Speaker defends recruiting Kariyawasam with outside funding

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today defended the decision to recruit former Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam with outside funding.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and joint opposition Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena had raised concerns in Parliament today over Kariyawasam being employed by Parliament using funding from outside.

Gunawardena said that Kariyawasam was being paid by a US agency, a claim Kariyawasam has already denied and the Speaker also denied today.

However the Speaker confirmed that Kariyawasam was being paid by an outside institution.

Rajapaksa said that if Kariyawasam is to be recruited to conduct work related to Parliament then he must be paid for by Parliament.

However the Speaker insisted that it was not a new process for outside institutions to fund Parliament work.

He recalled that even some Parliamentarians are sent overseas using funding recieved from outside. (Colombo Gazette)

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  1. The foreign powers have the full details of how Sri Lankan Parliament, defence and intelligence network function. South Asians wanted independence badly without having the knowledge to govern themselves, especially Sri Lanka. South Asian countries have been suffering by their foolishness far more than the other Asian countries, thanks to useless and foolish Indian leadership. South Asia assassinated Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard University Intellectuals தான் creating intellectuals. South Asia does not even have a university rank within 200 in the world. It is very obvious the leaders are not interested to create intellectuals. Even as I write South Asian leaders are happy to please the foreign powers to protect their positions instead of doing what is right for the country and region. First and foremost the Sri Lankan leaders don’t have the knowledge, so it is easy for the foreign powers to brainwash the leaders to implement foreign agendas. Secondly, the foreign powers offer lots of money and perks which is very hard to refuse. South Asian region has the world’s largest population, but it is without a knowledgeable leadership. The West continues to fool the largest population and it has to change.

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