First year students of the Jaffna University had started jeering at Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake recently when he remarked at a function that there were LTTE activists within the university, a students’ right activist said today.
Former convener of the Inter University Students’ Federation Udul Premaratne told journalists today that there is an attempt by the government to brand political opponents as LTTE supporters.
“Once someone is branded as an LTTE activist, it is easy for the government to suppress his or her rights. The government tries to brand us too as terrorists,” Mr. Premaratne said.
Also, he said that Jaffna undergraduates had started jeering when the Minister started speaking in Sinhala without a Tamil interpreter.
“After jeering by the students who were present, a Tamil interpreter had been brought,” he said. (Kelum Bandara)
Damn Good! Serves him fight for trying to stir up racial tensions once again! How come people like this are still allowed to carry on in office?
Dalu Banda Saturday, 14 January 2012 02:42 AM
He has a bad mouth and previously got into trouble because of that .
kane Saturday, 14 January 2012 02:44 AM
Why is the donkey doing the dog's job?
koththu Saturday, 14 January 2012 03:33 AM
Typical sinhalese hegemony. Where is reconciliation when this kind of ignorance is happening at this level.
Raj Saturday, 14 January 2012 03:58 AM
He gets jeered in the South and he gets jeered in the North. Where can he go?
Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 14 January 2012 05:49 AM
This particular Minister has the knack of creating unnecssary trouble wherever he goes and speaks. Hardly the man to hold an important and responsible Ministry such as Higher Education. Indeed, a square peg in a round hole.
ABC Saturday, 14 January 2012 05:59 AM
S B is one of great minister of higher education. He tries to up grade state universities into international level and try to introduce non-state universities to enhance higher education oppertunities to Sri Lanka. Only politically motivated grups oppose his idea and vision. Many ordinary parent and syudents have approved his vision. However, they are unable to make a group to support him.
Vasanthie Saturday, 14 January 2012 07:48 AM
Why SB choose to speak in Sinhala instead of English. SB should set an example to others. Speak in a lnaguage where the audience can understand. What a stupidity ?????
balu Saturday, 14 January 2012 07:53 AM
This is a good sign democracy at its best! after jeering tamil interpreter was bought. Well done this is how democracy works! Hope all in GOSL listens to peoples protest & act in future as well.
chithranganie Saturday, 14 January 2012 09:32 AM
Do not how many students will be arrested as was done for Pera students previously.
Seeni Bola Saturday, 14 January 2012 10:36 AM
Did They Shout SEENI BOLA.........................
jajal Saturday, 14 January 2012 10:58 AM
SB don't use the cheapest strategies to overcome your mismanagement by simply branding innocent students as LTTE and they are linked to political parties....step down if you can't manage...
Jayan Saturday, 14 January 2012 11:19 AM
Why didn't the students throw stones at him? That's what he deserves.
XYZ Saturday, 14 January 2012 01:22 PM
A reply to ABC
As your mane suggests you are still learning your ABC.
kr.rajarathnam Saturday, 14 January 2012 02:41 PM
hear to yourself but speak to others SB, sir.
Dans Saturday, 14 January 2012 05:23 PM
And he is the education minister ?
Tintin Saturday, 14 January 2012 10:47 PM
Socrates or Galileo!!! Did anyone see that? What more could we expect from him?
Thana Saturday, 14 January 2012 11:46 PM
Very soon the donkey will be beaten by the owner for barking :-)
Dhathusena Sunday, 15 January 2012 12:38 AM
These short sighted nuts are polarizing our society further by their ignorance.Did he think the Jaffna students will applaude him for speaking in Sinhala.If they need true reconciliation he should have spoken few words at least in tamil.They miss the bus all the time.
Andrzej Sunday, 15 January 2012 01:00 AM
Are you SB?
Imran Hussein Sunday, 15 January 2012 06:03 AM
I agree with you about the non state Unis, which i reckon is a must to deal with growing population.
either Tamil uni students cant understand English or the minister cant speak English Probably the latter
Gangadeva Friday, 13 January 2012 06:30 PM
Well said ! All the clergy/ monks should follow this path .Stick to religion , concentrate on religion. Leave politics to the politicians and the people !
Kanage Friday, 13 January 2012 06:44 PM
citizen1 Friday, 13 January 2012 06:47 PM
This minister is getting on my nerves !!
cxcb Sunday, 15 January 2012 07:05 AM
Minister started speaking in Sinhala
cxcb Sunday, 15 January 2012 07:07 AM
livestock ministry is already with the suitable person(!)
sinhaya Friday, 13 January 2012 09:29 PM
SB need to get his facts right before making himself a laughing stock
A.Silva Friday, 13 January 2012 10:11 PM
Empty vessels make the biggest noise.SBs mind is empty.He has forgotten he was put behind bars because of his mouth opening without thinking
Lord merckel Saturday, 14 January 2012 01:13 AM
Jeering is not enough!this the worst higher education minister in the history! Can this man resemble that great ministers like Lalith and Ranil who hold this post! S.B should be given livestock development ministry!
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