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The Ice Bucket challenge started by an American to raise funds for his friend suffering from a deadly Motor Neurone Disease has been converted into a publicity stunt by some local politicians who blindly follow whatever that comes from the West, United National Party (UNP) MP Mangala Samaraweera said today.

He said these politicians who had come into politics using the names of their fathers have begun to waste water when taking part in this so-called challenge when people in several parts of the country including Moneragala and Hambantota Districts are suffering from the severe drought.

“No one has noticed that people living in Bandarawala, Badulla and Nuwara Eliya face an ice bucket challenge whenever they wash themselves,” Mr. Samaraweera said in a statement to the media.
He asked how fun and games could be conducted on the internet at a time when parents were killing their children or committing suicide because they had no way of feeding them.

Meanwhile UNP MP Buddkika Pathirana also asked whether it was fair to waste water when people in ten districts were suffering without water. Mr. Pathirana said the ice bucket challenge was similar to the reviled pyramid racket. Therefore he urged all Sri Lankan citizens to reject this game. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 19

  • Citizen Tuesday, 26 August 2014 12:18 PM

    LOL !

    kithudugama Wednesday, 27 August 2014 07:08 AM

    Sit on an ice bucket and get your back frozen

    A W Abdulkany Wednesday, 27 August 2014 11:59 AM

    Americanization of local culture for lust & pleasure via DM Android App

    rumina Wednesday, 27 August 2014 06:29 AM

    I personally dislike you.But something wise passed your lips after a long time

    Sammy Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:55 AM

    Cool it Mangala, with some ice on your head!

    naqsh1 Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:43 AM

    He who gave Otara of ODEL the premises for less than peanut value is talking of waste. Yes, waste is not at all good particularly when the country is suffering from drought.

    dushan Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:36 AM

    How do you get the water to your swimming pool.

    ssssSri Wednesday, 27 August 2014 07:16 AM

    Wise statement after long time

    mahinda Tuesday, 26 August 2014 12:39 PM

    Dont be jealous. Let them enjoy.

    Bibby Tuesday, 26 August 2014 06:02 PM

    this shows the quality of our politicians and what they stand for. via DM Android App

    GC Tuesday, 26 August 2014 09:52 AM

    Well said. Hope those who ape things inappropriate for our culture too, e.g. night races or any motor races that burn so much of fuel in fancy cars etc, would hear.

    Ajith-k Tuesday, 26 August 2014 11:33 AM

    commendable word came out after long time from this Mr Samaraweera. No one was there to say something about this Joke. Thank you...

    ramesh Tuesday, 26 August 2014 11:19 AM

    how can stopping theis ICE bucket challenge bring rain to polonnaruwa andd when we keep on cutting down trees and harming the eco system

    shavantha Tuesday, 26 August 2014 11:08 AM

    will not doing this ICE Bucket challenge bring rain to polonnaruwa. now how can that happen

    John Silva Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:55 AM

    Good lesson for ICE buckets. Anyway they are real "ICE" buckets.

    MInister Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:49 AM

    Kiri appata vidhuli kotapiya !!! What a statement sir !

    hushaard Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:24 AM

    Oh.. get a life will you, there s so much wrong with this country, and an ice bucket is what you have to talk about?? what nonesence!!

    Gayan Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:15 AM

    "But but ... one of my servants took the water from my swimming pool so it doesn't harm anyone!"

    pradeep Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:14 AM

    Good statement after long time.

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