In the Mervyn Silva episode, President is as much responsible .It is therefore appropriate either Mervyn Silva or the President make a public apology.
Posted on September 10th, 2010

By Charles.S.Perera

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ While we congratulate the President Mahinda Rajapakse for theƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  victory in the Parliament to pass the 18th Amendment to the Constitution withƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  more than a two third majority, weƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  wish him further success, after fortifying the executive Presidency , to lead the country on the path ofƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  development with the ability to overcome all obstaclesƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  he is sure to encounter.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Nevertheless, as ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ appropriate we question the President onƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  a matter distasteful to all decent people ofƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  this country who respect the President ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ and have placed their trust and confidence in him.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  It would be appreciated if the President ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ could explain why he did not take seriously the accusation levelled againstƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Mr.Mervyn Silva, a member of his government for humiliating a government officer by tying him to a tree. The justificationƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  given by Mervyn Silva asƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  enacting a drama being too clumsy an excuse.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The disciplinary action that the SLFP, had taken against the said Mr.Silva ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ was a farce. Mr.SilvaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s defenceƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  thatƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  it was only an enactment of ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ a dramaƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  should not have been accepted.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ In that sense the SLFP disciplinary inquiry against Mr.Mrvyn Silva had also been a drama to satisfy the public, as much as thatƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  enacted ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ by Mervyn Silva tying a Government Officer to a tree.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  If it had ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ been a drama that fact should have been informed before tying the Officer to the tree.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Immediately following regrettable incident there wasƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  a protest march against it, and that was not a part of the main drama.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The SLFP disciplinary Committee as well as Mr.Mervy Silva take the people of this country for fools to believe their manoeuvresƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  to whitewash Mr.Silva for the condemnable act hecommitted.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The silence of the President on the matter and reappointing Mr.Mervyn Silva back to the post of Deputy Minister of transport without demanding him to make a public apology to the government officer humiliated, in the presence of television cameras, leaves a bad taste, and leaves many questions unanswered.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ An honourable discharge by a disciplinary Committee of the SLFP or even by a court of law does not absolve a man from the wrong committed against another human being humiliating and degrading him in the presence of the public.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Mr.Mermyn SilvaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s version of theƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  matterƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  is not acceptable to the people of the country.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ That was definitely a violation of ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ human rights of a government officer. Law and discipline apart Mr.Silva should have been at least publicly reprimanded by the President or ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ by the SLFP leadership for his very high handed treatment of a Government Officer.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Incidentally that is not the first time that Mr. Silva was involved in questionable behaviour unbecoming of a Deputy Minister.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Mr.Mervyn Silva being a member of the President Mahinda RajapakseƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s government, the President cannot absolve himselfƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  of the responsibility forƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  the insolent action of his Deputy Minister.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Mr. Silva certainly has a psychological problem, and every responsible persons in the governmentƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  and the SLFP acted in this matter ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ not to give justice to a wrong done to a person , but to ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ treat ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ the matter in a way which would clear Mr.Silva ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ of blame, in this most deplorable act to enable the President to appoint him back to the post from which he was unceremoniously removed to dupe the people.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Mr.Silva is definitely not a person loved or loveable , but a person feared and unloved. He is a person who infuses fear, and one does not know to what extent he would go against some one who does a wrong or even to person who tries to point outƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  that he is wrong.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Its is strange that such a person could do any criminal act and getaway with it.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Mr.Silva may perhaps be a good person given to erratic behaviour, but that does not mean he should not at least be told publicly by his peers, that he should act differently at least when dealing with Government Officers.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The Government officers are bound by Official regulations under which they are recruited.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  And any disciplinary action against a government officer should be conducted according to the laid down disciplinary rules.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ This most ugly deplorable ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ affair brings discredit to the President. Does it mean that any one around the President can do any criminal or immoral act with impunity ?

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ That would be a weakness on the part of the President if he allows Mervyn Silva to go scot free for what he had done.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  We ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ very well saw in the television report ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ with the man tied to a tree Mervyn Silva ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ was not enacting a drama.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ It is not difficult for Mr.Mervyn Silva, being what he isƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  to get ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ an affidavits from witnesses to justify his reprehensible act by sending three or four of his thugs. ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Mervyn SilvaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s behaviour is not that of a decent man, let alone a Deputy Minister. He was behaving likeƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  a street rowdy.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ A government Officer cannot be used to perform dramas to please the whim and fancy of a Deputy Minister.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ In this Mervyn Silva episode the President is as much to be blamed as the shameless Deputy Minister. If Mr.Mervyn Silva is not made to publicly apologise for his criminal act, at least the President himself should do it on behalf of the Deputy Minister.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ That will at least teach Mervyn Silva a lesson to behave differently in the future.


5 Responses to “In the Mervyn Silva episode, President is as much responsible .It is therefore appropriate either Mervyn Silva or the President make a public apology.”

  1. gdesilva Says:

    No apology is needed – the President should have the guts to sack this clown for good. Any thing less than that will certainly come to haunt the President one day.

  2. De Costa Says:

    Look, there are too many people and too many incidents for a President to apologise for. President has already done that in Sinhala way of asking him to step down.
    On the other hand sleeping Gov servants should wake up and do the work rather than plans and talking in the western way.

  3. De Costa Says:

    Please read
    so many bridges constructed in recent time. Hopefully they finished off this too.!

  4. babaloo Says:


    I know that you are an unapologetic supporter of Mahinda Rajapakse. I commend you for this column, as a lesser individual would have made excuses for the behaviour of Mervyn Silva; this most disgraceful, despicable excuse of a human being. Kudos to you for speaking against this episode. True to form, Mahinda Rajapakse has reappointed Mervyn Silva as a deputy minister. Mahinda is the same man that asks the country to trust him with the inordinate power bestowed upon him by the 18A amendment. Good luck Sri Lanka as you have now given unlimited power to an individual who keeps bringing this despicable Mervyn Silva again and again into cabinet, regardless of what a mockery he makes of himself.

  5. Patriot-but-not-racist Says:

    Now only you are talking Charles. All these days you were dumb & deef. It is too late. You all paved the way to loose the checks & balances in the Presidential system. I know you hate America. But their constitution has lot of checks & balances to offset the powers of the president. No one in this world is perfect. It applies to Sri Lanka President too. Though you are a blind believer of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s honesty, he is not so. That’s why we need checks & balances. Ok let’s say Mahinda will run the country for another 20 or 30 years. What happens if a guy like Hitler comes to power in Sri Lanka, after the most honest & greatest leader Mahinda. Do not worry, by that time, Charles, you & I will be dead. So no problem for both of us. Let’s celebrate the achievement of the 18th amendment. May tripple gem or God or Allah bless Sri Lanka. ( May be the present ruler of the ” Parliament of Gods” has no two third majority to help us or God Sakra’s chair is malfunctioning due to heavy load of communication traffic from Sri Lanka)

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