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Backing MR; Pseudo Socialists Defend Crime & Corruption

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

In the 8 January 2015 presidential elections, people voted for the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena who promised good governance, restoration of law and order and end crime and corruption to create a good society. Though ambitious, it is an uphill task in view of the mess created by the Rajapaksa regime which virtually ruined every government institution, the society and the country.

However riding against the popular wave some pseudo socialists who were ministers in the defeated government wanted to bring back former President Mahinda, perhaps to ensure crime, corruption and lawlessness continue to pave the way for a dictatorship?

During a joint press briefing on Monday 9 February 2015, four United Peoples Freedom Alliance, UPFA, allies announced their desire to bring back defeated president Mahinda Rajapaksa to power by fielding him as the prime ministerial candidate in the forthcoming general elections.

They include National Freedom Front leader and MP Wimal Weerawansa, Democratic Left Front leader and MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Mahajana Eksath Peramuna leader and MP Dinesh Gunawardena and newly formed Pivithuru Hela Urumaya leader Udaya Gammanpila.

Their announcement shocked the already shocked nation which voted President Mithripala Sirisena to power in an unprecedented peaceful revolution which saved the country from sliding into dictatorship.

Previous regime was known for lawlessness and crime when people lived in an atmosphere of fear. They were afraid to express their anger fearing revenge attacks. Ever rising cost of living and economic hardship were unbearable. Mainstream media ended up virtually as government bulletins.

VasuOnly political parties like Janatha Vikumthi Peramuna and Jathika Hela Urumaya were in the forefront bravely highlighting injustice, crime, corruption and demanding regime change.

The overall mood of the people was to free themselves from the oppressive government to ensure justice and rule of law prevails so that they could live without the fear of being waylaid, kidnapped and even killed.

It was under such dark political environment came the unexpected presidential elections and there was jubilation all over when Maithripala Sirisena was elected. The oppressive atmosphere changed overnight with the restoration of freedom.

Since the unprecedented January 2015 political change, exercising their newly won freedom, mainstream print and electronic media opened the floodgates of allegations accusing the former president Rajapaksa, his family and his associates of widespread corruption, crime and lawlessness the scale of which was never known in the island’s history.

These shocking disclosures include large scale plundering of nation’s wealth, lawlessness and injustice, pilfering billions of rupees, unprecedented waste of tax payers’ money, mismanagement of almost every institution and organization incurring billions of loss, racist attacks on minorities especially on Muslims and much more shocking and shameful revelations.

Since then never a day passes without some disclosure of corruption, crime, plunder and looting and that too not in thousands, hundred thousands and millions but in billions of rupees. The more the disclosures the worse the public anger.

The never ending exposures diminish the chance of bringing defeated president Mahinda Rajapaksa to power though they would deploy every means towards that end. It was under such circumstance that these four UPFA allies expressed their support to Mahinda Rajapksa as prime ministerial candidate.

This shows they are living in their own world.

Now the question is how come these so called socialists go against the newly elected government which is struggling to establish good governance, establish communal harmony and put the nation in the proper footing and move the country ahead.

Even ordinary people ask whether these four UPFA allies don’t read newspapers or watch television. Some even ask whether they are living in this planet or not.

One should not forget that two of them, Vasudeva Nanayakkara and Dinesh Gunawardena, belong to parties which produced legendary politicians, known for their great intellectual caliber, honesty, integrity and their sacrifices in serving the country. They spent their own wealth to be in politics and fight for the rights of ordinary people.

The country will never be able to forget or erase their great contributions though under the fast changing political, economic and social environment in the new order not much attention was paid to them.

Some of them include Communist Party chief Peter Keuneman, Dr S.A Wickremasinghe, Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s Dr N.M.Perera, Colvin R De Silva, Bernard Zoysa and Mahajana Eksath Permuna leader Philip Gunawardena to name a few.

I remember the speech made in the parliament by the founder of MEP and then Industries Minister Philip Gunawardena following the former Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia around August 1868. It was such an enlightening one that most of us, parliamentary correspondents, bought the Hansard copies of that speech which I preserve to date.

It was his son Dinesh Gunawardena who is keen on bringing former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to power.

Once a journalist colleague of mine asked a Muslim housewife at Dematagoda to whom she was planning to vote in the 1970 general elections. Her abrupt response was “ my first vote is for Peter Keuneman and then for Faleel Caffor.When asked why she gave top priority to Peter Keuneman her response was” he is a very good man ,known for honesty and integrity and helps the poor without any discrimination, be they Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims ”.

