President Mahinda Rajapaksa charged that certain people without a name or address arrive in Sri Lanka in a bid to disrupt and destabilise the country with their anti-national campaigns, and, unfortunately, some countries assist them in the hope of a regime change.
Addressing the UPFA May Day rally at the Town Hall grounds last afternoon, President Rajapaksa added that a regime change would be possible only by the people for the people of this country through free and fair elections and not by conspiracies hatched with the assistance of foreign powers.
“This government commands the confidence of the people. Sri Lanka is one of the oldest democracies in Asia. Therefore, conspiracies, uprisings or rebellions have no place in this land; and this government will never let them happen,” he said.
“The greatest achievement of this government is to change the self centered mindset of the people. Usually, the thinking of an average person is: first himself, then the family, village and last the country. But this government has changed that sentiment, and a majority of Sri Lankans now think ‘Country First’. That is why such a large crowd has gathered at the Town Hall grounds in support of the government” he said.
The aim of the government is to unite the working class under one umbrella and mobilise it to rebuild the country that has been devastated for three decades by terrorism, he said.
Taking a swipe at the UNP for holding its May Day rally in Jaffna, President Rajapaksa said UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe should have tendered an apology to the people in Jaffna for disrupting the District Development Councils election and for the arson attack on the historic Jaffna library in 1981 under UNP rule.
“I was delighted to learn that the UNP was to hold its May Day rally in Jaffna because of the change we have brought about in the peninsula. Do not forget that Mr. Wickremesinghe did not even go to to Kilinochchi to sign the Ceasefire Agreement with Velupillai Prabhakaran. But now, thanks to the heroic soldiers, he has been able to tour any part of Jaffna, take a boat trip and see the LTTE bunkers. I wish they realise the value of the freedom and peace that this government won for the country,” he said.
“The government has taken a firm decision not to privatise state assets under any circumstances -- as opposed to the policy of the UNP regimes of 2001 – 2004. The public service was pruned down to 600,000 by the UNP, recruitment to the public service were suspended for three years through a finance ministry circular, and dozens of state ventures were lined up for privatisation depriving thousands of employees of their employment. But this government has put an end to privatisation and increased the public service to 13,000. This is the difference between this government and other regimes,” he said.(Sandun A. Jayasekera)
All of them make use of May day to give political speaches, nothing is mentioned about the labourers and workers..
sarala Wednesday, 02 May 2012 03:20 PM
Funny man, 'Red' is the colour of labourers on May day, but it is Blue here. How nice all participants attired in blue tee shirts, blue caps, nutty with alcohol...ha haaaa.
Nodrog Wednesday, 02 May 2012 02:55 PM
Read where??? Temple trees library?
Fun Wednesday, 02 May 2012 10:13 AM
Talking about the past and no idea about the future....... very sad situation
Dinesh Wednesday, 02 May 2012 09:50 AM
Can u explain lots & lots ?
nadee Wednesday, 02 May 2012 10:03 AM
The greatest achievement of this government is to change the self centered mindset of the people. Usually, the thinking of an average person is: first himself, then the family, village and last the country ! Is this person RIP VAN WINKLE ??? .What about the self centered attitudes of politicians who think of himself , his family , his family , himself , his family , himself ....... !
Rizwi Wednesday, 02 May 2012 09:45 AM
If you haven't heard, please read up.
Imran Hussein Wednesday, 02 May 2012 09:23 AM
Sounds like an anti-UNP man.
Imran Hussein Wednesday, 02 May 2012 09:01 AM
For themselves? Yes indeed.
Rom Wednesday, 02 May 2012 08:46 AM
It's "MAY " day for cring out loud , nothing about the future only the past , it's done and dusted ..!
GSK Wednesday, 02 May 2012 08:44 AM
all politicians must br thought the history behind the may day!! totally mad politics and they wanted to be in power for next 50 years !!!
Michael Wednesday, 02 May 2012 08:23 AM
Sir, there are time and seasons. These are ordained by God. When the time comes as planned by God, only then the change will happen.
Yuri Wednesday, 02 May 2012 07:12 AM
Nihu Wednesday, 02 May 2012 06:15 AM
Long live our Hero!! you done lots & lots!1
Sammy Wednesday, 02 May 2012 03:13 AM
How free and fair would the election be?
UNP Man Wednesday, 02 May 2012 06:08 AM
I agree part of MR's satement. Ranil did nothing for this country he knows only to corrupt the party and divided. People have no hopes as long as Ranil remains in the party. Its hopless and fate, strenghless leadership. No use fo anyting ....As long as ranil remains in the party, the defeat is always in the sky.
Manik Wednesday, 02 May 2012 05:31 AM
Without computer jilmart any bloody chane is OK.
ind Wednesday, 02 May 2012 05:40 AM
These days from which party you hear may day speeches ??
Kondebandapucheena Wednesday, 02 May 2012 05:39 AM
But You must know what your Ministers and MP and there henchaiya,s doing Please don't keep blind eye
Athula Wednesday, 02 May 2012 05:34 AM
Be careful when you bend
Dilan Wednesday, 02 May 2012 05:48 AM
Well said sir
Nodrog Wednesday, 02 May 2012 05:46 AM
Free and fair elections....whats that???
Bigfoot Wednesday, 02 May 2012 05:30 AM
Today the world is one big open book thanks to technology, specially the Internet and satellite imaging. No country can hide now. The civilized international community is watching.
Real peace Wednesday, 02 May 2012 05:00 AM
I would not say it's a bad idea!
Nino Wednesday, 02 May 2012 04:04 AM
This is Labour Day not Political Day, people are fed up of your bragging..enough
Leslie Wednesday, 02 May 2012 03:53 AM
Naturally they have to do that when they are not run on democratic principles.
Wire Peres Wednesday, 02 May 2012 03:34 AM
Well said Mr. President!
Dinesh Wednesday, 02 May 2012 04:05 AM
Is this a May day speach or political speach ??
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