Those who asked me to ignore corruption now pointing fingers

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LATE-CITY-DM-1-6By Saman Vijaya Bandara   

Minister Rauff Hakeem said that those who urged him to resign from his portfolio in the previous regime for not being partisan to the government during the time a major VAT scam occurred are now pointing fingers at Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was never a fraudster.   


“I was the chairman of the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) during the Mahinda Rajapaksa era. During this period I had to investigate the VAT fraud that had taken place in the Inland Revenue Department. When I handed in the report from the investigation I was forced to resign and give up my ministerial portfolio amidst allegations I was not loyal to the government when I exposed these irregularities. That is how corrupt that administration was. But now they point their fingers at the Prime Minister who is known as “Mr. Clean”in politics,” Minister Hakeem said yesterday (31).

He was speaking at an election rally held in Mawanella in support of the UNP candidates contesting the local government election.   

Now every citizen has the freedom to question and criticise the government and its representatives as there are no white vans being sent to abduct them and anyone can speak openly, he further said.   

In order to keep enjoying this freedom though the government has to be protected. The government offered the chairmanship of Committee on Private Enterprises (COPE) to the opposition. The Prime Minister voluntarily offered this post to Parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti, he pointed out.   

The minister predicted a victory for the UNP in all electorates in the Kandy district, including Ududumbara, the only electorate the government did not win at the last general election.