First off, the man is unelected. To quote BBC Sinhala – ‘Dr. Silva, who lost the general elections in April 2004, was later appointed as a member of the parliament from the national list by the president.’ I would guess that he was appointed to his doctorate as well. His son Malaka combines the crude thuggery of his dad with extraordinary stupidity. Earlier this year Malaka was thrown out of Clancy’s for carrying a gun. A posse of Mr. Silva’s bodyguards and general ne’er do returns to smash up Clancy’s but like dumbasses they smashed the club next door. Now Malaka has pulled out guns and beaten policeman at the Taj, to the point that they were hospitalized. He was (as one might assume) put in jail, and daddyji went to bail him out. In the course of bailing him out, daddyji called Sirasa TV ‘people of lowly indian origin’ – insulting Tamils in the process.
The Sinhala quote is – indiya sambhavaya athi parrayo, or Ãn;dIy sm;Bavy ÃAti preya; in the ekottu font, as rendered below.
Many (all?) journalists groups, including the Free Media Movement, are up in arms, and TamilNet is full of stories – though none of them mention the actual words. I am more concerned about Malaka, the chip-off-the-old-douchebag, being back out on the streets. There are only a few places to go out in Colombo, and Uday Silva is becoming a Shramanatha scale menace. At this rate it won’t end until he kills somebody. What’s even more annoying is that he’s really a nobody with pretensions. First off, if Malaka steps off this little island no one will know who he or his dad is. Second, Malaka hasn’t done anything with his life. He may actually take bodyguards to clubs because he doesn’t hav friends. He goes out and acts like an asshole, riding on his dad’s coattails. Thirdly, his dad is like a D-List persona in Sri Lanka, making those coattails pretty threadbare.
Who is Mervyn Silva?
Dunno, this is all hearsay but I suppose I’ll be corrected. I think he came into feudal favor under Queen Bandaranaike’s mother, Srimavo. They needed a court astrologer to determine the auspicious dates and times – especially around elections (seriously). If your astrologer isn’t loyal they may help your enemies and omigod. What Mr. Silva lacks in competence, he makes up for in loyalty, and he is able to arrange these things. For his fealty to the court, Mr. Silva is rewarded with an outsize ego and general immunity to justice. As such, he acts like a thug and a boor. As for the Honorary Doctorate, as far as I’ve heard the fake degree is in Acupuncture, from some obscure college. Perhaps mail order.
They also tried to reward him with a Parliament seat, but he lost the election. The President can simply appoint a list to certain seats, and he was on it. Then he was appointed Deputy Minister of Labour Relations and Madam’s Astropunctural Peon. When his son smashed the wrong club he was demoted, and then the Queen slipped him in again a few weeks ago. Then his son hospitalized policemen at the Taj.
Who is Malaka Silva?
He is nobody, son of nobody. I’ve heard that he was a gym rat with beached blonde hair, giving me the impression that he looked more homoerotic/rastafarian. In fact, I think he may be this guy, though I’m not sure. From what I hear he goes to nightclubs with weapons and bodyguards. This might make sense if he was, say, Tupac but I don’t think anyone cares enough about Malaka to want to shoot him. I think it’s an aggressive power thing, and he’s a wannabe thug that can get away with it. Either way, one would hope that assaulting and hospitializing police officers would get him some deserved jailtime. Having him out is a menace to anyone that wants to enjoy a peaceable night out.