President serving liquor at functions is not a bad precedent for ‘Mathata Thitha’ – Ven. Ellawala Medhananda Thera
Dec 10, 2009
The President treating guests with liquor at a social function is not a bad precedent for the ‘Mathata Thitha’ (Abolish intoxication) programme of the government says Parliamentarian of the JHU and authority on archeology Ven. Ellawala Medananda Thera.

Speaking at a press conference held at the election propaganda office of the UPFA today (10th) Ven. Medhananda Thera said the statement made by common candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka that little bit of liquor taken at a social function could be acceptable should be condemned as a policy of making the county a haven for drunkards.

At this journalists who were present asked Ven. Medhananda Thera why he and JHU did not condemn the President for having a function on the 8th for about 3000 journalists and treating them with liquor. The journalists also reminded the JHU Thera that despite the government ‘chanting’ “Mathata Thitha,’ the liquor industry is a main income for the government and in such environment isn’t it a reality that liquor has become a part of the social life.

Responding to journalists the Thera said, “Treating guests with liquor at a function held by the President is different.” The rest of Thera’s words were drowned out in the loud laugh of the journalists present.

Courtesy: Lanka Truth