President at mammoth UPFA May Day rally:
INTERNATIONAL CONSPIRACIES WILL BE RESOUNDINGLY DEFEATED
* Certain individuals trying to destabilise
* Sri Lanka, no longer a colony
* Working community should be protected
* Govt places enormous confidence in working
President Mahinda Rajapaksa stressed that he will not permit
international conspirators to create disputes and destabilize the
country, under any circumstances. He said Sri Lanka is one of the oldest
democracies in the Asian region and honours all kinds of democratic
norms and practices.
“We will never deny the people’s right to change governments through
Universal Adult Franchise,” he said.
President Rajapaksa was addressing the May Day rally of the United
People’s Freedom Alliance at the Colombo Municipal Council grounds
Thousands of people irrespective of political and other differences
kept streaming in from Campbell Park, Borella, from where the rally
commenced yesterday noon.
President Rajapaksa said that the working masses in Sri Lanka are so
intelligent they would not fall prey to certain segments trying to
destabilize the country.
He said certain individuals were trying to destabilize the country by
using the working masses as a cat’s paw but the masses did not fall prey
to their designs.
Some such individuals do not have a country or a particular name but
some countries are in the process of inciting them, he said.
The President stressed the importance of increasing the country’s
productivity as ‘imperialists are operating in various forms to acquire
The President said imperialists are still under the impression that
countries like Sri Lanka are their colonies and it was for this reason
that ‘they exert more pressure on us’.
He said that the government led by him reacquired state ventures,
including national carrier SriLankan Airlines which were privatized by
previous governments , He said that productivity of state ventures has
to be uplifted as imperialists are awaiting their collapse to acquire
The President emphasized that what the government, the working
community and the country at large have gained should be protected from
these imperialists. “The country was deprived of the GSP facility and
the Opposition thought that the government was on the verge of being
overthrown by the working masses.’ ‘But that did not happen’, the
President Rajapaksa said that the members of the working class worked
harder and effectively tackled the challenge facing the country.
The President said that the working masses, irrespective of racial,
religious and other petty differences should show more commitment to the
country. He stressed that the government led by him adopted a policy of
not recognising such differences in its effort to achieve freedom for
the country . The President said that the United National Party should
apologize for depriving the Tamil community of its rights in the Jaffna
district by carrying out the infamous vote rigging at the District
Development Council election in Jaffna and for the destruction of the
Jaffna Library before they hold a May Day rally in Jaffna .
“I was delighted on hearing the news that the UNP was organizing its
Rally in Jaffna after the government wiped out terrorism from the
country, he said.
He said that the UNP leaders are having boat rides and visiting
places where they have never been to in Jaffna after the Security Forces
eradicated terrorism from the area.
President Rajapaksa added that those who left for Jaffna can see how
the area has been developed by the government, if they are free of petty
‘Every stride UNP leaders make in Jaffna will remind them of the
importance of the government and they will themselves see how the area
has been developed by the government. I wish they will understand the
importance of freedom won by the country when they move freely in the
Jaffna peninusular, he added.
President Rajapaksa said that the government increased the workforce
in the government sector and one in every ten persons is a government
servant at present.
He stressed that the government did not adopt a policy of privatizing
state ventures to fill the state coffers. The President recollected how
the state workforce was dwindling during the UNP regime as they adopted
a policy of not recruiting personnel for state sector.
“We have ensured a better future for the members of the working
community. The President said that the government faced the looming food
crisis by initiating a number of programmes to grow food crops locally
and these programmes have borne fruit. He said that the people
themselves can feel how their village, town and cities and the country
at large are being developed.
The President said that the government has placed enormous confidence
in the working masses and has built up a stable economy in the country ,
Certain persons who identify themselves as economists have been
saying that the government would collapse in April since 2005. But the
government was strengthened more and more every April, the President
said. The President said that the economy gained more vigour by focusing
on production of food crops locally and creating more and more
employment ventures for youth every year.