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A group of eminent members of the Buddhist clergy, in a letter addressed to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, protested Justice Minister Ali Sabry’s remarks in Parliament that the Buddhist Temporalities (Amendment)

Act was a personalised law of the country. They urged the president to take appropriate action against the minister for such erroneous utterances as soon as possible.

The letter has been sent by Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera. It has been signed by 11 monks. They are Ven. Weliwitiyawe Sri Kusaladamma Thera, Ven. Prof. Medagoda Abhayatissa Thera, Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka Thera, Ven. Omare Kassapa Thera, Ven. Balangoda Sobitha Thera, Ven. Muruttettuwe Ananda Thera, Ven. Welivitiyawe Gnanaratana Thera, Ven. Prof. Ittademaliye Indasara Thera, Ven.malwane Chandaratana Thera, Ven. Dr. Kapugollawe Ananda Kiththi Thera and Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera.

Referring to the Minister’s remarks that the Act was a personalised law of this country, these monks said the personalised law was something enacted to deal with matters particular to a specific ethnic group. Citing the scholarly book ‘An Introduction to the Legal System of Sri Lanka’, they wrote in their letter that only the Kandyan law,thesawalami law and the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act were the personalised laws of this country.

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  • myhan Monday, 22 February 2021 07:09 AM

    Kandyan law is not a personal law. It was the law before invaders came to our country. English in 1815 signed a agreement promising to govern this country under "Sinhale neethiya" This sinhala neethiya word after addressed as "kandyan law"

    Stingray Monday, 22 February 2021 07:15 AM

    That will be the day!!!

    Mark MyWord Monday, 22 February 2021 07:25 AM

    President is probably too timid towards Ali Sabry cos these monks are forgetten that Ali Sabry is the Presidents Personal lawyer and Sabry knows too much about the President and his court cases.

    Pushkara Epa Monday, 22 February 2021 07:26 AM

    you are voiceless now

    RoaringCreek Monday, 22 February 2021 07:36 AM

    These jokers worked overtime to bring this government to power. Now they are shouting. That all temple land to the state and distribute it to the people.

    Lasantha Monday, 22 February 2021 07:56 AM

    Which law allows Buddhist monks to brainwash young boys, who are 'sold' by their parents, staying in the temples, deprived from the love and care of their parents, deprived from their childhood. Often abused by the monks. I was one of these boys.

    Jehan Monday, 22 February 2021 10:05 AM

    Why don’t u come out and say it like the me too movement in the west against abuse, there will be more people joining u, as abuse is highly prevalent in all institutions where young children are boarded, and the monk/priest are not married, or don’t have an avenue to release their sexual energy.

    Sandy Monday, 22 February 2021 11:00 AM

    You don't even have brain to wash.

    Ranaweera Monday, 22 February 2021 08:11 AM

    In my opinion , these community laws should not be touched specifically those relating to Tamils and Muslims. They did not vote for the government hence they did not approve such changes. These laws are not acting as hindrance to any development, if people want it let them keep it. Focus on bigger objectives.

    Sokrates Monday, 22 February 2021 08:17 AM

    These crooks and jokers in their fancy dresses, sponsored by the people, should return to their government sponsored accommodations and pray for the welfare of the country.

    Exactly what others feel when one wants change that which is religiously /traditionally applicable Monday, 22 February 2021 08:43 AM

    Then - why the wording "BUDDHIST Temporalities" (capitals are mine) AND incidentally "Temporalities". means "a secular possession, especially the properties and revenues of a religious body or a member of the clergy." Probably the "excitement" (among other matters) is on property inherited by a monk (and the revenue there of) as against temple property ! - Dear sirs - such interference on religiously ordained "MATTERS" (use of word "LAWS" is a misnomer)

    Priyanee Wijesekera Monday, 22 February 2021 09:17 AM

    The Buddhist monks have caused more than enough damage to this unfortunate country.The best they can do for the country is to keep silent

    J.D. Sirisena Monday, 22 February 2021 09:49 AM

    Monks should not interfere with Politics.

    HM. Leel Monday, 22 February 2021 09:51 AM

    Is Sri Lanka is ruled by Buddhist monks or President , PM and other ministers. What is this - big joke. Monks should be confined to the temple.

    R.M. Mohamed Saleem Monday, 22 February 2021 09:52 AM

    Mr. President please don't dance for the music the monks play. I trust you will not bow down to monks.

    karunathilake mendis Monday, 22 February 2021 09:54 AM

    buddhist monks are ,sexualy assaulted many girls and boys in several places in srilanka. dm pls put this comment

    K. Kamal Ranasinghe Monday, 22 February 2021 10:40 AM

    What are the qualifications these Buddhist monks have - running our country. Absurd, they should not be entertained by our Politicians.

    Mike Revere Monday, 22 February 2021 11:10 AM

    Monks should teach spirituality and let the elected politicians govern the country. Nobody elected clueless saffron robes to govern nation. Then they should give up their robes

    Man Monday, 22 February 2021 11:40 AM

    Buddhist monks have come forward to protect the country, before and sacrificed their lives. Against Buddhist monks who mentioned against them must take action ontemple properties, children ordainment, etc. if their points are valid.

    Hameed Monday, 22 February 2021 12:15 PM

    Hon. Sabri will be the next PM...wait and see.

    Niru Monday, 22 February 2021 03:10 PM

    It is sad these platforms are allowed to sling mud at venerable Clergy.@ Lasantha, there are court cases all over the world Christian priests raping

    Buddhist Monday, 22 February 2021 09:24 PM

    How can you call these robed guys Eminent, the correct term is Racist!


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