UPFA Colombo District MP Thilanga Sumpathipala said that the Sinhala population in Borella has come down from 60% to 50% and he doesn’t want it to come down any further.
Speaking at a function in Colombo on Tuesday, he said that he is not a racist. “But if five Sinhala families are settled in Jaffna, that would be termed as ethnic cleansing,” said Sumathipala.
He also castigated Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe for allegedly calling him a racist over an incident that cropped up after the recent Sri Lanka-Pakistan cricket match where Sri Lanka lost.
Sumithipala who lives in Borella said that crackers were being lit allegedly by some young Muslims in the area late into the night, celebrating Pakistan’s win. Fearing that this might lead to a breach in the peace he got the police to intervene to stop those celebrations.
“We have suffered enough,” said Sumathipala, referring to Sri Lanka’s recently concluded 26 year terrorist conflict. “We don’t want some young Muslims to be misled.”
He had also requested each household to raise the Lion flag to show their support to the Sri Lanka team. However Sumathipala said that compiling with that request was optional.
What was interesting was that Sumathipala didn’t refer to the Lion flag as the National flag in his speech. Some quarters refer to the term Lion Flag to describe the country’s national flag as being racist, as it connotes Sri Lanka’s majority race only, the Sinhalese, descended from the lion king Singhabahu.
Sumathipala also asked the question where Wickremesinghe was when the Tamils, during the tenure of the J.R.Jayewardene Government were attacked in July 1983 and where allegedly the rule of law was absent for four days?
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