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Only the unintelligent will stage protests when the country is into a pandemic: Johnston

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Only those who are unintelligent will stage protests at a time when the country is plunged into a pandemic, Chief Government Whip Johnston Fernando said today.

Minister Fernando made this remark at a ceremony held in connection with the inauguration of the new Kelani Bridge this morning.

The New Kelani Bridge is a first of its kind in Sri Lanka which is of a modern engineering design is known as a extradosed type which uses stay cables to connect two main pylons with the bridge deck and to share the weight of the load from the bridge deck.

'We are a government that will not hesitate to act for the sake of the development. We are not afraid of critics. We are not afraid of opposition tactics. None with an iota of intelligence would participate in protests or lead their people to protests at a time when there is a pandemic. Unfortunately, we have opposition politicians who do so. Those who predicted that at least one or two thousand people will die here of COVID-19 finally got infected. We call on them not to put the lives of people in the harm’s way to achieve their political objectives. They will never be able to escape from the curse of people" the Minister said.

"It was in 2014 the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa who in his capacity as the Minister of Highways initiated the New Kelani Bridge project and signed for the plans and the approval. In his recent address to the nation, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that we would complete this project soon. After that, the former Highways Minister of the Yahapalana government said that it was a project that had been commenced by their government.

The truth is that the highest number of mega development projects in this country had been commenced under the visionary leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He deserves credit for that. There is no use of others trying to get credit for that because people know the truth. I still can remember how President Mahinda Rajapaksa had started the Outer Circle Highway Project. Later the ministers of the yahapalana government tried to get credit for that and were planning to open a section of it but a woman braved to go there and opened it herself:" he added.(Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 18

  • Sunil Sunday, 11 July 2021 09:47 PM

    When some one of your caliber, we can understand Johnston.

    RoaringCreek Sunday, 11 July 2021 09:55 PM

    Cheers! An intelligent intellectual scholar make a great statement.

    Lal Sunday, 11 July 2021 09:57 PM

    Please unnecessarily talk do something for us. We are starving. None of politicians thinks this Dilum now became educational minister. Each and everyone are talking others ministries program. Like dogs work donkeys do what will happen???? Hon. President and Hon. Prime minister please inform all ministers not to talk unnecessarily and ask them not to poke they noses other ministries. Tks

    G b Sunday, 11 July 2021 10:00 PM

    The unintelligent are busy running country, protesters just voicing their issues about the country spiralling downward, it is unpatriotic to silence them

    Citizen Kane Sunday, 11 July 2021 10:02 PM

    Only traitors will rob the country using the pandemic.

    Mottaya Sunday, 11 July 2021 10:03 PM

    Your intelligence is obvious!! What to your coconut plantation in the sea?

    Patriot Sunday, 11 July 2021 10:06 PM

    Is Johnston calling himself an intellectual here? What a guy.

    N SENA Sunday, 11 July 2021 10:09 PM


    rew Monday, 12 July 2021 07:12 AM

    Bucket Mouth

    ravin Monday, 12 July 2021 08:11 AM

    You have to pass grade eight standard to be an intelligent? A qualified specialized doctor is not an intelligent person?

    Sambo Monday, 12 July 2021 08:12 AM

    You don't have to protest because your Barnes are full. You are a total moron and will be kicked out very soon.

    Samson Monday, 12 July 2021 08:15 AM

    Pandemic should be used equally for peaceful demonstrations of less than 100 people or 1000's peaceful ly enjoying kiribath and lighting fire crackers. One country one law.

    Sokrates Monday, 12 July 2021 08:34 AM

    Since when St. Anne's College is producing intellectuals?

    Joshua Monday, 12 July 2021 08:47 AM

    Cabraal says everything is OK with the economy. We welcome these protests against this corrupt and hopeless Govt. Anyway who listens to your verbal diahorrea? Shameless

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 12 July 2021 09:10 AM

    Before that, we know their are 69% unintelligent arseholes in this country who voted back know crooks back to power.

    City Monday, 12 July 2021 10:46 AM

    Well said Sir.

    Jude Monday, 12 July 2021 09:16 AM

    Mostly uneducated unintelligent dumbass people only elected the scumbags like you!!

    Dumbo Monday, 12 July 2021 09:28 AM

    How about holding elections during pandemic?

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