29 October, 2020

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Tax Break For Louis Vitton Products Must Be For Benefit Of Rajapaksa Family Members: Harsha

UNP Economic Affairs Spokesman Harsha De Silva yesterday issued a scathing criticism of the Government’s 2014 budget, saying it catered to Georgio Armani wearing super rich classes of people in the country while placing the entire tax burden on the poor man.

Dr Harsha de Silva MP

Dr Harsha de Silva MP

Reacting to yesterday’s Budget presented by the President in Parliament, De Silva said that the Government had inexplicably decided to remove import duties on designer brands like Louis Vitton, Georgio Armani and Salvadore Ferragano.

“A member of the royal family recently told a local newspaper that he only wears Louis Vitton belts and shoes – each of these cost USD 600 or USD 1200 at minimum – the tax waiver must be for their benefit,” the UNP MP charged in a reference to President Rajapaksa’s youngest son, Rohitha Rajapaksa’s pronouncements in an interview with the Daily Mirror a few months ago.

The Government had increased taxes on salt, sugar, dhal and the salmon tin, directly affecting the common man, de Silva said.

“Who asked the Government to reduce taxes on designer brands? How many of us wear Ferragano ties and Hugo Boss perfume? Why would we care if these products are taxed?” he asked.

De Silva said that the people had been begging for relief to be able to afford their food items, but the Government had effectively slapped them in the face.

“This is a budget for casino kings, it is completely anti-people,” he explained.

The UNP MP said that the Government’s economic policy was classic crony capitalism.

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    The crash is near but the opposition is in disarray.

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      A.T. Kumar,

      Bloody monkey, without uttering kindergarten muck just go and cast your stupid vote against the regime, stupid fucker!

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      Well, well seems that Harsha has woken up out of his slumber! This is off course stale news!

      The fact is that there is a need to do a systematic calculation of how much funds have been spent to “develop” Hambantota in relation to the northeast post-war zones and the rest of the country.

      Harsha only worries about the super rich in Colombo and does NOT look beyond his Colombo-centric nose and do proper COMPARATIVE economic analysis for the WHOLE COUNTRY..

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    This is one hell of a pissoo poosa country.

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    I give credit to Harsha De Silva for taking on this corrupt, family run regime in Sri Lanka.

    Seems to be the only one in the UNP playing his constitutional role as a member of the opposition.

    Harsha De Silva’s points are often backed up with substance.

    I am no big fan of the UNP the way it is now.

    Yet, there is no doubt Sri Lanka needs more politicians of Harsha De Silva’s brand.

    Cheers!

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      agree with you,

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      I think it is far too late to win through polls, you need some good hearted generals with the balls and the mind set of do or die thinking to ever get rid of these devilish people ruling this country.

      Even the kids these days are learning that the only way to “come up in life” is to be like these cockroach leaders. How do parents Try and teach how to live a honest life??

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    If Sri Lanka is to lure foreigners to the country, make it attractive for shopping etc, then this is the right move. We cannot go on selling the rubbish that is currently dished out in many of our shopping complexes that too at exorbitant prices. If we are to reach the level of Malaysia , Singapore this is the way to go.

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      You mean bring down the price of cosmetics and perfumes to attract tourists? Why not bring down the price of hotel rates, and subsidize air fare? Tax on imported beef and lamb to come down too?

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        Wickramasiri,

        You nailed D SHEIKH, the waged scribe of the regime.

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      Ya Sheikh, Tourist on shoe string budget can hardly afford Branded products and services.

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    Good move from Government. This will attract more high end shopping tourists from everywhere. That’ll increase the money spent in the country by tourists to very high levels.

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      Who will benefit if the government loses tax revenue?

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      What independent study do we have to show that tourists are shopping for these items in SL or appreciable number of tourists will shop for them were duties to be removed on them?

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      Athula your answer seems as absurd as a 5 year old. Your mind is probably the same. let me explain something to you. We are surrounded by Singapore, india, bangkok, and well every other city that has great shopping expereinced with hundreds of shops and malls offering millions of designer products.. they DONT NEED TO COME HERE TO SHOP! Two the european, asians, and westerners who do come here, have the three or four shops we have and may be just another 1000 more on the street corner to shop at in their own countries. They don’t need to travel thousands of miles to buy a few things low cost designer items from here and carry it all the way back considering sri lanka is always only a stop on a long journey and the the only destination. Nobody is foolish enough to come here and shop for huge amounts and carry it all the way back home. How freaking stupid of you.. what this bloody government needs to do is give relief to the common man who can’t bloody afford a coconut anymore!!

