Written by Lahiru Fernando
15 Jan, 2018 | 10:03 pm
There is a new teacher in town for the subject of ‘Journalism’. Minister Lakshman Kiriella.
The minister has said “if the media goes beyond their limit of freedom, they would learn a good lesson on February 10”.
Seems like they are voting to “teach a lesson to the media” and not to resolve the issues in their local areas.
Is it because the media has been highlighting a number of missteps?
May be its because media, like us, have been highlighting issues surrounding the central highway?
We need to reiterate that we do not oppose development. -We just do not want fraud, corruption or ‘someone fattening themselves’ while the people pay for it.
The present Government came into office, 3 years ago, highlighting issues like this.
Kandy is one of the best tourist destinations in Sri Lanka. However, there has been no solutions to Kandy’s congestion issue.
The city also has the worst record for air pollution. With the Central Expressway bringing more vehicles to Kandy, what would happen? -food for thought.
Central Expressway: Phase 2
The 2nd Phase was given to local contractors, based on loans from local banks.
This in turn reduced the amount of money these banks have on investing in SMEs.
But the real kicker is Phase 3
Taisei asked rival contractor not to bid on Maglev project.
Adding up to that, the Fair Trade Commission of Japan had earlier filed criminal charges against Taisei for bid rigging while the company also faced allegations for a sinkhole that was created in Tokyo during a construction carried out by them.
Dear Min. Kiriella,
There is one thing that you should keep in mind before attempting to teach lessons to the media.
How locations were decided for the expressway
How contractors imported luxury cars for the use of ‘certain people’
How roads were constructed to the properties of ‘certain people’ in Hanthana -in violation of environment regulations.
As a minister, your obligations are to the people.
We know that you are the Minister of Higher Education, but think about your obligations first before thinking about taking up teaching.
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