11 April, 2021

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Mangala And SLTDA Step In To Remove Habaraduwa “Cultural Police” Dress Code For Tourists

Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera and the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has questioned the senior Police authorities on the ridiculous notice put up by the Habaraduwa Community Police Unit requesting tourists to dress according to the “Sri Lankan culture” when travelling in the area.

Government Information Director Sudarshana Gunawardena said Samaraweera yesterday brought the matter to the attention of Law and Order Minister Ranjith Madddumabandara and asked him to intervene in removing the notice. Maddumabandara has agreed to the request, in principle, and promised to take necessary action, Colombo Telegraph learns.

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority also tweeted that it took up the matter with all relevant authorities as such demands were detrimental to the tourism industry of Sri Lanka.

In a strongly-worded tweet, the SLTDA said it was concerned about the notice displayed by the Community Police Unit in Habaraduwa.

“Dress code policing” is unneeded and unwarranted for tourists enjoying the scenic beaches of Sri Lanka. SLTDA has taken this up with all relevant authorities. We expect to see progress soon,” it also said.

Following interventions by the Finance Minister and the SLTDA, IGP Pujith Jayasuriya has asked for a preliminary report from the regional Police authorities about the incident. The notice is expected to be removed today.

the move by the Community Police Unit came under severe criticism on social media as it resembled the conduct of a “Cultural Police” interfering in every aspect of the country’s civilian life.

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    Welcome to our Lankawe. For everyone convenience above said bill boards should be displayed in the airports . Also why show westerners only on the bill boards ???? Lankans do not wear swim suites ????? Moral policing. Not new, didnt Ganasara do the same. This is one of his contribution to the country. Cardinal of course have outright denied human rights for Lankans. What is next to expect. May be prevent all foreigners from entering Lankawe to save our culture / tradition.I am confused. Please can some one tell me what is our culture and tradition. None of this was there say before 2000. I saw Lankans walking almost naked in the beaches.swim suites are being sold at sites for people to use. Lankans are showing off in all kind of suites in movies and TV. So when did this Nirvana take place???? New catch word visit Lanka, to experience unlimited miracles.

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      “In the south I have seen tourist wonder in semi nude clothes. We don’t want this”

      In a free world ……… man is condemned to be free

      If you don’t like it …… just close your eyes …….. or look away …… simple as that! :)) ……….. the choice is yours

      Imposing some cultural-firewall on the entire society because dirt thoughts enter your mind ………. is not the panacea to control uncontrollable “natural-minds”

      Lanka has the highest rate of internet porn-watching (among the priests and the pols too!) ……….. give the people what they want for free ……….. and save on the electricity and the internet-charges

      Innovative methods of saving is the need of the hour ………. to save the country of it’s financial woes

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      Come on !! Look at the girls I mean the Srilankan girls and women what they wear when they go to the temples, or when parading along in their very tight jeans , some even with torn jeans, and mini skirts exposing most of their body parts on display.
      Are they not UGLY and unacceptable to Lord Buddha and yellow robed liars philosophy??
      Big bum, small bum, fat legs, thin legs, big ass ,small ass , all on display within tight jeans!!!
      Ugly! Ugly! Indeed.
      I hear that exposure of their bodies has become so normal, sometimes the women/ girls gets stabbed on their Big Bums with sharp instruments by some dirty minded rascals!!
      Is it not a Buddha country the country lamissus are exposing their bodies in a way that it has become acceptable!! to mummy and daddy dears? and the darling husbands and boy friends too??
      How come folks??
      Are you not ashamed to send your women out on the street wearing PROVOCATIVE CLOTHING?
      Are you not a true Buddhist in allowing your women to dress up Provocatively???
      Other men are poking fun at their attires or are they too happy to see the shape and size of their girls and women? So it’s ok !! they are our bloody women anyway embracing foreign provocative clothing.
      I’m puzzled!!
      Is it acceptable wearing provocatively in a Buddhist country??? Think??
      It’s just all a ” HUMBUG” making this country a mockery a ” no go country” like I said before WAVING THE SINGHALAYAS FLAG AND SINGHALAYAS BUDDHISM OF 70 years
      (Since the Independence)have made this country ” A FOOLS PARADISE” where the narrow minded Fools lives and thrives in their little well.
      These Nincompoops should turn around and see or think what they’re talking about.
      What the Heck is going on??
      Are your women leaving your house dressed descently to be acceptable according to SRILANKAN CULTURE??

