Referring to remarks made by Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa that he would create an environment where everyone could live without fear, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe asked whether Mr Rajapaksa would apologise for some of the incidents which took place during the tenure of the previous regime.
He said this at today's opening of the Green Valley apartment complex middle income earners built at Ranala in Kaduwela.
“I heard Gotabaya Rajapaksa saying he will create an environment where everyone can live without fear but I like to ask him whether he will apologise for the killing of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickramatunga, the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekanaligoda, the killing of Havelock's rugby captain Wasim Thajudeen and the attack on journalists Upali Temnakoon and Keith Noyahr,” the Premier said.
He said he would never believe that a future SLPP led government would ever build a country where people could live without fear.
“We are criticised by the media almost daily. In those days those who criticised the rulers were whisked away in white vans. We don’t hear of such incidents today. Therefore, people need to decide whether they want to enjoy the freedoms given to them by the current government or give them up” the Premier said.
He lauded Housing and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa and said Mr. Premadasa worked 24 hours a day like his father. “I thank Mr Premadasa for his efforts to provide housing to the needy and middle-income earners countrywide,” the Prime Minister said and added that the housing projects should be modified to suit the changing world.
Meanwhile, he emphasised the fact that the United National Front (UNF) presidential candidate, would be someone with a backbone. He said this when responding to a person who was heard shouting saying, field a candidate with a backbone. The Prime Minister said all the current United National Party (UNP) leaders had a solid backbone. (Yohan Perera)
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ruvin Monday, 12 August 2019 07:35 PM
Sir. Mind your own business. You could not do much for all the years you were in power. So many catches slipped out of your hand. Before Rajapaksha family apologize, you should apologize to us for letting the Bank robbery, making RW a hero out of day light robbery and allowing the Easter bombing happen under your watch.
Boneless backbone Monday, 12 August 2019 07:37 PM
" he emphasised the fact that the United National Front (UNF) presidential candidate, would be someone with a backbone."- at least now it could only be Fonseka or Sajith or Karu. Whether they will have the backbone to rope in the criminals (as promised in 2015) remains a question.
Better wear a serious face Monday, 12 August 2019 07:40 PM
This is no smiling matter - It is serious - requires a concerted effort to garner votes - especially the muslim votes, due to your lackadaisical attitude to attend to all damages done after 21/4.
Sam Monday, 12 August 2019 07:47 PM
First, did you apologized for the crime you have done during your time in the past? You killed so many innocent people in the Butaland. How could you forget and directing your finger to others
NimalU Monday, 12 August 2019 08:05 PM
Only apolagize and get away with those crimes? He should be put on trial and why did this government fail to do it?
Manu Monday, 12 August 2019 08:13 PM
Yes. Sajith P. will do that. He will throw you out of the party and politics. Spineless fool. You never wanted any one in UNP to come up. Now he is afraid of Sajith.
NonResident Monday, 12 August 2019 09:06 PM
We all believed you will do "that", but you failed miserably to do "that", you wasted 4.5 years trying to figure out "that". So your turn is now over! Let us at least hope "that" will be done by gota, it is a better proposition than living in a world of fallacy.
Manicka Vasagar Monday, 12 August 2019 09:33 PM
For the Enforced missing Tamils, just as assume they are dead and gone. Gota / Ranil combo with TNA support for good governance???
Dion Jansz Monday, 12 August 2019 09:33 PM
RW you take the cake. How can you ask Gota to apologise, have you and your team found anyone guilty despite of 4 years gone by. Stop hoodwinking the masses and the UNP supporters and get out of politics with you and your Royal cabal
DillonDP Monday, 12 August 2019 09:38 PM
You HV lost your credibility
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