Speaking at a media briefing, Gammanpila said the government’s comparison of the FTA with Pakistan was unacceptable.
When Sri Lanka’s population density is 342 people per square km, it is 257 for Pakistan, but it is as high as 8,188 in Singapore, the third highest in the world.
Pakistan might have more empty land than Sri Lanka, but there are none at all in Singapore, he said.
On the other hand, a labourer in Sri Lanka gets paid Rs. 1,200 a day, Rs. 400 in Pakistan, but Rs. 5,000 in Singapore.
Therefore, Pakistan has no reason to send its garbage to Sri Lanka, but Singapore feels that need very badly, said Gammanpila.
Singapore sends most of its garbage to China, which decided on July 01 to stop that.
Vietnam and Thailand too, have banned importing garbage and Malaysia will soon follow suit.
It is hilarious for Sri Lanka to allow other’s garbage into the country while failing to manage its own garbage, said Gammanpila.
Through the FTA, millions of tons of garbage from the US and European countries too, could end up in Sri Lanka, he warned.
He also referred to the finding of clinical waste from India being washed ashore and said the government has failed to take any action regarding it.