The culture in Sri Lanka is such that Government Servants do not wish to be punished for doing their job, so they stay silent, even if the Minister is WRONG.
An incident comes to mind, when a recently appointed Deputy Minister of Wildlife, went to the Giritale Animal Rescue Center, where animals are brought and cared for until they are able to be released into the wild.
They have a small leopard cub that has to be very carefully taken care of, in case that animal catches a disease in captivity and is surely likely to die. So as a rule there are ONLY 4 designated people permitted to care for that animal and have to take precautions like wearing gloves and sanitizing themselves, prior to any contact with that animal, lest the animal catches a disease that could kill it.
NO ONE but no one is allowed to override this rule.
In comes a newly appointed Deputy Minister who has NO clue about the protocol in this establishment, and is shown a cute leopard cub. Macho man that he is, likes to take the animal and cuddle it like we would all like to do. If I attempted it, the VET or any of the officials there would refuse to allow me, and would explain the rationale as to why I am not allowed.
So why don’t they have the straights to say that to the Minister, Sir, please don’t take that animal into your hands as it could catch a disease and could DIE. They don’t because they are frightened of the power of Ministers, who can be brutal as shown before, having people transferred and removed if they do something the Minister does not like! We know the MEGA culprit here don’t we?
So he or she is caught between a rock and a hard place in trying to placate a minister and not lose their source of income, (their job)
When you live in a society where Donkeys have power but no brains, and don’t have the breeding to take it like a man, when he is reprimanded for doing the wrong thing, you have a situation where an innocent can die(baby leopard), and another innocent can lose their job(veterinary surgeon).
This is why it’s time we have educated people in power, who can take criticism from professionals, when they are ignorant. We have to change the political culture, so we can criticize to the face, and this is where the Field Marshal must stamp his authority and tell the workers to be straight talkers and tell the truth, as they will be protected for it and not demoted or sacked as done now.