The People’s Democratic Centre (PDC) has today called upon the government to apply the due legal process and be firm against these horrible crimes and the plunder of national wealth.
“The current government has so far failed to use the political and moral mandate it has been granted with passion and rigor. The government leadership has not demonstrated coherence, foresight, and vision in applying the law against the wrong doers.” the PDC has said in a statement.
Issuing a statement on behalf of the PDC, Dayapala Thiranagama and Dr. Richard Perera said; “Their strategy is to spread irrational fears and arguments with aggressive intent against individuals and the organs of the state. Their aim is to weaken them in order to achieve their short term and long-term political aim. The government also needs to investigate the complicity of the BBS in the attacks of Muslim people and their property in Aluthgama in 2014 and bring the perpetrators to justice. The failure to act on these criminal activities will provide the Rajapaksa family with the opportunity to build a fascist type of anti-people political movement.”
We publish below the statement in full:
An Appeal to Democratic Forces
The great electoral victory won by democratic forces on 8th January 2015 against the anti-democratic, corrupt, murderous, and authoritarian family rule is in jeopardy. The Rajapaksa family and cronies have begun to regroup in order to reverse the democratic gains we have made. This appears a real threat at present. If these attempts are not halted the country will be flung into an abyss and the people will again face the situation that prevailed during the thirty years of barbaric war. Nobody would like to go back to that era again.
These murderous and anti democratic forces are ever ready to use the anxieties of people in the South to present a bleak future around the devolution of political power to the provinces. In doing so, they try to hide behind the slogan of patriotism. They argue that the devolution of power would lead to the division of the country. They want to paint a picture of regional democracy bringing the Sinhala nation and Buddhism to its knees. Their argument is built on the premise that the Sinhala Buddhist supremacist forces should govern the country. They argue that the other communities must faithfully follow their dictate. The multi-ethnic and multi -religious nature of this country and the plural democratic governance that would make Sri Lanka a modern nation has no bearing on their discourse as they try to appeal to the seemingly ‘primordial’ sentiments of the Sinhala community.
In their utterances of fundamentalist and anti democratic statements they appear deluded and shameless, and, moreover, betray Buddhism itself. They argue that the crimes committed against innocent people and other activists in the South should not be investigated or punished because perpetrators are from the security forces. These murders were carried out by the regime as part of silencing the dissent by death. They insist that the law should not be applied against these criminal acts because they happened during the war. The case against the abduction and disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda about six years ago is being heard now at Homagama Magistrate Court. When the court was in session, Galgoda Aththe Ghanissara Theca of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), a fundamentalist Buddhist outfit that campaigns against non-Buddhist and minority communities forcibly entered the court and disrupted the proceedings by making a statement. He was subsequently arrested and remanded on the charges of contempt of court. The so-called joint opposition demanding to absolve Yoshitha Rajapaksa who was arrested a few days ago on the charges of money laundering presents similar arguments. Since his father led the regime that defeated the Tamil Tigers, they try to argue that the Rajapaksa family is being victimized to please the Tamil diaspora.
The current government has so far failed to use the political and moral mandate it has been granted with passion and rigor. The government leadership has not demonstrated coherence, foresight, and vision in applying the law against the wrong doers.
We call upon the government to apply the due legal process and be firm against these horrible crimes and the plunder of national wealth. Their strategy is to spread irrational fears and arguments with aggressive intent against individuals and the organs of the state. Their aim is to weaken them in order to achieve their short term and long-term political aim. The government also needs to investigate the complicity of the BBS in the attacks of Muslim people and their property in Aluthgama in 2014 and bring the perpetrators to justice. The failure to act on these criminal activities will provide the Rajapaksa family with the opportunity to build a fascist type of anti-people political movement.
All Buddhist clergy and true Buddhist believers need to reclaim Buddhism from those who distort Buddhist teachings, which preach peace and kindness towards other religions and minority communities. If they are able to continue with their anti-democratic and pseudo patriotic rhetoric current reconciliation efforts would be thwarted and the political conditions for the ethnic conflict will set in motion again.
We appeal to all the democratic and progressive forces to come forward to defeat these anti democratic and tribal forces in the South and ensure that ethnic peace and reconciliation efforts will continue rebuilding the Sri Lanka nation on the basis of plural democracy. The civil society organizations and millions and millions of people who ensured the January 8th victory need to be vigilant and come forward to protect and consolidate their historic victory. If this does not happen those villainous leaders who swindled our national wealth will come back to power and subvert our democratic gains. We should redouble our efforts to stop this.
