Don’t make Colombo a Chicago or a Bangkok: NSC

2014-04-22 15:04:05

National Sangha Council (NSC) while protesting against the new casino bill which was to be presented in Parliament this week today urged the Government not to make Colombo a Chicago or a Bangkok city.

The NSC Financial Secretary Wattegedara Vijitha Thera said if President Mahinda Rajapaksa was a true Buddhist who loved Buddhism, he must take steps to stop these activities which were detrimental to the country.

“If the president is a true Buddhist who loves Buddhism, he must take steps to stop these activities. We strongly object to these activities. Do not make this a Chicago or a Bangkok city. This is not anyone’s private property,” the Thera said.

Ven. Vijitha Thera asked the Government to prove if casinos were not established through the three gazette notifications which are to be presented in Parliament this week.

“The Government had to retract the two gazette notifications on a previous occasion due to protests by the Maha Sangha and civil organisations. But it is going to present three gazette notifications instead of the earlier two by changing some wordings. We challenge the Government to prove if casinos will not be established through these gazette notifications. If so we have no objections to this,” Ven. Vijitha Thera said. ( Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 11

  • surachai Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:18

    There are no legal casinos anywhere in Thailand. Not one!

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    Shaggy Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:53

    So is Chicago.

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    GC Tuesday, 22 April 2014 16:10

    I believe the venerable monk is telling about other things that happen in Bangkok which will be encouraged by the presence of casinos.

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    Ravi Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:20

    May be he knows by experience!

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    Cobra Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:48

    It is not only casinos we've got to worry about, thugs in robes are also causing mayhem like those gangsters of Chicago!!!

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    ANTON Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:52


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    john de silva Wednesday, 23 April 2014 06:17

    Sagha Dont compair Colombo to Chicago or Bangkok

    Colombo has become like Capetown

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    Truealf Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:26

    Please respect the good intension/ commence of the Thera. Whoever you are we are with you Sir for the good of the country.

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    kalana Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:28

    Who said he is True buddist, Sinhalese. He does whatever things to protect his position and power. So, don't expect any good positive thing from him, and he is fooling everyone.

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    kith udugama Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:13

    Anay yanna anay. Gihin Wedak balaganna, Apitak ona joly yak danna .

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    xlntgson Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:47

    Casino without bar, massage parlour?

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