It was around early 1970s and Dr N.M.Perera was the finance minister in the United Front government led by Prime Minister Mrs. Srimavo Bandaranaike. Listening to his speech winding up the budget debate, the Arab League Ambassador in New Delhi Abdullah Murad who was at the speaker’s gallery told me that” Sri Lanka is too small a country for Dr Perera who deserves to be the Finance minister for the whole third world.

Mr. Vasudeva Nanayakkara who declared his support to bring former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to power began his political career under this very same Dr N.M.Perera. I still can’t understand what really happened to Mr. Vasudeva Nanayakkara whom I knew since mid 1970s.

Of course MP Wimal Wirawansa’s political ideology and career is known to everyone and thus needs no comments.

However in the case of Udaya Gammanpila his frustration is understood as the defeat of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa shattered his dream plan to commemorate the unfortunate 1915 Sinhala Muslim riots this year, 2015, with an Aluthgama, Dharga Town and Beruwala style attack on Muslims island wide .Time and again he claimed that   the attack on Muslims was inevitable this year to mark the century of 1915 riots.

This is the sad plight of today’s socialist comrades who incidentally belonged to two of the oldest political parties in the island.

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      Balu kella kolla.

      Muzzled as usual.

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        buru navin, trying his level best to showcase your stupidity

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        [Edited out]

        You say “In the 8 January 2015 presidential elections, people voted for the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena who promised good governance, restoration of law and order and end crime and corruption to create a good society.”

        Obviously, looking at the voting figures, the “people” you are referring to are the Muslims, and Tamils to a lesser extent. 58% of the Sinhala Buddhists out of 75% of the country’s population voted for MR! This is hardly evidence of a calamitous breakdown of law and order and other middle eastern values you seem to cherish under MR.

        The problem with your ilk is that you can only see Sri Lankan politics and society through the prism of “Muslim Interests”. Nothing else hardly matters to your type.

        We are getting sick and tired of the increasing unhealthy influence of a rich, second minority in our national affairs, and remember that you owe a debt of gratitude to this country and its people.

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      Missed the bus to Polonnaruwa kolla ? Tangalle buses not
      in service anyway.How about watching some circus in
      Colombo for a change ah ! Some of your old favourites
      are doing very well along with RW and the crew.

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      Paduwa AKA ela kolla,

      Back in action nice……….

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    May i suggest, the CT also pursue to inform the interested public the principle reasons from each of the 4 Peoples Representatives for their nomination decision?

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      Thomas Pieters

      “May i suggest, the CT also pursue to inform the interested public the principle reasons from each of the 4 Peoples Representatives for their nomination decision?”

      See Below, Buried treasures.

      [Edited out]

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    I feel pity for Vadudewa who joined hands with the bunch of cunts for no apparent reason!!! or are there any?????

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      MirakRajBanda

      “I feel pity for Vadudewa who joined hands with the bunch of cunts for no apparent reason!!! or are there any????? “

      Mahinda Rajapaksa claimed he had Files, yes, “files”.

      I have files on all who defected from SLFP – President

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4zxQgBGJLs

      Published on Nov 23, 2014
      President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that he has “files” on those who defected from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), but he will not use them because he is not that kind of person.

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    Latheef Farook,

    RE: Backing MR; Pseudo Socialists Defend Crime & Corruption

    1, “In the 8 January 2015 presidential elections, people voted for the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena who promised good governance, restoration of law and order and end crime and corruption to create a good society. Though ambitious, it is an uphill task in view of the mess created by the Rajapaksa regime which virtually ruined every government institution, the society and the country”

    2. “However riding against the popular wave some pseudo socialists who were ministers in the defeated government wanted to bring back former President Mahinda, perhaps to ensure crime, corruption and lawlessness continue to pave the way for a dictatorship?”

    3. “During a joint press briefing on Monday 9 February 2015, four United Peoples Freedom Alliance, UPFA, allies announced their desire to bring back defeated president Mahinda Rajapaksa to power by fielding him as the prime ministerial candidate in the forthcoming general elections.”

    Thank you for the write up. They are the worst, the true Crooks and Robbers.

