29 September, 2020

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An Open Letter To Hon. Member Of The Parliament

By Krishan Deheragoda

Prof. Krishan Deheragoda

Prof. Krishan Deheragoda

Dear Hon. Member of the Parliament Representing the People of Sri Lanka,

Sri Lankan Alumni and Professionals Association (SLAPA) represents the scholars and professionals of Sri Lankan origin, who are conscious of their indebtedness to the People of our Motherland for the gift of free education and are religiously dedicated to achieve the primary goal of SLAPA ‘to make our Motherland a better place to live for ourselves and our posterity’.

We recognise that it is our fervent duty and priority to be united and arrest the gradual erosion that has occurred during the last few decades in national unity, dignity, peace, good governance, rule of the law, social equity, rights of the people and social values as clearly evident by all relevant indicators. Unless we abandon this destructive course and effect a conscious change in our vision and engagement, our hope for a better Sri Lanka would become a mere myth.

We value and welcome the promises given by both Presidential Candidates at the last presidential election in their respective manifestos for amendments to the constitution, good governance and other people friendly reforms. These positive changes have been endorsed by 6.2 million and 5.8 million people respectively. Our informed opinion is that the entire constitution must be replaced. However, we expect all parties in the Parliament to work in a harmony and achieve consensus not to waste the present window of opportunity arising from a unique political formation for effecting at least limited constitutional changes that are nationally important and constructive in the long run as outlined below:

The independent commissions established by the 17th Amendment as the foundation for good governance, but had been defunct by the 18th Amendment to be reinstated with further improvements through the 19th Amendment;
Transfer some of the powers of the Presidency to the Executive selected by the Parliament that constituted from among the representatives of people to the maximum extent possible as per the directives of the Supreme Court, avoiding a referendum; and Introduction of a new election system replacing the existing corrupt, hateful and wasteful election process.

The entire Sri Lankan Nation expect the new government and all parties that make the current Parliament to effect at least these fundamental changes. However, even at this stage it is voiced that the proposed 19th Amendment comprise not all but only some of the changes related to even 1 and 2 above. Under these circumstances, the broad consensus and mutual trust that prevails among the members of the government and the opposition need to be further strengthened to conclude at least these limited positive changes.

Therefore, in the name of the posterity, we appeal to the new government and all the representatives of the people who make the current Parliament to treat the prevailing unique political formation as an invaluable opportunity for constitutional reforms and do justice to the Motherland. This might be the last chance we may get for any such constructive change. Therefore, we emphasise that at this hour, we all must dedicate ourselves to manage the present historical opening without pursuing selfish agenda but, to bring about a turning point to re-establish peace, equity, justice, and dignity for the entire Sri Lankan society.

We are pleased that the great majority of parliamentarians have in principle shown agreement to the proposed amendments to the constitution and this may be the result of the discourse that has prevailed over a long period on this subject. However, in view of the current dialogue, it is doubtful whether there had been adequate discussion in the Parliament Select Committee on the reforms to the electoral system. Here, we, and you – as a representative of the people, must be clear as to whether an electoral system acceptable to all parties should be ushered or one that best fits the partisan interests of your party must be pursued. Discussions our Association had with many groups and political parties conclude that minority and small parties and minority religious groups prefer fully fledged proportionate system, but the political parties that have a larger vote base in the South and/or the North prefer a mixed method of First Past the Post (Direct) and Proportionate systems. Almost all agree to differing degrees that the ‘Preferential Vote System’ must be dumped forthwith and our Association also fully subscribes to that view.

The learned opinion is that some are making a tremendous effort to promote the misleading proposition that electoral reforms are a long drawn and difficult exercise to safeguard their own selfish interests that are inter wound with the existing system. Perhaps, that proposition may be an attempt to justify back paddling the National need for electoral reforms as well. The simpler alternative is to appoint an Electoral Reform Commission, which could be conveniently done as the 20th Amendment. We believe three months would suffice for the Commission to conclude its analysis given the effectiveness of new technology and make its recommendations. If the next parliamentary election is to be held prior to the conclusion of the work of the Commission, then by the 20th Amendment the current ‘preference vote’ may be abolished, as an interim improvement to realise that positive change as well.

An intelligent and analytical examination candidate would not dwell on the difficult questions in the exam paper wasting all the time, but would expeditiously answer the easier questions. Let us answer the easier questions that are in front of us first but, in the context of more difficult ones, progressively seeking the correct solutions to them as well. Expectation of the people is that we follow the example of the intelligent and analytical examination candidate and answer the easy questions first.

