Any negotiation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Creditors should focus the saving of the people who are of lowest economic capacity, said Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Dr. Harsha De Silva, speaking to a briefing held at the Opposition Leader’s Office yesterday (02).
“We do not say that the IMF is not needed. But any negotiation with the IMF and the Creditors should be affordable to the people our country. We see what is about to happen next. We foresaw the economic catastrophe. We also see what is about to happen next. It will end in a social-political explosion, had it been implemented without having any accountability, a committee appointed by the President, or any programme implemented by Parliament,” Silva said.
The MP added: “Therefore, please listen to us. We are messengers. Do not shoot us. We as an Opposition are ready to support the government’s programme for economic reforms. We are not 100 per cent against it. But we have to be certain, whether this programme secures the people of the lowest layer of Society. This cannot be done by force.”