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By Jamila Najmuddin

Deputy Highways Minister Mervyn Silva says Buddhist monks should not enter Parliament as, in his opinion, by doing so the monks lose the respect given to the clergy.

The controversial Deputy Minister, in an interview with Daily Mirror online, opined that he did not oppose sports and film stars entering Parliament even without being involved in politics or having any political background.

However he says he is “disappointment” to see Buddhist monks in Parliament noting that while one usually stands up and bows down while speaking to a monk, in Parliament that does not happen and that puts the monk on par with an ordinary person. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 47

  • asoka Sunday, 01 August 2010 01:58 PM

    He is of the few politicians who can do his job well.. Don't you know that?

    Practical Sunday, 01 August 2010 06:30 AM

    What about him? he's not a monk!

    Waakir Hussain Sunday, 01 August 2010 06:47 AM

    wow well said Dr, you have a bright future to become president he he he he,.......

    Sham Sunday, 01 August 2010 08:09 AM

    Throw Mervyn out sanity should be restored and it shall become a place of respect....... then monks can move in

    Iqbal Sunday, 01 August 2010 08:13 AM

    Marvin is a pure politician...pls do not disturb his feelings...He is a very good man & now he has reformed... he..he..

    RajasH Sunday, 01 August 2010 08:18 AM

    for once he is talking sense,he should initiate a project to clean up the monks and purge all bogus monks who are drug and sex addicts and preach racism and power hungry

    Dassanayake Sunday, 01 August 2010 08:47 AM

    Well said Minister, At least One wise minister gave his point blank comments on Parliment. Monks should be monks not politicians...

    Hemantha Sunday, 01 August 2010 10:06 AM

    Not only monks, drug dealers, underworld gang operators, also should not enter parliament.

    PM Sunday, 01 August 2010 10:07 AM

    Mervin Silva is becoming wiser these days!! Keep up the good words!

    sambaata Sunday, 01 August 2010 10:42 AM

    For first time in his life he had told the truth and something some facts. Weldone DR.Keep it up . In this point I am all the way with you.

    Ayoma Lanka Atapattu Sunday, 01 August 2010 11:20 AM

    Monks should be monks not this case we agree with you..........MP

    T,Nayagam Sunday, 01 August 2010 12:53 PM

    What he is saying is absolutely true,let them be in Pansala to say Bana not to wear the Robe and go around setting fire to houses and shops. Well said are getting cleaver .

    Duminda Sunday, 01 August 2010 06:24 AM

    Monks did play a major role in the War era.They managed to bring a Sinhalese Buddhist voice into parliament.They archived what they wanted. But i don't c the point of them hanging around still.

    Geronimo Monday, 02 August 2010 01:55 AM

    But most of the time they gave the wrong message, didn't they?
    Sometimes with their feet in their mouths? Frauds!!

    Geronimo Monday, 02 August 2010 01:58 AM

    ..and 'JOKERS' like him!

    Kaps Monday, 02 August 2010 02:08 AM

    He was elected by the people! For once I agree with the Dr. Politics (and many other things) are not for the monks.

    jeena Monday, 02 August 2010 02:23 AM

    YES, if the Buddhist monks are allowed then other religious leaders also should be present, Democracy & discrimination cannot live under the same roof !! Mr Merwyn you are Right this time !!!

    Ranil Monday, 02 August 2010 02:41 AM

    merv merv go away
    come again...another day

    may be in our next life....cos we have had enough of you

    love lanka Monday, 02 August 2010 02:54 AM

    well said Sir! we all appreiciate you for your honest comments, but, not your thuggery actions.

    Sanga Monday, 02 August 2010 03:47 AM

    at last Mr.Mervyn talking something to think...

    wasanthi Monday, 02 August 2010 04:21 AM

    I agrre with you Dr. please speake to MR chase these monks away from Parliment. you can purpose to appoint Ordinary intelectuals to the parliment. Buddhist monks did nothing in the parliment, other than getting Car permits. I am a buddhist.

