8 August, 2022

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Finance Minister To Export Human Cargo

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

What is the difference between a poor family in economic hardship selling its children to pimps and human traffickers to earn money and a finance minister planning to export 300,000 citizens to Japan, Korea, Rumania and UK to receive $8 billion remittance to replenish the depleting stock of foreign exchange, to pay for imports and settle national debt? Why should one condemn the first as inhuman and morally indefensible while tolerating (if not praising) the second as rational economic policy? When a country goes economically bankrupt moral bankruptcy follows. Moral bankruptcy is the handmaiden of economic bankruptcy. Leaving the first for a later discussion, what concerns here is the extent to which the government has failed in economic management and resorting to desperate and palliative measures live by the day.

Assuming that the minster could succeed exporting the said number of citizens there is no guarantee that the expected $8 billion remittance would materialize, with a central bank that has created a black market for foreign currency. Why should those who toil abroad under conditions of virtual slavery remit their hard-earned dollars through legal channels when they could get a better rate from black market? Self-interest rules economic behavior.

However, and on a positive note, the finance minister should be congratulated for being honest about the seriousness of the present crisis. With only $1.2 billion in foreign reserve, which would dwindle rapidly before the end of the year unless some miracle happens, and with national debt reaching more than the total GDP, he has warned people of more belt tightening measures. But with confidence did the minister promise that his government would hand over a debt free nation to the opposition when it decides to leaves is a mystery. Does he, his President or their Central Bank chief have a magic wand? Even if they decide to seek help from IMF after dillydallying for so long, conditions attached to that help would be so severe people would be forced to endure hardship until the economy achieves some stability in the short run.

The only meaningful way to make the nation debt free and prevent the danger of immiserization is to earn sustained surpluses in balance of payments and corresponding surpluses in domestic budget. If BOP surplus is huge enough governments may be able to afford the luxury of domestic deficit. Currently, negative imbalance on both fronts have become so unbridgeable debt default is an imminent possibility. As corollary to increasing exports is the need for massive foreign investment.

Among all Asian countries Sri Lanka has become the least attractive for foreign investors. According to one source, even during the pandemic years from 2019 to 2021 while all other countries increased their foreign exchange reserves only Sri Lanka experienced a decline.

Over the years professional economists and policy makers had consistently stressed the need to diversify exports, attract foreign direct investment, modernize the technological base of the country’s production sector, and develop tourism – all as part of a package to narrow the deficit gap. Still, the result remains disappointingly inadequate. Why?

Being a small and open economy Sri Lanka does not enjoy the luxury of being a price setter in any of its exports or imports. It is a price taker. Therefore, as Prime Minister Lee Kwan Yew once said about Singapore, Sri Lanka is also like a cyclist pedaling uphill to reach the summit. It is an arduous race involving total dedication. However, while the cyclist pedals relentlessly the road should be free of unwanted traffic and other unnecessary obstacles.

It is time for policy makers to look for remedial measures outside the economic box and into the non-economic obstacles. Unless those obstacles are removed indebtedness would persist and immiserization would be unavoidable. In the economist’s jargon, these obstacles, which are mostly socio-political in nature, lie within that convenient phrase ceteris paribus. Without enumerating and elaborating each of them, it is worth reiterating a point made in a previous piece (“Seeds of DecayColombo Telegraph, 2 Dec. 2021; FT, 10 Dec. 2021) where it was stated that there is at present at least a third of the country’s population, predominantly from the two minority communities, who feel victimized, discriminated and dejected because of a political regime that endorses and promote the ideology of majoritarian rule.

It is strange that none of the so-called economic experts and even the opposition parties for that matter are prepared to discuss dispassionately the impact that this political foundation has on the economy. It appears that every economic policy or plan drafted and implemented is designed to target only the other two third in mind. Even if that two third were to maximize its contribution full economic recovery and steady growth would not materialize. In short, even if a solution to the current crisis could be worked out in the short run and under IMF tutelage, without internal peace and unity long term economic prosperity is impossible.

If the Minister of Finance is so desperate to accumulate dollars by any means, the Foreign Minister has become hypocritical to achieve the same objective. In his recent meeting with the Heads of Missions from Muslim countries, with the view to solicit their respective countries’ economic and financial benevolence, he was assuring them that there would be no change in the “rich and varied” personal laws of the Muslim community while concealing the fact, which they know already, that a controversial Buddhist monk has been appointed by the President to Head the Task Force to suggest measures to translate the so-called One Country One Law into reality. This again is a sign of utter desperation by a minister, who is also a scholar in legal studies, to find a way out of an economic catastrophe.

The socio-political foundation of the country has cracked and no economic structure built on it could survive long.

*Dr. Ameer Ali, School of Business and Governance, Murdoch University, Western Australia

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  • 14
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    President has closed shop for 225 MPs with full pay and all extras for over a month so that they can stop robbing country, sacrifice their commissions for 2022 and set exemplary governing and ruling to benefit citizens who have lost so much in so many ways. Even temples should stop receiving excess.

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      While Lankans impoverished starve, they are being boosted by useless and expensive American Pfizer vaccines. Meanwhile, US citizen Goat Rajapaksa has rushed off to Singapore to get his instructions from the Deep State and US Secretary of State, Blinken who is on a Southeast Asia tour right now.
      Blinken is in Asia to sink the Rise of Asia as the Glrowth HUb of the world. After all China has raised more people out of poverty in the last decade than ever in Human History and presents a real Development Alternative to the Washington Consensu and OECD Paris CLub’s DEBT-TRAP development model. Blinken is in Asia to Divide, Distract, Rule and Loot Asia and Re-boot COLONIALISM with a Covid-19 mask!
      Black Rock hedge Fund has asset stipped many countries in the Global South and helped boost US Fed’s assets massively with US COvid-19 bailout funds. The US printed 9 trillion in the past 2 years and is the most debted country on the planet and using Covid-19 bioterroism to asset strip around the world and become Great Again with its AUKUS partners who avidely promote the COVID HOAX!

      • 10
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        The Finance Minister has put his money where his mouth is …….. and exported himself for menial work ……. but working in gas-station doesn’t generate enough money to send back home.

        So, now he has returned to take money from home.

    • 20
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      “there is at present at least a third of the country’s population, predominantly from the two minority communities, who feel victimized, discriminated and dejected because of a political regime that endorses and promote the ideology of majoritarian rule.”
      Yes, that is the heart of the matter. 90% of state employment is in the hands of the majority. The money for their pensions and perks is provided from the toil of minorities in tea plantations and from the earnings of garment exporters. The 30% minorities generate most of the export volume, and much of the industrial production, while having no political leverage. In many areas, minorities aren’t allowed to set up businesses other than “bothal-kades”. One law one country is a myth.

      • 13
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        “toil of minorities”

        When we visited Jaffna soon after the war ………. I was stunned to see upcountry vegetables grown in small plots of market-gardens in residential back/front yards.

        It’s nice of Eagle Eye to acknowledge the contributions made by the minorities through their industriousness and hard work.

        So the majority can sleep through the day and while away their time in leisure ………

        • 3
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          Nimal,
          “It’s nice of Eagle Eye to acknowledge the contributions made by the minorities”
          Are you trying to inveigle poor Eagle into having a fit?

          • 2
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            OC,

            Shhhhhhh!

      • 10
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        The state of the country is a direct result of the favouritism shown in politics. Competent people who can make the country work are condemned to non-leadership positions because they don’t kowtow to the Mahanayakas or are Tamils or Muslims. The biggest garment exporters are run by very competent people from minorities. Why not give them a go at running the country? If the Mahanayakas balk at a PM called Esufally or Hirdaramani, lock them up.
        The country must be led by people who are capable but not electable because they aren’t Sinhala Buddhists. People like Eran Wickremaratna, Chanakyan R, Sumanthiran . It’s time to hand over the country to competent people, not just fake crooks with dyed moustaches.
        Otherwise, foreigners will take over.

    • 5
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      What went wrong with GOTA ? Any decision took by GOTA ended up in vain. Lack of experience is the main problem AND his stupid nature as a leader. That ballige putha wimal weerawanse adulated this bugger called as a combination of ” LEE QUAN YOU and MAHATHEER MOHAMEED “. …. the very same peoples are being addressed by WIMAL yet today…… in a civilized world, the bugger would have been stoned to death…… what is wrong with people in this hell ?

      His health ?
      His lack of Experience ?

