Inadvertently, I also mentioned Rotarians and Lions Clubs, which I deeply regret. 

There may be some individuals in society that join various organizations for such reasons. However, I fully recognize and acknowledge that this does not, in any way, diminish the noble charitable work which has been, and continues to be done by these Organizations throughout the country, especially for the poor, needy, destitute and the vulnerable.
I understand that my comments would have resulted in causing pain of mind to many. To all of them, I express my sincere apologies.

Mangala Samaraweera           

Minister of Finance and Media