Power hungry politicians still betraying country for money: Speaker

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that just as in the past when there were certain individuals that betrayed the nation for money, it was a matter for concern to see that even today there are power-hungry politicians who are willing to betray the country in their quest for power.

He also said, “That is why now more than ever we are calling for national unity. When we gained independence in 1948, Sri Lanka and Japan were on an equal footing economy wise. Today, however, Japan is so advanced while we are lagging behind. This is because they are united as a nation,” the Speaker emphasised.

His observations came during a speech given by him at the 199th Commemoration Ceremony and the unveiling of the Statue of Madugalle Nilame in Matale.

Maduglle Nilame was called unpatriotic and a traitor by British invaders. However, taking into account the brave leadership to Uva-Wellassa independence struggle in 1817 - 1818 President Maithripala Sirisena had taken steps recently to declare him and those who fought alongside him in the struggle, patriots.

During the event, the unveiling of the statue of the brave patriot Madugalle Nilame took place in front of the Matale library where floral tributes were also placed at the foot of the statue. Thereafter a website describing the feats of Madugalle Nilame was also launched followed by a lecture was delivered Professor Viraj Balasuriya of the University of Visual and Performing Arts.

Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries, Laxman Wasantha Perera was also in attendance. (M.W.Somaratne and Ravindra Viraj Abayasiri)

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  • Warren Raed Monday, 09 April 2018 09:04 AM

    Look at your own life before you point the finger at others. What about going in a helicopter or just about 150km wasting our money and landing the helicopter at a place where a Avurudhu Celebration was to be held? Isn't that reflecting that you are power hungry too?

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 09 April 2018 10:38 AM

    It is sheer abuse of privilege.

    Mohamed Monday, 09 April 2018 11:17 AM

    These things can happen due to lack of communication and ordination.

    cheers Monday, 09 April 2018 09:05 AM

    Are you clean never robbed ant state money or took bribes?

    Saman Monday, 09 April 2018 09:16 AM

    Some of them are real betrayers. Some of them are pretends to be patriots. Everyone else in-betweeners including you Mr. Speaker.

    Jude Monday, 09 April 2018 09:25 AM

    Hey Karu, we remember one time you were a Stooge of MR !!???

    Flanker Monday, 09 April 2018 03:29 PM

    Not a stooge of MR, he did not have anyone to fall back, hence MR was good enough to accept him.

    Sunil Monday, 09 April 2018 09:29 AM

    Japan is a success because the rule of law is strong and they arrest their big criminals while we protect our criminals!!

    Loganathan Monday, 09 April 2018 09:29 AM

    Speaker,I wholeheartedly agree with you. We must also educate our people about the Sinhalese and Tamil traitors who joined the Portuguese,Dutch,and British Invaders in helping them to attack the Kandy,Jaffna,and Vanni kingdoms.Unfortunately these are never mentioned in the history text books.

    nalin Monday, 09 April 2018 12:05 PM

    add the burning of Jaffna library to that list

    sandy Monday, 09 April 2018 09:36 AM

    exactly this is what happened in NCM

    sam Monday, 09 April 2018 09:37 AM

    Japan was occupied post world war 2, which it lost. This is why we where on equal footing, they had spent all their cash in the war and had just had two great big nukes dropped on them. The US however were concerned that a poor Japan would be drawn to communism as the cold war was starting so they in delivered 2.44usd of economic aid along with other austerity programs.

    Jaliya Monday, 09 April 2018 11:08 AM

    economic aid won't help alone no matter where it comes from. Japan is at a whole another level of technological achievement and advancement where we will never reach ..... the difference was Japan has the rule of law the law and order .... disciplined society with extremely low corruption and a society who respects their own unlike sri lankans who throws their trash to the neighbors empty land as I can give as an example.

    AJ Monday, 09 April 2018 09:39 AM

    You are absolutely correct.Our countrymen in disharmony is the reason for our downfall. The one thing you forgot to mention is the politicians role in creating disharmony

    Sunil Monday, 09 April 2018 09:43 AM

    The power hungry leaders of the UNP are the guys who are betraying the country more than ever before.

    Haramanis Monday, 09 April 2018 09:46 AM

    Your actions to date show that YOU are also one of them!!!

    Royce Monday, 09 April 2018 09:53 AM

    How about when you landed your $9000 chopper trip to unvail some statue and causing some poor people their awurudhu usawaya because your chopper was stationed at their grounds ? And wasting publics money from what you could have accomplished by going in a car !? 9000$ is over 15 laks!

    rajitha7 Monday, 09 April 2018 09:55 AM

    Well, there may be legal and administrative weaknesses.The universe always balances and everyone pays even for the misdemeanors unless corrective action is taken. Although a key part of the puzzle that makes things better have been revealed in certain quarters. Its as if those who know and those who do not live in two different worlds. Hopefully, everyone is enlightened soon.

    Jaliya Monday, 09 April 2018 11:12 AM

    Speaking without a guilt as if he is a saint ….. been there and done all that with the long experience of corrupt politics.

    Rasheed Monday, 09 April 2018 11:47 AM

    Then why did you jump from UNP tp PA with 21 MPs during MR time?

    Udaya Monday, 09 April 2018 11:52 AM

    What are you talking about . U going by Chopper .!!! Its time to retire . Let young guys run the Country

    Be Fair Monday, 09 April 2018 07:50 PM

    How true....... and we keep voting the same rogues in

    dickie bird Monday, 09 April 2018 08:28 PM

    Rasheed to save the country.......... With the NCM Ranil has again betrayed the country without informing the Party.

    Banda Monday, 09 April 2018 09:43 PM

    Another sooty kettle calling the pot black.


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