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Deported For Trying To Address The Serious Problem Of Asylum Seekers From Sri Lanka

By Brian Senewiratne

Dr. Brian Senewiratne

BRIAN SENEWIRATNE

MA(Cantab), MBBChir(Cantab),MBBS (Hons) (Lond)  MD(Lond), FRCP(Lond), FRACP

Consultant Physician

292 Pine Mt Rd

Mt Gravatt

Australia 4122

tel      07 33496118

Mob   0419335334

Fx  07. 33434306

Email bsenewiratne@gmail.com

 

14 December 2012

 

Deported for trying to address the serious problem of

Asylum seekers from Sri Lanka

 

Hon Julia Gillard                             

Prime Minister ofAustralia

Office of the Prime Minister

Canberra

ACT  2600

 

Dear Prime Minister,

I am an 81 year old Consultant Specialist Physician, who has been an Australiac itizen for 36 years. I have had a long-standing interest in human rights, in particular, the unresolved problem of asylum seekers and the way they are treated.

What Australia is doing is a violation of the UN Refugee Convention, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed and ratified by Australia. It is also a violation of the Australian Migration Act and even the Australian Constitution 1901(Section 75(V)).

I have been particularly concerned about the so-called ‘push-factors’ which make people seek asylum in Australia and other countries.

The problem of asylum seekers trying to get to Australia has also created problems in Malaysia and Indonesia. Moreover, as you well know, there have also been attempts to use these countries (and others) as off shore detention centres for asylum seekers. This is illegal.

Concerned Malaysians invited me to address two meetings in Malaysia(15th December 2012 in Johor, and the following day in Kuala Lumpur). Since Johor is literally next to Singapore, it made sense to fly to Singapore and take a coach to Johor.

On arrival in Singapore on the 14th December (today), I was refused admission, held incommunicado in a locked room for five hours without even basic amenities such as food or water, or facilities such as a toilet, and deported by an armed policeman to the flight back to Brisbane.

My request for the return of my passport, a fundamental right, was refused. It was only given back to me in Brisbane, and that too after a significant delay.

Singaporere fused my right to travel to Malaysia or to Indonesia, which is not only high-handed but illegal. Singapore could stop me entering that country, but had no right to stop me from getting to another country.

This is a serious problem that has already generated national and international concern. I hope it will be taken up in the Australian parliament after the recess.

I am entitled to an explanation. As a citizen of this country, and you, as the Prime Minister, have a duty to get this for me, if being an Australian citizen is to have any meaning.

The date of this letter is correct since it was written on the way back home. The delay in sending it to you is that I have rarely written a letter in anger, but have allowed a ‘cooling off’ period to lapse, and to also try and make sense of this senseless act.

I will set out in detail what was done to me. I will first give a brief account of who I am and what I was trying to do. This should not be necessary, since no citizen of this country should be treated like this.

My position

1. I have been an Australian citizen for 36 years (from 1976).

2. I am a Consultant Physician, and have, for two and a half decades, been a Senior Visiting Physician in a major teaching Hospital in Brisbane(Princess Alexandra Hospital), and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine. I currently work as a Consultant Physician in Brisbane. I have a Specialist registration in General Medicine and in Gastroenterology.

3. In addition to Medicine, I have had a long-term commitment to human rights and have been the recipient of a dozen international awards, which I will not list here but will be glad to send you.

4. I have been invited to address meetings in the British parliament (‘House of Commons’), the European Parliament, the Indian Parliamentary complex, the Canadian parliamentary complex, and even the Australian parliament. I was granted an audience with the Nobel Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa, to discuss the escalation of human rights violation in Sri Lanka which has been of serious concern to him.

I have addressed scores of meetings in Australia and across the world over three decades, and attended the UN Human Rights Council meetings in Geneva.

I have been invited to meet, and met, staff of the Office of the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide in New York.

