Written by Zulfick Farzan
19 Aug, 2021 | 12:34 pm
‘People Being Treated in an Inferior manner’
COLOMBO (News 1st); Leader of the Opposition and the SJB party Sajith Premadasa reminded the government of the day that ‘Sri Lanka Lives Matter’. Mr Premadasa was speaking on the Talk of The Town radio program on YesFm 101 earlier this morning. (Listen to Talk of the Town)
Mr Premadasa was asked what he made of the growing CV-19 pandemic positive figures and the number of deceased. He described it as ‘extremely alarming’ and stated that according to the WHO if certain measures are taken an estimated fatality of 18,000 lives could be averted. According to the WHO the deaths could be reduced from an estimated 220 per day to around 25.
The Leader of the of Opposition accused the government of being ‘inflexible and intransigent for some godforsaken reason’.
Significantly Mr Premadasa also reminded the republic that this government did not hesitate to give tax cuts to the super-rich. He claimed that the government had no hesitation in providing these tax cuts to the super-rich who he said were a minuscule number.
Mr Premadasa urged the government to not hesitate and to prioritize expenditure. He also urged the government to not think in rupee and cents terms. People he said were being treated in a very poor manner. He asked the government to remember that one cannot place a figure on human life. People were being treated in an inferior matter he said asking the government to stop acting in an obstinate matter.
The Leader of the Opposition made these observations as a growing number of towns across Sri Lanka took their own initiatives and shut shops and businesses in what was described as their own commitment to tackling the growing spread of the CV-19 pandemic. Various trade unions have also asked their members to close businesses in an attempt to control the rapid spread of the disease.
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