21 November, 2018

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Chandrika Confesses ‘Yahapālana Govt Is Corrupt’

Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga in an interview with the Sunday Observer claims that ‘extreme corruption reigns all across the country [and] across all segments of the population– the public service, the political authorities, and now it has seeped right down to the bottom.’

Chandrika

In responses liberally laced with her usual anti-Rajapaka rhetoric Kumaratunga laments that despite all her efforts to rid the country of corruption, beginning with the defeat of the Rajapaksa regime, she has not even succeeded in righting the wrongs pertaining to a project ‘concerning [her] village’.

The project referred to was one to supply water from the Basnagoda-Attanagalu Oya to three electorates and to parts of two other electorates in the Gampaha District. Kumaratunga cites inflated estimates of costs and numerous irregularities which have been confirmed by the Attorney General’s Department, and states that her complaints to the high-ups of the present Yahapalana Government have fallen on deaf years.

Kumaratunga boasts that she has ‘fought for transparency and honesty in this country at great cost’ and that she believed she could combat corruption in at least one project since she has ‘a good knowledge of how government works and I thought that with [her] commitment to honesty, the knowledge and acumen that [she has],’ this would be possible. She now admits that it appears to be an impossible task.

Kumaratunga’s track record when in power is also fraught with multiple misdeeds. In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that Kumaratunga had abused her executive powers to facilitate a corrupt deal and was instrumental in illegally transferring state lands meant for a ‘public purpose’ to a private golf course — now known as Waters Edge.’

In a landmark judgment, Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane said Kumaratunga had failed to function in a manner consistent with the expectations of a public officer, much less an Executive President, and in doing so, had completely betrayed the position of trust bestowed upon her by the Constitution and by the people of Sri Lanka.

Kumaratunga was fined Rs. 3 million while the fifth respondent and Kumaratunga family friend Ronnie Peiris, who is said to have made a Rs. 57 million profit in the corrupt deal, was ordered to pay Rs. 2 million rupees.

In another development on corruption, Vasudeva Nanayakkara (MP) has written to the Inspector General of Police reiterating a request made to conduct investigations in relation to defrauding of government monies. Nanayakkara had reminded the IGP about this matter in early July, pointing out that in July 2017 the Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order had forwarded to the Police a complaint that he, Nanayakkara, had made in October 2016.

He has referred to the Waters Edge Case as well as the Lanka Marine Service Case where the sale of the Colombo Port Oil Facility was found fraudulent with Kumaratunga being named among those involved. The complaint also cites Kumaratunga attempting to misappropriate public monies amounting to over 600 million rupees the day before the 2005 Presidential Election. Nanayakkara has pointed out that the Attorney General has neglected to take any action despite Supreme Court directives.

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    Chandrika K was corrupt.
    http://www.thesundayleader.lk/archive/20011028/editorial.htm
    She now thinks that all her corrupt deals have been forgotten.

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      Do you know what she is telling you with her index finger…..”UP YOURS!”

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        Richard;
        “UP YOURS” where is not important. The message ‘What’ is the one to look for!

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    “Chaura Rajina” talks about corruption…………

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      But what about the man whose hands have now been damaged – none other than the writer of that book – Victor Iwan to have been so silent at th etime, ballige putha looted it to the core ?

      Why you guys, were that silent at the time, Ballige putha Rajakashe ruined the nation keeping police and courts standing next to them ?
      State patronized terror era ended with the dawn of the current govt.
      But they could not achieve lot more as pledged that has nothing to do with them only.
      THe people are authorities remained in every body are highly corrupted and culprits.
      Just talk to your family, you will see how many among them to be over corrupted.
      You guys saying sinhala buddhists, but behave othe other way around… has been a threat to our future generations.

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        She must explain how got the property in London. Hope nor money fromto coconut selling from attanagalla. Shell gas deal direct to her account.patta belli talking from puken

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    There are some countries that are doomed to failure and stagnant ( if not ) failed economies . Sri Lanka is certainly one of them. That’s Life.

