Liquor ban ignored, 50 licenses seized

  • 15 May 2006 23:47:05 GMT

    Very soon GoSL will ban drinking at your houses as well. They will appoint gestapos to identify any offenders.

    SL is on its way to becoming a Nazi land.

  • 15 May 2006 23:52:26 GMT

    It used to be...

    Punnakku and Arakku

    Punnakku and Arakku

    Punnakku and Arakku

    Now no Arakku only Punnakku...

    Eat Punnakku

    Punnakku

    Punnakku

    Punnakku

  • 16 May 2006 00:05:24 GMT

    This is the right thing to do.

    Liquor shops were just greedy and no law abiding, no discipline.

    The best thing would be to give them hefty fines. SO, GOSL can earn some money.

  • 16 May 2006 01:27:01 GMT

    ARITHA SPICE,

    FYI, Australia too have been infested by a Talebahn style regiment, in fact more severely than Sri Lanka.

    Jesus has never asked to refrain from eating at restaurants or not to watch Movies. But in Victoria (i.e. one of the federated states of Australia), it is illegal to do any type of trading on Easter Sunday (except Pharmacies, Service Stations etc) and offenders can be fined upto AU$ 10,000, and repeated offenders could even have their trading licences cancelled!

    What a shame!! Isn`t it?

    In fact, we all shoud thank the Sri Lankan Buddhist Talebahns since they have no way proposed to close Vegetable Shops, Super Markets etc.

    -Muchalinda

    .

  • 16 May 2006 11:07:18 GMT

    AnuD

    [This is the right thing to do.

    Liquor shops were just greedy and no law abiding, no discipline.

    The best thing would be to give them hefty fines. SO, GOSL can earn some money.

    ]

    Absolutely.

    For Sri Lankans to rise up to the challenges around them, they need to keep themselves SOBER... at all times. That action is not FOR OR AGAINST any religion or culture. That`s reality.

    It`s GOSL`s, organizations` and individuals` responsibility to ensure that CONSUMING OF ALCOHOL IS DISCOURAGED. (Yes, I get it...No one can or should ban it in a great democracy like Sri Lanka! But there are excellent democratic ways to control the consumption.)

    Fortunately, I notice with delight that a good part of our youngsters are distancing themselves from the bottle.

    A very, very wise move!

  • 16 May 2006 12:53:36 GMT

    Is it only when the LTTE bans the people has to carry out the order?

  • 16 May 2006 15:53:32 GMT

    Dear Ms Aritha_spice,

    I agree with you to a certain extent. I`d be the last person to see SL becoming a Police state.

    Having said that, I beleive your voice is much needed in the west than in SL. My Bro-in-law in Canada says that Liqour shops over there are Closed on all holidays and hardly open on Sundays since people are supposed to be in church that day.

    So the problem is not that acute here in your so called `Talaiban Buddhist` country, you will be badly needed by the westerners to liberate them from the clutches of state oppression.

    Thank you,

    Ruwani Dhahami Gunasekara (nee Wickramaratne)

  • 16 May 2006 16:00:25 GMT

    Lets wait and see how many of the seized 50 licences will be re-issued to the same party possibly under a different name. May be licenses issued to UNPers wont be re-issued, if at all. Those against liquor should not rush to celebrate.

  • 16 May 2006 16:08:16 GMT

    Aritha_spice: You are one hundred percent correct. It is a disgrace to enforce a religion by legal means wether in Sri Lanka or Australia.

  • 16 May 2006 16:37:38 GMT

    Aritha Spice and Kandappa;

    Alcohol sales are banned on Christmas eve in the USA. Going by your over-simplifications, the US would be the Taliban of Christianity. This is not so.

    Alcohol sales are generally banned in many countries at times, in order to reduce the potential for accidents and happenings that threaten public safety.

    In SL, there is an overt religious hype over a general measure observed internationally.

    Are these really issues that require our political leadership`s time?