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Singapore FTA: JO challenges Malik to a debate

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The joint opposition today challenged Minister Malik Samarawickrama to a debate on the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Singapore and urged President Maithripala Sirisena to suspend the FTA.

JO MP Bandula Gunawardana told a news conference said Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama or Ministry Secretary Chandani Wijewardana could fix a date for a debate at which the JO would reveal the truth about the Singapore FTA.

“This FTA should not be allowed to function, as it had betrayed Sri Lanka. The minister says anyone can access the FTA online. But only the English version is available so far. Therefore, people are not aware of its content. As far as we know, 13 ministers had submitted amendments to the FTA but none of them had been accepted,” he said.

The MP said the minister did not even bother to present the FTA to Parliament and that it was the JO which presented it to Parliament.

"If the FTA is not suspended immediately, the President will have to take the responsibility for betraying the country,” the MP said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

 

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  • Man Wednesday, 06 June 2018 09:04 AM

    Come on! Take on the challenge, to prove facts.

    Lankaboy.. Wednesday, 06 June 2018 05:27 PM

    we know how capable of this guys.. he is the one once said a family of 4 can live under 2000 RS

    Man Thursday, 07 June 2018 08:57 AM

    Then Malik shall not run away like Mahinda and his clan if JO comments are false.

    TONY Wednesday, 06 June 2018 01:19 PM

    WHY MALIK. INVITE RW HE WILL COME UNLIKE MARA

    BV Wednesday, 06 June 2018 01:30 PM

    You can challenge him,But he will never come.

    das Wednesday, 06 June 2018 07:21 PM

    What do the JOkers know about international trade?


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