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Are We Rotting Or Rotten?   

By Sarath de Alwis

Sarath de Alwis

Apart from being poet and playwright William Shakespeare was an incisive political commentator. In ‘Hamlet’ he has a lowly sentry Marcelus keeping watch on the battlements of the king’s castle noticing the reappearance of the ghost of the  king  delivering the famous line “There is something rotten in the state of Denmark.” The insignificant sentry has the insight to takes note of dark happenings as signs of a terrible infirmity that grips the kingdom. 

The much awaited ‘Governance Diagnostic Assessment of Sri Lanka’ by an IMF team has now been released. It is a riveting read. When you finish reading the 125-page dossier you cannot help but lament as Hamlet himself: “That it should come to this!”

With surgical precision and disarmingly cool detachment it exposes the murky depths of our political system. It doesn’t sidestep the bond deal of 2015.  

It exposes the duplicity and fudging in our public life. It is an unmistakable articulation of what needs to do if we are to emerge from our collective amnesia to crawl out of this moral, political, and financial gorge we are trapped in.  

It is a provocative call for much needed reforms that will place checks and balances to restrain politicians and unelected officialdom  from controlling our lives with disdain at best and impunity at the worst.  

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark is not the only memorable line in Hamlet. It has several others that are relevant to our current predicament. The first of course is ‘neither a borrower nor lender be’. Then there is ‘hoist with one’s own petard’, ‘method in one’s madness’.  

The IMF’s ‘Governance Diagnostic Assessment’ leads us to one irrevocable conclusion. We cannot go any further with the current composition in parliament. 

The “Governance Diagnostic Assessment” exposes the empty rhetoric of president  Ranil Wickremesinghe’s ‘Walhalla’ in 2048. Incidentally the phrase ‘manor born’ is also from Hamlet.  

The IMF team’s assessment is that of a roadmap rooted in reason driven by a  clear-sighted  authenticity. 

 It is not a handbook for an autocrat or a survival kit for outdated elitism.    

Following are extracts from the Governance Diagnostics Assessment which I found to be irresistibly quotable.  

Gotabaya Presidency: 

“The particular configuration of power under the Presidency of Gotabaya Rajapaksa created unique governance challenges. The excessive concentration of authority in the hands of a group of individuals tightly linked by familial ties served to emphasise the political power of a small elite and perhaps assisted in the coordinated improper use of public power.5 While the Rajapaksa Government lasted less than three years from its start in November 2019, its time in office featured catastrophic declines in tax revenues, the signing of investment agreements negotiated in opaque circumstances granting control over state property and extensive long-lasting concessions, as well as dramatic increases in external and domestic debt”  

On Corruption Vulnerabilities: 

“Corruption vulnerabilities are exacerbated by weak accountability institutions, including the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption (CIABOC) that have neither the authority nor competency to successfully fulfil their functions.” 

Conduct of public servants: 

“Current governance arrangements have not established clear standards for permissible official behaviour, acted to deter and sanction transgressions, nor pursued individuals and stolen public funds that have exited the country. 

Civil Society emasculation: 

Regular civil society participation in oversight and monitoring of government actions is restricted by limited transparency, the lack of platforms for inclusive and participatory governance, and by broad application of counter-terrorism rules. “ 

Who guards the guardians? 

Problematic structural issues that shape governance dynamics include the compromised independence of key governance institutions, critical gaps in the legal and regulatory infrastructure for managing and overseeing public resources, limited fiscal discipline and transparency, and a disorganised regulatory and legislative process that provides for insufficient review and engagement.

Resisting contemporaneous progress: 

Minimal progress has been made in integrating modern information technology into public sector operations and public-private interfaces, or in linking information to detect and correct inefficiencies and improprieties. These governance features form the basis for the substitution of informal mechanisms of control for rule-based system of accountability for performance and integrity over an expansive state. The impunity for misbehaviour enjoyed by officials undermines trust in the public sector and compounds concerns over limited access to efficient and rule-based adjudication process for resolving disputes. 

SriLankan Airlines, Tax on Sugar and Bonds:    

Perceptions of the pervasiveness of grand corruption in Sri Lanka may be influenced by extensively reported transgressions involving high-level officials and economic elites. 

Governmental reviews and investigations regarding specific cases, including SriLankan Airlines’ interactions with Airbus, the decision to sharply reduce the import tax on sugar in 2020, and the events around the issuing of bonds in February 2015, produced extensive public information on incidents involving high-level officials. While each of these examples differs in important aspects, they share common features in that they involve multiple state entities, including the Central Bank, that generated extensive profits for private parties while simultaneously saddling the state with costly debts. While  each case is distinct, in all instances, high-level officials escaped sanctioning for corruption, including in foreign jurisdictions in one case. 

How Officials are insulated from accountability: 

“Government control over key enterprises limits the ability of market forces to discipline government policies and rent-seeking behaviour. Extensive government regulation in core sectors, such as agriculture, electricity, and construction, restricts market-based accountability and generates extensive opportunities for top officials to direct state resources to privileged private parties. Internal sources of accountability, such as regulatory bodies, inspectorates or internal audit functions, lack capacity and authority and are regularly circumvented by a high-degree of discretion afforded to high-level officials, and by extensive mechanisms for exerting informal influence on decision-making and the application of regulations. Government decisions relating to capital investments, high-value procurement, the granting of concessions for “strategic” investments, the marketing and payment of debt instruments, or the divestiture of state property occur through opaque processes at the highest level of government with limited oversight and contestation. External mechanisms of accountability, such as auditing and parliamentary oversight, have proven to be ineffectual in constraining. Questionable behaviour, in part due to the absence of effective follow-up mechanisms for actions that waste public resources. The absence of functional relationships with external law enforcement agencies enables officials to enjoy the profits of their illicit actions outside the country.”

What happened to the FCID: 

The experience of the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (“FCID”) is instructive concerning the challenges faced in efforts to establish an outcome-oriented anticorruption effort. The FCID was formed in 2015 under the Sri Lanka Police Service and given direct responsibility for conducting investigations of serious financial fraud throughout the country and provided the authority to undertake investigations and arrest suspects without the prior approval of the Attorney General. 

With support from the Serious Fraud Office of the UK, the FCID actively delivered its mandate, charging a number of ministers and other high-profile officials with corruption offences. The FCID’s existence was challenged at the Cabinet level in 2019, and the division was subsequently brought under the direct control of the Criminal Investigation Department. 

