22 June, 2021

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After Port City, Gota Set To Sell Colombo Fort, Slave Island Heritage Buildings To China-Backed Firms

The Government of President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa looks set to sell hundred acres of prime land to Chinese companies in the Colombo Fort and Slave Island areas, as Beijing continues to seize strategic control of Sri Lanka’s capital city, its major highways, and ports, Colombo Telegraph learns.

China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC) is the company that built and now has virtually complete management, administration and jurisdiction of the Colombo Port City, the reclaimed landmass that was annexed to Sri Lanka’s territory.

Gotabaya

This week in a brazen move, the Nandasena Government which is already under fire for rushing through the Port City Bill in the middle of a major coronavirus outbreak, handed over an elevated highway project to CHEC. The Cabinet of Ministers decided to award the contract to build the 17 km Kelaniya-Athurugiriya elevated highway to the Chinese state-owned CHEC sans a competitive bidding process. By winning the bid worth USD 1 billion, CHEC will become the first foreign company to own a major highway in Sri Lanka on which it will operate a toll.

CHEC will operate the New Kelaniya Bridge highway for 15 years, during which it will earn revenue. In 18 years, the Highway will be transferred back to Government of Sri Lanka ownership, Cabinet Spokesman Udaya Gammanpila said. The Cabinet made the decision to hand the project over to CHEC on the basis that the company would take the least amount of time to complete the project and the shortest period by which it will recover the cost, Gammanpila said, without elaborating on a transparent bidding process.

The Company was exposed by a 2018 New York Times investigation for “donating” over Rs 800 million to Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidential re-election campaign in 2014/2015 through its Standard Chartered Bank account in Colombo. The payments were made from a subaccount controlled by CHEC named the HPDP Phase 2, shorthand for “Hambantota Port Development Project”, the New York Times revealed in its report. In 2011, the World Bank officially blacklisted China Communications Construction Company and all its subsidiaries after an investigation into fraudulent practices in a Phillipines Highway project. CCCC is CHEC’s parent company.

CHEC has reaped massive returns after the Rajapaksa family was returned to power in November 2019 but the procurement of thousands of acres of land in Colombo City would be essentially a seizure of Sri Lanka’s most strategic landmass by China. Beijing is vying for geo-political influence with other foreign powers including the US, Japan and India and Sri Lanka has become an important linchpin in this process.

But the Gotabaya Rajapaksa Administration has much bigger plans for CHEC, a company that has a reputation for oiling the palms of corrupt politicians world over.

Over the next two years, the Government plans to sell hundreds of acres of prime state-owned land in Colombo Fort and its adjacent Slave Island area, including property currently being used by the Sri Lanka Air Force and Sri Lanka Army. Colombo Telegraph learns that the bulk of these properties have been reserved for China Harbour Engineering Corporation, through an intermediary local firm created specifically for the purpose of easing the path for transfer to the Beijing-owned entity and other affiliated investors.

Many of these properties were already listed for diversification by the Yahapalanaya Government and other administrations who hoped to transform Colombo City into a commercial and financial capital and move the state administrative headquarters inland. However, that diversification was to be streamlined under a competitive bidding process for interested investors.

Selendiva Investments Limited in which the Treasury holds 100 percent of shares was established last year.

According to a Cabinet Paper submitted on May 17 by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, in his capacity as Urban Development Minister Selendiva Investments has been tasked with transforming several underperforming state-owned assets into “viable, profitable and marketable” assets. Selendiva Investments is empowered to enter into long-term lease agreements with commercial entities about any land owned by the UDA. With private investors in these UDA properties and holdings, Selendiva will “smooth the way” for easy approvals from the state sector.

Based on the proposal now before Cabinet Selendiva Investments will set up Special Purpose Vehicles for specific investments.

According to the Cabinet Paper, the UDA is seeking approval to move ahead with three investment portfolios – namely: The Colombo Fort Heritage Square, The Immovable Property Development and The Government-owned Hospitality Sector under Selendiva Investments.

The proposal seeks to open multiple state-owned properties and UDA holdings for investment.

Ear-marked for “investment” under these portfolios are the Grand Oriental Hotel (GOH), the Gafoor Building, York Building, Republic Building (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the General Post Office building (Slave Island), Hilton Hotel, Water’s Edge Hotel, Cey Nor Restaurant (Slave Island), International Coordination Centre, Kankesanthurai (Jaffna), and Grand Hyatt Colombo.

