The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) accused the Government of robbing funds even amidst an economic crisis.
Addressing the media on 1 July, MP Ashok Abeysinghe said the Government, by not issuing fuel for three weeks, is preparing the public to get accustomed to the crisis.
“Sagala Ratnayake on 29 June stated that a fuel shipment will not arrive in the island until 22 July. The Government is attempting to hand over filling stations to foreign companies and is working towards extending the fuel shortage. The Government is attempting to create such a situation and change the public’s mentality as well. Commenting on domestic gas, the Parliamentarian said five million 12.5kg gas cylinders are empty at present,” he added.
He claimed that efforts are underway to obtain 280,000MT gas through an unsolicited proposal at USD 129 per MT from a company in Oman, instead of the usual USD 96 per MT obtained through the standard supplier.
Meanwhile, he claimed that the Government is going through anarchy.
“Today there is no law in this country. How many people are shot dead on the road yet no steps have been taken to increase the safety of the public,” he added.
He said that though the public, during the previous presidential election, requested for a country to live in even if they don’t have to eat, they now don’t even have the national security that they urged for.
“I don’t know if four hundred people escaped and were killed in Kandakadu because they couldn’t feed them. This government cannot afford to provide food to the prisoners. State Universities send children out with no way to feed them. There are reports that people are being killed on the street. Is there any national security for the people of the country?” he queried.
He further claimed that this government is in a position where it has let the people live in anyway possible, since it has lost control of the system.
By Nabiya Vaffoor