      Chinese invasion ?
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaJR7qWcGi0

      Or it was people who were made eternal fools for his election ?
      .
      At least 8 millions of voters in this country knew that he would be a NITWIT… not even good enough to be a gramasewaka (village headman)

      This is typical to SRILANKEN sort of demo-crazyies ?
      :
      Peoples are made eternal fools for their their CRIME and HIGHLY corrupted agendas.
      :
      We fought a war that went for 3 decades. But the bunch of CRIMINALS born to DA RAJAPAKSHE family, painting that they are the saviours of this nation, however doing the otherway around for their political masturbations.
      :

  • 26
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    I will not invest a penny in Lanka as long Rajapaksa’s are in power. That doesn’t make others better but Rajapaksas are the worst. Anyone, who believe in their promises should first get their heads examined.

    • 22
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      chiv

      Where is Udaya Dumb Ass Pilla, Weerawansa, Elle, Asgiria, ……. all those Sinhala/possessed/Buddhist leaders who have been hiding behind their stupid constructed identity, ……… smart ass patriots?

      Here is a news for them if they have chosen to ignore what is happening in this island and elsewhere:
      India working on urgent economic package to aid Sri Lanka, report says
      The plan is to extend credit lines for Sri Lanka to import food, medicine, fuel and other essential items from India, the Economic Times newspaper reported Saturday.
      https://theprint.in/economy/india-working-on-urgent-economic-package-to-aid-sri-lanka-report-says/780078/

      Surgeon General Shavendra and Kamala Gunaratne was too keen (proud) to prevent Kallthonies from India. Now it appears their other side is shamelessly begging handout from Hindia.
      Can anyone remind these two smart ass patriots and their political crooks to keep their mouth shut.?

      It disappointing to see SJ won’t be appointed the Chinese Governor General to Sri Lanka.

      • 12
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        Native,
        “Surgeon General Shavendra and Kamala Gunaratne was too keen (proud) to prevent Kallthonies from India. Now it appears their other side is shamelessly begging handout from Hindia”
        Did you know that the kallathonies are being offered “buy-one-get-one free” tickets to come here? How the mighty have fallen! There is a limit to duplicity.

        • 7
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          old codger

          Is there any connection between Gota’s escape and Prorogation of parliament? Does the constitution provide for this type of unilateral actions by the president, not that he respects…….. any law, because he believes he is above the law, Asgiria blessed him for that?

          Is this the prelude to suspending parliament and extending Gota’s position as president for life?

          In case if Sinhalese decide to swim across to Tamilnadu (which is their ancestral homeland) where will they chose to live? Will there be protest among Tamils opposing Sinhalese swarming their land, or Stalin may want to help his brothers from Sinhala state of Hindia?

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            Native,
            “extending Gota’s position as president for life?”
            More likely the coward has run away. Or else, he’s gone for regular maintenance on his heart problems. Anyone with heart problems and a functional brain wouldn’t have taken on a job he knows nothing about. But in his case, the second condition was missing.

            • 3
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              Pigs might fly!!!!.
              .
              ☹🐕☹🐕☹🐕☹🐕☹🐕

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              OC.
              What if above mentioned ” anyone” has cases filed against his high crimes and he only wanted to get them exonerated all at once by misleading the nation? Also helping his supporters to do the same after appointing EvaxWanigasundara as the court head? Ali Sabry the baggage boy aka incumbent minister of justice made it very clear that he freed Gota from 34 cases – his court cases remember? ☹🐕☹🐕☹🐕☹🐕☹🐕☹🐕

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                It was not overlooked to anyone with some knowledge, but selfglorifications of a man whose profile was not its all cracked upto be – but became the president of a country where average mind set would believe anything and everything. Media mafia men decorated the cake with their icing, so that they could make millions and some of them could their brother ” free from ” imprisonment. To me and my friends I repeated, that the situation would turn out to be a hell like … after the known criminals be back to power. And Ranil was scapegoated for their comeback – he never sold out but did where it was due. He was law-and order conscious than the bunch in leadership today. His only problem was not being able to allow punish RAJAPAKSEs for all high crimes they constantly perpetrated.
                That mother who was burnt down by a GAS-CYLINDER-BLAST in her kitchen is left as HUMAN LIFE would have no -value- at all. Not a single statment came from BRUTAL govt about that death. If she would have been my mother, how difficult it would have become for me to face up the life today ?

                Entire structure is upside down today, because PEOPLE in this country were misled by MEDIA.

