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President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday made an appeal to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe asking him to give him the strength without weakening him so that he could punish the fraudsters concerned.

He reminded that there was a saying that it was better to proceed with the lions after bending the head rather than go ahead with a pack of dogs.

Addressing a United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) election meeting in the city of Kandy, the President said: “ The supporters of G.L.Peiris’ party are highlighting about the appointment of the Bond commission on election platforms. They should know that this scam had taken place not only in 2015/2016 but also from the year 2008. The Supreme Court judges have mentioned it in the Commission report. Therefore, we are carrying out a practical inquiry. I am ready to face any threat when I am going to act against corruption. I got out of the then government against the family rule and frauds that existed at that time. The people know what happened after that.”

He added that the thieves and fraudsters should be punished at any cost and that he was making a request from Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe to imprison them. In order to do so, he requested that the necessary strength be given to him. (Nalaka Sanjeewa Dahanayaka)

  Comments - 39

  • willowsd Tuesday, 23 January 2018 08:07 AM

    Well done Sir, we are with you, go ahead do not fear anyone, general mass with you Sir.

    hikZ Tuesday, 23 January 2018 03:36 PM

    hik hik hik

    suresh Tuesday, 23 January 2018 08:12 AM

    Sir, arent you the president?

    indika Tuesday, 23 January 2018 01:56 PM

    correction: Executive President !

    sam Tuesday, 23 January 2018 03:06 PM

    Yes I am the executive president but without executive powers which all are taken by PM. That is why I need to beg permission from PM.

    Neil Tuesday, 23 January 2018 08:14 AM

    Why you tell that at a election meeting? You never met him before or suddenly spotted him in the crowd present?

    Roman Tuesday, 23 January 2018 08:19 AM

    who let the dogs out?

    Rohantha Tuesday, 23 January 2018 08:26 AM

    President is feeling the heat unleashed by unp. While we agree he should punish bond scammers, he should also go after rougues n killers of the previous regime. Then only he can take moral high ground.

    Karu Tuesday, 23 January 2018 08:29 AM

    If PM had strength this scam wouldn't have happened

    Scooby Doo Tuesday, 23 January 2018 08:31 AM

    Nothing happened after family rule, you became president that's all. Now you are playing with UNP. I challenge you Mr.President! if you are gentlemen, punish those thieves and fraudsters from the former government first.

    Ceylon Tuesday, 23 January 2018 08:42 AM

    What a weak man.just folliw the law.what help can do.this protecting theives for threee years and still empty talk.

    city Tuesday, 23 January 2018 09:31 AM

    Instead of making childish comments to the media and the gallery,please coordinate with the PM and relevant parties and institutions Sir.don't forget your own colleges are still with MR and it's UNP and the other parties stood for cautious when you make comments.your commenting on your second in command.

    TONY Tuesday, 23 January 2018 08:46 AM


    Daham Tuesday, 23 January 2018 09:20 AM

    Both are competing to protect the MR etal.

    city Tuesday, 23 January 2018 09:33 AM

    Tony the whole issue is a election gimmick and created by the SLFP MR clans presently with MS

    Peter Tuesday, 23 January 2018 08:47 AM

    MS in case you had been honest with the people of Sri Lanka the country would be prosperous. You cannot arrest those friends of yours with whom you did corrupt deals.The PM cannot give you moral fiber to eliminate the crooks. You need character for running the country honestly.You are a dead duck in running the country, shame on you.

    Rohan Tuesday, 23 January 2018 08:48 AM

    You are so weak as a President. If you cant handle the pressure you should go back to a lesser position as you had previously. Being a weak President you are letting down all citizens of Sri Lanka.

    AJ Tuesday, 23 January 2018 08:49 AM

    Is the president indirectly indicating that the Prime Minister is protecting the thieves and dogs in government.

    Goraka Tuesday, 23 January 2018 03:29 PM

    We do not trust either of you.Do not lie, both of you are protecting them eg Weerawanse.When Ranil intervened, you could have had him arrested.Are you a liar.

    Ranjan Tuesday, 23 January 2018 08:53 AM

    Is he fooling us? If has the `KADUWA` why he waiting. All political gymmicks.

    lalith Tuesday, 23 January 2018 03:12 PM

    We really suspicious whether "sirisena kaduwava wananawada ?nathinam sirisena wanenawada ?

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 23 January 2018 08:55 AM

    It is better for you to stop salivating and making public comments and get involved in active work. Their are a lot of crooks in this country and this is not only the bums who robbed the central bank, many of them free and getting bail more faster than maggi noodles take time to boil. The citizens have put u in a position of authority but so far u have failed to deliver.

    lion Tuesday, 23 January 2018 09:15 AM

    OK well said, at the same time who is hindering the arrest of Gotha for spending Rs 90 millions to build the masolium of his father ?out of public money?

    Leel Tuesday, 23 January 2018 03:16 PM

    He prevent Gotham arrest. It was clearly said once Sunday times newspaper as I can remember.

    Indrajith Tuesday, 23 January 2018 09:16 AM

    For 3 long long years both were unable to punish the fraudsters. As such, both should be guilty of protecting the fraudsters.

    krishan Tuesday, 23 January 2018 09:19 AM

    Best day to punish is January 25th, when UNP is busy watching padmavati. Check

    dg Tuesday, 23 January 2018 09:25 AM

    You failed in your duties Mr President. The house is gone years back and now you suddenly awoke and looking around. We need leaders to protect the country before things happen.

    Edwin Rodrigo Tuesday, 23 January 2018 09:25 AM

    What more strength do you need? Let the normal judiciary system proceed without any interference from the politicians including you.

    smartgent Tuesday, 23 January 2018 09:29 AM

    Yes you have to go hand in hand with the govt to punish the culprits. Dont waste time, follow up with the PM regularly and other legal personnel to initiate action immediately. Also immediately follow up with the AG and take legal action against the culprits of the previous regime, before your terms end in Jan.2020.

    Ranja Tuesday, 23 January 2018 09:52 AM

    If you get rid of thieves, the parliament would be empty.

    Upuli Fernando Tuesday, 23 January 2018 01:30 PM

    Have you forgotten that you are the first person of the country? It's a shame to see you beg for authority from the second in charge.

    johan Tuesday, 23 January 2018 02:13 PM

    Even the UNP back benchers will support so it is you haveto start and play the game

    Karu Tuesday, 23 January 2018 01:59 PM

    My God Mr. Sirisena!You are the President.Yes you are.Trust me, you are the President.

    pumal Tuesday, 23 January 2018 03:02 PM

    Find all thiefs from the former regime where you were also minister ,You as president violated peoples verdict by nominating to national list who had lost at the 2015 election is this ok,but PM ACCEPTED THE VERDICT and did not appoint any one from the list this is what we want

    Sri Wickrema Tuesday, 23 January 2018 03:07 PM

    It is appalling to see MY3 has stooped to such a low level just because of this election. He has proved that he is incapable of handling such issues.

    Kiri Banda Tuesday, 23 January 2018 03:15 PM

    Now showing in all cinemas : Majesty on stage, Pawn in power!

    lion Tuesday, 23 January 2018 03:27 PM

    The comments speaks volumes of the credibality of this man.

    Sanath Tuesday, 23 January 2018 04:08 PM

    Tell us one politician that is honest,wonder that Our so called president knows about his famialy

    Ranjith Wednesday, 24 January 2018 09:54 AM

    Don't forget the pAST

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