TUs should show more responsibility
President Mahinda Rajapaksa made
a historic tour of the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts last
Wednesday to meet the Security Forces and former displaced persons who
have been resettled by the Government. This was the first time that the
President met the resettled people in the Wanni.
The resettlement of displaced persons has been accelerated under the
direction of the President with mega development projects in the North
already being implemented. Not only the Tamils who were displaced, but
also the Muslims who were driven away by the LTTE from their original
settlements in the North and East, too, will be resettled.
These people were rendered homeless due to no fault of theirs. It was
Velupillai Prabhakaran and his ruthless terror outfit which brought
untold misery to these innocent civilians. The LTTE kept them as a human
shield and the civilians had to face innumerable hardships.
Thanks to the untiring efforts of the President and the sacrifices
made by the valiant Security Forces, all these civilians had been
rescued and liberated from the jaws of LTTE terror.
Some countries and INGOs which make a big hue and cry over human
rights and war crimes did not utter a word when these civilians were
held as a human shield.
Countries which had openly committed war crimes in the past are now
attempting to take on an arbitrator's role against our Security Forces
which were only engaged in a humanitarian mission to rescue the trapped
This is precisely why those civilians are ever grateful to the
President and the Security Forces for their unrelenting efforts to offer
those citizens a better tomorrow. It is heartening to see the Security
Forces joining the Government's development process in the war-torn
areas. They have also won the confidence of the Tamil community.
No other Government had reposed such trust in the Security Forces for
the past 30 years. It was the President who had faith in our Security
Forces and embarked on the biggest ever human rescue mission in the
world to liberate over a half a million people held by the LTTE in the
North and East.
The Security Forces are now supporting the infrastructure development
projects as the resettlement of displaced persons is taking place at a
terrific pace. In similar vein, they should win the hearts and minds of
the Tamil people like they won the war against the most ruthless
terrorist organisation in the world.
The President told the resettled people in Thunukkai in the
Mullaitivu district, that the Government was taking steps to resettle
all IDPs no sooner the de-mining process is completed. Foreigners or
INGOs need not unduly worry about the IDP issue as Sri Lanka has
successfully met the challenge.
The President and the Government are acutely aware of the pain and
sorrow they had undergone. Unfortunately, a few countries and INGOs are
shedding crocodile tears on their behalf.
Sri Lanka belongs to all citizens, irrespective of their ethnic,
religious, political backgrounds and affiliations. All should live in
harmony by respecting each other's ethnic and religious backgrounds. The
country has the ability and courage to resolve her own problems.
Sri Lanka's sovereignty and territorial integrity should always take
top priority. Indeed, supportive roles by friendly countries are greatly
appreciated. Sri Lanka's right as a sovereign nation should be respected
and protected at all times. This is precisely what the President and his
Government are doing.
All Sri Lankans should feel happy and keep their heads high for the
manner in which the President has acted with a clear foreign policy. The
nation will never forget the unprecedented sacrifices made by the
Security Forces. The President has already pledged a salary increase for
the Armed Forces personnel with immediate effect.
The Government has taken this decision to recognise and respect the
great sacrifices made by the Security Forces. These true sons and
daughters of our soil have been rendering a yeomen service to save the
country from terrorism which halted the country's development during the
past three decades.
Though the Security Forces did a stupendous job, not once did they
demand a pay rise or clamour for various other benefits. This is an
example to the working class in the country. Those who resort to trade
union action at the drop of a hat should realise that they too have a
Those in the essential services should think twice before resorting
to trade union action.
The working class, by all means, has the right to take trade union
action, but that should be taken only as a last resort and not the
first, as the JVP trade unions believe.
Having set a shining example to the world by becoming the first
nation to eradicate terrorism, Sri Lanka is poised to win the economic
war as well. Irresponsible trade union action could affect the national
economy drastically and opportunist Opposition politicians should not be
allowed to achieve their political goals under the guise of the rights
of the working class.
Irrespective of political and social affiliations, all should unite
and make a collective and determined effort to win the economic war as
The Government is making every endeavour to reach that goal and as
responsible citizens, all have a great role to play in this endeavour.
Let's work hard to usher in economic prosperity. Be it urban or
rural, the masses have an important and decisive role to play. The
Government alone cannot work towards that goal. Economic prosperity is
possible only if the citizens make a meaningful contribution in their