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UNP backbenchers against MP salary increase

The UNP backbenchers are against a salary increment for MPs, UNP MP S. M. Marikkar said yesterday. He said there is no proposal to increase MPs’ or ministers’ salaries.

MP Marikkar said UNP backbenchers will voice their objection with reference to the subject at the meeting of the governing party.

MP Marikkar added that political leaders must be an example for the people having a difficult time due to taxation, debts and cost of living.

“When people are struggling with all these difficulties, it is only right that politicians too cut down their expenses and be exemplary to the people,” Marikkar pointed out.

MP Marikkar was addressing a press briefing at Sirikotha, UNP headquarters, yesterday morning. The UNP backbencher also said the Joint Opposition is hiding behind controversial stories circulating in main stream and social media.

“If you pay attention, you would have seen that the JO had lost about 800,000 votes compared with the last Presidential Election and the recent Local Government election. They are having various struggles within their own group. Recently, JO MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage was extremely critical of MP Kumara Welgama. It is obvious that they have many issues to resolve before anything else. But the JO hides behind stories like these to divert attention,” MP Marikkar said.

He also observed that the role of a parliamentarian should not be tarnished by the actions of a few. MP Marikkar, referring to the trade union action launched by the Government Medical Officers’ Association against the Sri Lanka-Singapore Trade Agreement, said they are operating according to a political agenda. He said the government should be held responsible for not being strict in taking action against groups that use people for their own political betterment.

“The government should be strong and show that it has a backbone to begin with. There are times that it has bowed down to groups like these. We cannot allow rough-doctors to take decisions for the government. However, there is a good side to this. I am a backbencher and I criticize the government. If a backbencher did the same under the previous regime, that MP wouldn’t have survived,” Marikkar added. Marikkar also questioned whether Sri Lanka is to survive on foreign exchange earned by mothers who are working like slaves in Middle Eastern countries. 

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