I will return ownership of H'tota Port to the people: Wijeyadasa

10 August 2017 08:03 am - 43     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said the sale of Hambantota Harbour - a public asset-to the Chinese was a wrong and assured the public that he would not rest until he regains its ownership on behalf of the people.

In an interview with our sister paper the Sunday Lankadeepa the minister recalled that as a politician he had always done what was right by the country and fought against corruption. As a result he said he had been able to secure government resources worth more than Rs.1,000 billion which included the Sri Lanka Transport Board, Sri Lanka Insurance Company and Litro Gas Company and vest them with the people.

The deal with China in relation to the Hambantota Harbour is decisive within the sphere of global politics as it has prompted India to demand possession of the oil tanks in Trincomalee, the minister said.

He warned that as 89 per cent of the ships arriving at the Colombo Harbour were there for re-export these ships would not want to sail an extra 400 nautical miles to Colombo when with the further expansion taking place at the Hambantota Harbour they could dock there and unload their goods. This would then end up turning the Colombo Harbour into a swimming pool while the Chinese company with a major stake in the Hambantota Port would flourish.

The minister stressed that whether he was still in the government or was forced out he would continue his fight against corruption and the tyrannical attempt by the Chinese to take over the world of trade. (Prasanna Sanjeewa Thennakone)

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  Comments - 43

  • Nic Thursday, 10 August 2017 11:39 AM

    If Wijedasa is opposed to a deal the Government of which is a part of, has entered into, he should resign to express his opposition and not continue to remain and be an obstructionist as he is.

    Kaboos Thursday, 10 August 2017 11:47 AM

    He is our next common candidate.

    Saranga Thursday, 10 August 2017 11:48 AM

    what an idiots

    SF Thursday, 10 August 2017 11:49 AM

    Just empty hollow talks for public consumption and cheap publicity.

    Snowy Thursday, 10 August 2017 11:50 AM

    Ha Ha Ha. He is worried that a peoples asset was leased. As it is a lease, it will be back to the peoples after the lease expires. My I remind self proclaimed intellectual as to what he is not able to get back the funds squandered by his former and future handlers?

    ara Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:26 PM

    99 years is considered an outright sale, the word lease used for fools like u

    Lal Thursday, 10 August 2017 08:13 PM

    ara, Any fool knows that Lease regardless of time is not sale.

    max Thursday, 10 August 2017 11:56 AM

    The only minister in the govt that has a backbone!

    Ranjith Thursday, 10 August 2017 12:29 PM

    Deal minister is an agent of JO. He is the minister protecting The Corrupt of the past.

    John Thursday, 10 August 2017 12:52 PM

    ....you mean a disjointed one?!

    SF Thursday, 10 August 2017 02:15 PM

    This called back-stabbing not having a backbone.

    Katus Thursday, 10 August 2017 03:11 PM

    The only minister with backbone with no brain.

    lankaman Thursday, 10 August 2017 11:57 AM

    This fool is trying to do other ministers' job while not doing his own properly

    AjithZ Thursday, 10 August 2017 12:45 PM

    You are correct. He is just like GMOA. Not doing his job and interfering in other's work.

    Sumith Chandana Thursday, 10 August 2017 12:15 PM

    He is non other than deal dasa

    Gobba Thursday, 10 August 2017 12:19 PM

    Stop your racism, stop protecting MR and family, Minister, then you can say that you are fighting for the country.

    rew Thursday, 10 August 2017 12:26 PM

    Repeating as ignored before, time for this guy to go.

    ravin Thursday, 10 August 2017 12:47 PM

    Mr AVANTGARDE - That money talks.

    brainmaster Thursday, 10 August 2017 12:54 PM

    working for MR via DM Android App

    RS Thursday, 10 August 2017 12:59 PM

    People in Maharagama knew a long time ago that he was getting ready for a long jump although the UNP leadership remained DEAF, DUMB,and Blind.What a week leadership.

    Ajith Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:06 PM

    Wejedasa is waiting for opportune time to leave government and follow Maithree . Should not give him that chance show him the door now!.

    nihal Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:13 PM

    please dot make such political statements and tell us the procedure that you are going to follow in this case to bring the ownership of Port back to SL It seems that you are not aware about legal, political and trade implications agreements of this nature, if such actions is to be taken

    GC Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:47 PM

    Correct. We can remember what happened when the government tried to renegotiate/modify the unbuilt Port City.

    zayan Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:15 PM

    He is trying to get next common candidate, Patali champika and Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe are try to publicity for 2020 presidential election.

    DREAMER. Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:29 PM


    Mercedes Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:30 PM

    He is known as the biggest cut throat in the parliament. Double standard underhand man. serpent under the grass.

    Raz Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:38 PM

    Clean talk only . Can never win an election always cr eap in the back door . What has this person done to the country except talking. via DM Android App

    Dee Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:40 PM

    Back to the people to do what? Drying Fish? Then who's going to pay the loans? You?

    malij Thursday, 10 August 2017 02:08 PM

    I feel like kicking myself for voting for this two timing bas.....d.

    Nana Thursday, 10 August 2017 02:13 PM

    No. No. No.

    Nana Thursday, 10 August 2017 02:16 PM

    No. Thanks. Keep it to yourself if you want.

    janaka Thursday, 10 August 2017 02:53 PM

    Taking family Disneyland holiday bribe very bad for justice minister.

    jayasekara Thursday, 10 August 2017 08:38 PM

    Why didn't he resin

    Nadi Karunaratne Thursday, 10 August 2017 03:13 PM

    Let's face it that white elephant is no loss - better to get what we can for it. This guy is just trying to ingratiate himself with those who gave us a succession of bridges where there were no rivers, whilst trousering the commissions.

    kumar Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:28 PM

    looks like Wijedasa will be the next President

    fahim Friday, 11 August 2017 10:25 AM

    He is like the NATO - (No Action Talk Only).

    fahim Friday, 11 August 2017 10:26 AM

    He is like the NATO -(No Action Talk Only).

    ceylon Friday, 11 August 2017 11:40 AM

    you are the most corrupt in lanka cabinet.when privertise cant steal.thats why you against to privertise. via DM Android App

    con.com Friday, 11 August 2017 04:48 PM

    Does it belong to you or your family?

    Fedi Monday, 14 August 2017 11:57 AM

    He will be the next one to resign in the hope to get some attention and too comic to be a next common candidate.

    DJ Monday, 14 August 2017 07:43 PM

    He took over the Injustice Ministry and still continues to delay justice and makes lawyers rich. First sort out your blooming ministry instead of poking your fingers in others. When can our citizens find justice in our so called democracy

    Namal Tuesday, 15 August 2017 01:33 AM

    You don't agree with the cabinet - resign first. Then return all the monies you stole and laundered via Avant Garde to the people. We don't want the Hambantota white elephant. You can give that as gift to Mahinda and ask him to personally repay the loans taken to build it. Don't try to fool the people.

    NM Thursday, 17 August 2017 10:11 AM

    He is a Just man and shall give it to the people in 100 years time.

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