Beware of those giving wrong advice, prelate tells President


Pic and text By Cyril Wimalasurendra Kandy Correspondent

Chief Incumbent of Rajapawanaramaya, Getambe Ven Keppetiyagoda Siriwimala Thera told President Maithripala Sirisena when the latter paid a courtesy call on him last Saturday,to beware of those who gave him wrong advice. The president’s predecessor had faced the predicament, the prelate said.

Ven. Siriwimala Thera discussed the burning issues in the country with the President. He said the masses had high expectations and unless they were fulfilled the masses would vote against the government at a future election.

The prelate told the President that some of those who came in the guise of advisors would engineer his downfall.

The monk said that when former President Mahinda Raajapaksa visited him recently he had told him that it was those around him who had ruined the former head of state.

"The former President didn’t punish the wrongdoers and they went on the rampage with scant respect for the law of the country, values and ethics," the monk said.

"Hence, those found guilty of wrong doing had to be punished, the prelate told the president, adivsing the latter to act sensibly, bring about harmony among all communities and ensure that Buddhism was protected.

"Even though there were allegations against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa he didn’t do any harm to the country and he was a leader who protected the country from terrorism," the Prelate said.

Although the present government promised many things in its election manifesto before coming to power, it had failed to make good of what it promised, Ven Siriwimala said.

He told the President that the crime rate was too high and the underworld was raising its ugly head.

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