By Kusal Perera –
Open Appeal To Compassionate Rulers
Presidential poll concluded over a fortnight ago, witnessed the opposition campaign especially in the South focusing heavily on corruption and fraud allegedly committed by the Rajapaksa regime. Media is now reporting on massive corruption that had gone extensively viral than even the opposition campaigners ever imagined. What would come of them will only be seen in time to come.
This new government under the presidency of Maithripala Sirisena most fervently promised the people of this country of a clean, corruption free, compassionate rule. Most concerned citizens now expect this government to deliver such clean and accountable rule. It is first the President, the Prime Minister, the Cabinet and State Ministers along with their Deputy Ministers who would have to bear total responsibility for a clean and accountable governance. Next is the National Executive Council that had virtually taken over policy making, though without constitutional validity.
I firmly believe the promise for clean and accountable governance can be best achieved by those responsible publicly declaring their and their family assets and liabilities. Therefore I call upon, the President, the PM and all ministers and deputy ministers in this government to declare their own and their family assets and liabilities under the Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Act No. 01 of 1975 amended as Act no. 84 of 1988, before 04 February next, the day of Independence. I would also request them to have the declarations published in their official websites; President and PM in their official websites and all other ministers and deputy ministers in their relevant official ministry websites.
Also those individuals who sit in the National Executive Committee are called upon here to declare their own assets and liabilities and of their families, in the official website of HE the President.
I may not be wrong in believing no person who promised a clean and accountable, compassionate rule will ignore this call for open politics.
Sgd / Kusal Perera
Journalist / Sri Lankan Citizen