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Bandula Gunawardena: claim wrong by 99 percent

21 January 2019 01:04 pm - 20     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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On 17 October, the Divaina quoted Mr. Bandula Gunawardena as saying that as a result of the Sri Lanka–Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA), nearly 4,000 products can be imported with zero tariffs as per the gazette notification 2069/2.

To consider the validity of his statement, we referred to gazette notification 2069/2.

The gazette notification lists the existing tariff rate for 3,539 products, and the new rate under the Singapore FTA for each of these products.

It shows that 3,509 items currently have zero tariffs and so are not subject to any change under the FTA. There are only 30 products (less than 1% of the number claimed) where tariff rate was not zero before but has been reduced to zero under the FTA.

Therefore, the statement that the tariff on close to 4,000 products have been made zero as a result of the FTA is BLATANTLY FALSE.

Gazette notification 2096/02

Ministry of Labour& Trade Union Relations;

 http://www.documents.gov.lk/files/egz/2018/5/2069-02_E.pdf

Originally published on @factchecklka on 5 December 2018.

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  Comments - 20

  • De Silva Monday, 21 January 2019 01:23 PM

    He always comes out with wrong figures. There is no credibility at all for his statements

    Perumal Monday, 21 January 2019 04:16 PM

    Yes, his figure resembles that of a frog the sounds he make are similar to that creature's.

    Criminal Monday, 21 January 2019 01:23 PM

    More than two decades of his political carrier was nothing but a big fat lie.

    Kadmin Monday, 21 January 2019 01:26 PM

    Ha ha.. What a joker. People who believe this guy should get brain checked.

    Question Monday, 21 January 2019 01:32 PM

    He is only a tution master - what can you Expect from this fellow. He is only capable of uttering false ideas - likE that one can manage with Rs 2500/- for a family for a month ! -By the way is he an economics graduate or at least a graduate of sorts.

    buwa Monday, 21 January 2019 01:52 PM

    Not surprised!These fellows from "Pohottuwa" always try to hoodwink people.

    sunilpan Monday, 21 January 2019 01:55 PM

    I sometimes wish there was a punishable law for making false statements to the media and public

    saraprobe Monday, 21 January 2019 02:03 PM

    Someone finally is speaking up

    Moiez Monday, 21 January 2019 02:05 PM

    This fellow is a brainless joker, never listen anything from this guy. Tell him to go for tuition class.

    J.C.M Monday, 21 January 2019 02:26 PM

    Great work!. High time the media Showed up Politicians whatever their party affiliations may be disinformation is their stock in trade.

    Dee Monday, 21 January 2019 02:28 PM

    I made a comment sometime back but never got published. DM please publish this. " No wonder this country is like what it is now, most of his tution students hold high positions in both govt and private sector"

    Unchikun Monday, 21 January 2019 02:53 PM

    This man is a tuition master and not an economist. No wonder we can not produce graduates from universities when pinhead like this teach them. He is good for people who think zero/zero = 0. I know that E = m X C squeared

    Farzan Monday, 21 January 2019 03:17 PM

    These guys are the reason for Sri Lanka's current fate...

    vt Monday, 21 January 2019 04:44 PM

    Bandula G has studied too much of economics.This is the result.

    Ruwan Monday, 21 January 2019 06:44 PM

    A pathological liar...do not believe a word he says

    Phantom Monday, 21 January 2019 07:22 PM

    Isn't he the toad that croaked a family can live on Rs.2500/- a month??????

    karthik Monday, 21 January 2019 08:25 PM

    Don't worry Bandulla is a Zero and he is very weal in calculations.

    Roger 54 Monday, 21 January 2019 08:34 PM

    I am surprised he is one percent correct please check the fta he is the guy who said one can live with 2500.00 rupees i like to remind him as i did many years ago at 60 rupees then one could have 30 lbs of beead and 60 cups of tea to gulp the bread . Joker

    rajinthi Tuesday, 22 January 2019 11:57 AM

    This is the guy who claimed that Rs. 2500 is enough for a family to live in Srilanka for a month.

    CD DIssanayake Wednesday, 23 January 2019 04:35 AM

    Hello Bandula, I know you as a tuition master. You ruined my son's dream of government school education. Having 30 years my wife resident ship in the area , still my son couldn't enter to near by school , just only 150 yards from my house., because I was abroad and my name was not registered. You are continually destroying MR's image as well. You are real pit-bull. You make all sort of nonsense to come power. You have given nothing free for the students , but now talking about free education. People well remember what you said about that Lyceum Girl who got highest rank in art stream.


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