29 September, 2020

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An Open Letter To President Sirisena

By Hilmy Ahamed

Hilmy Ahamed

Hilmy Ahamed

I thank you, Mr. President for your bold attempt and resolve to bring back rule of law, good governance, minimize corruption and bring to book perpetrators of vices that were lacking in our country for the last decade. This is what the majority of Sri Lankans had silently prayed for, during the tenure of the last regime, which allowed political goons to override any sense of rule of law.

Your attempt, with the support of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to propel the government with support of crossovers from your former leaders coterie, who would continue to demand their pound of flesh, is no mean task. Political patronage for drug peddling, illegal import of ethanol and alcohol production, unprecedented corruption and violation of human rights were hallmarks of a sizable fraternity of your former colleagues in the UPFA government, who have now pledged to support you to implement your 100 day reforms. Their holding you to ransom is evident on your continued inactions and not booking these criminals since you are in need of their support to get through the constitutional reforms you envisage. Your voters would forgive you, should you have difficulties in honouring all your election platform pledges and promises in your 100-day marathon, but will not if you allow these political scoundrels to cut deals with your government to abscond their place at Welikada. The promise of reestablishing the rule of law is as important as the label on the cigarette packs that you resolved to implement at any cost.

Maithripala RanilThe Rajapaksas were accused of controlling all revenue generating activity in the country during their tenure, while some accuse the Sirisenas of controlling trade in Polonnaruwa. Your proclamation to halt the destruction of the environment due to the sand mining is most welcome, which is mostly controlled by your siblings in your hometown, Polonnaruwa. The majority who voted you would also carefully monitor the implementation of your edict. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) who has become the unofficial policemen of the 100-day programme too would ensure that there are no lapses in the implementation of these bold and vital endevours.

In the run up to the presidential elections, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Nidahas Divi Neguma Organization, Ananda Jayapadma, accused you of being involved in the rice mafia, in Polonnaruwa.
 Furthermore, he stated that your siblings are squandering state resources, especially in the North-Central Province. Finance Minister, Ravi Karunanayake’s sunshine budget did not provide relief to the majority of rice consumers, which is the most important staple food for many Sri Lankans. Fingers are pointed at you, accusing you of tacit support to your siblings in the rice mafia, due to this indiscretion by your finance minister. While, I will join you in defending your siblings’ their right to continue their business interests, unfair or unethical patronage if any would need to be addressed. National Freedom Front leader Wimal Weeranwansa’s verbal diatribe of not addressing the high cost of rice is also seen by the majority as a direct reference to the control of the rice trade by your siblings, who shifted the rice capital from Maradagahamulla to Polonnaruwa, hence your immediate action to provide rice at a reasonable cost to the consumer would be appropriate.

Consumptions apart, you also need to address the most important issues of reconciliation and peace. Your predecessor, President Mahinda Rajapaksa will always be remembered in the hearts and minds of Sri Lankans for his success at ending the scourge of terrorism. He would also be remembered for not addressing the root cause of terrorism and finding solutions to the legitimate grievances of the Tamil population in the North when he had the opportunity, after the military success against the Liberation Tamils of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009. His popularity after the war victory and the euphoria of the people would have been the best opportunity to build a truly united reconciled Sri Lanka.

You now have the opportunity to address them and find solutions to the legitimate grievances of the Tamil people and offer the people of the Northern province solutions that would bring them dignity and justice.

Further, as you are aware, the Christian and Muslim communities were threatened with unprecedented violence and intimidation during the last 4 years. The Christians have recorded over a hundred incidents of violence and intimidation against them while the Muslims have records of over 350 incidents starting with the destruction of a shrine in Anuradhapura to the pogrom of Aluthgama and Beruwela. These are incidents that should not have taken place in a country where there has been religious and cultural tolerance for centuries. Sri Lanka’s majority Buddhist community has been most tolerant and respects the right of all communities to practice their faith in peace. Vested interests in the former government used extremist Buddhist forces to destroy the peaceful co-existence by creating violence and intimidation. Addressing this should also be one of the highest priorities of your 100 day government which has resolved to fast track numerous reforms that would take our country to be the real miracle of Asia.

