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It’s quite unethical for the President to spend millions of rupees in public funds for himself and his large entourage in New York while citizens are starving and facing many hardships back at home, UNP MP Harin Fernando said

Addressing a press briefing today UNP MP Harin Fernando and Provincial Councilor Kithsiri Manchanayake stated that almost Rs. 150 million worth of public funds were being utilized by the Sri Lankan embassy to maintain the Government delegation visiting the United Nations. (YP)
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  • Anver Tuesday, 28 September 2010 01:22 AM

    The President has evert right to take whoever he wants to BUT he should be mindful if any purpose will be served for spending on so many who have nothing to do there than to simply go for sight seeing at state expense.

    Concerned Citizen Tuesday, 28 September 2010 01:34 AM

    Hey Dr. Fernando, Doesn't the people of this country have the right of freedom of speech? When we see a wrong committed by a man who vowed to rule by Chintanaya policies, we have the right to tell him 'enough is enough'.

    Sanath Nanayakkare Tuesday, 28 September 2010 01:35 AM

    You said it Danushka. Cheers ! You 've put into words what I had on my mind for many months now. Thanks a lot. Sanath.

    Smart Aleck Tuesday, 28 September 2010 01:40 AM

    Doctor, I pity your patients. No one has objected to the President attending the UNGA. The comments are about the large number of others taken at public expense.

    Aiya - Moratuwa Monday, 27 September 2010 10:38 AM

    NY temple not enough to accommodate distinguished delegates.

    Elaris Tuesday, 28 September 2010 01:43 AM

    I cannot understand the logic behind the Incomprehensible Mad Comment ( I M C ) made by a Dr. called Fernando. There is no disagreement with regard to the President attending the UN General Sessions. The problem for the common man was about the scale of the gang which followed the President. Can the Govt. declare the total expenditure for the trip, number of deligates attended and their role. Did any of our deligates occupy a hotel by the name of "Wodroff Astoria" and if so what was the cost for a day` for using this hotel.

    Cotton Hall Tuesday, 28 September 2010 01:44 AM

    When will the Sri Lankan voter ever learn of the rides they are being taken. Is Sri Lanka suitable for democracy?

    Wasantha Monday, 27 September 2010 10:44 AM

    MR has a habit of doing this since he was appointed as the President. It seems that he is not concern about the hardships of people , othewise he cannot forget Rs.2500/= salary increment, that he promised. As a politician there is nothing exceptional him, and very similar to his predecessor,other than giving the politcal leadership to win the war.

    Hamzie IV Monday, 27 September 2010 10:46 AM

    Put this money in prospective.
    We could have built 150 houses for the IDP's at a cost of 1 million each.

    Currently government is giving Rs.5,000 and some takaran sheets for IDP's to build their own houses. This is so called re-settlements. What a pathetic situation.

    God save our mother Lanka.

    idda Tuesday, 28 September 2010 02:16 AM

    Colosal amount would have been sufficnet to build a new rural hospital, if the story is correct!

    Ibnu Batuta Monday, 27 September 2010 10:55 AM

    130 delegates is to show two third majority in the UN.

    spark Tuesday, 28 September 2010 02:40 AM

    Can you justify the reason "Paba" was taken to UN? Can you justify the reason Sajin Vaas has been taken to UN after bringing one of the worse losses under Mihin Lanka to this nation? As

    Hadi Tuesday, 28 September 2010 03:05 AM

    NEVA GUILUNATH BAND CHOONE

    Top Sri Lankan Monday, 27 September 2010 11:14 AM

    Who said it was the Government Money ? This was the President's hard earned money .

    Yehiya-Doha Monday, 27 September 2010 11:14 AM

    mr. Harim, You & I are poor family.This is usual to politician.

    Ramzeel Monday, 27 September 2010 11:16 AM

    Suba Anagathayak for the Sri Lankan fools who elected them.

    Katussa Monday, 27 September 2010 11:45 AM

    Yeah. All the people owe it to him for winning the war and he owes the turncoats who helped him on the 18A. So there!