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      Polburuwo, I know what you mean. But they could first work on getting more tourists to the country. Atleast they should aim at 1 mio tourist/year. Their statistics are similar to the computer jilmarts known to many in terms of the last P election results. I dont think that 0.5 mio of tourists have ever been the record to the island sofar. Countries like Land maurice, do essentials to get attracted the flow of tourists by focusing local entertainments, local products. I know very well since I have met many of the tourists coming from Europe on several occassions saying that the country can offer more, if the politiicans could work on that properly.

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    Some of these guys seem to be selfish idiots who do seem to care what the man on the street is going through

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    Tourists to Lanka like to shop and we don’t have a single lux brand store for them to spend due exhorbitant prices so from a tourism viewpoint if we want to compete with Siam Paragon,Gaysorn in Bangkok or Nee Ann City in Singapore this tax break is good.

    Tourists won’t step in if shopping centres are dingy with narrow corridors etc.
    Harsha + UNP don’t refer to these mere mortal citizens as kings as it will swell their heads more !

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      They may like to shop for locally produced goods, same as tourists anywhere, but what evidence is there that tourists to SL will shop for these designer brands in any appreciable numbers were import duties to be removed?

      I guess the ultimate test is to remove duties , wait for a year and see just how many designer brands are bought by tourists and how many by locals.

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      Pingona, I know it from tourists, they love more local products of those countries than the products of those brands. So that is the ground reality. when travelling to lanka, many would not expect to buy the same that they could easily buy on the west/us/aus and the countries.

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    Sri Lanka will be a dumping grounds for fake Louis Vitton, Georgio Armani and Salvadore Ferragano from China.

    This will go hand in hand with the fake designer labels garments that are sold at most of shops here. Yes, the tourist will flock in droves to buy our rejects…..Keep dreaming Athula.

    I hear they are giving a Tax breaks for 68 years old women to start up business…..must be for making coffins.

    63 and older farmers getting a pension….How about other seniors who have toiled all their lives, like the fishermen, carpenters, blacksmiths, plumbers, electricians etc.

    Banks are heavily taxed. This will drain the influx of expatriate money that are critical for Sri Lanka’s economy.

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    Those who vote the government into power have to pay the bill. Tax them as heavily as possible.

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    Working class are begging for the liveable salary since few years from government.Actually this is the attempt for eradicate the poorest instead of poverty alleviation.

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      Ahead of us will be DARK like the TIGER ECONIMIC CRISIS held until recent years in south eastern countries. They the Thai had built buildings and roads everywhere, but that crisis held them from bringing further economic booms, as expected earlier. And as RW made it clear to the parliament yesterday, we the nation will end up being GREEKS in South asia. High interests loans not thinking further will fall us much deeper, EVEN if Rajapskhes will have been convicted in Hague soon.

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    its easy to criticize when that’s all you have to do . !

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      Does Rajapaksa and Co. allow anyone not under their patronage to do anything of importance without doing their utmost to sabotage the plan.

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      Whatever the idiotic Rajapskshe would do, you say ALWAYS yes.. how can this be, claiming tobe on the west for such a long time..but to nod your head as stupid village folks do ? West today criticise, that poor villagers are the vulnerable fractions of lanken society, they the ones to pay the bills of CHOGM sarukes (as my grandma explained.. then)etc.

      Next week or month, they d issue licences to the very rapists to grow by introducing avenues for sex industry to be like in Pathaya Bangkok – then what would be your response ABHAYA ?
      Arguments will surely be to attract the tourists entering the country – THEY ARE WELL AWARE OF THE THE MINDS SETS OF LANKEN MASSES…. NOW THEY ABUSE THEM.. YOU GUYS PAVE THE WAYS THEM TO GO DEEPER.

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    Harsha and his Boss boycotted Chgoooogum.

    Then they boycotted the Budget.

    Sinhala Buddhist Faction is in a permanent Boycott of the Cinnamon Stick Faction.

    Have they let Bullington Kid down?

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      Entire west should put the pressure on SL, not only powerful CW countries.
      This is one another example PRESIDENT of lanka failed to deliver FAIR VERDICT against the rapists whose DNA were found in victimised probes – as reported few months ago. Now the very man to be released on BAIL is NO MEANS ACCEPTABLE. ..

