Field Marshal Fonseka to boycott Independence Day celebration

1 February 2019 06:28 am - 16     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


It is reported that former Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka has decided not to attend the National Independence Day celebrations to be held at the Galle Face on February 4.

When our paper inquired from the Field Marshal about why he was not attending this important event, he said an invitation had not been received by him up until yesterday.

He was of the view that if he does not receive due respect for the position he holds, he will not participate at such an event. It is the practice the world over to give due respect to a person who holds the position of a Field Marshal, Fonseka added.

A rehearsal of the Independence Day celebrations was held yesterday at the Galle Face Green and the list of guests to be received on a priority basis was announced.

Those who took part in the rehearsal claimed that Sarath Fonseka’s name was not among those mentioned.

When this matter was referred to the Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Local Councils and Local Government, Kamal Padmasiri, he said that he was not in a position to comment on this matter at the moment.

  Comments - 16

  • Unchikun Friday, 01 February 2019 08:16 AM

    Good. You did a good job and finished the war. You were paid well. Now retire and relax.

    Sam Friday, 01 February 2019 08:42 AM

    Its common sense. How could you expect a person to attend an event or function without being invited?

    Saman J Friday, 01 February 2019 10:44 AM

    you lost your credibility only by giving voice cut to local journalists

    Nish Friday, 01 February 2019 10:50 AM

    A good practice if all politicians can follow. Don't invite any and don't come. Also, all those ribbon cutting to open buildings, bridges and roads must be done by the workers and labourers who shed their sweats to bring it up, not the politicians. It will also cut down the expenses incurred to build those pandals, bells and whistles from tax payers' pocket.

    Soldier Friday, 01 February 2019 11:29 AM

    Good. You don’t deserve your rank in the first place!

    citizen Friday, 01 February 2019 12:21 PM

    There is no medicine for stupidity!

    Razik Friday, 01 February 2019 12:29 PM

    On Independence day he will be Home Marshal !!

    Patriot Friday, 01 February 2019 12:48 PM

    Who cares....

    Sri lankan Friday, 01 February 2019 01:50 PM

    If you are not invited, do not attend,simple as that. Why is all this fuss

    Kevin Friday, 01 February 2019 01:58 PM

    For public you deserve no any respect

    C.K.Lankaputhra Friday, 01 February 2019 02:24 PM

    Sri Lakans are a shameless nation. Due to the will and fancy of corrupted politicians, people can change their gratitude. Even a worst criminal can be treated as a hero and vise versa.

    dickie bird Friday, 01 February 2019 06:52 PM

    Are you fit to hold the position and rank conferred on you?Nay, I do not think so.You may be a good soldier but you are an avaricious man with an uncouth mouth.Your FM rank should be withdrawn as you are not worthy of upholding the colour of this office.

    DH Friday, 01 February 2019 07:02 PM

    Useless Man

    TONY Friday, 01 February 2019 07:50 PM


    Sambo Friday, 01 February 2019 07:50 PM

    So what and who cares. They will not postpone the event cause he is not attending.

    Sidu Sunday, 03 February 2019 06:23 PM

    You must be there to salute the his excellency in your Sunday best, if not, you give your enemies opportunity, make c in c thinks, you may not fit to wear FM uniform

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