    Nuwan Monday, 27 September 2010 11:57 AM

    It's high time all Sri Lankans started demanding accountability from politicians who are wasting tax payers money on lavish lifestyles.

    Dee Monday, 27 September 2010 12:02 PM

    What hardship or Difficulty? people are now buying cars and all the luxuries. we are doing Good! arent we????

    Dinesh Monday, 27 September 2010 12:02 PM

    Tax money at work.

    Ranjan Monday, 27 September 2010 12:22 PM

    THEY ARE SPENDING ALL THAT MONEY FOR A SUBA ANAGATHAYAK AND TO MAKE S.L. THE MIRACLE OF ASIA.

    david Monday, 27 September 2010 12:25 PM

    Did you saw Eddie Murphy's comedy movie "Coming to America". Both same story.

    anura Monday, 27 September 2010 12:50 PM

    this is what you can expect a president from 3rd world asian country

    priyantha Monday, 27 September 2010 01:22 PM

    how can KING going without senawa this is beginnig now dont cry he said he got 60% of vote GOOD LUCK to minpakisland people

    Canuck Monday, 27 September 2010 01:23 PM

    where were these UNP MPs when Fonseka was spending millions staying in so many floors @ transasia?...where were they when they found briefcases full of money with SF's entourage?

    Hareesz Monday, 27 September 2010 01:36 PM

    More from UNP will join govt on MR returnb

    Above the crowd Monday, 27 September 2010 02:19 PM

    You voted for him, He can do what ever he wants If I were the President I don't give two hoots for what the donkeys think

    Danushka Monday, 27 September 2010 02:21 PM

    It is so pathetic how Sri Lankans continue to commit mistakes. They believe in so called “promises” prior to elections without realistically thinking as to how one could deliver them. Then they suffer for 06 years (or at least till the next election). Again, when promises are made they forget the past (unfulfilled promises) and vote. When someone tells the reality or the truth, they are grossly rejected. The melancholy is that Sri Lankans never learn from history. The majority of the general public does not possess the necessary political maturity and wisdom that is seen in most of other nations (including Asia). So what can we expect? This will be a never ending cycle. Committing mistakes after mistakes and suffering of the masses forever. Even reluctantly I need to say that most Sri Lankans are very parochial.

    sandman Monday, 27 September 2010 02:27 PM

    This is NOT about Fonseka Canuck, better stay there in Canada

    Dr I.M.C.Fernando. Monday, 27 September 2010 02:29 PM

    I cannot understand the idiotic comments above.The President must and has every right to attend UN sessions as Head of State.If this is the type of opposition that the UNP can provide the people will decide at forthcoming elections to wipe out the UNP.Mr RW to note.Puerile ideas of UNP member HF and his ilk should be condemned as completely out of order, coming from a much discredited and out of touch political party !!

    Nishen Monday, 27 September 2010 02:38 PM

    Canuck - How much is a room in Trans Asia? How much is a room is Waldorfnewyork Hotel? DNA told the courts that they can present the list of names of the people who donated money for that. So can our president also show like that? Or is it our tax money?

    Justice of Peace Monday, 27 September 2010 04:10 PM

    Dr. Are you a medical doctor OR Ph.D ?

    No one is against the President attending the UN.
    But why 130 members attended, and at what cost to the tax payer?

    Che Monday, 27 September 2010 04:14 PM

    who the hell cares, He is the Peoples President Chosen by the People,what he is doing is fully endorsed by the People, Now it is too late for any action,this is what the Majority wants. those who are concerned, why are you complacent?, sadly Sri Lanka is incapable of being United,and will never be United, THE CURSE OF KUVENI,for Treachery, The Orisans, from East India have done too much of Damage to such a Beautiful Island.

    MagodisThuma Tuesday, 28 September 2010 07:46 AM

    He finished the war & saved lot of money...This is just peanuts !
    So...What...?.


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