No one can stop him from serving the people of Kelaniya who had elected him. None can destroy the integrity and dedication he has, though he has lost the Deputy Minister post given him because of the people of Kelaniya, said former Deputy Minister Mervin Silva during a musical show at Kiribathgoda Thursday evening
In an inaugural press briefing that could only be termed ‘amusing’, the new Deputy Media Minister Mervyn Silva revealed that upon accepting the portfolio he and his wife had decided to sleep in separate rooms so that he will be available to serve the media at anytime of the day. Silva added that he was prepared to forego his wellbeing and protect the media who were patriotic and honourable. Regarding the incident where he sat at the feet of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Silva stated that without the D.A. Rajapaksa family he would have not entered politics. If not for D.A. Rajapaksa I would have today been a shopkeeper selling potatoes and onions at my father’s shop, Silva claimed.
Deputy Finance Minister Ranjith Siyabalapitiya today addressing a press conference said that it will take an annual Rs. 269 billion to provide all the promises that Rtd. General Sarath Fonseka is giving as campaign promises. He added that to finance such an amount Fonseka would either have to sell Government assets and institution or impose an additional tax of Rs. 1250 per month on all citizens. According to Siyabalapitiya the argument that he will finance the promises by cutting down the ministerial posts is invalid as the cost to support the current ministers takes less than Rs. 2 billion per annum.