Minister Mangala Samaraweera said although MP Udaya Gammanpila of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) claimed for a 'mental health call' on presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa out of purpose, it was a very good suggestion and would be fair to the public if all the candidates contesting in the Polls tender their medical records on physical and mental health in the manner developed countries do.
Accordingly, the minister suggests it is better if SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa too tenders a medical record in the manner.
If Sajith Premadasa, as Gammanpila suggests, is hysteric, he is hysteric only to work for the people, Samaraweera added.
"I saw Mr. Sajith Premadasa's medical record was requested. If Sajith Premadasa is hysteric, he is hysteric for the benefit of working for the people day and night. Although Udaya Gammanpila made this request out of purpose, I believe it is a timely appropriate proposition. People in many developed countries in the world request a medical record from their respective candidates amidst a presidential election, to see if they have the healthiness to lead a country.
This is why we have to implement this important proposition. It is an important step especially for all the candidates who are contesting the Presidential Election to make their medical certificates public.
Because, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in particular, is a key candidate in this election. He underwent a cardiac surgery a month ago. We wish him speedy recovery long life. But the question has arisen as to whether he is healthy enough to be the President of this country.
Because we saw, that when Sajith Premadasa attended the largest rally held in the history of Sri Lanka at the Galle Face Green, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who saw the people, went back to Singapore for medical treatment the same night. Gotabaya is someone who always fled away from challenges. In fact, we can recall at a very young age that on July 20, 1991, Gotabaya Rajapaksa had asked the then President Ranasinghe Premadasa for permission for retirement - in a time the country was most vulnerable due to war.
On the 10th of July was the breakout of the Great War at Elephant Pass. In the first 48 hours of that war, more than 200 heroes lost their lives. But Gotabaya, who was on the battlefield, had retreated himself by tendering the retirement just after ten days. No only that, he had thrown his Sri Lankan citizenship in the trash and fled to US and gained its citizenship. It was only after his brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa, became president in 2005 that he returned to the country.
If so, it is reasonable to question whether Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who ran away from problems at such a young age, is qualified, healthy, or able, to function as an officer to the least, not as a President, at the age of 70.
Therefore, I thank MP Gammanpila for tabling this proposition. I hereby request from all 35 candidates to make their medical records public," the minister said.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa commencing his election campaign had said that instead of mudslinging, there will be a policy based election campaign. But political infants, Gammanpila himself, know nothing but mudslinging at their best chance possible. Gammanpila's claims on having a mental health call on Sajith Premadasa met backlash by Mangala Samaraweera's response, as the bucket thrown by Gammanpila hit Gotabaya Rajapaksa's own head.
This is what Gammanpila does to support Gotabaya Rajapaksa.