President expresses anger over ‘SriLankan’ cashew nuts

11 September 2018 09:21 am - 38     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


President Maithripala Sirisena has complained that, during a recent trip with Sri Lankan Airlines, he was treated to some cashews which were not fit for human consumption.

Speaking at a farmers' event at Hambantota on Monday, the President said the offending products were served to him during a flight from the Nepalese capital Kathmandu to Colombo last week.

"When I returned from Nepal, they served some cashew nuts on the plane. Let alone humans, even dogs can't eat those cashews. Who approved the cashew? Who is responsible for this?" he asked.

  Comments - 38

  • DHA Tuesday, 11 September 2018 10:21 AM

    Sir are you sure it was Cashew nuts you ate ?

    Kaju Pulang Tuesday, 11 September 2018 11:28 AM

    Will confirm only after reading the papers

    Real Peace Tuesday, 11 September 2018 03:37 PM

    But please say something about suspects wanted by the CID and court running away from country! These issues are more important than cashew nuts, for God’s sake!!

    Sunil Tuesday, 11 September 2018 10:24 AM

    Your excellency, not only the cashew nuts but the entire service stinks. I will not fly Srilankan again if there are other options.

    Chryshan K Tuesday, 11 September 2018 10:30 AM

    Thats specifically kept to serve you for your trip for the great survice rendered by you to the airline.

    Modaya Tuesday, 11 September 2018 10:37 AM

    Every airline has class and serves in line with person’s efficiency...SriLankan seems to have classed you in par with

    Gobi Tuesday, 11 September 2018 10:38 AM

    You are the supreme authority of the country Mr. President. Why are you asking farmers about it? You call the guy who got this and sack him/her. Simple. Don't make a political mileage out of this.

    Rajg Tuesday, 11 September 2018 10:49 AM

    Or hang that person!

    TKS Tuesday, 11 September 2018 10:39 AM

    Thank you, Sir for your sincere comment. This was one of the reasons for the down turn of the Airline.

    Hema Tuesday, 11 September 2018 11:00 AM

    Why no comments on the KIRI PACKET ?

    Unchikun Tuesday, 11 September 2018 12:00 PM

    Does “Srilankan” serve Kiri Packets? If they do I won’t be surprised.

    gamini Tuesday, 11 September 2018 04:30 PM

    Hema you should ask that from that Wimal fellow who supplied it

    sisl Tuesday, 11 September 2018 11:59 AM

    Mr.President! Do u know all ur people's main meals are the same.

    parakrema Tuesday, 11 September 2018 12:11 PM

    Are you sure what you ate is Cashew? or is it Cashew shaped man made artificial Cashew which get served every trip I have been on?

    Janaka Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:08 PM

    These talks further damage already damaged image.. very unfortunate...

    Ras Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:19 PM

    At one time Sri Lanka had very good cashew nuts and the country gave a lot of importance to the cashew plantations. With time as usual, we have neglected and the industry has gone down. However, we can buy first class cashew at the Air port but at a very high price and focussed on tourists.We should focus on this industry and develop it to a high standard as before.We can come back to normal as the Sri Lankan cashew nuts, are in fact, one of the best quality and taste in the world.

    chandana Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:23 PM

    As a President condemning own national airlines and this was in MSN, people may have seen this worldwide, will they come to fly in Srilankan??????These are not things to speak in public rally's for propaganda, this with dignity of the national carrier SRILANKAN,

    bandara Tuesday, 11 September 2018 08:26 PM

    Sri Lanka is a transparent country. None has to hide anything in Sri Lanka. World accept the true facts and we only have to correct wrongs and move on. Everyone is happy. President did the right thing.

    Rukky Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:32 PM

    Srilankan served me warm beer once.......what do you expect....

    Why Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:39 PM

    Dear sir, why are the looters and criminals who robbed SL Airlines not in jail yet? Any answer?

    Nutty Business Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:54 PM

    Be thankful you got Cashew, if you have to travel on the 'cattle class' aka 'economy' you would know the standard of many other nuts!!! This is what you found while flying, why don't you walk around to see whether our people really eat one share meal!

    Pea Nut Tuesday, 11 September 2018 04:49 PM

    Do you even know the price of a 'coconut' and bread a simple poor mans meal, its a luxury for us folks!!!

    PRADEEP Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:57 PM

    Our president should try the bun they give for srilankan flights between cmb to trichy.

    Dhammika Tuesday, 11 September 2018 03:21 PM


    achcharu Tuesday, 11 September 2018 02:53 PM

    Was it Savory snack shaped like cashew? Why are you complaining to the farmers in Hambantota. Chosen from the people commenting in similar thinking, who'd say 'this is why UL is making a loss' Such a joke

    Mohin Hameed Tuesday, 11 September 2018 03:21 PM

    Forget about your image. It's gone. Your utterances are damaging the country's image. You don't go around telling these things in public rallies.

    arun Tuesday, 11 September 2018 04:32 PM

    Sri Lankan airlines is a state owned entity the head of the state should not make such a vague complaints about an organization which is already in a mess . BBC carries this article and what more we need can expect from Sri Lankan airlines's European market , anyway who cares next year they'll give more fund from the treasury ... True leaders dont talk llike this , they can foresee the future , but these sarong johnnies are definitely not ,

    bandara Tuesday, 11 September 2018 08:37 PM

    Agree Sarong johnnies in the parliament destroy our country. Jock Johnnies at Sri Lankan airline management destroy that airline from head to bottom. Everywhere corruption. President should set a fact finding team on airline. I can tell where exactly corruption going. cashew nuts is a small business served from negombo from imported but now expired production dates cashews under heavy commission to procurement head. let's talk direct and get save the airline. others corruption can be disclosed (not here). ticketing a huge corruption field.

    Ceylon Tuesday, 11 September 2018 04:36 PM

    He is demanding high quality for free.srilankan air is not travelibg sirisena offered the suitable quality for "free".if he want high quality,pay for it.

    L C A Tuesday, 11 September 2018 04:40 PM

    The way you were served by the SriLankan is the exact way that you are serving Sri Lankans now !

    saman Tuesday, 11 September 2018 05:13 PM

    Nobody likes bad nuts including Maithripala because it leaves a bad after taste in your mouth! hehe

    doc Tuesday, 11 September 2018 05:19 PM

    The ice cold potatoe bun served on colombo - Chennai flight is epic! Wonder what M3 will say about it if eats one.!!!

    Citizen Tuesday, 11 September 2018 05:39 PM

    I think he ate artificial cashew nuts and thought they were real.

    Buddhist Tuesday, 11 September 2018 07:16 PM

    President is worried about cashew but he is not worried about abductors and murderers who are leaving the country. In fact its the President who helped the Chief of Defence Staff to leave the country when courts have ordered him to appear before CID that day.

    Inuk Tuesday, 11 September 2018 07:48 PM

    It's just peanuts, get over it mate

    Chamindasb Gunawardana Tuesday, 11 September 2018 08:20 PM

    This president statement shows us not having accountability even from his level. It shows even president don't know his duty.

    Sincere Tuesday, 11 September 2018 08:55 PM

    Sir, many years before your latest invention, we knew they have gone nuts!!

    Ozman Thursday, 13 September 2018 09:31 AM

    Get Araliya to supply

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