Malwatte & Asgiriya Prelates in defense of Fonseka
Posted on February 13th, 2010

by hela puwath

It is indeed commendable that the Mahanayake’s Malwatte and Asgiriya has sprung to action in defense of General Sarath Fonseka, but one cannot help agree with Stanley Perera when he asks “When did they speak for the less previllaged and suffering poor?”

 “Asoka Weerasinghe has highlighted in the media of the attack of a Forestry worker by a minister in the south. Couldn’t this forestry worker approach the local Mahanayaka to take the matter up with the authority and why are they convening a crisis meeting to discuss Sarath Fonseka’s arrest?” [Stanley Perera].

 “Have they ever build a house for the poor or granted a single scholarship to a under privileged and poor student. What do they do to the colossal amount of money collected in the till? “¦” [Stanley Perera].

 These are cogent questions for the prelates of Asgiriya and Malwatte.  What do these two richly endowed temples contribute to the country?

Another important question comes to mind:

1. What have the two temples done to the vast properties granted to Malwatte and Asgiriya by our ancient kings? Who now owns or occupy the temple properties, in and around Kandy, that once belonged to Asgiriya and Malwatte temples? Who have they sold and leased temple properties in and around the city of Kandy?

2.According to laws that govern Kandyan  Buddhist Temple Properties, no property can be rented, leased or sold to a non-Buddhist.  But yet, most temple properties, in and around Kandy, are now in the possession of non-Buddhists.

 Are any audits done on Buddhist temple properties in Kandy?

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