Colombo Telegraph learns that the second phase of this Rajapaksa leasing/selling spree will include the Sri Lanka Air Force HQ, SLAF Grounds, other military holdings including the FCID headquarters on Chatham Street where CHEC already has its plush offices in Colombo.

The moves are especially ironic for the Government that swept to power on the basis that the previous Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration was selling national assets.

Colombo Telegraph learns that the Chinese Government hopes the transactions will be complete by 2022. Chinese firms are often preferred investment partners for the ruling Rajapaksa family because of the potential for massive kickbacks.

Spearheading the work for this major acquisition by the Beijing owned company is Urban Development Authority Secretary Siri Nimal Perera.

Perera was reportedly instrumental in securing the former Army Headquarters in Galle Face for sale to the Hong-Kong based Shangri-La corporation without a tender process on a free hold basis. Perera held office as Chairman of UDA when President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in power.

When the Rajapakasa were last in power, China built a port, an airport, a cricket stadium and a series of other white elephant constructions in the Hambantota region.

Eight years later, with the Government having changed and struggling to pay back massive foreign loans due to Beijing, China wrested control and operation of the Hambantota Port, the most strategically important of the Rajapaksa vanity projects it had bank-rolled when Mahinda Rajapaksa was president of Sri Lanka. Of Sri Lanka’s deep-water ports, Hambantota lies closes to the busiest international east-west shipping lane.

The Rajapaksas are engaged in a sustained effort to make their political survival in Sri Lanka, Beijing’s official business, a foreign policy analyst told Colombo Telegraph.

Unseating the Rajapaksas will be a herculean task, with any Government that hopes to succeed this one likely to be compelled to pledge fealty to Sri Lanka’s overlords in Beijing, the analyst noted.

“By the time Gotabaya Rajapaksa concludes the first term of his presidency, China will have wrested control of several ports in the island and strategic inland property. It will own the bulk of Sri Lanka’s debt, as Colombo repeatedly leans on President Xi Jingping for bailouts amidst a serious debt crisis. Any Government that follows this regime will be saddled with this economic and strategic subjugation – there will almost be no way out,” the analyst, who did not wish to be named, told Colombo Telegraph.

Colombo was already behaving like a vassal state, with the President himself or five-man ministerial delegations going to the airport to accept delivery of the Sinopharm vaccines being donated by Beijing, the analyst pointed out. “There is no question that with every move it makes, the Rajapaksa administration making it known that it is a willing client of the Chinese Government and a supporter of Beijing’s expansion in the Indian Ocean,” the analyst told Colombo Telegraph.

As it expands its strategic advantage in Sri Lanka, Beijing has been careful to invest in all influential sections of society in the island – Buddhist temples and their chief incumbents, senior journalists and media houses, powerful trade unions in the port and medical sectors and local politicians, Colombo Telegraph learns authoritatively. Beijing also has assets situated in senior levels of the ruling Gotabaya Rajapaksa administration that are constantly looking out for China’s interests in all matters, it is learnt. Beijing’s cyber-intrusion into Sri Lanka’s social media landscape has also been noteworthy, and seen an escalation in recent months it is learnt.

It was the determination to create a monopoly on the island’s ports that led to Beijing’s mobilisation of monks and trade unions and other stakeholders to staunchly oppose the lease of the East Container Terminal in the Colombo Port to an India-Japan led joint venture, the analyst explained.

“The west terminal of the Colombo Port is very different – there is nothing there yet in terms of infrastructure, and the way the deal was manoeuvred to be handed over to the Adhani Group of India, it doesn’t look like the Indian Government will have a major role to play in the transaction,” the analyst noted. In the coming years, Sri Lanka’s national electoral battles will also become a form of proxy war between Beijing Vs. The Quad. We saw some measure of that in the 2015 presidential election when the Chinese Ambassador in Colombo himself became a canvasser of votes for the sitting President. We should expect to see this on a much bigger scale in the future,” the analyst added. (By Nimal Ratnaweera)

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    What is happening here is exactly what happened in Zambia. Chinese select a corrupt ruler and give him a lot of loans and bribe them large quantities of money. Then all construction projects go to chinese companies, all hotels are owned by chinese and native zambians are reduced to just slaves working for the chinese. Same thing is happening here in Sri Lanka. The chinese do not set any pre-conditions for loans but only permission to suck all our resources. Recent granting of the highway project is one clear example for deviating from tender procedure to grant the project to a chinese company. As long as there are corrupt rulers who are greedy for money for them and their next of kin we will become slaves of the chinese. No wonder that one chinese company paid 800 million rupees for MR’s presidential campaign in 2015. They will ensure that Rajapakses will remain in power eternally by heftily paying this family in return for business favours. They even pay journalists to write articles in favour of port city and other chinese projects.

