17 September, 2019

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Final Appeal To Fellow Voters – Exercise Your Civic Duty: Friday Forum

The Friday Forum urges all voters to exercise what is their constitutional right and civic duty, and vote. “We call on our fellow voters to consider which candidate gives us the best opportunity to achieve democracy, rule of law, peace and harmony in Sri Lanka, for ourselves and future generations. This will not be achieved easily but the process must begin and we can make it happen.” the Friday Forum further said.

Jayantha Dhanapala

Jayantha Dhanapala

Issuing a statement the Friday Forum said; “We must reflect on which of the choices before us best promises us a government which implements a model of sustainable and people-centred development, ensuring equitable allocation of resources and meeting the needs of all our people, particularly the most disadvantaged. When voting, we must choose which candidate is most likely to achieve what we want for ourselves and our children – a country where all communities will live in peace and harmony with respect and tolerance for our heritage of cultural, religious and ethnic diversity, and where we are all able to exercise our human rights guaranteed under the Constitution.”

We publish below the statement in full;

In less than one week, the Sri Lankan electorate will go to the polls to elect a President who will hold office for the next six years.  This is probably the most decisive election in Sri Lanka’s post-independence period, and one which will define the destiny of our country as never before. Exercising one’s franchise is both a right and a duty and we urge all Sri Lankans to do so. At this time the Friday Forum calls upon all Sri Lankans, whatever their political affiliation, to carefully consider the issues at stake when casting their vote. Our vote will determine the political, social and economic future of our country and that of our children for many years to come.

Our statement of December 12 appealed to the various categories of officials responsible for the conduct of a free, fair and violence-free election. Since then we deeply regret that we have witnessed outrageous acts of violence like the clash in front of the UNP headquarters, violations of election law such as the continued display of posters and cut-outs, and the reported escape of Deputy Minister Nishantha Muthuhettigama to Singapore via the VIP lounge at the Bandaranaike Airport while being a suspect in a case of arson with a warrant issued for his arrest – none of which appear to have had any legal repercussions.

This election gives us the opportunity to decide whether it is possible that we, our children and future generations will live in a country founded on the norms of participatory democracy, the rule of law and good governance, reinforced by an independent judiciary and public service. We must reflect on which of the choices before us best promises us a government which implements a model of sustainable and people-centred development, ensuring equitable allocation of resources and meeting the needs of all our people, particularly the most disadvantaged. When voting, we must choose which candidate is most likely to achieve what we want for ourselves and our children – a country where all communities will live in peace and harmony with respect and tolerance for our heritage of cultural, religious and ethnic diversity, and where we are all able to exercise our human rights guaranteed under the Constitution.

This election gives us many choices as to the candidate we vote for and the Friday Forum urges all voters to exercise what is their constitutional right and civic duty, and vote. We call on our fellow voters to consider which candidate gives us the best opportunity to achieve democracy, rule of law, peace and harmony in Sri Lanka, for ourselves and future generations. This will not be achieved easily but the process must begin and we can make it happen.

Jayantha Dhanapala            Professor Savitri Goonesekere            Professor Camena Gunaratne

On behalf of The Friday Forum;

 

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    Do these gentleman and ladies publish this in Sinhala and Tamil also or are these banalities only for their own serene joy and emotion?

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      My dear Fareeda

      Which planet do you live on my dear?

      This group, like Sirisena and Chmpuka, are disguntled rent-seekers now seeking revenge from MR.

      Do you think the Sri Lankan people will listen to these rogues no matter what language they wrote in?

      Certainly not. Tell that to Hakeem, Bathurdeen and Mustafa thambis too.

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        Dear Pena Kiyanna and Fareeda,

        this message not for the general public, but mostly for the regime to ascertain that internationally distinguished elites will not supports them, and regime changers to know there are capable people behind them.

        What general public need is happy promises, where both parties are very well excelled. We all know none of them will keep up with those promises.

