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* Opposition MP Mangala Samaraweera slams Sri Lanka's 'ice bucket' craze amid drought
Tue, Aug 26, 2014, 10:21 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 26, Colombo: Main opposition United National Party parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera today slammed the Sri Lankan politicians converting the "Ice Bucket Challenge" to a publicity stunt by blindly following whatever originated in the West.

The UNP MP, pointing out that the Ice Bucket challenge was started by an American to raise awareness on the deadly motor neuron disease ALS and to raise funds for his friend suffering from the disease, said some local politicians are using the cause to gain publicity and wasting water when there is a severe drought in the country.

Taking a shot at Malsha Kumaratunga, who said she used the water from her swimming pool for the ice bucket, the MP said people in several parts of the country including Moneragala and Hambantota Districts are suffering from the severe drought while the "powder babies" who entered the politics "pawning" their fathers' names are wasting water in Colombo.

Samaraweera noted that for people in the West living in the cold climate, it is a challenge to take a cold water shower but the people in Sri Lanka's hot climate it is not a challenge.

"People living in Bandarawela, Badulla and Nuwara Eliya areas face the "Ice Bucket Challenge" every morning when they use the water from a fall, a stream or a well but no one has shown their plight on the internet," Samaraweera said.

He said that at a time when parents were killing their children or committing suicide with them because they had no way of feeding the families, government politicians building mansions and holding night races not only in Colombo, but also in the sacred city of Kandy confirms the government's "Marie Antoinette" attitude.

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