If we are united this can be done, just as our democratic forces were able to defeat the corrupt Rajapaksa regime in January last year.
People’s Democratic Centre (PDC)
Dr.Rajasingham Narendran / February 8, 2016
The mandate has become secondary to political expediency and manipulations. There are bargains being struck and accommodations made with Devils for what is supposed to be the ‘greater’ good. The numbers game is slowly sapping the ethics and morality of the mandated good governance.
We have to probably console ourselves that this government is better than the previous. It is yet being caught in compromising positions by civil society and media like CT. Eternal vigilance is the need of the hour, if this government is vto be kept as far as possible on the narrow and straight path.
Non PhD / February 8, 2016
A thorn has to be taken out by a thorn (say a sharp pin ).
More civic organisations and ordinary people must come forward to make use of Temples, Vihares and other religious venues for counter propoganda against MaRa Bros & Co who are using these venues effectively to divert attention on language, religion, and the war which was over in 2009.
By this way more political awareness among the majority can be brought and this will put pressure on RW-MS regime to take action against the above types of criminal acts.
Punitham / February 8, 2016
Thank you for your appeal i.on behalf of the section who voted in this govt with high hopes and ii for prodding the same lot to be vigilant – what should we do now please?
Analyst / February 8, 2016
PLEASE ADVICE Yahapalanaya how to deal with Rowdy behaviours of our past Ruling Family and their cohorts.
This kind of behaviour of LAUGHING AND SARCASM at foreign officials and lawmakers can only be appropriate among Rowdies and uneducated thugs IN AN UNCIVILISED COUNTRY.
We jolly well know how the ROWDY UNEDUCATED EX PRESIDENT AND THE SEVEN ELEVEN EX SRILANKAN STATE SECRETARY BEHAVED IN THE PAST AND IS THE SAME STILL.
Third class Parayahh culture they cultivated during their ruling still prevalent and allowed to flourish.
It’s a disgrace to know that they ruled us once.
This YAHAPALANAYA continue to inject OXYGEN to these Waste Rubbish clowns.
We need to compete in the world with EDUCATED CULTURED MEN AND WOMEN. But please NO NEPOTISM GG.
Only educated and cultured men and women please no uncivilised Rowdies in the forefront.
Please put a sock.
punchinilame / February 9, 2016
“We call upon the government to apply the due legal process and be firm against these horrible crimes and the plunder of national wealth…”
To the public, the work of the FCID must be made known. Justice under
Hon. Wijedasa Rajapakse may not move forward for some known reasons?
The formidable work by FCID so far, as culled from the media is as follows:-
1. Case No. 474/2015 at Fort M.C. dealing with Hedging Fund and involving A.N.Cabraal, PB Jayasuendra, A de Mel, L.Karunaratne (Rs.200-700 Million ) 2. Case No. 24327/2015 at Chief M.C.(3) In the matter of Lanka Hospital shares and connected to G. Rajapakse, Roshini ,Cabraal, N.Godahewa, D.Jayaweera, M. Medihewa, W.Amunugamuwa, D.P.Y. Wijesinghe. (Rs. 600 million) 3. B26907/3/15 at Colombo M.C re Housing deals connected with W.Weerasena,B.K.J.K.Perera. 4. B/40/2015 at Kaduwella M.C. re Land purchases, involving Mrs. W.Weerasena, C.S.Ranasinhe. 5. B323/15 in Tangalle M.C. about Carlton Pre-school construction involving State Eng. Corporation Staff (Rs. 35 million) 6. 8674/15 in Pugoda M.C. re Development works, involving B.Rajapakse, N. Thirukumar 7. B22467/1/15 at Colombo Chief M.C. re Money Laundering by M. Aluthgamage (Rs. 3 – 27 million) 8. B22468/1/15 in Colombo Chief M.C. on Wealth acquired of Dr.P.B. Wickrema. 9. B25389/1/15 at Colombo C.M.Court re Money Laundering by G.Senarath. 10. B25166/3/15 at Colombo Ch M.C. Teleshan TV Network with A.Pilapita S.Wickremasinghe, and Sil Reddi with L.Weeratunga and Ven.V.Somananda Thero. 