      —————–

      FRIDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 2013 19:23 E-mail Print
      The Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Sampath Vidanapathiranage and five others today pleaded not guilty before the Colombo High Court to the killing of British tourist Khuram Sheikh Zaman and sexually assaulting his partner Victoria Alexandrovna at a Tangalle holiday resort, and were released on the previous bail granted by the Tangalle Magistrate Court.

      The Court Mudaliyar read over seventeen charges indicting the suspects. Judge Ms Wickramasinghe fixed the trial for December 2.

      The suspects were sternly warned to abide by the bail conditions and not to interfere with the 16 witnesses. The case that was heard in Tangalle was transferred to Colombo on the instructions of the Attorney General.

      In an earlier identification parade held in the Tangalle Magistrate’s Court, the witnesses lined up identified the suspects including the Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman (UPFA) Sampath Vidanapathirana as involved in the killing of 32-year-old Khuram Shaikh Zaman.

      However, Victoria Alexandrovna who was sexually assaulted and injured during the incident failed to identify any of the suspects.

      The others suspects who were identified at the parade were the PS Chairman’s private secretary Mohottige Saman, Nalagama Praveen Chaturanga, Saman Deshapriya and Obada Arachchige Lahiru Kelum, the driver Weerakoon Piyadasa Ratnayake and a field officer of the National Housing Development Authority.

      Khuram, a Red Cross physical rehabilitation manager working in the war-torn Gaza Strip, was brutally murdered while mediating a quarrel between locals, some of whom were heavily intoxicated. He died as a result of a deep stab wound. Khuram’s body was flown to Britain for a family funeral.

      State Counsel Thusith Mudalige prosecuted and President’s Counsel Kalinga Indatissa defended the suspects

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    Any other country would have shut down losing state enterprises like Lanka Airlines and Hihin Air – in sri lanka,more money is poured into these ‘black holes’ and taxes raised for the purpose.
    This is the most IMMORAL regime ever.

    “Defence” gets more money than ever,in peacetime – why?
    Does this not confirm that this is a militarised state?

    The costliest road,in the world maybe – to the airport – proves massive corruption/wastage.
    The old road repaired would have been good enough – none of the visiters would have noticed/commented.
    A Formula One race track in hambantota has been mentioned – for whose benefit is this? Also a Botanicl Garden, in the Dry Zone!!!!

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    Forgot – during the Non Aligned Conference in 1976,attended by many more visiters than for CHOGM,the airport road was divided down the middle by a white line.
    One half for traffic to & from the airport,the other half for conference visiters.
    It worked well – I took people to airport at that time,by car.

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    Oh! the Buddhist monk lover is talking nonsense.

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      Fathima (Lorenzo)
      Thats not a nice thing to say about K A Sumanasekera

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        Sad to say you are no match for Fathima…..

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          K A Sumanasekera,
          Actually, it does not take much to match Fathima (Lorenzo).
          Two peas to a pod?

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          hey K A Sumansekera (LEELA) what happened to you key words like a dollar a day,sambandan,diasporians,our way of life……run out of steam huh…….joker

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    Why should a tourist come to Sri Lanka passing destinations where duty free shopping is available to get a belt or a pair of shoes. This Tax break is for the Royal ( but they lack the real Sinhala Royal blood) family and the super rich. When the economy is in dire danger this is how they are trying to say good buy to their regime?

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      Very good point, .. you are dead right.. that is common to many other countries too.. when travelling via Dubai, I also do that.. …
      See, these arguments are just to cover their stupid tactics.
      Dr. Silva is a VERY GOOD PERSONALITY – fearlessly express his views with facts and figures always… his is always commendable. He would not come to add comments wihtout studying it properly.

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    Rajapakse Gan Kabarayas deserve only to wear “Amude eating Aggala and go in Bullock Cart”

    These scumbug family were homeless Beggars before coming into Politics.

    Their own son, Mr.Rocket man said in a press interview that they did not even own a house or a car before coming into politics.

    But this Village crocodile wolf family screwed the whole country after coming into power. Even robbed poor peoples Tsunami donated money.

    Also this is the family which murdered Lasantha Wickrematunge in cold blood and made many more Journalists, reporters and human right activists disappear.

    Let the cheap Bast…d wolves enjoy life before facing Hague in march 2014.

