Sunday, April 24, 2011

Unique to Sri Lanka

Engineers use "Eng." preceding their names.e.g Eng.A.G.Perera. Architects have followed suite by using "Archt." e.g Archt. A.B. de Silva.Very soon mason basses will be using"Msbs" before the name. e.g. Msbs Girigoris Appu .
Probably medical practitioners using "Dr." provoked them to do this.But medical practitioners have a legal right to do this, in terms of medical ordinance.Once one registers as a medical practitioner in the Sri Lanka Medical Council one is entitled to use title "Dr."It is defined in the ordinance.Other privileges are right to issue medical certificates and excemption from jury service.Thus the RMPs who have never been to a University has the legal right to use the title "Dr."more senior RMPs have not passed even their GCE (A/L).They were enrolled to follow the course after GCE (O/L) or earlier the SSC (Senior School Certificate) Law may be an ass but that is what it is! But law has made engineers and architects to behave like asses.Lawyers are more sensible to use "Attorney at Law" following the name only when relevant.
There is an interesting phenomenon in UK.Surgeons although they have the legal right to use the title "Dr." they call themselves "Mr. "The famous Sri Lankan surgeon of 1940s and 1950s called himself Mr.A.T.S Paul, FRCS ,Surgeon. The others who followed this was Rudra Rasratnam ,FRCS and Mark Amarasinghe MCh,FRCS.The latter is still alive.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is nothing wrong in Mason Bars using the prefixes as Msbs. Its easy to identify ones' profession with prefixes. For example, Dr.Mervyn Silva. The doctors have a problem here. Its called mental complex for overating themselves as a sector above everybody. They live at the cost of people. Earn vehicles from tx payers money. There are millions of doctors. They include, killers, thugs, pick pocketers, politicians..etc I have dealt with some doctors in designing their houses and what I can say is, they were absolute retards. Therefore an ordinary prefix'Mr' is well suited.

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