  • 7
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    We hardly need a lecture from CBK that the Yahapaalanaya regime, that she worked hard to usher in – is corrupt. Open corruption in government is accepted as the new norm from the late 1980s when JRJ sanitised the culture by telling the world “let the robber barons come” Boy! Did’nt they get the message??? Singapore gangster Joe Sim was in and out of the Premadasa household – accompanied by his gun-toting goons. In fairness to, JRJ one must admit the wily despot was not accused of corruption. Similarly both SWRD and Mrs.B were free of the now epidemic scourge. Yes! wide-spread corruption came to this country through JRJ’s Open Economy although that was not JRJ’s intention. CBK – to a lesser extent and the Rajapakses, in a large measure, gave it a new “acceptance” and substantially benefitted from the looting by regime favourite business persons – men and women. Now the cursed culture has infected the national blood-stream. The coming of the multi billion Dollar Drugs (kudu) trade in recent decades has consumed most of our politikkas – Kudu Mervin and Kudu Dimu are not the only ones.

    Sadly our political culture lacks the integrity to challenge these major sins head-on.

    R. Varathan

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      R. Varathan

      “We hardly need a lecture from CBK that the Yahapaalanaya regime, that she worked hard to usher in – is corrupt.”

      The root cause of all ill in this island actually started with “exclusive nationalism”. The father of this exclusiveness was first publicly promoted and advocated by the public racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala who chose to live 40 years of (out of 69) his life in India. Then the man who was democratically charged with implementing his “Exlusiveness” was D S Senanayake with citizenship Act.

      The “Exclusiveness” continued with successive governments based on elected by “Competitive Racism”,
      Expatriation of hard working Others
      Exclusive language policy.
      Exclusive recruitment policies for state jobs especially for armed forces and police.
      Exclusive promotion policies for state jobs
      Exclusive development policies (Apartheid)
      Exclusive University Entrance policies
      Exclusive status for religion
      Exclusive right to impunity
      ….
      ….
      ….
      Then it went on and on and on until those found Exclusive rights for party men and women, …………………………… Now it seems politics of compromise work well for majority of party men and women in this government though they are from different partys. However some still believe in absolute power and hope to grab it again by whatever means necessary.

      It started with identifying, excluding and eliminating “others” from the nation building process, including citizenship, language rights, equal opportunities, security and safety, livelihood, entitlements, ……………… education, ….. on the basis of language, religion, ….. and later based on party politics, and now I am afraid it is about excluding and eliminating democratic process completely from this island by establishing a fascist regime.

      Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
      That is why some of the voters who support it in order to exclude “OTHERS”.

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        NV,

        What we now reap in terms of dis-unity and virtual dis-integration are the fruits sown by the Homeless Dharmapala – who ironically found his true home in Indian soil – DS, RG and the rest – now faithfully followed by verming like the BBS. What is being consumed now by our greedy leaders is the residue meat in the dead carcass of a once united rainbow island that we saw in the late 19th and mid-20th centuries. We dream of Singapore but what we have is a combo of Zimbabwe and Venezuela.

        Those who wanted to teach the Tamils a “lesson” and chase them away to India, like Dharmapala, will themselves want to desert to India in the not too distant a future. Mine, Sir, be assured is not wishful thinking. Dharmapala’s Nationalism was as shallow and brittle as that of SWRD, Cyril Mathew and company as well as the thug Gnanassara and his ilk. Already Who killed the Cock Robin talk is part of the national political discourse.

        Varathan

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    Nimal,

    CBK’s crimes are proven in Court of law and punished. Read the verdicts. But all other crimes you mentioned yet to be proved. Any human being is entitled to be innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

    I don’t clear anyone of taking 10%. Most of them may have taken but innocent until proven guilty. But for me to accuse anyone I need proof not hear say. I respect MR and Gota because I walk around Sri Lanka freely because of them and when ever I used to come to Sri Lanka I used to see lot of development during their time. Now when I go to the toilet at Katunayake air port I see the difference and when I pass Colombo I feel sorry for guys like you living in a shit hole which was very clean during Gota’s time.
    Had Chandrika provided the armed forces adequate man power and weapons to be ahead of the LTTE like Gota did probably she could have finished terrorism.