Therefore, we appeal to you as those who represent the expectations of the people to act with responsibility and not to squander this historical opportunity. We respectfully urge you to be decisive within a framework of truth, practicality and fairness and obey your conscious.

Further, we must think and act with wellbeing of our posterity in constant focus. Our common goal must be to make this Land a place where our future generation will live independently and freely, without any fear or anxiety, and in peace, unity and dignity.

Dear People’s Representative, we emphasise that it is your moral duty to be selfless and patriotic in making decisions at this historical moment. We appeal to you repeatedly to make the best of this golden opportunity given by the people for the people and remind you that your positive contribution in this regard will be considered as fulfillment of your duty by the Nation and opposing the same will be equivalent to destroying the soul of the Nation.

Thank you.

*Professor Krishan Deheragod -President – Sri Lankan Alumni & Professionals Association

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    Prof Krishan Deheragoda,

    Multi racial must will ligious mother Lanka will be proud of you. What a contrast to DJ’s narrow minded ( pattu adehas ) analysis.
    It reminds me of the LSSP leaders of the 1950 s and 1960’s and their genuine concern for Mother Lanka to progress.

    Hope Ven Sobitha and Ven Ratna There’s and read things.

    Superiority and inferiority of a man is not by his birth but by acts.

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      Dear Prof. Krishan Deheragoda,

      RE: An Open Letter To Hon. Member Of The Parliament

      ‘to make our Motherland a better place to live for ourselves and our posterity’.

      “The independent commissions established by the 17th Amendment as the foundation for good governance, but had been defunct by the 18th Amendment to be reinstated with further improvements through the 19th Amendment;”

      Thank you. Yes, communicate to the People.

      You need to understand the audience, the elected representatives and the People. Their IQ and common sense, even though we would like to think as being normally distributed, I am of opinion, in Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, the IQ distribution is bimodal, and not unimodal.

      The Modayas, Mootals and Fools who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa and their cronies Regime, have an average IQ of 65, including many of the representatives, you are curretly addressing, and falls into the bottom mode. They may or may not comprehend what you are communicating. You need a well written Sri Lankan Common Sense Pamphlet, like what Thomas Paine did for America, in 1776, repeatedly, yes repeatedly.

      “We are pleased that the great majority of parliamentarians have in principle shown agreement to the proposed amendments to the constitution and this may be the result of the discourse that has prevailed over a long period on this subject.”

      The other mode of the bimodal IQ distribution, the Common Sense Mode, probably has an average IQ of 90, and will comprehend what you are trying to communicate. Still, they need to be informed as well. as they are rather busy making a living and making ends meet.

      Prof. Krishan Deheragoda, can you be the Author of the Sri Lanka Common Sense Pamphlet 2015, just like what Thomas Paine did for the America in 1776?

      Common Sense (pamphlet)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_%28pamphlet%29

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    I was a professional. Today I have been expelled from not only the professional society. Less than five people including my loving son under this sun only communicate to me today after my best effort for four years. I am a registered mad person in this society. I am mentionining it really whole heartedly. I am happy to be a mad person in this society because I feel almost all people around me today are mad through their strange behavior.I stated today I am not a professional . Therefore really I cannot speak as such. How could a pissa does that.According to my first hand experience an earnest request of a professional could do nothing in this society.You should know the operating system of each person , entity or instrument. I feel you may know you have to use a different language for minor labourers at certain instances.In this society when strange things occur you could observe them and try to find out what made that happen.Try to decode drama language.To be very genuine good is responded by good only by good people but never by wicked or ignorant people. This is my first hand experience They do bad not that they do not know they are bad, But they are too smart they are not afraid to do even nasty sins.We could never convince real facts to such people , When a person is sleeping we could wake him up with little effort. But when they are pretending to be sleeping you could never wake them up.

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      Miss Shriyani Mangalika:

      Why don’t you write your case, if you wish for the public knowledge

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      You are right, appealing to a lot of rogues bent on saving their back side is a waste of time. They should be treated with the same language that they understand and dishes out to others.

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      We were afraid this might happen – sooner than later. Cost of Living, political skullduggery and sheer chaos in the country are driving us nuts. Normal people are becoming insane. Thank the Rajapakses for destroying all features of good governance in the country.

      Dr. B.I. Passe

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      Well said I agree with you Sriyani.

