24 May, 2019

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A Gaping Trust Deficit Within The Government

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Comparing the Yahapalana administration with the Rajapaksa one and concluding that the present administration is not yet as bad as the former but is on the wrong road or moving too slowly on the right one, is either moronic or knavish, not only because there was nothing of the magnitude of the bond scam and gigantic divestitures of strategic national assets under the previous regime, but also because Mahinda Rajapaksa did something positive of huge historic and human import which no one else did and from which all the positives of today were made possible—he won the Thirty Years War and then gave the economy the highest growth rate in Asia outside of China.

What was negative about him cannot be compared with what is negative about the present without contrasting the small pluses of the current crew with the much larger pluses of the previous one, and totaling them up.

It can be said of Mahinda Rajapaksa that his achievements dwarfed his errors; his positives outweighed his negatives. Can the same be said of the present administration? Not even the UNP believes that the electorate perceives its achievements as outstripping its failures. If it did so, would the Hon. PM be seeking to postpone elections?   

The weekly evidence of the unprecedentedly dependent, servile character of the Yahapalana administration came in the form of a report in the prestigious Hindu by its smart, Colombo based correspondent Meera Srinivasan. Captioned ‘India keen to run Sri Lanka airport’, it says:

“India has expressed interest to operate Sri Lanka’s second international airport situated in Mattala, about 40 km from the southern town of Hambantota, where China has majority stake in a strategic port it built. The Sri Lankan government earlier this week cleared Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva’s request for a committee to study the Indian government’s proposal. India proposes to “operate, manage, maintain and develop” the airport through a joint venture, holding 70% of the equity for 40 years…” (The Hindu, August 12th 2017)

Not even during the period of the IPKF did our huge neighbor, which has Tamil Nadu as a significant shareholder, get to “run” a Sri Lankan airport deep in the interior of the country, in the Sinhala heartland. Nor did any Ceylonese/Sri Lankan government ever think of giving India a 70% share for 40 years in any venture as strategic as an airport.

This is in addition to the two stories in the sister paper of the Daily Mirror, which say that the Survey Department which is over a century old, is to be virtually handed over to a US firm named Trimble so as to work on an island-wide Land Registry, while the country’s labor laws are to be revised under the guidance and with the financial assistance of the USAID.

If this doesn’t add up to a project of re-colonization or neo-colonization, then what does? Why does the government do this? One reason is obviously money. I don’t mean money as in the money needed to run the country, because Mahinda Rajapaksa ran it with a higher rate of growth in wartime, and a much higher one in peacetime, without auctioning the family silver and the store! I mean money as in massive payoffs.

Surely the problem of financial viability should be solved by giving first preference and a larger role to Sri Lankan capitalists than to foreign ones? Algeria for instance has a constitutional redline that rules out anything above a 49% share for foreign capital in any enterprise or property whatsoever in that country, leave alone something as strategic as a port or airport! 

This government has no vision of real economic growth and development. That is not the fault of the UNP proper, it is the fault of those who occupy the UNP’s penthouse. The man who best knows the philosophy of development of the UNP has been exiled as Ambassador— Karunasena Kodituwakku, groomed by Prime Minister Dudley Senanayaka as a future leader of the party.

There is another reason which makes the UNP dominated government behave the way it does. The current leaders of the UNP belong ideologically to that stratum which has a long history on this island—that of collaborators who see no future for themselves apart from service to and as beneficiaries of their Western patrons. They are the island’s equivalent of the type that Malcolm X so indelibly caricatured as “House Niggers”. They do not see any role for this island except as strategic real estate for the declining Western empire, its allies and its competitors to own or rent.

The Hon. PM and his ideological followers in the corporate community and the upper bureaucracy are striving to recreate what they see as the golden age of Ceylon—not its true Golden Age of the first decade after Independence, but precisely the pre-Independence period of colonial servitude and limited autonomy; the Donoughmore period. The paradigm is of a throwback to conformist cosmopolitan colonial modernity.

The government is cracking up in both senses of the term: it is fissuring as well as going gaga in a politically suicidal way.

The UNP in government is attacking the state. Within the state it is attacking precisely the most credible and admired platform, process and personnel, namely the Presidential Commission into the bond-scam and the independent minded officials of the Attorney-General’s Department.

The UNP is also attacking one of its own, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, who is far less conspicuous a dissident than Opposition parliamentarian R. Premadasa was with his Puravesi Peramuna (‘Citizens’ Front’) faction in the early 1970s and Prime Minister Premadasa was in the 1980s with regard to the Indo-Lanka Accord and the IPKF. The patriotic populist dissident Premadasa turned out to be the UNP’s savior in 1988-89. By attacking Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, the UNP is busily perforating the only populist lifeboat it has when the ship hits the rocks.

The UNP is also attacking its SLFP partner in the coalition government at a time when it needs the latter’s support for the Constitution making process, and the SLFP is itself reconsidering its continued presence in the coalition.

The UNP has failed to obtain the support of its formal ally the SLFP, and its closest comrade-in-arms the TNA, in the venture to introduce a 20th amendment and postpone Provincial Council elections.

Furthermore, the UNP’s political behavior has antagonized the JVP which has pivoted (at least partially) against the Government, in and out of Parliament.

If this isn’t a crack up of the Jan 8th 2015 Yahapalana coalition, the beginning of the disintegration of the ‘unity’ government, and a display of ‘soft anarchy’, what is? And if this isn’t a collective psychological crack-up of the UNP, manifesting a pronounced propensity for political suicide, what is? 

