Thinking of antics of Lankan politicians one would wonder whether Palitha Thevarapperuma has started from where Mervyn Silva stopped. Mervyn was famous for his antics and boorish behaviour during the Rajapaksa administration and the behaviour of such people, no doubt, contributed to the downfall of that government. But when Yahapalana government came into power many thought that the era of such antics was over. Now they have been proved wrong with the emergence of politicians of the same type who unfortunately are tolerated by the current leaders.
Deputy Minister Thevarpperuma a few months ago forcibly admitted a child to a school by threatening the principal. In another incident he was accused of assaulting an employee of a hotel in Galle. It was only a few months ago that he was involved in a fight in the parliament and was found guilty of instigating the brawl along with another member and was suspended for one week. The latest incident again is about school admission.This time over it was for admission of not one child but ten children to Meegahatenne Primary School in Matugama. He has been admitted to hospital after a suicide attempt during the episode.
In all these incidents, there has been an attempt to take the law into his own hands by using the political leverage. In most cases he has succeeded in achieving his objective though in a wrongful manner giving a wrong message to the rest of the community. If everyone emulates him especially on the school admission issue, it will become impossible for the government to run the education system in the country.
It is a good sign that the police have already indicated that legal action will be taken against him for attempted suicide which is a criminal offence under our law. If we are to genuinely reverse the current trends in our political culture and make our country a better democracy putting an end to this type of behaviour is essential. It is a shame that such things are tolerated by a government which came into power with a declared intention of changing the political culture of the country.