President Mahinda Rajapaksa appeals to unnamed political elements not to betray motherland to foreign interests.
By Walter Jayawardhana
Colombo, 13 August, (Asiantribune.com): President Mahinda Rajapaksa appealed to unnamed political elements in the country not to betray their own motherland to foreign interests for the greed of power.
“A virus has entered the body politic today that to resolve local problems to invite foreign powers for the greed of power,” said President Mahinda Rajapaksa declaring open Sri Lanka’s second Cancer treating hospital unit at Karapitiya Teaching Hospital in Galle.
President Rajapaksa addressing the opening ceremony of the 4 storied unit erected at the cost of 500 million Rupees to ease the treatment of patients coming from remote areas in the Southern Province and who could not travel to the main Cancer Hospital at Maharagama near the capital city said in sarcasm that specialist treatment is now necessary for unpatriotic elements who are expecting foreign intervention in the country.
The President said they are trying to paint the picture to the world that the democratically elected government in a country where there is rule of law which is doing its best in grappling with the problem of trying to save part of its population from a Fascist dictatorship is tyrannical and inviting foreign intervention.
The President said these people should understand that any problem could be solved by discussing with the government without painting false pictures to the world and demeaning the country in front of the world.
The President said recently there had been some directions from the Supreme Court regarding school admissions and it was not a rigid policy the government accepted. He said, certain amendments have been made to those directions with the help of the Ministry of Education and now the process to admit children to the schools has started. The work would start by August 15, the President said.
Minister of Health Nimal Siripala de Silva said the government is spending the second largest expenditure of the country to maintain free health services.
The health minister said the difference between President Rajapaksa and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesingheis not only the difference of the common man’s suit and the rich man’s suit they are clad in. He said during Ranil’s time only 4 billion was spent for medicines in the hospitals. Now 11 billion is spent for the same purpose to ease the burden of the poor.
He said canards are being spread that the biggest expenditure now is for the maintenance of the Ministers. He said actually only between one or two percent of the income is being spent for that purpose.
- Asian Tribune -