Repatriate expats who are lifeblood of economy: Sajith

26 May 2020 09:47 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The government should give priority to Sri Lankan expatriates who wish to return to the country rather than focusing on bringing down COVID-19 patients from Seychelles for treatment, former opposition leader Sajith Premadasa said yesterday.

“Many Sri Lankans in the Middle East and other countries are suffering since the outbreak of COVID-19. They repeatedly plead the government to bring them back to Sri Lanka. The government does not seem to be responding to this call,” he said.

“Why is the government giving priority to provide treatment for those from Seychelles? Attention should be paid to the requests made by expatriates as they play a pivotal role in the national economy through foreign remittances.(Yohan Perera)


  Comments - 9

  • Liberal One Tuesday, 26 May 2020 12:06 PM

    Can't this man understand the difference between 35 and 35000? We need quarantine facilities of 30000 if we are to bring down all expatriates at once.

    sarakarthi Tuesday, 26 May 2020 12:08 PM

    Ask this from Dr. Anil Jayasinghe.

    Wasantha Tuesday, 26 May 2020 12:18 PM

    Yes please bring them. Toll people for security and short ones for clerk!

    aka Tuesday, 26 May 2020 12:20 PM

    seaschells only had 11 covid 19 patients and all of them have recovered. Non of the 35 who came here are covid19 positive. They are medical tourists who came here for other diseases. So that is just another way to earn foreign exchange.

    Lion Wednesday, 27 May 2020 07:11 AM

    Don’t swallow government lies whole sale.When there are nearly 100 SriLankan in seashells why suddenly medical tourists .just think the airports are close to prevent corona but government is bringing these people.people are not fools

    Chux Tuesday, 26 May 2020 12:38 PM

    Very true and for Rajapaksha never helped any poor people in the past as they only want to get their votes by telling utter lies

    Adam Speak Tuesday, 26 May 2020 12:41 PM

    Ya father of the nation, trying to score some points. Bringing stranded Sri Lankans are being brought under timely basis. Don;t be jealous of Seycheles patients coming for treatment in Sri Lanka. Credit goes to our President not you or any others.

    Dinusha Tuesday, 26 May 2020 04:38 PM

    We are also still stranded overseas , but what yesterday government was also announced true , can’t keep country closed many days but please give us a chance too we want to come to srilanka we are here in Singapore we lost our job

    Roshan samarathunga Tuesday, 26 May 2020 04:55 PM


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