SJB MPs attack Govt’s Foreign Policy
By Nabiya Vaffoor
The country is in the middle of an international power struggle due to the wrong foreign policy of the incumbent Government, claimed Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Parliamentarian J.C. Alawathuwala.
“Despite the country’s situation due to the COVID-19, delegations from various countries visited our country for negotiations. First a Chinese delegation, then an American delegations, and currently the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, Ajit Doval is visiting Sri Lanka. We have a suspicion that the Government is taking steps to sell the Eastern Jetty of the Colombo harbour to India. The trade unions took many precautions to stop this and even the Prime Minister negotiated with them and promised a lot of things before the General Election. But now this Government has taken steps to repress the trade unions by making a former Army Commander, the Chairman of the Ports Authority,” he further claimed.
He also alleged that as soon as this Government came to power, they sold the three-acre land behind the Shangri-La Hotel. Meanwhile, they have identified the most valuable 200 acres around Colombo and are taking steps to sell them off, he further alleged.
He opined that though the Government informs the public to send the children to schools, they do not have any effective plans to protect the children.
“The Government hasn’t provided the provisions that were promised to be provided to schools to cover the extra expenses they have to bear to sanitise the school and make changes according to the COVID-19 health guidelines. The Government has limited the passengers who can travel in a school bus or van as a precaution due to the current situation, but this affects the income of the school transport sources since the Government’s hasn’t reduced the price of petrol or diesel,” he added.
Meanwhile, SJB MP Sujith Perera noted that Sri Lankans who work abroad should be brought back to our country at a lower cost.
“Most of these workers have lost their jobs and are experiencing income-related problems because of the pandemic. Some workers from Kuwait claim that they have been asked to pay over
Rs 400,000 to return to Sri Lanka including tickets and the quarantine fee. Usually, it only costs Rs 60,000 for the ticket fee from Kuwait to Sri Lanka. This is another scam,” he alleged.
Fielding a question raised by a journalist regarding the Suwa Seriya ambulance service, Perera added that this service was being neglected by the Government since it was the former United National Front-led Government that introduced it.
Perera and Alawathuwala expressed these views on 27 November at a Media briefing held at the SJB headquarters.