Maithripala Sirisena speaks to medical professionals; recalls problems he encountered

Maithripala Sirisena speaks to medical professionals; recalls problems he encountered

Written by Bella Dalima

27 Nov, 2014 | 9:48 pm

Common Opposition Candidate Maithripala Sirisena, met with a group of medical professionals on Thursday. The meeting between Maithripala Sirisena and the medical professionals took place at the New Town Hall in Colombo.

Several opposition political representatives were present at the meeting.

At the event, Common Opposition Candidate, Maithripala Sirisena expressed the following views:

[quote]Ministry secretaries, the Inspector General of Police, the Director General of Customs and even judges can tell you about the level of independence they have in their positions. Even as a minister, in 2010, I was unable to appoint the advisor I needed. In January 2012, the Ministry Progress Review Meeting was held at Temple Trees. I had asked the officer from the Legal Draftsman’s Department to attend as well. She said at this meeting that she will produce the final draft bill within two weeks. Thereafter, neither the bill, nor the official could be found. I am not able to hold disciplinary inquiries into officials at the Legal Draftsman’s Department. But there should have been an inquiry into it.[/quote]

He added;

[quote]When the chairman of a certain company, came to the ministry and raised a problem with me, I said, please tell me the truth. Do you know what happened to this bill? He looked at me and said, Sir, there are over 400 companies registered with the Ministry of Health. Each had given about 2.5 million rupees. I presented the amendment to warnings of tobacco packets to the cabinet. My cabinet paper was rejected by the cabinet. The legal officer said, Sir, there is space in the law that we can use to publish the gazette, we can go ahead with it if you wish. They began to see that I was unsuitable to them, after I published that gazette notice. There are several things that I must do on the 8th of January 2015. I will make the warning on the packet of cigarettes cover an area of 90 percent rather than 80 percent.[/quote]

Maithripala Sirisena also commented on the interruption of the Satana programme on Saturday, which was his first live TV appearance since being announced as the common opposition candidate.

[quote]You know that three days ago, I participated on the Satana programme on Sirasa. They blocked the entire programme so the people could not watch it. Is this freedom? Is this democracy? Is this what they want a third term for?[/quote]

Dr. Rajitha Senaratne expressed these views:

[quote]An important change is taking place in politics in this country. The Executive Presidency will be abolished and these powers will be vested in a legislature led by a Prime Minister. There are no executive prime ministers here. The legislature will appoint a cabinet of ministers. The chief minister of that cabinet will be the prime minister. Following the election on the 8th, the government we establish will be an all party representative government.[/quote]

[quote]It will be a two-year all party representative government, intended to lift this country out of the crevice it has fallen into. On the 10th we will submit this convention. Some of the parties have held discussions with us regarding that cabinet. Some will not participate in the cabinet, we will make them committee chairmen via the committees. They have agreed to that. So, even the minister will not be able to act alone.[/quote]


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