Do not play foul in the cricket field or political cricket field -
Alhaj A H M Azwer told Parliament: MP Thilanga Sumathipala through
his Motion calls for a healthy mind in a healthy body. That is the crux
of the whole issue.
If the children are brought up in a proper way with high moral
aptitude and discipline, society will be safe, the country will be safe
and the future of the nation secured. This is what 'Mahinda Chintana:
Vision for a new Sri Lanka' envisages.
A H M Azwer
Sir, he has also very correctly mentioned a fair system devoid of
racism and class divisions. That is important. Sports are sports,
children are children, schools are schools. You cannot divide them on
the basis of caste, creed, or racism. If such a society could be built
this country will be the 'Wonder of Asia'. We have achieved that goal.
Today, Sir, while I speak, the President is meeting His Holiness the
Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican. Last night, he had dinner with the
Cardinals of Vatican and they were happy about Sri Lanka's position.
Even His Eminence Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith - Hudson
Samarasinghe, a veteran journalist and Chairman of the SLBC mentioned in
the 'Dasa Desin' programme how happy His Holiness the Pope is. The
Vatican is overjoyed by the visit of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Sir, during his youth President Rajapaksa was a sportsman. That is
why he is promoting sports.
In the Eastern and Northern Provinces, a large number of children
take part in sports, particularly cricket, football and volleyball.
Sir, through a Motion, I urged this House that the Football
Federation must be encouraged at school level. In the Eastern Province,
they have taken to cricket.
As envisaged by Thilanga Sumathipala, assistance must be given to
far-flung areas .
Today, we remember in this House, Sir, with nostalgic memories the
first world champion M J M Lafir of Moors Sports Club. He won the World
Amateur Billiards Championship and was the first champion produced by
Sri Lanka in any sport.
There are a number of sports clubs in the Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia area
where they play even softball. So, you must help them. When I speak
about Dehiwala I should like quote 'The Island' newspaper headline of
Wednesday, June 6, 2012: 'Attempt to expel 23,000 Muslims from Dehiwela
This is a very serious and an inflammable statement that could incite
the people. It states, I quote: "The UNP yesterday questioned if the
latest project of an extremist group in the government issuing
ultimatums to religious institutions, including mosques and churches, to
shut down, was to evict over 23,000 Muslims from Dehiwela."
In Dehiwela, a large majority and the Muslims had thrown in their lot
with the majority community, which was evident at the last election. It
further states, I quote:
"...that there were over 23,000 Muslims residing in Dehiwela and it
had been their home for generations, but a constituent political party
in the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, had gone berserk and was on a mission
to close down places of religious worship that did not conform to its
ideals and beliefs."
This was told by Ravi Karunanayake. Responsible members should not
make statements of this nature. I condemn the statement made by Ravi
Karunanayake. The Mayor of Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia has denied the
statement. It appears on the first page of "The Island" newspaper on
Thursday, June 7 . The headline states, I quote:
"Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Mayor denies Karunanayake's assertion."
Alhaj A.H.M. Azwer: Sir, even sports is disturbed by such statements.
Sir. do not incite the Muslims against the Sinhalese and the Sinhalese
against the Muslims. This is the latest tactic adopted by the bankrupt
politician of the UNP.
Alhaj A.H.M. Azwer: All assistance must be given to schools so that a
healthy society will be created in the country. Play cricket in the
proper way; hold the bat straight. I say to people like Ravi
Karunanayake, "Do not play foul in the cricket field and also in the
political cricket field." Thank you.