5. I am of Sri Lankan origin, from the majority Sinhalese community, and not from the brutalised Tamil community who form the vast majority of asylum seekers arriving in Australia. The past President of Sri Lanka, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, was my cousin. When I met Archbishop Tutu, he repeatedly said, “Isn’t it wonderful that a Sinhalese should be campaigning for the Tamils for more than six decades”.

6. I have published scores of articles on the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka, the war crimes and crimes against humanity that have been committed,  the dismantling of democracy and the establishment of a Totalitarian State. I have also recorded nearly a dozen dvds to show the humanitarian crisis in that country.

7. I have been seriously concerned with what is going on behind the closed and censored doors of Sri Lanka where despite the end of the ‘war’, the Sri Lankan government still refuses to allow Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW), International Crisis Group (ICG), and all independent international observers, access to the Tamil areas in the North and East.

8. I have also been concerned with the fall out of the chaos in Sri Lanka, especially on countries such as Australia, and the way asylum seekers are treated by Australia. As I have said, there is overwhelming evidence that asylum seekers and refugees are treated in Australia in violation of international Conventions and even domestic laws and the Australian Constitution which I have indicated earlier.

9. I have nothing to gain personally from getting involved in all this except my concern for human beings and the way they are treated by a succession of Sri Lankan governments, and a succession of Australian governments.

10. Of serious concern has been the disinformation campaign of the Sri Lankan government as to what has gone on, and is still going on, to this very day, in that country. It is to address this disinformation campaign that I have spent thousands of dollars of my money and thousands of hours of time and energy, over many years.

The problem

1. There have been international concerns about the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka, in particular, the human rights of the Tamil people.

2. This was discussed extensively in the March 2012 meeting of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, the November-December 2012 UN Universal Periodic Review, and is to be discussed again at the March 2013 meeting of the UN HRC.

3. Every major human rights group in the world (AI, HRW, ICG) has continued to publish report after report to express their concerns. So has the UN Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts appointed by him to look into accountability in Sri Lanka, which submitted a devastating 200 page Report on 31 March 2012. The Sri Lankan government was accused of lying. These senior lawyers strongly recommended an international independent investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity which the Sri Lankan government has flatly rejected.

4. This humanitarian problem in Sri Lanka is resulting in a flood of asylum seekers not only to Australia and New Zealand, but to Malaysia, Indonesia, India and several western countries (the UK, Europe, Canada, and the USA). It is therefore not just a problem confined to Australia.

5. Concerned people in Malaysia, many of them respected members of civil society, decided to act. The first time was in March 2009, and the again in December 2012.

March 2009

In March 2009, when I was returning to Australia after receiving a major international award for human rights in Canada, I was told that there were hundreds of people in Malaysia who wanted to hear me. Would I stop over in Malaysia to address several meetings in Kuala Lumpur and in Penang? I said I would. Police permission was obtained for these meetings.

 

Here is the Canadian Award they referred to:

“Canadians for Genocide Education. Educators Award 2009.

Presented on March 25,2009 to

Dr Brian Senewiratne.

In recognition of his dedication to Inclusivity and Equity in Genocide Education.

James Katieh Executive Secretary, John Gregorovich Chairman.

 In accepting the Award, I chose to speak on:

“Peace with Justice in Sri Lanka. Genocide of Sri Lankan Tamils. Its Causes and Solutions”.

Canadians for Genocide Education consists of some 46 groups, which include the Buddhist Communities of Greater Toronto, the Canadian Islamic Congress, and many others. Here is the contact: JK_CGE@hotmail.com.

However, when I arrived in Kuala Lumpur on 27th March 2009, I was held at Immigration for 7 hours and deported. The ‘reason’ was equally vague, “Your presence in Malaysia is a ‘security concern’”.  It was unclear how a 79 year old man who had never handled a weapon in his life was a ‘security concern’ to Malaysia.

I was taken by six policemen (!), two security guards and as Immigration officer to the next flight to Brisbane. At least they gave me back my passport, which is more than what Singapore did in December 2012.

Investigating this, it was revealed that the Malaysian authorities were responding to a direct request from the then Sri Lankan Foreign Minister.