How politics impedes investigations: 

“Recently, political considerations have often appeared to dominate work on confronting corruption. The ‘Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate Serious Acts of Fraud and Corruption (PRECIFAC)’ was established by President Sirisena in 2015 to investigate large-scale acts of fraud and corruption between the years of 2010–2015 (during the tenure of the previous administration). The Commission concluded in its final report of 2018 that former President Rajapaksa and 12 others had committed the offence of corruption, conspiracy to commit corruption and other offences under Section 70 of the Bribery Act. However, CIABOC was prevented from lawfully pursuing these cases until 2019 when the Commissions of Inquiry (Amendment) Bill was approved in Parliament. The Rajapaksa Government that came to power at the end of 2019 quickly sidelined prosecutions, instead electing to establish its own special Commission of Inquiry into alleged corruption between 2015–2019 (during the term of the previous administration). In the end, high-profile special commissions on corruption served to highlight the severity of corruption, demonstrate the dysfunctionality of formal anticorruption structures, while failing to hold anyone to account for their behaviour.”

Effectiveness of the revamped CIABOC: 

The effectiveness of CIABOC hinges on the selection and appointment of vigorous and dedicated Commissions who have the expertise, experience, and qualities needed to fulfil the organizational mandate. The ACAACA establishes the Agency as an independent entity. The extent to which it acts as such and serves its ambitious function will be heavily influenced by the manner in which senior CIABOC officials, including the Director General and the Commissioners, are selected and appointed. The selection process for the Director General and the Commissioners must ensure that suitably qualified and experienced candidates are appointed and that the process is free from external interference, whether political or otherwise.15 There cannot be any question that these processes are fair, above-board, and transparent. A failure to ensure any of this will lead to charges of bias, improper influence and, inevitably, will impair the Commission’s reputation – and crucial public faith and trust in its functions. 

Declaration of Assets: 

“Sri Lanka should establish a phased approach to implementing new asset declaration requirements, emphasising early publication of asset declarations of prominent officials followed by the building out of the entire system. A delay of several years in the publishing of asset declarations, as CIABOC works to design and operationalise a new digital system and deal with the sheer volume of submissions, would undermine the dynamics of governance change and endanger the momentum of the reform process. Priority should be given to receiving and publishing comprehensive Asset Declarations of senior officials in the short term, even in advance of the creation of a fully digitised process. Demand for verified electronic information for an expanded number of public officers will increase pressure on officials to fully implement the sequenced action plan in the near term.”

The role of Civil Society:

“As recent experience has shown, civil society has a vital role to play in demanding accountability from public officials and directly contributing to better governance and integrity. Effective governance arrangements work to enable non-state parties to participate in monitoring public sector performance, through inclusive and participatory processes. Until now, this chapter has largely focused on anticorruption efforts led by, and largely involving state actors. Anticorruption efforts are unlikely to achieve their objectives unless they also encompass initiatives designed and led by groups outside of government who are committed to rule-based inclusive economic and social progress.”

You may have your own views about the IMF and the International Global Econmoic Order.  But these are troubled times. We cannot go forward by looking backwards. The Governance Diagnosis Assessment by the IMF team is distilled commonsense relying on some semantic devices to minimize the glare of harsh reality. 

Secrecy is the problem. Transparency is the cure.   

Love or hate the IMF, this is a must read. 

References:  https://www.imf.org/en/Publications/Search?#sort=relevancy&f:series=[COUNTRYREPS]&DateTo=12%2F31%2F2023&DateFrom=1%2F1%2F2023 

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    “The Commission concluded in its final report of 2018 that former President Rajapaksa and 12 others had committed the offence of corruption, conspiracy to commit corruption and other offences under Section 70 of the Bribery Act. “
    “The Rajapaksa Government that came to power at the end of 2019 quickly sidelined prosecutions, instead electing to establish its own special Commission of Inquiry into alleged corruption between 2015–2019 (during the term of the previous administration).”

    This is the beauty of Sri Lanka Sinhala politics. Independent Ceylon Government started with one major Party UNP headed by DS SEnanayake. Then it id divided into two in 1951 leaded by SWRDB. Then both UNP and SLFP both came to power alternatively but they had an unofficial agreement that they should not be punished for whatever the crimes committed by them and each party should save the other. That is what still going in practice. The commissions come and go but no harm to each.

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      “Then it id divided into two in 1951 leaded by SWRDB.”
      Poor SWRDB was ‘leaded’ by Somarama Thero.
      *
      “they had an unofficial agreement that they should not be punished for whatever the crimes committed by them”
      That may be why JRJ punished Mrs B for a crime she did not commit.
      *
      A, you are getting funnier by the day.

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        JRJ punished Mrs. B because he had a private vendetta against her.

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          Thank you CM.
          JRJ did much worse.
          *
          BTW
          What do you think about the so-called “unofficial agreements”?

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          Captain Morgan

          “JRJ punished Mrs. B because he had a private vendetta against her.”

          You need to provide proof if you write anything bad /insulting about Mrs B.
          We have a man with a selective memory …. who can’t bear anything bad that involves his old crush.

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        “Poor SWRDB was ‘leaded’ by Somarama Thero.”
        “Poor SWRDB”
        Born to a wealthy, political family, he studied philosophy, politics, and economics at Christ Church, Oxford, and was called to the bar at the Inner Temple.

        “That may be why JRJ punished Mrs B for a crime she did not commit.”
        JRJ did not assasinated Mrs B, He did not put her in Jail. Ranil did not jail Gota or Mahinda did not put Ranil. Do you know how many people were assasinated by Gota or Mahinda? I know what will your say next?

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          Poor you. You did not get the point about ‘leaded’.
          Here is a clue:
          Were you leaded by VP?

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    Whi is ti ‘Bell the cat’. With no sincere people in the political system, all peo0le with 8ntegrity want to remain as ‘ keyboard warriors, who is going to ‘bell the cat”.
    Only solution is forming alternate poltical party committed to get country out of the grip of current polrical leaders Ranil, Rajapakses, Sajith, AKD.
    Without that happening, no hope for Sri Lanka

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      “all peo0le with 8ntegrity want to remain as ‘ keyboard warriors,”
      Are you sure about the integrity of the said warriors?

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        Could I implore thy blessing for the honor of having your highness invoked to that throne?

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          Translation please.

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            ” Then there some idiots, even if they are taught & explaned, never get the subject mater” – Quotable quotes of the Master Stooge UOJ Sadampi

            Why do you waste your time here My Dear Friend, struggling to understand these subjects, on which neither your Guru Badiudeen nor your master Siri Ma O, or your idealist Stalin has not mentioned anything? Could you do some help at home the family members toiling hard to prepare your next Chapal (meal), so you could burp comfortably, after that?

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        SJ,
        New keyboards are expensive nowadays.

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          “Extensive government regulation in core sectors, such as agriculture, electricity, and construction, restricts market-based accountability and generates extensive opportunities for top officials to direct state resources to privileged private parties. “
          Among these “private parties” are the yellow-clad mafia, who even yesterday, at some Pirivena, were pressurising MR to persuade Ranil to give them cheap electricity, and to get worthies like Weerawansa and Weerasekara back into the fold.
          Do these entitled bigots live on the same planet as us? Does the fact that some gullibles choose to supply their food blind them to the meaning of bankruptcy?

