Mervyn Silva after being thrashed by Rupavahini staff in 2007
I recently wrote that, despite an unfair UN resolution, we should not be asses to each other. Enter Mervyn Silva. He has now threatened to break the limbs of journalists, admitted involvement in a prior assault and – due to dangers on his life – entrusted his violent, drug-addled and widely reviled son to the public trust. This is the Public Affairs Minister, mind you.
Here are some of his quotes, via the Mirror:
“I’m the one who chased one of those journalists ‘PoddalaJayantha’ out of this country. I will break the limbs of all these journalists, in public if they dare to set foot in the country” the Minster warned.
Speaking at a demonstration against the resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC held in Kiribathgoda today Silva also said it is the only the President who can remove him from office.
He also said “Even if a Tsunami flow from Sigiriya I’m sure that no Tsunami will flow against me from President Mahinda Rajapaksa” . “Only Mahinda Rajapakshe can sack me, no other big shot can lay their hands on me until that happened I won’t leave Kelaniya. I know the sons of D.A. Rajapaksa from the time they were kids. The King of this country loves me, the King of this country trusts me” he said.
The Minister informed the public present at the meeting that his son, from this day, would be in the hands of the public. “I’m not afraid to die; two drug dealers from Colombo want to chase me away. But I’m not frightened to die, if something happens to my life, my wife and two children will still be there. From this day onwards my son will be in your hands” he said. (Daily Mirror)
Mervyn Silva has a long history of assaulting journalists, including walking in the Rupavahini (state TV) station and assaulting its head. In one of the better days of my life, the staff turned on him, thrashed him and sent him out covered in paint. Later, however, people that had stood up at Rupavahini lost their jobs or were stabbed on the bus on in the street.
Somewhere along the way Mervyn went from doling out grocery favors during ration times to being deeply connected to the Rajapaksas, perhaps partly cause they’re from the same hometown. People ask why but the answer is obvious. Who do you call when you need something dodgy done? Your dodgy friend, the one with connections to muscle, to the underworld, who can clear a property dispute or get something signed overnight. Mervyn is the dodgy friend on a national level.
It’s curious that he mentions drug dealers, because it’s widely presumed that Mervyn is a drug dealer. His son Malaka also has a rap sheet of his own, assaulting innocents and cops and clubs and generally being an ass. Even curiouser that he would commend the young ward to a hostile public’s care.
Mervyn Silva is the flagship for everything wrong with the Rajapaksa government – the unqualified thugs surrounding him. A friend said either Mervyn should be sacked in the morning or… or what I don’t remember. He won’t be sacked. Yes the US/UN resolution was hypocritical and unfair, but the government has reacted by bringing back all the old crap – threatening journalists and NGOs – much like the ‘regime’ international ignorants imagine it to be. I dunno. I’m pissed at the UN, but I’m pissed at the government too. What is this nonsense.