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'Mahattaya treatment' is confusing some Sri Lankan parliamentarians

Ramanie de Zoysa

The teacup and saucer throwing incident reported from the Sri Lankan Parliament once again highlights that some of the members (both elected and LTTE fakes) have extreme difficulty adjusting to civilities and respectability of their positions. The fancy life style of a MP in Sri Lanka with sky high salaries and perks, free 'buth curry' and cups of tea with pancake rolls and vadai served in the 'House' by white uniform clad butlers, riding around in expensive duty free Pajeros and most importantly the ordinary citizens calling them 'SIR' and bowing their heads must all be a nightmare for these people to cope with.

As an immediate remedy (until the MPs are properly House-trained') may I suggest replacing part of the crockery in the House with coconut shells ('pol katu'). These are hardy and thus more practical, do not need balancing like cups and saucers do and may even come in attractive colours if you care to shop at Laksala. Even more importantly these are easier for people to get used to, better at being thrown at a target and may even improve income prospects of the local coconut industry. An even better alternative is not to give these undisciplined free-loaders free food and drinks in the House at the expense of the whole country.


When exactly is the House of Representatives of Sri Lanka going to introduce some discipline and respectability among its members? It is a crime that public funds are spent on maintaining MPs' lifestyles without using it to improve the living standards of the suffering masses. Starting from the acceptance of TNA members who got themselves into the Parliament through outright fraud, this Parliament has cowardly accepted the treasonous acts of the TNA members and now the violence of UNP's T. Maheswaran. In stark contrast, our heroic soldiers in the North and East are reported to be sustaining fatal attacks from the LTTE due to them being deployed in patrolling these terrorist infested areas without proper facilities. The death of a Lance Corpral of the Sri Lanka Army is a case in point who was attacked by the LTTE with swords while he and his partner were 'patrolling' on push bikes! Some of our MPs, while doing absolutely nothing of any significance, drive around in Colombo in brand new Pajeros! Where
is the sense in this?


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