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            old codger

            “Among these “private parties” are the yellow-clad mafia, who even yesterday, at some Pirivena, were pressurising MR to persuade Ranil to give them cheap electricity, ……”

            thenewsdesksl.com reported,
            Namal’s Rs 2.6mn electricity bill was paid by MP Sanath Nishantha.

            Sanath Nishantha didn’t disclose how he came to be in possession of Rs 2.6 million. If he is rich enough to be able to pay Namal’s electricity bill, why cannot he help subsidize Saffron debts to Electricity Board, as being some sort of advance incentive payment for Saffron support in the forth coming elections?

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          OC
          That flew over many heads I fear.

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            Pro-China man wins election in Maldives. China may be happy about it but Indians are not.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ERY-HKFapA

            Indians have won the hearts and minds of Sri Lanka- now we have no choice but to dance to the tune of Indians. So, this should be clear to our stupid people, our survival as all subjugated nation, international allies should be properly balanced for our security. So, all of this should have been clear to RW as he was having an unprecedented speech with DW’s interview. Indian EAM’s loud public statements these days make it clear that the giants are continuing their own rifts.

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              leelagemalli

              “China may be happy about it but Indians are not.”

              According to media China’s nuclear powered submarine was in trouble and believe to have sunk along with about 55 submariners. As usual China does not know about the grave accident, leave alone the Maldive election results.

              You know the pro China man who would have first rejoiced hearing the victory of Pro China Man in Maldive.

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      Dilshan, as it happened with the judge Not just politics , but in general, “honest people have no place in Corrupt Lanka “. Bankrupt, dysfunctional, failed Lanka is hopeless/ helpless/ worthless.

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        PRECIFAC in it’s 2018 report concluded “Mother of all Kaputas” with 12 others committed large scale acts of fraud and corruption. But 6.9 million Silly Lankans lead by pseudo monks, wanted more of it , saying ” security before economy “. Within a year they got what they deserved’ ” a secure dysfunctional, failed / bankrupt nation “. Disgruntled with the result ( more than 6.9 million facing food crisis), they yet again protested, this time demanding Kaputas to return their stolen money. While Judge , top intelligence officers , whistleblowers fled country, fearing for their own life, Myna Mahinda, gold smuggler , underworld Don Chokka Malli . . . . . . . . set up their Den called parliament. Stupid , Silly and now Sorry Lanka.

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    My God! The IMF has truly put everything that our Motherland has suffered, in true and exact context!

    They are indeed good people who seek global justice, working the best way forwards so the globe can balance itself well monetarily. One thought at first, that they were going to squeeze our country for all it was worth. But that they have written this true and factual assessment shows that they possess great morality and vision.

    Our countrymen need to heed these IMF diagnostics and not be afraid to tackle the massive corruption, incompetence, and inefficiencies that our lousy governance is all about.

    Citing Sinhala Buddhist rights is a lame excuse to keep such a horrible governmental I’m place. Sinhalese are only continually and exponentially damning themselves if they have no other recourse ideas against this massive corrupt establishment.

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      Citing Sinhala Buddhist rights is a lame excuse to keep such a horrible government in place. *

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        Fine, Now somebody (Sarath de Alwis) has brought the IMF’s “Sri Lanka’s – Killing Fields”. Then where is the “Lies Agreed Upon” for this” ?

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          Tamils deliberately used hundreds and thousands of their low-caste people as human as human shields.

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            Tamils deliberately used hundreds and thousands of their low-caste people as human shields.*

            Armed forces did their best show of saving people, but in the end a great many were blasted to kingdom come.

            All was for the sake of separatism vs. non-separatism. In the end, the Tamils were the worst of the lot, for using their low-caste humans as human shields.

            And Ranil was bumbling instead of his usual grinning…..didn’t know how to argue that case, did he.

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              High on Ganja? Who are you to speak about caste? Obvious from your family name you are belong to one of these recently Chingkalized low caste South Indian Thamizh immigrant groups, who were imported into the island by the Portuguese and Dutch to do menial service work and to do work as indentured slave labour in the huge southern spice estates. Now like most of them beating the anti Thamizh drum against the native Thamizh.

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                Obviously not!

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              Grandma,

              My question was who is there going to bring the Lies Agreed Upon for the IMF’s Killing Fields. Last time Bell Portinger received 4M Pounds, my understanding. If the Aanduwa has left the contract of Editing the latest “Lies Agreed Upon” with Grandma, well I take the Grandma’s version.

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                Our Tamils need to atone for their enumerated sins :

                1. Indulging in caste system

                2. Ill-treating low-castes

                3. Placing low-casts in killing fields for greater mythical Eelam

                4. Blatantly attempting to take over the capital city after independence over the suffering Sinhalese.

                5. Starting a terrorist war to terrorize Sinhalese.

                6. Being foul mouth and perverse in racist epithets.

                Post script: part of the blame can be lain on the Sinhalese. However, largest part lays squarely on the Tamil shoulders.
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                Time of cleansing by the Holy Spirit. Try it. You’ll see the difference. Weep for your your sins and for your children.

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            Ramona,
            “Tamils deliberately used hundreds and thousands of their low-caste people”
            You are out of your depth. Go to your country club, taka a deep breath. Don’t forget your pills.

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      ramona therese fernando

      “But that they have written this true and factual assessment shows that they possess great morality and vision.”

      IMF being a Capitalist institution isn’t it a Capitalist conspiracy against Sinhala/Buddhist country?
      I wonder why you have transferred your loyalty to IMF from your only Sinhala/Buddhist country?
      Any exchange of benefit or benefit in kind involved in your change of heart …..?

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        IMF seems to be a good organization right now. They have give a good set of prescriptives that we should heed. They too are human beings who are looking for the best way forwards. Guess, there are even good capitalists. I can’t see how they can be against Sinhala Buddhists. If they force us to build that land-bridge, they against all races of Sri Lanka (who look in the end the same unless one wears different clothing). My heart will change then. guess the land-bridge will be forced onto us only if we can’t clean up our act and collect taxes from our giddy rich (Rajapaksa girlfriend dancing around in 10 star foreign hotels with money of the hardworking-suffering-Lankan-workers).

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    We cannot go any further with the current composition of Parliament concludes the essayist,quite rightly, based on the the Diagnosis of the IMF.
    More than an year ago this was also the message of the Aragalaya.
    To the Manor Born Ranil .W.the fight is for his own survival above everything else.
    By the next visit of the IMF, THE CHANCES ARE THAT Srilanka would be declared as a Failed State…………

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      https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-10-02/us-says-sri-lanka-bondholder-lawsuit-should-be-put-on-hold

      There was a talk that the owner is Jewish guy and as his trade is lending, he would not like to take the bankruptcy as an answer.

