ECONOMYNEXT – Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella is urging the government not to blame the public for the second wave of Covid 19 infections which has increased the death toll from the disease.
He told Parliament during debate on the first reading of the Appropriations Bill yesterday that there is a saying about politicians which is “if we win, it’s us, if we lose you are to blame.”
“During the first wave because there was some control, you took the credit, but now that the second wave is out of control you are blaming the public,” he said.
“It is the duty of the government to protect and safeguard the people,” he added. “Don’t insult our people.”
Kiriella also warned the government not to rush into bringing a vaccine until the proper testing is done.
He also criticized the government for not passing laws and regulations to deal with the Covid outbreak on time.
“Most countries had laws and regulations in place in the April-May period, but this government said Covid is over and failed to bring in the necessary laws,” he said.
He said that the government is blaming the opposition for discouraging investors from entering Sri Lanka.
“But the government is to be blamed for amending the constitution in such a way that the Judiciary is no longer independent,” Kiriella said.
He pointed out that China, about 25 years ago, made far reaching changes to it’s legal system to make it more independent.
“They particularly focused on the implementation of the Companies Act,” Kiriella said.
“It was after those changes were made that investors began to flow into China.” (Colombo November 13, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana