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Coalitions Of The Evil

By Jayadeva Uyangoda

Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda

Among politically significant developments to have occurred during the past week or so, three stand out.  They, not necessarily in the order of their importance, are: (a) Revelations made by MP Dayasiri Jayasekara about business donations to election funds of politicians, (b) the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution, and (c) Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s launching of his 2019-2020 election campaign.  This essay examines only the first.

Campaign Donations 

Mr. Jayasekara is the first MP who has openly admitted to accepting Rs. one million as donation from a company linked to Arjun Aloysius who is alleged to have masterminded the massive Central Bank bond scam in 2015. According to media reports, there are altogether 118 MPs, representing both the ruling coalition and the opposition, who are alleged to have shared a total donation of Rs. 1. 8 billion from the Aloysius fund. Mr. Jayasekara has challenged other 117 colleagues to come out and admit it in public. Only Sarath Fonseka, minister of wild life, has so far responded to Jayasekara’s call, which many of his MP colleagues are very likely to ignore.

In terms of the volume of cash involved, the Aloysius-Jayasekara transaction is a relatively small donation.  But that does not make the episode less dramatic.

In a press conference, MP Jayasekara, a lawyer, has made some astonishing admissions that are great quotations for any political science student of elections and campaign funding.  He said that the amount he received, — a mere Rs. 1 million – was such an insignificant share of the total amount of donations that businessmen make during election campaigns that it was ‘like a coconut husk  in the ocean.” Aloysius, according to Jayasekara, has distributed Rs. 1. 8 billion among 118 MPs of the ruling coalition as well as the opposition. He also protested: “Why single me out? 118 MPs have done it.” He also revealed:  “Many businessmen do it. Aloysius is not an exception.”

Business-Politics Nexus

In a sense, MP Jayasekara’s admissions are no new revelations at all. As citizens, we all know that there is a close symbiotic relationship between politicians and businessmen.  Political scientists call it ‘business-politics nexus.’ It is also part of our citizens’ background knowledge about how practices of democratic political competition are sustained by means that are not necessarily ethical. What is new in Mr. Jayasekara’s revelations is that a politician has (a) voluntarily admitted to the existence of this business-politician nexus, and, (b) justified it as a legitimate transaction so normal during election times.

Further reflecting on Mr. Jayasekara’s admissions, we can dwell on a few other aspects of the phenomenon of business-politics alliance. It is part of an elaborate system of patron-client dependency between politicians at all levels and business people at all levels. Even at Pradeshiya Sabha elections, village level politicians would raise campaign funds from local businessmen. The latter’s generosity is often reciprocated with contracts and other moneymaking opportunities available at the local government institutions. Sitting and would-be MPs, Chief Ministers, Ministers, Prime Ministers and Presidents have much bigger roles to play to keep their political machines well-oiled by means of securing and reciprocating private donations of truly massive proportions.  

This is really the dark, if not the darkest, side of democratic politics. We citizens can only pray that the other 117 MPs will also join Mr. Jayasekara to tell us their stories as well. That will compel their leaders too to tell us among whom the rest of Mr. Aloysius’s profits from the Central Bank bond business got distributed. One can visualize the unfolding of an informal Truth Commission of a sort, at last! 

President’s Revelations

Meanwhile, statements made by President Sirisena at the ceremony to commemorate Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha, just four days ago, confirm a hypothesis that citizens maintain on the basis of political commonsense. Corruption is more than some unethical practice among individual politicians or public officials in making deals for private gain. It is pervasive and it is an organizing principle of modern governance; it is freshly re-institutionalized; it touches the highest levels of government’s leadership that claims to be clean; and it has become inseparably integral to governance practices of even the regime of ‘good governance.’ Moreover, corruption is now an entrenched way of life even among those who get themselves elected to power on promises of eradicating corruption. The sharpening bitterness between the two camps of the government might lead to more sensational disclosures only to re-confirm what the citizens already know by instinct.

Let us also hope that President Sirisena will soon come out with some real stories that he knows, as he warned at the Sobitha commemoration. That would be great stuff for researchers who endlessly search for real life stories of high-level government corruption. 

Private Sector

Meanwhile, a serious point that continues to be suppressed in relative silence is the private sector’s role in political corruption. Stories about business-politics bonds are something we often share in social gatherings, name the names, express shock at the sheer volumes involved in the transactions, and then, laugh about it only to forget until the next story comes. Political corruption through the politician-businessmen nexus has always existed, but it has expanded phenomenally with the spread of the free-market economy, foreign investments and massive volumes of government contracts and business deals available practically in all ministries.  

As stories coming from other countries as well – for example, India, Russia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Nepal, Indonesia, South Korea, Nigeria, and South Africa – tell us, racketeering is an important mechanism of the working of the political economy of business-politics alliance.

Minister Arjuna Ranatunga’s recent revelation, as reported in the media, that even in his own government Ministers openly ask for bribes from foreign investors at the every first meeting, is probably not a rhetorical claim. It tells us about a pattern of racketeering behavior that has been normalized to spread so wildly. It also opens our eyes to a culture that has given rise to a tripartite coalition between politicians, entrepreneurs, and government officials of all hues. No FCID, no any Presidential Commission, no any corruption watchdog can crack it, as Sri Lankan citizens have come to realize of late.

Approaches

In Sri Lanka’s public discussions on corruption, there are several approaches to deal with corruption in public life. Key among them are (a) the punitive approach through the enforcement of criminal law, (b) the moral approach of naming and shaming of the corrupt, (c) the republican approach of virtuous public life in which public good is never compromised for private gain, and (d) the neo-liberal approach of good governance, transparency, and accountability. 

None of these approaches seems to have worked to even restrain corruption at any level in our society and politics. As the accusations and counter-accusations between the two factions of the government clearly indicate, the law enforcement process is at present thoroughly politicized. They also suggest that investigations into, and the judicial process on, corruption, abuse of power and even high-profile murders are politically manipulated. President Sirisena was quite forthright the other day to comment on it.  If we take another clue from President Sirisena’s speech, the institutional process that was set up in 2015 to clean up the public life from corruption and abuse of political power has broken down. Political deals, as the President suggested, are behind it.   

Coalition of the Corrupt

Worst still, Sri Lankan citizens have also been witnessing the emergence of a new grand coalition of the corrupt, by the corrupt and for the corrupt. It is a coalition that transcends political and party divisions.  It is a broad coalition among politicians, officials, and entrepreneurs, defended by a protective belt made up of, as Professor Sarath Wijesuriya recently commented in a powerful essay, top legal professionals who posses the best brains of our society. 

It is indeed a new ‘evil’ that confronts Sri Lanka’s democracy. Yet, Sri Lanka’s democracy does not seem to have found an effective way to fight this new evil and has allowed itself to be overrun by this formidable coalition. That is a part of the message that President Sirisena seems to have suggested, though unintentionally, in his emotionally charged speech that was obviously meant to clear up the names of the President himself and his men. 

Two Evils

Sri Lanka’s democracy is now being challenged by two coalitions of the evil: the coalition of the corrupt, and the coalition of the autocrats. The second coalition of the evil is making serious preparations to gain political power next year. Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ‘Viyath Maga’ is its vehicle at the moment. The coalition of the autocrats might succeed, and eventually the two coalitions might even seek informal fusion, because there are no rigid lines of demarcation between the two.

Meanwhile, for Sri Lanka’s democracy agenda to survive, it needs to re-invent itself. In that process of self re-invention, democracy has to detach itself, at least temporarily, from two of its most important and conventional institutional mechanisms, political parties and the class of professional politicians. How to work out a new theory and practice of democracy with relative detachment from corrupt political parties and the corrupt professional political class? This is a new challenge for the twenty-first century political theory and philosophy world over. Sri Lanka is only one, small, case study.

Finally, it is not unwise to make the argument that the coalition of the autocrats is the lesser of the two evils, because democracy has ways to deal with it, resist it, and even defeat it. But not the coalition of the corrupt. It corrupts democracy to its core and smashes its ethical-normative backbone. Once corrupted, it is so easy for democracy to become a slavish servant of the corrupt and the autocrats alike. 

