Dec 03, Colombo: A Sri Lankan government minister today charged the country's opposition of "engineering problems" at factories to drive away the potential investors.
Addressing a media conference this morning, the Minister of Investment Promotion Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said the opposition is creating problems such as the Rathupaswala incident to force the factories to shut down making the people unemployed and at the same time to discourage opening up of new factories by potential investors.
Abeywardena revealed that Malaysia was keen to get the Rathupaswala rubber glove factory relocated in that country.
The Minister said the government has taken a policy decision to establish manufacturing industries only in Investment Processing Zones to minimize this kind of activities by the opposition.
He further noted that the before and after opening the Hambantota Port, the opposition severely criticized the harbor project but now the Hambantota harbor has become one of the leading transshipment harbors in Asia.
Abeywardena said a youth from Hambantota earns Rs. 7,500 per day for driving a vehicle unloaded at the Hambantota harbor to Colombo.
The harbor has also provided many other employment avenues for the youth in the areas around Hambantota and in the adjoining districts as well, the Minister said.