The Malaysian Award (which I could not collect) was posted to me. It was a pewter plaque:

The Malaysian-Sri Lankan Diaspora Fellowship Award is presented to

 Associate Professor Dr Brian Senewiratne

 Consulting Professor, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane

 For his excellent contribution to the International Sri Lankan Diaspora in promoting peace and goodwill in campaigning for human rights and safety of globally displaced peoples.

 27th March 2009.

December 2012

With increasing concerns about what was going on behind the closed and censored doors of Sri Lanka which was responsible for the flood of asylum seekers/refugees to Malaysia, concerned Malaysians decided to invite me back to Malaysia to address two meetings in Johor (15th December) and Kuala Lumpur (16th  December).

I have already explained why I was in Singapore – to board the coach to adjacent Johor (in Malaysia) to address the first meeting, and then proceed to Kuala Lumpur, address another meeting, and then fly out to Indonesia (for some medical commitments), and return to Brisbane on Christmas Day.

What was this all about?

As I have said, I was invited to Malaysia to address two meetings on asylum seekers, the push factors from Sri Lanka, and the problem of handling refugees/asylum seekers on arrival here via Malaysia or sent there by the Australian government.

These addresses were for an invited audience of concerned people. They were not public demonstrations or rabble rousing activities. Nor were they public appeals urging the people to storm the Sri Lankan Embassy. They were ‘closed doors’ serious discussions with much respected people of high standing in Malaysia.

The sequence of events

With an Australian passport, I did not need a visa to enter either Singapore or Malaysia.

I left Brisbaneat 11.45 pm on 13th December, 2012, on a Singapore airlines flight, and arrived in Singapore at 5.10 am on 14th December. My luggage was off loaded in Singapore.

1)    I got to the immigration counter and produced the arrival card and my passport. The Immigration officer typed in my details, raised his eyebrows and said ‘Oh!”. This raising of eyebrows was done three times. Cleary he had seen something ‘interesting’ or ‘of concern’. What did he see that was of concern? He asked me to stand aside till he saw his ‘boss’.

2)    After some time another man, presumably the ‘boss’, arrived and asked me to come with him. He punched in a code which opened a door to a very small room. He asked me to sit down and wait. There were some plastic chairs, a notice on the wall that cameras, mobile phones etc could not be used and a glass window for ‘observation’. It clearly was, since as soon as my mobile phone rang, an officer was there in a flash and pointed to the notice on the wall. “No phones allowed”.

There was certainly no toilet –something that worried me because I am on a diuretic (which increases urine flow – treatment for early heart failure), and a moderately severe prostate obstruction. At the age of 81, on a diuretic and an enlarged prostate, lack of access to a toilet is a concern.

3)    From time to time some dark Asian boys were led into this room. They spoke Tamil, a language I do not understand. They were taken in one by one to another room, they reappeared with a piece of paper, the locked door was opened and they were sent out. It is important to appreciate that immigration officers were constantly coming in and out of this locked room, though they did not pay any attention to me. I just sat, and sat, and sat – 5.30am, 6.00 am, 6.30am, 7.00 am.

4)    With nothing to do, I thought I would get my power point presentation sorted out and got out my computer. The immigration officer was there in a flash, “No computers”. I summoned up enough courage to do the unthinkable in Singapore– to ask, “Why can I not use my computer?

5)    The Officer seemed irritated that I had actually questioned him. “How do I know that you do not have a transmitting device in your computer to communicate”. I said that I had no such device and he was welcome to check my computer. He said “I will ask my boss”.

He did not even bother to tell me the answer, but simply stood at the window and crossed his arms – “No” it was.

6)    It was nearly 8am. My last meal was at about 3.30am on the plane and I was   beginning to feel faint. I asked one of the immigration officers coming in and out of the room, whether I could get something to eat and drink. I was not asking for a donation. I said I would pay for it. It was the usual “No”.

I then asked for the toilet, explaining that my bladder was severely distended. The answer was the now familiar “No”.