During the UNP-led 7 party coalition government of 1965-1970 officially titled the “National Government” but colloquially dubbed the “Hath Havula”, Esmond Wickremesinghe was the key advisor and supporter of Minister of State JR Jayewardene’s attempt to dominate the economic policy agenda, outflanking and overshadowing from the Right, the more moderate, liberal, pro-agriculture Prime Minister Dudley Senanayaka. Today, with the drive to abolish the Executive Presidency and project Hon. PM as the country’s de facto leader or future leader while celebrating his 40 years in politics (a celebration in Parliament from which the President absented himself), the UNP is perceived by SLFP veterans as attempting the same ‘Esmondian’ putsch in relation to President Sirisena. There is a gaping ‘trust deficit’.

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    Dayan, how can you not comment on the monumental disaster that is known as Uma Oya- the brain child of your darling loving god father of corruption Mihindu Raajapskshe! You are a shame! MJA

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      DJ
      “A Gaping Trust Deficit Within The Government”
      True. Now let us fill that gap.
      Shall we re-install the utterly corrupt, uneducated, criminal, extended family crew from Hambantota? How about their cronies & henchmen, you included of course?
      Now that will resolve any credibility issues GOSL may suffer from..
      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaha!
      Cheers!

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        Ben Hurling

        The public racist types:
        “A Gaping Trust Deficit Within The Government”

        I have been watching the hole gaping since the mid 1980s I mean the one is in his head.

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      MR governed the country for 10 years and left leviathan Chinese loans to the future generation. Therefore, it is imperative to elect new set of leaders who have no intention to follow the same theory.

      The gaping trust deficit is not confined to a narrow frame expressed in the topic. People have not only lost the trust in the government but entire Parliament too. The general public have proved that they are very much ahead of Sri Lankan politicians.

      No matter how much JO screams, the general public is not interested in LG or even PC elections. What is the point of making politicians rich while half of population is either poor or fast reaching to that level? At least the salaries/other perks enjoyed by corrupt or lethargic local/provincial politicians will be saved for few more years. Even if the LG/PC elections are held, there won’t be any change in the present system.

      Since independence, politicians who had no vision heavily relied on development aid and dependency theory where the country’s entire future is trapped now. A new way of thinking should emerge in order to end the dependence gradually and explore the possibility of achieving nondependent growth. The present politicians in all parties are not even close to that thinking.

      Sri Lanka is not an economically poor country. We are bestowed with natural resources. The problem is with the politicians who governed the country. They were unaware as to how to tap them to fuel economic growth. There are many hidden and underutilized resources we could tap and end this economic malaise without selling national assets.

      A new drastic change should be introduced to the Sri Lankan political system and a sweeping revolutionary change is needed to spur economic growth and end social inequality.

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        Oh, it’s Champa again!
        “Sri Lanka is not an economically poor country. We are bestowed with natural resources.”
        Kindly give us a list of these valuable resources. Oil? Gas? Iron? aluminium? Lithium ? Shale? Timber? Gold?

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          old codger

          Champa the patriotic pimp Wimal’s girl types:
          ” We are bestowed with natural resources. “.

          Don’t you agree with Champa that we are bestowed with natural resources, such as loads of stupids like Champa, Shenali, KASmaalam, Jimmy the Dimwit, ………………………. natural born killers, thieves, crooks, ….. ?

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          Old Codger

          It is high time you start living in Sri Lanka. Then there won’t be any reason for you to ask that question.

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            Champa,
            Why not cut the crap and tell us what exactly we have that is valuable? Hot air and biogas don’t count.
            Why did the Brits spend a hundred years planting tea/rubber/coconut, which we have screwed up so well?

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          Dumb Old codger: What do you think about human resources that sri lanka is not utilizing.

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            Dumb Jimbo,
            What human resouces? If you are talking about yourself, what is the use of a keyboard-basher producing bio-gas?
            Why do you think the Brits had to import human resources from India? Do you know that there are 200,000 foreign workers even now in the country??

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          Old Codger @
          These men think the resources we are blessed with are like that of OIL rich countries.

          I think to exaggerate that way has been the nature of that ballige putha Wimal Buruwanase, and this man Champa being his ziamesian twin, just bring the message further.
          None of these men have the idea, how poor SRILANKA really has been.
          Mafia king at made us even poorer. All the grace periods of the loans taken by his stupidity gov just started to pay in 2015 and 2016… but ballige puthas have guts to pose questions, what the current govt did with the loans they took during the two years.
          Punnaku eating people feel that bloody rajapakshes have been uttering the truth.
          Today they are made like crabs in hot water.
          No other regional leaders and their families were called for interogations in the country… that say everythign about the abusive family.

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        Champa
        “Sri Lanka is not an economically poor country. We are bestowed with natural resources.”

        Sri Lanka was not economically poor when the British gave the country to the Sinhalese in 1948, Sri Lanka was the second highest GNP per capita in Asia at that time. However, today Sri Lanka is one of the worst or rather a 3rd world poor (begging) countries in the world. The Sinhala-Buddhists have brought down Sri Lanka to not only a begging nation but also to the level of a pariah state.

        The only natural resource available in the country is women slaves. Sri Lanka has become the number one supplier of women slaves to the mid-east, the best foreign exchange earner.

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          James Banda

          Not all were Buddhists. The majority who governed the country were born Christians who posed as Buddhists for politics.

          We can still save the country if it goes to a right hand. We have many untapped potential – underutilized resources.

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            Champa,
            “We have many untapped potential – underutilized resources.”
            Oh yes, they are also invisible unless someone tries to sell or lease them.
            The oil tanks sat rusting in the jungle for 75 years. Now they are a national asset according to dear Wimal & Co.
            The Eppawala phosphate cannot be dug up because it is a national asset. We have no money to do it either.
            All other national assets are to be found under ancient Buddhist shrines, which must not be disturbed at any cost.
            In fact, the entire country is covered with historic monuments.
            So there!