    The heading could have been Crooks and Robbers of Sri Lanka.
    Pancha Horu: Mahinda, Wimal, Vasudeva, Dinesh and Udaya.

    Penta Robbers ans Crooks: Mahinda, Wimal, Vasudeva, Dinesh and Udaya.

    This will be a great opportunity to expose these Crooks and robbers.

    Get the Sri Lankan writers to write in Sinhala, Tamil and English the Common Sense Phamplet Sri Lanka 2015, and have a few chapters on these Crooks and Robbers.

    Expose, Expose and Expose, the Pancha- Horu.

    Common Sense (pamphlet)

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

    Sri Lankan Crisis Phamplets? The American Crisis?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_American_Crisis

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    Farook, your claim to remember the speech made in the parliament by the founder of MEP and then Industries Minister Philip Gunawardena following the former Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia around August 1868. I presume you meant Aug.1968, or was it Aug. 1986? Whichever way, it was a superlative article as usual. A great insight into our country’s deep-rooted Leftists ‘blast from the past’ memorabilia.

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    haha Latheef Farook [ Edited out]

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      Once you spell your name as ‘Mohomed’, in the next you are ‘Mohomad’, you must really be so ‘mad’ you got stopped in your tracks. You don’t have to spell it out, we get your message as being a Muslim impersonator.

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    ” Since then never a day passes without some disclosure of corruption…..etc “

    They are NOT disclosures. They are ALLEGATIONS made, understandably by political opponents, who have to face an election in the near future. They will ONLY become fact when proof is provided. It must NOT be forgotten that Sirisena was part of that ‘corrupt’ government though today some want to paint him whiter than white for convenience.

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    When a Muslim or Tamil writes the main article or comment, the racist readers in this forum attack the writer based on religion or nationality. It appears that they are not interested in what he or she says. I am not saying only about this particular article but in general some commentators in commenting in the main article or commenting on the comments seems to take a racist attitude.

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    Good article but not much news as we all knew about this already.

    Some here have made racial comments branding the write as speaking for the Muslims. If he is a Muslim, why not! We Sinhalese try to safeguard Buddhism and Sinhalese. So the minorities do have a rights as well, sans fighting for separation. We need to change our mentality. All Sri Lankans ,Sinhalese, Muslim and Tamil. We need to go back to the times we all were the same, just Ceylonese! Ethnic frictions will always used by a few to inflame them for personal gains. But the majority of us NEED to accommodate others as one nation to get back on track of development as a unit. This will prevent any future avenues for separatist sentiments and resurgence of terrorist groups. All these talk about diaspopra and US conspiracy will fade off.

    We need to keep a balanced relation between all nations, whether China, India or the west. We are eternally thankful to China and MR, Gota, SF and the three armed forces for getting rid of the LTTE threat of separation. No two words about it. But then the attention should have been the welfare of the nation and not on ONE SINGLE family and it’s henchmen! That was the fault.
    contemporary
    Another comment was that the corruption disclosures were allegations! Not all! Some of them were reported to the authorities with proof. For example Wele Suda helped net Duminda. Basil seeing the net surrounding him escaped to the US. Many others will too be disclosed with time. Obviously all those corrupt persons of the previous regime must have taken care not to implicate and no trail kept. The new government says that hundreds of files are missing! The question arise, why were the files removed? The answer is oblivious to the independent thinking person!

    The write correctly said that the ‘Pseudo Socialists’ are trying to get MR back to power. They turn a blind eye to the large scale corruption under MR only to have their minister posts back with the perks of luxury cars and the money they get. The left is the current JVP. It is the only party that does not take any perks and never been corrupted. If not for their economic policies that go back to the communist ideology, they will be a good party to get involved in a national government to clear up the mess and corruption left by MR and the crooks.

    MY3 made one mistake, in my opinion, declaring the 100 days limit.He should have made at least six months for unexpected hurdles have been created with files disappearances etc to implement the program properly.

    SLFP is not having interest in a National Government is a pity. This is the second chance we get after the annihilation of LTTE to put things back in track. If they do not support it, and still wins the elections we are back in square one! The corruption and interference in the judiciary and police will continue as usual with large scale corruption unabated. Do we need that?

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    Hope some good governance promised will be ushered.

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    All of these moda aimal and other 3 donot have any vote base and they wanted to take cover behind mahinda, It is ironic that Dinesh joined these stupids, poor man, transported people even from hambantota where i do live.

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