I could, of course, have wet my pants but this might have been interpreted, “He was so guilty that he even wet his pants”. Moreover, I had no change of clothes, these being in my suitcase which was inaccessible. I could have simply urinated in a corner of the room. Then there was the possibility of being charged for ‘wilful damage to government property’. There are heaps of reasons (or no reason at all) to be charged in all dictatorships and totalitarian regimes, which I know full well having studied Singapore’s stable-mate,Sri Lanka.

To ‘fast-forward’ this, when Immigration, or to give it its full name, Singapore Immigration and Checkpoint Authority – SICA) was contacted by the Singapore media, they said that what I had claimed was untrue. Would they like me to send my lawyer to Singapore to that locked room where they can show him the invisible toilet? If what Singapore’s ICA did was outrageous – to hold incommunicado in a locked room an Australian citizen –  the least they can do is not to lie about what happened.

7)    At 8 am an Immigration officer came and spoke with me in the locked room. “You can go to Malaysia but not by coach. You will have to fly”. I could not see his logic unless he thought that in the 2 hours I was going to be in Singapore, I would blow the place up or start a riot. If that was his concern, he could have searched me, strip searched if necessary.

I was not going to push my luck by questioning his logic. This is Singapore where one does not open one’s mouth except to eat – and I was not doing any of that.

8)    At 8.30 am he reappeared with a different story. I could not go to Malaysia by air or land. It is important to find out what happened between 8am and 8.30am for this change of mind. Was there a call to Malaysia, or Australia, or even bonny Sri Lanka(to give it its thoroughly inaccurate name, the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka – about as ‘democratic’ as Singapore)?

9)    I asked him whether I could go to Bali (Indonesia) where I had medical work to do and had a hotel booked for the 17th, but could find accommodation immediately (14th). The answer was “No. From Brisbane you came, to Brisbane you go. You are being deported. A Police officer will come to take you to the next flight to Brisbane”.

10) Why did I not telephone the Australian High Commissioner in Singapore? After all, the man is paid by me (and all other taxpayers in Australia) to look after Australians. Here was an Australian citizen and taxpayer facing difficulties – to put it mildly.

Well, I could not because I was not allowed to use my mobile phone. I did not want to press the issue because of the real possibility that they would say, “You were born in Sri Lanka, to Sri Lanka you go”. That would have been a disaster in a country that has the world’s highest rate of involuntary disappearances.

Sri Lankawould have welcomed my arrival and even provided free transport – a white van with no number plates – that would have taken me to an undisclosed destination. In Sri Lankan language today, I would have been ‘white-vanned”.

11) At about 8.30 am a Police officer arrived to take me to the plane – a Singapore airline flight to Brisbane. We had to go in a series of trains from one terminal to the other. I noticed that the Police officer was armed. I asked him whether he was. He said, “Yes. There are auxiliary Police who are armed and some who are not armed. I am armed”. I ventured to ask him whether the weapon had live ammunition. He said, “Yes, it has live ammunition” – not the sort of thing you want to hear. I could only hope that the safety catch was on.

The Singapore authorities will have to explain the need for a policeman armed with live ammunition, to take an 81 year old unarmed man to the aircraft. Did they think that a sudden run was possible resulting in the need to open fire?

12) I thought I might inquire why I was being deported. The policeman said, “Oh Yes. Here is the  Deportation Order”, and handed me the document I have already referred to. It was short and sweet, and said nothing.  Here it is in full:

Notice of Refusal of Entry

Issued by the Immigration and Check-point Authority – “Notice of Refusal of Entry No DA 085308.

Place of issue Changi Airport PTB 11

This is to inform you that you are refused entry into Singapore for being ineligible for the issue of a pass under current Immigration policies

Signed CI 2 Tan Hock Guan Michael

For Controller of Immigration

Singapore

Dated 14.12.2012

I was conducted to my seat, a few rows from the toilet!  During the flight some of the passengers who clearly knew me (I have worked in Brisbaneas a Consultant Physician for 36 years) came and asked me, “Doc, are you alright? We saw a policeman bring you to the plane. Is there a problem?” I said that there was a ‘problem’ but that this was not the place to discuss it. I thanked them for their concerns.

