ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has made public an agreement to be signed with the Millennium Challenge Corporation, with Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera saying none of the false claims made by opposition activists are in the document.
Opposition activists claimed that clauses in the agreement tied Sri Lanka to defence agreements, that there was some ‘economic corridor’ and clauses requiring land to be given to the United States.
Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera says several years ago there were also false claimed made that Sinharaja was going to be sold, that Galle Fort (Galle Fort contains free hold land as well) and Sigiriya was going to be sold.
“By now I hope people have realized that these claims were not true,” Samaraweera said.
Such claims are known as ‘straw man’ argument, which is defined as “an intentionally misrepresented proposition that is set up because it is easier to defeat than an opponent’s real argument.”
A false ‘straw man’ is built and attacks are made against a non-existent position.
Such logical fallacies also known as an ‘Aunt Sally’, or paper tiger is common in Sri Lanka. Samaraweera called it a ‘billa’.
Samaraweera said reforms to the survey department for which funds will be given from the MCC program will benefit millions of Sri Lankan and protect them fraud. It will also create a list of state lands and prevent fraud.
Other projects include urban traffic management and strengthening links between rural farmers and urban centres.
Samaraweera said opposition legislators Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila have made many false charges.
While opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa had also fueled un-necessary fears among the public, but has not made any specific false statements that the agreement harms Sri Lanka and has only asked for it to be made presented to parliament.
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He said the agreement itself says that a law has to be passed in parliament. (Colombo/Nov01/2019)