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Compensating ex-LTTE combatants: People should stop paying taxes: JO

20 June 2018 08:32 pm - 25     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The joint opposition said today people should stop paying taxes to the government, if it continues with its move to pay compensation to ex-LTTE combatants.

JO member and MP Wimal Weerawansa told a news conference that no country in the world had ever paid compensation to ex-terrorists unlike what Sri Lanka was attempting to do and added that such moves would not contribute towards reconciliation.

He said the government was hoping to pay compensation to ex-LTTE combatants by using tax payers money saying Sri Lanka will be the first in the world to pay compensation to terrorists.

“The compensation will not be paid by using the money of government bigwigs. Compensation has still not been paid to the victims of the Meethotamulla garbage dump tragedy and the explosion at the army camp at Salawa. Then, why is the government trying to compensate terrorists who tried to destroy our country,” the MP asked. “If the government is attempting to compensate the terrorists who struggled for Tamil Eelam, we are forced to consider the President and the Prime Minister as separatists.”

Meanwhile, MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage said this proposal which had been made to the Cabinet was not a proposal made by Minister D.M. Swaminathan on his own, but a proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in an attempt to gain more votes from the Northern people at the upcoming presidential election. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)


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  Comments - 25

  • Mandy Wednesday, 20 June 2018 09:29 PM

    The people should stop paying taxes as that goes to maintain you MPs in Parliament and enjoy untold perks.

    donkey wimal Wednesday, 20 June 2018 09:31 PM


    robert Wednesday, 20 June 2018 09:38 PM

    Did you pay any tax?

    ranjit Wednesday, 20 June 2018 09:42 PM

    Wimal, no country in the world had let people who forge false passport and birth certificates and earned millions illegally walk freely in their country.In other countries those people will be behind bars for ever but not inSL

    Giabao Wednesday, 20 June 2018 10:13 PM

    forging passports and birth certificates are very common in Sri Lanka and is often done by foreign employment agencies. Please know your facts

    Bala Thursday, 21 June 2018 09:13 AM

    But those poor agents get arrested and charged but not the high and mighty Wimal and Shasha.

    abc Wednesday, 20 June 2018 09:47 PM

    But during MR's time terrorists were made ministers

    L.P. Mendis Wednesday, 20 June 2018 09:47 PM

    Wimal Weerawansa, better fast this time also under the Pettah bow tree.

    S.P.Ramkumar Wednesday, 20 June 2018 10:08 PM

    There are lot of LTTEers joints Civil Defence Force. 12000 LTTE rs were pardon given by your Government, but there is not wrong if Government take any decision to help them to enhance their normal life.

    Vadivel Wednesday, 20 June 2018 10:21 PM

    I agree that it is unfair to use taxpayer money to pay compensation to those who tried to destroy the country and the economy. At the same time ex-combatants should be given an opportunity to compensate the country by re-integrating and leading useful lives.

    Dil Wednesday, 20 June 2018 10:22 PM

    M/s Robert and Ranjit: On this issue, what Wimal says is gospel truth. Please keep your tribal politics to a side and stand on your feet instead standing on your head. It is enough your trips to "Kade". Time has come to analyze things logically.

    Preethi Wednesday, 20 June 2018 10:36 PM

    So is it justified to pay tax payers money to terrorists? Use UN money instead then.

    Empulz Wednesday, 20 June 2018 10:36 PM

    Whats wrong in giving someone a new start in there life?

    Dhaya Wednesday, 20 June 2018 10:45 PM

    Hon. Wimal. why we have pay taxes to enhance the life of corrupted politician like you for doing nothing to the country.

    sach Thursday, 21 June 2018 09:06 AM

    Ranil and UNP are now part of Separatists

    Sangaralingham Thursday, 21 June 2018 09:29 AM

    Every Srilankan with sufficent income must pay taxes to central government. Conflict is issue no one likes but created by all of us ending in troublesome episodes of murder abductions killing murder of innocent citizens. As citizens of the country irrespective who we are all those suffered must receive sufficent compensation to start living. Bombing destroying properties of citizens of north and east must be compensated as a matter of responsibility.

    Palli Kanda Thursday, 21 June 2018 09:45 AM

    Here comes the future Minister of Finance under Rajapakses. God help Sri Lanka!

    dulan Thursday, 21 June 2018 09:50 AM

    Most of them were brain washed teenagers

    anton McDonald Thursday, 21 June 2018 09:54 AM

    My Dear Wimal, If the terrorist Minister in the former regime can squnder the funds of the public after murdering innocent civilians and security forces there is no harm in rehalitating the former LTTE carders. You yourself was up to terrrorism when you were in the JVP.

    Arjuana Ranawana Thursday, 21 June 2018 04:39 PM

    In 1989 JVP has destroyed Govt. properties and stopped payment of taxes. You are the one of the main leaders of JVP at that time. Are suggested to become the same things now.

    karthik Thursday, 21 June 2018 07:28 PM

    Have you ever paid any taxes? have you ever tried to find out as to what happened to container loads of Currency and gold captured from LTTE?

    Sincere Thursday, 21 June 2018 08:12 PM

    We even paid out of our own pocket for extra passports!!

    Sincere Thursday, 21 June 2018 08:13 PM

    How much does Immigration department spend to print a passport?

    Don Thursday, 21 June 2018 08:58 PM

    Wimale is MAD !!

    Harini Friday, 22 June 2018 08:54 AM

    The purpose of tax is to maintain public assets and develop resources for public good to improve overall quality of life. If people don't actually gain from these taxes (and only the same 10% benefit from it every year) in return, then we should all stop paying. What are they going to do? Jail the entire work force? Without party politics we need to hold all politicians and government departments to accountability. A democracy is about strength in numbers pushing for a moral and equal society.

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