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Economically backward persons choose to be in prison: DM

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Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne said today that some economically backward persons had chosen themselves to be prisoners because of good meals served to them inside prisons.

The Prime Minister made this remark during the debate of the Justice Ministry. He said that, in Saudi Arabia, there are enough and more instances where prisoners are caned.

“Here, we do not give such harsh punishments. We do not know whether the absence of such cruel punishments is the reason for the alarming crimes in the country. Also, it appears that some people want to be prisoners forever. In prisons, they are provided with meals. If they are released, they do not have sufficient incomes to feed themselves with decent meals,” he said.  (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)

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  • Ameer Friday, 09 December 2011 06:51 PM

    I don't know what you guys find funny in this, this could be true, you guys are well off enough to have internet to read this site, so not being able to feed yourself with a meal a day is something you will not know of, but this could be true some people are suffering with a meal a day, the Govt should provide some benefits for those people. But regarding prison treatment 100% agree, we need to punish offenders, so they do not do it again. Otherwise they are going to continue to take part in criminal activities.

    snf4 Friday, 09 December 2011 07:20 PM

    His statement proves that sri lankan voters are bunch of jokers, not the PM.

    farook Saturday, 10 December 2011 11:18 AM

    He need the medical check up.

    John Saturday, 10 December 2011 11:28 AM

    Its called Foot & Mouth - every time PM opens his mouth, he shoots himself in the foot!

    Nodrog Friday, 09 December 2011 07:10 AM

    Another howler from our PM.

    Ranjit SilvaE Friday, 09 December 2011 07:17 AM

    First he says not to eat cread and now he says econically backward oersons like prison life. Tomorrow iso let us try to understand him.

    prem Friday, 09 December 2011 07:54 AM

    Who should be the first/????

    Chris de Silva Saturday, 10 December 2011 12:31 PM

    There was a Jayaratne, a politician who tried to set fire to police station in 1965.Do you know him uncle? What about the free meals that you had since 1977 at the Parliament?

    Mishra Friday, 09 December 2011 08:07 AM

    Explained the flight of the Srilankan people. It is not a laughing matter Mr. Prime Minister. We should be ashamed of that.

    TMA Friday, 09 December 2011 08:38 AM

    So that means unemployment is that huge in the country

    Suba Angathayak Saturday, 10 December 2011 01:07 PM

    Well said, John.

    izmy Friday, 09 December 2011 09:00 AM

    Second statment for the week, keep going we don't need to watch comedies.

    Modaya Friday, 09 December 2011 09:07 AM

    You should live with them too.

    Ravindu Friday, 09 December 2011 09:12 AM

    Is he know about he is talking.

    Nodrog Friday, 09 December 2011 09:18 AM

    Is the prison food on par with Parliament canteen subsidized food?

    philip Friday, 09 December 2011 09:33 AM

    Easy solution to reducing the number of prisoners - make sure that the population has enough to eat.

    Kangarro Friday, 09 December 2011 10:45 AM

    Childish

    Dalu Banda Friday, 09 December 2011 11:02 AM

    I have no surprise as this has been stated by non other than the priminister of Sri lanka. They are high intellectual capacity guys.

    ramkumar Friday, 09 December 2011 10:59 AM

    Is our PM agree that ordinary people have no money to buy food to the quality of prison food. This an indication of the country economy.

    Rodny Saturday, 10 December 2011 02:28 AM

    Yes, a good one. Is he getting meals from the prison kitchen when the parliament is closed?.

    willows Friday, 09 December 2011 11:13 AM

    high time for everybody to be in prison???

    qxt Friday, 09 December 2011 11:32 AM

    Do they do home delivery?

    American Friday, 09 December 2011 11:37 AM

    Do they advertise the Prison Menu in the newspaper ??

    Don Juan Saturday, 10 December 2011 03:12 AM

    You have rightly said it DM. All the crooks are in the parliament and innocents are in Jail. You know what? since 1948, not a single politician had been sent to Jail in this country for murder, thuggery and whole sale embazelmetns of public money

    fazli Friday, 09 December 2011 12:14 PM

    Dont run down your fellow countrymen, PM

    nena Friday, 09 December 2011 12:22 PM

    So why dont you go there PM?

    farook Friday, 09 December 2011 02:18 PM

    he always talking about food.

    KRRajarathnam Friday, 09 December 2011 02:29 PM

    well said PM, I am aware of a few cases of persons (thugs) who always preferred to be in prisons because they were well fed with easy work and minimum punishments.

    Rohan Saturday, 10 December 2011 05:02 AM

    What a Idiot. is there any retirement age in the parliment?

    lankayouth Friday, 09 December 2011 03:22 PM

    Please sir detail the food that are available in our parliament mess and its price to the country to show how our poor politicians are suffering there.

    Aristotle Friday, 09 December 2011 03:42 PM

    The joker of the year.

    senna Friday, 09 December 2011 03:57 PM

    Sir,
    Some of them also go abroad to give you dollars for you to import all sort of duty free luxuries

    xlntgson Friday, 09 December 2011 04:06 PM

    It is high time to find a way for eradicating thefts, burglaries and robberies.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 09 December 2011 04:06 PM

    Anothr statement from our Prime Minister who never ceases to entertain us with howlers. That makes two for this week starting with the plea to stop import of wheat flour and fruits and now this incredible story of people preferring to stay in prison just for the meals.

    Karate Dhammika Friday, 09 December 2011 04:36 PM

    What an idiotic and irresponsible comment from a Prime minister !

    loku Friday, 09 December 2011 04:54 PM

    Nuts, nuts!

    Aristotle Friday, 09 December 2011 05:32 PM

    Is this a prime minister's statement.

    Sue Saturday, 10 December 2011 09:19 AM

    Isn't it better to keep your muth shut if u don't have anything worthwhile to say?

    nena Friday, 09 December 2011 06:25 PM

    I read a news article that predict PM post is going to another man soon. Are you talking these nonsense because of that?.


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