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    VIyathMAGA anaul what ever held in a ShangriLA Hotel was onluy for inivited and that must have beena FUND RAISING for RICH BUSINESSes. Maithripal asrisiena imported 200 water bowsers for drought. Hesaid the company said the TIP was Rs 100 million. what happened to that money. MahaRaja Gave a Rs one billion Tip for the cheap telecommunication frequency.

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      Srilanka is a country filled with fools This we have proved not once repeated times. For some reasons their genetics seem to work only for personal gains. This is common to politicians their sympthisers too. Their leaders are the mirror images of the socity today. But significant portion of lanken society and their thoughts have been hidden. That is the other side of the socalled democracies of our nature. Many can easily be abused by extremist led groups.
      Right now, no matter anything would have been the reality with Gotabaya- most abusive prominent in the country by numerous high crimes to have been perpetrated by his mastermind, People have been made to believe that he should be the only person to lead us.
      But before 2015:
      We knew how aggressive and barbaric Gotabaya s activities had been.
      Let me help you providing you some facts that created unexpected ethnic clashes within the country.
      1) Halal Issue being backed by GOTABAYA et al but BBS had been the force to have harmed the muslim srilankens that way – we have videos to show who Gotababaya the Mr Barbarian in safron robes how he attacked muslim bethrens.
      2) War won real hero FM Sarath fonseka was jailed for that matter, which was just narrated on their revengeful acts – but today the ones in same category are not even prisoned for consecutive 6 months, there master of all these were to put SF in prison was Gotabaya the lanken kind of man skin to the film SILENCE lambs
      3) Durga City attacked were inflicted by BBS voices made loudly as they could in a form of HATE SPEECHES allowed lively hood of innocient muslim fell down as no times in the history – who was the master mind if not Gotabaya.

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    Hooray !!!!!
    We are the very first 100% corrupt country !

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      Both evils do corruption and get it away with only excuse that Pirabharan is a threat to national security. This is the Sinhalese should realise that we should end to this drama and the country needs another Sinhalese Pirabaharan to make a full stop to this opportunistic politician. Will Srilanka produce a Sinhalese Pirabhaharan?

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        The Sinhalese Pirabhaharan was the late unlamented Rohana Wijeweera.

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        We need a Lee Kuwan

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      As a matter of fact

      Accepting money is an accepted practice of even mainstream politicians when people expect them not to accept even a single cent.

      Alas!

      To remedy, media must be vested in the hands of elections commissioner simultaneously when an election is announced so all can be given equal publicity & equal cost, using even public funds.

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      Hey guys, there are lot of vacancies in future govt or rule.

      We need hang tree back into scene… with appointing most appropriate Gotabaya the most abusive man of th enation as the hang man to it.

      And all other toilerarians to send meda mulana to clean their over flowing toilets.

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    In Sir Lanka,we have introduced a new “Concept” to Democracy i.e . The newest in Democracy- CORRUPT COALESCE WITH CORRUPT to establish a Government of the People, for the People. This “System” works very well in Sri Lanaka with the full backing of the People. Now even that “COALITION” has “Enrolled” the Professionals, Intellectuals and all members of the Civil Service and not cared to leave out the Judiciary. The only missing ingredient to “Spicy” it up was “TOTALITARIANISM” and in time the “Intellectuals” through another “Coalition” termed “Viyath Maga” has “Imported” that from USA and in all probability that “Species” will take charge all the newest functions of “Democracy”. This NEWEST form of Democracy has already been “GLOBALIZED” with the participation of both the “West” and the “East”. Nothing more to do. Only waiting to have the elections.

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    an excellent essay. Can you write a follow-up about examples that either successful or unsuccessful attempts made in the world to overcome the challenge?

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      Excellent essay, true. However, neither essay writing nor reading is going to cut it. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? HOW? Corrupt, evil coalitions are run by unscrupulous bastards. Their well-oiled machinery is enabled by highly ambitious cunning, opportunistic, greedy individuals looking for a short-cut to upward social mobility. Not least by the monumentally stupid Sri Lankan electorate.
      Cheers!
      PS: Time is running out for us. Lethargic Sirisena cannot be trusted at all. Arrogant RW is asleep. Meanwhile, corrupt, uneducated, blood-thirsty, paranoid Gota Raja’s band-wagon is rolling. To much acclaim of BLOODY IDIOTS and power-hungry opportunists of the Sri Lankan electorate alike. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? HOW?

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        Assume entire nation is infected by wrongful media.. above all what is being spread the on the air not for the sake of good thought but vengence against rival parties. Media men seem to be doing their part to bring back highly corrupted back to the scence by feeding the gulliable with wrongful information – here only remedy would be to protest both parties and bring a new candidate…
        But latter is though the thoughts of us but many would hardly get it. THE reasons has been many would not knwo what is the difference between anti corruptoin and corruptoin. Today the freedom of speech have been abused by Rajaakseh men, than ever have been before. That then boomerang on us those who really stand against Corruption.

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    Dr Jayadawa Unyangoda was adamant supported for 2015 January 8th Regime change by USA UK and Indian intelligent services has been installed Colombo in autocratic Rule. The so-called “Rainbow Revolution” was composition of which that led by Gamalaraga Sirisena ails MS-older SLFPs , UNP that Old leader of Ranil Wickmasinghe by born in Christen origin and roots goes to of Neo-Orthodox base of politics and CBK of SLFP an advocated of federalist of Tamil regime in North ?
    The so-called changes of regime in process very beginning has disappoints whole forces of people who are loving democracy in majority, as well as of emerging Middle classes has lost confidence and credential of “clean governances”; because of such new political phenomenon has created unending political chaos and Economic uncertainties and undermine social cohesion by bad governances and misrule of law and unsafety security of civilian life whole islanders by regime of MS, RW and CBK?
    Political vacuum of anarchism that was unable replace by rights voters sovereignty by postponed local govt.elections for there years and indefinably undated Provincial Council elections by UNP regime of RW , support by TNA and JVP.

    The ongoing political mode of operandi an open new avenues to anti-establishment politics in the sphere of Parliamentary democracy by granting minor to RULE Leads of Opposition of TNA 16 members of chamber. And JVP being organizers of opposition 6 members of incorrigible extremist who have been proposed undermined rule of Presidential system of democracy government in Republic of Lanka?
    All these blessing are originated by UNP, SLFP, & ex LSSP ‘s currently in UNP alliances ruling coalition since 2015 January 8th that by regime change?

    The whole political process of that norms and valued democracy has been discard by RW of UNP Old leader by kicking upstairs to anarchism separatism and terrorism by replace norms of democracy . of Lanka!

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    Who makes a country to flourish or destroys , no one other than our Bloody Politicians whom we voted for.
    That’s the first lesson to be taught at schools before a child gets to voting age.
    Vote for honest ungreedy educated individuals who has a vision for the country and its people.
    LESSON ONE IN SCHOOLS TO BE TOUGHT .

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    Well said Mr Uyangoda in your characteristically thoughtful manner. I might add that combatting corruption has to be part of a larger package. A package that invokes basic human decency in accounting for tens of thousands of civilians who were slaughtered on 18 may 2009. A package that invokes abolition of the ridiculous proportional representation system which gives way too much power to party leaders and lessens accountability of the elected. A package which eliminates indiscriminate job creation adding to the monstrous 1.5 million strong public sector which pretty much sucks away any shred of enterprise and industry in our people. A package which makes for a secular state and does away with Poya holidays and Buddhist monks in active politics. One can add several other components that stare us in the face as being corrosive of our basic humanistic values and need shedding. Insulting our intelligence all the while. And downright impossible to fix in a political construct that serves the interests of an exclusive club. We need to drain the swamp. Please tell us how to do it? And please don’t be so deferential to the President. He seeks to merely entrench his clubby mates. Nothing more, nothing less.

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      Lalith,
      I like your dream. I have had similar dreams for past many decades.
      We, in this dreamland, have these only left to live for.
      Our children have commenced having similar dreams.

      Something has got to happen soon, else our dreamland will turn into the very first hell on earth.

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    After reading and hearing of all the Sillysena trumpetings, plus the Moda Bayas drummings who will be In control and be benefitting at the next election??
    We have seen and heard enough to make our judgements. We know when the judgement day comes who will pip at the post!!
    Certainly not the Two above mentioned.
    Talk the Talk Walk the Walk!! Hope a true Patriot will be chosen this time.

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    excellent prof. people who are misled by rajapakse crooks should clearly comprehend what you are telling. if they/ SL learn from you they will survive; otherwise a great catastrophy is waiting from them.mostly they refuse to learn…evil is better for them.
    -dayal

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    The presence of the great and good as well as the not-so-good othe business world in the front rows at Gota’s Viyathmaga bash is an indicator of how much politicians depend on businessmen.
    The state should perhaps impose an “elections tax” on all large businesses to be shared EQUALLY among all candidate..

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      old codger

      Will Dr Gota if and when he is elected as president strip Sarath Fonseka of his rank Field Marshall, stops his pension and other perks?

      Then Dr Gota could promote himself to “da yuan shuai” in Chinese or “Great Marshal” or grand marshal in English.

      Will Sarath then opt for a Guerrilla war to evict the would be absolute tyrant Dr Gota and his clan? Do you think we should form an impartial committee to keep record of body count?

      I think Hindians will be on their own side supporting Gota.

      Lets have fun speculating.

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    Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda has told us nothing new. He has only highlighted that which ails our democracy. Democracy stands justly chargeable with ‘undemocratic’ practices!
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    I am not into politics. I don’t know how to play that game. But, politics governs my life to a good extent. That puts me in a predicament. How should I view corruption in politics.
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    Isn’t there a campaign financing regulation in Sri Lanka? Aren’t these ‘donations’ acts of bribery?

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    parliamentary democracy has queered the pitch
    an mp has to make enough money for the rest of his life in 5 years
    universal suffrage has made the majority of elector s not having even O levels so they are easy prey for
    bribe givers something that basil understood very well
    unless the whole election system is changed corruption will continue

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    So, there is no future and no hope for this country? Very sad!

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    Panic!

    Most Sri Lankans love Gota. Few are in panic.

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    Though this article discusses corruption in a more generalised sense, the corruption around the bond scam cannot and should not be generalised. The highest level of govt authorities involvement in planning it and executing it in order to capture country’s power and how elaborate it was is truly gigantic and amazing. It epitomises the whole regime change exercise branded as bringing in “yahapalanaya”. The fact that people like Dr Uyangoda (& other so called intellectuals) acted as marketeers of this fraud cannot be swept under the carpet either.

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      Absolutely Hela! The regime change and the bond scam must have been one package, the funding for the regime change probably was paid back by the scam, as previously promised. The people who marketed the regime change cannot just heap the bond scam with the other acts of corruption, alleged or proven. If people like Uyandoda is truly for good governance he/they should come out and say that Bond Scam very likely funded the regime change retroactively.

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    Jayasekera’s revelation proves one thing for sure. If as many as 118 members of parliament have accepted slush money and if there is pussyfooting about revealing their names, any person appointed to totally end corruption will himself ask for bribe to do it, preferably wrapped in brown paper and in a car park in easily countable 5000/- notes.

