Addressing a ceremony held last Sunday in Polonnaruwa, President Maithripala Sirisena said Housing and Construction Minister Sajith Premadasa was the only minister he met in the last 25-30 years in Sri Lanka’s politics who had not stolen public funds, killed anyone or engaged in corruption.
“He is one of the most energetic, efficient and hardworking ministers in the government. He is not a thief, criminal or murderer. I can give you that assurance because I have been in politics for several decades and in various governments in the capacity of MP, Deputy Minister, Cabinet Minister and President. Therefore, I can recognise the ones who are honest and those who are not. Minister Premadasa is a clean, honest and trustworthy politician. He is someone who could feel the pulse of the common man because he stands firmly on the ground with the man on the street and the downtrodden,” he said.
Addressing a ceremony held recently to mark the opening of Jeewahattagama, Disalagama and Kotaragala model villages by the National Housing Development Authority (NHDA), the President said his tenure was the only period when civilians were not targeted by government forces. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)
Comments - 8
Hansa Monday, 19 August 2019 08:30 PM
Rajapaksa era billions of unpaid bills and still wants to return to power to do the same to fool the public and our funds, anyone with brains won’t ever vote for these rogues...
Sugandh Thomas Monday, 19 August 2019 08:50 PM
Endorsement by President Sirisena cannot be a good thing. The man talks out of all sides of his mouth.
Sumith Monday, 19 August 2019 08:57 PM
If clean politics is what's needed then you can't expect that from the Rajapaksa clan as their past history is full of corruption.
Wijaya Monday, 19 August 2019 09:03 PM
If the country must go forward it needs rulers free of corruption. Simple as that.
Aney Yako Monday, 19 August 2019 09:03 PM
Only sensible thing this president has said in a very long time.
Chux Monday, 19 August 2019 09:10 PM
Very well said Mr president
Ikram Monday, 19 August 2019 09:10 PM
This is whats needed
Lion Monday, 19 August 2019 09:23 PM
After a long time MS is giving a good certification for someone but I wonder whether is it with a good heart.
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