By Granville Perera –
Donald John Trump, the global bully and the President of the mighty Super Power, United States of America (USA) has got his brains checked and an all-clear certificate has been issued. Our charming gentle giant Nishantha Muthuhettigama, MP from the Galle District in the Southern Sinhala bastion was probably the first politician who had his brains examined for sanity in Sri Lanka. Now it looks like, many more in Sri Lanka will have to undergo this important test.
We have a president who says that there are pick pockets amongst his coalition partner and the Young Turk Sirasa Marikkar calls the President a pickpocket. Wonder what made Marikkar deviate from the script provided by his wheeler dealing Maharaja, the sponsor of the political agenda against Ranil Wickremesinghe. Was this rhetoric a plant to destabilize the Yahapalanaya government and throw out Ranil Wickremesinghe from the Premiership? Money can do wonders and lots of opportunities to make people become desperate. Politics can make people go mad as we see this in our idiot boxes daily. Our brain doctors are in for a jolly good time ahead!
President Sirisena who started the pickpocket story too has become so erratic that he is playing to the gallery and seeking cheap popularity for his beleaguered Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) which he pickpocketed from Mahinda Rajapaksa. He is desperate not to be placed 4th in the forthcoming local government elections. He is now hitting hard with his rhetoric at the UNP diehards who crowned him as the executive President, including Ravi Karunanayake who carried him to the hot seat of the Presidency. The bond scam inquiry is typical of his attempt to gain cheap popularity. The COPE committee report and the Prime Minister’s committee report should have been sufficient if followed up with the Attorney General’s department and the suspects investigated and incarcerated.
If he was serious about punishing culprits, he would have negotiated this with Prime Minister Wickremesinghe. Instead, the President thought that he could take his Mudu Walige and thrash the shit out of the United National Party and gain popularity. It is now backfiring on him. The UNP sees this as his strategy to destabilize the UNP and have unleashed the backbenchers to be vocal. At the end of the day, he needs to take his sword out and commit Hara-kiri. He has already done this by asking the Supreme Court whether he can stay six years. The Supreme Court squashed his dreams of an extra year even though his humble servant the Attorney General gave a valiant effort to give him 365 days more. Now, all one could say is “Illang Keawa, Mahinda Wage”.
The President who heads the Cabinet of Ministers should sit through all the proposals and gazette notifications that are to be issued by his government. He is known to sit dumb and let everything go through, then comes out of the cabinet meetings and lambasts the UNP ministers for even proposing changes that he himself approved at the cabinet with his typical gamme kapatiya mentality. This has continued throughout the 3 years of Yahapalanaya and Ranil as PM has not stood by his men or party. For example, on two occasions, he has totally insulted and ridiculed our crown prince Mangala Samaraweera who along with Chandrika Kumaranatunga was the architects to get President Sirisena to eat Aapa. The first incident was when the price of Beer was reduced during the last November budget which the President overruled the day after and now he is infringing on the rights of our female folk to pick up their little shot or work at a place of their choice.
He has also unleashed his “pin amethi “ (the foul-mouth Dilan Perera) to attack his main coalition partner the UNP in and outside parliament. He has never bothered to censure or advice the chit MP to maintain the spirit of cohabitation.
The President is trying hard to take Sri Lanka on a high moral culture even forgetting his son’s attempted pony ride in Passikudah. It is time that we remind ourselves of his Navy commander’s daughter’s THANAPATI fiasco with Enrique Miguel Iglesias for which he threatened to take out his madu walige, which he never did.
If it is morality that our Grama Sevaka is talking about, then he has to stop every female from working in restaurants and prohibit any night shifts for our manikes working in our garment factories and free trade zones as they would not be available for our macho men to be taken care of at night. Almost every 5 star hotels have females working during night shifts, and the majority of housekeepers are females. Anything can happen in guest rooms. Further, It is estimated that there are 40,000 sex workers (known as “Ganikawa”) in the country, and nearly half of them operate in Colombo. What has he done to protect these women? There are also probably another 500 gays (nangi’s) operating within the streets of Colombo. What has been done about this?
President Sirisena too probably needs an urgent brain scan because he has gone to the extent of claiming that he didn’t intervene when his brother met with a traffic accident. He is also forgetting to mention that he didn’t intervene when another of his brothers was hacked by a villager to death over some love hate relationship with a farmers wife. He also seems to have forgotten how he rushed to Passikudah to rescue his son who attempted a forced pony ride on the Passikudah beach with a senior DIG’s daughter in law. What he also doesn’t claim is the cause for the Rs. 100/KG Naadu rice and the river sand mafia that is controlled by his brothers. There is also the government advertising monopoly by his daughter Chatu. The list could be as long as that of Namal, Yoshitha and Chi-Chi Rajapaksa excesses.
I have heard of a Tamil saying from my neighbor, which goes “if you leave a leech on a comfortable bed, it would get off and go in search of the wet grass”. How true it is when it comes to certain people who have risen to heights never dreamt of in their lives.