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      Jayantha Dhanapala

      RE:Final Appeal To Fellow Voters – Exercise Your Civic Duty: Friday Forum

      Write in Sinhala and Tamil as well, at least translate.

      If there is No fraud, Medamulana Mahinda Rajapaksa, his Shills and cronies will lose.

      65% Matripala Siridena, 35% Mahinda Rajapaksa.

      End of the Medamulsatana MaRa Family Dictatorship and Regime..

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    “We call on our fellow voters to consider which candidate gives us the best opportunity to achieve democracy, rule of law, peace and harmony in Sri Lanka, for ourselves and future generations.”
    It is very clear from the above quate that we do not have democracy, rule of law, peace and harmony in Sri Lanka at present. Present despot leader Mahinda Jarapaksa has to be voted out of the office to achive the above.

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    This dude doesn’t say our kids will be living in a country which has a Tamil Homeland in the North, run by the Vellalas.

    And a Muslim Homeland in the East run by SLMC Muslims with Bathudeen and Militant Sally..

    While the well off Tamils and Muslims will continue to live among the Sinhala Buddhist inhabitants taking advantage of their stupidity.

    This great majority which make up over 75 % of the population probably does not realize that they will be confined to lass than 2/3rd of the land mass.

    I guess, the Elite Anglicans and the Vellala, whom this dude and his FF represent, would have no sweat about how the great majority of the inhabitants live, as long as the former can pull the levers of the Democratic machine to collect bigger commission cheques.

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      Amanasekara,

      You have less than a week to indulge in uttering untruths in this blog, to promote your Murderous Rogue MR. You will receive your dues in time, be assured.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “This great majority which make up over 75 % of the population probably does not realize that they will be confined to lass than 2/3rd of the land mass.”

      You should count yourself lucky as we haven’t yet kicked you into 0% of the land mass, which you deserve.

      “taking advantage of their stupidity”

      Are you confirming that 75% of the population the Sinhala/Buddhists are stupid? It is higher than all other minorities put together. It is a serious problem. Surely power and resources should not be vested in them. When can we have both as the land resources once belonged my people?

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    The Sri Lankan Mentality has to basically change.

    People have to vote for the Welfare of the Country, not for the Welfare of a Particular Political Party, Race, Language or Religion.

    Look at the countries that have succeeded, e.g. Singapore. Are they governed by the above considerations?

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    With all due respect to Friday Forum,may I summarise this appeal?

    VOTE FOR MAITHRI.

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    My3 has promised not to demilitarize the north.

    Very good.

    Tamils have no choice. If they don’t vote for My3 they have to live under the genocidal MR and then NR.

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    Sumane,

    Thought you took your face off, MR’s back, but not to be. It still stinks.

    How about these People/Leaders who are also Sinhala inhabitants of the land.

    Maithripla,Rajitha,Rathana Thero,Champika,Sobitha Thero,Ranil,General Fonseka,Arjuna Ranathunga and all those in UNP and all those who have defected from the MURDEROUS MARA CAMP to Maithri’s side and still adding, are all of them also Tamils and Muslims? Not to mention the tidal wave of people, particularly from Sinhalese turning towards Maithri from the SATAKA HYPOCRITE.

    Perhaps you and MARA may be the only TWO PATRIOTIC Sinhalese with ultra hypocratic sataka around your necks. How about KP and Karuna Sumane, they must be you and MARA’s cousin brothers..

    YOU HYPOCRITES,ROBBERS AND MURDERERS DAYS ARE NUMBERED REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU SAY AND GET READY FOR THE D DAY ON JAN 9TH.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU BOTH AND ALL THE ROBBERS AND MURDEROUS CLAN. HOPE YOU WILL STILL BE ABLE TO CORRESPOND WITH US, OTHERWISE NO ONE TO WRITE ANY NONSENSE, ISN’T IT SUMANE…?

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      You do not understand politics at all. Opposition is a hatred gang. sorry if truth hurt.