This public humiliation raises legal issues by way of damage done to my medical practice inBrisbane. I will discuss this with my lawyers.

13) Eight hours later, I was back in Brisbane. Prime Minister Gillard, consider this: I got to the Brisbane airport 3 hours before the flight – as was required. A 7+ hour flight to Singapore. Then 5 hours in custody in a locked room. 7+ hours back. That is 23 hours. At 81, in heart failure (yes, mild, but heart failure nonetheless), it is not exactly a walk in the park.

14) The ordeal was not yet over.  The plane landed at 9pm. There was then considerable difficulty in finding my passport. Since this is due to the incompetence of Singapore Airlines, I will not go into this.

What happened on the other side of the barrier in Singapore

I was not allowed to contact whoever had come to meet me in Singapore. I was later told what had happened.

Someone had flown into Singapore to meet me and take me to the coach. He came to the airport at 4.30 am, and waited for me.

Through the glass door, he saw the bags being picked up by the passengers. One black bag was going round and round on carousel 37. He tried to get to the bag to check the tag to see if it was mine. As he entered the area the alarm went off.

Security came and asked him what he was doing. He said, “I am trying to see if that bag belongs to Dr Brian Senewiratne”. The official said, “I will check it, but you first get out of this area”. He did. The official checked the label and told him that it was mine. He asked, “So where is the passenger? The official said, “He has been refused entry into Singapore”.

He went to the information desk and asked to see the passenger list. The answer, No. See Immigration”. He did, and confirmed that I had been refused entry. He asked, “Can I speak with him? Answer: No “Can you tell him that I am here?” Answer: No. In desperation, he asked, ‘So, what can I do?”. The Official replied, “Get lost”.  That is Singapore in a nut shell.

He did a little more than ‘getting lost’. He called Johor and cancelled the meeting I was to address. He cancelled the hotel booking where I was to spend the night before leaving for Kuala Lumpur. He called Kuala Lumpur and cancelled the meeting there and the hotel booking.

There was one point which might shed some light as to who was responsible. When he came out of the baggage area, there was a crowd of men talking in Sinhalese. They had probably come to ‘welcome’ me and make sure I had not entered Singapore. Sensing danger, he hurried on (wisely).

Questions that you should ask the Singapore Goverment

  1. Why was an Australian citizen with a valid passport deported?
  2. What are the “current Immigration policies” that made him “ineligible for the issue of a pass” to enter Singapore?  
  3. What did the Immigration officer see on the computer that made him raise his

eyebrows (thrice), and say ‘Oh”? Who put it there and when?

  1. If there were ‘concerns’ about an Australian citizen, was the Australian High Commissioner inSingaporeinformed? If not, why not?
  2. Is the treatment given to an Australian citizen, an 81 year old Senior Specialist Physician, appropriate?
  3. What is the difference between travelling toMalaysiaby coach or by air?
  4. Why was there a decision change between 8 am and 8.30 am – ‘You can go to Malaysia by air’ to ‘You cannot go to Malaysia?
  5. What right had an Immigration officer to tell an Australian citizen where he could or could not go? His job was to allow him intoSingaporeor refuse entry, hand back his passport and luggage and allow him to go where he chose.
  6. What was the need for an armed Police officer to take him to the aircraft?
  7. Why was the Deportation Order not given to him by Immigration? Why was it  done just before he entered the aircraft?
  8. Why was his Passport not returned to him when he leftSingapore?
  9. What right had theSingaporeauthorities to hand it over to Security inAustralia? Is Australian security a business ofSingapore– and of a mere immigration officer at that?
  10. Did the Sri Lankan government or agents of the government, contactSingaporeor vice versa?
  11. Did the Malaysian government or the Sri Lankan Embassy inMalaysiacontactSingaporeor vice versa?
  12. Did the Australian government contactSingaporeabout me, or vice versa?
  13. If the answer to the above three questions is ‘yes’, what was discussed and why was the Australian Embassy not informed.
  14. Did Rohan Guneratna[1], the supposed ‘world expert on terrorism’, a Sinhalese, working hand in glove with the Sri Lankan government, who is employed in Singapore, have anything to do with the deportation?