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      As of gaping trust deficit within the government, well, unity government never had any trust in each other but an understanding. Even that understanding was between Ranil and Maithree. Maithree faction of the SLFP soon realized that if they were in agreement with UNP at all times, they will lose public support. Therefore, they started criticizing UNP while in the unity government at their own free will. Some use it to rebuild their political future which is bleak. Country can do without all of them.

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      Dayan,

      “he won the Thirty Years War”

      Ha Ha Ha ……….. He won the war singlehandedly!

      All the soldiers who lost life and limb was just an inconvenient distraction.

      Start counting you chickens buddy. It was revealed to me last night in a dream that Mahinda is going to come back again as the president and prime-minister rolled in to one and it’s going to be milk and honey from there on. We are all going to live happily ever after. …………………
      Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
      Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full!
      One for the master Mahinda,
      One for the dame Shiranthi,
      And one for the little boy Gota
      Who lives down the lane ………
      None for the naughty boy Basil who can see through me,
      none for the dame CBK,
      and certainly none for the little boy Ranil
      who lives down the lane.

      …… So what’s new anyway? Anything we haven’t heard before?
      …… End of story ………. children …………….. it’s almost time to grow up …………..

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      There is no disaster called Uma Oya. It will bring water to Uva regions and help agriculture in the place. Gover had planned for vast sugar cane cultivation and providing water for that was in the agenda.

      Like in Moragahakanda and all the other projects people had to leave their villages and relocate. That is what is happening in Uma Oya as well. People living in the hill will have to relocate.

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        Sach,
        “That is what is happening in Uma Oya as well. People living in the hill will have to relocate.”
        I am sure that if your own house collapses, you will relocate without complaining.
        Great man!!!!!!!!

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          In sri lanka people have relocated to different places when Mahaweli scheme, moragahakanda schemes were implemented. That is how the world works.

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    Dayan,

    How long you Sinhalese jokers are going to point fingers at one another? Don’t you people have any shame left, if any? How many more years are you guys going to talk about eradicating corruption in a “Buddhist” country? When are you going to stop at squeezing each others throats? When is this fake Buddhism going to turn into a real one so that you guys will come to your senses? One thing for sure – thieves and robbers are a rule and not an exception and what a curse has befallen this “proud” race?

    Not that any of this matters to us, just that you idiots don’t want to live and you don’t let the other races live either. When is this charade going to end?

    So Dayan, you can throw away your pen because it only can shame and curse others. Has it in anyway helped to bring a little bit of sense to any of these stooges? What saddens me is somehow along the line you have turned into a rogue, too.

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      What has corruption in SL and Buddhism has got to do? What is the relevance. A usual anti SL, anti Buddhist racist has shown his true colors.

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        Sri Lanka Constitution protect Buddhism by its constitution but not ordinary people and state’s assets including revenue and expenditure.
        CHAPTER II – BUDDHISM

        Buddhism.

        9. The Republic of Sri Lanka shall give to Buddhism the foremost place and accordingly it shall be the duty of the State to protect and foster the Buddha Sasana, while assuring to all religions the rights granted by Articles 10 and 14(1)(e).

        Bloody Nuisance desperately needs a padikkama.

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        Mr. Sach,
        “What has corruption in SL and Buddhism has got to do?”
        If the Portuguese did not come this way, the Muslims would have wiped you all out. What an oil-rich paradise we could have been!!

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    How about GAPING DEFICIT MURDERS AND CORRUPTIONS under TSUNAMI HORA MARA REGIME.

    You B………have a Selective Memory Syndrome. Go get psychiatric treatment for that, before wasting all our valuable time with your crap.

    Let’s talk in an orderly manner. You always put the cart before the horse.

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    “he won the Thirty Years War and then gave the economy the highest growth rate in Asia outside of China. “
    Yeah yeah, all hail the Miracle of Asia!
    But then, if you borrow all the money in China and use it to build highways to nowhere, “budget ” airlines that are anything but, airports in the jungle, ports with no ships, theatres too expensive to enter, all named after one Mahinda R, anybody could achieve 8% growth. Simple economics, Dr. D.J.

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      old codger

      You are forcing/expecting the public racist to scour clan kleptocracy. Come on be reasonable.

      Some people love to live in pigsty, not knowing the difference between a temple and pig’s home. They feel homely and comfortable wherever they are. It is unreasonable of you to drag him out of his natural habitat to where human beings have made their home.

      What % of total investments actually had trickled down to the ordinary people of this island through factors of productions, wages, profits, interest and rent? Could this racist quantify the trickling effect of Chinese investments and contracts. At the peak of these contracts, it was reported that a total of 30,000 Chinese workers were employed in these projects. Most materials were imported from China possibly at an inflated price. The annual interest rate on Chinese loans were 9% and above. What was the total profit to all the Chinese companies?

      Please note I have ignored commissions in the range of 10%, 20%, 30%.
      By the way pigs don’t bother about or need Cost Benefit Analysis.

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      Highway to nowhere? You big baffoon. You think galle ia nowhere? You think katunayake ia no where?

      Other than that… where do you suggest we build airports? In the middle of an bustling city? You dim wits no nothing about how infrastuctuere development should be conducted, or you are purposefully playing ignorant.

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        Shenali

        However Zheng He’s highway was the southern silk route and visited south of the island where he erected stele in 1409.
        Why did Zheng He write his Galle Trilingual Inscription in three languages, Chinese, Tamil and Persian?

