President defends stand on Enrique concert

Maithripala SirisenaPresident Maithripala Sirisena today defended his views on the Enrique Iglesias concert staged in Colombo, despite a barrage of criticism over his comments circulating on social media.

The President said that his views on the concert have been used to disgrace him on the internet.

However he says he would not allow anybody who embraces alien cultures and give higher values for them to destroy Sri Lanka’s proud culture.

“I undertook the leadership of this country on January 08 with the objective of handing down a good and developed country for the future generation by safeguarding the culture and values with a proud history of thousands of years,” he said.

The President made these remarks at the ‘Shilpa – 2015’; National Handicraft Award Ceremony held today at  the ‘Ape Gama’ premises in Battaramulla.

“The ideas I expressed regarding the musical show of a foreign singer, are now being used to disgrace me in the internet. Those who are doing this should remember that they are destroying their own proud culture and the pride of a great nation”, the President said.

The President urged all Sri Lankans to unite to take the country forward to conquer the world through innovative skills while protecting Sri Lanka’s heritage.

Earlier this week the President said the  Enrique Iglesias concert staged in Colombo had a negative impact on local culture and tradition.

He said the concert saw some girls removing their undergarments and throwing it towards the singer while one girl got on stage and kissed him.

The President said that usually people will punish the girls for their behavior at the concert but he feels the punishment should be given to the organizers. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. The more he says about the matter the bigger the mess he makes for himself.It is like the man afflicted with diorrhoea taking laxatives It is none of your business Mr President leave the issues of behaviour and morality to those who should worry about them.It is offensive to call a musician a foreign singer.The language of music is universal and not governed by the nationality of the performer.There is an old Sinhala saying that the the Donkey(Booruwa) must not attempt to do the job assigned to the Dog (Balla).I am sure the President may have learnt this story as a child and it is time he followed the value espoused in that story and wiggled his way out of the story without getting into a bigger mess.

    • Sunil you are not a perfect person to insult our His excellency Our President loved by all Srilankan communities with perfect life style in order to uplift the democratic and social values of all Srilankans.We Know all about your Boouru Story.No Srilankan will tolerrate You because you seems to me as a Raja Boouruwa.


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