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A new legislation will be introduced soon to ensure the proper standards of MPs, President Ranil Wickremesinghe announced today.

“Many are questioning the standard of Parliament following the two incidents that took place during this week. Therefore, I would like to state that former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya is drafting legislation to ensure high standards of MPs,” the President said during the UNP convention.

He hinted that an authority will be appointed to monitor the behaviour of MPs as done in many countries.(Yohan Perera)



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  • sam Sunday, 22 October 2023 12:25 PM

    First and foremost the MP.s should have an education.

    Ama Sunday, 22 October 2023 12:31 PM

    YOU are the person who lure MPs to your side. Once they join you, they "dance" the way they want to.

    Bandu Sunday, 22 October 2023 01:04 PM

    First stop crossovers which transgresses voters rights. Voter votes for the party especially National List candidates like Diana. Who knows the going price.

    Be Fair Sunday, 22 October 2023 01:07 PM

    Standards for MPs? With what they have now, thats a VERY VERY LONG shot

    This is reality Sunday, 22 October 2023 01:09 PM

    High standards for lowly educated MPs. Not a bad idea. The issue will be that they all will hide behind the 'Privileges' monster. That has to be done away with in the first instance.

    Lanka Sunday, 22 October 2023 01:11 PM


    Karalasingam Sivalingam Sunday, 22 October 2023 01:14 PM

    In Britain, three primeministers within one year, due to their inability to revamp their economy. No fuss,Primeministers resigned without any fuss, for the sake of the country. In SriLanka to retain power, they go to the extend of killing the opponent. Follow the British constituion and parliamentary norms.

    Indrawathie Manakaduwa Sunday, 22 October 2023 01:45 PM

    Not to admit unelected or refused candidates by people into the parliament.

    DOT Sunday, 22 October 2023 02:39 PM

    Day dreams

    L Jaya Sunday, 22 October 2023 02:41 PM

    I want to remind him the stage play in the parliament while he was PM in Yahapalana Government... jumping from the seat with his cohorts saying " KAWDA HORA... KAWDA HORA"

    Hapun Sunday, 22 October 2023 06:14 PM

    There is no point having a standard if they are not enforced. Where is our rule of law? We have enough but the problem is enforcement especially when it is the King’s family. There should be very harsh penalties for misbehaviour irrespective of who it is. This will eliminate proxies scratching people’s …….

    Karu is a frog who jumps between parties Sunday, 22 October 2023 06:15 PM

    Karu is why UNP failed at last election. He is look down upon for all the years of his jumping between parties for power, and much other disgusting behavior. Having Karu who is outside parliament draft legislation is show of utter contempt of MPs in parliament.

    Sksisen@ Sunday, 22 October 2023 06:49 PM

    What standards boss... First get rid of the animals from the parliament and ban illiterate people entering the parliament.

    Octagenerian Sunday, 22 October 2023 06:56 PM

    That should include civilized conduct in facing international media.

    Spartacus Sunday, 22 October 2023 07:24 PM

    Another bull shit exercise. You are unable to control and eradicate absolute Corruption inside instituitions like Police, Judiciary, RMV, CPC, CEB... and talking about controlling Ministers. Is the Constitutional Council functional? Missing Persons Institute Functional? Bribery Commission Functional? When will you stop talking bullshit.

    Kps Sunday, 22 October 2023 08:53 PM

    Only for Locals, not for foreign citizen MP’s please.

    TJ Sunday, 22 October 2023 10:07 PM

    If you get rid of the foreign MPs, the parliament will be a better place.

    Vernon Sunday, 22 October 2023 10:14 PM

    First of all they must have the basic education and some sort of social status. These days most of the thugs and illicit businessmen come to politics. Very really you get a educated person. Most of the so called educated person's are lawyers since this is the easiest higher education you can get externally with Sinhala or Tamil medium. Beyond that Mahinder's rule for more than 15 years made all of them corrupt and all the ethics had been lost. This is the date of the country.

    Jo Sunday, 22 October 2023 10:28 PM

    Best way to improve standards of MPs is to live by example. 1. Respect the peoples mandate when you are voted out. 2. Speak with refinement in parliment. Not shut up and sit down. 3. Don’t cover up for crooks- Bond scam. 4. Be accountable without shunning responsibility- Easter Sunday.

