Unethical to import vehicles for MPs under current circumstances – Amaraweera
By Thameenah Razeek
While condemning the new MPs’ request for luxury vehicles at a time when the country is suffering from a pandemic, Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that those MPs requested new luxury vehicles for their own use, not for carrying out duties as MPs.
In light of reports that 227 luxury vehicles are set to be imported, he claims that no one asked him if he needed one, despite the fact that he is now driving a vehicle that is used for at least five years. Amaraweera said that he does not own a personal vehicle. He went on to say that the Government has immediately halted Letter of Credits (LCs) for these vehicles.
“Even if the vehicles are imported, no measures have been taken to give them to the MPs,” he added. When questioned if he thought the Government’s decision to import luxury vehicles for MPs was unethical in light of the country’s current woes, the Minister replied that the COVID-19 pandemic had depressed income levels in all sections of the country.
“The economy is not doing well in all parts of the country right now, which is something we must acknowledge. The tourism sector has plummeted, and foreign worker remittances have decreased as well. Many commercial activities in our country are hampered, and people’s daily livelihoods are hampered. It is unethical to import vehicles for MPs under the current circumstances,” he said.