Oct 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) says it would oppose the proposed casino bill regardless of the amendments and the format it would be presented again.
UNP parliamentarian P. Harrison at a media briefing today said the party would not approve of the casino bill in any form and the party would oppose the bill even if amendments are introduced to it.
According to Harrison, the government is more determined to set up casinos than improve the country's education and health sectors and address the issues faced by the people.
Referring to the government's statement that Sri Lankans will not be allowed to the casinos proposed to be established in Colombo, the MP said it would not be a practical to ban Sri Lankans from entering casinos after setting them up.
He warned that although the government now says that the casinos would be limited to Colombo, soon the casinos will spread as well to other cities like Ratnapura and Anuradhapura.
MP Harrison charged that the government has totally ignored the cultural values in the country and the ministers appointed to protect the culture and religions have not paid any attention to uplift those values.