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Deputy Minister of Highways Mervyn Silva said he would not let any dengue deaths occur in Kelaniya after August 1st and if a death does occur, officials of the relevant authorities will be tied to a tree as punishment.

Speaking at a media briefing Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva said that he would take measures to tie the members of the Pradeshiya sabha, health officials, grama niladari officials and samurdhi officials to a tree located close to the dengue victim’s house.

He said that measures should be taken to clear all areas by August 1 and officials shouldn’t be afraid to nab offenders who throw dirt on to the road.

“Even if hotels have our photographs don’t be afraid to check these places. If someone comes to throw dirt they will leave the place only with a scar,” he said. 

  Comments - 71

  • D Fernando Wednesday, 28 July 2010 06:12 PM

    The governments responds with only staged 'clean-ups'; they are not taking this seriously!

    Rumesh Thursday, 29 July 2010 06:31 AM

    Mervyn has put up a poster saying 'Mosquitoes are not allowed here!!' to ban dengue.. brainy move by the doc..

    Viv Suriya Wednesday, 28 July 2010 06:46 PM

    Can't he tie-up mosquitoes to trees, instead?

    bernard Thursday, 29 July 2010 06:52 AM

    He said he would resign his Kelaniya seat if Sarath Fonseka's DNA party wins one single seat. He is still here.
    Joker of jokers!!!!

    N.C.Wijeratne Wednesday, 28 July 2010 07:52 PM

    Soon it will be "DENGUE BANS MERVYN"!

    Jay Wednesday, 28 July 2010 07:53 PM

    People get what they voted for ...

    Invictusrilankan Thursday, 29 July 2010 07:04 AM

    This guy really is quite a character. Since he is from a village most people find his ways very unconventional but I think at the end of the day he is just like any other politician trying to make a buck, increase their power and of course do something for the public in the process as well. Everybody calls him a joker but sometimes I feel that his intentions are simple direct. The Trees it shall be Dr. Silva.

    polwansa Wednesday, 28 July 2010 09:06 PM

    Why doesn't the government use the Army to clear the garbage from every district in the country? Dengue cannot be controlled by a few health officers alone. A huge amount of manpower is needed and the Army can do this - to save more lives! In fact, dengue control should be brought under the Defence Ministry!

    James bond Thursday, 29 July 2010 07:58 AM

    laugh of the day, my foot!

    Bakamoona Thursday, 29 July 2010 07:59 AM

    Deputy Minister, please clean Kelani ganga first.

    Geronimo Thursday, 29 July 2010 02:42 PM

    It appears that the most widely used words these days are Ban, Dengue and Mervyn!!!!!!!

    AAn Balan Thursday, 29 July 2010 02:16 AM

    The statement reveals knowledge level of the Doctorate he holds and displays the managerial skills of Sri Lanka at the top national level..

    Suba Thursday, 29 July 2010 02:18 AM

    If the Minister ties himself to a tree, even the dengue mosquitoes will be happy.

    wicky Thursday, 29 July 2010 02:37 AM

    If this happens, Dengu Mervin will go to history.

    Maharaja Thursday, 29 July 2010 02:41 AM

    This is how our justice system works!!!
    Sri Lankans -It is time to wake up.

    Geronimo Thursday, 29 July 2010 02:50 AM

    Well said, Viv. They cannot control the deadly insect but will readily place the responsibility on guys that are trying to control deaths by it.

    Geronimo Thursday, 29 July 2010 02:51 AM

    He should have a word with the mosquito too!!!!!!

    Concerned Thursday, 29 July 2010 02:54 AM

    If you dont find sufficient trees in Kelaniya, we can provide them for your use in other electorates. Please let us know if you need more trees.

    Selvamani Ramesh Thursday, 29 July 2010 02:56 AM

    in a way he expressed is not acceptable but if he implement the action its a good move.

    Cynic Thursday, 29 July 2010 02:59 AM

    Dear Dengue mosquito,
    Please bite this clown.

    VF Thursday, 29 July 2010 03:14 AM


    Sam Wednesday, 28 July 2010 01:18 PM

    Interesting..... I wish he could carry out what he says..... it will add some comedy to our routine life!

    gUGLI Wednesday, 28 July 2010 01:23 PM

    Same Style...
    Same Joke...
    But for a good move...
    This is the only way we can wake-up relevant/responsible officials..

    Andare Wednesday, 28 July 2010 01:24 PM

    Ha Ha Ha. What a joke !

    Farshard Wednesday, 28 July 2010 01:24 PM

    well mr.mervin its good move if you show your ability in this case sure u can get 1good job in CMC

    Jason Thursday, 29 July 2010 08:55 AM

    Dengue is a serious issue in SL and the Govt. needs to crackdown on local councils hard.

    For once, I am supportive of Mervyn's comments.

    aaaaaaaaaaaa Thursday, 29 July 2010 08:56 AM


    Lawyer Wednesday, 28 July 2010 01:31 PM

    ohoma yang Mervyn! api oba samagai.

    Babanis Wednesday, 28 July 2010 01:35 PM

    Living in a fools paradise!

    Musnad Sufian Wednesday, 28 July 2010 01:37 PM

    So he says that law of the jungle is effective in Sri Lanka?

    sanus Thursday, 29 July 2010 03:32 AM

    Gampaha District voters who voted for this pseudo Doctor,
    should be treated for deranged minds, dengue treatment can come later!

