Speaking in Tamil at a Thai Pongal event in Kandy the President warned of attempts to destabilize the country by spreading racism.
He said that spreading racism is the easiest thing for some people to do whole others look at slinging mud towards the Government.
The President meanwhile noted that following the end of the war what required is spreading peace and not hatred.
“The main objective of the opposition today has been, not to show us the right direction but to sling mud at us. They even ask who are we carrying out development work for,” he said.
President Rajapaksa said he was confident the New Year will be a good year for the country and its people.
“Wherever we live in this country we all belong to one mother. We can all live without fear and suspicion. We can live without any division,” he asserted.
The President said that he has a responsibility towards the people and he will never forget that