urges Speaker to discipline MPs
J-Biz, the umbrella organization of the biggest chambers in Colombo,
has blasted members of parliament who were involved in the recent
fiasco with the legislation and urged the Speaker to take serious
disciplinary action against the miscreants.
a statement, J-Biz said the "abominable behaviour' displayed
by many members at the last session of Parliament on June 8 which
included verbal abuse and assault on certain members of the Buddhist
Clergy has been viewed with serious concern by Sri Lankans.
before in the history of our Parliamentary democracy have we witnessed
such disgusting behaviour in our highest legislative body,"
it said adding that it was unfortunate that three of the four parliamentary
sessions have been disrupted by unruly behaviour of some MPs.
appealed to all party leaders to take disciplinary action against
any member guilty of unacceptable conduct in Parliament instead
of mere lip service being paid in condemnation of actual events,
for public consumption.
noting that, "no serious deliberations have taken place during
four sessions of the new parliament," J-Biz said MPs do not
appear to be aware that adverse international economic factors are
seriously affecting the country with global oil prices escalating.
of wheat and other food grains are also increasing globally and
the sole marketers have already requested that the government pay
the agreed subsidy, J-Biz said adding that while the rupee has rapidly
depreciated in recent weeks, the GDP growth rate for 2004 projected
earlier by the Central Bank as 6% has been revised twice and reduced
to 5% .
said it was imperative for parliament to be able to function as
an effective legislative body if the government is to proceed with
negotiations with the LTTE.
while congratulating the government for appointing well qualified
and experienced people to fill important government posts, also
requested that early steps be taken to appoint high calibre individuals
to fill many other vacant posts.
to recent reports of large-scale discontinuance of senior staff
at the BOI, it said this may send wrong signals to foreign investors
whose first point of contact is the BOI. "We are not implying
that the new government should not take action against any corrupt
or inefficient staff but to do so without generating undue publicity
which could have an overall negative impact on Sri Lanka's investor
friendly image," the statement said.