Former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that if anyone found the US$18 billion that the government alleges he has stored in secret offshore accounts, he would use it to remove the tax imposed on medicine and use the money to give relief to patients.
Addressing the media at a ceremony held at Nelum Mawatha, the former President said that it was not fair to impose taxes on medicines and hospital charges. Those facilities should be given to people without charging a tax, he said. “Accruing tax from patients is an inhuman act,” he said.
“This government has spent more than seventeen months trying to find my alleged secret offshore accounts,” he said.
While rejecting claims that such offshore accounts existed, the former president said if the government found any accounts connected to him the whole amount will be credited to the government.
“The upcoming budget would provide the same kind of relief that the public was given in the last budget by this government,” he said.
“We are not making these accusations as if we have just awoken from our sleep. We are making these accusations based on what we have observed about this government,” Rajapaksa said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
Comments - 25
Arnold Friday, 21 October 2016 10:58 AM
Everyone knows you are not a fool to have the accounts under your name.
Maya Friday, 21 October 2016 11:00 AM
You are so confident knowing that MS will say, 'I am opposing, searching for money in the foreign accounts of our former President'. Sure he will say it.
reader Monday, 24 October 2016 01:35 PM
If its found, there's no need to donate it, because all such illegitimate assets will be confiscated by the government anyway!! "Raaja-santhakai"
BODY LANGUAGE Friday, 21 October 2016 11:09 AM
Body language (with facial expressions) cannot hide reality !
malij Friday, 21 October 2016 11:16 AM
Aney paw. Daisy Aachchi dunna salli.
Bala Friday, 21 October 2016 11:50 AM
Or transferred to other family memberss by Yoshithas trips to Dubai and his trips to Malysia and Thailand.
Hiran Friday, 21 October 2016 12:31 PM
Sir if they found it you'll be in Jail!!!
Janaka Friday, 21 October 2016 02:11 PM
Will you donate the money and lands of DAISY AACHCHI?
Aruna Friday, 21 October 2016 02:13 PM
Wait 100 years till and one fine day your childish dream will come alive!
dim Friday, 21 October 2016 07:53 AM
why dont you save them the trouble and donate it now aleady we are suffering. via DM Android App
nimal Friday, 21 October 2016 08:21 AM
There is nothing to donate.If found confiscated.
ala Friday, 21 October 2016 08:22 AM
Is it a another deal to donate ill-gotten money? Is it like the "Malwana" mansion when you disown property you can walk scot free. What a country to live-in.
Yeti Friday, 21 October 2016 08:22 AM
Ha ha ha, joke of the century!!!!
ANTON Friday, 21 October 2016 08:38 AM
IT IS VERY EASY TO FIND A HUNDRED RUPEE NOTE STOLEN BY A POOR MAN/WOMAN .......... BUT .......
DING DONG Friday, 21 October 2016 08:40 AM
NO NEED FOR DONATION THE ROBBED MONEY WILL BE CONFICICATED AS IT BELONGS TO THE NATION. via DM Android App
ANTON Friday, 21 October 2016 08:43 AM
SORRY , WE CAN'T DO INVESTIGATION OPERATIONS ON THIS MATTER AS SIRAA WOULD CALL THIS "INFANTILE"
ANTON Friday, 21 October 2016 08:48 AM
OUR LAW IS APPLICABLE TO SRILANKAN RUPEES , NOT TO YUAN OR DOLLARS.
DING DONG Friday, 21 October 2016 08:50 AM
HIS STATEMENT MEANS THAT THE MONEY IS SAFELY HIDDEN IN A PLACE FROM WHERE NOBODY CAN BE EVER ABLE TO TRACE IT. via DM Android App
Andrew Pitugala Friday, 21 October 2016 09:03 AM
If an off shore account is found in MR's name or any other and is illegal then the money is confiscated, There is no case of donation!!!
Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 21 October 2016 09:12 AM
You being a Ordinary MP, tryin to be the PM, never happen Sir. Get back to Carlton and relax don't dream.
Sonali Friday, 21 October 2016 09:35 AM
"I will donate money from alleged offshore account, if found: MR". He is so sure that nobody will find it. It's almost like a challenge - find it if you can.
Casanova Friday, 21 October 2016 09:51 AM
Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.All the Looters;And all the hootersCouldn't put Humpty DumptyTogether again.
Lima Friday, 21 October 2016 10:07 AM
THIS IS A DRAMA , THE PRES AND GOVT KNOWS WHERE HE HAS KEPT , THESE ARE INSIDE ACTING TO SHOW THE PUBLIC AND FOOL THE PUBLIC BY THESE STATEMENTS. THIS GUY IS THE REAL CROOK AND ROBBED SRI LANKA OUTRIGHT
patriot Friday, 21 October 2016 10:21 AM
Donate?? First it should be your money to donate, in this case they will confiscate!! Don't worry!
Gayan Perera Friday, 21 October 2016 10:24 AM
If the government would find these offshore accounts, I don't think MR will have the right to donate the money, he will have to return it to the government instead.
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