The government has made its intentions clear through the synopsis of its cabinet, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) said yesterday.
SJB National List MP Harin Fernando told a media briefing that the government has clearly indicated that its intentions with regard to the 19th Amendment by allowing the President to hold the Defence Ministry portfolio. “It looks like the government had violated the 19th Amendment even before the meeting of the new Parliament. This gives an indication what the government intends doing with regard to this particular piece of legislation,” Mr. Fernando said.
“Appointing Ali Sabry as the Minister of Justice is another indication how the government is going to deal with the Judiciary. We are not bothered about Mr. Sabry’s ethnicity but he is the man who was retained by most of those in the new cabinet for court cases filed against them. The government could be having an intention of victimising political opponents, and this might be the reason Mr. Sabry was given the portfolio of justice,” he said.
However Mr. Fernando said he was happy about the appointment of MP Namal Rajapaksa as the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports. “We are happy about the portfolio given to Mr. Rajapaksa as he is young and energetic. We hope he implements the project which we began to construct a sports complex for each province,” he said.
At the same time he said what Sri Lanka has got is an aging cabinet. “Most of the cabinet Ministers are over 70 years of age,” he said. MP S. M. Marikar who elaborated on this point said the retirement age of public servants should be extended to 70 years. “All public servants should be allowed to work until they are 70 if politicians are allowed to hold ministerial portfolios despite passing the age of 70,” he said.
Mr. Marikar who hit hard on the UNP calling it the two percent party which was rejected by the people and has not got into a conflict on deciding on its national list slot.(Yohan Perera)
Comments - 10
Sen Friday, 14 August 2020 05:45 AM
'If politicians allowed to hold portfolios even after 70 years,then government servants too allow work over 70'- then how politician who just appointed only for 5 years gets a pension,while government servants would have to serve 30 years,I appeal, hon.president, you are fair minded ,reasonable person,terminate this unreasonable pension for parliamentarians, at least,till the country,economically sound enough
shanthan k Friday, 14 August 2020 07:53 AM
Young, honest politicians like you should bring the country together and implement law and order. Ethinic minorities feel sidelined and victimized by the MR clan.
Bhatiya Siriwardena Friday, 14 August 2020 08:13 AM
Correct. State expenses to rise heavily
FF Friday, 14 August 2020 09:17 AM
THOUGH THE MINISTERS ARE OVER 70 THEIR MOVEMENTS ARE NOT HAMPERED AS THEY ARE PROVIDED WITH A DOZEN VEHICLES AT STATE COSTS IN ADDITION TO BEING GIVEN A DUTY FREE PERMIT
Gamage W Friday, 14 August 2020 09:19 AM
Harin did not face the electors. He entered Parliament through the back door. This one time Uva province hero is now a dead wood.
Kusal Friday, 14 August 2020 09:35 AM
Most people who get into politics do so for the sole purpose of plundering the country. Not one of these people have any love for this country or it's brainless people.
Don Kuruppu Friday, 14 August 2020 09:41 AM
Go ask your fathers opinion first
sach Friday, 14 August 2020 10:05 AM
Rajapaksas over 70 are smarter, more active and efficient than young SJBs.
Nimal Friday, 14 August 2020 10:11 AM
DM, as the most popular Newspaper both in print and electronic media, we expect you to publish hot hot news as the first one to report them, rather than the unimportant news of these sundries. Yesterday a historic peace treaty was announced between Israel and UAE from the Arab world which is the first in many decades. Pls report them without waiting to report "pilunu" news. We keep our trust in you as the best news presenter of our times.
darme Friday, 14 August 2020 10:24 AM
people like you should go and see a Neurologist (Brain Specialist) because your brain is f..ked up.
your only aim is to create issues and disruption to the country or to the government..
A dum idiot with no proper education ..no experience..and no knowledge what's so ever with anything..
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