Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday urged President Maithripala Sirisena to reconsider the decision to ban 'Wadu Madu’ or carpenter-workshops and chainsaws.
He told a news conference held at the parliament complex that if the proposal was implemented, thousands of people would lose their livelihoods and have no place to buy even a coffin.
"As the joint opposition, our stance is that if this proposal is implemented, thousands of people will lose their livelihoods and the country will lose a traditional industry. So, this is not a good proposal. We can develop forest cover so that both the environment and the timber industry were protected. We can replant in place of trees felled. It has been a long practice to plant trees to obtain timber," Mr. Rajapaksa said.
He said his government had provided relief to the timber industry by allowing them to import timber on a duty-free basis and added that such facilities would be provided under his government in the future.
"Countries like Malaysia exported timber. We also can earn foreign exchange through forestry," he said. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)
Carpenters is vital industry. More people across the country given training to serve the population all over the island. However evry citizen must protect the trees across the land
Patriot Saturday, 08 June 2019 09:53 AM
Bathiudeen cuts tree but punish the carpenters, aiyo sirisena.
Sunil Saturday, 08 June 2019 10:02 AM
What's all this fuss? Why should anyone worry? We know very well that MS never keeps his word. A classic example is the carrying out the death sentences. Even more glaring is his inaction when informed of a possible terrorist attack.
Kalinga Saturday, 08 June 2019 10:15 AM
At least make your box done before the ban.
Kingsley Wijesinhe Saturday, 08 June 2019 10:18 AM
One of the few sensible comments made by MR in the recent past.
Is President Sirisena living on a different planet, to come up with such insane ideas?
Perumal Saturday, 08 June 2019 11:41 AM
Sirisena raised the ball to just over the volleyball net and Rajapakse dashed it with all his might. There, sure, is more to come till the election time.
Charlie brown Saturday, 08 June 2019 12:37 PM
It is not possible to earn foreign currency from the timber industry...timber is cut and used locally ..it is not seasoned or treated .no one would buy from Sri Lanka ..once again just trying to keep in the news as a self appointed people's champion
Joe Saturday, 08 June 2019 02:16 PM
Once you was a cutout hero, now you seems a media hero. Why not tell PREZ and decide then make a statement as this?
Basically everyone trying to become hero’s and tank you media
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