Defence Ministry Secretary Karunasena Hettiarchchi said today he had not received any complaints about an incident where Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed was alleged to have rebuked a naval officer at an event at the Sampur Maha Vidyalaya on Friday.
A video showing the Chief Minister allegedly scolding a naval officer at the opening ceremony of the Science Lab and Computer Unit of the Sampur Maha Vidyalaya over a ‘protocol’ issue had gone viral.
Mr. Hettiarchchi said he viewed the video and would inquire into the incident if there was any complaint.
Reportedly, the compère at the ceremony had invited Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando, who was the Chief Guest and US Ambassador Atul Keshap to the stage to distribute books to the students.
Media personnel had gathered round the stage while the Chief Minister had made his way to the stage. When the compère had told media personnel to make way for the students, the Chief Minister had mistakenly thought he was being left out and broke out in a tirade saying,
"Get out from here idiot. If you don’t know what protocol is, just get out. Who the hell are you to stop me? Even you, Governor don’t know what the protocol is. I respect the Excellency the Ambassador much more. You should know Governor, you should know the protocol," he was heard saying. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
Comments - 26
sobers Tuesday, 24 May 2016 05:41 PM
These are our so called Political leaders appointed by idiotic citizens.
Banji Tuesday, 24 May 2016 05:41 PM
Way to go..Banana Republic.. Learn to Respect the uniform..
Thanos Tuesday, 24 May 2016 05:53 PM
You will not see this kind of childish behaviour from someone like Wigneswaran. In-front of school kids, and in-front of the US Ambassador. Shame on you Nazeer Ahamed.
CitizenPerera Tuesday, 24 May 2016 05:53 PM
One cannot take things out of context from a video clip and say who is right and who is wrong. All parties have their grievances for their defense. Why are the Naval officers getting involved in matters of a civil and political engagement in an inauguration of a school's science lab?
Ali Oluwa Tuesday, 24 May 2016 05:53 PM
Is this the way we should behave in front of a foreign Ambassador? This man must throw away his suit first before acting like an idiot.
MP Tuesday, 24 May 2016 06:26 PM
This shows the quality of the CM. if he don't know how to behave in such a situation in front of dignitaries
Hassanda Tuesday, 24 May 2016 06:30 PM
That's true citizenperera Armed forces shud be in the barracks unless a Country's Soverienty at Threat Bcos MR n Gota had given unlimited access to theArmed Forces even for civil function Sri Lanka Police is more capable of protecting Politicians/ detecting crimes within a short notice/ Arresting drug lordsIf politicians don't interfere they r the best
singing fish Wednesday, 25 May 2016 04:42 PM
This is not the mistake of Nazeer Ahamed,but the mistake of the goverment.The goverment turned a blind eye towards the activities of these people like Nazeer and many other members of parliment in the east.These people know very well that whatever they do, the goverment is not going to ask them because the goverment want their support.The goverment should investigate all the activities of all these people.
SL Tuesday, 24 May 2016 06:58 PM
simply crazy,is this man suitable to hold his post?Bad masala in banana republic.
Damian Tuesday, 24 May 2016 07:01 PM
Now we know who you are Mr Citzen perera. Don't think we will accept your comments as a true Sri lanksn's comments. Thanks for letting us know..
Sira Tuesday, 24 May 2016 07:08 PM
vithura Tuesday, 24 May 2016 07:08 PM
The choice of words by the CM is appalling to the say the least, even if the naval officer had overstepped his mark. I take issue with the CM on his tirade against the Governor who is a real gentleman, and by his behaviour the CM has brought disrepute to the office he holds.
OMG Wednesday, 25 May 2016 05:02 PM
Is this a democracy country or ruled by military. Why the naval officer is on the stage? what is his role to be present in such an event?
Nadeesha Wednesday, 25 May 2016 05:11 PM
The CM does not deserve to wear that suit.
Grace Wednesday, 25 May 2016 05:14 PM
Has the CM ever been to school?
ananda Tuesday, 24 May 2016 09:04 PM
Going by the incident CM is a misfit to hold this position. via DM Android App
Sri Lankan Wednesday, 25 May 2016 11:37 AM
Muslim is Muslim ,,, its their identity shouting with foul mouth... whether doctor , teacher, politician...regardless they used to shout,,, no surprise... the fellow also a typical muslim... we always see what happens when an accident happens in muslim area
JRDW Wednesday, 25 May 2016 11:45 AM
Does he not know the protocol how to handle an issue, what type of a man behaves likes this in front of school kids, If there is any backbone by the Yaha Palanaya ppl he should be sacked.
AmilaJ Wednesday, 25 May 2016 11:50 AM
Don't show you stupidity. This school lab was built by the navy
RK Wednesday, 25 May 2016 12:37 PM
Shame on you CM. Even if the navel officer is at fault 100%, as a CM of you should have acted more responsibly. Your issue with the navel officer should have been taken separately with him at a private discussion and not in public like this. This was a public event where school children and foreign ambassadors participated.
Fayad Wednesday, 25 May 2016 12:39 PM
Talk to the point
Casanova Wednesday, 25 May 2016 12:39 PM
This CM is indeed a fool, probably had a stir with his wife early morning and you Banda need to improve your grammar.
Kumar Wednesday, 25 May 2016 12:40 PM
What is a naval officer doing in a civil function-opening ceremony of a science lab? Where is the school's head teacher? The naval and army officers must keep out of all civil functions so we can build a united multi racial and religious country. The whole world knows from this video clip we are still struggling to build a united nation. I hope the new administration under Mathiri-Ranil would implement constructive measures to prevent this kind of arguments erupt in front of the media.
nawi Wednesday, 25 May 2016 12:46 PM
Mr. Secretary, No need of complaints. Take notice of the media reports and action.If there is a bomb behind your back, will you await for a complaint to remove it?
Mohamed Wednesday, 25 May 2016 12:49 PM
It's wrong to blame the whole community my friend, it is not the community but the school that matters Nazeer is in fact a moron, he should learn a lot from Hon. Wigneshwaran.
banji Wednesday, 25 May 2016 12:48 PM
Lao sorry to watch this... speechless... we honor your service.. Dont be discouraged by this clown.. its the Banana Republic.. No action will be taken.. I am so sorry to say i have wasted my vote on these clowns.. via DM iOS App
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