Businessmen in the Kiribathgoda town complain that they are forced to make regular contributions towards the conduct of religious, social and sports events in the Kelaniya area. The scheme to collect funds was initiated by Labour Minister Dr. Mervin Silva, a local businessman told The Island yesterday (26).
Due to this some businessmen are finding it difficult to run their businesses profitably. Some businessmen contribute voluntarily while others, who refuse, are `tactfully` forced to fork out, he said.
Asked for his comments Dr. Mervin Silva said `you can publish anything in the newspapers, I am not concerned.`
During a speech made at a meeting held in Galborella in Kelaniya during the Sinhala/Hindu New Year, Silva had asked his voters not to buy The Island and Divaina newspapers.
General Secretary of the SLFP, Minister Maithripala Sirisena, said the party had not received any written complaint against Mervin Silva.