        Sadly it was not in Sinhala. Do you know why? Didn’t Sinhalese live in the South in 1409? It is strange.

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          So it implies that no Sinhalese ever lived in the South. Then why didn’t Tamils claim the south as their ansestral homeland?

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        O wise Shenal,
        Airports are built where airlines want to land.Our air traffic is mostly to India.Would any sane person want to go to Hambantota to catch a plane to Madurai? Or to anywhere else? Would even Shenali the baboon take a bus to Galle via Jaffna?…Get it??
        Why did Mahinda force vehicle carriers from India to go to Hambantota instead of Colombo?
        ” You think katunayake is no where? ” I don’t think a buffoon would know that Katunayake was a British military base long before it became the airport.

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          Let’s forget Mahinda. Let’s forget Ranil. Let’s forget UNP. Lets forget SLFP, JO ……………..

          Let’s just focus on simple logic ……………..

          If the Mattala Airport had any rational economic reason, would Mahinda have had to force planes to take off from Katunayake and land in Mattala 5 minutes later? ………..

          Those who say that it was designed/build for the passenger-movements in and out of the country in the future; do they know anything about the natural rate of attrition? In 20 years time the whole Mattala shindig has to be rebuild anew as the natural elements would have taken their toll. …………..

          The simple logic is, no company (listed in the Colombo exchange) that operate on rational economic reasoning for profit would have build Mattala because their survival depends on rational economic-logic. Private companies build toll roads in many countries after economic feasibility studies are carried out and if there is a reasonable rate of return for the outlay.

          The Katunayake Highway is an excellent project, so is the Southern/Galle highway, perhaps up to Matara – not all the way to Hambantota :)). There is very good economic-reasoning in linking all the major centres of populations/cities with highways to cut travel time. It will give a real boost to the economy.

          There is nothing wrong in borrowing money – at reasonable rates – for infrastructure projects that benefit the citizens if the reasoning/logic is sound. …………….

          But by the same token, any rational person has to admit that many of the things in Hambantota is just lunacy. There is no way getting around it.

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            Shanghai is sinking and the water table is rising So they are moving elsewhere.
            Colombo is 500 years old and like a can of sardine with villagers to boot. Move out and over to Mattala and let the rest breathe fresh air.
            When JR took parliament house to kotte there were murmurs but now all are content. Villagers like SriMao and familial have contempt for old parliament so they butchered Galle Face Green and surroundings.
            There is no logic in life- Even wise king solomon could do nothing about his son.
            The servant of Confucius was asked to inform the guest that the master was not at home. But once the disappointed guest were just leaving the gates Confucius sang aloud from the upper floor- Passion rules the world not Hitler and Logic which is good for the textbooks and manufacture of goods.
            you never learn go find a lovely wife perhaps she may teach you 😂

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          It is a waste of money if Mattala was built in the jungle without any other related development happened. However, Mattala was designed to function alongside with the H’tota harbour and the proposed economic zone. Do you suggest investors to land at Katunayake and then travel to H’tota if the ecomomic zone started.

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            “”Do you suggest investors to land at Katunayake and then travel to H’tota if the ecomomic zone started.””

            you are CT’s gas bag, living in the past while we live and run our manufacturing for almost a decade via skype
            July 2017- Microsoft has commenced another partnership with BMW that will see … Microsoft, a longstanding BMW partner, will integrate its Skype app

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            “Do you suggest investors to land at Katunayake and then travel to H’tota if the ecomomic zone started.”
            Well, isn’t that the idea in building a Colombo- Hambantota highway? In any case, do investors come in plane loads daily??
            Which idiot builds an entire airport to receive 3 investors every month?
            But the fact is, nobody wanted to, and nobody still (except the Chinese) want to invest. The Chinese want to get their money back. Fair enough.

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              It is generally agreed that the investments zones are placed where it is closed to international harbors and airports. If not what is the reason for the Katunayake and Biyagama industrial zones?

              Investors would appriciate that there are international gateways close to their investments. No one would like to use the highway (to nowhere as one commenter suggested) for hours just to reach their investments after tedious plane rides.

              Don’t try to discredit the importance of the hambantota development scheme just because it was initiated by mahinda in his own constituency. Just gice the credit where it is due.

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                “2If not what is the reason for the Katunayake and Biyagama industrial zones?”2
                Pusspan, at that time there was no IT for networking. Most companies in the west do not buy or rent office space anymore. folk attend an office space just once a week or fortnight and the rest is carried out from home. Very soon the robots will take over repetitive work too and even China is receiving that technology from Germany right now though 450 million unemployed. Amazon is planning a breakthrough in robot packing then it won’t need more than one man for the sake of it. Idiots like you would be the parasites that would be turned to Soylent Green as Arthur C Clarke envisaged.
                Whatever was designed and built is going to be ghost town.
                The Chinese do not want anymore land deals from Lanka but want their money back according to Chinese Global Times.

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                  Our country need people how are ingenious enough to utilize what they have. But not the people who blaim things bases on their political ideology.

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                    “”But not the people who blaim things bases on their political ideology.”2
                    Your ideology is pseudo supremacy clinging onto a useless tree- fanaticism that spawns phodophelia, incest breeding etc etc.
                    Buruva left over by the primary slave traders of the east please Go tell the (our) country to invent the wheel while you eat jam and honey and of course obtain a DPL passport to smuggle luxuries while all along you fancy sending your women to medieval middle east where they worship sweet nothing 5 times a day.
                    My land of birth belongs to the Parakeet pethappu not the two legged buffon’s of humbug-tota.

