Ruckus in Parliament: Amaraweera Says Speaker Should Put House in Order
By Thameenah Razeek
While blaming the Speaker for not fully exercising his authority, Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said the behaviour of some MPs was revolting and that steps against misconduct should be taken immediately.
He noted that the purpose of Parliament is for genuine political debate, not obscenities, and that situations such as these have not happened in Parliament since 1994.
“Parliament exists for conversations and debates on issues vital to the country, not to brag about one’s accomplishments and the use of profanity. A Parliament like this serves no purpose for the country or the people. People are tired of politicians and political parties. Prices of goods are rising, farmers are not getting enough fertiliser on time and the LP gas cylinder at home is a ticking time bomb,” he explained.
Amaraweera made these remarks while attending a recent event in the Weeraketiya neighbourhood where he had arranged a scheme to distribute nutrition packages to pregnant women from low-income households in the area.
He said revenue sources have stopped and that houses in certain areas have been inundated for 30 to 40 days, but instead there are fights and swear words inside Parliament which is meant to discuss these public issues.
“We will take steps to bring this subject to the Speaker’s attention at the Party Leaders’ meeting. What would happen to the country if some politicians and government employees steal or waste public funds while the people of our country are suffering? These positions and powers are just temporary. Politicians should be willing to make more sacrifices for the sake of the people,” he said.