    Muhandiram Imsid Thursday, 29 July 2010 03:34 AM

    When I was wondering why Mervyn, the Ball Tamperer, is not in the news for quite a while, here he comes with something sensational. He knows how to catch attention

    Gayan Samarasekara Wednesday, 28 July 2010 01:37 PM

    Can't this man promise to quit politics (and also to leave the country), after 1st of August, if any Dengue death occurred..

    siva Wednesday, 28 July 2010 01:41 PM

    get lost -who are you to do this

    sdherath Wednesday, 28 July 2010 01:45 PM

    yeah, doctors prescription for a social disease, way to go Doc.

    Thilanga Wednesday, 28 July 2010 01:46 PM

    Yeah, because we all know that highways and diseases are related to each other...

    Bird Eye Wednesday, 28 July 2010 01:46 PM

    He speaks to the people, well done Mr. Silva

    DON Wednesday, 28 July 2010 01:50 PM

    Water flows down naturally. But you are targeting officials at the bottom artificially. Your list is missing the min.of health and his officials..

    Nadim Wednesday, 28 July 2010 01:57 PM

    always count on mervyn for a good news day

    Chaminda Wednesday, 28 July 2010 02:00 PM

    Yet another political joke.....shameless people...disgusting..

    spg Wednesday, 28 July 2010 02:04 PM

    he may die of dengu so that he can be buried in the general cemetry which he earmarked recently

    mervyn Thursday, 29 July 2010 03:58 AM

    Giving back what I got from SLRC - a lesson learnt for life a time.

    James bond Wednesday, 28 July 2010 02:05 PM

    at last the DIRTY HARRY arrived at the scene. If we are successful then we send him to Africa to vanquish AIDS by killing the people who have sex.

    rasi Wednesday, 28 July 2010 02:06 PM

    good move, hon minister. ban their job also

    Wimal W Thursday, 29 July 2010 04:01 AM

    I will come and stage my drama before the victim's house like I did in front of UN office.

    Saman Wednesday, 28 July 2010 02:11 PM

    Who will listen to great mervin today?

    nikang hithuna Thursday, 29 July 2010 04:04 AM

    you are the man if you can tie up the minister who
    is responsible. don't bark, just show us some action

    Indika Thursday, 29 July 2010 04:04 AM

    It's for the good. And people in SL specially associate with Health, this is the correct way. PHIs are hard to find.

    RajasH Wednesday, 28 July 2010 02:14 PM

    what if you catch Dengue. Minister you cant ban dengue,for your kind information its not some thing like alcohol or porn officers can only take preventive actions.

    M.H.Sheriff Thursday, 29 July 2010 04:14 AM

    Same way he threatened Wine Shop & Bar owners, later agreed with double Ransom from them.

    All liquor shops back as usual.

    mnsmart Wednesday, 28 July 2010 02:30 PM

    Pl tie the Dengue mosquito also who bit the victim in the same tree....and the victim too for allowing a mosquito to bite him or her....(No problem, bury later after the people gets a glimpse of it

    M Fernando Wednesday, 28 July 2010 02:30 PM

    Only in Sri Lanka!

    A.C.M.Inayathullah Wednesday, 28 July 2010 02:38 PM

    very smart and prompt initiatives!!

    Hon. Jilmart Wednesday, 28 July 2010 02:38 PM

    bravo! but as a minister or a deputy, you must adopt some decent language.

    Benadict Thursday, 29 July 2010 04:31 AM

    Madness can be cured but for stupidity there is no medicine.

    Ash Di Spentaneous Thursday, 29 July 2010 04:34 AM

    many here are taking this as a joke and having a laugh while some others are appreciating. What sort of a country am I living in? Some third grade politician is coming and talking like a ruthless dictator, and we laugh & appreciate it.


    gamaya Thursday, 29 July 2010 04:50 AM

    just another topic for the Human rights group to distroy the country image.

    Lanke Banda Thursday, 29 July 2010 05:04 AM

    What happens if you are the 1 st to contact Dengue fm Kelaniya ?

    pranandu Wednesday, 28 July 2010 03:49 PM


    KABAB Wednesday, 28 July 2010 03:50 PM

    What happened to closure of liquor shops in Kelaniya? If it is implemented, definetely this task too can be successful.

    Top Sri Lankan Thursday, 29 July 2010 05:14 AM

    I am never a FAN of him, I always thought he was a joker , But i feel he means it this time and i think he has already started to work on it , i mean to clean the kelaniya area. Just the Right time for him to clear up all the mess he made in the past.

    DHA Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:02 PM

    I had a bad day @ office.....thanks Mervin for being a stress relieving joke.....!!!.....

    suwimal Thursday, 29 July 2010 05:20 AM

    With his claim for direct descent from Dutugamunu, he could not take the credit for ltte's demise. This may be a vicarious way for getting consolation, at least for demise of dengue.

    Fairose Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:05 PM

    This is the Vibrant democracy, the ruling party promotes. Annaganna Subai.

    Josh Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:14 PM

    bu ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....

    Saradial Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:14 PM

    Not bad, stile you are the #1 comedian in politics.

    majeed Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:15 PM

    May its the first ammendement to the Constitution which would give him the right to proceed?? Next will tying to a Lamp post?

    Dilan Friday, 30 July 2010 06:18 AM

    Oh really....Pls Go and check for yourself....Not in Kelaniya....

    Mohamed Shafraz Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:27 PM

    Mr Ministor! You are Villain or comedian.

    valli Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:44 PM

    Good message coming from a political joker. WW too can join Merwin in his effort. WW can go on fast undo death against mosquitos

    viyasan Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:47 PM


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