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    I think we have to look at what has happend in a very logical and a realistic way.
    For starters back in pre 2015 era, MR and his cronies were in power and they controlled everything down to the very last cent that was there to be made. They earned all the money.
    UNPers were struggling to survive let alone run an election campaign. MARA and co maintained their grip that way.
    Any successful election campaign needs the financial muscle to be able take on opponents and in our case the Rajapaksa’s were heavily entrenched and ready to rule for the next 20 to 30 years.
    However the UNP came out victorious, and this goes to tell us that the UNP had managed to get some money to finance them. Now it is clear where the money came from, from donations and contributions. The money they gathered even though it was very small compared to what Mara was dealing with, was able to unseat the axis of evil. Mission accomplished.
    There after the investors came for their pound of flesh as expected. Central Bank Bond scam was hatched, yes the debt was paid through some clever insider trading where about 10 billion rupees was given as bonds a 2 to 3 % more than the going rate.
    The loss to the Central Bank was 180million rupees or 1.3 million dollars.
    JVP blew the whole thing public, and even up till date, 99% of Srilankans don’t understand the bond scam for what it really was. Yes it was a fraud, but not in the propotion that people assume it to be.
    Over the previous 10 years, during Mara’s era, monumental frauds had taken place but no one had the guts to talk.
    Let us keep things in perspective when we talk. I would say Allosius did us a favour by financing the change of government, and naturally he got his profit too. The way UNP went about payback was wrong. I am sure they must have thought its a one time thing and no one would notice. What they forgot was that Yahapalanaya gave people a voice, and the people proved that their voice counts. Previously that was not allowed to happen, white vans took care of that.
    I wonder what our future will be like, but whatever it is, it is in our hands. We have to put things in perspective and decide.
    Lasith

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      Wrong Lasith! The Bond scam was because of several things, but mostly because 10 times as much planned were sold at interest levels 2- 3% over. The loss just by interest is nearly 2 billion SLR but more importantly the government indebted itself 10 times more than it was supposed to, but worst of all I 2015 commercial interest rates were around 6% and the bond debt was at 10-12.5%!

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        wannihami

        I think since you seem to understand as to how the bond scam was perpetrated please describe every step of the way and how much each of the scammers benefited, total amount of exact money loss to the state coffer, and anticipated total paper loss to the people, names of those who were involved in the scam, the names of those who were supposed to have kept an eye on the entire process of bond issue and how they neglected their duty. Isn’t there a watch dog to monitor the whole bond issue and what were they doing while the supposed crooks were at it, caught napping?

        Do you believe whoever you think profited from this scam should have shared the profits with you in order to get your support in covering up the scam?

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      The bond robbery didn’t occur only once. It occurred a second time soon after. Now legislation has been passed for RW to commit more robberies. He will make sure sufficient funds would be raised for next 20-30 years to distribute as largesse to all his cronies, NGOs, mada websites and the like at the expense of country and it’s people. RW doesn’t need to worry. He has people like Uyangodas, Shyamons, Vishwamithras, Lasiths to trivialise it

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    Dayasiri Jayasekara (Sports Minister till 12 April 2018) identified himself as a person who had received SLRs. 1 million from a PTL related company. Dayasiri challenge is “Dare get me”.
    Dayasiri claims (without proof) that a further 118 persons drawn from among politicians, civil society activists and professionals were the beneficiaries of the largesse doled out by PTL related companies.
    .
    There was a report in Lankanewsweb that Gota application to renounce US citizenship was rejected by the US government. Gota has neither confirmed or denied this.
    Non-Lankan citizens and dual citizens cannot be the President but Gota throws his hat in the ring!
    Gota has cases to answer but Supreme Court judges are recusing themselves in droves. Were they intimidated?
    In spite of all these Gotabaya Rajapaksa floats ‘Viyath Maga’.

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    Hollywood movies, Bollywood movies and fairy tales are about Virtuous fighting against Evil and winning.

    Lankawe 70 years farcical mega series is Evil coalising with Evil to oppose Evil for the Evil and Media Evil twists it as holy war by Dutugamunu against Tamil Ellarla .

    Prof Udayana is not telling anything new. But he is telling free market is about free robbery. His theory is that is what happening in UK, Germany, USA…… A modified(Tamed) version of Thero’s Cuban Communism. Can Prof. Udayanga explain, why, when China is growing so fast, so many Chinese, who already have made money in China is migrating to Western Countries, instead to settle in China?

    Either Prof.Udayanga is scared of life to point the finger or attempting to preserve the country’s past 70 years old cultural history(With name of Socialism wiping out minorities) in the precarious time of when China, India and West are trying to impose their rule(as per his thinking) for the GSP + and Loans Lanakwe asking from them.

