Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today rejected allegations made by the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) that his office had pressurized the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to carry out investigations against its members and some media organizations.
Making a statement, Mr. Wickremesinghe said the allegation was far from being the truth. He said he had inquired from the police and the latter had informed him that someone had lodged a complaint against the GMOA and they carried out an investigation. He said the police informed him that the complaint they received said a Bill was to be presented to Parliament to amend the Medical Ordinance in line with section 67(A) of 'Establishment of Special Registry and introduction of procedure for foreign medical specialists' which the Prime Minister said was a certain document. “The police informed me that no such Bill had been presented to Parliament according to its investigation,” he said
“The GMOA has accused me of deploying CID officers to spy on its members. The GMOA has no business to get involved in the agreement with India. We asked for a mandate to create employment opportunities when its officers were running behind former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. If the GMOA talks in the way they do I am ready to respond to them politically. They went shopping for the former President. I have facts to prove my point. GMOA President Dr Anuruddha Padeniya met me some time back and they told me not to talk about it. What right do they have to make such a request from me?
Mr. Wickremesinghe was also critical of some TV channels, the print media including the Daily Mirror and made the following statement on them
“This story on GMOA was carried by the Daily Mirror under the title “PM’s office pressurized CID”. They should have first inquired from the CID. All at the Daily Mirror also went behind Rajapaksa. They belong to him. I am saying one thing. I have given time to adjust according to the new framework. If they cannot adjust Kesara Abeywardene can go home. Derana also started the game yesterday.
Kesara Abeywardena at that time wrote I should leave the party leadership. I have given time for them to correct themselves. If they don’t do it Kesara Abeywardene has to go home. We cannot allow this nonsense to continue, Even Derana has started to play games once again. If Derana becomes pro Rajapaksa we will have to disclose all their thefts. They call women bitches. They should discipline themselves. We won’t allow anyone to take away the mandate given to us”.
“People gave us a mandate to create one million jobs, to go for trade agreements. If the Daily Mirror or Derana try to stop our programme of providing employment we will take to the street against them,” he added
He said the UNP has been invited to participate in a procession organized by the youth and professionals of the country and the party has accepted it and will take part in it.
The Prime Minister said the government would go ahead with the programme of providing one million employment opportunities and will go for trade agreements with Japan, China, Singapore, and Europe. “Anyone could criticize us if we fail in this ,” he added. (Yohan Perera)
Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 19 February 2016 05:58 AM
Dirana OK, GMOA OK, but getting any with "Daily Mirror" is unfair PM.
Jehan Thursday, 18 February 2016 11:41 PM
puh! These UNPers wants cepa?
Sujee Friday, 19 February 2016 12:58 AM
This is the Batalanda butcher calling! Beware... the Tires will be awaiting for media!
Dr.Thomas Friday, 19 February 2016 01:35 AM
Sir.GMOA does not represent the views of the entire medical profession. It is a marfia & should be banned. via DM Android App
Kumara Friday, 19 February 2016 03:24 AM
The real issue is the economic agreement with India. From what the PM is saying, it seems like the agreement is all but decided. GMOA has a right to criticize it to educate general public.
ethige Friday, 19 February 2016 04:29 AM
Dear Hon. Prime Minister, It is sad to say that I am fast losing my allegiance towards you. In my opinion, this is not democracy. The present GMOA officials were duly elected by its membership in the same way that you were elected. And I believe you cannot name and criticise media people in a vibrant democratic society. I am very sad although I admire the concept of yahaplanaya.
Lanka Friday, 19 February 2016 04:35 AM
Ha, ha...freedom of speech...ha!!!
Lion Friday, 19 February 2016 05:43 AM
This is the truth how ever much its bitter.Well done PM. Boys have forgotten the dark era.
People Friday, 19 February 2016 05:43 AM
As long as the "media" reports the "truth".....we are fine!!!
Desmond Jeromme Friday, 19 February 2016 05:56 AM
PM is very angry now.