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        It is not the Sinhalaya flag. Read history, it is the flag of the Tamil speaking Naicker rulers from Madurai/Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu.

  • 4
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    “Maddumabandara has agreed to the request, in principle, and promised to take necessary action.”
    This issue will get sorted out by someone sooner or later, but not by Maddumabandara, the joker!

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    In the name of tourism we do not want tourist to go nude or semi nude on our roads. Our children pick these up fast

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      Lady

      Don’t let your kids watch TV either. There are lots of bad things they may pick from TV & movies. I suppose men in fields don’t wear ‘amuday’ any more. Wonder if your kids would consider wearing an amuday if they see a they see an old farmer working in his field wearing only an amuday

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        Raj Nude TV legalized in ‘Yapanaya. How about that. Yapanaya beaches should be open for Nude tourists.

  • 4
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    The display does more damage to SLSB ‘culture’ than any tourist could by exposure.

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      I guess you want a fully wrapped Buddhist nuns or Burka women depicted there? That makes sense.
      You explicitly telling that you are ahead of Rapist Police in catching the tourist, is that right? You feel that poster is more damaging than the real women walking in bikini. I guess there is some gap for me to connect the dots and get the point.
      I would like read through the rest of the comments and see how many are feeling like you a display like that is corrupting Buddhist Culture and who they are too. I guess if it is leftists’ extremism, it has no boundary on any direction to subjugate and control the mass. “Just control of everything”
      And, Rapist Police is not good Guardians of the Buddhists’ to control obscene nudity as per SJ.

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    We have a Sinhala Buddhist culture in those areas. Our women are decent and dress appropriately. The tourists by wearing less clothes and expose everthing are teaching something bad to our girls and mums

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      Yes Claire , our women are descent by wearing deep neck cut and large window cut blouses revealing their boobs and back. Oh yes they wear saree to cover their legs but not hips.

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        Sadhu is expert at what sadhus do – which is look for what and where!

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          Thanks. Andamaa munivarum Adankuvathu athatkullethaan. Even great saints become naught before women. This was told hundreads or thousands of years ago by another saint.

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      Claire Motwani

      “The tourists by wearing less clothes and expose everthing are teaching something bad to our girls and mums”

      What do you say to the Sigiria women?
      Almost all women dressed like Sigiria women until about 200 years ago.
      You too strictly adhere to repressive VICTORIAN VALUES.

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        Hindian Vedda
        Sigiri frescoes depicting semi nude women were King’s courtesans who were recognized by their necklaces. They lived in a special part of the palace and were not allowed to come outside. They are like concubines in China, India, Turkey, Japan, Rome in ancient time as shown in frescoes in those countries. Eg: Ming imperial harem China, Abrahamic traditions, Ooku in Japan.
        There is no similarity of them and the other ancient Sinhalese women or the dresses they wore.
        Take time to read the history than wasting time writing rubbish.

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      Claire,

      Your name sounds so sexy to talk like this. Trust me, let our mothers come nude in front of me, I won’t give them a 2nd look and starve for 2 days

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        Mohomad: First ask your wives remove that Goni billa gown and the veil.

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          JD, you too want to starve for 2 days?

    • 4
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      “teaching something bad”

      I suppose ………. semi-nude girls didn’t teach our politicians and public-officials how to rob people’s wealth, eh? ………. Wonder who thought them that and corrupted our entire society?

      If we try hard enough perhaps we can blame it on Oliver Cromwell ! ……… If not for outsiders, we are such a pure and uncorrupted society!

      I know one or two Lankan gals – not as much as Old Codger or Native Vadda – usually all covered-up ……… but when it comes to it are as wild as the rest of them! ……….. let’s say it’s primordial; comes down the ages ……….

      If gals were not “bad” ……. there wouldn’t be a population

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      Why don’t we get our women to dress ‘conservatively’ like Muslim women in a hijab? In fact, why not follow the example of strict Muslim countries & introduce a Buddhist religious police as well, just to make sure every Buddhist observe sill at least on poya days & chant ‘pansil’ every morning?

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        Raj

        In fact our men are so ugly they should be forced to wear Burka.