    Prof.Udanaga seeing Evil Coalition, but failing to see that is to oppose the Evil and that is for the Evil.

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    If the President`s name is also there in the Famous Alosius Document it will never be published! That will be the end of the affair!

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    Mallaiyuran, who are you?

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      Mrs Udubaddewa

      Your son in Law. You forgot it?

      Even the ultimate idiot, would feel shame of having asked this question.

      Please don’t tell anybody the smelly pride yours of who you are other than telling a direct descendant of Ehelepola.

      Ask a meaningful question Lunatic!

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        If she is Ehelepola’s direct descendant she is a descendent of a traitor who connived with the British to capture to Kandyan Kingdom.

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        Moreover she hates Tamils but her direct ancestor signed the Kandyan convention in Tamil.
        The Mahanuwara Rajadhaniya (Kingdom of Kandy) was never conquered but surrendered to the British Crown by a treaty signed on 2 March 1815. The Convention was proclaimed in public which was held in the Audience Hall of the Palace of Kandy, between the Governor Sir Robert Brownrigg and the Principal Chiefs of the Kandy provinces and other subordinate headmen from different provinces, amidst a great concourse of people. Out of 11 Chieftains, who were witness to the Convention, many of them signed the Treaty in Tamil. The signatories to the Kandyan Convention, Governor Sir Robert Brownrigg signed in English first on behalf of the His Majesty King George (III) (1760-1820), King of Great Britain. On behalf the people the following Chiefs signed. 1) Ehelepola in Tamil, 2) Molligoda, first Adigar and Disawe of seven Korales in Sinhalese, 3) Pilimatalavuva, second Adigar and Disawe of Sabragamuwa in Tamil, 4) Pilimatalavuva, Disawe of four Korales in Tamil, 5) Monorawila, Disawe of Uva in Sinhalese, 6) Ratwatte, Disawe of Matale in Tamil, 7) Molligoda, Disawe of the three Korales in Sinhalese and Tamil, 8) Dullewe, Disawe of walpane in Sinhalese and Tamil, 9) Millewe, Disawe of Wellesse and Bintenne in Sinhalese and Tamil, 10) Galagma, Disawe of Tamankaduwa in Sinhalese, 11) Galagoda, Disawe of Nuwara-Kalawiya in Sinhalese.
        There were 12 signatories to the Kandyan Convention signed in the following languages: Four signed in Tamil, Three signed in Tamil and Sinhalese and Four signed in Sinhalese. This act effectively ended the Sovereignty of the Kandy Nayakar Dynasty.
        Now this woman runs down Tamils , when she is more or less of Tamil ancestry. it is a well known fact the higher you go in Kandyan society the more Tamil your ancestry becomes.

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    Ben Hurling, so nice to see you back

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    Sri Lanka will split in the North under a Rajapakse not under Wickramasinghe

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    This article is not based on facts. We need to know how much was distributed by Perpetual Treasuries and to whom before condemning a government. W Dahanayake during his short period as the Prime Ministers made contesting an election affordable. The recent local government elections, with 70% of the seats allocated on ward basis with 25% allocated to women was the next progressive step in making the elections affordable. Unfortunately, the rogues of all shades in the parliament appear to be trying to revert back to the proportional representation system where the cost of contesting a general election and winning will cost about Rs 50 million per candidate. This evil district wise PR system makes it essential for contestants to collect money from every businessman, including Arjuna Aloysius.

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    Ranil Wickramasinghe will never betray Lanka but Rajapakses (MR, GR) will. Their past record prove this.

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    Dear Voters

    Vipath maga is full of inefficient and corrupt fellows like Nalaka Godahewa, Hora Detu Sorath Weerasekera, Tamara Kumanayagama (a top most former tigress), Rohan Gunarathne, Nivad Cabraal etc. They will be the key GR ministers with Wimal Booruwansa, Hora Detu Gommanpila and Fowzie. Kick GR firmly in the ass if he comes in search of your vote.

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    Mallaiyuran, a RAW agent.

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      Jimmy Dimwit

      Why have you changed your pseudonym?

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