President turns down invitation to open ‘Super Prison’

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President Maithripala Sirisena said today that he would not participate in the opening of the newly built Prison Facility known as ‘Super Prison’ in Angunukolapelessa, Hambantota scheduled to be opened on March 16.

The President made the above remarks at a ceremony held today to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the St. Mary’s College in Kegalle.

He said a lot of money had been spent on the prison that was built with many facilities.

He said that even though he had received invitation to declare the facility open, he declined it because rather than opening a prison it was worth to open a school, which would provide education to children.

“We should build a country, which opens schools and closes prisons. We should also build a country where people are healthy, and the number of hospitals minimised,” he added.

President Sirisena said that the country was crammed with prisons and indecent people. He said that criminals were growing in numbers with society becoming very competitive.  

He recalled the statement of late American Baptist Minister and Social Activist Martin Luther King, “The greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamour of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people” and said that intellectuals and great persons should be born more and more in this country to suppress the strident clamour of the bad people. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

 

Video by Saliya Gamasinghearchchi

  Comments - 17

  • Daham Thursday, 02 March 2017 01:34 PM

    President will be in Indonesia on the 16th?

    hans perlee Wednesday, 01 March 2017 09:01 PM

    then i suggest, Mr president, don't talk but start making this country better. The way it is going now, is not good at all. getting worse every day

    Kumar Wednesday, 01 March 2017 09:13 PM

    What the President said reflect our South Asian thinking which is different from Unpractical Logic of the West.

    ceylon Wednesday, 01 March 2017 10:14 PM

    i think mahi built it for him and his families for future. via DM Android App

    Ghau Wednesday, 01 March 2017 10:45 PM

    I'm sorry but the president's logic in this regard isn't sound. He thinks he can force results if he acts as if the results already show.

    Dee Wednesday, 01 March 2017 10:45 PM

    Yes. Let all the rougues go scot free. No need of prisons. You preach and see where this place will head.

    Bala Wednesday, 01 March 2017 11:02 PM

    Yes the longer you allow crooks to roam free there is no hope. Establish more courts and increase judges to hear the back log of cases (postponed regularly for six months) and get a move on in AGs Dept. Then only can we move forward.

    Jilla Wednesday, 01 March 2017 11:51 PM

    Actually Prisoners must be treated better not like animals. It has been proven in Norway prisons should train and rehabilitate prisoners not brand them as outcasts

    Kumar Thursday, 02 March 2017 02:58 AM

    In the West, when crime rises their solution is to build more prisons,for increase in medical problems more hospitals and more doctors.But none of these making any difference at all.So it is good to hear an Asian leader suggesting that we have to start to think differently.He is not giving any solution but a framework to operate from.

    sahan Thursday, 02 March 2017 05:25 AM

    The problem here is who are the bad people?

    Jonson Thursday, 02 March 2017 07:27 AM

    President concept good but super prison became essential as now most recent prisoners request prison hospital. For the sake of these kind of people could consider another one in Colombo district. via DM Android App

    Ajja Thursday, 02 March 2017 07:52 AM

    and all underworld gang leaders with alias names who roam freely should be wiped out like in Philippines.Your preaching bana will not help at all.We need a President with action.

    dp Thursday, 02 March 2017 08:47 AM

    I think the president has done enough for the country. there are no more traitors in our history, only patriots. THE BURNING ISSUES HAS BEEN ADDRESSED..

    Andrew Pitugala Thursday, 02 March 2017 09:36 AM

    Add to that the rogues in the Yahapalanaya Government whom the President himself mentioned,

    Katie Thursday, 02 March 2017 09:41 AM

    Can we see some pictures to know what this "super prison" looks like???

    rasheed Thursday, 02 March 2017 10:19 AM

    Yes, prisoner like Duminda Silva and the underworld need Super Prisons.

    siva Thursday, 02 March 2017 10:20 AM

    I have seen Horse Barns of Maharajas converted to Hotel Rooms in Rajastan India Why not convert this super luxury prison to a Tourist Hotel.


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