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Govt. should stop sending housemaids to Saudi Arabia - Deputy Minister


Power and Sustainable Energy Deputy Minister Ajith Perera told Parliament yesterday that measures should be taken to stop sending housemaids to Saudi Arabia, if the Saudi Arabian Government does not intervene to stop the killing of a Sri Lankan housemaid without respecting the point of view of the Sri Lankan Government. The maid has been sentenced to death by stoning in Saudi Arabia.

A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a Sri Lankan woman, a mother of two from Colombo to death by stoning. As a member who signed the Universal Declaration, we should raise our voice against this judgment and all should be united to help save the housemaid ,irrespective of class, caste, religion, ethnicity and political view.

He also emphasized the necessity of taking measures to stop sending Sri Lankan women as housemaids. We will be able to do that by implementing the country's development programme during the next five years. The government has already taken measures to generate 10 million jobs in the country to find a solution to the unemployment problem by producing skilled labour for the foreign job market.

TNA MP M.A.Sumanthiran also said that today, all the nations belong to one global village. Though Sri Lanka is a small country, we have a place in the international community. Therefore, we must raise issues with regard to justice. "There could be religious traditions and customs in a country which also have a bearing on the implementation of laws. I like to raise a question from our Muslim friends is this what Sharia Law describes? "

Raising a point of order, UNP MP S.M.Marikkar said that "You have so far criticized Islam. You have no right to criticize Islam."

Raising a Point of Order, Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen asked the MP not to speak about Sharia Law. "Please let our Muslim community live freely in this country." Minister Badiudeen said. Responding to these allegations, MP Sumanthiran said "I will not insult any religion."

"There are no national, ethnic and religious boundaries within the global community. This is a question of the judiciary. So as a country, we must raise questions by using the diplomatic channels between two countries," the MP said. 


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