Sri Lankan Opposition urged the Govt not to rush through Colombo Port City Economic commission bill without studying its global ramifications

2021-05-14 13:00:14 International Ports News

With the 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.

Chief 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.

Addressing 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

We should 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.

We must 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.

There can be the possibility of ships containing nuclear weapons coming into the Port City. What would be the reaction of India in such an eventuality?

The 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.

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