Consumer rights group vows to move court against Speaker’s media team


By Shamindra Ferdinando

The National Movement for Consumer Rights Protection plans to move the court against Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s media unit over recent denial of a statement issued by the outfit regarding the use of substandard coconut oil to prepare food in the parliament canteen.

The movement’s Chairman Ranjith Vithanage yesterday told The Island that Speaker Jayasuriya was informed of the decision to take legal action against the media unit. Vithanage alleged that Speaker Jayasuriya’s staff as well as the media units had ignored a letter dated July 26, 2016 sent to him as regards the use of substandard coconut oil.

They drew the Speaker’s attention to the alleged use of low quality coconut oil. Instead of submitting the letter sent by the outfit, the Speaker’s staff and the media unit denied the statement on the basis of it being made by a group of persons identifying themselves as the National Movement for Consumer Rights Protection, Vithanage said.

Vithanage emphasized that the public had the right to bring any fraudulent activity taking place in parliament to his notice.

Vithanage said that those who had been recruited to the staff of various ruling party politicians couldn’t be allowed to function the way they wanted hence the decision to move court against Speaker’s media unit. Vithanage regretted that the Speaker’s media team hadn’t been aware of his outfit having received recognition through Consumer Affairs Authority Act 09 of 2003.

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