11. B9823/15 at Kaduwela M.C. re CSN Channel involving ITN Directorate & Staff. (5 Remanded in Jany.2016) 12. B35/15 at Kaduwela M.C. re ownership of Marriot Hotel in Dubai with N.Lokuwitharne and M.Rajapakse ( Rs. 48 to 190 million) 13. B27453/1/15 at Hultsdorf M.C. about Lanka Logistics Arms importing connected to G.Rajapakse, P.B.Jayasundera, Mohan Peiris, J.Wickremasinghe. 14. B/663/15 at Fort M.C. on Bank of Ceylon, Seychelles by M. Rajapakse & family 15. Greek Bonds purchase with names of Cabraal & Rajapakse in Petition Colombo M.C of 15.8.15 involving Rs. 1257 million 16. Sajin Vass Gunewardena in abuse of Public property, at Fort Magistrate Court, remanded since May, 2015. Also at Bribery Com. for questionable Assets. 17. Petition accepted in Supreme Court on 6.8.15 re Vehicle Permits abuse 18. Case No. 50/10 at High Courts, Kandy: Captain Wickremasinghe`s activity in Giritale Army Camp re Torture Chambers – under G. Rajapakse`s directions? 19. On Bail – Rohita Bogollagama 20. B/C Case – BC/2370/2011/B1 – 1 Billion heist: Pradeep Gunawardana (C`man State Trading Corporation)
21.. B 586/15 in the Fort Magistrate’s Court on June 5, 2015 re Pushpa Rajapaksa Foundation & SMB payments. 22. Champika Karunaratne –Former Coordinating Secy.of MR remanded over Fraud (10 million) 23. M.C Nuwara Eliya Case of Prof. Dharmasiri in fraud of David Paynters Art work worth Rs.37 Million ? 24. Lankaputra Development Bank re release of Rs. 2000 million as loans to 14 parties. CID Report now in the hands of the AG.. 25. Ethanol Imports, involving a former Minister and 2 current Deputy Ministers, – FCID investigations ongoing. 26. Paddy Marketing Board involved in the sale of 234000 tons Paddy to 3 selected mill owners & loss thereof to be reported to FCID. etc etc e.&o.e
D Nimal / February 9, 2016
The roots of Sri lanka’s political corruptions goes back to beginning of day of Independent, which was born that UNP regime came into power since 1948.
It is NOT new political phenomena of democracy of UNP, wrongly interpreted by PDC of So-called “new movement” encourage of bankruptcy politics of Indian and US alliance of counter-revolutionary elements of UNP, CBK and MS.
Well, PDC threw these issues of corruptions against MR progressive alliance are not that they are hero’s of Democracy. PDC’s democratic credential are in very poor preform in the stage at current context is concern.
PDC is incapable of understanding of accomplishing ongoing sustainability of path of capitalism and the objective task of revolution even they the most distort form.
They want not be the champion of democracy of “good governance and rule of law” by covering up US and Indian ruling powers penetration to ours internal affairs. The valuable political, economic, social and cultural lessons of ongoing bourgeoisie revolution and counter-revolution of “Rainbow” led by US and Indian -RAW of domination forces of foreign vital interest.
US and Indian are most corrupted nation in Global standard is concern.
In these days UNP were not only aware of difference between “democracy” and “corruptions”, but even they feared the political retribution of their past history, that their heap of corruption will back to seen very soon ,but they want US and Indian to cover up their corruptions by all convert conservatism into democracy.
The PDC lack of understanding or misleading public UNP degree of corruptions and they want preservation of new -liberal economy of US and Indian privileges to be protected; and they carry -out UNP regime in power by autocracy to be replace democracy by rule and ruin our nation in future generations to come into being..
PDC defending and justify the that US and Indian rule by attacking MS past political mishaps. Indeed UNP or US or Indian it cannot partly heal the gaping wounds of our political-economy -social order that inflicted upon Sri Lankan by the UNP regime ,it can only cover up those wounds with wretched ,sour, fictions reforms.
This reality has be realized by PDC sooner or later by themselves.
D.Nimal / February 9, 2016
Read as correctly ‘PDC defending and justify the that US and Indian rule by attacking MR past political mishaps.’ Not that MS but as MR.
janaka / February 9, 2016
Arrest the helping hambantota filth as police and military are under your control Mr president?