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The main opposition United National Party (UNP) said today the government was mortgaging valuable state property to China on the one side while creating hype about pseudo patriotism.

“The government is privatising state institutions while preaching the policy of non-privatisation. The government is also making it a habit of handing over construction work on various mega projects to Chinese owned companies,” UNP parliamentarian and General Secretary Tissa Attanayake told a news conference.

He said Chinese companies including the China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC) that built Hambantota Port, Mattala Airport was now controlling interests in nerve centres such as the Colombo Port Southern Terminal, and seven main roads in the country.  

Mr. Attanayake accused the government of making arrangements to privatise the People’s Bank by selling 49 per cent of its shareholding at the stock market.

He said he would not be surprised if a Chinese company purchased these shares. (News and Video by Lahiru Pothmulla)
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  • GC Tuesday, 10 September 2013 07:42 AM

    Actually, free or almost free? (Think of exorbitant construction fees, interest rates etc that are said to be present. Perhaps we are giving the country away with money, like a bride with a dowry.).

    anura Tuesday, 10 September 2013 07:59 AM

    Even unborn children for the next 100 years too are mortgaged. All politicians successively has ruined the country. no exception

    Roshantha Monday, 09 September 2013 11:12 AM

    UNP sold the country to the LTTE and wanted to sell to US and Tamil Nadu.

    Pasel Monday, 09 September 2013 11:57 AM

    I told about 5 years ago it is going to be a name change again to Ceylon this time nothing do with the religion or language it is something do with China
    Chin Lanka

    Suq Madique Monday, 09 September 2013 12:08 PM

    This had been going on for so long and just realized it? As the main opposition you guys need to be more proactive and 'on-the-ball'

    Computer Jilmart Monday, 09 September 2013 12:34 PM

    Ela Ela..even the people in Sri Lanka are like MADE IN CHINA....that is LOW quality

    Thusitha Monday, 09 September 2013 01:14 PM

    China spend lot for SL that's true , But if they spend 100 to SL They take back 50 as a operation cost & 25 goes for commission & only 25 is absolutely effective

    ANTON Monday, 09 September 2013 01:28 PM

    OTHERWISE HOW CAN THEY RUN THIS HUGE PARLIAMENT CONSTITUTED BY THE ELEPHANT PAPPA. ????

    Simple mind Tuesday, 10 September 2013 12:52 AM

    Now sold to China

    Sampath Monday, 09 September 2013 01:43 PM

    Very Good. We need a permanent interest of a super power in Sri lanka. Best way to do it is by providing assets. I would love if we could lease some property for a Chinese military camp.

    common man Monday, 09 September 2013 02:20 PM

    China is the legal owner of our country. We mortgaged the whole country to them. We prefer to give it to China rather than to our Tamil brothers and sisters. Now the Sinhala people will become minority when the Chinese become the majority. Thanks to MahindaChinthanaya.

    Goofy Monday, 09 September 2013 02:52 PM

    I liked that term "Deshapremi Chinese".


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