This Diyawanna member from the hills is a fresher. He participated in a media discussion held recently. His interviewer asked the member during the discussion to explain the powers and functions of the newly established Megapolis Ministry.
Pat came the reply from the member: “The incidence of rape and child abuse is on the increase today. So it has become an imperative for the government to effectively combat this twin menace. Therefore, we have decided to expand the scope of Police and provide it with more facilities. We are planning to start this programme from the Western province…”
This was how our new Diyawanna member had accounted for the role to be played by the Megapolis and Western region Development Ministry at this discussion.
A certain senior Diyawanna member was recounting this story to a group of colleagues in the House lobby when an opposition member interposed to say: “Our new member is not all alone on this boat. You can easily find a few others of his calibre. Do you know that a former fair member from the Gampaha area said the other day there are nine districts in the country…?”