      I also heard that the bank owner is a Chinese American, and already there is some friction between him and the Biden administration so they would like to hit him.
      Then there was another one where the Chinese owner had some problems with Langkang because when Langkang could not roll a penny, he treated them as Chinese friends and came forward to help them. He is too new to the trade. He personally talked with the Central Bank Cabal and Cabal gave him a promise that every penny would be returned in a timely manner. But the rogues declared bankruptcy, which is a surprise for the lenders. As all we know, for some time America has been trying to get the loan released to Langkang. Because somebody has a full loan claim lawsuit, lenders agreeing for the debt reduction will be discouraged because they are going to think they were fools that is why the Langkang government cheated them by getting them to give up a major part of the loan. This is where America wants to exert its influence.

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      This scenario looks near to reality because some of the elements in this narration are familiar to those who know the Mahavamsa legend. So, they would feel homely with this story.
      So, the lawsuit will be delayed, and MD Kristina Georgieva will feel relieved and when, next time, she visits Langkang, the anti-American Baldheads will be ordered by Evil to stand in the front line, fire crackers and serve Kiribath.
      That is where the block for our thoughts sets in.
      1). How will the other lenders entertain the call for DR, while for their knowledge there is a debtor waiting for their meeting to end, so the debtor is free to take forward his lawsuit. How many of them in the status of America “Have to go now!” on cutting the present loan & signing an agreement for future loans. Isn’t it this DR has to be the Drain Opener for the future FDI to flow in Langkang. Which is the glue, (Chinese Glue or Crazy Glue) these guys are going to use to patch all these up?

      2). What if the court orders Langkang to pay his loan in full after the date of DR. Will America implement its court order?

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      3). Can the Biden Administration order the judge to throw away the case, on the next appearance. Still, can that type of crazy action convinces the debtors or are they going to be scared of an imaginative vicious circle of “lending, bankruptcy, court case, court throws it away because America didn’t like it”? The IMF report agrees the Langkang market doesn’t operate free from authorities because there are so many laws on the side of bullies to interpret those on their way. Debtor is an American citizen; he is dependent on America’s legal system for his justice. But America claims the crooked Appe Aanduwa as its friendly nation. Then where does he go for his justice? Further what is going to be the relationship of the other 190 countries to America, if the deadliest anti – American Nation, Langkang is friend. You have already heard the Placards and slogans the Langkang politicians carry during the borrowing time and the Demulo Pariah Dr. Jaisankar flying to Colombo with his safe box:” China is our Friend, but India is our relative”. When Chinese warships come to Colombo, they cut off all the lines connecting Colombo with Delhi and hide in the Kitchen.

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    “The much awaited ‘Governance Diagnostic Assessment of Sri Lanka’ by an IMF team has now been released. It is a riveting read.”

    Is there any chance to kill the inconvenient IMF ……. like Lasantha Wickramatunga? …… Or beaten to within an inch of death ……… like Keith Noyahr?

    Or can Ranil imprison the inconvenient truth …….. like Wasantha Mudalige?

    Do Ranil’s draconian laws in the works, suppress the free-speech of the IMF? Is the IMF free to speak cause we have to beg for their loans? ……. …… Do the laws only suppress the free-speech of the citizens cause Ranil can steal their EPF willy-nilly?


    Where are all the former self-made paragons of virtue; the great critics of the Rajapakses hiding? ……….. Come out, come out …….. we see you ……. the bed has a glass floor ……..

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      nimal fernando

      DW Exclusive: Sri Lankan president slams Easter Sunday bombing allegations I DW News
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jDOyImbUu8&t=13s

      If you were to anchor this interview what sort of questions would you ask Ranil?

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        nimal fernando

        Here is a list of questions that the late Tony Ben MP (UK) urged people to ask the powerful:

        What Power Have You Got?
        Where Did You Get It From?
        In Whose Interests Do You Exercise It?
        To Whom Are You Accountable?
        How Can We Get Rid Of You?
        https://australianpolitics.com/democracy/five-questions-about-power

        If you happen to meet any of the following Ranil, Namal, Champika, Weerawansa, Gunadasa, Gevindu, Kamala Gunaratne, Sanath Nishantha MP……. Weerasekere, ….. please ask them these 5 questions.

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          “It has several others that are relevant to our current predicament.”

          Ranil —-> “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” ….. “Couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.”

          Ranil got too smart for his own good ……. learnt too well from JR: a man without a single moral (ethical?) fiber in his body …….

          I’m just waiting to see who’ll abandon Ranil first. :))


          Now, I understand why people passionately hate Ranil and why he could never get elected president by popular vote. To think, I once was a believer, a supporter. …….SM, why one should never believe one is always right! You should be able to see it even if you have both eyes covered.


          It’s time to broaden Lankan political lexicon(?) ………. There are Marxists, Stalinists, Trotskyites, che-guevara-ists ………. time to add Ranilists.

          After all the man also has an ideology …….. if the premier Lankan Ranilist, Native Vedda …… could elaborate …….


          Native, ……. Now that Ranil is getting uglier by the day ……. I’m watching …….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsZOtFVKuic

          Why am I showing this to a man who hates women! ……. There is something rotten in the state of Sri Lanka. …… Perhaps some joy to OC, in these difficult times for him :))

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            Nimal,
            “Why am I showing this to a man who hates women! ……. There is something rotten in the state of Sri Lanka. …… Perhaps some joy to OC, “
            Don’t you think that’s an almost perfect combination of brainy lawyer and cute lawyer?

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              OC,

              She is cute alright! …….and articulate ……

              The man from Bandarawela has some rotten luck ……. what a time for him to lose his eyesight! :)))

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        nimal fernando

        Tell us if there is any difference between Gota’s interview with Stephen Sacur and Ranil’s above interview.

        BBC HARD talk : Democracy Sri Lankan-Style : June 2010 3 of 3
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5LMco_Zcfg

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          Native,
          Gota could shoot himself in one foot at a time. Ranil can do both feet at once. I hope he watches the interview and feels proud of himself.
          He seemed grouchy from the start. Do you think he had a bad dining experience? You might be interested in this video too:
          https://youtu.be/dPZjgZZsWPU?si=U1B4jtPUrpNDlFZN
          Western journalists don’t forget easily.
          PS. Don’t tell anyone from Bandarawela, OK ?

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            old codger

            Thanks for the link.

            “Don’t tell anyone from Bandarawela, OK ?”