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      The Jarapassa brothers are using the Covid-19 mask to lock down people so they won’t see the environmental disaster in the West coast of the island and protest against the failure of the Rajapassa INC to take action while the ship burned for 10 days.
      The President and PM and minister of Ports must be held accountable and forced to resign. This disaster will destroy livelihoods for years and is worse that Tsunami disaster in many ways.
      The Rajapassa regime’s Foreign and Economic policy is Prostitution – selling the country to everyone – Port city to Chinese and prime lands in Colombo including Hyatt and Hilton and Foreign Ministry to the US -MCC project – this is what they call a balanced foreign policy!!

      The Burning MV Pearl ship, was sent to Sri Lanka by the crashed US empire to threaten Sri Lanka – MV Pearl and MV Diamond were CIA Hybird War operations to theaten Lanka for signing the Chinese Port City Bill. The People of Lanka are paying the Price for the Rajapaksa brothers Foreign Policy of Prostitution -without any understanding of the fact that the country’s interests and resources must be protected.

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        Selendiva Investments is the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), land grab project in another guise.
        HYBRID WAR is the name or the gameThere is a Hybrid Trade War against China in the Indian Ocean at this time and MV Pearl and MV Diamond before that, were sent by and the US Rogue State to threaten Lanka because of the Chinese Port City. USA and its NATO and QUAD allies is attacking Marine Shipping Trade lines with their proxies sending burining ships to Sri Lanka and Mauritius and small island to spill oil and acid.

        While India is a Covid-19 disaster melt down, the former colonial masters Britain and France are all over the Indian Ocean and Britain is sending a massive aircraft carrier with US marines to the Indian Ocean and South China sea – they should stay in their Atlantic Ocean.

        Britain

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          Dinuk,
          “Britain is sending a massive aircraft carrier with US marines to the Indian Ocean and South China sea”
          Britain nowadays has only one aircraft carrier, and it is not massive at all. China has three at least. Even India has two.

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      A
      Do you know the first Chinese involvement in Zambia?
      Friendship has been firm since then, even when Western influence held sway.
      *
      The Zambian economy has been in trouble for sometime, but not entirely because of corruption.
      What is your way out?
      *
      No major project was imposed on this country by China.
      Trace the history of each project to figure out how each went to a foreign developer.
      Our disaster started with the opening up under JRJ. We borrowed beyond our means ever since. The war was another excuse to sell assets and borrow from private lenders.
      Have you researched foreign investments here sector wise? Have you checked who wants to have a military presence here?
      *
      Europe occupied Black Africa for two centuries. What did it do? Enslaved people for virtually free labour that built the economy of UK and later US.
      Even in the half century and more since freeing colonies, what has been its attitude?
      Plundering mineral resources and exploiting cheap labour.
      Even now the interest is in building military bases and increasing military presence. (For a start, check what is happening in Mali.)

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        old codger

        SJ types:

        “Europe occupied Black Africa for two centuries. What did it do? Enslaved people for virtually free labour that built the economy of UK and later US.”

        Therefore China has every right to enslave and exploit the entire world forever.

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      Not a single country slaves for China in this world now. Now 2/3 of the countries are with China. Just China needs another 5 years to become the number one country in this world and no one can stop also. Rajapaksa Dynasty rules this Sinhalese Ariyan country(Heladiva) for another 100 years.

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      What the SB voters can do is to moan – it has gone beyond all dimensions.

      The handing over of Buildings in Fort can be for the occupation of the Chinese Army, closer to the Port City, demanded by them – Nandasena
      has to obey. This is the fate of Sri Lanka. Did any politician think of
      this possibility or preferred to hold their tounges, as SL Patriots?

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    The problem comes with the authority given the President and Cabinet to sell or dispose national assets to foreigners. There should be another way to safe guard the assets. These politicians will come and go leaving the nation high and dry.