    There will be millions line up to loot their ill gotton wealth.

    Oh Tempura….oh mores…..

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    Being a die-hard supporter of the UNP makes me no fan of the Rajapaksas.

    But having said that, I also say that the “Royal family” doesn’t need “tax waivers for their benefit” to buy designer brands like Louis Vitton, Georgio Armani and Salvadore Ferragano.

    They can afford such luxuries without tax waivers.

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      Ability to afford it sans import duties does not mean they want to part with more of their ill gotten money than they have to.

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    most tourist dont buy expensive brands in SL because they can buy cheaper in there own country. And the really rich dont come to SL only the mid income and back-packer crowds.And the business tourist have specific reason to come,not to buy brands.Say Tea/Gems etc..
    Taxing brands wont make a difference. This reason for not taxing shows very shallow understanding on budgeting.
    Most rich guys in the west who have made there money the legal way dont splurge on brands.they are very simple and even if you meet him/her on the street will not no this man/women have serious wealth.
    And now the trend is dressing down and casual not brands-only casion and unproductive kudu guys show off brands and show there level of intelligent.

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    Why should anyone bother about poor people. They can now live without fear. Our Hero has saved the county and now these poor people have handed over the ownership of this country to MR. So he is the king and all these poor people are his slaves. Remember slaves have no rights. They have no voice. They should accept what their master’s will.

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    Dr all these days cost of living going up at highe rate from 1993 up to now and the privatization i beleive more than 40 govenment entities compared to 17 from 1977 to 1993 but still UNP is not reganing the market share WHY? to correct the point UNP will win next election you have more than 1000 trumps to play to win the election over night but still you have to correct the ultimate course for the lost in 20 years from 1977 to 1993 what UNP did and lost the 1993 election and from 1993 to 2013 what UPFA did to win the election i hope here is the answer

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    Why a tax waiver to a special company, (BASTARDS)

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    Dr. Harsha de Silva,

    I had more respect for you before you got involved in politics. Perhaps it’s not too late to reconsider.

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      I have a question to you.

      If highly educated candidates like Dr. Silva would not join lanken politics, who should join them?. No secret that over 90% of cabinet miisters have no good arguments most of the time.So what do you expect silent masses in SL to do ?

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    UNP’s economic advisor, the donkey that he is, does not
    realise Louis Vuitton, Gucci and other top of the range
    apparel are worn by Sri Lankans too. Not only the nouveau
    riche. It may Thai imitation or similar ones made in Sri
    Lanka. So use your brains and come up with sensible allusions
    when you have to say something. Do you know that even Pierre
    Cardin underwear is available cheaply in Sri Lanka?

    Like your colleagues, Chandiya Mangala Samraweera of the
    Kurundu Polu Brigade and Ravi Karunanayake, of the Kaivaru
    Battalion, don’t ruin your credibility. You are an MP not
    only because your leader Wickremesinghe nominated you. You
    are also there because they know you are an economist.

    Study your subjects well and don’t join the Rasthiyadu Division
    of the UNP where there are more officers than soldiers.

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    I am actually shocked that Moda Sudiya made such a stupid comment. My friend ask yourself what percentage of this population can afford three meals and pay their bills ? You may belong to the 1 % who can afford expensive brands if so that’s your fortune but don’t live your luxurious life at the expense of the poor. At some stage of your life you will suffer for the inhuman mind set you have. The curses of the poor will fall on you and my wish for you is also the same.

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    60% of the people of Sri Lanka earn a monthly wage of Rs 30,000/= or less. The estimated amount required per month is Rs 47,000/=. And these figures have remained static for many years. This was disclosed by Government ministers. 240,000 people a year go abroad to work for a wage around Rs 40,000/= to Rs 50,000/= per month not a lot and the work they do for these wages are menial labor type jobs primarily in the middle east where they have very little if any rights. Sad pathetic Sri Lanka. No job growth. No nothing for the majority of its people just a miserable subsistance. There are three methods for survival they are

    1. If you are a thug get into politics. This includes protection, drug running all all kinds of illegal activity for which politicians require man power.

    2. Find a job in the M.E. for whatever wage and get out.

    3. If all else fails pay for a boat ride to escape to AU or some other country.

    And we talk about Luis Vitton what a joke. I can see how these types of policies are dreamt up by an uneducated new rich godeya type mentality.

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