By ANI Ekanayaka –
Ms Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe,
Dear Ms Wickramasinghe,
Keep up the Good Work Without Fear or Favour
Amidst the malicious hostility of some corrupt degenerate members of parliament and their despicable acolytes outside, I am writing to say how much the integrity, independence courage and initiative, that you have brought to the office of Director General are appreciated and greatly admired by all those who value purity of public life in this country. To those of my generation your contribution is reminiscent of the long lost standards of independence and intellectual authenticity that characterized the Ceylon Civil Service many decades ago.
That MPs can get so agitated about the legitimate investigation of corruption only reflects the guilty conscience of those who have no conception of clean governance whatsoever and are enemies of justice and truth. Moreover for the Speaker to summon the Chairman over a case involving his own brother is an outrageous unethical interference in the work of the Commission and only adds insult to injury. It is incredible that so called people’s representatives should behave with the crass arrogance of those who think they own parliament where the people owe them a living. I hope such evil and disreputable politicians will be defeated at the next General election and evicted from public life altogether.
However for the moment many will join with me in hoping that you as Director General will ignore their taunts and that such opposition will only be an added impetus to relentlessly pursue those guilty of corruption with even greater zeal and resolution than before. Indeed I hope you will count it an honour to be vilified for doing your duty.
It is said of the great William Wilberforce who had to fight 50 years for the abolition of slavery that “ for the first 20 years of his parliamentary struggles he suffered nothing but defeats, insults, rejection from friends, vilification from his enemies, and even threats to his life. In the history of British politics there has been no comparable display of moral courage over such a long period by a single campaigner ”. You are in a long line of dedicated public officers who have in their turn faced unfair criticism for doing their duty without fear or favour.
Millions of decent Sri Lankans will hope that far from being discouraged by the shallow criticisms of people who themselves need to be brought to justice, you will keep up the good work with renewed vigor
With best wishes
Dr. ANI Ekanayaka, Ph.D (Lond.), DDPH.RCS (Eng.), BDS
Professor Emeritus, University of Peradeniya