Incumbent finance and media minister Mangala Samaraweera’s political prediction which he made when he was in the opposition came true yesterday (16).
He told parliament then that whoever laid the foundation for the Shangri La Hotel, it would be opened by a UNP regime.
The foundation was laid by the then economic development minister Basil Rajapaksa. At that time, Shangri La Colombo’s local agent Sajad Mawsun laughed at Mangala, saying he was daydreaming.
Then, he helped Mangala in the secret. Today, he is like Mangala’s shadow and does not even look at Basil. That is politics. But, he might be helping Rajapaksas secretly. For that he cannot be blamed, as business and politics go together in Sri Lanka.
Cutting the ribbon to open the hotel, president Maithripala Sirisena went to its 35th floor, and Derana TV showed him taking a look around as if he was frightened. Then, the TV showed Basil laying the foundation. That was so lengthy that viewers would have thought that it was Basil who opened it too. That is how Dilith Jayaweera’s Derana TV wept about the good times of the past.
There was a special guest – ex-Colombo mayor A.J.M. Muzammil, now high commissioner to Malaysia. He was an invited guest at the hotel’s foundation laying too.
What can be learnt from all these is that politics, everywhere in the world, changes very fast.