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      I feel for you… the world today is such.. that when someone falls down, rarely does one stop to lift that fallen person… most just stare and walk by….

      someone said… God save me NOT from my enemies, BUT from my friends.. for an enemy will always be an enemy and a friend may be someone under the grass…waiting to sting…

      Hatred cannot be eradicated by hatred BUT by love alone… J.R.Jayawardana…late ex president of SL… at the UN..

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    Shriyani Mangalika:

    If you wish you should write your story for public knowledge.

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    It is good to here that Some Expatriate Sri lankan who received free education in Sri lanka wants to help back their mother country.

    But, My question is their motives and objectives of this association. It looks all these objectives, viz; last few decades in national unity, dignity, peace, good governance, rule of the law, social equity, rights of the people and social values, highly politically charged in the international arena and far less important in domestic politics except for some special interest groups.

    The second concern is who are the people backing this organization.

    Because, there are individuals as well as organizations and they all have the same motive.

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    Really, I cannot understand this society, they cannot understand me as well. That is why they treated me as mad, till I leave my valuable Chief Engineer postafter being an Engineer for 27 years continuously while 7 years left for service, I am a widow.When they called me again I pointed out I beleive a mad person is not suited for a CE job, hence if you have pity on my 17 yr old son and myself please raise a fund for us.They did not want to give money out of thier own pocket they may have thought better to place pissa on that seat so that I would get people’s money. Today no professional no employee in my organisation communicate to me by any means. Our people are very strange. In January majority took a decision to change the top most position in our country.Even children were talking about the malpractices happened before January extent and variety of which were really amazing to note. When people were insulting severely I did not like it. Usually I point out mistakes but do not insult people.I respected the political leadership for the severe war dragged for 30 years against a bruital terrorist group as a comparatively small country.But I personally did not like that charactor. What is amazing is the same society would bring him to power in the near future for the same position.people do mistakes and they correct them on their own, that is nature.But knowing how our country drastically went down for the last 6 years are people prepared to take a risk thinking the things happened recently would not be repeated. I feel it is not that. Today people are selfish . Most of them do not want to think about our country.When I was leaving the job people asked me to stop saying money is the priority.They are correct, if I had build up a strong professional image If I am travelling by a luxury car I am sure people would never treat me like that.I could have earn them but I have not felt that necessity . That is the society norm but even today My self respect is the priority though I need money for existance.19 th amendment could be approved if the intension of most MP s are the country.We could see who are the persons love this country.

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    Please correct me if I’m wrong, but weren’t you a very loyal servant of Mahinda Rajapaksa, appointed by him and serving in the very senior management of the port of Colombo at one point?
    If memory serves me right, you were the first person to give me a copy of the Mahinda Chinthanaya, in fact.
    Perhaps, you’d enlighten us with another article expressing your opinion of Mr. Rajapaksa and his performance, applying the same standards that you appear to place before those you address in this article?

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    Dear Prof. Deheragoda,
    It’s a democratic country , so anyone could comment and be judge mental .We can do things the cheap way, the simple way, for the short-term and without regard for the future. Or, we can make the extra effort, do the hard work, absorb the criticism and make decisions that will cause a better future.In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept constructive criticism. Without one-hundred percent dedication, you won’t be able to do this.Keep up the good work Prof, Deheragoda coz any lazy or biased person can have opinions; making judgments is the hard work of responsible and compassionate people.

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    Issuing statements on behalf of SLAP or any other professional body is not going to serve the purpose of enlightening the Members of Parliament. To them the current chaotic situation is a blessing in disguise to fight for their own survival. People like Dr. KD should formulate programs to educate people not through the media as they do often, but through public outreach programs conducted at village level. Sending media releases drafted in English, to Sinhala and Tamil media has no impact because such media stations do not have English educated journos who can comprehend the spirit of the messages and translate them.

    The OPA should be commended for inviting Ministers and Parliamentarians to address the OPA Forum in the language of their choice. (So far all Tamil speaking parliamentarians have addressed the Forum in English.)Engaging them in discussion on state policies and strategies is good but the outcome needs to reach the people with the opinion of the professionals. Otherwise it becomes a yet another story that ends with “They lived happily ever after” (after the cocktails.)

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    To Emil
    This shows that the Rajapakse administration had failed to retain the support of hundreds of professionals during his second term in office. Those who had the backbone had gone against the corrupt regime I guess. It is the very forces that supported MR in 2005 brought it down in 2015.

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