            What about SJ?
            Now you may have to justify to SJ what Americans did all over the world from internment of Japanese during world war two, 100 odd CIA operations, Vietnam, ……. And the argument will go like this, Americans and the west did that this and the other therefore ….

            I have met and spoken to many victims of both 1971 and 1987-1991. It is sad.

            Coming back to Ranils interview with German anchor Ranil flunk it.
            This man has a problem. Perhaps his Public Relation Gurus must have advised him to go on the offensive. It didn’t work, finally he looked and sounded pathetic.

            He used the most stupid phrases such as we are Asians, from poor countries, …. Some of his supporters would have appreciated his vigor, happy that atlast found his lost ere*****, indulging in cheap jibes, ….

            Maybe he is preparing himself for the elections, ……

            Lets us hear it from our nimal fernando.

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              Native
              The best answer to Ranil’s question “Why are you picking on us poor Asians ?” would have been ” We aren’t the ones begging from you”, but the anchor probably didn’t want to aggravate RW further.
              It could be that he’s playing to the Sinhala Buddhist gallery.
              Still, the anchor could have done his homework better. The case of the two Fernando’s caught him out. He could also have brought up the cases of locking up comedians.

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              “100 odd CIA operations,”
              Only? You should count better.
              *
              Interesting to know that there are pathetic volunteers to justify all that filth.
              *
              Please see the doctor soon.

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                “Only? You should count better.”

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                  “Only? You should count better.”

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                    ““Only? You should count better.”

                    Great, well done.
                    Although an old record you are still awake.
                    In fact I threw in the number just to catch you.
                    Now its time for you to go to bed.
                    Start reading your RED BOOK if you want to go to sleep in no time.

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            OC , I didn’t expect this from Ranil. I guess he has runout of options. Hence ” poor us , we are the victims” . Do you think Jeyashankar gave tips in advance, how to handle international media ???

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              I guess politicians from our part of the world are not used to being questioned. It’s usually one way .

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                This is no defence of all what RW said.
                But there are times when arrogant media persons try lecturing personalities, and have increasingly been rightly ticked off by many Third World leaders for their ‘superior attitude’.
                *
                You may not know of the knock out blow that Mohamed Ali delivered David Frost who was condescending towards Ali amid the pile of humiliations Ali was facing for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War.
                The full interview:
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWar8WK9svY

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                  SJ,
                  Are you suggesting RW should take up boxing?
                  Anyhow, RW has a lot to learn from Mohamed Ali on handling media.

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                    oc
                    Ali was not violent outside the ring.
                    In fairness, Frost was not a fraction as arrogant as many of the present day mainstream media journalists.
                    Ranil’s suspicion of the motive of the interviewer was right. He could have kept his cool and said what he had to say.
                    Ali never lost his cool.
                    Frost had a team that researched the subject and even planned the interview for him. But Ali scored.
                    The present day journalist shoots from their hips.
                    *
                    But for calm deflation of pompous media persons, Vladimir Putin is the man. Jaishankar can offer lessons to RW, but is not as cool as Vladimir.

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                    old codger

                    “Are you suggesting RW should take up boxing?”

                    Ranil could have refused to answer the anchor’s line of questioning for reasons of protecting national unity(?).

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              Chiv,
              I haven’t seen Jaishankar losing his temper. He lets fly with really cutting answers, but usually deadpan. He wouldn’t have asked if the Germans had international investigations. Even the anchor didn’t seem to know that they were the first to be investigated, in 1945.

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            What is going on in my motherland today?
            .
            Ali Sabri, the man of SLPP, the current foreign minister, did not think twice before LEAVING a public statement on India’s estrangement with Canada. This may be to collect extra bonus points from india who saved the bum of srilanka since India has been the life line for the past year.
            .
            . There is a saying in the Sinhala language that why do sprats join the fight of the sharks.
            Since the looting Rajapaksh beasts destroyed the economy of Sri Lanka, today we as a small nation that needs everyone’s help to stand on our feet, we should act neutral. Rajapakshes have sucked our blood as nothing can reverse further. Only a full blood transfusion could give a hope to this nation.
            .
            RW got into a heated argument with the DW moderator over the Easter Sunday disaster in which over 270 worshipers got killed and hundreds were injured. If he had acted otherwise, he might have thought that the Sinhalese society led by SB (thatta mamala) would harm him more. He should have responded the questions peacefully, without attacking the moderator. Moderator was also a person who is not well read as I felt.
            .
            It is reported that Namal Baba’s wedding bills were paid by an uneducated MP, but a Rajapaksa supporter.

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              Dear LM: This fool of a President, as you correctly pointed out should have been “Gentlymental” rather than being a “Mariya Kade Pitchche” or “Gonawala Sunil” -the boom pal in the early days of his career as an MP of Dalugama.

              On the other hand, the Interviewer should have pointed out that the International Community has a DUTY to unearth the “Reality” of the Easter Sunday attack because as many as FORTY-TWO (42) “Foreign Nationals” were also killed.

              Even this fool of a President has FORGOTTEN of that fact and the 42 foreigners who got killed.

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                Hello Douglas,
                .
                Did you watch the news today?
                With a pro-China president in the Maldives, regional threats worsen.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1bxHjzUIuY

                India is totally worried about his election as President.
                His name is Muizzu, an Engineer graduated from UK, a PhD from Uni of Leeds, UK:
                .., Indian troops are preparing to withdraw from Maldives (75 troops).
                :
                Now Sri Lanka has been caught by India.
                Maldives falls to China. Still the region is threatened by the Cold War of these giants. The future will be chaotic for the region.
                .
                Big sharks will continue to fight for power, and finfish like us will have to face the consequences.

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          N V ,

          BBC Hard talk was really hard for a man like Gota for two main
          reasons in my view . One , Gota only had Petrol Station
          broken Vocabulary and two , politics for him , poles apart . But
          Ranil with German D W was a drama for his next tour to China !
          And also , it could be a well organised circus by those with vested
          interests . That was not the typical Ranil . My calculation is , if it
          was real Ranil then he wouldn’t have accepted the offer of the
          presidency !

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            Thanks WW,
            It is wrong to compare Gota’s with that of him. Gota could not even settle that tiny issue in terms of ” lack of cooking gas” which caused to be seen as we are beggars of the beggars to the world.

            I think RANIL could have been a little softer. He is though correct in saying that the UK and Germany have not conducted international investigations. It should have been made clear to them. However, the moderator did not listen kindly to his troubling comments regarding the issues raised. I think RANIL may have been angered by some hidden issues. Time will reveal them next days. I dont defend anyone, but this dialogue was as you said, as if it was not real Ranil.

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              LM,
              Germany did have international war crimes investigations in 1945.
              I can’t imagine what Ranil wanted to achieve with such a performance.

