Jan 13, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said he will appoint a commission next week to probe the alleged fraud and corruption taken place in Sri Lanka's national carrier SriLankan Airlines and the now nonoperational budget carrier Mihin Lanka.
President Sirisena made this statement while speaking at an election rally held at the Gam Udawa Stadium in Dambulla today to garner support for the candidates of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in Matale district.
Without giving any details, the President said when he appoints the Presidential Commission on Mihin Lanka and Sri Lankan Airlines, more revelations will be made, and many more corrupt politicians will be exposed.
Speaking at the rally, the President said the true nature of the previous government's so-called development will be revealed to the public in the future and whatever the challenges, he will change the corrupt political culture to win the challenge of building the country.
President Sirisena noted that it was he who, through the 19th Amendment to the constitution abrogated the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which allowed the president to remain in power for life.
The President said that he was the only leader who acted to curtail the powers of the executive presidency and hand over the powers to the parliament and no other leader of the world has done that.
Recalling that in the past the president appointed the IGP, Attorney General, Chief Justice, all Supreme Court judges and Independent Commissions, the President said he is the who changed the system and handed over those powers to parliamentary Constitutional Council.
He said the people will not forget how the courts gave orders in the past according to the orders received from the Temple Trees.
Noting that he is the one who changed the system of Army shooting the innocent people of Rathupaswala crying for drinking water, the President reminded that those, who are accusing the government of hunting war heroes, imprisoned the military leader who led the war to end terrorism.
"If they are speaking according to the conscience, they did not have the Bandaranaike philosophy or the SLFP policy that values the freedom and democracy. While committing fraud, corruption and exploiting the people they destroyed the honor of the party (SLFP) as well as its policies," the President said.
The people are now realizing the true situation and stressed that at the February 10 local government election Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) would become the party with the highest people's power.
Expressing his views regarding the development of the agriculture sector in the area and the development of the economy of the farmer community, the President said that the Dambulla Economic Center would be physically developed and its administration will be properly managed by halting the existing frauds and corruptions and distributing its benefits to everyone.