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) continues to threatened Sri Lanka with an international inquiry and sanctions could be on the cards by Europe and America along with other forms of intimidation by the international community unless we address issues related to the final stages of the war with the LTTE. We should, as a nation move ahead with our own inquiry as suggested in the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), not just on the conflict with our Northern brethren, but also to include the hate and violence perpetrated on the Christian and Muslim communities by Buddhist extremists to prove to the international community that Sri Lanka has re-emerged as a nation that respects the rule of law and democracy. This inquiry need not be a commission that would solely punish the offenders, but could take the form of a Truth And Reconciliation Commission, as was successfully undertaken by the South African government after decades of apartheid. Expertise and support from the South African government could be sought to undertake this effort, which would be to the satisfaction of all stakeholders. This would give an opportunity for all communities to make representations, arrive at corrective measure and ensure that there would be peaceful co-existence with a resolve never to repeat the unfortunate incidents of the past. This I believe would be the best option to have a win win win situation for all.

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    Well said Hilmy. Maithripala and Ranil need to make sure that the rogues who stole the country’s fortune must ensure that they are brought to justice and put away for good. Duminda SIlva has been named and still no action. Who is preventing these. It looks like Gota is still powerful

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    Hilmy Ahamed

    RE: An Open Letter To President Sirisena

    “I thank you, Mr. President for your bold attempt and resolve to bring back rule of law, good governance, minimize corruption and bring to book perpetrators of vices that were lacking in our country for the last decade. This is what the majority of Sri Lankans had silently prayed for, during the tenure of the last regime, which allowed political goons to override any sense of rule of law.”

    Yes, thank you President Maitriala Sirisena for rescuing us from Mara.

    A Lot of open letters to President Sirisena. Does he have the time to real all these open letters? May be can use some of the Mara shils to read these open letters and comment on it as they have different opinions as well. However, to be successful, one MUST

    1. Listen
    2. Communicate and
    3. Have Empathy.

    So, it may not be a bad idea to see what these open letters are saying, but do take decisive action, and draw your line on the sand or dirt.

    Best wishes foe Good, Better and Decisive, Not Divisive Governance.

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    The only positive at the moment is free speech and a sense of freedom hangs in the air and white vans are going at throw away prices !
    Deeply dissapointed in appointments – cronyism , nepotism n jobs for the boys !
    .
    .Chairman Lake house – brother of UNP Matara Mp . No Newspaper experience.
    Ranils close friend – textile man made Sri-Lankan airlines chairman – from tea plucker to tailor ! aiyo ! aiyo !
    Chairman Bank of Ceylon – lawyer who appeared for UNP free in various cases and son of UNP MP Paul Perera…no banking experience.
    and loud cheer please !
    Brother runs Timber corp to a 870 million loss in 2013 before he was sacked by MR when his brother Sirisena gembard ! croak ! croak !
    now given bigger budget – Telecom to ruin .. with no Telecom experience..
    Just as we thought we had come out of the tunnel.. seem to be entering another .. oh ! Mother Lanka ! what did we do wrong to deserve these rulers ?

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    You are absolutely spot on Hilmy. The new government should appoint a commission and punish the BBS, Sinhala Ravaya and Ravana Balaya. No, they should not be pardoned.

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    Gotabaya was accused of many many criminalities during last few years.

    Has anyone, perhaps the JVP, maintained a list.

    Is it possible some good soul will send that list for publication in the Colombo Telegraph?

    Is it possible that Ranil had a deal THAT NIGHT with Mara not to prosecute him and his brothers and sons?

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      Public has a strong feeling that RW had a deal with MR on the 9th morning.

      RW says that he cannot trace the Lamborghinis and other cars. Sujiva Serasinge sent some photos of these cars being flown to an unknown destination. Was it true or a camera trick?? If the government offers a reward for the finder of these vehicles, you will get those in no time. RW must think out of the box instead of side lining the issue by discussing astrologers etc.and treating it as a humorous issues.

      Listening to tales of bribery and corruption in the media makes me sick because no action is taken. In the MR days, I off the TV when I see their faces and those advertisements, now I have to turn the TV off when I see these corruption stories. We are loosing our patience.

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    In President Maithree Sirisena and PM, Ranil Wickremasinghe, we have two fine gentlemen of a clean reputation. They have not taken to politics to make money and fatten the family. We are confident that they will navigate the country’s future in a fitting manner and we need to support them to perform.