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      Freeda,

      Pocketing in $800 million of Tsunami funds through a dubious NGO called “Helping Hambantota is a proven case as publicly disclosed by a former CJ Sarath Silva. Thanks to spineless Dr. Ranil and My3, mega million and perhaps billions of frauds committed by MaRa,. GoTa, and Basil during their reign of terror continue to remain uninvestigated and be swept under carpet. Now whenever, I visit Sri Lanka, I can walk around with no fear of White Vans.

  • 12
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    This is hilarious coming from the queen of thief’s with Colombo court judgement that is not enforced in SL fashion .

    Ask her how she got Chelsea apartment in London from the foreign company Gas CEO. I can even submit documents re. this since CEO is a family friend.

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    Dear Satellite or Chabakkuwa, What are you doing in Sri Lanka ??? No one cares about you. Nobody asked for your opinion. You are no longer relevant. Please go back to England. Is your son still ashamed to be a Sinhalese ? You lying, self loathing, piece of garbage, Don’t ever set foot here again.

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      Pissu,
      If you are a Sinhalese, and this is how you address others, then CBK’s son is perfectly justified in being ashamed to be one. Get it? Or are you too thick?

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      Who the hell you are to ask anyone not to come back to SL ?

      You ugly and highly corrupted men have nothing but cesspits not second to that of Mahinda Rajakashe and Wimal Ponnawanse.

      Had Mr Kadirgarmar.. under CBK adminstration, failed to get LTTERs banned on the west and america, nothing liek ELEMINATION of terror within the country, wihtin anyone s terms would not have been a reality.

      It was her CBK adminstiration by WHICH great foeign minister did his great work.
      You guys have forgotten all the facts .. since Rajakashes have covered them for their political masturbation.

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    Look who is talking? Madam CBK – corruption proliferated during your
    regime. You were proved to be corrupt before the Supreme Court in the
    Water’s Edge case. You were told to pay a fine. Now you talk of corruption.

    Shame on you. Why don’t you just continue, like the vermin in a decaying
    piece of wood, eating away the public resources as head of ONUR without
    telling the country of corruption. The money you use belongs to the public.
    Reconciliation for you is holding photo exhibitions and making donations to
    schools in the north.

    You are one of the biggest humbugs this country produced. Say one thing in
    the morning and deny it in the evening. The last thing you should speak of
    is corruption. You have bathed in it.

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      Get the facts right Siriamal Aberatne.. Dont mislead people – that can boomerang on you.. for sure. Nature will never bear the kind of lies ANY more.

      Has her adminsitration abused the state to the manner Mahinda Jarapakshe did ?

      Has she abused Presidential Secretariat to the manner Mahinda Jarapakshe did ?

      Has she made entourages with flight loads of 200 pepole not thinking twice ?

      Has had abused Srilanken airlines .. instead her merger brought billions of profits by 2005.

      Mahinda Jarapakshe abused Srilanken Airlines as if it was his air taxi… that alone made few hundreds of billions fo losses?

      Are u talking from your backside whoever you are ?

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        Hatharabirikatharina

        Comparing CBK to MR, she comes a close second. That does not absolve her from being a hyporcrite

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    Hatharabeera something something

    I do not want to dignify your assertions in any way.
    Suffice to say your yardstick of judging CBK’s performance
    is by comparing what MR did or did not do. There are dumb
    idiots like that. What to do. CT has to not only tolerate
    intelligent readers but also damn fools.

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    I am not sure whether this Hatharabirikatharine is a domestic
    of CBK. She has a lot to learn besides chopping onions and
    chillies.

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      And Somarisi bandara you have lot to learn from the ones like Hatharabeeri katharina where you need to respect you need to do so.

      MR has done all the damages to this coutnry except his term found the stop to Terror. Latter was not resulted only becuase MR was magical but the collectivity and the facts that CBKs foreign affairs was able to get LTTER s banned across the globe.
      Remember ?
      Had Mr Kadir been unable to do so, MR would not have achieved the chance to enjoy to have eleminated terror as you guys paint it in favour of him.
      I thought Mr Premadasa was the most abusive among all, but now I see, most abusive is MR. Not just he himselfe, anyone in that family did a great harm than a good thing
      But they are so cunning to paint the picture among grass eaters dominated srilanka .. only in favour fo them.
      That is it.

