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Welcome home, you are late

Keheliya Rambukwella is back in Sri Lanka; for those who cannot remember but he was our Minister of Mass Media, the same man who fell off the balcony of a hotel in Melbourne.

This accident happened back in February this year, it’s now nearing the end of May and finally the Minister has returned. I do not for a minute underestimate that the man had been severely injured, I was in Australia when he was there and did try to visit him in hospital (purely for work).

But the question of who has paid the man’s medical and living expenses for the last 4 months needs to be answered.

When I contacted the Ministry of Mass Media they told me that his was a private trip and they would not be paying any expenses. The minister’s personal secretary told me that the Minister would be seeking damages from the hotel he stayed at, while the hotel refused to comment.

At the end of the day we won’t know who paid the bill, but I think the bigger question is why was the Minister not told to return earlier?

The Ministry kept insisting that he was badly injured and was unable to travel, now at today’s (Friday) press conference he was walking without the aid of crutches, or even a walking stick. Congratulations to the Minister for making a full recovery, but can they now explain why he was allowed to remain in Australia until a full recovery was made.

Apparently he suffered breaks to both his legs, and so it is understandable that traveling at that time would have been difficult. But if he is walking now without any assistance I would assume he’s been out of the cast for a few weeks at least.

This may look like I am trying to find fault with what would seem a small issue, but in reality a government minister has been absent for four months. He applied for leave from Parliament which they are allowed three months at the most, was there any extension? If there had been why was it approved when he clearly has been out of a cast for several weeks. Should the government, or at least the public, demanded that he return and complete his rehabilitation in Sri Lanka?

At the end of the day this is just another example of a politician taking advantage of a public who do not fully question their actions. I am sorry Mr. Rambukwella about your accident, and it is good to see you have made a full recovery, but was the extended stay in Australia really that necessary?

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  1. sam
    May 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    We are questioning from another thief

    • May 27, 2012 at 4:19 am

      Please elaborate?

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