Lakshman Kiriella berates journalist

2016-03-02 03:28:45

Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella, who is now embroiled in a controversy over the appointment of a lecturer to Kelaniya University on temporary basis, had been very abusive to a journalist of the Ada newspaper when he asked him about the matter.

Mr. Kitiella had asked the journalist whether he was aware of the University Act and, if he was unaware of the powers of the minister, how he could question him about his authority.

The minister had taken a swipe at the journalist saying, "I have the authority, and I used it after perusing the appointee's qualifications. First read the University Act before jumping to conclusions. We are not using these powers. That is our fault. The former government used them.” (He used unprintable language on the journalist) “When Mahinda was in power all of you just looked up and waited. Just because you carry a pen in your .......(Again he used unprintable language), you do not deserve to be called journalists. First go and read the University act” (Again he used unprintable language). (Amith Maduranga)

  Comments - 24

  • Law Abiding Citizen Wednesday, 2 March 2016 09:11

    On the way to the same old nonsense...! Following the footsteps of Mervyn and Vasudeva. Not too long till old practices come back in full force unless he is prosecuted for being impolite in his position.

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    Premalal Wednesday, 2 March 2016 15:59

    It just took one year to lose his marbles.

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    Alamof Wednesday, 2 March 2016 09:31

    The new Mervin Silva !

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    Sudu Wednesday, 2 March 2016 09:32

    His Media Secretary claimed that all this was in accordance with the article number 19 of the University act. The Article 19 states - "The Minister shall be responsible for the general direction of university education and the administration of this Act"So the Minister and his Media Secretary are thinking this action comes under "the general direction of university education". Hilarious..!

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    eds Wednesday, 2 March 2016 10:21

    Is the "Change" good now ???

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    rizvi_thahir Wednesday, 2 March 2016 12:34

    I believe this is the culture we have. either citizen is more demanding or Government more demanding...

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    onlooker Wednesday, 2 March 2016 12:56

    No act will provide provisions to help any ministers stooge underhand.

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    Citizen Wednesday, 2 March 2016 13:06

    So vulgar and caddish. If a minister uses such dirt filth what is that we can expect from the street Where is yahapalanaya via DM Android App

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    Siribiris Wednesday, 2 March 2016 13:13

    Wasnt the newspaper guy only asking whether he actually gave a letter?

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    Premalal Wednesday, 2 March 2016 16:03

    Journalists have the right to question anyone while engaging in their profession.

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    Gh Wednesday, 2 March 2016 13:25

    Better than sending a white van

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    vini Wednesday, 2 March 2016 16:51

    or a black van

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    Sam Wednesday, 2 March 2016 13:28

    And this man is supposed to be a Lawyer. I think he has been out of the profession for a long time he has forgotten his law.

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    Wassa Wednesday, 2 March 2016 14:44

    Yes we know how professional is the Sri Lankan media!

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    Sincere Wednesday, 2 March 2016 13:30

    Be decent please. He is a Minister and the other is a journalist, both have their own responsibilities towards general public. Have patience and be respectable.

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    Wesko Wednesday, 2 March 2016 14:15

    Well said... Sincere ...

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    Kiri mama Wednesday, 2 March 2016 14:27

    Any gona can be appointed as a lecturer!

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    Hunnas Wednesday, 2 March 2016 14:49


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    Dish Wednesday, 2 March 2016 15:44

    He is educating the public with his unprintable language via DM Android App

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    Henry Wednesday, 2 March 2016 15:58

    Would there be mores strange wild animals?

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    Sutharman Wednesday, 2 March 2016 16:59

    Oh ! This is the language of YAHAPALANAYA ??....

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    Sarath Wednesday, 2 March 2016 17:48

    Under the University act Minister has no power to give directions for new recruitment. The direction he can give may be to select the most qualified person to be appointed and not to appoint if he has qualifications. What about the others and their qualifications. On the way he and our PM talk to the journalist we can see the press freedom and freedom to access to information in SL

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    Manel Thursday, 3 March 2016 02:15

    This is not as bad as getting lady teachers to kneel down but both politicians and jurnos should practise restraint.

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    Deborah Wijesiriwardena Thursday, 3 March 2016 16:48

    Shame on you Mr. Minister. Is this the language that a Minister connected to Education uses. What a rotten example to the children of tomorrow.

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