Who was responsible?

That, Prime Minister, is for you to find out. As a lawyer you should be able to ask the correct questions – “who would be threatened by what I had to say in Malaysia”? The possibilities are limited.

  1. The Government of Sri Lanka– determined to prevent any information being presented as to what is going on behind the closed and censored doors of that country, which are responsible for people wanting to flee the country and seek asylum.
  2. The Government of Australia whose handling of these asylum seekers is an absolute disgrace, and a violation of the UN Refugee Convention and others, including the Australian Constitution.

Circulation

I am forwarding a copy of this letter to Julian Burnside QC, who has been heavily involved with asylum seekers/refugees, to Geoffrey Robertson QC, London, a former Australian and now a leading British lawyer who has expressed concern as to what is going on in Sri Lanka, to Senators Lee Rhiannon, Sarah Hanson-Young and Larissa Waters – all of the Green’s Party of which I am now a member, to the Refugee Council of Australia to be distributed to members of this exceptional organisation, to the Australian Refugee Foundation and its very distinguished Patrons, some of whom I have met, to former Democratic party leader, former Senator Andrew Bartlett, now in the Greens party, and to Hon Kevin Rudd MP, my Federal member of parliament.

I am also sending a copy to:

  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu, whom I have met inCape Town, and who has serious concerns about what is going on. He has expressed these frequently and forcefully.
  • John Murphy, formerly the most senior British member of the European Parliament, whom I know very well. He has offered whatever help I need. I have no doubt that he will have this taken up inLondon.
  • Judy Sgro, Canadian parliamentarian, and a former Minister of Immigration, whom I know and who has a particular interest inSri Lanka.
  •  The Australian Medical Association of which I am a member.

In summary

A citizen of Australia, who has been recognised nationally and internationally for his work in human rights over six decades, was trying to address a serious problem facing this, and neighbouring countries. He is harassed and deported by another country on some very dubious grounds. Do you not think you should act?

Yours sincerely

Brian Senewiratne

 

Copy.

Hon Kevin Rudd MP forGriffith.

Hon Bob Carr, Foreign Minister, DFAT,Canberra.


[1] In an outstanding article, Amir Butler, Australian Muslim Public Affairs Committee (AMPAC) has seriously questioned his activity. http://muslimvillage.com/forums/topic/58-who-is-rohan-gunaratna-the-self-proclaimed-al-qaeda-expert/

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    The question is who should seek asylum.There are many who did not have any problem in Sri Lanka, including several Bank defaulters who defaulted the local Banks and job seekers.

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    Dr.Seneviratne,
    Your fault was in not obtaining an entry visa to malaysia, which country most probably advised singapore that they did not want you.

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    Dear Doc, these things do happen in Police states and Singapore is one of those. Plase try to move on and do the right stuff to get the Sri Lankan dictator face the war crimes in Hague.

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    Diplomatic protocol as displayed in public fora, and the associated immigration policies of participating countries do have clauses which are perhaps not in the public domain (ie secrecy, inter-government co-operation, policies dealing with exceptional cases).

    It appears that one or more of these have been activated or used in the above unfortunate scenario. The fact that Dr Senewiratne is 81 years old did not prevent him from hazarding these dangerous waters.

    Perhaps he should now moderate his activities to be consistent with his age, medical conditions etc. and adopt a more sensible stance that will help retain his acceptance as a practicing medical doctor.

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      The Medical world is so advanced and he should be very old and obstinate there too.

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      Lasantha Pethiyagoda:
      Are you by any chance a descendant of Pontius Pilate or are you just another unprincipled Sri Lankan expressing your philosophy like the Three Monkeys who See no evil, Hear no evil and Speak no evil?

