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PM asked me to go abroad for surgery - Rajitha

31 August 2017 04:28 pm - 22     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Responding the query as to how and where Rs.10 million was allocated from the Presidential Fund for the surgery of Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne in Singapore, Minister Senaratne said that it was Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who ordered him to go abroad for the operation.

Addressing the media on Wednesday during the cabinet briefing, Dr. Senaratne said although he had wished to undergo the surgery in Sri Lanka, the Premier had compelled his son to take Minister Senaratna elsewhere for the surgery.

“When the Premier said that he would settle the accounts, I had to obey him. I do not want to waste the money of the poor. If I had wanted, I could have done it easily. But since the order came from above, I did so,” Mr. Senarantna said.

He proceeded to say that he was not the only MP to go abroad for medical purposes and therefore it was not reasonable to accuse him for allocating money from the Presidential Fund.

“There was a rumour spreading that some had engaged in exorcism to curse me. The PM had a fear that the same fate of Ven. Sobitha Thera would befall me. That’s why he commanded my family members to take me abroad for the operation. Therefore, don’t misinterpret the incident,” he added.(Sheain Fernandopulle)


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  Comments - 22

  • Jagath Leanage Thursday, 31 August 2017 06:36 PM

    What else did he tell you ?

    Palle Thursday, 31 August 2017 09:05 PM

    And never come back.

    concern Thursday, 31 August 2017 06:40 PM

    So you had to obey his instructions if it is correct or not or else you will be punished ???

    ranmala Thursday, 31 August 2017 10:21 PM

    Ha ha ha--- Go and tell to konda banthepu cheenunta

    Begger Thursday, 31 August 2017 06:44 PM

    Shame on you man. No excuse.

    Mason Thursday, 31 August 2017 06:49 PM

    So, it was to save you from the effects of exorcism, and on the PM's command that you were taken to Singapore for treatment. The PM goes to Temples in India to ward off ill effects, wonder why he did not recommend this cure ! However, a local 'Kattadiya' could have been employed. Wasting the money of the poor man has become the done thing of the Politicians.

    dass Thursday, 31 August 2017 06:52 PM

    If he asked me to jump to well I have to. what a pathetic life this is.

    Nostradamus Thursday, 31 August 2017 07:34 PM

    You know best about the qualities of our highly talented GMOA Doctors - thats why you went abroad. via DM Android App

    Be Fair Thursday, 31 August 2017 07:41 PM

    Shame, Shame, Shame, Shame, Shame, Shame.You are such a disgrace.

    Dee Thursday, 31 August 2017 07:44 PM

    Criminals who shot others were secretly sent to Singapore. But they could not 'remember'! The people who questions have also 'forgotten' the drama at jayawardenapura hospital. This includes the media who were photographing the decoy.

    lanka Thursday, 31 August 2017 07:58 PM

    Minister Senaratne, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe may have ordered you to go abroad for the operation. However Rs.10 million allocated from the Presidential Fund for your surgery and Health is not Ranil or his grandfathers money!Parasites like you get more perks than you deserve. If you are honest please give back the Rs.10 mil. to the people who are starving and to the disabled solders who sacrificed their lives and limbs safeguarding people like you who were sponging and living comfortably in Colombo.

    sathees Thursday, 31 August 2017 08:09 PM

    you are the health minister, you should have done this in Gov hospital to see the service they provide to public. If I were the health minister, I would have obtained the general service what the public receive to see what happens in the hospitals. Missed opportunity Minister.

    Upul Thursday, 31 August 2017 08:31 PM

    What a load of crap..??? You say, you didnt want to waste the money of the poor people. Its a very good thought, and why dont you reimburse it to fulfill that thought?

    MP Thursday, 31 August 2017 08:54 PM

    Almost all the politicians in this country have come to power to suck the blood of poor people.

    SerioSena Thursday, 31 August 2017 09:29 PM

    Don't forget to pack dengue mosquitoes into your luggage as they will be a good travel companion for you.

    Lakshman De Silva Friday, 01 September 2017 08:48 AM

    It appears that the health minister has no confidence in Sri Lankan doctors and hospitals!!

    bandara Friday, 01 September 2017 09:15 AM

    who paid for Duminda's treatment in Singapore

    shanthapriya Friday, 01 September 2017 10:26 AM

    From whose money

    Nelum Friday, 01 September 2017 10:46 AM

    Go tell it to the marines

    sanjeeva Friday, 01 September 2017 12:03 PM

    i wish the PM tell him to go to HELL

    Mano Friday, 01 September 2017 01:39 PM

    Good that the minister went to Singapore for treatment. If he had the operation in a government hospital they would have killed him when he went through the operation. GMOA is that angry with him. You made the right decision.

    Sanju Friday, 01 September 2017 02:51 PM

    This charlatan has to be kicked out. A Health minister seeking surgery out of the country. What blatant excreta !

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