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      PB,
      “The problem comes with the authority given the President and Cabinet to sell or dispose national assets to foreigners. “
      No, no, the problem is with us, the voters, who want Western-style free education, health, welfare, jobs, but without Western style taxes. Even China doesn’t provide free University education. Without sufficient income, assets have to be sold.

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    This is what I said on “April 19, 2021” about what will happen once the Port City Bill is passed.

    Quote:
    “Then there is another huge conspiracy going on to merge Colombo City with Port City.
    Through the Ministry of Urban Development, corrupt Rajapaksas are planning to sell all government owned heritage and other buildings in Colombo City to foreign investors.
    If the Port City Bill is passed, then there will be an exploding amount of offers to buy Colombo hotels and various other business establishments. And then one day, Sinhalese will lose Colombo City entirely to foreigners.
    I don’t think I have to explain the dire consequences of the possible merger of Colombo City with Port City. This will happen. I know it. That is why in my comment to Rusiripala Tennakoon’s article I asked the Sinhalese people whether they remember the Portuguese, Dutch and the British invasions, how they breach agreements and take advantage of our hospitality.” Unquote.
    .
    THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW!!!

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      We must remember that it is the Malabari origin Kandyans who signed the Kandyan Convention and handed over the country to the British. I have proof of their origin. The original Convention is said to have only a few signatures. That means, our Sinhalese leaders haven’t placed their signatures.
      This is the SAME BETRAYAL.
      Gotabhaya is not a Sinhalese and certainly not a Buddhist. Do you think a Sinhalese Buddhist leader will ever do anything like this?
      Are we going to be silent? NO, certainly NOT.
      Let’s make a united voice AGAIN against Gotabhaya’s treachery to sell Colombo lands to China for large bribes and secret commissions.
      How dare he? This country is NOT his private property.

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      Champa,
      ” I asked the Sinhalese people whether they remember the Portuguese, Dutch and the British invasions, “
      Why do you keep repeating this fib?
      There were no invasions. They were all invited by the Sinhala rulers. You don’t need to invent history. It repeats itself.

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    The following paragraph in your article appears incorrect . pl. check & correct.

    “Perera was reportedly instrumental in securing the former Army Headquarters in Galle Face for sale to the Hong-Kong based Shangri-La corporation without a tender process on a free hold basis. “

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    The estimated number of unemployed is 10 lakhs. We are told in these comments that the 6.9million who supported the Rajapakshes do not care about China making in roads because Colombo is an ethnic minority populated area. What the 6.9million want is economic goodies which they are not getting from the current lot we are told. These are nasty racist and short sighted views. The first thing grassroots political meetings must undertake to do is to educate these rural folk about how they are impacted by the greedy Rajakshe policies. Make the connection of why there are so many unemployed while many thousands of Chinese fly in to work here. Rather then employing Dayan Jayathilake to write racist tropes of rubbish SJB needs to teach the village idiots about reality. Some explaining of why they the rural folk cannot be given economic goodies with borrowed money and what happens when the loan cannot be paid more Chinese nationals moving to Sri Lanka. More Chinese competing for the rural folks own resources. That day will come. In some respects they are already in jeapardy unable to sell their produce, unable to procure fertilizers and pesticides to grow their crops.

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    Explain why tires for their DIMO battas are scarce. Explain why the petrol for their tuk tuk is so expensive and why it keeps going up in price as the rupee declines. These are all hapening right now. Paint a picture of the horrible living conditions of rural Chinese and why they prefer to come settle in their own village in Sri Lanka if given a chance. Explain that the communist Chinese dictatorship is already teaching a group of its younger generation to speak in Sinhalese so they can come here and assimilate into the local population. And last of all explain to these utterly stupid idiots that they fought a war with the LTTE to fend off Tamil demands for a separate state and now while they are being deceived by the greedy Rajapkshe’s the Chinese are slowly colonizing the entire country without firing a single bullet. Use the Jathiwadaya of the scoundrel uneducated greedy Rajapkshe’s against them.

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    Now these pingadiyas have got loan from Bangladesh too, the poorest nation on earth. Then they will go to maldives and then to timbagtu. Best suggestion is to get loan from tamil diaspora at a reasonable interest. To these guys even Cheena selling vaccine at a higher price than to B’desh, or what an irony? Colombo Forts is tranforming into Colombo Fart!

