15 October, 2018

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Austin Fernando Resigns

Austin Fernando, Secretary to President Maithripala Sirisena, has tendered his letter of resignation yesterday, sources close to the President told Colombo Telegraph.

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The President had not been ready to accept this resignation and therefore Fernando had to leave the letter on his table and leave.

Fernando, apparently, had been disillusioned by recent political developments including the President’s wish to seek a second term despite promises made to the contrary.

Sirisena appointed Fernando as a presidential adviser on 15 January 2015. He was thereafter appointed Governor of the Eastern Province on the 27th of January 2015. He resigned in order to become Secretary to the President of Sri Lanka on the 1st of July 2017.

Austin was not available for comment.

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    If New King refuses to take the letter or taking it, but not approving the resignation and if Austin still wants to go, he may have to send a letter by registered mail with his ultimatum. If New King is not working with him on that, then, when the date arrives Austin can just walk out of the office. Otherwise he has to man the office until New King brings in his new Fernando. So this heading is not today’s news, but a future news.

    By resigning his job, Austin had made a point, i.e. he is not specifically responsible for any of the fraud, theft, tyranny, Law and Order abuse……. took place in Presidential House. More or less people will be forced to accept his explanations, for his side of story. It is in opposite of Mahendran, who protected his bosses by accepting the guilt. He will not be able to wash it anymore. The main blame on Austin seems to he did not pass the PCoI to parliament properly. Of cause he not a Liberian at Presidential House to have report picked up and delivered to Parliament. There were so many juggleries took place. Some of them he acted by his boss’s direction.

    This is not anyway a solution for those waiting for a relief from this Kleptocracy tyrants. The responsibility of everything took place is partly with Britain, when it granted the Universal Franchise and the rest of it is with Sinhalese, who took that authority, accepted upon and established permanent dictatorship but the dictator elected by means of election, to suppress Tamils.
    So Austin may go out, but more problems for Modaya voters will be getting added in.

    Well wishes on his retirement.

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    This story is incorrect. Austin Fernando has not resigned, did not offer to resign, nor was he asked to resign. But I would love to know who planted this story on your website.

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      Dear Rohan Perera,
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      Thanks for that brief comment which brings us back to reality.
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      As you say, apart from this CT article, there doesn’t appear to be any official announcement of this resignation. It is now two days after your comment.
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      It may be that the resignation will come; even if it does, your observation remains valid.
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      Even if we accept that 76 year old Austin Fernando is a decent and honest man, and even if his Civil Service Training it was that prompted him to do the bidding of his masters by sending the Bond Scam Report to the archives, we will still remember him as a man whose actions have prevented us, the public from knowing the truth.

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    Austin Fernando did not divulge the contents of the report. He acted like how a state employee should. Compare Austin with the former defence secretary GR who was a state employee and expat at that! He made us forget the border between an employee and politician.

    Pity no one has defended Austin’s actions.

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    New King appointed Tamil Cinema Song TMS Reginald as Kandy Governor. Ayatollahs refusing to listen to evangelist’s Cinema Song, kicked on the butt of Reginald and he landed back in North again. But New King has appointed a Muslim as the Hindu Religion Minister.

    Considering a Muslim voluntarily accepting a Hindu Religion Minister while Reginald send out of Kandy because he is a low caste Christian, this is apparently Yahapalanaya’s serious plot in association with Muslim Ministers to destroy Tamils.
    These Muslims Minister spies are shamelessly fond of accepting these coolie assignments to destroy the Hinduism and thus widen the split between Muslims and Hindus.
    Kick on the butt in India by Hindu Modi, not being able to show it back against a powerful man, probably, New King is promoting this against Hindus in Ceylon.
    Evangelical Sumanthiran is evading bringing it to Parliament. But Sumanthiran lead the campaign against Ramanathan’s Deputy Speaker post. Sampanthar supported and saved Ranil on NCM while Hakeem and Richard had reservation on that.

    But here Austin has established a decency line when to have job and when to resign.

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      The,president is not using his head to go ahead,embracing all the communities to take the country forward.The recent appoinment of a muslim as the Hindu religious affairs minister shows that he has mud inside his head.The, president has a grudge towards the tamil community and that is why he is turning a blind eye towards the activities of muslims against tamils.Ultimately we earnestly ask a question,will he appoint a muslim for the buddhist religious affairs?

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    Mallaiyuran the racist seems to be like Austin

    No wonder why, Austin did so much for Tamils, only for them I would say

    I wish I were born a Tamil (note Swaminathan wants compensation payable to dead LTTE including fat Prabha)

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      Mrs. Udubaddewa
      You say ” I wish I were born a Tamil”. According to all I read on this forum your ancestors were Tamil, only difference is you have a Sinhala sounding name.

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      Mrs.Uduballa. Austin did his job. What is wrong if did so much for the Tamils, they are our citizens though some people seem to forget that.Our so called culture is mirror copy of the Tamils.

      If you blood, cut you hand and suck. There is a better place to suck if you can achieve it!

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    Mallaiyuran, Tamils cant get a better governor than R Cooray. I heard the other day he was washing Wigneswaran’s suspenders, now demands he washes Sumanthiran’s underwear. He is doing zero to Northern Sinhalese

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      If he is so good why dint the Sinhalese take him to Kandy? Oh I forgot according to the Mahanayake he is a low cast and cannot serve the Kandy Sinhalese.

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    It is noted with interest that Mr. Austin Fernando has submitted his resignation as the Secretary to the President and he is not the first one to do so, the first being Mr. P. B. Abeykoon. Why? Why? Why? Certainly it does not speak well of MY3. Clearly, Mr. Austin Fernando can withstand any pressure of work but if by any chance if he too is required to take risky, unethical action at his own expense then the only course open to him is resign.

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    Lanka -e-News editor was wanted and New King Summonsed British Ambassador to his office and demanded to handed him over immediately. That was a hisu-hisu appeared in the media. After two there days, the Sun appeared in Presidential House, there some awaking-s and there is a new rebuttal. They are swearing on Siva’s name they never asked British Ambassador anything like that. Austin has left and the story is connected to TNL. TNL story is connected to Lanka – e – News. I think I may not have to tell that the editor of Lanka – e-News is also connected to Lanka – e – News.

    Comedy Thamai…. All the Mad dog Vachons are never stopping their somersaults. Interesting Entertainment!

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    Latest – HE President refused to accept the resingnation and Austin Fernando is still working as the President’s Secretary

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    Mr.Austin Fernando is a person who prefers to do an honest job. His resignation may be due to his inability to do so due to interference,

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    Chuti Baba, you are right. I saw the man working there (President’s Office) on Friday

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    Too late by Austin.

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