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    How about her Government and herself? Not corrupt? People of this country have not forgotten all corrupt deals during her tenure as the President. It seems that this lady has the habit of talking from some other openings and not from mouth.
    This country is very unfortunate to loose so many politicians who love the country by LTTE Suicide bombing and it is so unfortunate that this most unpatriotic woman not died due to suicide bomb of LTTE Terrorists.

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      Nimal Tissa Wijethunga
      Do you follow the news about the happenings at SriLankan Airlines unravelling at the CoI? Tip of the iceberg – more to come.
      Yes, there was corruption/nepotism/impunity during CBK regime. Anything of the magnitude of SriLankan Airlines?

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      Nimal Tissa W
      Such venom coming out through your which orifice may I ask??
      For last 60 years Srilanka had been the ” Killing Fields ” of the South Asia.
      Directly or indirectly almost every Politicians and their hench men are involved with killings.
      Not only killings , All have been fully involved in bankrupting the country too.
      So stop being the smart ass .
      Our country has suffered our people have suffered , due to the hunger for power, hunger for greed , pure greed.
      You definitely see only through your rear end. ” Ignorance is Bliss ” they call it.

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      Nimal Tissass Wijethunga

      You once typed ( May 18, 2018):

      “Sinhalese = Tamils = Muslims will never ever happen.”

      If that is is the case why should anyone worry about corruption at all? You believe this is exclusively a Sinhala/Buddhist country and it belongs exclusively to Sinhala/Buddhists therefore you should bear with those who kill and loot in the name of Sinhala/Buddhism, irrespective of the identity of the killer and looter or who they are.

      The identity and party of Chandrika, Mahinda, Basil, Gota, Lalith, ……………….. are irrelevant as long as they profess to being Sinhala/Buddhists they have earned the license to kill and loot.

      Being a Sinhala/Buddhist racist how did you benefit from all those riots, war, racism, …. nepotism, …….. ?

  • 0
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    The CBK conclusion that we are in this corruption/nepotism/impunity epidemic is spot on though belated.
    It is gratifying but one may try and find out why.
    SWRD B’s “Sinhala Only” was intended to create level playing field but he saw the cracks forming in the ethnic bridge. But he tried to mend it with BC Pact. The forces he unleashed were unstoppable. The language/religion-divide kept on growing. Pre-independence Ceylon was (roughly) citizens of equals. Post independence GoSL created second class citizens and now we are left with the elites, first class and second class.
    The Armed Services is mono-ethnic. The businesses and Police are nearly Has this helped?
    CBK is attempting to address the fundamental question. This is somewhat new and we must support her.

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    How funny!! Katharabeerikatharina has now become
    Punchiburampi, faceless, nameless and anonymous.

    Cowards like you cannot get away by branding one
    black and the other white. Both CBK and MR have done
    a lot of harm to the country.

    CBK was found guilty by the highest court in Sri Lanka
    for bribery. What more than that?

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      Somasiri Bandara

      “CBK was found guilty by the highest court in Sri Lanka
      for bribery. What more than that?”

      Alright, when are the legal functionaries going to charge MR, GR, BR, ….. thousands of members of armed forces and state functionaries of grand theft, mass murder, corruption, ……. and the courts find them guilty?

      When will those serve sentences as court handed out to them?
      They are either out on appeal or on anticipatory bail.

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      Somasiri@

      what matters is the size of the harm. Entire country is corrupted. So their leaders cant be clean. But we have not had an admistration that looted the sums to the manner Rajapkashes did it.

      1) Rajapakshes are the world champions to have done all harms deliberately.

      2) CBKs governance was far better than that of highly abusive rascal rule of MR et al.