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    “There should be another way to safeguard the assets. These politicians will come and go leaving the nation high and dry. “The politicians of Lankawe, Ehelepola, Dom Juan, Don Stephen, Solomon West Dias Ridgeway, Junius Richard…… they came but never went away. They all are permanently infused into the soul of Lankawe. “There should be another way to safeguard the assets” is an old way of thinking Sinhalese are trapped by this thinking.

    You may not know, but many Western countries’ assets have been bought by many newcomers. This includes ME, Japan, Korea…..The world is changing. Buying cannot be prevented. But the influences of the foreign governments in political and Economic policy is the one that needs to be stopped. Chinese companies are government companies. Chinese policy is controlling the South China Sea, Indian Ocean and spreading BRI. So, the Chinese companies seek to implement the object of Chinese government, not to buy and sell alone, to bring down the victim(target) country that accepts these policies. This is not new. That is why, almost all countries in the world, ask for FDI, not for Chinese loans.

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    Unlike the Chinese loan companies, the companies that come with the FDI are private companies. These FDI companies look for maximum ROI (Return on Investment -(FDI)-). So even if they bribe the government officials, it is only for private purposes (to make profit), not to shoulder their governments’ expansionist policies. So, by selling the land, Lankaweyans don’t lose sovereignty. It is not the land that is being sold for China. This is the problem Lankawe is facing. Watch what happened in just one issue, the Covid Vaccine. India was the only country giving free vaccines for Lankawe. Its vaccine was well tested and accepted by WHO. It signed orders with Lankawe for additional 1.5M vials. The price was $6. That time China did not allow Lankawe to confirm the orders and have the medicine delivered. Long after that China bribed WHO’s officials and had its vaccine approved. Lankawe played the pimp job in China’s deal with WHO. Now India’s situation is it cannot sell anybody any medicine. China is selling for $15 a vial. Can you tell me how the sovereignty loss occurred by land selling prevented Lankaweyans the freedom to buy and use better and three-time cheaper medicine months ago?

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    Right after the Pahadu Tower opening ceremony by the New King, we wrote here that the Tower was already gone to China, because China refused to release the tower for a full opening ceremony. That very clearly indicated what China was thinking. China is years late on that project. Hangbangtota, by mistake China let to have Lankawe and had the problem of capturing it back. But now the Pahatu Tower, overhead bridge highway, Colombo Pong Cing, Colombo Port… China is not allowing Lankawe government to have any administrative authority on any of these properties.
    It is not the sovereignty is the problem. It is the constitution which has evolved into taking away the decision-making authority of the mass into the hands of political rulers. Ranil paid as penalty $300M people money on Pahatu Tower and Colombo Pong Cing. The matter is all do know these two properties are never coming to the hands of Lankaweyans. Then why pay penalty on those projects? But Ranil refused to take the matter to an international arbitration. Ranil did not wanted to accept MCC donation. Ranil did not wanted to take loan from IMF. But he very slick way wrote off the Hangbangtota to China.

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    Don’t Ranil had he freedom to take a loan from any other source pledging the harbor and let China go on its way? He did not want to take loan from other places because he wanted China’s veto to save the Royal criminals. Not Ranil, Not Royals, Not SJB will move away from an inch China ordering, because they all want to save the Rapist Army, Navy and Royals from International investigation. So, the only way now available for Appe Aanduwa is to protect the criminals is 1000000% surrendering to China.
    You are asking about a new way, that you honestly believe it is not exiting the world. This is so widely spread in Buddhist Sinhala Community that they want a solution that does not exist. They all need to sit together and ask one another, are we realistic at any point for the last 75 years. If you all have a common answer that you all goofed up for the last 75 years, the only thing next to do is going to IC and ask them to set fire to the Satanic Document called the constitution of Socialistic Republic and develop one for that can nature and flourish democracy for you.

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    Sell ’em all. We can steamroll to prosperity by selling all govt. lands to Chinese.

    Start selling all dysfunctional govt. institutions that are rampant with bribery and corruption as well. Pensions department, education department, Traffic and motor, railways. They all must go.

    But whatever it is, don’t blame our politicians. They are working so hard for the people’s benefit. For them, as with anyone who dedicates their life to public service, we must show gratitude.

