President Maithripala Sirisena says moral values in society are deteriorating and there are occasions where he came across elderly parents who had held very good jobs and who worked and sacrificed a lot for their children’ languishing in elders’ homes.
He also said that that some sections of the younger generation who live in a world of mobile phones and laptops very often neglect their parents.
The President was speaking at the book launch and felicitation ceremony for Dr. Milina Sumathipala on her 80th birthday, held at the BMICH yesterday (May 25).
The Milina Sumathipala felicitation ceremony is a glowing example to the younger generation as it clearly shows the importance of respecting one’s elders. Some elderly parents are shown scant respect by their children and put in elders’ homes for their convenience, said President Maithripala Sirisena.
President Sirisena further said that Milina Sumathipala was a courageous woman, whose husband faced an untimely death. She brought up seven children and can be considered one of the most successful women in the country.
The President said that her contribution to arts and culture was immense, with the production of many films, together with being a successful entrepreneur.
“Dr. Milina Sumathipala’s magnanimous contribution towards the development of Buddhist activities is also greatly appreciated,” the President said.
He added that her leadership has given courage and strength to the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress.
The President also added that while most of women are discouraged in the face of difficulties, Milina Sumathipala became more courageous in the face of challenges.
He said further said that Milina Sumathipala was an exemplary mother.
At the ceremony, the Sumathimatha Fund was set up to lend a helping hand to needy women in the country.Two books on Dr. Milina Sumathipala were also launched and presented to President Sirisena on the occasion.
The felicitation speech was delivered by Dr Praneeth Abeysundara.