`We are eating drinking people and it is improper to criticise us on this score`, Media Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said.
Addressing the weekly cabinet press briefing in Colombo, he said some people talk as if it was wrong to enjoy the good things in life. `Thankfully we are healthy but those with diseases may not be able to enjoy such pleasures.`
Speaking shortly after Trade Minister Bandula Gunawardena lectured journalists on how he had `reduced` the cost of living, Yapa said that they had consumed good food and drink even before entering politics.
`We went about in vehicles,dressed and ate they way we wished prior to becoming politicians.That was because I like Mr.Gunawardena had our private incomes.So I can`t see anything wrong in such a lifestyle.`
Neither Marxism nor Socialism tells the people not to enjoy life. There is also no such thing as Marxist or Socialist food,dress,chair or car,he said
When pointed out that he was talking like a true capitalist,Yapa did not comment but managed a half smile.