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9 April 2018 09:27 pm - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Responding to the reports of Speaker’s helicopter obstructing Avurudu Celebrations organised by the Matale International School at the Edward Silva Grounds, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s Media Division today said the police should have provided another location to land the helicopter if the ground was already booked.

In a statement, the Media Division said the Speaker arrived in Matale in Helicopter on Saturday to declare open the Weera Madugalle statute as the Chief Guest.

“The decision where the helicopter should be landed, should be taken by the police in the area. If the Edward Silva Grounds has been already booked for some other function, the police should have provided another location to land the helicopter. However, upon witnessing that the ground had been decorated for a function, the Speaker was informed that an Avurudu Festival has been scheduled to be held at 1 pm. Therefore, Speaker instructed the organisers to speed up the opening of the Madugalle Statute and came back to Colombo at 11.45 am to allow the Avurudu Festival to kick off,” it said.

However, it said Speaker expressed his regret if any inconvenience was caused to the Matale International School’s students, parents and the teachers because of the landing of the helicopter at the Edward Silva Grounds.

  Comments - 10

  • Unchikun Monday, 09 April 2018 10:21 PM


    Ceylon Monday, 09 April 2018 10:24 PM

    So the rules violated by policeman.if so policeman punished for his wrong doing??.who the culprit and what is the punishment??.why not published ???.

    Lankaputha Monday, 09 April 2018 10:37 PM

    Do not blame some one or pass the bug. If you are a honest(far from it)you should have ask them for another place to land or gone in your official car.

    IVJ Monday, 09 April 2018 10:52 PM

    Mr.Speaker, nice diversion ! First of all, we have an express way which can take you to Mattala in few the speed the politicians vehicle run, you could probably get to anywhere in couple of hours. Why waste tax payers money? You folks are servants of the people of this country, not angels fallen from the sky. If only you guys have something called "conscience"......pathetic !

    Dee Monday, 09 April 2018 10:54 PM

    Frankly the matter here is not where it landed! It's just that was it really necessary to travel by chopper!

    Saman Monday, 09 April 2018 11:03 PM

    Or you should have gone by car. like average VVIPs in other countries.

    Jaliya Monday, 09 April 2018 11:48 PM

    This is all made up for damage control and sweet talk the school children. Prior to the departure the landing pad (or) the location to land is selected ... this may be monitored by the local air traffic control and any deviation to the intended landing location generally is notified to the traffic control prior to the change NOT to the policemen on the ground ... how did you expect police to communicate with the chopper ... by hand signals ?

    Jaliya Monday, 09 April 2018 11:54 PM

    if the Speaker has any regrets or a backbone he would come out and extend his apologies in public not by his media unit but will also arrange another day of celebrations even if it is after the new year at his own expense.

    Udaya Tuesday, 10 April 2018 12:43 AM

    Why is the Speaker so special that he has to go by Chopper I pay taxes for you to go by Chopper . This is Crazy

    Sharp Eye Tuesday, 10 April 2018 04:49 PM

    Yes true, police should do that. But it is police from ministers security who coordinate with SLAF and matale police need to do that. this is a camouflauge statement.

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