Suspended ACMC MPs unaware of suspension

Former All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) MP Ishak Rahuman says that despite the announcement by the ACMC that his Party membership has been suspended, he has not received any official communication with regard to it as yet.

This comes after the ACMC today announced that the Party memberships of MPs Ishak Rahuman and Ali Sabri Raheem have been suspended due to their votes in favour of the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill.

Rahuman told The Morning today (22) that he voted in favour of the Bill because it will not have a negative effect on the economy of Sri Lanka.

“Developed countries such as Singapore, Qatar and Hong Kong have enacted similar Bills and worldwide, there are about 146 countries under such Bills. It is a big advantage for us as it will bring in huge amounts of foreign currency into the country,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ali Sabri Raheem confirmed to The Morning that even though the Party asked their MPs not to support the Bill, he voted in favour of it because he wants Sri Lanka to develop as a country.

“If anyone is opposed to voting in favour of the Bill, they are against the development of this country. This is why I am supporting it,” he said.

“I am against being opposed to this Bill. This Bill was initially proposed by Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government. However, when the Yahapalanaya government came to power, they put a stop to it. As a result, they had to almost pay millions as compensation along with giving up 26 hectares to the Chinese government, “ he added.

Raheem also highlighted that according to the terms of the Bill, investors from around the world are free to invest in the Port City project.