Muslims should reconstruct damaged Buddha statues: Marikkar

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Muslims should reconstruct the Buddha statues which were vandalized in Mawanella recently to prove their sincerity and innocence, parliamentarian S. M. Marikkar said today.

“The Muslims should do so as a gesture of goodwill and to show their willingness to co-exist in peace and harmony with other ethnic groups,” he told a media briefing last morning.

“I am also willing to attend to any repairs if I get a chance to do so,” the MP said and denied allegations that he had influenced the police not to investigate this incident.

“However, I did speak to IGP and asked him to carry out investigations on the hate speech that is being spread via social media and arrest those who are behind it and also to arrest those who are behind the incident in Mawanella,” he said.

Mr. Marikar said he enjoyed a good rapport with the Buddhist clergy as he has been providing financial assistance to temples even before taking up to politics. (Yohan Perera)


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  Comments - 18

  • The Just Man Thursday, 27 December 2018 12:57 PM

    Where were you during the Digana show?

    Gayan Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:31 PM

    His boss masterminded the show.

    Rasheed Thursday, 27 December 2018 02:00 PM

    Election is closer, now only like worms they are coming out.

    Shehan Thursday, 27 December 2018 03:42 PM

    I don't recommend his advise. This is nothing to do with Muslims or None Muslim's. Authorities should be blamed for this kind of incidents, as there were no proper punishment in previous occasions.

    Hondh Hitha Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:00 PM

    Good move minister

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:38 PM

    So you enjoy a good rapport with Buddhist Monks bcos of your financial assistance, if no financial assistance will it become bad rapport? People can vandalize statues and places of worship, it is bcos such perpetrators do not have proper understanding of his/her own religion. Therefore understand, if they were Muslims, then they are an insult to Islam itself.

    Co-Existance Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:39 PM

    Before talking of reconstruction , the mischief makers should be hounded and adequately punished to prevent a recurrence.

    Sathya Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:39 PM

    At-least welcome speech...

    Basheer Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:42 PM

    Teach a lesson to their parents.

    Suresh Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:46 PM

    The Sinhala people deserve the vandalism.Muslim MP s talk for votes.When their brethren were slaughtered in Aluthgama where were they.Including the Presidential Advisor on all matters Faizer Mustapha?

    Adam Thursday, 27 December 2018 02:40 PM

    Like in Mannar and Batticaloa

    Sen Thursday, 27 December 2018 03:26 PM

    Can anyone understand this comment

    Deen Thursday, 27 December 2018 02:31 PM

    Mr. Marikkar, learn from your respected clergy about shirk and kufar ASAP

    ahamed Thursday, 27 December 2018 03:18 PM

    He is a politician depends very much on non-muslim's vote, redoing not a problem but he should say that real people who is responsible that should bring under the law

    Hello Thursday, 27 December 2018 03:23 PM

    In some areas ancient Buddhist temples were vandalized,either take valuables they believe or to grab and or plainly that is not their religion therefore not important,like The Bamian statue

    Citizen Thursday, 27 December 2018 03:31 PM

    Please do not come to any conclusion. According to Social medias this is a "Kumanthranayak". The muslim fellow who had being arrested is a by passer. Now 4 more non Muslims have being arrested. Famous Namal Kumara revealed a foreign conspiracy with huge money to create a racial confront in our country.

    Mangala Thursday, 27 December 2018 04:34 PM

    We don't need your money to repair statues. We built them and we maintain them. Teach muslims to respect root culture of Sri Lanka. Otherwise wait and see consequences.

    ghostlanka Friday, 28 December 2018 11:23 AM

    I am a Sinhala, I believe this MP is unfair on his community to ask them to repair a statue which against their beliefs. This MP should instead call for justice and bring amendments after re-evaluation of the penal code of punishment on racial comments and damages to religious sites.

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