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                OC,
                Yes. They did Post war Inquiry on mass killings of Jews and other related crimes for the 6-year war period!!!???
                RW’s response was very different to what was the normal response to such a question from Media!!!
                My take is that he (RW) as President and HoS, Hog, and CiC, wishes to project a different posturing to the media, International and Local, alongwith at the same time to the Listeners, both Overseas (Especially Diaspora, but inclusive of members of Public), and IMPORTANTLY the Sri Lankan viewers as Ranil W., embracing the ‘MOSAIC’ of Nationalistic, Patriotism and Protector of the Sovereignty of the State and the Inhabitants, without COMPROMISE, which he has been accused of Previously and REASON for defeat, let alone “BRIBING LTTE with suitcase full of Money as Booty!!!???
                Previous attempt – The 13th amendment implementation episode in FULL by 4th February 2023, and “Backing-Off”, thereafter, with “Pruned Powers”, with NO police Powers!!!?? Another episode to BOOST that SAVIOUR IMAGE!!!??? THAT HE’S EQUALLY, if not more COMPETANT PROTECTOR of Nation State, as good as GR or even better!!!???
                I’LL BET RW, DOES WALK UP President’s 12/2024, “SPORTING” GRIN “EAR TO EAR”, take ‘THE COVETTED CROWN’, GREATEST SAVIOURND PATRIOT!!!???

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                OC,
                .
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdEcfIYa3Q4

                As I have reiterated elsewhere, I don’t like his performance in that interview with Deutsche Welle lately, but look at how the local press in Sri Lanka interprets it. There is a saying, “waelayana widiyata maessa gahanawa” – support the bush by watching it grow.”
                :
                Ranil must have thought that the only way to win the hearts of SB-led Sri Lanka is to stand up vehemently against to an “independent international inquiry”: if the media heavily transports it, the kind of political games would mislead the very same audience on a repeated manner, that was raped by MADAMULANA dogs –
                right now, being though the care taker president, he might have thought, he should try it out for the contiounce of IMF policies.It is an ” ALLES ODER NICHT – all or not” game.

                And also he might have targeted it with his upcoming trip to the CHINESE in order to win them too to his IMF journey. The Chinese are stone-hearted and would not treat him well, knowing that RW led govt is very much close to INDIANS today.

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                  cont.


                  More bashing to the west would be an effort, seen as a big leap to get closer to the CHINESE who are held as the giant enemy of the western world. On the world stage, the Chinese are seen cornered by many countries.
                  .
                  All those CONDITIONs set by IMF for the second installment were praised by Dr Harsha De Silva, as saying that they would not be against them.
                  .
                  This is the culture of the world in which the media mafia operates. In Europe, because society is somehow relatively aware of what is going on, such interviews are not accepted by the public.
                  .
                  Sri Lankan politics traidtionally survives through nationalism, racism, bashing of the West and the self-aggrandizement of the Sinhalese nation. If you would kneel down before BO-tree like the muslims do it 5 times a day in their prayers, people would line up to respect even SORISENA again.

                  That’s the ticket to standing up as heroes for anyone in a stupid society where people are suffering more than the recently developed countries of Asia, Africa.
                  .

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                o c ,

                ” I can’t imagine what Ranil wanted to achieve with such a
                performance ” . Deutsche Welle correspondent , the author of
                Jewish Journal Martin Gak perhaps knew it or expected it .
                And no surprise Ranil’s life time buddy Mahinda has praised
                his behaviour with Martin Gak . And he has beaten Gota’s
                Hard talk with BBC , this is on German Soil , A Beggars’ Head !
                He is a perfect fit for the Heading of this article . Rotting or
                Rotten ?

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            China does not visibly humiliate any invitee.
            They do things in style.
            When they had Emmanuel Macron and Ursula von der Leyen as guests simultaneously, they paid extra attention to Macron.
            That was a snub in grand style to Ursula who had been openly hostile to China. They did not say or do anything offensive to her. They simply made her feel small compared to Macron.
            *
            There is nothing for Ranil to worry. They will not embarrass him.

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              “who had been openly hostile to China “
              Is that all?
              She is from an Old German aristocratic family, traders of slavery. Sorry, she is going to be like that. She probably still believes that the Aryans are the best race in the world. How do you plan to attack her with your naive techniques?
              “That was a snub in grand style to Ursula”
              Ha ha……..Putin slipped away so you are attempting to catch Macron and keep. Did Macron do the same dirty thing to Ursula in France?
              So that will save Putin from the EU investigating Putin’s war crime.
              Where is Evil’s Project to save the Old Rowdy King with China’s Veto at the UN standing now?
              Read something in the news and understand those too.
              Once the world largest organization Alibaba President went missing. You think people are going to be convinced when to explain it as Jealousy President XI Jinping did a slap on hand secretly? What did he do to the Chinese Foreign Minister, Finance Minister….,
              So, Royals government did the same polite treatment to the missing 160,000 Tamils in North? Your Gollaiyas, Hitler, Deva, Karuna’s white vans?
              Please know something, DW is only a Media Organization in Germany, hired Evil to answer questions about payment. Ursula von der Leyen, EC president, was a guest of the Chinese government. Why confuse……?

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          Native,

          Ranil hasn’t had an original idea in his entire life! ……. He is just a bumbling/bungling poor copy of JR.

          Here, in the interview, he’s trying to imitate Donald Trump …….. without Donald’s fanatical supporters ……… Even the Southern Christians, who say they value Family-values above all else, support him – an incurable groper and womanizer – to the hilt! Does Ranil, after all his donations, even have the support of the priests in the Kalani temple? They support Mahinda ……. and did yeoman service to bring in Gota.

          Time for Ranil to leave the stage gracefully. ……… He has had more than his 15 minutes of fame ……. no need to limp and hobble anymore upon the stage ……..

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        DW News
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jDOyImbUu8&t=13s

        Comment for the clip —–> Wow that guy does not know how to not look guilty. :))

        Who are we trying to fool, Native?

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          nimal fernando

          “Who are we trying to fool, Native?”

          Of course who else, ….. ourselves?
          We are very capable of ……..

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        NV:
        I watched the YouTube video you referred to. President Ranil Wickremasinghe was very evasive and kept on denying everything. He was constantly interrupting the interviewer and raising irrelevant objections without answering to the point. Some people are simply “Interview Resistant”. In that respect there is no difference between the incumbent president and the previous holder of that office. I daresay Wimal Weerawanse, Udaya Gammanpila and Sarath Weerasekera too would have given a similar performance. So much for education!

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          CM,
          Let s wait patiently and see what made him to act like that in the days to come.
          .
          Look at how Canadian Premier, Justin Trudeu acted after pont the finger at the 🇮🇳 on the killing Kalastani leder in Canada.
          .
          Time ll show us soon why RW became Gota’ s in that provocative interview with DW.