Jayadeva Thursday, 18 February 2016 11:17 PM
Yahapalanaya balloon crash lands !
rajasinghe Friday, 19 February 2016 06:10 AM
Mr.Prime Minister,Thanks for standing against these Mafias. There are lot more to deal with for the best interest of the people.
Ranjith Friday, 19 February 2016 06:10 AM
He is trying to settle the unemployment problem of the Indians. 1,000,000 jobs for the Indians. Our IT fellows will have to work for Rs. 10,000/-
BV Friday, 19 February 2016 09:37 AM
MR.KUMARA WE HAVE NOT ELECTED THE GLOW TO REPRESENT US.THE GMOA WILL BE WELL OFF IF THEY FIRST EDUCATE THEM SELVES. via DM Android App
Police knows best ! Friday, 19 February 2016 02:21 PM
“The police informed me that no such Bill had been presented to Parliament according to its investigation,” What I fail to understand that, as a Member of Parliament (and for a matter of that, the Prime Minister) why the Police have to inform him this.
raj Friday, 19 February 2016 02:51 PM
why are we sending uneducated, robbers etc to parliament to rule us.
dulan Friday, 19 February 2016 03:13 PM
PM should not have said he will punish Derana for its frauds unless they fall in line
gayan Friday, 19 February 2016 03:55 PM
Early signs of batalanda return.
sri lankan Friday, 19 February 2016 07:29 PM
No Indian workers in Sri Lankan. Most ignorant, arrogant peoples in this planet...
praba Thursday, 18 February 2016 07:17 PM
Our hero. Camooooooon.
Saman Thursday, 18 February 2016 05:30 PM
Freedom of speech Yahapalana style
Thanos Thursday, 18 February 2016 05:36 PM
Has Mr. RW finally decided to stand-up to the GMOA? Even Margaret Thatcher would hesitate to go against the GMOA.
Be Fair Thursday, 18 February 2016 05:45 PM
Like "red Bull Gives wings" PM is flying............!!!!!!!!!
Jayantha Thursday, 18 February 2016 05:49 PM
Media freedom, Yahapalayana way!
PMC Thursday, 18 February 2016 05:54 PM
Hail our Prime minister....War against Press.....Till no rest....All the rest....Bow the heads....
sss Thursday, 18 February 2016 06:53 PM
Regarding GOMA, the medical officers are fleecing tax payers by doing private practice while they are payed by tax payers. This is after they get their training free which cost about 30 million in other countries. Also after more than fifty years of medical education we have nothing in healthcare/biotechnology industry. Even Bangladesh have more advanced activity in this area
achala Thursday, 18 February 2016 06:53 PM
after da due time i guess we wont be seeing a UNP government in literally a million years . .
Fero Thursday, 18 February 2016 06:54 PM
Forgot to take the pill?
docuk Thursday, 18 February 2016 05:28 PM
Well done, Mr. PM. There seems to lot of people going shopping for despots and fraudsters.
Ela boy Thursday, 18 February 2016 07:52 PM
Well said !!
fahadfarookklt Thursday, 18 February 2016 08:04 PM
LONG LIVE OUR PM !!!
sama Thursday, 18 February 2016 08:05 PM
what type of job? unskilled labor?
sirimal Thursday, 18 February 2016 08:05 PM
only talk , but no work
Prema Thursday, 18 February 2016 09:40 PM
well said sir.GMOA should concentrate on their profession without interfearing with policy decisions of the government.
Patriot Thursday, 18 February 2016 09:41 PM
PM is under pressure, nothing works. All the promises like fairy dust disappear.......
Jayasingha Thursday, 18 February 2016 10:36 PM
Those whom the Gods want to destroy first makes them mad . The seat is getting hot for the PM as nothing seems to happen.His leadership is in crisis.
TONY Thursday, 18 February 2016 10:45 PM
GOOD REMINDER FOR MEDIA MEN WHO ABUSE MEDIA FREEDOM
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