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                Shenal,
                Just go across the water to India and see if their industries are clustered around airports. Tamilnadu alone has umpteen times more factories than we have. The largest auto hub in South Asia is over 30 miles from an airport! Their highways are much worse than ours (as people like you are fond of pointing out).
                Kerala has 4 or 5 IT parks, some bigger than the Biyagama FTZ.
                Conditions such as a reliable work-force and political stability attracted investments such as a REAL VW factory.
                Mahinda put the cart before the horse. Building airports doesn’t attract investors.
                Don’t try to defend the indefensible. Mahinda’s no.1 priority was to protect his. family’s vote base. And why was it he named all the projects after himself? Such arrogance on top of stupidity!
                We are a third world country. WE DON’T NEED 1st world infrastructure!!!!!

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                  Investors come to India because of it’s domestic market. Not because they want to import the stuff they make in India exclusively. And why the hell you have to add IT industry into this? It is irrelevant. Investors look to Sri Lanka for an oppurtunity to build factories that would cater foe international markets. For that we need to have airports and harbours close by for the convinience.

                  So, your issue with Mahinda ia becauwe he named thigs after his name? It is nothing more than jelousy that make a fuss over such a petty issue.

                  It’s people like yours third world mentality that drags our country back further. Country can do better without you people. So please leave my counry while you may.

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                    “So, your issue with Mahinda ia becauwe he named thigs after his name? It is nothing more than jelousy that make a fuss over such a petty issue.”
                    This is NOT a petty issue. It is immoral to name things which are built with public funds after politicians who don’t spend a cent of their own money. It shows a lck of class . If you cannot see what is wrong with this, it is not me but people like you that the country can do without.
                    By your logic, Mahaweli should have been named after Gamini Dissanayake.
                    “Investors come to India because of it’s domestic market. Not because they want to import the stuff they make in India exclusively.”
                    For your information, it is cars made in Tamilnadu that are trans-shipped to Europe from Hambantota. If you don’t know, that is what keeps the port going.
                    “And why the hell you have to add IT industry into this?”
                    Isn’t IT an industry? It also depends on investors like Google, Microsoft, Infoys, etc.

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                      old codger

                      Oh this Shenali the stupid is now delving into Indian Economy and Mahinda’s dick.

                      Please do continue with whatever you think this stupid Shenali lacks and needs to be taught.

                      I envy your patience.

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                      Public money cannot get things done on it’s own. Someone is needed to channel the public funds for the correct course in order to utilize them effectively. So what is wrong with naming the scheme after the person who took the pioneering steps to realize it?

                      I have no issue with Gamini Disanayake naming any thing after himself. But the most intriguing this is that you people don’t make the same clout over naming one of our dams in the name of Queen Victoria. Where are your class then? Or are you of the Kalu Sudda class who worship the very ground that the white man stepped upon? Are you from the class of people who are still subservient to the white skin and ashamed of their ancestry?

                      Oh come on man. Don’t derail the conversation with bullshits. We were discussing on the viability of H’tota port. Not about Indian IT trade or Car industry.

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                      Shenali

                      “I have no issue with Gamini Disanayake naming any thing after himself. “

                      Lets ask the Aussies to name all his apple farms after him, Dutta Gamani Apple Farm.

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                    Shenal,
                    “But the most intriguing this is that you people don’t make the same clout over naming one of our dams in the name of Queen Victoria”
                    Well, Mr. Shenal the all-knowing, maybe you were not yet born in 1981, so you don’t know that the Victoria Dam was built with British assistance. It was JR who decided on the name.
                    “I have no issue with Gamini Disanayake naming any thing after himself.”
                    That shows his class. MR was a crook without class. Gamini was a crook with class.
                    Whether you have an issue is not the point. It is WRONG.
                    Just as Ravi K was wrong.Get it??
                    “We were discussing on the viability of H’tota port. Not about Indian IT trade or Car industry.”
                    Yes, the Indian experience IS relevant. The didn’t go for expensive loans to build first-world airports unlike us.Neither are any airports named after Narendra Modi. At least look how others have done things . Don’t be a frog-in-the well hero-worshipper.

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        “”You dim wits no nothing about how infrastuctuere development should be conducted, or you are purposefully playing ignorant.””

        Kussi amma please stay in your kitchen perhaps you could learn to cook rice without water.
        Watti amma have no qualification in engineering to understand infrastructure you are Maha Hora!!

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      No one can build anything without borrowing. And CMB port recorded more profits after HMB port was built. This lunatic gov does not know how to manage it.

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        “And CMB port recorded more profits after HMB port was built”

        Could we have the profit & loss account and the balance sheet for the past 10 years so that we can see the comparative performance year by year.
        Could we also have P/L and BS for HMB since its first of construction.

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          There is a thing called google. Use it

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            Is there a thing called google? I heard it was banned/boycotted on Champa’s patriotic pimp Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa.

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        Sach,
        “No one can build anything without borrowing”
        Quite true, Mr. Sach. But other borrowers usually borrow only as much as they can pay back. Not for vanity projects named after oneself.
        As for all the highways, what I know from practical experience is that Colombo is now full of vehicles from all parts of the country. So traffic is worse than 10 years ago.
        CMB port would have made even more if vehicle trans-shipment was not diverted to HMB.

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          old codger

          “Not for vanity projects named after oneself.”

          Also don’t forget the commission ranging from 10 to 30% already included in the loan.

