For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
April 29, 2010
In an inaugural press briefing that could only be termed ‘amusing’, the new Deputy Media Minister Mervyn Silva revealed that upon accepting the portfolio he and his wife had decided to sleep in separate rooms so that he will be available to serve the media at anytime of the day.
Silva added that he was prepared to forego his wellbeing and protect the media who were patriotic and honourable.
Regarding the incident where he sat at the feet of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Silva stated that without the D.A. Rajapaksa family he would have not entered politics. If not for D.A. Rajapaksa I would have today been a shopkeeper selling potatoes and onions at my father’s shop, Silva claimed.