By Ranil Senanayake –
It has now transpired that our ambassadors are above the law of the land, the president and the Prime Minister. In a recent newspaper report, our high flying ambassador to China, a certain Mr.Kodithuwkku, seems to have the the authority to announce that ‘The green light has been given to the delayed Colombo Port City project’, before the legal EIA and commentary process has been concluded, but also seems to have the power to pardon a Chinese company for violating the laws of Sri Lanka. The Company, in collusion with those entrusted with the protection of our coast, has apparently submitted a ‘greater environmental impact assessment’, not because it is required by law but according to the ambassador but ’to allay public concern’. It will be very nice if our ambassador showed some respect for the ‘public concern’ that has been published in the media for some time now. Now that he knows so much, perhaps he can allay our fears on the impact on the air quality, freshwater availability, climate change responsibilities and garbage disposal ability and allay our concerns.
Our dear ambassador is clearly out of line, in the statements he made, will the Government rebuke these fallacious public statements? Will he respect due process and the law of this land? Or is he, like the owner of a media with whom I was speaking to last night, amused that I was attempting to protect Sri Lanka, when there was business profit to be made! Amusement with those wanting their fundamental rights expressed, reeks of Mary Antoinette, who was amused by the starving asking for bread that she told them “to eat cake’ instead.
Is this the Government and society that we have?
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