Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday warned foreign countries not to accept any asset offered by the Sri Lankan government saying he would ‘pay attention’ to these agreements when they come to power.
Addressing the ‘Jana Bala Sena’ protest rally organised by the Joint Opposition at the Vihara Maha Devi Park in Colombo, Mr. Rajapaksa said the government was leasing out national assets such as the Hambantota Port and the Mattala Airport in an authoritarian manner.
“There is a group of people behind this sale of assets. We request the international players not to purchase anything offered by this government. We will pay attention to them when we come to power. The government was not given a mandate to sell any asset,” he said.
He criticized the government’s move to increase Customs duty on small cars and said the government was not even paying any attention to the needs of the people who voted for it.
“The cost of living is skyrocketing. On top of that, the customs duty on vehicles were increased. There was a popular advertisement of this government before the election, which showed a girl assuring that the youth could buy vehicles if this government comes to power. These pledges have become jokes now,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
Lion Friday, 3 August 2018 06:28
Commadian in action again.How about the out right sale of the land which was once occupied by the army to Build shangarila hotel. Whom you are trying to fool ?
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Mandayan Saturday, 4 August 2018 18:57
@Lankaboy: if Gota is elected, do you think he is an idiot to vacate for MR to step in ? All are selfish guys mate!!
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sandun Saturday, 4 August 2018 20:35
this is not about 6 acres, this is about thousands of acres that this government trying to sell
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Manel Friday, 3 August 2018 06:34
what about the assets sold by you to the Chinese?
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Kusum Friday, 3 August 2018 06:37
Election victory to JO handed on a platter. The Ranil special - record breaking loser
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abc Friday, 3 August 2018 16:04
As I recall, Ranil is in power. It's this joker who lost.
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HYPOCRITE Friday, 3 August 2018 06:47
BUT PLEASE ACCEPT OUR ASSETS (off shore or "in shore") WHEN WE COME INTO POWER == AND WE THANK YOU FOR SUCH BENEFITS YOU ALLOW US YET TO ENJOY FROM THE TIME WHEN WE WERE IN POWER .
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WOLF WOLF WOLF Friday, 3 August 2018 06:49
Dying man clutching to a straw
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FREE HOLIDAYS Friday, 3 August 2018 06:54
Those of you who do so in your governments will be entitled to free holidays at our government expense in this wonder of Asia,
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thila Siriwardana Friday, 3 August 2018 06:59
When I read MR's request not to accept any assets offered to foreign governments, Iwould like to ask MR what did he do to the land at Shangrila, Port city etc etc. This man is dangerous to our country and is a convincing liar hoodwinking the people who are gullible to swallow any lie he utters..Please tell us how he is going to pay off the huge debts and loans he took to make Hambantota and Mattala and other places without increasing taxes.How does he propose to bring the prices down , pay the huge loans and decrease taxes. Please tell us. He cant fool us mate.
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Lankaboy Friday, 3 August 2018 14:59
He can bring in his looted money and pay off all the loans..:)
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Sunil Friday, 3 August 2018 07:05
This is a timely warning (may be a bit belated) to these morons who are hell bent on selling national assets to fatten their own purses.
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Saradiel Friday, 3 August 2018 07:24
In that case, all your corrupt mega deals should be revoked first. Agree that we have to be very careful when having joint ventures with foreign governments. So far this government has not sold anything to my knowledge. All are long term lease or joint ventures. You gave part of Port City to China on s platter and now talking big.
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City Friday, 3 August 2018 07:27
Sir, you have become Desperate.its clearly shown on all of you. I think the general public has started to realise it.
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Econ-mist Friday, 3 August 2018 07:47
No problem, let them accept Mr.'s assets!!
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Titanic Friday, 3 August 2018 07:53
Don't know , something wrong the way he speaks now, guess he has not taken proper medication to the proper area of his body, when he visited singapore recently
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Dee Friday, 3 August 2018 07:53
Nothing to offer. You gave them all. Including your hero bro's prized 'defecnce secretariat' building and property.
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Tamil Friday, 3 August 2018 08:08
Specially the Indians are buying Sri Lankan assets at an alarming rate.
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Prem Friday, 3 August 2018 08:11
This is what unp said when you were borrowing heavily.They will noy repay when they come to power.
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ANTON Friday, 3 August 2018 08:12
YES ..... NEXT THEY WILL AUCTION OFF , SIGIRIYA, SIRI PAADA AND DUNHIDA ELLA ALSO.
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dulan Friday, 3 August 2018 08:17
Hi bro you forgot how you sold army land to Chinese for Shangri La? how you sold new port city land to chinese and it was reversed by this govt. Also your own statement is mixing leasing and selling.This govt leased
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Perumal Friday, 3 August 2018 08:30
MR must accept a major part of the responsibility for the plight the country is in today.
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suresh Friday, 3 August 2018 08:35
even after been thrown out of power this lunatic has the audacity to threaten foreign govt.
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Viktor Friday, 3 August 2018 14:45
Curiously he says "would pay attention". It probably means that his cut will have to be paid if they want to continue keeping the assets
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sale...sale Friday, 3 August 2018 18:02
Guyz...the man is so worried there will not be any worthy assets for them to lease/sell when they come to power. Ex prez. for your kind info selling of government owned assets were started by you..............
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Jayantha Friday, 3 August 2018 19:13
It means that he wants to sell it when he comes or if he ever comes to power. These are his private property.
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Rosh fdo Friday, 3 August 2018 20:03
Can u pls take the galle face land back.....
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Ceylon Friday, 3 August 2018 21:07
British mp who got bribes from you now in trouble there.
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