expressed their disbelief and shock over the lukewarm conduct of both the Government and Parliament amidst the suffering of the public.

“We are observing the situation where the rulers have completely ignored agitation and fair demand of the public, with shock and disbelief. Instead of working to find solutions to address the current crises in the country, they have decided to turn a blind eye and let the people to suffer more,” the Association said.

In such a backdrop, we no longer accept that politicians who depend on the tax payers’ money and those directly responsible for the tragic plight of the country should be permitted to enjoy special privileges, they said and added,  “VIPs continue to enjoy their perks, while the public are struggling to make ends meet. Therefore, we decided to suspend services at the VIP and CIP lounges at all airports including the BIA from Friday (6).”

By Methmalie Dissanayake and Adnan Ali Cassim