Hakeem admits to verbal lashing by MR

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Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauff Hakeem today admitted he received a verbal lashing from President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a cabinet meeting but dismissed it as no more than an "expression of ideas".

Hakeem, the Minister of Justice, noted there was speculation in the media that an irate Rajapakasa had spoken ill of him and his party at the cabinet meeting yesterday.

But he told a gathering in Panadura said, "This was a free expression of ideas. True that the President became somewhat aggressive in his expression. This type of thing can happen in a democracy.

"The President himself promotes free ideas at cabinet meetings," he said.

The SLMC is a member of the ruling coalition led by Rajapaksa's Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

The independent Daily Mirror today had a report headlined "Irate President takes on SLMC", which said Rajapaksa had asked Hakeem to decide if he and his party want to continue in the coalition.(PTI)
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  • lion-lanka Sunday, 02 March 2014 02:06 PM

    Beggars have no choice bttrr kik him out

    Jayasekara Saturday, 01 March 2014 08:04 PM

    Hakeem does not have any shame

    lion-lanka Sunday, 02 March 2014 02:28 AM

    Dancing queen .........

    Buddika Monday, 03 March 2014 05:14 AM

    End of the road to lanka in the hands of our own race...

    Concerned citizen Sunday, 02 March 2014 11:42 AM

    Yes. The file is in his hand. That is why he names it democracy!

    observer Saturday, 01 March 2014 11:04 PM

    I am impressed with your tactfulness...

    Nodrog Monday, 03 March 2014 05:29 AM

    Another buffalo theory?

    Simple simon Saturday, 01 March 2014 11:58 PM

    Expression of ideas in verbal lashings and what a way for justice in a democracy!!!

    Calistus Jayatilleke Sunday, 02 March 2014 12:16 PM

    They say that shamelessness is more powerful than the Mudliyarship.

    Ahamed Sunday, 02 March 2014 01:03 PM

    dont just say, elaborate what business and etc if you may know..

    ud Sunday, 02 March 2014 02:40 AM

    biggest puppet of SLMC History

    ANTON Sunday, 02 March 2014 03:02 AM

    THREE THINGS CANNOT BE LONG HIDDEN, THE SUN, THE MOON AND THE TRUTH.

    Kamal Sunday, 02 March 2014 01:40 PM

    "Thoppiya harena harena pathtata"

    BuffaloaCitizen Sunday, 02 March 2014 04:05 AM

    Rauf Hakeem's business interests and the level of corruption allowed under this regime are more important than taking a stand on principles.

    Neela Sunday, 02 March 2014 04:09 AM

    Hi hi hi hi hi................

    lIRF Monday, 03 March 2014 06:51 AM

    From top to bottom no policy no principles all corruption. Hakeem can't be an exception.

    M.Muttha Monday, 03 March 2014 12:22 PM

    We get what we deserve. We are the ones who sent buffaloes, goats and cattle to represent us in the House of Representatives. via DM iPad app

    yehiya Sunday, 02 March 2014 04:11 AM

    Anyway end of the road.

    M.Muttha Sunday, 02 March 2014 10:05 AM

    SLMC will cling on for if they leave they will be on the streets. No self respect, no principles. Just power hungry. via DM iPad app

    Hareesz Sunday, 02 March 2014 04:43 AM

    This guy needs to be kicked out. Deserves whatever verbal lashing he got.

    fawzan Sunday, 02 March 2014 02:31 PM

    he is shameless an has no class as like any other politician

    Sunil Wimalasuriya Sunday, 02 March 2014 02:47 PM

    We are reminded of how after 1815 they were rewarded by the British for their dirty work. History repeats itself.


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