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By Indika Sri Aravinda

Samurdhi officers have decided to suspend their participation in dengue eradication programmes islandwide until disciplinary action is taken against Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva for tying a Samurdhi officer to a tree today.

President of the All Ceylon Samurdhi Workers Association Nishantha Udawatta speaking to Daily Mirror online said that all associations affiliated to the Samurdhi Authority have decided to support the strike and will also seek legal action against the Deputy Minister.

Deputy Minister Silva tied a Samurdhi Officer to a mango tree this afternoon over his failure to attend a dengue prevention programme in Kelaniya last week. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • ygen Wednesday, 04 August 2010 06:53 AM


    Podi Guru Tuesday, 03 August 2010 04:57 PM

    This sounds like 18th century British colonial rule. Why not put the errant officer in stocks in the middle of Galle Face Green? Then flog the man right before he is sent into exile.

    Hatim Wednesday, 04 August 2010 06:56 AM

    Samurdhi officers have made a good decision.... They must get a proper justice..

    Marikar Tuesday, 03 August 2010 05:00 PM

    All organizations should protest, & bring this LUNATIC to LAW!
    He cannot do this to people.

    Gunawardena Tuesday, 03 August 2010 05:06 PM

    Can we tie-down a Parliament minister in same way??...

    Murshid Wednesday, 04 August 2010 07:02 AM

    What the Minister did was correct. These Government servants are paid salaries to do their jobs properly, and it is the public who pays them through taxes, still they do not want to work or support public programmes. We Sri Lankans need people like Mervyn Silva, Wimal Weerawansa and others to attack the public and UN officials. Murshid

    Lankan Expat Wednesday, 04 August 2010 07:03 AM

    The good Dr. tied the official to the tree..
    But did the action get rid of the Mosquitoes...
    Seems like the good Dr. lost the wood for the trees...

    silly point Wednesday, 04 August 2010 07:04 AM

    What's shocking is MR"s attitude. Country can't believe why he has a soft corner for this joker.

    Waruna Tuesday, 03 August 2010 05:12 PM

    It was always like that.

    Lankan Macha Tuesday, 03 August 2010 05:15 PM

    + Ha .. Ha.. I am waiting for the next episode ...

    david Tuesday, 03 August 2010 05:17 PM

    This is the only way to get them to work. Well done minister!

    CW Wednesday, 04 August 2010 07:14 AM

    Answer is simple, President must take an immediate action & remove this idiot from the Parliament so that the innocents can live in peace.

    Rajapaksa Wednesday, 04 August 2010 07:19 AM

    As in many cases, the man tied himself to the tree.

    Nandimithra Wednesday, 04 August 2010 07:20 AM

    Yes remember the poor people of Rupavahini who were smashed by this thug.

    GK Tuesday, 03 August 2010 05:49 PM

    Let's see how 'brave' these Samurdhi officials really are! Will they live-up to their 'noise'?

    Nandimithra Wednesday, 04 August 2010 07:30 AM

    Same with opposition politicos - simply bought over.

    Kaush Tuesday, 03 August 2010 06:02 PM

    To me, public servants are the most pathetic group of workers in this country. Someone is, for once, standing-up and teaching them a lesson! The deputy minister might be going a bit too far, but I feel that public servants and university students should all be treated with the same 'stick'!

    Senior Citizen Wednesday, 04 August 2010 07:41 AM

    Obvious reasons - don't you know.

    surasaradiyal Wednesday, 04 August 2010 08:01 AM

    in the name of mosquitos!!!!!

    a Wednesday, 04 August 2010 08:01 AM

    This is not about fun. Every one should support this action.

    Concerned Citizen Wednesday, 04 August 2010 01:11 PM

    No, Gampaha has very strangely stuffed ballot boxes and very strange counting officers..........

