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What’s wrong with issuing a letter seeking favour? Kiriella

2016-03-03 17:05:53
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Says has cordial relations with media, will remain so in the future

Minister of Highways and Higher Education Lakshman Kiriella questioned what was wrong with issuing a letter seeking a favour for a supporter of the UNP that had been in the Opposition for more than 20 years.

He told the media today in Kandy that he would not deny that he issued a letter seeking employment to one of his supporters based on his qualifications and that it was not a violation of the policy of good governance.


The minister said some media personnel attempted to draw a wrong perspective of the statements made by politicians, but he would never get involved with controversies with the media.


“It is a baseless allegation that we insulted and harassed the media person. We have never abducted media personnel or made them disappear. I have had cordial relations with the media and it will remain so in the future. It is sad that individuals who abducted and destroyed media personnel are shedding crocodile tears for the media and agitate for media freedom. I would like to tell Wimal Weerawansa that we have never abducted media personnel by white vans. However, he must keep in mind that we have the right to express our views just as the media has the right to write. I reiterate that the issuing of the letter to a supporter to find employment was in no manner against the policy of good governance.” the minister said. (J.A.L. Jayasinghe)


  Comments - 9

  • Vernon Thursday, 3 March 2016 19:27

    You are no authority to verify the qualifications of prospective academic staff of a university. Why should the University grant a favour to you, when their job is to select the person with highest and best qualifications, irrespective of the fact that he is supporter any one person or party. Yes it had been done previously, but it does not make it right now. What you did in issuing the letter is wrong, and your actions and behavior in answering a simple question by a reported is deplorable. We have lost respect for you.

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    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 4 March 2016 09:04

    Well said.

    Reply : 0       2

    onlooker Friday, 4 March 2016 12:13

    Absolutely correct.These charactors came into power by criticising these type acts done by the previous regime.

    Reply : 0       2

    Shane Thursday, 3 March 2016 19:30

    Sir, li like to seek you veiws on what ex PM, did to realease a container on behlf of a drug dealer.

    Reply : 0       2

    TBala Friday, 4 March 2016 09:14

    He is now an adviser to President. Not to present opposition.

    Reply : 0       2

    onlooker Friday, 4 March 2016 12:15

    That is why they were rejected by the masses. Sorry to say yahapalana is getting advice from these type if charactors.

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    Aba Jayasekera Thursday, 3 March 2016 20:14

    I see nothing wrong. Politicians have to do this.

    Reply : 2       0

    Rubert Thursday, 3 March 2016 20:43

    And your qualifications are..?

    Reply : 0       2

    onlooker Friday, 4 March 2016 12:17

    Then why was the previous regime rejected by the masses ?

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