( February 17, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) “The government of Singapore has kindly turned down a request by ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa for special security during his private visit there,” local media reported.
According to the report by Sri Lanka Mirror an online news portal, “authorities in Singapore have noted that Rajapaksa faced no threats to his life during his trip.”
In view of the protests by Tamils against Rajapaksa and his team during a recent visit to neighbouring Malaysia, Rajapaksa’s private secretary Udith Lokubandara had asked Foreign Affairs minister Mangala Samaraweera to request Singapore for special security for the ex-leader.
Accordingly, Samaraweera had sent the request through the Sri Lankan ambassador to the Singaporean authorities.
The authorities responded by noting that Rajapaksa faced no threat to his life and that they could ensure the safety of any visiting foreign VVIP despite Singapore being located in close proximity to Malaysia.
Rajapaksa is accompanied in the tour by his youngest son Rohitha, MP Lohan Ratwatte and Udith Lokubandara.