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    A country that does not have wealth , is not called an innocent country
    by any standard . It has only one name and that is , CORRUPT. CBK too
    enjoyed leading the corrupt country into more and more corruption .
    Who is behind the creation of MARA family today who stand corruption
    charges and still vying for a come back as if nothing happened ? IF A
    COUNTRY IS CORRUPT , WHO WILL THEY ELECT AS THEIR LEADER ?
    NOT THE BEST AMONG THE CORRUPT ? If there was a leader who stood
    taller and exceptional , it was JRJ ! He fought against corruption by
    free market economy . Take private public transport service on the road
    today ! What was SLTB before that ? A den of thieves ! It is worth taking
    a closer look at who created thieves and who really worked to get rid of
    them from bloodsucking ! It continues to date because of the label it has
    got , the ” pseudo patriotism ” the new money making culture !

  • 2
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    She wanted Jarapassa to dance to her tune but did not do so. So she became his sworn enemy. She wanted the MY3 and RW combine to dance to her tune but they did not do so. So, she, for the time being expresses her disappointment. She starts by saying “corrupt”. Nobody can forget her pledge to do away the “bahubootha vyawasthawa” (Crazy Constitution) but she ran for a second term as well instead of sticking to her promise at the first inauguration to do away with the craziness. She is no better than others. Just leave her alone. You can write a book but why bother when there are many such as “Chaura Rajini”.

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    We are down to a home vs home finals. We were treated to submissions claiming home Team A is better than home team B or vice versa.

    CBK is the first leader of note who says “Both sides are soaking wet in corruption/nepotism/impunity”. This must not be dismissed.

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    Native Veddah alias Kala Veddah alias Angoda Veddah, Pillai, Analyst and other Racist Thugs,

    You all racists learn to live with the majority as same as Tamil Masses in this country.

    About Sri Lanka, its main religion, majority language and the history will never be allowed to challenge by racists thugs like you all and the so called Tamil politicians under any circumstances.

    Whether you talk from mouth or any other end, nothing is going to happen or change to the very fabrication of this country and therefore, stop bickering and not trying to become smart asses.

    Very soon, racists thugs like you all will be isolated and end up in the dust bin of the history as even Tamil Masses are not at all accepting the views of you all anymore as recent evidence and incidence are clear suggestions in that respect.

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      Nimal Tissass Wijethunga

      Could you complete the following equations:

      1 + 1 = ?
      1+ ? = 1
      ? + 1 = 2 + 1

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      Nimal Tissa Wijethunga ~ “……alias Angoda Veddah, Pillai, Analyst and other Racist Thugs,……..”.
      Thought minimum requirement to be a ‘Thug’ is the Gnanasara build and mouth.
      ‘Build’ maybe if one lives off earnings of others. But ‘mouth’? Impossible!

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    Nimal Tissass Wijethunga

    Could you complete the following equations:

    1 + 1 = ?
    1+ ? = 1
    ? + 1 = 2 + 1

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    Native Veddah,

    It is very clear that you are a Resident patient of Angoda.

    • 2
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      Nimal Tissass Wijethunga

      Could you complete the following equations:

      1 + 1 = ?
      1+ ? = 1
      ? + 1 = 2 + 1

      We are trying to test your sanity.
      Please answer them if you are not insane. If you are incapable or unable to do the simple mathematical questions we will assume you are indeed very mad, irrational, …. racist.

  • 2
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    Who are you to test my mathematical skills as it was tested adequately during my studies and working life. People with balanced mind in this forum and who reads this column can easily understand who you are.
    Comeback to the discussion topic and contribute justifiably rather than deceived yourselves with wrong interpretation of the History of Sri Lanka, the fabrication of the society, religion, race, language etc.
    Accept the truth on Elam, homeland, LTTE Terrorism and so called Tamil political leaders and most importantly current heart beat of the Tamil Masses in Sri Lanka.

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    CBK had the message, “We are soaking wet in corruption/nepotism/impunity”. Is there some credibility here? We easily get distracted. We have forgotten the Bellanna case, the Tourism Board Fiasco, Duty-free limousines, the week old Monitoring MP allowance, the contents of the article preceding this “Mahinda Samarasinghe pulled in favour of………”, etc etc.

    Should we worry about the CoI revelations coming almost daily regarding the quality of account keeping in SriLankan Airlines? The person selling the thambili and betel leaves is better.

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    Funny Caption On The Picture:

    Shoot me in the head if I run for Presidency again.

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