The incident, and Malaka’s ballsy response, cowering in an ambulance
The state’s bastard child has finally gone too far. Malaka Silva is a danger to anyone in Colombo. This is not because he is particularly big, strong, or cunning. He’s not a real thug or mobster, just a son of someone who knows them. His father isn’t a proper minister, having lost his election and gotten in on the absurd (national list). Malaka Silva is simply the most depraved of our very depraved political spawn. In the past he has beat up policemen conducting a drug raid – and gotten off with a fine. He wasn’t allowed to enter Clancy’s with a gun so he and his father trashed… Sopranos (next door). Now, he has brutally beaten and pistol whipped a man at Bistro Latino. This is standard behavior for Malaka, only this man – Chaminda Senasinghe – has the balls to file charges. And Malaka is hiding in an ambulance, feeling ‘vomitish’. Mervyn is waving a pistol around the Canadian High Commission, trying to get his kid a visa. The witnesses are scared to testify, but Chaminda is pressing on with the charges. More power to him.
For background, Mervyn Silva is a verbally and physically abusive man who has been kept by politicians for his connections. To astrologers, the underworld, etc. He has tried to run for office, but people didn’t vote for him. In another country that’d be (justly) it, but Sri Lanka has a national list. It is basically a high pay-off politicians can give each other – a feeding place at the trough. Mahinda has appointed his brother Basil recently, and Mervyn is another. His son has no visible means of support, besides drug consumption and possibly dealing. They drive a Porsche Cayenne and each retains a retinue of bodyguards.
Malaka is a notoriously jealous and often rejected lover, and this fight was over a German girl who’d spurned him. By fight I mean, state-supported beating. Many people sincerely doubt that there will be justice in this case as Mahinda supports this danger and embarassment to the nation, as do many people in power. Perhaps for the skeletons he hides, or the dirty work he does. However, Chaminda is pressing on with the case, as he should. Hopefully the firearms charge will stick. Sri Lankans already have little faith in a justice system where connections can so easily get you off, but this would just shatter it. Malaka Silva is a violent, pathetic criminal and a danger to public safety. Mervyn Silva is a violent, silly criminal and a danger to public dignity. Malaka Silva should face justice and his father should be stripped of his Ministry and seat in Parliament. There’s got to be one more Rajapakse to fill it.