Even as religious lobbies are agitating against the government’s proposed casino bill causing the president to withdraw the draft legislation for amendment, Government affiliated monk Uduwe Dhammaloka there has come out in support of the laws saying Sri Lanka must change with modern times
He said he had no objection whatsoever to casinos operating in the country as long as Sri Lankans were not permitted to enter.
The monk told a weekend Sinhala newspaper that Sri Lanka needed casinos in order to woo tourists.
“We can’t ban tourists from participating in those activities,” he told the newspaper .
Dhammaloka Thero is a former member of the JHU and considered high flying Buddhist monk in Colombo running an affluent temple in Polhengoda that is heavily patronized by the Rajapaksa family. The temple is popular with cololmbo’s upper middle class devotees with Dhammaloka Thero charging heavily for light and sound systems whenever he is invited to alms givings and pirith ceremonies.