Only police security for MP’s

26 February 2010 06:47 pm - 28     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Dianne Silva

The Defence Ministry said that Army security will no longer be provided to politicians, in an attempt to de-politicize the Army. Speaking to Daily Mirror online Secretary of the Ministry of Defense Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated that, in future politicians would be given the protection of the Police and STF.

“In order to de-politicize the Army the security of the MP’s and Ministers will be transferred to the Police and STF,” he said.

He reiterated that only those within the close security circle would be given Military protection. “In future only the President, Secretary of Defence and those involved in defence matters will be given Army protection,” he said.

The Secretary made these statements in response to a question posed by Daily Mirror Online on the removal of Security for Eastern Province Chief Minister and TMVP Leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan. “His Security has not been removed it has just been transferred from the Army to the Police. And this has been applied not just to him but to all MP’s and Ministers,” Rajapaksa told Daily Mirror online.

“This is a step to bring in discipline to the Army and distance it from politics,” Rajapaksa said. 

  Comments - 28

  • Friday, 26 February 2010 11:00 PM

    If they are so very afraid of being killed, due to politics, why should they come into politics, in the first place? They should serve the people, once they are voted in, and not be protected by the people!

    Friday, 26 February 2010 11:04 PM


    Friday, 26 February 2010 11:15 PM

    However, security will be provided to all govt. MPs

    Friday, 26 February 2010 11:34 PM

    This move is more of plticizing the Army than not. During the tenure of the General , the Army was never allowed to be politicized.

    Friday, 26 February 2010 11:54 PM

    What about any Military Security given to any Ministry Secretaries?

    Saturday, 27 February 2010 12:43 AM

    Correct. I too have met former MP for Gampola (later CM), DMPB Dissanayake, in the train, in his early days.

    Saturday, 27 February 2010 01:04 AM

    One Jeep, One Civil Driver and two police officers with batons would be more than enough.... If you do no wrong why be afraid???

    Saturday, 27 February 2010 01:29 AM

    NOW I am begining to have faith in the government.

    Saturday, 27 February 2010 01:59 AM

    Absolutely ... If they are scared, Leave Politics. Why they are scared because they are on "WRONG DOING" track

    Saturday, 27 February 2010 02:00 AM

    Good decision

    Saturday, 27 February 2010 02:17 AM

    Banana Republics have their own rules and regulations every other hour.

    Saturday, 27 February 2010 02:19 AM

    Why do they need security ?.

    Saturday, 27 February 2010 02:23 AM

    Very well said.Not even Defence Secretary should be provided with military protection.After all they say that they are coming forward to serve the people.

    Saturday, 27 February 2010 02:42 AM

    A commendable move! The country has come to its normalcy.

    Saturday, 27 February 2010 02:46 AM

    This too is much for these MODA PUTHAS (MPs)

    Saturday, 27 February 2010 02:51 AM

    I agree with Mr Gotabaya Rajapakse 100%. I'm glad that if this could be implemented immedialtely. Military protection should only be for the Head of the State.

    Saturday, 27 February 2010 03:09 AM

    Oh yes, in your wildest dreams.

    Saturday, 27 February 2010 03:19 AM

    what about Namal Rajpks. there were lot of army in tangalle for him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Saturday, 27 February 2010 03:26 AM

    “This is a step to bring in discipline to the Army and distance it from politics,” Rajapaksa said.

    Ha! Ha! who made the Army politicised?

    Saturday, 27 February 2010 03:44 AM

    How come Gota get military security. He is just a pulic servent. He should not be provided with any security. If he is afraid of his life in Sri Lanka, he can go back to US.

    Saturday, 27 February 2010 03:44 AM

    Our current mps are not worth of protecting. They are not serving the country but themselves. Any how, they have their thugs and goons.

    True Democrat

    Saturday, 27 February 2010 03:47 AM

    Does this means sibblings of MR too get only Police guard?

    Saturday, 27 February 2010 04:05 AM

    Rule must be for rajapawula as well.

    Saturday, 27 February 2010 09:45 PM


    Friday, 26 February 2010 07:52 PM

    Could this be due to fear of a military coup? Or politicians mistrusting the military? A very interesting development ...

    Friday, 26 February 2010 09:46 PM

    It is correct to remove all military protection given to Parliamentarians. Military protection should only be given to the President of the country. All others should be given only Police protection. If these MPs are afraid for their lives they should give-up politics and be like other citizens who have no protection at all.

    Friday, 26 February 2010 10:03 PM

    It's not ncessary to give any protection to politicians. They get elected to serve the ordinary people. I REMEMBER TRAVELING TO COLOMBO, FROM MATARA, in the RHUNU KUARI TRAIN wIth Dr. W. Dahanayake, when he was the Minister of Education. There was not even a constable aboard!

    Friday, 26 February 2010 10:09 PM

    It is a very good move! Most western countries do not even provide police security, on a large scale. This is a saving for our country. If politicians were to practice good governance, they would need very little security.

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