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      Ansar mate,

      Libya, Syria, Egypt and not forgetting ancient Iraq also had the likes of those whom you proudly name as patriots, including the equivalents of Sobithas and Ratnas who cuddled up to Cameron , Hollade and Obama to f*** up the poor innocent inhabitants big time, who lived in peace without having to beg for a long time.

      Now even your Muslim leaders are cuddling up, not only to the JHU TNA and JVP but also to the same Western manipulators, who are gunning for Rajapaksas for finishing off the LTTE , because that is what their new Tamil citizens want and vote for.

      I am surprised a person with a Muslim name like yours come out openly to lick their backsides and tell us it is good for our inhabitants too.

      And try to tell us that it is guaranteed good practice, which your fellow Muslims are now enjoying in the, Middle East.

      Happy New Year to You and your mates Hakeem, Bathdeen and Asath Sally..

      But I am not sure about the poor Muslim brethren who have been living in peace and harmony among the majority for a long time , even when the TNA mates in the North were chasing them out and killing them big time.

  • 4
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    Dear Amb Dhanapala
    Well said in your measured diplomatic language . I hope there is a way the masses could be informed that the educated decent srilankans back a change.

    From where we are today, any change cannot make things any worse.

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    Most, if not all SL citizens would like to vote in this crucial election.
    But many are being pressured to desist from voting, especially by the army in the “occupied areas” of the north and east.

    http://news.yahoo.com/sri-lanka-opposition-says-army-scaring-off-tamil-004019354.html?soc_src=copy

    In the east, direct threats have been made to those who would vote for the Common Candidate.

  • 1
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    The Friday Forum is being ultra-careful.
    They have got to live if MR wins !!!
    So far, they have managed to exist without being ‘disappeared’ or ‘white-vanned’ and wish to continue in same ‘mode’.

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    The voting turn-out should be the best in the history of elections this
    time, to over-come riggable numbers.

    It is reported in webnews sites that Indian cyber experts are working on
    a project to hack the figures submitted to the EC in favour of MR.

    Elsewhere that MR might dissolve the parliament to upset MS 100 day diary
    before MS could be sowrn-in; which the CJ can delay?

    An anxious week awaits Sri Lanka Democracy this month..

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    Vote to Abolish Executive Presidency

    I congratulate Ambassador Dhanapala for taking the courage to express his balanced views, and request the masses to use their valuable vote in a sensible manner. I am sure it is possible to translate Dhanapala’s Appeal and have it published in Sinhala and Tamil media.

    Our country is in this pathetic situation, and just one step away from a new form of dictatorship only because the educated and experienced professionals decided to keep their hands off politics. Unfortunately, that is a great loss for the country.

    The quality of our parliamentarians are evidenced by the fact that they prostituted themselves to President Rajapaksa who used the corrupt morons two thirds majority not only to pass a dictatorial 18th Amendment to hang on to power and abolish the 17th Amendment destroying our democratic institutions and rule of law but also to illegally persecute the former military commander and impeach the chief justice.

    After thirty years of war, MARA family and politicians who sold themselves to Rajapaksa had a golden opportunity to unite all communities of Sri Lanka and make it a peaceful place for all to live and thrive together. Instead all of them amassed wealth by illegal and corrupt means promoting one family rule, and protecting rapists and murderers — leading to the point where average people have lost faith in all politicians.

    Therefore, time is opportune for all educated and sensible Lankans to educate our masses that this is the last chance for them to use their sacred vote to save the country from corrupt, greedy politicians and authoritarianism – and re-establish rule of law, and develop Sri Lanka as a vibrant democratic society.

    It is also the duty of all peace-loving Lankans to ensure that all politicians, who have now grouped together with Maitripala Sirisena, honor their election campaign promises – especially the abolition of the Executive Presidency.

    Maitri’s Gang should, at all times, remember that people will vote not for “Regime Change” but to abolish the “Executive Presidency”. If not, these politicians will, once again, go down in history as a bunch of liars who deceived the masses only to grab power to further ruin our country. No more bogus excuses, please.

    Hope common sense prevails during and after the elections.

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