'Tie-coat' affair: Sabry's attire sparks debate within Parliament
A heated debate was sparked within Parliament today (25) over Justice Minister, Ali Sabry's attire.
It began when SJB MP Chaminda Wijesiri asked Justice Minister Sabry about the allegations against Dr. Shafi performing sterilisation surgeries on women, at the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital.
Sabry stated that such information could not be disclosed by him, as this was not within the purview of the Ministry of Justice.
Wijesiri then made a comment about Minister Sabry's attire, saying it should be seen how such 'tie-coat' officials would perform.
This comment received a heated response from Sabry, who heatedly asked Wijesiri if he was expected to dress like him, adding that he was wearing attire appropriate for Parliament.
Sabry then alleged that Wijesiri was making a racist reference in criticising his attire, and that it had no relevance to the matter at hand.
MPs Thushara Indunil, Harsha de Silva and Chief Government Whip Johnston Fernando also added to the 'tie-coat' debate, which ensued for a full six minutes.