11 August, 2020

Blog

Government Strategy To Sneak In Casino Gazette In Parliament Ends Up In Disaster

A sinister attempt by Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena to blind side the opposition by sneaking in the gazette that is to give unprecedented tax concessions to Australian casino tycoon James Packer and his local partner Ravi Wijeratne under the Strategic Development Projects Act for their Crown Casino has crashed due to the vigilance of the opposition.

James Packer

This week’s agreed upon Parliament business had not included a debate on the casino gazette. But early this afternoon Abeywardena had attempted to insert this debate for tomorrow the 9th by calling for a special meeting of representatives of party leaders who decide parliamentary business later in the afternoon.  The plan had been to ram it through even if the opposition objected due to lack of preparation time.  However, the problem had been that the gazette had to be Tabled prior to business proper began in the Chamber.  Employing a high risk maneuver Abeywardena had quickly read out the procedural statement in the Chamber that the gazette was ‘Tabled’ (meaning distributed to all 225 members by physically keeping a copy on each members table) assuming that he would be able to move on to the next item in the agenda before anyone noticed that the gazette had actually not been kept on the tables of the opposition members.

But MP Harsha de Silva who was recently referred to in the Australian press as the ‘fiercest critic of James Packer’ immediately raised a point of order that Abeywardena was misleading the House and was in violation of Parliamentary procedure.  Even though Abeywardena had tried to wiggle his way out by saying that the gazette was Tabled and that Harsha de Silva was also given one was met by stiff resistance by a number of MPs including the Leader of the Opposition and Anura Kumara Dissanayake who challenged the Speaker to physically verify the documents at their tables so that he could see for himself that Abeywardena’s position was not correct.  Many other opposition members then stood up and protested that none of them had received a copy of the said gazette.

The strategy failed and the Speaker has called for an investigation on how the gazette was only Tabled for some members and not others.  He had also ruled that under the circumstances the debate would not be allowed for the 9th.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 0
    0

    Alas, it seems that Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena has lost his first gamble at Packer’s Casino table!

  • 0
    0

    Why aren’t the Sinhellists (BBS/JHU/SR/BR) opposing gambling in Sri Lanka or Buddhist Bhikkus affiliated with the SinHellists have no objections to vice?

  • 0
    0

    This proves beyond any doubt Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena is an “A Grade” Rajapassa henchman.

    Attempting to mislead nation’s Parliament is I suppose, a major crime.

    Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena should be utterly ashamed of himself.

    In a real democracy this corrupt Ministerial crony would be punished severely. Most likely jailed.

    Cheers!

  • 0
    0

    One can just imagine how much Packer and co would give Abeyawardena for doing what he tried to do, and failed?.Abeywardena may be dreaming of an orchard in Austrialia, a luxury yatch and a villa with a build in swimming pool, no sooner the Sataka perumana is out.That of course would depend on nature. And nature has her own way of dealing with short and long time crooks in her own inimitable style. When that would be, is anybody’s guess.Until then, let the crabs swim in the pot until the fire starts up?

    • 0
      0

      Galta, well said. The next blow to MR, after the NPC defeat will be the next Presidential Election once he secures the Commonwealth mantle to be held under International Observers.

  • 0
    0

    A very good sign of a waking up opposition.

  • 0
    0

    In our Holy Land, all laws are passed, those who oppose are impeached. This law too will pass.

  • 0
    0

    But where is the BBS and Sinhala Ravaya chaps who are all out to protect the Sinhalese culture and Buddhism now? are they sleeping or have they got selective amnesia or are they looking forward for the opening of the casino so that they too can enjoy the wine and women just like their predecessor the ill-famous Buddharakito thero of the SWRD times ;-)

    Over to Jim Softy and Leela also known as K A Sumansekera to defend as to why the monks are not protesting the casino project and why the Sinhalese culture needs Casinos, common boys give us some entertainment with your clownish answers!

    • 0
      0

      There is a deafening silence from Jimbo.
      He is probably thinking of a witty spin remark to post.
      K A Sumansekera is not Leela
      Herold Leela is “Patriot” a life member at Otters and recently a fully paid up member of BBS.

  • 0
    0

    The gang still trying hard to loot the country even at their death bed.

  • 0
    0

    ” Liquor, Gambling and Prostitution” The triple gem of the Buddha Raajyaya! What a miracle! Saadhu saadhu Saadhu!

    • 0
      0

      Kasippu, Drugs and Commission Mafia Cartel…….

      What a Wonderful World miracle…..

      Thun Saranai…..Budu Saranai Sadu, Sadu, SSSSSAAAAA AAAADDDDDOOOOOO

  • 0
    0

    /* Government Strategy To Sneak In Casino Gazette In Parliament Ends Up In Disaster. */

    It is shame that UPFA trying to sneak casino gazette in while they have 2/3rd majority in the parliament.

    If UPFA think that Casinos are going build the economy why are they afraid to do pass it openly in the parliament?

  • 0
    0

    Looks like the ‘ game of the Throne ‘ is to be set in motion.. inauspicious start though, with the wheel stalled at an indiscreet attempt. damn.. they have 2/3 haven’t they to do all the tamashas !

  • 0
    0

    DONT TALK ” MAKA BUDU RAJAGE DESHIYA” OF THE TRIPLE GEM WITH RAPE, MUDER, CORRUPTION, PLUNDERING AND NOW CASINOS, WHERE THE HELL ARE THE BALU SENAS, URU MEEYAS, AND THE HELAWANSA IN THIS BUDU RAJAGE DESHIYA, TO HELL WITH THE PRECEPTS OF THE BUDDHA, WHILST OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMAN ARE GIVEN ALL THE VICES THIS COUNTRY CAN PROVIDE, BUDU RAJAGE DESHIYA MEN.

  • 0
    0

    Come come aney! Are we to understand that at least some in the opposition turn up to work? Or were they there to mark the register and collect the per-diem and the delicious Buth parcel from the MP’s canteen.

    Sarcasm notwithstanding, kudos to the men who were awake – at the job!

  • 0
    0

    Sura merey majjapama datthana vera mani sikkhapadan samadiyami! (Excuse the spelling if any)

    Ban Halal cause its only good for muslims as this is a buddhist country and legalize gambling, prostitution and Alcohol as its good for the economy!
    Sad state of affairs in a bunked country..
    Blessings of the triple gem!

  • 0
    0

    JHU, BBS , Sihala Ravaya should be put to shame.

  • 0
    0

    BBS got brains only attack non Buddhist religious institutions.

  • 0
    0

    Put these casinos in Jaffna.

  • 0
    0

    Gambling-Prostitution racket Dons Dhammika Perera, Ravi Wijeratne
    Drug runners Duminda, Kudu Mervin, Powzie; Porn and comfort queens Anarkali and Paba – all with enormous power on those running the government. This is known and noted by all foreign governments whose representatives are based in Colombo. A loan of US$370 million obtained from a Chinese Govt Bank at 1.3% raised to 6.3% What kind of regard and respect can the Rajapakses expect from the international community.

    Where are our religious leaders who bring the roof down claiming they
    saved the country and the nation for 2,500 years whenever both were
    under threat???

    Punnakku

  • 0
    0

    MAHINDA CHINTHANA!

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 200 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically disabled after 7 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.