    Holman Wednesday, 04 August 2010 08:06 AM

    It is a good chance for 'Samurdi officers' to migrate. Sure US embassy will help them. 'Suba Anagathayak'.

    roshan Wednesday, 04 August 2010 08:07 AM

    This is a clear example that what is prevailing in sri lanka is jungle law. Two mistakes doesnt make one right. What is really hearting is a considerable portion of people who commented above have accepted this as a normal thing and happy to live with it. No wonder why these type of people enter parliament with very high votes. Remember those countries that have a well developed public service did not achive that by this manner. Sri Lankans will never smell even the fragrance of what is real development with these type of people and politicians in our country

    Poornima Wednesday, 04 August 2010 08:15 AM

    People who dont work should be punished like this

    shane uk Wednesday, 04 August 2010 10:31 AM

    yes these samurdhi officers are time wasters.all political nothing to worry.

    Shan Wednesday, 04 August 2010 08:18 AM

    MS good work. Start your punishment with all cabinet ministers. Tie all of them for not doing their job properly. Lol.

    Puran Tuesday, 03 August 2010 07:11 PM

    The public sector in Sri Lanka is highly inefficient. No one is willing to work anymore. What Mervin did was right! A good lesson to other public sector employees, to work more efficiently to fulfil the public's needs.

    Mr.Concern Wednesday, 04 August 2010 08:19 AM

    If at should be the health ministry personal who should be tied to the tree.

    Ruwan Ferdinandez Tuesday, 03 August 2010 07:11 PM

    Gampaha is a very strange place!

    OneLanka Tuesday, 03 August 2010 07:13 PM

    Ask not what the country can do for you, but what you can do for the country!

    Sri Lankan Tuesday, 03 August 2010 07:18 PM

    If the Samurdi officers suspend their participation in dengue eradication programmes, the government should call-on the forces, to chip-in. And as for the Samurdi workers, they should not be paid! This is how the rest of the world works!

    Tharunaya Tuesday, 03 August 2010 07:27 PM

    This is what the people voted for! Democracy is at work ... and who can argue against that?

    Lanka Kumudu Tuesday, 03 August 2010 08:10 PM

    I am sure that there are enough people to replace them!

    perera007 Wednesday, 04 August 2010 04:17 AM

    Well even if they convict someone it will be on some technicality where Mervin did not really tie the man to the tree... and the poor guy who did will go to Jail or be fined.

    raj Tuesday, 03 August 2010 09:03 PM

    First, bear in mind what type of government you are dealing with.

    paul Tuesday, 03 August 2010 09:14 PM

    Well done minister! We need stricter laws, to get the work done!

    Mahmood Ashraf Tuesday, 03 August 2010 09:24 PM

    What I believe and know is that our government services personnel are not efficient in their duties and do not work according to international standards, so in a way, this would be a lesson for them!

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 03 August 2010 03:49 PM

    Now the real fun starts ! It would be really interesting to see who is more powerful: the Samurdhi officers ? The deputy Minister ? or the MOSQUITOS !

    Holman Wednesday, 04 August 2010 04:44 AM

    Merv is trying his best to be the MEGA STAR !

    Bakamoona Wednesday, 04 August 2010 04:45 AM

    Every action has a reaction.

    lankaman Wednesday, 04 August 2010 04:47 AM

    You are stupid not to see the problem. Its not the Samurdhi officials with whom there is a problem, but stupid politicians like maruvin who don't let government officials do their duties properly. You are trying to change the pillow for headache. Grow up!!!

    FATHIMA Wednesday, 04 August 2010 04:48 AM

    May be mervin affected by dengue- MR please send him to hospital to check his brain!!!

    sinnan Tuesday, 03 August 2010 03:53 PM

    Well done for your decision to take legal action, But think twice will you Succeed in legal action as Dr. will tie the judge in a banyan tree, then what will you Do?

    skn Wednesday, 04 August 2010 09:14 AM

    Mr.president, what are the benefits to government from mervin
    so please resign him.

    Mahintha Rajapasse Wednesday, 04 August 2010 11:00 AM

    Long LIVE MERYN I salute mervyn for doing this!! hoorayh !!!

    Kurulla Wednesday, 04 August 2010 04:58 AM

    It is said that short people try their best to show-off. he he.

    Esika Wednesday, 04 August 2010 05:04 AM

    Nothing. Judge will file a case against MS and mosquitos will bite more.

