Prodigal sons of ‘Naughty’ political fathers

mervinPublic Relations Minister Mervyn Silva’s son, Malaka is in the news again. He was reportedly assaulted at a night club at Duplication Road, Colpetty on Friday night by a Scottish national, police was told. Malaka had sustained minor injuries. Malaka’s involvement in violent incidents does not come as a surprise as this is not the first time. He is a young man warned by Court to behave in public in a decent manner.

We are living in an era where the attitude of legislators is devoid of dignity and decorum. People have to blame themselves for having elected such legislators. But, trouble-causing political sons are not a recent phenomenon in Sri Lankanpolitics. These prodigal sons tend to believe that politics is above the rule of law.Let us no longer doubt that if the current violent trends in country’s politics continue,the public will soon take Sri Lanka to the cleaners to remove the blood stains on the image of Mother Lanka.

mervin 2The prodigal sons of politicians in power are deaf to alarm bells of the rule of law.They violate the rule of law to climb an all time high at young age with the political backing of their fathers in politics. And, these parasites are mostly involved in drug trafficking for luxury living.A society should not be allowed to be ruled by corrupt and self-interested politicians who introduce gangster type of sons into politics. The Rulers in politics should not allow such offspring into politics. If they do, they permit the creation of a criminalized nation for political gain. Then democracy is buried.

In the recent past, a Southern politician was convicted of murdering a British national. Now, Malaka Silva had got involved in fisticuffs with a Scottish national. When these incidents are reported widely in the local and international media, the image of the country is tarnished. His father, Minister Mervyn Silva too was involved in many controversies surrounding violence. The government seems to have no control over Mervyn and Mervyn has no control over his son Malaka. Malaka is also involved many incidents of violence. The country has never witnessed such a father-son combination in the annals of pre and post independence politics.

A few weeks ago, Minister Silva announced that his son, Malaka would enter politics from Matara. Young men or women in political families who aspire to be politicians in this country should follow the noble path demonstrated by the D.S. Senanayake, S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, D.A. Rajapaksa, Ranasinghe Premadasa and Gamini Dissanayake. None of the children of those political legends have complaints against them over crime in any police station in this country. President J.R. Jayewardene falsely accused Mahinda Rajapaksa over a criminal incident to imprison him in a bid to take political revenge. Mahinda was cleared of all charges and freed by Court.

mervin_silva1The political party leaders in this country should exercise more caution when selecting candidates in the future. Any offspring of a politico who has misbehaved in public and indulged in criminal acts should not be given nomination if democracy is to survive. If such characters are nominated and elected to the Legislature, public galleries in the hallowed Chamber would have to be closed. Even in the recent past from the time of Speaker K.B. Ratnayake, public galleries had to be shut and members were reprimanded many a time for using foul, abusive and un-parliamentary language in the House. If the offspring of those members are allowed to take over the Chamber in the future there would be chaos in the House. The incumbent Speaker, Chamal Rajapaksa and his Deputy Chandima Weerakkody should be complimented for upholding the dignity and decorum of the House.

When prodigal sons of ‘naughty’ political fathers breach the law, the police should not be pressurized. The Inspector General of Police should exercise the rule of law and he cannot treat political offspring in a different manner. The IGP and his Police are responsible for the maintenance of law and order in the countr