The media release issued by the Defence Ministry in this regard is as follows :
Circulation of information on the ongoing project to remove silt in the ‘Tissawewa’ tank in Tissamaharamaya, run by a private company, manning Chinese employees who were reportedly wearing controversial military style camouflage uniforms has been highlighted in the media.
The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Sri Lanka, following a query made by the Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd), has affirmed that the said employees are not members of the People’s Liberation Army and it is the respective overseas company’s overall uniform entitled to the staffers.
Further, the Defence Secretary has informed the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Sri Lanka, to educate the respective employer to refrain its employees from wearing the controversial military style camouflage uniforms in future and the Ministry of Defence also informed the local private company to avoid the recurrence of such action henceforth.
Furthermore, Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) has directed the Southern Province Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police to thwart any further attempt of such nature.