Right Thinking of Prime Minister

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 3 2020
Editorial Right Thinking of Prime Minister

Sri Lanka will be the third country in the world after South Korea and Singapore to go for a Parliamentary Election on Wednesday (5 August) this year despite the COVID-19 threat which still remains a big threat to humanity with several countries having even coming forward to reintroduce a lockdown period to deal with the intended second wave of the pandemic.

As far as Sri Lanka is concerned President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s farsightedness in dealing with the pandemic right from early stages of the COVID-19 problem which started from Wuhan Province in China had safeguarded the Sri Lankans from getting infected with the deadly disease to a great extent. 

So, now with the total relaxation of the lockdown period Sri Lankans will go for voting to elect their representatives to the ninth Parliament on Wednesday (5). Unlike in the past the Parliamentary Election campaigns were carried out in a manner paying more attention to preventing the COVID-19 threat. 

Instead of holding big rallies, pocket meetings were arranged by political parties in various parts of the country to prevent large gatherings of people, in order to fall in line with health sector guidelines. 

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing a gathering of professionals in Kandy a few days ago had appealed to the countrymen to elect intelligent and dedicated representatives to the Parliament to take forward the country in the future. 

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa who was elected to Parliament at a very young age has completed five decades in the supreme democratic institution occupying all positions reaching the pinnacle of the regime twice as President. 

Therefore, the Prime Minister’s appeal to elect only the dedicated and intelligent representatives to the ninth Parliament to be formed could be considered as the timely appeal to the countrymen for a civilised lot of representatives, entering Parliament with a vision of serving the people whom they represent with dedication. 

Previous Parliaments had witnessed the unruly behaviour of several Parliamentarians which had even led the Police to intervene and control the situation. When Sri Lanka gained Independence from colonial rule seven decades ago the Westminster system prevailed in Parliament with almost all the representatives remaining as exemplary legislators with their intellectually rich sound speeches and the views expressed towards developing the country. 

However, the present Parliamentary system with a significant number of representatives hardly found with anyone thinking intelligently and the sad state of affairs would have made Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to make a fervent appeal before a gathering of professionals to elect the intelligent and dedicated representatives to the Parliament. 

Not only the Prime Minister but even various civil society organisations have expressed their views strongly on the need of electing Parliamentarians with good educational background as well as with unblemished record in their social standing. 

As far as the new Parliament is concerned, it will be faced with the challenges of reviving the country’s economy from the adverse situation which emerged due to COVID-19.

So, in every way the new Parliament is expected to pay more attention towards how best the country’s economy could be rebuilt with proper strategies in place. 

As the monstrous COVID-19 is creating setbacks even to big economies around the world with the closure of air and sea ports, medical experts as well as sociologists throughout the globe remain in a state of being unable to predict the end of the pandemic. 

Therefore, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has made a timely appeal to elect intelligent representatives who could serve with dedication and play a dynamic role reconstructing the country’s battered economy with a broader outlook and the voters should also ensure that the right people at the right place to take forward the country. 

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 3 2020

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