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By Sumaiya Rizvi

In a surprising turn of events, newly appointed Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said today that it was optional for journalists to declare their assets and liabilities and not mandatory as declared by the government earlier.

Minister Rambukwella said that while journalists had been requested to fill the assets and liabilities declarations forms which were sent to each journalist by the Information Department earlier last month, he too had declared his assets as a parliamentarian.

“I don’t know about the others (parliamentarians), you can ask the speaker, but I have declared my assets and liabilities,” Minister Rambukwella said.

It is legal to have media personal declare their assets, he added.


 

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  • Friday, 07 May 2010 04:20 PM

    Impecably groomed politician is already making a difference, keep it up Mr Minister

    Friday, 07 May 2010 06:59 PM

    In the US the President publishes his tax returns, each year, for public scrutiny. Why not in our country?

    Saturday, 08 May 2010 12:20 AM

    It is, indeed, encouraging that all of a sudden, journalists have assumed the status of an influential and privilelged lot! This may be due to the dedicated work of Mervyn! Congratulations, journalists!

    Saturday, 08 May 2010 04:11 AM

    Is this a sinister move to cover up the declaration of assets by the new minister?

    Friday, 07 May 2010 11:52 AM

    Assets of journalists...? Huh....
    1 one pair of slippers...
    2 a ball pen
    3 old, rusted, cheap mobile phone
    4 150 Rs worth wristwatch
    What else...?.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 12:01 PM

    VERY GOOD .PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULD NOT THROW STONES AT OTHERS.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 12:08 PM

    Why media personal? How about the Rajapakse Family declare their stolen assets? Whitewashing has to be done from the top and NOT from the bottom !!

    Saturday, 08 May 2010 06:22 AM

    Why journalists of all people? they are tens of thousands of crooks who shopuld declare there assets startign from MR and you.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 12:29 PM

    oppertunity to continue earning a $ , £ or an Euro or even get a visa.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 01:05 PM

    Very good-optional on Journalists-but make sure it is mandatory for Minsiters!! Thats the point will you evr do that !!

    Friday, 07 May 2010 02:44 PM

    Though it is mandatory, parliamentarians continue to think that it is optional to declare their assets. Nobody is there to take them to task!

    Friday, 07 May 2010 03:25 PM

    Erm Ninal. He is not talking about Journalists.


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