A former member of the Colombo Municipal Council has spoken against a decision by president Ranil Wickremesinghe to send a Sri Lanka Navy ship to the Red Sea to counter Houthi attacks.
It contradicts with the president’s recent stand and view about the freedom struggle of the Palestinian people, ex-councilor Kalilur Rahman says in a statement.
The nudity of politicians who have double-standards on the Palestinian issue will be exposed if Wickremesinghe’s decision was placed for a vote in parliament, says Rahman.
In the face of an economic crisis, such a decision in disregard to the hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans employed in the Middle East will fail to achieve economic growth challenges and objectives and adversely affect friendly ties with Muslim countries, he warns.
As a veteran in global geopolitics, the president should pay heed to economic growth, address the issue of political power devolution that remains unresolved for 75 years and try to realize the dream of making Sri Lanka a strong nation in Asia, he says in the statement.
Rahman notes that progressive Sri Lankans expect the country to adopt a silent approach with regard to the war being waged by the Houthis to bargain for the freedom struggle of Palestinians that is not opposed by the Middle East.