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        • 0
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          OC,
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          Today those high men that thought to make real changes are in hibernation mode

          Kamal Gunaratne is like a dog trying to hide his tail behind rear legs
          .
          All other former millitary men do the same
          .
          Above all TOMPACHAYA has no more guts to question, ” dan sepada “- are u happy now ?


          People are made eternal fools. They would take another decades to realize the situation better.

      • 0
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        Native, Is there a way, we can squeeze those 225 in parliament in the same container. At least now they may actually work for living.

    • 0
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      So do I Chiv.
      .
      How many of us are there with same opinion among the expats?.
      .
      Why cant they make calculations correctly?.
      .
      I know enough tamil srilankens from Europe/ they could Do lot more to their home country/ but so long Rajapakshe racists are held abo8 the law/ not many of them make mind to save the country ☹🐕☹🐕🐃🐕☹🐕🐃🐕☹

  • 20
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    It is going to be difficult to convince those Arab nations that the Rajapaksa regime cares for the minority Muslims in this country. After throwing Muslim activists and professionals into jail for charges (yet not revealed) for years, appointing a terrorist monk who spread anti Muslim lies, who provoked the racist mobs to attack Muslim homes, businesses, and Mosques, to spearhead a committee overseeing the interests of the Muslims, and implementing racist policies including making Muslim beg for their loved ones to be buried according to their religious rites (which was approved by the WHO), how can this corrupt and incompetent regime with a straight face pretend they are taking good care of the minority? Do they think these Arab nations are ignorant of what is happening here?

    The Rajapaksa regime’s incompetence, corruption, nepotism, cronyism, and bad judgement, drove us into this ditch, and the reality is, they are unable to dig us out. Hope those who voted for them are at pleased.

  • 12
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    First step remove provincial councils system.

    Next remove all pradeshiya sabha, municipal councils.

    White elephants.

    That will save at least $2 billion a year.

  • 16
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    If the President wants to change the direction of the country, first he has to form a National Government, get rid of all the Ministers who have created issues for the Govt and also those who are suspected of taking bribes. Further Attorney General should be removed from his post and the Chief Justice should also be changed. All Ministers who have been racists must also be changed. In the future, the President should not blink his eye to kick out any thuggish MP like Lohan, Weerasekera who violate any law or threaten the lives of any civilian.

    • 15
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      Buddhist1: You are only talking of getting rid of a few thieves. That won’t get us anywhere. We must get rid of Alibaba first.

      • 0
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        Captain M,
        That is certainly beyond the mandate provided. We are trying to encroach on limits set by those SB elites, because it would extend into Majestic Family and relations of the ‘Kingdom’!
        Pardon me for using that terminology!
        6.9 Million would be aghast at the ‘unpatriotic’, should I say ‘Traitorous’ act against the most venerated “Patriot” of modern Sri Lanka!!!
        What a joke?
        What Wisdom?
        6.9 million, Viyathmaga, Eliya, et all!
        Naked without any clothes?
        Aided by, “False propaganda”?
        Yes, now blame the media, instead of the foolishness, that history does not repeat itself?
        Or for not having the ‘Wisdom and brains’ above the shoulders, but elsewhere!!

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      Buddhist 1

      You have entirely forgotten that all you have named are just carrying out HIS orders or that all their actions have HIS blessings.

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        B1, CM,
        If a National government is formed, it must be led by people who are capable but not electable because they aren’t Sinhala Buddhists. People like Eran Wickremaratna, Chanakyan R, Sumanthiran . It’s time to hand over the country to competent people, not just fake crooks with moustaches.
        Otherwise, foreigners will take over.

      • 0
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        Rohana W,
        Untouchable commodity!
        There will be mass suicide calamity, if you ever “take sword” to commit that against the ‘saviour of the nation’
        More serious than allowing RW the claimed Traitor, who ‘sold the nation for a mess of pottage’, as claimed by some, but saved the nation from economic disaster twice, 2002 and 2015, for his “crime” of not allowing the criminal proceedings to go through to finality against the ‘so called thieves’ of modern SL

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      This is like asking turtles to fly. We cant expect patta high criminals to behave like saints .
      .
      Not just crook Rajapakshes but people should be blamed for public masturbation issue. One would nt drive against the wall but stupid srilanken s do. Not just sinhala modayas but minorities are to be blamed for not having studied high criminal s well before their election s. Like let the nation fall on their nose/ knowing the truths ☹🐕🐃☹🐕🐃☹🐕🐃

  • 6
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    There was a report that a wire transit system at Nanu Oya was being planned.
    With all the shortage of funds, who will get the Ten Percent?
    Why not postpone parliament for six months, send the idling army men abroad to work and send back funds – they will have to comply.