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    Positives
    • Won the war

    Few Negatives
    • Loss due to Sri Lankan Airline transaction
    • Blunder of Mihin Air,
    • Development concentrated only to Hambantota
    • Construct a Port, Airport, Conference Halls, Cricket Stadium etc around Hambantota without
    any proper development plans for economic returns.
    • Allow a brother to engage in corruption well known all over the world
    • Allow children to misuse all laws including car races around sacred Temple of The Tooth.
    • Allow his henchmen to engage in all kinds of illegal activities including murder & rape.
    • Allow close associates such as Sajin Waas etc etc to engage in massive corruption,
    • Brought Sri Lanka very close to UN Economic Sanctions
    • Sri Lanka inherited a huge foreign debt thanks to so called economic growth from borrowed
    funds.

    List is endless.

    MR could get the highest growth rate in Asia because he inherited a stagnated economy, due to the war, which would definitely have a high growth rate after the war. People like Indian PM or the Chinese Government are real heros since who actually developed their economies.

    He also argues that just because some of the leaders in the present Government are engaged in massive corruption MR’s record should be appreciated even though he was corrupt. What a fallacy.

    This man is one of the inner circle members of MR who used to get plum appointments such as posts of Ambassadors to Western Cities during that period. His opinion is thus not impartial. He was in fact one of the beneficiaries of that dreaded era.

    It is unfortunate that such people who use the word Dr. in front of their name use words to legalize an autocratic regime. In other words he is only engaging in scholarly prostitution. However probably nobody would even bother to read such rubbish.

    There is a Sinhalese saying `කියන්නා කෙසේ කීවත් අසන්නා සිහි බුද්ධියෙන් ඇසිය යුතුය්.’
    or in English ` The greatest fool of all is the man who fools himself.’

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    It is an absurd argument of Dayan that the 30 years of war was won by a Single man Mahinda. Yes it is true the war was won during the period of Mahinda Rajapakse but the real factors that contributed to war victory was Ranil’s effort to break the LTTE and brought Colonel Karuna under the control of Govt. Secondly, the India wanted to finish the LTTE and Mahinda himself accepted that he did it for India. Chandrika’s effort using Kathirkamar’s power to get international support to ban LTTE and USA gave full support to destroy arms supply to LTTE. Ranil went for peace talk when LTTE was almost near a victory and weakened LTTE taking time as peace talk but never gave up anything to LTTE demands on political solution. In fact, Mahinda got the power paying large sum to LTTE to come to power illegally. In fact, the Western world & India used Mahinda as an agent to eradicate LTTE but later when opportunity came they get rid of Mahinda. So, India & Western world achieved their goal by eliminating both LTTE & Rajapakse who are considered as a threat to democracy .

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      Ranil never expected the breakup of Karuna. No one gave Karuna helping hand after the breakup except for few individual who helped him out of sheer empathy not due to governments hind sight. Karuna had to run for his life. Ranil was no where to help him.

      Nothing would have happened unless Mahinda declares war on the LTTE. Not even India could do anything without Mahinda declaring the war.

      In 2001 LTTE was in brink of collapse. They were exhausted from the long drawn war and wanted a break to regroup themselves. Stupid Ranil provided them just that. And how can we forget the fact that Ranil stopped the hit on Prabha by LRRP, then betray the same outfit to LTTE few months later.

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        Shenali

        “Karuna had to run for his life. Ranil was no where to help him.”

        Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana helped another Psychopath Karuna to escape from LTTE and East. Ranil was heavily involved in Karuna’s defection and protection.

        If you are unfamiliar with contemporary history I wonder why do you deliberately concern yourself with medieval and ancient history.

        Stupid is as stupid types

        Please ask your fellow stupids to read the article on stupids:
        Psychologists reveal the ‘three different types of stupidity’
        A new study has found that there are three main categories of foolish behaviour – confident ignorance, lack of control and absentmindedness
        Hardeep Matharu Tuesday 22 December 2015
        http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/
        psychologists-reveal-the-three-different-types-of-stupidity-a6782796.html

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    DJ “It can be said of Mahinda Rajapaksa that his achievements dwarfed his errors; his positives outweighed his negatives………………………”

    When will DJ realise that MR was sent out because “his errors dwarfed his achievements ; his negatives outweighed his positives”

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    surveying by a foreign company will eventually result in preparing an inventory of any rare minerals that we have in Sri lanka.and the govt will sell those. Even the eppawala , sri lanka should have exported it as a value added product. for example, concentrated phosphate. After the survey, they know exact depth, area and the tonnage of the deposit. If Ranil is there he will definitely sell it. the previous govt did the same I think with the EppawalaWhy Dayan Jayathilake does not discuss that Mahinda Rajapakse and the JAckal Opposition, mostly the thieves of the former govt LSSP and communists are waiting their like hawks. It is unfortunate MY3 di dnot become one like MR and got rid of all those at least in the jail.

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    DJ,
    To the best of my knowledge I’ve not read any articles from you where you confess why you joined the EPRLF & accepted a position under Varatharajaperunaal.

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    Dayan ,
    I quote from your article.

    “Not even during the period of the IPKF did our huge neighbor, which has Tamil Nadu as a significant shareholder, get to “run” a Sri Lankan airport deep in the interior of the country, in the Sinhala heartland. Nor did any Ceylonese/Sri Lankan government ever think of giving India a 70% share for 40 years in any venture as strategic as an airport”.

    Did China wanted to operate anything in Sri Lanka then(in1987)?
    Why now?

    It is because India and China had become economically and militarily powerful!

    Tamil Nadu is a significant shareholder in India! Not only significant, but significant and respected shareholder in India!

    Doesn’t Tamils are a significant shareholder in Sri Lanka! Why not respected as well?.

    Does Mahinda Rajapakse have a monopoly to deal with India and Chinaa?