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          CM,
          “So much for education?”
          whist agreeing with you, may I have permission to say, that he was equally or More than competent to SWAY THE MASSES (SPECIALLY) Sri Lankan RURAL farmer types!!!?
          Only way – achieve Presidential election victory and “Saviour of the Nation” Award!??
          No other plausible way to achieve TARGET MARKET!!!???

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          Captain Morgan

          You know after 500 odd years he was fighting the western colonials in their soil.
          It was bottled up colonial anger.
          Ranil must have forgotten he was out there begging.
          Where did he hide his begging bowl?

          I thought he was playing to the gallery back in Sri Lanka.

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    Langkang is “rotten old cheese”. That means, at the prime or height of the time of its desirable quality!

    Has passed long before, beyond the spoiled status!

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      Sorry: Has passed long ago beyond the spoiled status.

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    Ranil government said that with SINOPEC oil prices will go down in Sri Lanka ! A visionary statement indeed !

    Oil prices went up on 1st October !

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      desperate deepthi silva

      ” Ranil government said that with SINOPEC oil prices will go down in Sri Lanka ! A visionary statement indeed !”

      Do you know anything about (in this case oil) CARTELS?

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        I say vedda I never comment on your low comments but since you comment on mine I will say Your defence of ranil is what your low race has to do now in order to have something to say.

        You must have being thrilled your master’s interview in Germany! A mad man going bonkers !

        what do you know about cartels ? Your few supporters here also have a cartel

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          Dear Readers,
          .
          I think Ranil must have other hidden reasons for doing so.
          :
          The estranged doctor from UK, by name DS does not understand anything, she is always against Ranil. She is always against OLD CODGER. She was with the Rajapakse rascals who made our nation a Tahiti and tore it apart. She has all the traits of Rajapakse rascals.
          .
          DS is always against someone. That’s her nature. I reminded myself of my unmarried aunt, whenever I am forced to read from her.. I really dont know what she is expecting after leaving such comments.
          .
          I am not satisfied with Ranil’s answers in this interview, he must have his own logic behind it. Usually he is always calm and quiet in his press interviews. This is the first time I have seen such an interview from him.

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            Ooh, He is also a human being. Current begging tour for the country is not easy at all to him. Many in and out feel he constantly protect s Rodiyas [Rajapakse led rascals], that support him in parliament. Rodiyas are the representative s of 6.9 million s that stupidly abused their universal franchise..
            .
            Perhaps it s better to hand over the leadership to NPP led by JVP and let the destiny to decide , making it a Zimbabwe 🇿🇼 or Tahiti sooner than later.
            All or not is the only option before us. OOH, good riddance. Total ignorance should be punished oneday.
            .
            I wish I could hear the answers, if AKD or Dr Harini A faced the DW interview.
            .
            Loke or not, People at large in our hell deserve it to be a doomed nation, b cos their own ignorance and self aggrandizement led to the levels that they are thrown in today. Yet today, whole lot of people in the hell dare to see as to why Rajapakses f***ed them by force. Question why is far from their conditioned mind set. 🤔 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

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          deepthi desperate silva

          “I say vedda I never comment on your low comments but since you comment on mine ………………………)

          Who cares?
          I have a policy of responding to most stupid typing too.
          Therefore I will keep commenting on your typing.

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      Deepthi,
      What and How much does RW and Sinopec know about Oil Prices, let alone attempt at controlling those Prices
      That matter is done by ARABS, Russians and South Americans!!!??
      RW and Sinopec are pretenders”!!!???
      “Game Ekak”

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    Can you trust RW to resolve the issues?
    “We take a closer look at Sri Lanka, with a special DW interview with President Ranil Wickremesinghe. The country has faced crisis after crisis, both political and economic, and there is no clarity on how the government and the people can recover and get back on their feet. DW’s Martin Gak questions the Sri Lankan president about the crises the country faces. “

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jDOyImbUu8

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      Did nt he resolve many of them during the last 13 months? .
      .
      But the issue is the amount left by Rodias is beyond estimate? Don’t u think so? 🤔 why should he be responsible for all what rascals deliberately made?

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    Our oracle is slowly but surely losing it – as was clearly evident during the recent DW interview. Born to rule attitudes do not work in the developed world where people are respected for who they really are, and not for who they proclaim themselves to be.

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    We are still ROTTING because the ROTTERS are still active in the politics of the country.

    To end the “ROTTING” the ROTTERS must be eliminated. That is the FIRST step. To do that we have to look for an ELIMINATOR.

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      Douglas

      “We are still ROTTING because the ROTTERS are still active in the politics of the country.”

      Please watch Ranil’s interview with German Television.
      It looked and sounded very ugly as well. The man has been begging for loans and food for the survival of this island found his ego was more powerful (far greater) than his ability to be rational and humble.

      Seriously this country has a long, long way to go.

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        Dear NV: I watched it. These are the types of ROTTERS we have to Govern the country.

        I blame that Journalist for not remembering what this ROTTER said when he was chosen to be the President. He said: ” I will invite Scotland Yard to investigate the Easter Sunday Attack”. He should have thrown that at this “INSENSITIVE Rotter” and given him a knock-out punch to silence him.

        You know when the candlelight is due to go off, it shines a bit. But, in this case, that light is giving out a FOUL SMELL polluting the whole environment of the planet Earth starting from Germany. Good for IMF; World Bank; ADB and all other “Lenders and Donars” to identify the “Quality” of this self-proclaimed “Leader”. My foot!

        Our Dear LM would have been there to give a helping hand to this “Rotter”.

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        Does begging for a loan from a government require one to bow and scrape before a media person?

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          “Does begging for a loan from a government require one to bow and scrape before a media person? “ Media is a good place, outside the closed-door meetings, to prove who you are and what your objective is in asking for a loan in the name of your citizens. It is here, not inside the meeting, you convince the lenders and board members, your honesty, and your integrity. For the meeting, you develop budgets, income and expenditure, Balance Sheet and cash flows statements. To the media, you present your resume for the job you are engaged in. Interviewer plays the head-hunting agency role. His questions and your answers deliver the recommendation to the lender or the donor to hand over the cash and send you to rescue the stranded citizens. Neither the IMF, nor the Western governments are a Chinese business contractor to deal with them by commission. To those who are stubborn that “I will not fall on your legs to obtain relief for my people, but I only fall on the feet of Kandy Ayatollahs so the Colombo Sinhala Buddhist media can get me the job of unelected President”, and the feet of Chinese contractor to get my commission”, then you are not taking the Langkang legacy until only 2048, but is will be extrapolated beyond another 75 years.

