SJB MP’s “tie-coat” comment angers Sabry

A heated argument between Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Chaminda Wijayasiri and Minister of Justice Ali Sabry took place in Parliament today (25), due to a reference to the Justice Minister’s attire.

Wijayasiri was posing questions regarding the allegations against Dr Mohamed Safi Shabdeen of the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital of performing sterilization surgeries on Sinhalese women, and whether the necessary measures were being taken by the current government against the suspect.

He referred to the Justice Minister’s attire in a passing comment while posing the question. “We hope that these government ministers wearing ties and coats would do justice to this case,” he said.

Ali Sabry accused Wijayasiri of inciting racism by bringing up unnecessary issues. He stated his attire was appropriate for Parliament and he was not bound to follow a dress code endorsed by Wijayasiri.

Following Sabry’s outburst, SJB MPs accused the Justice Minister of behaviour unbecoming of an MP.