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A ‘Terminator’ will end all progress and end lives – PM

“When you have a ‘Terminator’, remember, it will terminate your life,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe pointed out yesterday reacting to former Minister Basil Rajapaksa’s comparison of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential Candidate to the violent cyborg assassin in the famous ‘Terminator’ Hollywood film series.

Speaking at the end of a meeting at Temple Trees yesterday to obtain proposals of Local Government representatives for Rural Infrastructure development programmes, the Prime Minister asked the audience as to whether they would allow a ‘Terminator’ to destroy their future.

Giving a long list of initiatives of the Government to usher in a better future for the country, the Prime Minister asked the gathering not to allow these achievements to be destroyed.

The PM went to remark that : “At a media conference former Minister Basil Rajapaksa has said that the Pohottuwa (SLPP) Presidential Candidate is a ‘Terminator’.

I know they have a lot of experience using ‘terminators’. They are going to terminate democracy, freedom of expression, independence of the Supreme Court and all the freedoms you enjoy. They will simply terminate all the gains in the past few years in the economy, in health, housing, education, tourism, investment and international relations.”

“You must remember the country we took over in 2015. The economy had collapsed and we didn’t have the confidence of the international community even to get a loan. They went for elections because they had no remedy. There was no democracy or freedom of expression in the country. The Supreme Court had no independence. Development had come to a halt. We did not run away from trouble. Whether it was a Constitutional coup or Easter Sunday bomb attacks, we held firm and developed the country. The economy has been developed and stabilized now. The investments have increased. This is your future. You must protect it,” he added.

The Prime Minister observed that some of the rural infrastructure development programmes envisaged last year could not be carried out due to the Constitutional coup. He said that instructions have been given to accelerate all such projects in the coming months and disburse enough funds for them.

“The proposals received at this meeting will be implemented on the ground within a few months. Funds will be approved soon,” he said. Ministers Gayantha Karunathilake, Ravi Karunanayake, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and Vajira Abeywardena were also present. 

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