    T.S.Kumaresan Monday, 23 October 2023 12:21 AM

    This means Hon President, you will.also have to go home since you do not know how answers quetion to reporters You can't use your seniority and age for all your actions and words. You do not have a free and independent judiciary and now you want to put in place a committee to Monitor law makers who interfere into the judiciary? All these years I had very high respect for your age and experience, and however you are using your age and experience as tools instead facts. If you really wants to bring.change in the country give respect to the law and orders and not Buddhism. No Religion should.any favorism in the constitution of the country. When you the head of the state for secular country, the.majoritorian democracy does not work. Look at the Singapore model and.follow. Show your statementship and not lip services.

    Jude Monday, 23 October 2023 01:21 AM

    The biggest problem in SL with politics most decent people don't want to get involved in Lankan politics. That leaves majority of them thugs gangsters robbers thiefs indulging in SL politics.

    ROSH Monday, 23 October 2023 01:25 AM

    These crooks playing with peoples lives. This unelected master debater needs stay at home. Took him more than 50 years understand value of democracy.

    ranaweera Monday, 23 October 2023 02:56 AM

    standards to prevent corruption very important.

    Herman Perera Monday, 23 October 2023 04:05 AM

    Wounds Heal, but SCARS REMAIN. To get rid of the SCARS, People should use their BRAINS on whom to Vote, not for a Packet of RICE

    Kauda Hora Monday, 23 October 2023 04:41 AM

    Also DO NOT appoint defeated candidates as Presidential advisors allowing them perks with tax payer funds

    Paramanathan Monday, 23 October 2023 04:56 AM

    First and foremost, leaders of the political parties should be disciplined for accommodating criminals and offenders nomination. Corruption and abuse are the most traitorous act to betray the country, aiding and abetting such fellows also a punishable offence. Ranil Wickremesinghe is the first offender.

    Read and write Monday, 23 October 2023 06:42 AM

    Need MP's who can read and write at least Sinhalese.

    Gemunu Dissanayake Monday, 23 October 2023 06:48 AM

    L Jaya seems to have a very short or selected memory. I want to remind L Jaya how opposition MPs attacked Yahapalanaya MPs using tables, chairs, books and Chili powder in October 2018.

    Grace Monday, 23 October 2023 07:11 AM

    No need for new regulations. At least they should behave like civilised human beings.

    Speaker Monday, 23 October 2023 07:20 AM

    Standards of MPs? Two sides blaming each other as rogues and then the head of one clan who couldn't even win his own seat appointed as the President by the others merely to save all the rogues. Will that culture ever end up by appointment of an authority. What stops these crooks from getting the members of the authority to face a parliamentary privileges committee?? This is all an eye was to steal people's vote again at the next elections.

    Roger D S Monday, 23 October 2023 07:31 AM

    When more educated MPs are elected in future, these standards will be easily followed. Now might be a challenge!

    Sambo Monday, 23 October 2023 07:52 AM

    To start with with you will have to fire about 90% of the current MP's since they are not suitable to be in the parliament.

    Arjun Silva Monday, 23 October 2023 08:04 AM

    You are the greatest traitor of this nation

    Dilan Wimaladasa - Finance Ministry Monday, 23 October 2023 09:42 AM

    Ranil we got to know that to pacify the MPs, Ministers and State Ministers you are going to increase their salaries in Lakhs. What a sin you are going to commit Ranil. People are dying without food and other basic facilities, but your dirty fellows are going to enjoy, what a curse.

    Bannis Mama Monday, 23 October 2023 09:44 AM

    Hay Ranil you are trying to buy all the politicians of SJB, SLFP, TNA paying huge money out of Mahinda's robbed money. Don't do such stupid things man.

    VOTER Monday, 23 October 2023 10:02 AM

    In the first place, the ones who are planning to set standards for MPs should have high standards and not involved in BOND SCAMS, DEALS etc

    Hard Truth Monday, 23 October 2023 10:04 AM

    It is just another paperwork. Miris kudu parliament. Most of the MPs are corrupted to the core ethically.

    Muhandiram Monday, 23 October 2023 10:31 AM

    Mr. President, you can't be serious. You know very well that you can only take the horse to the water but you can't make him drink.

    Ron Monday, 23 October 2023 03:13 PM

    Majority are not suitable to represent the country many are lacking in class decency education honesty and professionalism due to very low base representative in sri Lanka political circle only a handful real professionals proper mechanism procedures along list of very important factors should be legislated prior electing the candidates with all parties to represent the country and sri Lanka should have a indipendent commission to investigate and prosecute those involved any kind of mismanagement misbehavior etc.etc..ministers influence authority to dictate or manipulate abuse power should be restricted or stoped completely like devolop countries do to protect the country financials economy prosperity and nation's future generations to come

    idea Monday, 23 October 2023 03:55 PM

    What about a TV interview equipped with lie detectors for every one who wish to contests in elections

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