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      LP,

      Your first two paragraphs are good, welcome and proper even as a good and sensible writer in the free monthly “Pahana” in Melbourne. Yet in your parting shot in the last Para betrays your truer, ideological and cultural baggage trying to emerge from you sub-conscious that would also condemn and justify the trumped up charges against Julian Assange as well. This is not that becoming of an inclusive just and balanced quester for truth, fairness and justice. Anyway no man has ever lived on this planet without his share of detractors and enemies.

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    There was an article in an Australian Newspaper authored by a Sri Lankan citizen asking Dr. Brian Senevirathne why he is so much Anti-Lankan.

    [Edited out]

    Now, Dr. Senevirathne goes all over the world and talk about Tamil problems in Sri Lanka and he thinks Sinhala people are doing very fine in Sri Lanka.

    Part of this comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy
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    Dear Seneviratne: I’ve read your comments and the vitriol you spew out seems to indicate that you are a very, very angry human being. So it is with a degree of sympathy that I have to tell you that you need to first get your own psychological house in order. Remember the insensitive article you wrote about the Sunday Leader’s Lasantha recently? – even your son was sufficiently repulsed by your vitriol to respond to the deceased gentleman’s daughter with laudable graciousness that you could never achieve. Please take a deep breath and deal with your own mental deficiencies without trying to make a fool of yourself. Even your adopted country Australia treats your childish antics correctly as one would would treat an angry and spoilt child. Human rights issues are way beyond your cognitive capabilities. With kind wishes that you achieve a sense of peace with yourself … Tim

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      Tim (the ex-Sri Lankan):
      The use of polysyllabic words does not, in and of itself, make one either intelligent or wise.
      You are, simply, yet another jackass who shares the same “principles” as the regime that has subjugated Sri Lanka and are not fit to even polish the boots of the Brian Senewiratne’s of this world, leave alone give them “medical advice!”

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      Brian Senevirathne does …

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      You too are wolf in sheep’s clothing pretending to cry that a sheep is getting wet before you can eat it and coward that does not have the courage to write with his or her own name.

      Further your comment betrays your truer, ideological and cultural bias and baggage that would also condemn and justify the trumped up charges against Julian Assange as well. Anyway you and your ilk can carry on with your muck as no man has ever lived on this planet without his share of detractors and enemies due to our varied mematic, mental and cultural conditionings.

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    Dear Dr.Senewiratne,

    You could do a great favour to Sri Lanka by sending this letter to all the Foreign Embasies in Australia and request them not to issue visa (VISA BAN) to their countries to all our Sri Lankan GOVT.Ministers and MP’s due to ninety percent of them ( 90%) does not understand a damn of English….but make bogus official meetings and conference tours wasting Tax payer money.

    Also most of the Govt. Ministers and MP’s Bash and criticize all those Western countries saying them as “Foreign conspirators” “Capitalists who are responsible for Sri Lanka’s down fall” and are responsible for “Regime Change” in Sri Lanka.

    Therefore I kindly request you to take this opportunity to restrict Govt. MP’s unnecessary official foreign travel Burdening and wasting our hard earned Foreign Exchange.

    Your early action will be appreciated.

    Thank You.

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    This man is in an alphabet soup!

    His qualifications have all 26 letters and his letter is at least 20 pages. It will go straight to the bin at Julia Gillard’s office.

    There is no fool like an old fool.

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    Dear Psycho: you have summed up the old man’s problem perfectly! I like the alphabet soup descriptor … very apt for the poor doctor’s state.

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    “With an Australian passport, I did not need a visa to enter either Singapore or Malaysia.”-Dr Seneviratne
    What an idiotic statement.
    Singapore or Malaysia is not a part of Australia and are sovereign countries. Singapore issues a ‘Visa on arrival’ to those whom they consider suitable and is not your right but a privilege to enter another country.
    They have every right to refuse entry to anyone whom they consider unsuitable. Changi Airport is on Singapore territory and they have every right to send you right back where you came from , per air transport regulations, when a person is refused entry.
    Please learn the basics in the governance of countries, which any adult with a basic education would know.
    You are a disgrace to both Sri Lanka and Australia

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