Minister gave 800 tickets free of charge: SLC incurs Rs.4 mn loss: JO

17 August 2018 10:10 am - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Sports Minister Faiszer Mustapha distributed some 800 tickets free of charge among his close associates for the recently concluded 50 over finals and the T20 between Sri Lanka and South Africa, thus incurring a Rs.4 million loss to Sri Lanka Cricket, the joint opposition said yesterday.

JO MP Shehan Semasinghe told a news conference that the minister had allocated some of these tickets for disabled soldiers while giving the the rest to his close associates to watch the two matches held at R. Premadasa Stadium.

“This act can be described as misappropriation of public property. The Minister should give an explanation about it,” he said. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

  Comments - 8

  • Dam Friday, 17 August 2018 03:13 PM

    That is why public saw all watching the matches in comfortable seats... Wonder whether they even know how the game is being played. Never spend their own money to watch a game. Pathetic

    sam Friday, 17 August 2018 03:58 PM

    So you mean 800 x @ Rs 5,000/= tickets were given free. Then what was the total capacity that attended and what was the total value of ticket sales?

    mnsmart Friday, 17 August 2018 04:00 PM

    Misappropriation of public property - correctly described

    Premalal Friday, 17 August 2018 04:19 PM

    The best thing our politicians do is spend other people's money.

    Jaliya Friday, 17 August 2018 04:23 PM

    Mustapha doesn't understand the law well [and] he is a legal advisor to the president ... to cover up the wrong doings he distributed a small amount of tickets to disabled soldiers while the majority tickets went to the corrupt clan of his friends. This was the same minister who was fighting to keep the illegal bars and nightclubs built without permits at the southern beach ... that was selling liquor without permits. FM now decide how he wants to resign or he will be thrown out during next elections.

    Sisili Bisili Friday, 17 August 2018 04:30 PM

    Oh! People sound good when they are in the opposition.

    Dhammika Friday, 17 August 2018 08:51 PM

    These JOkers when its a match its WICKETS and when its a game its TICKETS .!

    Eardley Friday, 17 August 2018 09:30 PM

    Shouldn’t a responsible media verify facts before publishing rather than reporting things verbatim

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