UPFA MP Dullas Alahapperuma today apologised for using a lion’s flag without the two coloured strips -- reprsenting the minorities -- at the protest held outside the Bribery Commission yesterday.
Several organisations and political parties including the Pivithuru Hela Urumya participated at yesterday’s protest outside the commission over the Commission summoning former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
“This is serious matter. We apologise and regret for having used the flag without the two strips. We say sorry to any person or group that may have been hurt by the use of this flag,” Mr. Alahapperuma said.
Comments - 29
OMG Saturday, 25 April 2015 01:28 PM
You cannot break the law and walk away with a simple sorry. You have to endure the relevant punishment.
Pisssa Friday, 24 April 2015 04:05 PM
"any person or group"??? its not the flag of a person or a group you violated. Its the flag of the country. So no, its not any person or a group. whole country is hurt by the use of this flag.
Mevan Friday, 24 April 2015 04:06 PM
Was it a genuine oversight or was it intentional because according to some reports MR alleges that he lost because of minorities.
anura Friday, 24 April 2015 04:07 PM
This flag is used by the group such as Rawanaa Balaya and Bodu Bala Sena. It is a known fact that Gothabaya Rajapaksha had his blessings for these groups when he was the Defence Secretary.
ruwan Friday, 24 April 2015 04:08 PM
Previous government should apologize for the entire nation for their mis-behaviours during last 10 years. Not only for this incident.
pol Friday, 24 April 2015 04:11 PM
dullas thoooooo baba. pby
Saman Friday, 24 April 2015 06:21 PM
Liars! now you want sympathy? too late! The minority been hurt very badly..though I am a Buddhist ..still all Sri Lankans should be same...you created a racism now... you will lose more than earlier election specially more Buddhis voters will turn you down...
Nag Sunday, 26 April 2015 05:39 AM
Habitually? No. Intentionally and deliberately! For a while these tactics worked. But not any more!
Roger Saturday, 25 April 2015 09:01 AM
I trust the authorities will take action against all who carried the flags. find the culprits who has been using this modified flag. The apology is of no use. this cannot be excused the law should be exercised against those especially who are trying to get away by giving lame excuses
Amaris Saturday, 25 April 2015 09:09 AM
He is not fit to be in the parliament if he cannot differentiate the flag that he waved and the Sri Lankan flag. Or could it be he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs which is quite easily available these days.
Bonny Saturday, 25 April 2015 10:23 AM
Dear Idiot Ex. Minister,The damage is done.Its too late. What a shame.While people of this beautiful country is working hard to develop the country, you uneducated idiots mess things up.
Sue Saturday, 25 April 2015 10:33 AM
Too late too little Mr. Dullas. You and all who took part in that protest proved yourselves to be racists with your boss being the No. 1 racist who created all the religious disharmony in the recent past. Apology not accepted because we are hurt beyond all measure.
FUN Saturday, 25 April 2015 11:15 AM
Is the future flag if MR would have been won the election
its mention to violate rights of minorities in srilanka Saturday, 25 April 2015 11:16 AM
its mention to violate rights of minorities in srilanka
lkboy Friday, 24 April 2015 03:26 PM
Too late. You showed your true colors.
MrRetort Friday, 24 April 2015 05:18 PM
No point apologing for you habitually using wrong techniques for you are to please MR as policy.
Moomin Saturday, 25 April 2015 06:55 AM
Machan they dont have to apologize Cas they never would change by apologizing these are all acting and again think that we sri Lankan are muts we have to show them that we already have ignored them and their culture of politics. via DM Android App
shantha.gamlath Friday, 24 April 2015 05:26 PM
In this incident has reflected your campaign ideology. That kind of ideological politics not suitable for multicultural society like Sri Lanka.
cool2015 Saturday, 25 April 2015 12:20 PM
this shows how racial Rajapakses are all these drug lords are crying for a reason by hook or by crook get in back in and ply their trade high time all these thugs are behind bars and keep clearing the mess via DM Android App
dilanr Friday, 24 April 2015 03:34 PM
Such a lame excuse by a senior politician :)
Abu Mukarram Friday, 24 April 2015 05:28 PM
Such an experienced politician did not know that one has to wake up with ticks if he sleeps with dogs? loll
Shan Friday, 24 April 2015 05:30 PM
Flag is the second Crime, First crime is taking the lead of a protest when banned by the Court. That is called CONTEMPT of the Court. Face both now.
Lanka Watch Saturday, 25 April 2015 07:48 AM
It is treason to have insulted the national flag and Buddhistflags should not have been displayed in an unauthorised political protest parade, insulting the religion . Apologies should not be accepted and police should prosecute the wrong doers under existing laws and it comes under high treason.
Flag Friday, 24 April 2015 05:35 PM
This should not happen again, authorities should find where it was printed and look out for the stock and clear it. If not will come out again.
Sunny Saturday, 25 April 2015 12:44 PM
Ironically this gov started its first speech with the "Nahi verena verani". Does that reflect anywhere
Premalal Friday, 24 April 2015 05:35 PM
Will these cowards who were pissing in their sarongs and pants before the 8th of January please tell the country why a few people in this country cannot be subjected to the law? And if so under which clause of the constitution.
DailyMirrow Saturday, 25 April 2015 07:50 AM
Learn from countries like Australia UK all are equal .no hatred majority or minority the same.grow up u dumbs. via DM Android App
Gobba Saturday, 25 April 2015 12:47 PM
Insulting the National Flag. These are supposed to be SUPER PATRIOTS but still they DO NOT KNOW THE NATIONAL FLAG. Ridiculous explanations. Racists and it has been shown clearly now.
G.M. Jayawardena Saturday, 25 April 2015 12:54 PM
They all fall into a trap, for their negligence, set by a person who wants to tarnish their political image. The one who complained may be aware of the real culprits.
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