Video: SL multi-ethnic nature holds a tremendous dynamism: Shanmugam

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Referring to Sri Lanka ethnic, religious and cultural diversity, visiting Singapore Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam today said that its human capital, potential and the multi-ethnic nature of the population could hold a tremendous dynamism.

Speaking to a group of journalists in Colombo, Mr. Shanmugam said that if harnessed correctly and put in a proper framework, the potential for Sri Lanka was limitless.” “If you talk of human capital potential in Sri Lanka, I think all the people would agree that it was extremely high. Your quality of people is world class. What is needed is an education system that would help them to achieve their potential. Whether you talk about the Sinhalese, whether you talk about Tamils, Burghers or Muslims, this country has an abundance of resources,” he said.

During his visit, Mr. Shanmugam also met and had a discussion with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Foreign Minister G. L. Peiris and visited Jaffna where he met the Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C. V. Wigneswaran and Governor G. A. Chandrasiri in addition to participating at the reopening of the youth wing of the Jaffna Library, which was restored with support from Singapore.  (Susitha R. Fernando)



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  • Suq Madique Sunday, 06 April 2014 09:56 AM

    Tamils in Colombo are treated better than tamils abroad who live 3rd class lives.

    nicky karunarathna Saturday, 05 April 2014 04:39 AM

    He is our blood brother. Wise men do not propound hatred when his brother win a unwinnable war.

    ind Saturday, 05 April 2014 04:42 AM

    Thank you for the understanding.

    Mohamed Friday, 04 April 2014 09:24 PM

    his voice is equal to = M-singh india but not Tamil nadu

    Lara Friday, 04 April 2014 09:29 PM

    Saying Singapore is multi cultural , you find Tamil girls how they treat foreigners at the Singapore Airport - dam primitive in their communication and arrogant and rude

    Ramu Saturday, 05 April 2014 01:16 AM

    You must have treated her like Tamils are treated in Sri Lanka

    Das Saturday, 05 April 2014 01:45 AM

    Sir,your forefathers had great vision to migrate to Singapore.that's why you are where you are.great good.some unfortunate people migrated to Sri Lanka please go and see in the up country.I hope you are able to help at least some of them.your country is great even the whole world is sufferig from heat there is regular rain in Singapore.that shows the quality of government.thanks to the great visionary lee kuan yew.long life to him.

    Das Saturday, 05 April 2014 01:52 AM

    Sir thank you for your help from a great country.your forefathers had a good vision to migrate to Singapore.some of them migrated to Sri Lanka and please go and see them in the upcountry and offer them some help.your country's quality of government is reflected even by nature cos in this time your country has regular rain.thanks great visionary lee kuan yew.long life to lee kuan yew.thank you sir.

    viv Saturday, 05 April 2014 02:00 AM

    Lara: for all majority Srilankan's any body who tries to support tamil's are arrogant and rude ,get your self correct please....!!!

    appu Saturday, 05 April 2014 02:01 AM

    Being a Singaporean he will not say anything racial. What he was really trying to say is that if all communities are given opportunities there is a lot of potential. No fighting as we have in this country

    viv Saturday, 05 April 2014 02:06 AM

    In Singapore being a minority a Tamil can become a president , can it happen in SRI LANKA......!!!!!!

    ahamad Saturday, 05 April 2014 02:17 AM

    Dear Lara,
    Multi cultural has nothing to do with arrogance and rudeness. Don't mix up things. Take these visitors positive comments in the correct spirit. At a time when every nation is bad mouthing SL, atleast there is one foreigner who has something good to say about SL. Do not look at it as a comment from a Tamil.

    The airport experience would be the same even if it were a Singapore Chinese.

    ABC Saturday, 05 April 2014 06:28 PM

    He is not a Eelam pandith but a an educated wise man with courage to speak. via DM Android App

    JDR Saturday, 05 April 2014 03:44 AM

    preaches cannot practice.

    JDR Saturday, 05 April 2014 03:50 AM

    I totally agree with Tamil WPCs attitude at the airport and had very bad experience with them in the past. However, the continues multi ethnicity is well balanced by the look of it.


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