Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today rejected allegations made by Minister Ranjan Ramanayake that Mr. Rajapaksa had ordered a luxury cubicle worth four million US Dollars to be fixed onto aircraft for his comfort.
The full statement said:
Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake has told a media conference that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had ordered a luxury cubicle worth four million US Dollars to be fixed onto aircraft used by him and since the agreement that has been signed, President Sirisena was unable to reverse the order.
Mr. Ramanayake further stated that it was because of such abuse of power that former president Rajapaksa had to face various commissions of inquiry today.
During the last presidential election campaign, President Rajapaksa was falsely accused of having ordered a private plane for himself. Now they say fairly truthfully, that this was only a kit to convert a part of an ordinary airliner into a luxury cubicle. These are VIP conversion kits which can be installed after removing several seats in commercial airliners and are supplied free as a complimentary accessory when new commercial passenger planes are ordered. Airbus Industries mentions a value for this conversion kit only to give the customer an idea of the value of the complimentary kit. The customer can’t ask for the money instead of the complimentary accessory.
Though Mr. Ramanayake has said that the President of the USA and the Sultan of Brunei also used similar units on their planes, it is not true. The American President travels in an official plane and the Sultan of Brunei has many private planes. They don’t travel on commercial airlines fitted with conversion kits.
It is not correct to say that the government cannot reverse the order for this VIP kit. Any customer can turn down the offer of a complimentary accessory if he does not need it. It seems to be that the present leaders now wish to avail themselves of the comfort of this VIP kit for their foreign travels and are trying to make excuses for accepting it by saying that the agreement prevented them from turning it down. All those who value yahapalanaya principles should ensure that the government flatly refuses to accept this complimentary VIP conversion kit and even if it is sent to Sri Lanka with the new planes, it should be returned to Airbus Industries forthwith."
Kiris Baba Amaray Saturday, 27 February 2016 07:49
You wanted to have the status like Obama and you also ordered a Luxury Plane.
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Leo Saturday, 27 February 2016 14:13
Is this what MR said or DM views via DM Android App
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