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The Opposition yesterday raised objection to MP A.L.M. Athaullah's attire claiming he was violating the dress code of the House.

Samagi Jana Balawegaya MP Nalin Bandara, who raised objections urged the Speaker to remove the MP from the chamber.

SJB MP S.M. Marikkar said this was not the Parliament in Afghanistan or Pakistan to be so attired while MP Athaullah asked whether the Opposition was concerned about the 20A or about his dress but had to leave the chamber because of Opposition protests. However, later in the day, SJB MP Harshana Rajakaruna raised objections saying MP Athaullah was present in the House again violating the dress code.

Deputy Chairman of Committees Angajan Ramanathan said, “The Speaker has allowed him to attend Parliament sessions only for today in that dress”.

Issues pertaining to the dress code of MPs have arisen several times in Parliament in the past with then TNA MP K. Thangershwari being sent out as she came wearing a salvarkameez while M. N Thoufeek was removed for coming into the chamber in a red shirt. A similar issue arose when Srimani Authlathmudali came into Parliament in a skirt and blouse way back in 1995.(Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

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  • Disgusted Don Wednesday, 23 September 2020 02:46 AM

    why send such in disciplined time wasters to parliament. Disgusting

    Ram Wednesday, 23 September 2020 02:54 AM

    More than the dress code the Parliamentarians need a code of discipline. Sometime back we saw the chairs flying and people assaulted. Why not introduce that first

    Sashi Wednesday, 23 September 2020 03:10 AM

    Try flaunting dress code I n India and see the repercussions! Then again, Indians wouldn't have him in parliament!

    Jeeves Wednesday, 23 September 2020 03:19 AM

    Stretching boundaries and our patience! Is this how ministers should behave?

    vince Wednesday, 23 September 2020 04:15 AM

    what an idiot. if he wants to be so attired he should be either in a fashion parade or bugger off to a country where such attire is the national dress. what a anker

    Hamlet Wednesday, 23 September 2020 04:42 AM

    Why is Dress so Important? ..It should be only if it is Untidy, Unclean and Too Revealing!

    Punchi Banda Wednesday, 23 September 2020 05:53 AM

    Cannot understand that a nation of retards criminals primitive sub humans who have destroyed the civilised prosperous country that the civilised Christian British white man left behind have a so called dress code - when it white civilised Christian Australia Pauline Hanson the Christian crusader against the religions of Satan attended wearing a burka

    BigLobe Wednesday, 23 September 2020 05:56 AM

    This is typical to these people with this attitude. When certain foreign countries play cricket in Sri Lanka, these patriots cheer the visiting team. It is got to do with religion.

    Lal Wednesday, 23 September 2020 06:16 AM

    ONLY DRESS. FILTHY WORDS OKAY. LIKE ANIMALS BEHAVIOR OKAY CHAIR THROUGH WILL BE OKAY. FILES DESTROYING OKAY. WHAT TYPE OF OUR PARLIAMENT

    Wasan Wednesday, 23 September 2020 08:25 AM

    HON. SPEAKER! Please educate the politicians first 1. How to respect the parliament 2. Respect the seniors ( speaker. Prime minister). 3. How to speak 4. Schools children looking the T. V. 5. Even our politicians kids and families seen these drama. 6. What type of these politicians. Look hands. Fingers. Please first send them out of the parliament. Hon. Speaker you have write to do this. Do it do it do it.

    Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 23 September 2020 08:39 AM

    The former German Foreign Minister, Joschka Fischer from the Green Party, came to parliament in jeans, sweaters and sports shoes. Nobody cared about it. There is no dress code in Germany. For parliamentarians in Germany, values such as intelligence, integrity and honesty are important. Since Sri Lankan parliamentarians do not have these values, meaningless values such as a dress code are important here.

    FF Wednesday, 23 September 2020 08:43 AM

    THE SPEAKER DOES NOT KNOW HIS DUTIES

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Wednesday, 23 September 2020 08:59 AM

    What was he wearing? A "jelabiyah" or something? Incidentally, does a Buddhist monk's robe come within the dress code? No offense, just asking.

    Anoosh Wednesday, 23 September 2020 10:32 AM

    So what about batik, is that OK ???????.


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