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      For the same reason a community that funded and supported terrorism against the country is not respected and viewed with suspicion.

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        Sach,
        Why is the community that supported the JVP respected then? Are you saying the JVP was not terrorist?

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          old codger

          “Are you saying the JVP was not terrorist?”
          _
          Some Sinhala/Buddhists agree that JVP is terrorist but it is their Sinhala/Buddhist terrorists. Then alright.

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    This is not even the worst of the Rajapaksa clan.
    “Leader of the JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayaka stated that there are 21 lands scattered across the island that are owned by Yoshitha, Namal and Shiranthi Rajapaksa at a media briefing held at Ratnapura.

    He further stated that he has conclusive proof of the prices which the lands were purchased at and dates they were purchased on.

    Anura Kumara Dissanayake further questioned as to the means the Rajapaksa family acquired the staggering amount of wealth utilized to purchase the 21 land areas currently under their names. He also stated that this is yet another example of the abuse of public funds by political entities.”

    How about the lands outside the country and the corporate shares and other investments?

    Senior Rajapaksa did own land but not in the prime areas and it is said that he dint have funds to finance his campaign and he did that by liquidating the land he held unlike his sons method of financing.

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    Dayan is recycling the MR Chinthanaya “The known devil is better than the unknown devil”.
    Yes Dayan we are disappointed that our replacement of 08 January 2015 are not angels but find the absence of white-vans heavenly.
    Dayan, do you find your job prospects dimming?

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    Mahinda Rajapakse did not have the basic educational qualification to enter Law College. He was a MP at that time and Mrs. Bandaranaike was the PM.. The PM intervened on his behalf and instructed the Council of Legal Education to exempt him from Entry Qualifications on the spurious plea that, M.P.s being the Law Makers of the country, it was absurd to insist on entry qualifications for MPs. Many contemporaries at Law College were aware of his academic excellence ! We all know how his sons Namal Rajapakse “sat” his Law Exams and and Yoshitha Rajapakse “qualified” to become a Navy officer. (For Criminal and corrupt acts make a separate list)

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      Karikalan!!!! you forgot to mention about Rohitha Rajapaksa (Chichi) The only qualified Rocket Scientist in Srilanka.
      DJ Best Political Spin Scientist in Srilanka.
      Way to go guys ha ha!

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      LOL mahinda rajapaksa may not be a typical genious when it comes to education, but a pragmatic and an intelligent leader, a smart man. He proved it in his political career.

      And you are wrong again. During JR’s term a provision was brought where MPs can enter law college and study law.

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    Mate………, Only Wijedasa understands what you have written……But what can he do on his own?…………Haven’t you seen how the Hyenas are already started to surround him for the kill………Wijedasa is trying his best to avoid all that Colonization, Neo capitalism, Indian Takeovers and the plans to designate the great majority poor rural Sinhala Buddhist population to the bottom of the Barrel in Education , Economic and Political influence…….. Only Ray of Hope they have is the Mahanayaka of Asgiriya NFF and the GMOA…………

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      I wonder where did you find the time to carry Wijedasa’s b***s as well. Are you carrying on a job share basis in addition to your full time job with MR?

      How do you manage?

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        Dear Native, …….. I will carry even your hero Chambandan’s Vellala Balls , if I can help to prevent Dr Ranil turning our Motherland in to a ” Mosul ” for poor Sinhala Buddhists ……………….

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          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

          “I will carry even your hero Chambandan’s Vellala Balls ,”

          Sampandan being Vellala (your description and not mine) might demand something for letting you touch his b***s, perhaps the ultimate Federal state. So be prepared. BTW I don’t think he is eternally in love with Dr Ranil. Being a seasoned politician who survived LTTE leaving Ranil is not a political problem.

          If you really want to carry Sambandan’s b***s prepare yourself and other racists to agree to fundamental restructure of the island’s institutions through constitutional changes, in other words power to the people, democratization of the island.

          You should consult with yourself.

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      K A

       

       

      A “Ray of Hope” is not enough. We should have a “Total Aurora in the Sri Lankan Skies” in 2020 to defeat Yahapalanaya.

      All Sinhalese Buddhists should get together and vote for one man. Our votes should never let to be divided again.

      Yahapalanaya rogues are already getting ready to rig votes in 2020 too. They were successful in rigging votes twice already. Election fraud should never happen again.

      I strongly believe that in 2020 the general public should take the lead.

      We have lost faith in JO. They have proved that they were not as strong willed as the public in chasing Yahapalanaya. Masses should be ready to come to streets, all the way to Colombo. We may have to stay overnight in front of the elections office (or wherever the election result is announced). Curfew or no curfew we have to stay where we are in case people’s democratic rights were denied. Who knows people who had not been in the political stage in 2015 may have to come to street to lead the masses. A final – all or nothing battle, if not come or go type battle is what we will need. The present opposition politicians are puppets. They are not as tough as we are. Therefore, the masses will have to take the battle onto their hands. The Maha Sangha may have to be ready too. JO and their godfather can sit in the backyard.. NFF, I don’t know, according to political book, they should be in the forefront of the battle with masses. Will my loving friend WW leave his godfather? WW will have to choose Satakaya or Sari Pota in 2020. (I am joking. If he reads this, his chimera eyes will pop out and land on his forehead.)

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        Champa the patriotic practitioner of the oldest profession,

        “All Sinhalese Buddhists should get together and vote for one man.” which would lead to the creation of “”Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer (‘One People, One Nation, One Leader’)””.

