Won't let people walk naked on road: President

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Though he was highly criticised in the social media for making statements on country’s values, President Maithripala Sirisena today said that he wouldn't allow people, who had influenced by foreign cultures, to walk naked on the road.

He expressed these views at the Silpa 2014 Handicraft Award Ceremony held at the Battaramulla Ape Gama Premises.

“I am being attacked in the social media circles for making statements to preserve our culture. But I’m not being affected by those attempts. I come from a village and act based on good behaviour and ethics. I can’t allow anyone to walk naked on the road. I would not allow anyone who embrace and regard the foreign cultures with esteem to degrade the greatness of the nation and proud culture of the country,” he said.

He said the objective of his assuming of Presidency on January 8 was to usher a developed country, while preserving the country’s culture of thousands of years and values of the civilization.

“My views about the musical show conducted by a foreign singer is being battered in the internet by some people with the intention of bringing disrepute to me .But they should understand that their efforts would only disgrace the greatness of the country and its culture,” he said.

He said the culture and heritage was more significant and stronger than the laws to a society.

He also said everyone should unite and work together to elevate the country in the global sphere by introducing our innovations and skills based on our traditional heritage.

At the function, a large number of skilled handicraft artisans were presented awards in appreciation of their skills.

The President was also presented with a memento at the occasion.

The Minister of Industries and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen, State Minister Champika Premadasa, Secretary of the Industry and Commerce Ministry P.M.K.P. Thennakoon and a large number of invitees were present.

  Comments - 24

  • Sincere Tuesday, 29 December 2015 03:08 PM

    Only Mara cronies do that.

    Jagath Tuesday, 29 December 2015 10:06 PM

    Dear sir, sexual seen in Internet and videos are available throughout the country. what mean of trying to stop practical behaviors.

    Yahapala Tuesday, 29 December 2015 03:47 PM

    How about Black Defender Culture just surfaced,foreign culture can be controlled by not allowing foreign Visa but the government must not give Local Visa for Black defender culture to continue and deforestation to continue in Wilpattua as well and President must express his views in those as well.

    Chaminda Tuesday, 29 December 2015 03:48 PM

    Dear president. If you want to make the SL a top tourist destination and developed country like Singapore and Malaysia, we have to stop hiding behind these moral garbage and come out of this hole we all live in. we have to provide sanctuary to all people of different back grounds and cultures. It may be too late for us but hope our leaders will open their eyes and educate the younger generation to embrace the new world realities.

    Nuke Tuesday, 29 December 2015 03:52 PM

    If you come from a village based on discipline and good ethics then Look into the damn corrupted politicians in the parliament seated beside you and take strict actions against them. Remember who elected you to power, its the public. Don't ruin tourism sector in Sri Lanka. We had enough of this crazy culture preservation. We are already backward compared to other countries.

    dcol Tuesday, 29 December 2015 03:55 PM

    Two positive outcomes :1. Solved 1000 year old mystery : Now it is clear why girls in Sigiriya Frescos are without bras. They have thrown bras at Fresco artist. So Archaeologist now excavating for bras. 2. With immediate effect, all Bra related activities taken under the Presidential Secretariat.

    Prometheous Tuesday, 29 December 2015 04:02 PM

    Mr. President, you got your priorities messed up. What about all the rapes, casual sexual behavior, unwanted pregnancies, abortions, drug and alcohol addictions? This is in addition to giving lip service to the rule of law, good governance. The underworld getting worse. This is not what people voted for on the 8th Jan 2015.

    squash88 Tuesday, 29 December 2015 04:17 PM

    well said mr. president via DM Android App

    myraspi Tuesday, 29 December 2015 04:13 PM

    Dude seriously stop giving stupid speeches. You seem to try too hard to please people.Do you want to please the people then actually do something. Start doing things to develop this country. We have bigger issues that some womans bra.

    topless Tuesday, 29 December 2015 04:30 PM

    Thank goodness u didnt live in the sigiriya era. You wont know what to do with the topless village lasses via DM iOS App

    Yapa Tuesday, 29 December 2015 04:29 PM

    Mr.President, the civilized society which is 99% of the population is behind you and you have the strength and courage to do this.

    pds Wednesday, 30 December 2015 01:36 PM

    Dear Sir, PLEASE GET YOUR PRIORITIES RIGHT !!!

    Be Fair Tuesday, 29 December 2015 04:29 PM

    No one suffered because a bra was thrown at Enrique. But there are other critical issues you need to sort for us Sri Lankans. Do that, if not we the voter WILL HAVE NO CHOICE, but to RUN NAKED ON THE ROAD.

    Packeer Tuesday, 29 December 2015 04:42 PM

    Hon President, We appreciate your responsible statement and we are always with you. Some media are trying to become Mafia in SL. We hope that you will not allow this.

    Poson Tuesday, 29 December 2015 05:06 PM

    Exactly? Is he going to blame these on the west too

    kumaran Tuesday, 29 December 2015 05:23 PM

    Your priorities are mixed up, indeed! There is gambling, prostitution, illicit liquor production and drugs in the country and will not stop until our economy has been corrected and people see that corruption and waste stopped. Also, all politically motivated excesses accounted for.

    Bala Tuesday, 29 December 2015 05:33 PM

    Sigiriya was period in time past. Before that we did not have any cover and then used leaves at certain spots. That is evolution. But since recent history, Sri Lanka was a society that respected many moral values and rejected indecent exposure till the advent of western decadent culture.

    Mandy Tuesday, 29 December 2015 05:38 PM

    Blindly following decadent western culture is short sighted - we must choose our own standards and values. How much of Sri Lankan youth represents those that aspire to go for these concerts. Few urbanizes ......

    Premalal Tuesday, 29 December 2015 05:40 PM

    Just look out of your windows in Polonnaruwa and you will see men walking about in loincloth.

    Premalal Tuesday, 29 December 2015 05:42 PM

    My advice to you is go back to school and learn how to calculate percentages. Or better start school all over again.

    Ravi Wednesday, 30 December 2015 04:00 AM

    Mr. President I live in the west and will guarantee that tells girls here are much more disciplined than you think.

    Rayan Tuesday, 29 December 2015 05:49 PM

    No more Amudes via DM Android App

    Rphan Tuesday, 29 December 2015 06:27 PM

    Mr President, Sir if you think Sri lanka has a great culture why do you tolerate sending your women to Arab countries as house servants?

    Mason Tuesday, 29 December 2015 06:35 PM

    Mr. President, there are more urgent matters to be put right in our country, than to curtail foreign culture. Musical shows are private affairs, let they have their fun. If someone throws a bra and/or kisses an artiste, it is her bar and their affair. She paid for it, not with State funds which we provide.


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