A top Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka has accused minority Muslims of destroying the island’s majority Sinhalese community and called for drastic action, including the boycott of their businesses.
The chief prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter of Buddhism launched the tirade against Muslims on Saturday during a ceremony at the Kitsiri Mevan temple near the holiest Buddhist shrine, the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.
Monk Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana urged his faithful not to patronize Muslim-owned restaurants saying they were systematically working to reduce the population of Sinhala-Buddhists by making them sterile.
“Don’t eat from those (Muslim) shops,” the monk said. “Those who ate from those shops will not have children in the future. In another 10 to 15 years we will know the consequence.
“I may not live that long. But when you think about it, our country is destitute, our (Sinhala) people have become destitute.”
He also said a Muslim doctor in Matale had allegedly done a ‘heroic’ deed by destroying “hundreds of thousands of Sinhalese children.”
His comments came as a doctor who had served in the Matale and Kurunegala districts was at the centre of a sterilization scare triggered by police Deputy Inspector-General Kithsiri Jayalath.
The monk did not name the doctor, but said Buddhist women devotees wanted him stoned.
“Such traitors should not be allowed to stay free. Some ‘upasaka ammas’ said he should be stoned to death. I don’t say that, but that is what should be done.
“If one of our people did that to the other community, we will slice them. Laws and rules are not necessary. We should unite as Sinhala-Buddhists. We should not look at colours and vote. We should elect people who think of the (Sinhala) race and the country.”
Chamal over Gota
The monk also welcomed Chamal Rajapaksa as the next presidential candidate although his deputy, Vendaruwe Upali, had last year demanded that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa be the candidate.
Ven. Upali said the former secretary to the ministry of defence was regarded as a “Hitler.”
“Become a Hitler and lead the country, even as a military dictator,” the monk said in controversial comments which the temple had since tried to walk back.