ECONOMYNEXT – Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva overshadowed his own motor traffic amendment bill when he turned up in parliament in stunning jet black hair raising jibes from his fellow parliamentarians.
De Silva, 73, made no reference to his make-over nor was he available for comment immediately, but cabinet colleagues said he had shaved his hair as part of a ritual at a Hindu temple in neighbouring India.
Colleagues asked him if he flew business class to carry an extra 20 kilos of Godrej hair dye, but it turned out he was sporting a toupee that was many shades darker than his natural hair that had been sacrificed to attend to the ritual.
There were unconfirmed reports that a friend, who is 46 years his junior, had persuaded him to travel to the Indian temple to perform a pooja that is believed to enhance his fortunes.
It was not immediately clear if it was the burden of the wig or the blessing of the gods that helped him to remain awake during his parliamentary presence on Tuesday when the House debated and approved the motor traffic amendment act that enhanced fines.
The temple he visited is also venerated by President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as well as former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and many other politicians. (COLOMBO, Sept 19 2017)