Mervyn Silva singing about Sarath Fonseka. If you’re on Facebook, click thru to view
Mervyn Silva is Sri Lanka’s court jester, with guns. He is unelected but serves as an appointed Minister. Him and his son have participated in many assaults and crimes but escape with impunity. I say participated rather than alleged because many of these events are televised. I’m not sure what exactly he does for Mahinda (and CBK before), but everyone needs a street catcher. This video is him singing a song about opposition candidate Sarath Fonseka. I don’t know where to start.
As far as I know Mervyn is now hosting a talent show on Swarnavahini. His prior hits including trying to disrupt the General’s visit to a temple with street thugs. Also assaulting the director of Rupavahini (the state owned TV station) and getting thrashed by the staff. The director later lost his job and many staff got stabbed on the bus, etc. His son is also known for flashing guns in nightclubs and assaulting innocents. I personally know a few people who’ve been assaulted by him or, more accurately, his taxpayer-funded guards. But I digress. I’ve been told many times not to even write about these characters because they scare people that much, and operate with government impunity.
One of the reasons I’m voting for Fonseka is in the hopes of throwing this lot out. Mahinda’s got a lot of venal types around him and I think we could use a clean sweep. Sarath would dissolve the jumbo cabinet and appoint a smaller (reasonable) caretaker one, so that’s cool by me. Mervyn is a national list MP, appointed by Mahinda, so a change in leadership would mean Mervyn is out of government. This would give him more time to focus on his music career, and make Sri Lanka a bit safer for everybody.