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      Oh! Claire Motwani!

      We do love to our precious, Victorian Era, British Raj sensibilities, don’t we ?

  • 4
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    sack the bugger who started this.He or she is dangerous.If we allow where will it end.One day they will start to tell also what to wear.This is the way autocrats start.Get rid of the fellow.

  • 1
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    when it is nude or semi nude it is always Mangala

  • 4
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    Even in Sydney Australia I have seen signs asking people to dress decently. If one goes semi nude they can be prosecuted. Why allow them to do what they cant do in their own countries

  • 4
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    Beach is differnt to roadds. These tourists are not allowed to dress like that on the roads in their own countries

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    Tamils in this forum want the signs to go. Will they allow nudity/semi nudity in the North? No

    • 2
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      Racist , why are you bringing Tamil people unnecessarily into this stupid argument/problem that is the sole creation of the Sinhalese. Typical Sinhalese mindset, create all the problems and then blame the Tamils , for their predicament.

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    This is a problem one has to drink lots before making a decision. he he he he he

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    Moment nudity is discussed our Minister Mangala will be there

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    In the south I have seen tourist wonder in semi nude clothes. We don’t want this

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      Veronica Kalupahana

      The irony is Mangala & Madduma Bandara want it.

      Before all we have to get rid of them

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      Veronica Kalupahana

      Let the tourist aware that this island is not good/suitable for those foreigners who chose to be here to have Vitamin D injected freely from sunlight.
      The Revenue from tourism in 2017 was $3,924 millions.
      Why do they spend so much money in this island?

      Aren’t you going to remove all those semi naked frescos in Vihares and statues in temples? By the way in some parts of this island women were banned from wearing upper garments until about two hundred years ago.

      I suggest ban bikini by law and force them to wear Burka Bikini (Burkini).

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    Ouch, Sorry, Last time I heard was Lankan culture is have free booze and shit all over town. If they have more time they look out for people who are putting “pills in the food” or eating beef. When free they listen to gospels from Ganasara and Cardinal. When vote they pick the person who promises to kill maximum minorities. In between blame anyone and everyone for all the shit they are facing. When hungry go out with a bowl to get crumbs/loan from the same people who they just cursed. When feeling good attend temples and churches and praise the lord. When drunk (with booze/politics/religion) destroy the same which they worshiped before. When accused they in turn abuse the accuser.And last but not least, listen to wimal on nation building and future planning.But google says Lankans are Numero Uno in visiting porn sites , Highest alcohol/scotch consumers per population and dicks joy.Sorry typo. Is that true culture police?????

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      haha chiv good one!

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    It is always Mangala

  • 4
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    Sigiri Frescoes exposing clear half nakedness is worse than bikini expose. what is the big deal about tourists wearing bikini.

    Hang Sinhala Buddhists that condone cultural policing in a country where most of the Buddhist monks as well as Christian preachers are tainted with sadism and weird forms of sexual behavior

  • 2
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    Be sure that we/our advertising invite only decent, law abiding, culture understanding genuine foreigners with more economic power to visit our country.

    Equally important to be sure that our people as well are cultured enough & good mannered to welcome & entertain tourists so as to make a good impression of the country & the people.

    As there’re bad people in every country it may be reasonable to make reminders to them to adhere to cultural limitations (without hurting).

    There seems to be a lot of low income group tourists arrive here making no profits to the country.

    Advise both ministers (MS & RMB) not to involve directly in matters that are not under their direct scrutiny.

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      RR,

      SL has been a destination of budgeted tourists (except for few), just their currencies make the difference whether Indian working class tourists or British retired couples.

      WOW, you demand so much, want them to abide by dress code, culture, genuine foreigner (not sure what you mean here though), more economic power…..

      Problem is, what the hell are you giving them back? Assaults, rapes, gang-rapes, beach-boys, beach-girls, intimidation, insults at the airport, murder, food poison, bed bug hotel rooms, rogue tuk-tuk drivers, untidy trains and you name it.

      In a tourism and hotel industry, before you demand, respond to their expectations and demands – then you get the targeted tourists.

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        Fathima

        Please re read my 2nd para “equally important to be sure …………..” to find solution for your concern.

        “In a tourism & hotel industry, before you demand, respond to their expectations & demands – then you get the targeted tourists.”

