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Culture and the Arts Minister T.B Ekanayake explained the reason for the worn-down state of his shoes on his way to meet the Chinese President who was the chief guest at a meeting in connection with the signing of a cultural agreement at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo recently.

He said he had lost the soles of both his old shoes which he had at home and he had not worn it for a long period.  He said he had to proceed to the meeting because it was with the President of China.

“Those shoes were white. I wore them because it matched my costume, but I had not worn them in a while and both soles came off on the way. What could I do? I had to go to the meeting as well. It is not every day that you get to shake hands with the President of China, so I went like that. Our people are all down to earth, so I didn’t pay attention to the state of my shoes. There were pictures of this that were circulated. These things happen,” Minister Ekanayake explained.





Pictures courtesy: Foreign Correspondents' Association of Sri Lanka
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  • Palitha Silva Saturday, 20 September 2014 03:10 PM

    This is a WORLD RECORD.............

    Palitha Silva Saturday, 20 September 2014 03:27 PM

    Srilankans always keep WORLD RECORD...........................!

    Moha Saturday, 20 September 2014 09:34 AM

    He has explained it.few things very clear.he has only one white shoe.so the other color.?please do not encourage him to change.if he does ,we have to pay for it.let the world admire the simplicity of our ministers.even. Brand names comes out from china.it is not the country,but the quality ,price and the affordablity.

    K.V. Paulson Saturday, 20 September 2014 09:43 AM

    He had to attend the function with a departed soul aa his black shoe does not match with his dress !!

    Regi Saturday, 20 September 2014 09:54 AM

    Any sensible person will get ready with what they wear for an important function a day ahead. He wouldn't have taken 15 minutes to buy a shoe from a shop.

    shan Saturday, 20 September 2014 07:10 AM

    Transparency

    yakamahathaya Sunday, 21 September 2014 07:27 AM

    aiyo he could have gone to liberty plaza and borrowed a pair of high heels from Jeena Madam

    Freddie Wane Sunday, 21 September 2014 01:36 PM

    Shoes were made in China...

    Mottayah Saturday, 20 September 2014 11:59 PM

    Let's see if our president has any guts and quality to take action against this idiotic minister or is the President in the same class as well?? Not sure..

    Sirisena Saturday, 20 September 2014 02:10 PM

    Like Yoshi Ministers must wear Louis Vitton shoes!

    මොහොම්ඩ් Saturday, 20 September 2014 02:12 PM

    you guys are earning millions of Rs per month, but no money to bye a pair of shoos! what a pity!
    wait for the aashcharryaya

    Be Fair Saturday, 20 September 2014 02:50 PM

    If he was sensible he wouldn't have been a Minister in the first place. So in my opinion this is acceptable, these things happen you know. :)

    [quote name="Regi"]Any sensible person will get ready with what they wear for an important function a day ahead. He wouldn't have taken 15 minutes to buy a shoe from a shop.[/quote]


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