Buddha statue at CMC removed: Ven Omalpe Sobitha, Mayor refutes claim

2018-08-20 08:39:46

The Chief Sanga Nayaka of the Southern Province Venerable Omalpe Sobitha Thera yesterday alleged that the Buddha statue that was in the office of Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake has been removed.

The Venerable thera said this during a function held to mark the centenary of the Daham Pasala at the Vajirarama Temple held at the BMICH last evening.

“The Buddha Statue which was in the office of the Colombo Mayor has been removed. There have been a number of non Buddhists who have been elected Mayor in the past. However none of them removed this statute at any time. So one wonders as to why the incumbent mayor removed this statue and who gave the order to do so, “the Thera said.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was one of the chief guests at the event, said he had called Ms. Senanayake to verify this claim as soon as the Thera mentioned the removal of the statue during the function. “She informed me that it has not been removed and was inside the Townhall premises. She sent me a facebook picture of the statue as proof,” the Prime Minister said.(Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 29

  • tony Monday, 20 August 2018 08:52

    Whats the problem with removing the buddha statue? There is no law in this country that bans this....

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    Scooby Doo Monday, 20 August 2018 11:11

    Actually Lord Budhdha should be in your hearts not in offices or public places.

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    Brahman Monday, 20 August 2018 12:42

    Go to ur own country and do that. This country buddists rule and learn to live with it.

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    Anthony Monday, 20 August 2018 17:05

    then Brahman must go to north India

    Reply : 20       123

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 20 August 2018 08:54

    SL to be like Spore with these type of Sinhalese bull shitters? All religious statues of any blooming god needs to be removed from State Institutions. Go home and do prayers or go to temple, kovil or church or mosque to do your bull shit praying and not inside these places.

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    rod Monday, 20 August 2018 09:37

    Surveys have shown that some of the unhappiest workers in Asia are from Singapore...

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    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 20 August 2018 10:26

    Rod - why the hell are we always harping to bcome like S'pore?

    Reply : 20       130

    Saranga Monday, 20 August 2018 09:04

    Democratic country but this?So called freedom is not these? What's the problem with monks in SL???

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    dulan Monday, 20 August 2018 09:14

    No Buddhism but lots of statues and temples

    Reply : 23       271

    Sambo Monday, 20 August 2018 09:17

    There bigger problems in this country to look in to than a removal a statue. Please address those first.

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    rogue Monday, 20 August 2018 09:25

    A religion or doctrine should be represented by the practice of it's teachings rather that the display of statues.

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    truth Monday, 20 August 2018 09:50

    oK Lets see who is the lier is . It has to be either the respected monk or the MayorWill one resign!!!

    Reply : 26       54

    Sammy Monday, 20 August 2018 10:14

    Better they have statues

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    ravin Monday, 20 August 2018 10:19

    With all due respect thero. Where in buddha's teaching, ever told to keep statues,stupas, bo trees and temples and worship.According to all what most of us know is, lord buddha's preaching is practice his ideas/views. Which is very practical in day to day life. Do you practice that. Practice before you teach.

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    decentgent Monday, 20 August 2018 10:24

    We have burning issues, which need immediate action than wasting time in worrying about these trivial issues. If necessary, Let these statues be placed outside these govt offices, as some have the habit of worshiping them before they start their days work. But there is no necessityto have them inside the public places, any numbers of these can be placed in places of worship

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    carlos Friday, 24 August 2018 15:50

    What has a Buddha or for that matter any statue to do in the CMC next time we may have to install them in every MC premises including the WC

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    Stunned Citizen Monday, 20 August 2018 11:36

    Are we a secular country or not. Personally, I think picture and statues of all presidents and PM's and Ministers and Gods should be removed from All government establishments. Start with the Airport. Love all Serve All should be motto. This is what happens when religion and politics mix

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    Siyabala Monday, 20 August 2018 11:53

    Nobody here says to remove Christian statues from England or Other countries. Buddhism was protected and preserved here for over 20 centuries and when someone abruptly removes them is a concern for us

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    Gamarala Wednesday, 22 August 2018 11:09

    Siyabala, The Bikkku says the statue was removed but the Mayor says its still there. Who do you belive?

    Reply : 0       13

    Banda Monday, 20 August 2018 11:54

    Going behind the religion is uneducated people's according to my opinion, in RUSSIA they were not believe any religion.

    Reply : 17       47

    Lord Wolfstein Monday, 20 August 2018 13:04

    That's not true. The Russian Orthodox Church has about 150 million believers. The Patriarch cooperates with Putin and Putin is emphatically believing.

    Reply : 3       49

    Gune Monday, 20 August 2018 12:27

    Pls keep all religions out of politics and public admistration. It has no place other than for the law of the country.

    Reply : 3       77

    Don Juwan Monday, 20 August 2018 12:36

    No wonder, when both PM and Rosy.S are exceptional Christians. A normal christian would never do that.

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    Indrajith Monday, 20 August 2018 13:17

    So it is true that it has been removed from the office of Colombo Mayor and placed outside her office but inside the Town hall premises.

    Reply : 10       43

    Haszoh Monday, 20 August 2018 13:18

    Y only keep Buddha statue in a Public Office or aProperty All Religious Clippings / Sayings should be Placed Even Hindus/ Christians and Muslims have the rightTo display their Gods

    Reply : 13       57

    Mudson Silva Monday, 20 August 2018 15:09

    This is foolish stupid talk. The Buddha statue would have been made out of cement, brass or metal or iron.So shifting it is no big issue.

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    naga Monday, 20 August 2018 15:27

    one of them is lying

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    Buddhist Friday, 24 August 2018 13:45

    What is the Buddha doing at the CMC ? Is he or was he an elected meber of the Council. The proper place for a Buddha Statue is a temple

    Reply : 4       9

    carlafer Friday, 24 August 2018 15:52

    Go to the Viharamaha devi park on any evening, thank allah there are no statues of him

    Reply : 0       9

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