Sri Lanka

If you want to do business, stay out of politics

Mar 30, 2017
Former Minister Mervyn Silva has often stirred controversy if not scandal by saying or doing something outrageous such as tying up an official to a tree. But last Sunday, in announcing he was forming a new party, he made an exhortation which every political party should follow. Mr. Silva said anyone wanting to make money would not be admitted to the party. There may be big question marks over whether it will be implemented and what progress the party will make, but the call to keep business out of politics is valid.   
When the new Government took office in January 2015, President Maithripala Sirisena announced he would be the chief servant leader of the people. He also pledged he would live in a simple and humble way, avoiding wasteful expenditure, luxuries and extravagance. While vowing that tough and effective action would be taken against former leaders who had allegedly plundered millions of dollars from the people’s resources, the President pledged he would not allow any frauds or corruption by National Unity Government Ministers or MPs, Provincial or Local Council members and officials.   
To what extent that has been implemented is another major question. Weekend Newspaper reports indicated there would be a Cabinet reshuffle of Ministers of the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) which have come together to form a National Unity Government. The report said the reshuffle of portfolios would involve Ministers who had not performed well or against whom there were allegations of bribery or corruption. 
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Daily Mirror, March 30, 2017

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