Mangala questioned on statement Sri Lanka not a Sinhalese Buddhist country

By Vyshnavy Velrajh

Former Minister Mangala Samaraweera was questioned by the Police today over a statement he had made saying Sri Lanka is not a Sinhalese Buddhist country.

Chairman of the Weligama Urban Council Rehan DW Jayawickreme told the Colombo Gazette that the former United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian had reportedly made the statement in Matara.

A complaint had been filed in this regard by State Minister Shehan Semasinghe and a monk from Matara, Jayawickreme said.

The Police had summoned the former Parliamentarian to record a statement over the complaint.

Samaraweera recorded a statement for nearly 1hr and 45 minutes at the office of the Superintendent of Police (SP) in Matara this morning, Jayawickreme said

Rehan Jayawickreme, a member of the Samagi Jana Balawegay (SJB), and a UNP member had accompanied Samaraweera to record the statement.

Jayawickreme said that this is the first instance in which members from both the UNP and SJB have extended support for the same cause. (Colombo Gazette)

5 COMMENTS

  1. Has this idiot Shehan Semasinghe and this stupid monk from Matara not got better things to do. The former should do his politics and the latter should preach harmony and coexistence with every Sri Lankan. No wonder people are losing all respect for these feral monks.

  2. Sri Lanka is not a Sinhala Buddhist country. It is a country for Sri Lankans not for any ethnic or religious group. Buddhism is not a religion anyway. Buddha did not want all these statues and other paraphernalia erected in his name. It is a way of life, and these so-called Buddhists and mostly the extremist and Conservative ones fail to follow. anyways do we have a religious police now.

  3. Sri Lanka is a multi ehnic, multi religious country where the Sinaha, Buddhist people are the majority. That is how I was taught by my teachers when I left the school 4 decades ago. It was a Government School, followed a curriculum approved by Sri Lanka Government. Maybe all those Government officials, Ministry of Education, Minister of Education and then Government all are culprits. Question them, and punish them severely. Ha, ha, ha

  4. Mangala doesn’t know how to play the game to get the majority people’s support. He is behaving like he is in the developed country. South Asia doesn’t have resources to develop its knowledge. So religion, language and caste will remain dominant factors. Unless he upholds religion or language in Sri Lanka he won’t be popular. Ironically, Wigneswaran knows better than politically experienced Mangala :-))

  5. Why does this statement warrant investigation. Or are we operating under a Sri Lankan definition of free speech contrary to the Oxford dictionary definition ?

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