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The hit songs headlining the media, the frowning of economists, the dismay of NGOs, etc., emanate from the songbooks of the US State and US Treasury Departments (who control the World Bank and the IMF), and the banks and their multinationals behind them.
This week it was the crying against the fertilizer ban. Last week, it was the palm-oil ban. The European Palm Oil Alliance (EPOA), led by Unilever and Nestlé, etc., says it’s ‘disappointed over the impending Lankan ban on palm oil’. Again, in reporting on the EPOA, no mention is made that Unilever is the power behind them.
Unilever’s open defiance of a government ban on small sachets, also exhibits the endless ‘creativity’ of the merchant mafia in Sri Lanka. This English behemoth, that sells 300+ products through 100,000+ retailers here, demonstrates they remain the real power in Sri Lanka. They also control the media. The media is not the message – it’s a multinational mess!
The multibillion dollar sachet industry, sold by multinationals like Unilever, creates lots of plastic waste, blocking and clogging waterways, seas, and cluttering the landscape and beaches, worse, toxifying the soil.
The Sri Lankan government announced that sachets less than or equal to a net volume of 20ml/net weight of 20g would be banned with effect on 31 March 2021. Unilever SL then introduced a 24ml sachet packet consisting of 4 separate 06ml mini-sachet packets! – to only be sold as a 24ml unit!
This, the ‘ethical’ Unilever, proclaiming ‘sustainability’, ‘social responsibility’ etc. Not one word has been raised in protest by the usually vociferous environmental organizations. Why? They know on which side their imported bread is buttered – or astra-margarined!
Media noting this defiance at first failed to even name Unilever. Such is MNC power! The Wijeya Group Media monopoly won’t even report this defiance. They also steadfastly refuse to name companies when it comes to charges about such products. Others who claim to be pro-government are afraid to, claiming they’d lose advertising revenue.