Minister wants Kandy residents to hoist Buddhist flags

By J.A.L. Jayasinghe, Daily Mirror, March 11, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Labour Minister Mervyn Silva accompanied by a group of his supporters toured the Kandy city yesterday and asked city dwellers to hoist the Buddhist flag at residence.

The minister said he regretted the seeming disinclination by residents in this historic city blessed by the sacred Tooth Relic, to adorn the city with Buddhist flags during the special exposition.

Mr. Silva spoke to devotees standing in the queue and donated cash to three Sil Mathas.

“Colombo would be turned into a sea of Buddhist flags if the exposition is been held there,” the minister said. He said the business community in the Kandy city had failed to create a suitable atmosphere for paying homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic.