Foreign workers have a big role in building the country – Anura says in Italy
Collective action is needed to rebuild Sri Lanka from the precipice it has been dragged down to, and foreign workers can play a leading role in that collective action, says Anura Dissanayake, the leader of the NPP and the JVP.
He emphasized this in a meeting held on the 10th in Naples, Italy. A large number of Sri Lankans participated in that event and several guests representing Italy’s left-wing parties also participated.
The JVP Leader said, “We know that you in Italy hope that Sri Lanka will be a pleasant country. I know that there are a large number of people here who have worked with us before and who have worked with other political movements. We all know that our country needs to be changed from the path it is on. The future of this path is a destructive end, not a good one. Many people are trying to attribute the current crisis in our country to the economy. But at the bottom of it is the political culture. Therefore, the NPP is ready to accept the challenge of taking together both the political culture and the economy that are being followed and changing them.
I left Sri Lanka after the budget debate was over. Even if this budget wins in the Parliament, it will not win in the country, among the people. Parliament does not represent the true opinion of the people. Instead of such a parliament, a parliament that represents the true opinion and wishes of the people should be appointed. A country’s security depends on how economically strong that country is. Security, pride, and dependence do not exist in an economically collapsed country. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh says that Bangladesh will not be allowed to fall where Sri Lanka fell. The Parliament of Kenya says that it will not allow the calamity of Sri Lanka to happen to Kenya. Sri Lanka is used as an international example of a country going bankrupt. We have no pride in the world. Today, the treasury will not get any income even to pay the loan instalments and interest for the coming year. When the government’s income is 03 trillion, 4.2 trillion is spent to pay the loan premium and interest. The rulers who have ruled this country for a long time have dragged it to a situation where it does not have enough income to pay the loan interest and instalments for a year. When writing about Sri Lanka’s economy, April 12, 2022, will become a black day when it was officially declared to be bankrupt.
We have been dragged into this situation when we have more resources than many countries in the world. There are people in the country who can benefit from these resources. Mannar has the capacity to produce twenty thousand megawatts of electricity from wind power. A hydroelectric unit costs 1.38 rupees to produce. Despite all these things, it has made the country unable to pay its debts. The treasury has not been able to provide the required amount of dollars or rupees. Many pregnant mothers and young children suffer from malnutrition. Small and medium-scale industries have collapsed, and the construction industry has completely collapsed. The garment industry is collapsing in a big way. The number of people leaving the country is increasing rapidly. Doctors, computer engineers, top managers of banks, and all professionals are leaving the country. This situation was not caused by a natural disaster. This situation is created by the rulers of our country. In the Oman, our sisters and daughters are being auctioned into prostitution like a slave auction. Forty thousand people who went on tourist visas in Dubai are homeless. Do we allow this situation to continue? Or do we do something to change it? If we are human beings, we should not allow this situation to advance even an inch like this.
Even though the country is poor, the rulers are rich, and their accounts are overflowing. A very small group has robbed the wealth that could be used for health, education, build factories and creating jobs. Politicians are at the top of this group. There is a group posing as businessmen who engage in deals. There are also a group of media owners. They create cobras in elections. There are about 50 out of 88,000 people in the police force and a very small number of people in the administrative service of 2,500 who enforce the law in this group. We must act to get rid of this small ring and establish a government for the people. This is the vicious ring that robbed Sri Lankans who returned to our country during the covid epidemic.
They ruled our country for a long time. We should all come together and free the country from this tyranny. These parties are not divided into two groups. They are one front. In the last presidential election, there are people who went from Italy to vote for Gotabaya Rajapaksa as a non-traditional politician who contributed to ending the war. Everyone expected optimistic attitudes towards the recovery of the country. They voted for Gotabaya to oust Ranil Wickramasinghe, who sold the Hambantota port and was involved in the central bank robbery. They wanted to punish the culprits for not preventing the Easter attack. But what has happened now is that Ranil Wickramasinghe, who was sent home, has been given control as the saviour of the Rajapaksa. More than enough facts confirm that these two are the same group. In the general election, Ranil Wickramasinghe was driven out, and people voted for Pohottuwa, but the votes of Pohottuwa MPs made Ranil Wickramasinghe the ruler. When anyone is in a difficult situation, they ask for help from the closest people. When the Rajapaksas were in trouble, Ranil Wickramasinghe saved them all. While they remain as one group, the people of our class are divided and fighting. But those guys have never been divided but get our people divided into Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, and religions. But we all have to come together as one team and drive them out.
It is proposed to sell all the country’s resources through the budget like they did in the past as well as. The Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation, which has made a huge profit, and the Litro Gas Company under it, the Lanka Hospitals Company, are to be sold. They are getting ready to sell the telecom company, which made a profit of 13,844 million last year. They are also getting ready to sell power plants. The person buying these power plants can profit from the first moment. We need to change this economic and political culture of selling. We should not be deceived by those who appear with names such as Viharamahadevi, Dutugemunu, country-saving hero, etc. People like Ranil Wickramasinghe, who the people have abandoned, and Sajith, who pretends to know everything, should not be allowed to deceive the people. The introduction of Bar organizations, defence organizations and organizations of real entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka will be made in January. Politics is the gathering of people who have an understanding of the destruction that has happened to the country and align to build the country. The NPP talks with the people about the destruction that has happened to the country, the length and breadth of that destruction, and the way to recover from it. Sri Lankans abroad have been assigned a large part in this work. If you, who live in Italy, raise the flag of the NPP high, it will be the biggest message you will bring to your village. Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s wave was created by Sri Lankans abroad. When you see the people gathered in this city of Naples today, you can understand the direction the wind is blowing now. They have voted for various parties for a long time with the aim of changing the country. But nothing has changed. But we are starting to change several areas. A new constitution will be introduced to replace the executive presidency with the power of the parliament. The executive presidential system that lasted for 44 years from 1978 has proven to be a disaster in our country. Also, clauses to end the political culture of changing parties will be included to the constitution. The MP positions of those who change will be abolished and the constitution itself will limit the cabinet. Secondly, in order to stop fraud and corruption, they are punished and the stolen property is taken back. The people of our country are suffering because the rulers looted the public money. People are not money. Humans have a spiritual life. What has happened to the wishes of mothers going to Middle Eastern countries? To end this situation, the stolen property of the public is repossessed. Fraud and corruption will be completely stopped. For the first time in the history of the Geneva Human Rights Commission, it was declared that economic crimes are a violation of human rights. Internationally, our country is regarded as a country ruled by thieves. Only the NPP will punish the corrupt and take over the stolen wealth to build this country. We have people who sincerely dedicate themselves to building the country and have courage to fight the corrupt. Single people and magicians cannot build a country. Humans have strengths and weaknesses. Leaders are a group of people who work to minimize weaknesses and advance talents. Real leaders cannot be built from media fiction. We will form assemblies to take collective decisions. We are making the change of collective governance instead of individual governance.
It is possible to build the country in a short period of time with a mechanism where the entrepreneur, the fisherman, the small industrialist as well as the Sri Lankans abroad are united. The NPP will make economic changes that provide all the facilities to invest the wealth Sri Lankans living abroad earn to build the country. We expect a large contribution from Sri Lankans abroad to immediately get the dollars we need. We will create a reliable government for that. We will publish on the internet how every dollar you send to the country is. Now our rulers use the best cars in the world with the dollars you send. In our control, every dollar you send is guaranteed to be used to build the country. Only the NPP can build the country by making these basic changes. Let us all join hands for the role assigned to foreign workers in the process of construction.”
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