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      Well, you call Maithri clean after he cleaned up everything to get the Araliya hotels in pollonaruwa and elsewhere. Do you know, Nuwara Eliya has a building restriction of 5 stories and the Araliya Hotel is 6. How and who was responsible for the authorities to turn a blind eye to the 6th floor. It was the general secretary’s orders that the officials were sacred to defy. Maithri will teach a few lessons to Mahinda if he survives in this for a few more years

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    Hilmy,

    Stop rambling on and just consider.

    The inept IGP who failed to investigate the Aluthgama killings is still the IGP. The criminals who committed the murders in Aluthgama who were arrested by a Tamil officer and set free by Gota are still at large and that brave Tamil officer still languishing in a decrepit position. The criminal Gnanasara is still roaming free eating pin bath and practicing martial arts waiting for the next opportunity to kill and maim.

    Basically don’t waste your time writing open letters or for that matter even closed letters.

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    Don’t blame the police for the rot that has taken place under the brutal regime of the former president. My father who was a decent police officer was never allowed to work in a decent environment. These are the issues of governance that the current government should look in to, but I have no faith in them because they have already gone back on almost all their promises of governance. They will allow drug dealers, murders and the biggest rogues and crooks to get away just to pass the constitutional reforms. They need 2/3rd majority, so they are willing to compromise on their governance to achieve their objective. It is better to dissolve parliament and let the public know that they would bring in a new constitution after the next election. All the rogues should not be given nomination and they have to be sent to the gallows as stated by justice minister wijedasa rajapaksa

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    Maheshi, [Edited out] vaas gunawardene. He now claims that he was serving the country. He is a bloody murderer who has been charged with murder of an innocent Muslim businessman. The murder was bankrolled by another Muslim and Vaas Gunawardene got paid 10 million. Now, the wife is claiming that he was investigating Shiranthi’s slimy deals, hence he was fixed. Everyone in the police department including your father probably knows what Vaas was up to. His wife beat up a student colleague of their son, just because their son had a brawl with this student. She had even tried to piss on that students face when policeman brought this student to the Vaas residence. This is how the majority of the police behave, so your father could be only an exception if what you believe of him is true

    It is important that forces as well as the police and civil defense forces too need to be reformed

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    “She had even tried to piss on that students face when policeman brought this student to the Vaas residence.”

    Wow! Is this really true? A woman behaving like this? Im flabbergasted. What a vulgar deed. Well; After all, shes Vaas Gunawardenas wife isn’t she? So, nothing less could be expected of this woman.

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      We have heard about men pissing and making them drink. This is the first time that we heard a woman doing this.

      Now she discusses about the gold deal. Has she got evidence. Then why aren’t arrest made. Or is it one of those bogus ones.

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    Well, a thorough investigation in to the activities of the police department will reveal much more than pissing on the face. Police officers, many who started noble turned up worse than pimps. Now we hear top policemen were involved with the drug lord MP who can’t remember anything. Maithri’s yahapalanaya is not addressing these and many other including senior DIG Anura Senanayakes role in the Rajapaksa regime. We, the people who voted maithri deserve better, otherwise the JVP needs to be brought to power through elections or a revolution

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    Hilmy, now you ask for inquiry in to Aluthgama, but the Buddhist have to demand inquiry in to all the illegal activities of the Muslims including drug smuggling, VAT scam, smuggling, rape of sinhala women in their business establishment. The list goes on, and if sirisena govt. dares to inquire, they have to put almost all the Muslims in prison. Has anyone checked what happened to the money collected from halal?

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    Drug smuggling is done by wela suda and the names he gave. Please prosecute them. Prosecute them and all the Sri Lankans including Muslims who has done this crime. Please do not spare. Prosecute the ethanol men, the gold smugglers whatever their race or religion be.
    Vat scam is being successfully prosecuted now. Mr Perera please help in whatever way you can to find the kingpin.
    Rape is endemic in Sri Lanka. If you look at the reports in the Daily Press and the police records, Sri Lankan women including Sinhala women are being raped on a daily basis. Most of these rape offences are committed by Sinhala men. Rape takes place in offices and business establishments owned by all communities. There was a Sinhala politician who celebrated 100th rape case. Please note that Sinhala women do not want to be raped by anyone including Sinhala men. It is very rare to find Muslims raping Sinhala women, if it is done Media highlights it.

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