        You’re reasonable but isn’t it good to be cautious about whom to be invited & not to be invited.

        Are we able to provide low quality demands of some & destroy our identity & earn some extra money, that may demand more than we earn to repair the injury?

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    How about proposing “Amudaya” (loin cloth” for all women and men in the inland of Sinhala Buddhists instead of Bikini. Remember, “Amudaya” is the most cherished cloth worn by Sinhalese from times immemorial.

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    Mrs. Andrahennadi please go and check on your child right now he/she is watching free porn on net. Your husband seems to like those adults only movies in tv/theater . WITHOUT THE HELP OF TOURIST YOU CHILDREN HAVE MANAGED TO PICK ENOUGH AND MORE . So please spare those tourist from your cultural lessons.

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    Real Revolutionist have you seen how our Lankans and Indians behave in foreign soil????? For starter get into a
    Srilankan airways and observe them requesting (harassing) for complementary alcohol. Then compare the behavior of the foreigner who is sitting next to him.That should clear all doubts. By the end of the journey inebriated Lankan is almost drunk, stupid and acting like a clown.

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    “Culture police” lolol. Go to UK, France and tell this to them. Wearing a burka is a crime there.

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      Pissu Hutan

      You are really an uninformed, stupid, mad racist.
      Read the excerpt:

      What is the law in the UK?
      Prime Minister Theresa May ruled out a burka ban in the UK when questioned during a PMQs session in 2017, saying the move would be “divisive”.
      She said: “It is absolutely the case that this country welcomes refugees to the United Kingdom, and we do so regardless of their religion.
      “There is no question of discriminating.
      “I believe that what a woman wears is a woman’s choice.”
      Ukip deputy party leader Peter Whittle has called for a ban on the burka, which he called “a potent symbol of female oppression”.
      But British beekeepers said a ban on face coverings would mean they could not wear safety equipment.
      The Sun
      By Neal Baker and Sofia Petkar
      26th September 2018

      https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2347847/
      burka-ban-law-uk-religious-boris-johnson/

      When are you going to stop being and idiot?
      You sound exactly like Percy.
      Are you both one and the same?

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    Madam Claire Lankans may be covered with yards of clothes but their brain is full of filth. We should be last to give lecture on culture.

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    Motwanis are good Parsi people. They improved Visakha. I was in Motwani House. Thank you Claire, you are right.

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    Let they go nude in south but in my north, full clothes please. Mr Wigneswaran please note

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      rajah

      Pls call it our North & enjoy the freedom to come down to our South & peep through windows & keyholes if you’re so shy.

      Pretending to be good are always like that.

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    I think the Police is right. Well done Mr Pujitha

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    Beach ok, roads not ok

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      What about the roads adjoining the beach or in the vicinity? People along beach resorts walk along these roads to reach their hotels or restaurants etc that cater to these tourists. These tourists come here for the beach culture. Of course if they walk in the middle of the town . away from the beaches, in a bikini or swimming trunks , then it is indecent and I agree with you.

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    don’t go pujitha don’t go. stick to the igp post my son

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    Why don’t we get our women to dress ‘conservatively’ like Muslim women in a hijab? In fact, why not follow the example of strict Muslim countries & introduce a Buddhist religious police as well, just to make sure every Buddhist observe sill at least on poya days & chant ‘pansil’ every morning?

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    Are we banning swim suits all together or is it only bikinis? In which case, where do we draw the line between a bikini & a 2 piece swim suit? I am sure the ‘culture police’ will have a great time measuring the exposed area of the body to decide whether to bring charges or not

    If we are so concerned about our Buddhist SInhala culture, what about the gang rapes by govt. thugs, protected paedophiles & the prostitution that is goes on all over the country? We are a nation of hypocrites.

    Even in other countries ‘Indecent exposure’ & acts like urinating in public places is against the law. Topless (& nude) bathing is limited to selected beeches in some countries only.

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    Sinhala buddhist or whatever the useless jargon, dressing decently reduces the rape rate significantly and increases the level of respect towards the particular woman. Dress decently because it is your right, not because of ‘Sinhala Buddhism’.

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      What nonsense. Consequent conviction and hard penalisation of rapers will reduce the rape rate. Nothing else!
      Decent dress code or not, women are the victims here, because men haven’t got themselves under control!!

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