Sri Lankan Parliament scheduled to take up for consideration the controversial
Colombo Port city Economic commission bill, the island nation's main opposition
has called upon the ruling party not to rush through the bill in haste.
Opposition Whip and Kandy District MP,
Lakshman Kiriella has expressed opposition to what he called a government to
rush through Parliament the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill without
a proper debate according to Sri Lankan media reports.
the media after meeting the Buddhist monks Malwatte Maha Viharaya Anunayake Ven
Niyamgoda Vijithasiri Thera and Maha Lekhkadhikari of the Asgiriya Maha
Viharaya Ven Medgama Dhammananda Thera, MP Kiriella said this is a very crucial
piece of legislation.The government’s plan to rush through Parliament a Bill of
this nature, while the entire country is suffering from the pandemic, is
deplorable. Actually, such haste is antithetical to democratic principles. We
demand that the debate be postponed so that the people of this country can have
a serious discussion on this issue.
The law is one thing and the regional
geopolitics is quite another
understand the truth that the law is one thing and the regional geopolitics is
quite another. The laws do not take into account geopolitical realities, and
the Supreme Court may given its ruling on the Bill after considering whether it
is consistent or inconsistent with the Constitution.
realise that the endorsement of the Bill by the Court does not ensure that
there will not be unexpected repercussions from the implementation of the
Colombo Port City Commission Bill.
be the possibility of ships containing nuclear weapons coming into the Port
City. What would be the reaction of India in such an eventuality?
Opposition’s main demand was that to make the Colombo Port City Commission an
institution responsible to Parliament so that parliamentary committees, could
oversee it to ensure that nothing untoward or detrimental to the national
interest would happen there.