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    These matters including the consequences of casting their votes by electors, should have been considered wisely and rationally, taking into consideration past experience encountered by the SL citizens with thosThese are consequences of casting votes irresponsibly based on emotive considerations and the false presumption that National security could be assured by only a Single person, incidentally by an ex-US citizen and none other. In their wisdom 6.9 million did so.
    No other consideration. Squandering of public funds by Bros Inc., 2010-14 was nay a consideration in determining they repose their trust.
    No Return assured projects. Debts/Borrowings from china (Commercial interest) to finance, unviable Hambantota Port and Mattala Air Port, Sooriyawewa cricket stadium, selling Defence establishment land to Shangri La Hotel, CPC. Employing primarily by Chinese labour (Not Sri Lankan) and Highway and Coal Power projects – “always breakdown” Lakdhanavi.
    SL companies have for 70 years since independence constructed Mega Hydro-electric and Irrigation, Kelanitissa Power and other projects vetted/financed by IMF, ADB, IBRD, Colombo plan et all.
    Add to this Fiasco, the Greek Bonds Fraud, Oil Hedging robberies, during 2009-14.
    Sadly the 6.9 Million wise citizenry thought Otherwise, basing their decision on single aspect – National Security. Ludicrous to say, the least.

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    Before the Mahinda dynasty loses its political power they will start selling Heritage buildings and sites, The Majority of Singhala voters have to be blamed for this action by the present government. Before the CPVID epidemic is over Gota would have sold a major part of southern Sri Lanka, When LTTE fought for their rights to I’ve in the country Mhianda dynasty called them Terrorists, They cheated many countries and got help to defeat LTTE. and Kill thousands of Tamils. Now GOTA has full authority to sell little by little to China. He may even sell the Old Parliament building. The people of Sri Lanka should strat REBELLION without delay otherwise it will be too late to regret, Buddhist Monks should take the lead if b-bot Dalada Maligawacwill is sold o China The next step will be that GOTA will agree to change all Raod names to Chinese names, A Chinese colony in Colombo like Malabar colony that existed during the rule of Nakaka kings. First Portuguese came and then Dutch after that British and now Chinese. Read the stone inscriptions written in Fort Fredrick Trincomalle It gives the ckue for a Chinese invasion

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    This news is sensational to many but this is going to be an unfortunate situation for our country as Sri Lanka is in the verge of economic collapse. Who is responsible for this debacle that had been going on for decades ever since we got the independence from the British in 1948. All the past governments and its leaders were responsible which none can deny. It is natural for anyone to point fingers at the present government as it is in power. Nevertheless there are burning issues of which the government is accountable on many counts.
    1. What is the selection criteria and how many bidders bid for this tender? and at what price?
    2. The value of the asset estimated by the Government Valuer?
    3. Isn’t it a high risk to award the deal to only one country like China as they have secured too many in the near vicinity.
    4. How many other properties are going to on sale in similar fashion?

    K Paramanathan

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      Hi Paramanathan,

      Your reference, “Who is responsible for this debacle that had been going on for decades ever since we got the independence from the British in 1948.”
      The answer is simple and well known repeated ad nauseum by, Weera Sankili W, Gommanapillai, economist B Gunawardena, and Going Lucky Peiris. Do not leave out other minions, but cannot remember specific names.
      10 Anything and all matters that are deemed unfavourable, negative and trending downwards, is the result of Yahapalanaya, western influence or British colonist imperialism
      2) Anything seems positive and acclaimed as good is by the Pouottuwa and the R Bros only.
      So i hope answered your questions

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    The Crook who promised “angalakwath vikunanne na mage hamuduruwani” is today selling not inches but hectares. The Family came to power with the illegal election funding of the Chinese. Unfortunately, stupid voters could not see where this country would end up with the Family of Crooks. Today I can predict 85% that there will not be another general election when the present government’s term ends.

    Racism used as a tool has blinded the voters and this stupid state is going to continue. Today the Sinhala villagers are treated the way Tamil estate workers have been treated for generations – keep them poor and keep them wanting. This is a strategy that the crookish ruling family’s style of rule.

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      Buddhist 1,
      Your predicament on elections is very valid. Though no Sri Lankan will be able to profer an answer, except HMV.
      I think this will go on, until, Janathipathi Mandiraya is renamed Cheena Dipathipathi Mandiraya and the Presidential Secretariat is renamed Xi Jinping kāryālaya

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    Now it’s another move to relocate the police HQ from Cmb fort and Ganapola with big smile to announce,
    The Gramasevaka from kurunagala messed the things for whole Sri lankans ,he promised he will abolish the executive presidency and bring back the parlimenatary democracy before he goes,now what happens with 20A it’s one man show,hip hip hooray for 6.9m,the dealer rushed to US

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      Cugan,
      Forthcoming fortune and $$$ in the “Saakkuwa” (Pocket), impulsively to expose and broaden the lips of all politicians. This is an unknown secret to many. Think who else did this in the past with the announcement of the Shangri-La, Expressways and ports/airports, none or very few of the 20+ million SL citizens use or the couple of million tourist to the country. Does not happen when you deal with “Archie’s Jewels” of course. These latter once are very sombre affairs indeed.