    Abdeen Tuesday, 03 August 2010 03:57 PM

    Whats Going on with Mervin, Mervin Please go & check your head with Apolo??? i think its getting mad???

    pandula Wednesday, 04 August 2010 05:08 AM

    All this says we are not developing in any means. No law, no huminity, low efficient, hate etc

    Boys Tuesday, 03 August 2010 03:59 PM

    Mervin Silva.......You are always passing your limit....Please control it as you are not the god of the land...Mr. President please suspend Mervin Silva immidiatly....

    Mahnda Chandiya Tuesday, 03 August 2010 04:04 PM

    All Samurdhi officers should be tied to trees. Long live Mervin, our King and future leader of the coutry!!!

    demon Tuesday, 03 August 2010 04:07 PM

    good one...this should happen...

    Dumbara Banda Tuesday, 03 August 2010 04:09 PM

    We should make Mervyn De Silva our President. I am sure he will do a better job.

    Channa Tuesday, 03 August 2010 04:14 PM

    Should Expell All these Samurdhi Strikers and recruit people who does the work properly.....

    Siripala D. Wednesday, 04 August 2010 05:30 AM

    Do you notice that there are high ranking police officers in the scene doing nothing to prevent this gross abuse ? Do we have an IGP in this country ?

    Athula Tuesday, 03 August 2010 04:17 PM

    Dr.Dutugemunu recived 140 thousand odd votes from Gampaha. So these people should get rewards like this. Well done Dr.

    rohan Wednesday, 04 August 2010 05:41 AM

    Dear samurdhi officers, what's the big fuss over MS's act. He wants to make the government employees work for a better purpose. Saving one of your beloved child from death. Isn't it a good work. Just imagine you are just going to lose your baby on dengue. How do you feel. He had to do it the way you people understand, no other way.

    RajasH Tuesday, 03 August 2010 04:26 PM

    wonder what rope trick Doctor will pull out of his sleev new.

    arshad Wednesday, 04 August 2010 05:54 AM

    If an Officer has commited an offence , He should be tried in Courts and be alowed to defend him self . No one has the right to take the Law into there hands. This officer who was tied to tree has not been able attend since his child has been sick that particular day, Therefore the people who try to take the law into there hands should also think if any of there children are sick how will they react

    Nadarajah Sethurupan Tuesday, 03 August 2010 04:26 PM

    Dear Sir Mervin, We all are with you.

    SW Tuesday, 03 August 2010 04:28 PM

    It is high time that someone stood up to Mervyn Silva.

    siripala Tuesday, 03 August 2010 04:29 PM

    It is about time somebody stood up to this joker.
    Surely the president can find somebody better than this thug.

    Hettiarachchi Tuesday, 03 August 2010 04:33 PM

    This is totally an uncivilized work of this uncultivated notorious man. If a government officer or even any person has committed an offense there is a way of taking disciplinary or legal action against such person. I think the officer concerned should file a case asking for compensation. It is good that Samurdhi Officers have come forward against this uncivilized act.

    silva Tuesday, 03 August 2010 04:34 PM

    this is not new in srilanka, now they call for strike, then president call the leader of strike and negotiate or threaten or giving some money , then problem solve
    stupid country and people

    navjoti Wednesday, 04 August 2010 06:10 AM

    Bravo well done what ever the rights & wrongs of the samurdhi officer we have to deal with things in a civilised way .please Mr president take steps to discipline your minister

    dissanayakke Tuesday, 03 August 2010 04:39 PM

    democratic socialist republic of srilanka

    no it's a nazi state

    LouVi Tuesday, 03 August 2010 04:40 PM

    Human Rights being replaced by Horror Rites

    Rajapakse Wednesday, 04 August 2010 09:52 AM

    Samurdi officers, don't give up. We are with you.

    Banda Tuesday, 03 August 2010 04:44 PM

    SL must be the only country in the world that is going on reverse gear in every aspect

    The Liberal Tuesday, 03 August 2010 04:49 PM

    lol...good one

    sudu Wednesday, 04 August 2010 06:42 AM

    MR. president still has'nt woken up on this matter.... even in the past also the same concern over mervin

    freedom Wednesday, 04 August 2010 06:43 AM

    what a drama..mervin will be free

    Rajapaksa Tuesday, 03 August 2010 04:51 PM

    Mosquitos lived happily ever after. The end!!!

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