In developing country’s economy:
No foreign powers could dictate to us
‘Our working people are intelligent and patriotic’:
No foreign powers could dictate to us or impose conditions on how to
develop our economy, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing a May
Day commemoration meeting held at Temple Trees, Colombo yesterday with
the participation of constituent parties of the United People’s Freedom
Alliance (UPFA) under the theme ‘Let us work and build the country’.
“The working people are our backbone and terrorism is a burden for
the entire world. The Security Forces have by now destroyed terrorism
which was a burden on our country for three decades. In view of the
sacrifices made by them, we have still to make many sacrifices,” the
Speaking further the President said: “As long as the working people
are with us we are very strong. Our working people are intelligent and
Their allegiance to us was proved by the Western Provincial Council (WPC)
election results. Some challenged us to take power in the WPC and the
people have given a correct answer to them. If we had one more
councillor we would have got two thirds’ power.
I know how to get it. We never suppress agitations and strikes of the
working people. Some termed this year ‘The Year of struggle’.
But now they are quiet. We made this an election year and as long as
the working people are with us there would be no struggles. We won over
the working people because we told them the truth, worked sincerely and
did what we said we would do.
“What is going on in the North is a struggle to consolidate the right
to life of the working and innocent people of this country. It is the
responsibility of my Government to resettle as soon as possible, the
people who are fleeing from the LTTE and to ensure their right to an
I take responsibility to fulfill the basic needs of not only those
who have crossed over but also those who are yet to cross over to
Government controlled areas.
“The Tigers are today shooting at Tamil civilians by using weapons
purchased from the remittances of the Tamil Diaspora and aid received
from foreign powers.
“Those who protest in front of our embassies and stone them as well
as the international community should understand this truth.
“Let us unite to develop the country and the Nation in the same
manner we united and overcame the tsunami tragedy.
Let us work and set an example to the world. Let us work to become a
dignified Nation and a developed country within two three years. I
appeal to the Sri Lankan Diaspora to send us foreign exchange and invest
in the country.
“My intention is to ensure the livelihood of the people who crossed
over before giving political solutions. Let us give them food, shelter,
water, electricity, schools, hospitals and ensure dividends of
development to them.”
Among the other speakers were Ministers Atauda Seneviratne, Dinesh
Gunawardena, Douglas Devananda, Ferial Ashraff, Vinayagamoorthy
Muralitharan, United May Day Committee Chairman and Western Province
Governor Alavi Mowlana, Sri Lanka Independent Trade Union General
Secretary Leslie Devendra and Public Services Trade Union Federation
President W.H. Piyadasa.
The participants included religious leaders, Ministers Maithripala
Sirisena, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, leaders of
the Constituent parties of the UPFA and a large number of
representatives of the working people.