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    Cugan,
    In addition also the Big Boss giving him an “Uppity up” in the Ministerial Ladder for favours served with gratitude. Future prosperity assured.

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      In these columns the general trend appears to be that the heavy Chinese investments will eventually be harmful to Sri Lanka. I believe that the present rulers will make it worse by agreeing to sign harmful contracts with China.
Sri Lankan’s are not the only people who should worry about these developments. America and India must worry more about these developments because it will make a drastic change to the geopolitical equation in the Indian Ocean. They are fully aware of it. Their response to these developments are spineless and foolish and harmful to Sri Lankans and in particular the Tamils.
They are trying to use the Sri Lankan Tamils to fight their proxy war against the Chinese investments. These two countries are trying to propagate an untruthful argument that these developments are harmful to the Tamil people more than Sinhalese people or India or America. Nothing can be further from the truth. I need bigger space to provide the necessary facts.
      At this point these two countries must openly criticise Sri Lanka and not use Tamils to fight a proxy war for them. This may backfire and cause harm to India and America in the Indian Ocean. Thinking Sri Lankan Tamils are shocked by the spineless behaviour of these two countries. They always got their Sri Lanka policy wrong and my prediction is they will again get it wrong.

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        I agree with you in this matter, the west, especially Britain is the main cause for the present pathetic plight of the Sri Lankan Tamils . Contrary to what the Sinhalese state, the Sri Lankan Tamils were hardworking and they only used them but in reality favoured the Sinhalese and gave everything to them. When the left in 1948, they should have seen that the island’s Tamil speakers were safeguarded with a proper federal form of government but they did not. They only saw to it that there assets and interests in Trincomalee and the Teas estates were safeguarded and they did not care what happened to the Tamils and handed power to the Sinhalese majority. The Sinhalese, as usual reneged even to the British regarding Trinocmallee and the Tea estates. Later during the Tamil struggle again Britain the rest of the west and especially India were only using the Sri Lankan Tamil struggle as proxy to fight their wars. Whilst showing fake concern to the plight of the Sri Lankan Tamils, they were overtly and covertly helping the Sinhalese state to suppress the island’s Tamils, commit structural genocide and war crimes on them. India is the biggest culprit, as many anti Tamils are in the helm. This includes many who call themselves as Tamil.

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          Their appeasement policy and helping the Sinhalese racists to suppress the island’s Tamils to gain what they wanted, has not worked.
          The Sinhalese as usual have cunningly used them and discarded them. China has now gained the upper hand and now they are blinking not knowing what happened and again are trying to use the Sri Lankan Tamils and their plight to pressurize the Sinhalese but in reality will only us and then discard us and pander to Sinhalese racism, once they achieve what they want. They are not interested in a genuine solution to the problem of the Sri Lankan Tamils and India is the biggest culprit. The Sinhalese also know this and this is why they do not take them seriously. As you stated they got their Sri Lankan policy wrong and the will keep on getting it wrong, in the mean time the Tamils will suffer and China influence in the island will ascend, whilst the anti Tamil in Delhi and the hypocritical west will fume and further run around like headless chooks to appease the Sinhalese.

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    “At this point these two countries must openly criticise Sri Lanka and not use Tamils to fight a proxy war for them.”
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    ShanR, try telling this to the Tamil nationalists.
    Not one of them is exception to the dream that the US and India will win the Tamils Tamil Eelam / a feederal state / regional autonomy OR at the least the heads of (you are free to guess who) on a platter.
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    I strongly disagree on one matter though: “the spineless behaviour of these two countries”
    The two countries know exactly what they want.
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    Tamil ‘leaders’ do not need a bait from India or US. they will bite the hook of their own will.
    Their project is to save everybody under the sun, except the Tamils (and of course the Chinese).

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    When the country is almost bankrupt where do they get the money to pay 5000 Ruppess. Are they printing money that has no value OR China is pumping money into the country? what commission are Mahinda and supporters are getting?

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