Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa says the government has handed over the rights of the fishing community to foreign nations by becoming a puppet of multinational corporations.
MP Premadasa said the government has thus far failed to pay due compensation to fishermen over the impact of the fire onboard the X-Press Pearl vessel.
MP Premadasa speaking to media said fishermen are severely battered by the government’s actions adding that under a Samagi Jana Balawegaya led government policies that can be implemented will be introduced opposed to lies and deceit to win an election.
MP Premadasa claimed the destruction to the environment through the X-Press Pearl fire was immense and questioned the government over the compensation that was due to fishermen through the responsible organisations.
He said the government has instead become the compensator of multinational companies adding they acquire benefits in dollars and not rupees.