Mar 25, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s new government is trying to create political stability without been authoritarian, a political model that Singapore followed, Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs Harsha De Silva said.
“If you look at Singapore, what you find is a government that was strong. But some people use that model to meet their own political objectives,” De Silva said at a United Nation Millennium Development Goals forum held in Colombo Monday.
“They say ‘Singapore has an authoritarian government, so why can’t we?,”
“But if you look at the world most in Africa and Asia tried to adopt that authoritarian policy but how many of those countries have succeeded?” he asked.
“Adopting the political model of Singapore does not mean that it will have the same results as in Singapore,”
President Maithripala Sirisena, came in to power in the January this year with the backing of many other parties who supported a 100 day strategy which defeated former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was accused of corruption and authoritarianism.
The Island formed a national government last week bringing members from the current main opposition, Sri Lanka Freedom Party.
“Sri Lanka has a new beginning. For the first time we have a true national unity government,”
“Most likely we will continue this post-election because the idea is to have a national unity government after the election as well.”
“People call me and ask now what is going to the happen to UNP, what’s going to happen to the PA, what’s going to happen to the former president,”
“I think we just need to wait and see – how it’s getting implemented.”
He said the new political move will help Sri Lanka to build political stability to implement national policies and move towards economic growth and a successful economy like Singapore.
“One thing is sure – that is what you need for political stability,” de Silva said.
“So how do we create that stability without an authoritarian regime?”
“I think the model Sri Lanka is trying now hopefully would bring the political stability without authoritarianism,”
“Therefore it will provide the opportunity for this country to forget partisan politics at least temporarily and go ahead and get what we need to get done for a long period of time,”
“And that is to have national policies in a number of areas.” he said.