    MK Monday, 02 August 2010 07:36 AM

    He aint no monk, thats for sure!! hehe

    rajinda silva Monday, 02 August 2010 08:20 AM

    These guys are not "Monks" anyway!!! So no question about entering politics. They know that too well.

    LondonLankan_DT Monday, 02 August 2010 03:34 PM

    hehe i agree, but ironically, this is "Vedhi Bana" coming from the good doctor :)

    spg Sunday, 01 August 2010 05:00 AM

    what about jokers and people who are convicted for cheques forgery in court of law

    Nihal Sunday, 01 August 2010 03:03 AM

    On this issue I am on Mervyn's side. Well said. When it comes to respect, they have lost it long ago.

    Dinesh Sunday, 01 August 2010 03:08 AM

    He is absolutely correct for once. Parliament is not a place for the monks or for that matter any other priests. They bring disrespect to themselves and to the religion that they represent.

    sashy Sunday, 01 August 2010 03:15 AM

    what about certified joker entering parliament??

    Deepal Sunday, 01 August 2010 03:18 AM

    Well, this time the Dr. is right. Buddhist monks are there for a different purpose and not to try to run the country.

    Babanis Sunday, 01 August 2010 04:03 AM

    Totally agree. Also need to have a minimum qualification obtained in Sri Lanka for entering parliament. I should think a degree is not appropriate.

    Rif Sunday, 01 August 2010 04:08 AM

    He is 100% correct
    agreed with him on this

    citizen1 Sunday, 01 August 2010 04:14 AM

    Lovely! Now go catch some mosquitos please!

    Hemal Sunday, 01 August 2010 04:42 AM

    I agree. Monks should not be in a lunatic asylum.

    Nina Harim Sunday, 01 August 2010 04:44 AM

    Must agree Sir,

    Enthiran Sunday, 01 August 2010 04:56 AM

    lately Dr has been giving some wisdom to the lankans, you have refined a lot sir! hope you would continue to do so and be exemplary without being the object of rudecule for the Media.

    Musthafa Sunday, 01 August 2010 04:57 AM

    wow, Monks can not enter parliment but, monkyes can enter!!

    Farshard Sunday, 01 August 2010 02:59 AM

    what about you????

    KD Sunday, 01 August 2010 05:02 AM

    When did you got elected?

    mohamed Sunday, 01 August 2010 05:07 AM

    oh...dont know whats happening to Marvin these days? Is he sensible enough or somthing else?

    RIYADH Sunday, 01 August 2010 05:17 AM

    Good One Dr... Seem you have repented? You are coming with good ideas… we hope to hear more and if you implement your ideas we are with you and please don’t get back to what you were

    mohammed Sunday, 01 August 2010 05:27 AM

    who said he don't have brain?

    mihlar Sunday, 01 August 2010 05:28 AM

    I would like to know what is the actual teaching of budhism on this matter? is there any difference of openion? according the little knowledge I have about budhism that "The monks
    should be away from most of the desires" but its not the case today.

    Daminda Sunday, 01 August 2010 05:32 AM

    What right he has to talk about respect after harassing Kolonnawe hamuduro in parliament? There was phtographic evidence of him attacking the monk in the house.


    Benadict Sunday, 01 August 2010 05:39 AM

    I agree with you, but its too late now.
    You should have said this many years ago.

    Lanakan Sunday, 01 August 2010 06:08 AM

    monks, clergies, thugs, law offenders, fake doctors should not be in parliment. this will mean, we have to go for another general election.

    raj Sunday, 01 August 2010 06:12 AM

    I totally agree with you Sir though I do not agree witn you most of the time.

    Rajapaksa Sunday, 01 August 2010 06:15 AM

    100% agree with the Deputy Minister. They are now competing and criticising other politicians for power. (craving for power). Can we accept this?

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