        Only this particular leader will have the powers/rights to procreate ( multiply, propagate, breed). The women are expected to line up in front of local IVF to get inseminated with leader’s nectar. The leader would literally be the father of a new nation.

        In your case you do not have choice.

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        Champa………..Your strategy sounds good and logical……… Still You think Dr Ranil on stage with Dr Mahendran on one shoulder waving the Yahapalana Flag and Aloysious on the other, waving the UNP Flag will be a Vote Catcher?…….

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          K A

          Don’t worry about UNPers. They are sick of Ranil and UNP administration more than us. However, they will never vote a Rajapaksa. That is a fact.

          The decisive factor will never be money or power in 2020. The general public have come a long way. Only two more years to go, as in the 3rd year every politician will act like cobra charmers who lost cobras.

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            At the next election SLFP, UNP monopoly in Sri Lankan politics should be over.

            Same way family politics, nepotism, Colombo 7 politics, capitalist politics, corrupt politics and mafia politics should also be over and the country’s political power should be taken over by ordinary people who represent 98% of the population.

            The entire parliament should be replaced with new people who wear the country on their sleeves.

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      KASmaalam

      ” plans to designate the great majority poor rural Sinhala Buddhist population to the bottom of the Barrel in Education , Economic and Political influence”

      They are already in the bottom and the Sinhala/Buddhist fascist gave them multi barrel with which they killed their fellow poor in the North East for and on behalf of the fascists in the South. During which more than 30,000 of the stupid village boys died 60,000 deserted and another 35,000 severely injured, all because the Sinhala/Buddhist fascists wanted everything exclusively for themselves except they shared free rice imported from moon.

      When exactly did Ambassador Bandula become a member of your elite Sinhala/Buddhist fascist gang and a senior member of b***s carriers?

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        Dear Native……. Look at the positive side…….Diaspora Mahendran Family Fortune increased by 11 Billion…..it is not peanuts even in depreciating LKR……Son in Law Aloysious runs a Media Empire along side the Biggest Brewery to supply Mendis Special to Yahapalana suckers as well as the Dalits…….UNP ” Kewattas ” are living in Penthouses…….And some didn’t even realize that they were in them………Now Sinnaiah is the Navy commander…… Wonder whether Mangalan will allow those 35,000 Disabled to get something from the Yahapalana Compo Fund , which has been set up to pay for the Living as well as Missing LTTE Tigers……..

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    I used to respect Dayan J until he became a fawning bootlicker of the MR clan. Shame to see such an educated person who could have done much for the country submit to being a spineless ‘yes’ man to the generationally (sic) corrupt Rajapakses.

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    Now, yahapalanaya is a joke.

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      Jimmy the Dimwit

      “Now, yahapalanaya is a joke.”

      Why aren’t you laughing? Or have you forgotten to laugh?

      When did you last laugh, when you were 12 years old and still a virgin just before you started as the beach boy in the South?

      Why did your family abandon you as a child?

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    “If this isn’t a crack up of the Jan 8th 2015 Yahapalana coalition, the beginning of the disintegration of the ‘unity’ government, and a display of ‘soft anarchy’, what is? And if this isn’t a collective psychological crack-up of the UNP, manifesting a pronounced propensity for political suicide, what is?”

    JVP has no choice but to pivot with the mass mood if they are to survive electorally (though their attempt to run with the hare while hunting with the fox may not succeed).

    Hela Urumeeya has no chance.

    Rajitha will face peoples’ court in due course together with RW.

    That’s why vedda and others have gone hysterical. But they don’t posses the capacity to stop the turning wheel. Their wheels are coming out in trying to do so.

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    “It can be said of Mahinda Rajapaksa that his achievements dwarfed his errors; his positives outweighed his negatives.”

    Oh, My God, is man has lost his wits about him completely!!

    Achievements? What achievements?

    They dwarfed his errors? Dwarfed?

    Murder, disappearances, unaccountability, establishing a culture of impunity, waste, looting, theft, robbery, they are but a mere spec on the horizon, right? ………..

    If it is the war you wish to crow about on MR’s behalf, it was won by the armed forces and “the best commander in the world’ though MR took all the credit.

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    Dayan is a farce! I do not know why you tolerate his articles…

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    Your JO can win a Parliamentary election but it sure as hell cannot win the next Presidential election. UNP has a core 39% or so of Sinhala votes. They get almost 99% of Muslim and Tamil votes. Do the arithmetic. BR is a bloody 10th grade drop out crook who was so arrogant and plundered the nation. Namal baba is too immature and has no discipline. GR is the best choice but he will scare away UNPers and Ts and Ms. I prefer GR or MR as PM but still with an executive President. But RW wins next time. You wait and see.

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      Siddiq Junaid

      ” BR is a bloody 10th grade drop out crook who was so arrogant and plundered the nation. “

      He was an understudy of Dutta Gamini one of the richest person in South Asia (according to JR). What more qualification does BR needs? Pleas stop insulting his guru Dutta Gamini.

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    Yoshitha got special dispensation. Propaganda tried to make him a modern prince joining the Navy to fight terrorists. NOPE; he ended up having a cushy AC job. Got a special deal to go to Darthmouth because the British also indulge your third world darkies at times. What did he do during the war? murder his rivals for love?
    Namal baba had special exams.
    Rohitha is a self proclaimed Aerospace engineer? What are his credentials?
    Why did BR disown the property in Malwana?
    Why waste billions on vainglorious projects in Hambantota?
    Uma oya destroyed Uva; now Uva is a dry barren zone.
    Poppycock is still poppycock.

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    Looks like all comments come from mad hatters. No wonder Sri Lanka is such a basket case. A proper banana republic if there ever was one.

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