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I can’t borrow even a rupee from my brother: Prez

12 February 2019 10:14 am - 32     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Rejecting allegations that he favours his brother, President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday he couldn’t borrow even a single rupee from him.

“Some people are of the opinion that I look after my brother because he has a big rice mill in this country. You do not know about my brother. I cannot borrow even a single rupee from him. That is the real situation. As rice mill owners, you may have a suspicion that you are not giving a helping hand and that I am helping my brother. But I say clearly that I am on the side of the farmers. I know that the people who are involved in the rice milling process and buying paddy from the farmers and producing rice, they will not get a fair profit while selling them at a higher price in the market,” he said.

The President said so at a meeting held yesterday evening in 'Apegama' premises in Battaramulla when the problems of small scale and medium scale rice mill owners were discussed.
He said it was not a fair profit earned by the rice mill owners including his brother when it comes to buying paddy from the farmers and producing rice.

He also said that some people level allegations against him that he ignores the other mill owners except his brother who is also a mill owner and that his brother was not a person from whom he could borrow even a rupee.(Ariyarathna Ranabahu)

  Comments - 32

  • ANTON Tuesday, 12 February 2019 10:49 AM

    PRESIDENT IS CORRECT BECAUSE HIS BROTHER DOES NOT HAVE SINGLE RUPEE COINS, HE HAS ONLY 500, 1000 AND 5000 RUPEE NOTES.

    Shan Tuesday, 12 February 2019 01:12 PM

    Rupee is floating these days, so his brother cannot give.

    Gamani Wednesday, 13 February 2019 05:05 AM

    How about the commission he got by purchasing a Russian naval vessel when he personally intervened despite the objections of the then naval commander who was then sacked. The two palatial condos he bought for his “mage Janadhipathi thatha not to forget the two luxury vehicles to go with it

    channa Tuesday, 12 February 2019 11:33 AM

    come. i can give you not just a rupee but a multiple of 100. you should return the vote i gave you in 2015

    Borat Tuesday, 12 February 2019 11:35 AM

    Your statements are pathetic coming from a president.

    Kalu Tuesday, 12 February 2019 11:35 AM

    Echara lobaida oyage sagodaraya?

    srilankan Tuesday, 12 February 2019 11:43 AM

    political baila!!!!!!! OMG there are still voters who fall for this

    De Silva Tuesday, 12 February 2019 11:49 AM

    Yes there is no value in rupee. You can borrow in millions if not billions

    ICE Tuesday, 12 February 2019 01:15 PM

    Well said!!

    Kudda Tuesday, 12 February 2019 12:55 PM

    Ask your son, he is a very good friend of Madush and the Gang. He will give you 1 Million Dollars.

    ShakeSpear Tuesday, 12 February 2019 01:01 PM

    Guilt, that is how I see this statement. Why was one of your brothers clubbed to death. This does not happen to honest citizens in this conservative (culturally) country. What about the guy at a telecom company getting a fat salary and messing things up. In addition corruption is killing this company. Check!

    sunil Tuesday, 12 February 2019 01:24 PM

    first of all appoint a commission to inquire how putha sirisena from being a colonist became a rice mill owner. then get MTV to cover the proceedings.

    Funny Tuesday, 12 February 2019 01:46 PM

    wisest man or crises man

    Raj Tuesday, 12 February 2019 01:50 PM

    Since we hate someone should not be telling all garbage about him! Unlike other politicians, he did not try to rob the country. We should appreciate him for not being financially corrupt!

    De Silva Tuesday, 12 February 2019 03:40 PM

    Not corrupt? My foot

    Kalu Wednesday, 13 February 2019 06:21 AM

    Raj might be making this comment since MS had plain Tea in a jaffna house.

    Dee Tuesday, 12 February 2019 02:05 PM

    Your Excellency! Has the cashew mater and Sena caterpillar matter been sorted, after that let's look at solving this burning national issue- your bros issue.

    iqbal Tuesday, 12 February 2019 02:53 PM

    Yes, Mr.President is correct his brother lives on bank loans which is again depositors money.The entire family exist with public money.....

    FAIRY TALES Tuesday, 12 February 2019 05:45 PM

    PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOUR BIG FOOT INTO YOUR MOUTH. - WE ARE NOT FOOLS TO BELIEVE YOUR GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES

    Samayama Tuesday, 12 February 2019 05:46 PM

    Baila talks of last days of Presidency.

    Raveendra Tuesday, 12 February 2019 06:47 PM

    but you have borrowed plenty of money from your fellow citizens i supposed

    Buddhist Tuesday, 12 February 2019 07:07 PM

    If the President is a honest person, then an amendment to the constitution should be brought about immediately that all those who are contesting for any political positions, including President, PM, Ministers, MPs, PC members etc etc should all provide their assets and liabilities statement to the Election Commission when they submit their nominations. This is a challenge to the President and PM to enact this amendment immediately.

    Seeya Tuesday, 12 February 2019 07:26 PM

    Ayyo Srisena I will give you all my savings if you give up your presidency saving Sri Lanka from bankruptcey

    Southpaw Tuesday, 12 February 2019 08:06 PM

    Is this one your playing to the Gallary Jokes?

    Menu Tuesday, 12 February 2019 08:58 PM

    You are 1, 000,000 times richer than your brother Dudley. Recently you visited Schechelles , Thailand, Phillippines and Singapore where money was deposited/invested in those countries

    Sen Thursday, 14 February 2019 08:15 AM

    Mahinda too visited Scheshells ,during his last days of presidency

    upula Tuesday, 12 February 2019 10:02 PM

    Revelling in the gallery. An idiot does not know that he is an idiot.

    Harry Wednesday, 13 February 2019 03:46 AM

    Politicians are great talkers, Did we not hear of one term only before he wonFuture is bleak an an unknown man must surface

    raj Wednesday, 13 February 2019 05:46 AM

    what about borrowing millions rupees?

    weera Wednesday, 13 February 2019 06:00 AM

    I feel so sorry for our poor President. He is the poorest president in the world. Only president who lives off from people's donations. So sad!!!

    Ale Wednesday, 13 February 2019 06:31 AM

    Is this a leader of a country talking Who wants to hear or believe in all thease so called gallery talks Why does he need to borrow in the first place Do u help people only if u can borrow Is this the main challenge this country is facing Better represent the nation properly in the international fora find solutiins to economic woes

    Andrew Thursday, 14 February 2019 06:45 AM

    You don't have to borrow any thing Sir because you get every thing free.


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