The business community in Sri Lanka said that the conduct of some elected representatives in Parliament today was both shameful and an embarrassment to the country.
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (ICCSL), Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) and The Women’s Chamber of Industry & Commerce (WCCI) said that they are deeply concerned about the current political situation in the country.
“It is our view that the executive and the elected representatives have a duty to ensure that decisions are taken with regard for due process and the Rule of Law,” they said in a joint statement.
The joint statement said that the events of the last few weeks have resulted in absolute instability which is a situation that Sri Lanka simply cannot afford.
“This will no doubt hinder development and have a significantly adverse impact on the social and economic trajectory of our country. It is observed that the entire administration of this country has come to a standstill and the public officers are paralyzed being unable to discharge their functions. The ultimate victims are the people of our country,”the business community said.
They noted that the incident which took place in Parliament today was the most unacceptable and abusive behavior displayed in the Chamber of the Sri Lanka Parliament.
“We call upon all those responsible to accord the highest priority to national interest and refrain from pursuing any path that will result in an economic downfall which will have an adverse impact on the country and the people. We call for urgent and sensible action,” the joint statement added. (Colombo Gazette)