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          You did a lot more to Siri Ma O, Bathiudeen, Deva and Old Rowdies, while having all means to live a decent life. Every job that earns a handsome gift is a decent profession for you. (I take out the prostitution here, not because of a morality question, but I never recognized the oldest profession as a profession. I always agree only when a woman/man has no other way, that could be used to suppress hunger – only to suppress hunger -not to deceive any victims). Today you changed sides along with Slap Party President, Rowdy Old King, and the Secretary Karriyaa Vasam, trying to save Evil, by the hidden hope that it will save Old Royal Rowdies. Evil broke his knee, in Germany, trying to steal a or two pennies from DW. Seeing that sorry saga video, you, the anti-media crusader, felt a thick wedge in the backside when the Greedy Evil was humiliating himself in front of the world, and you could not wiggle for pain, when tried. You struggled, always, in the past, to make it appear that you are on the top of those who tear Evil, only because of your narcissist attitude, no political policies in that. You never care about any ant in its struggle to survive but prefer to volunteer your hand to Rowdy Royal King to squash it.

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          You, an elephant in the room here, are lecturing self-respect against the free media but questioning others as lecturing? Those who defend Evil today, but unable to watch, tolerate and assimilate the reality of “Evil’s Operation Humanitarian Rescue Mission, on one hand UN Charter and on the other hand gun, In the UNHRC conference hall, are the same with you and Evil in attitude. It is your anti-media lectures that should stop. I have seen in the media a few who celebrated 160,000 Tamils demise with firecrackers and Kiri bath, exasperating and calling Tamils as the Golden deer of Ramayana, which walked Evil to this end of the cliff. Suddenly Evil appears innocent? The DW anchorage did not just look like a graceful human being, but proved it by his timely action, at the end of the interview, when Evil was about to jump himself down into the valley voluntarily, by asking Evil, don’t you want to be alive to get the Western alms, it is for which you flew 8,000 miles from your country; don’t you want to take it to your country and give it to those Children, old men, women who are waiting for it. That brought the idiot back to his feet. Then he stopped the Sadampi class rhetoric and said, “Yes I am negotiating with them (the West)”

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            Did you ever hear RTI in Langkang? It is, an official who is in responsible position and handle information, must present it to Media when asked or else face punishment actions.

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      Douglas,
      .
      can we as observers on long run, just say that politicians are the only groups to be blamed ?
      .
      what about authorities regardless of the field be education, health, transport or any others… ? Are they not overly corrupted ?

      Talk to your circles as I do, most of them are overly corrupted or passivly corruped. That is like part and parcel of their culture.
      .
      What about VIYATHMAGA (a composition of Profs; Doctors, Engineers, other higher professionals) that came to usher a new era but ended up even much simialr to ALUTHGAMAGEs, GOMMANPILA, JOHNSTEN or WEERAWANSE the like within 3 years? . Jayasumana with MBBS title- the man of silly nature ended up being a real clown before the academics. How about his fall close to a mad individual that came up through ” a concotion of a schizophant” which was believed to be the panacea to recover from COVID infection… remember ?

      What I am going to say is people are overly corrupted, overly stupid, overly beyond any good motives… like or not – this is the ground reality of their nature.

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        Dear LM: Thanks. I do agree with you. The bunch of “VIYTHTHU” we have are SELF-SEEKING and SELF-CENTERED vagabonds/bootlickers of the corrupt politicians.

        But not all of them. That “Bunch” is in minority and has spread their wings onto all corners of the governance of the country.

        Certainly, they can be TAMED or ELIMINATED with the establishment of a brand “NEW CULTURE” in politics. I look forward to it.

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          Shameless enough, people are not yet ready to realize the depth of our fall. Get more from ur Kadamandiya people and share it 🙏. Even if their lovely ones would have been raped and murdered, their conditioned mind set would nt change
          .
          Voters don’t know yet what to do next. JVP led NPP stick to their slow moves, but peoples awareness seen not change enough. SJB is said to be in a mess. Fonseka himself reveals the truth. Is nt that not similar to in Somalia? ???😢😢😢😢😢😢
          .
          The days when Rajapakses ll be dragged like Tripoli men are nearing. Good luck to our folk!

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            JVP spokesman intentionall went to his hibernation mode telling us about his family issues not being able to differentiate our anxieties clearly🤔🤔🤔.
            His ego is similar to that of Rev Malcom R, but behave like the role of Wimal weerawanse to Pohottuwa criminals.
            . He would rather enjoy narrating us about his past as a freemason ignoring our crucial questions on JVP and its stand on SINHALA BUDDISTS and the place given to them in their rule.
            .
            Law and order and how it ll look like etc. Above all how they make real wonders in terms of revival of sluggish economy. Fairy tales being outlouded on public stage would nt bring us anywhere. .
            .
            I see a darker cloud hovering above the lanken sky.

  • 5
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    IMF has IGNORED the ‘elephant in the room’ – WHY?
    .

    1) Despite the IMF being created to promote “global macroeconomic and financial stability”, it was unable to anticipate the magnitude of the 2008 global financial crisis. Even its response to the crisis was uninspiring.
    .

    2) Hence, it is not surprising that its ‘Governance Diagnostic Assessment’ for Sri Lanka has overlooked some of the KEY drivers of CORRUPTION in Sri Lanka. This includes:
    .

    i) Nexus between the private sector and politicians.
    .

    ii) Corruption in regulatory bodies overseeing professionals – particularly CA Sri Lanka (Auditors/Accountants) and BASL (Lawyers).
    .

    iii) While fighting tooth and nail for media freedom, it is necessary to bring media regulation under the aegis of a truly independent ‘Constitutional Council’. The current ‘self -regulation’ is a farce.
    .

    For want of space, these are some random thoughts.
    .

    Amrit Muttukumaru

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    Rotten and rotting after all most Chingkallams, who make up the majority are predominantly descended from the Dravidian Yakka and their behaviour is just that. Sly, boorish, cunning, envious and untrustworthy. Will ruin everything for themselves as well as for others. Especially for the Thamizh. Typical Chingkalla behaviour from the time of so-called independence. Add to this mixture the backstabbing mentality of the fake Aran South Indian immigrant origin Thullukans, who again in the name of their religion and their imagined Arab origin, constantly join the Chingkallams to suppress their fellow non-Muslim Thamizh for a few crumbs from the table. Nothing will change. Rotten and rotting. Only someone living outside the island can see this, as the people living on the island are wallowing in their own dirt and do not know any better.

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      Here is someone who can give a lesson in decency to Ranil!

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        HI SJ thaatha, how is life? How you watched Chandramukhi 2 produced by your fellow ethnic kin Lyca productions. Please do. Now enjoy. The songs are all in Telugu in the Thamizh version and in Thamizh in the Telugu version. Actually, I find the Telugu version sweeter. But both versions are very sweet to listen to.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgQamR5tXjU
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbJ4_MuQpgo

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