Sacked Lankan origin postman has no regrets over his ‘English-only’ standMarch 27th, 2009 - 7:47 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar. 27 (ANI): A Sri Lankan-origin postmaster, who refused to serve non-English speaking customers and was sacked, has said he has no regret over the stand he took.
Bosses of Deva Kumarasiri, 40, told him that his “services were no longer needed”.
The decision has sparked fury among Deva’s supporters. Deva declares: “I believe what I did was right. I don’t regret it.”
Deva had asked his employment agency for a transfer following threats from local Muslims. He was moved to the city’s predominantly white Netherfield area, and fours days later he was given the boot.
“The agency gave no reason, but it’s safe to say my stand has cost me my livelihood. I’ve a wife, two daughters and a mortgage to support. Because I’ve no contract, I was effectively self-employed, so have no rights,” he said.
Deva, who came to the UK 18 years ago, added: “Anyone who doesn’t make an effort to learn English doesn’t want to integrate. If people come to live in this country they should fully embrace British culture.”
Now, he has had thousands of messages of support to his website, www.britishnessforever.co.uk
“I must have struck a chord with the nation. The vast, vast majority of people agree with my stance,” he said.
His employers, Bradford-based Newrose Personnel Ltd, declined to comment. So did Royal Mail.
But Derek Clark, UKIP Euro MP for the East Midlands, said: “It’s a disgrace. He hasn’t misbehaved, or been short-changing customers. He was simply trying to help these people fit in. I’m very angry for him.”
Deva, who flies the Union Flag at his house and drives a British-built Land Rover, now hopes to buy his own post office
“I would still refuse to serve non-English speaking customers. I’m passionate about Britain,” he said. (ANI)
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