Colombo Telegraph

Cry Our Beloved Country!

By Chandra Goonewardene –

‘I just finished reading that commendable letter ‘Productivity my foot’ by Deshapriya Rajapaksha in the Island (Nov. 19). He rightly questions why public servants had been compelled to come all the way to Temple Trees to receive their appointment letters when those letters could have been sent by the post as was done in the golden times of yore. As a retired public servant, I can fully empathise with this sentiment. Congrats to The Island on publishing this.

However, we now live in a different era, when even lawyers go all the way to Temple Trees and bow their heads in supplication before the President to recieve ‘silk’? Of course, we are not sure whether some of these recent ‘silks’ know the law or not! As the Bard would have it, these are the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, no doubt. Oh, if men of the calibre of S. Nadesan and Bunty Zoysa were living.

And while the impeachment of the Chief Justice wends its way, we have these lawyers partying and living it up in style.

What a difference from Pakistan where the lawyers realised that they would be the losers when their Chief Justice was threatened by the President and they took to the streets, bringing the President down.

Cry our beloved country!’

 See the letter by Deshapriya Rajapaksha published in Island Monday 19th November 2012 below;

‘Productivity, my foot!

According to news items, President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday (16) at the presentation of appointment letters to 1,500 workers attached to the Road Development Authority at Temple Trees, told public servants to show more dedication towards their duties as productivity promotion was the key to solving the country’s many woes.

But the question is whether the President wasted his as well as those workers’ time on that day by making them come all the way to Temple Trees to receive letters confirming them in service. Time was when appointment letter were sent by registered post.’

Deshapriya Rajapaksha


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