  • 6
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    It is no secret that ex pat remittances contributed considerably towards our FOREX reserves in the past years. However, apart from a duty free allowance for appliances, which targets returning migratory workers, there has been no incentives for those domiciled abroad to invest in SL. I always considered returning to SL upon retirement, therefore, have been maintaining a modest NRFC account, mainly because its tax free & the interest is about 1% more than what I would get from a UK bank but I am not sure if my nest egg is even safe now.

    Three years ago, I thought of taking early retirement but if I was to bring my 3 year old car, which I have owned since new, I would incur import duty, the same as for a brand new car. A similar car in SL would be at considerable cost, which I would not be able to afford & if I sold my car in UK, I would get only about 30% of the original value due to normal depreciation. I have not used SL FOREX reserves to buy my car, yet, parliamentarians & other govt. employees are given duty concessions to import brand new cars, so why not us?. If the Finance Minister is serious, he should encourage ex pats to return & I am not asking for extra privileges, just fair import duty on personal & household items.

    Cont.

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      If the Finance Minister is serious, he should encourage ex pats to return & I am not asking for extra privileges, just fair import duty on personal & household items.
      *
      Things were far more favourable for ex-pats for a some decades. Did any return?
      We have ex-pats who like to come for a nice holiday, and where possible at another’s expense, or to make some money.
      The bulk of the ex-pats had decided that their future is somewhere else. Let us respect that decision and not burden them with compulsion to be ‘patriotic’.

  • 7
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    Cont.

    Pandora papers have revealed that Nirupama Rajapakse & her husband have made huge investments abroad & have bought citizenship in Cyprus. Apparently, the earnings were from ‘consultancy fees’ for ‘facilitating’ investment in SL which seems to me as plain kickbacks for granting lucrative deals because any ‘facilitating’ should be done by the BOI free of charge if SL is to encourage genuine investors. Instead of exporting slave labour as a source of FOREX revenue, I am sure more funds could be generated if the govt. went after those with funds in offshore account. If I remember correctly, a previous Finance Minister, Ravi K, unashamedly, announced in public that black money could be laundered in SL without any questions asked. So, to hell with international law, in desperate times, even black money is welcome but would any of that hush money ever come to SL?.

  • 5
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    Raj,
    If a person earns money abroad by any lawful activity and declares it to the government of that country, it is NOT “black money”.
    Many have saved abroad from legally acquired funds, for a “rainy day”.

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      justice

      Thank you for clarifying black money. I was referring to millions, which cannot be accounted for, stashed in secret off shore accounts . SL is openly inviting this undeclared ‘black money’ to be invested in the country with no questions asked, which is money laundering & against international law. Recently, a bank in UK was fined for the same reason by accepting cash brought in ‘bin’ bags’ by a depositor.

      As you say, my savings in NRFC accounts too, are hard earned money which I can account for & PAYE tax paid in UK but in the current situation, I am not sure if my savings are safe in SL. So, I am sure those who have black money too, feel safer with off shore accounts than investing in SL.

      Any prudent govt. will go after black money legally than assisting in the laundering process. Alternatively, SL can join the Cayman Islands, Seychelles, Cyprus & other such small countries as a dodgy tax haven & I am sure Nadesan will be happy to ‘facilitate’ with the shell companies in doing so.

  • 5
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    Finance Minister To Export Human Cargo
    ========
    Carcass or alive?

  • 8
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    I have been telling consistently, all along and at every opportunity, that the Economy is intertwined with our approach to racial harmony.
    The endorsement, from Ameer Ali that the economy cannot be revived when the two minority communities feel victimized, makes me feel triumphant and proud..

    • 4
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      Nathan

      “I have been telling consistently, all along and at every opportunity, that the Economy is intertwined with our approach to racial harmony.”

      Yet Our Great mathematician thinker Wimal Weerawansa says Singapore had only Lee Kwan and Malaysia has only Mahathir but Sri lanka got Lee Kwan (Gota) as well as Mahinda (Mahathir).

      What do you have to say to that?

      • 1
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        NV,
        .
        the very same JOKER, seeing in the eyes of the very same stupid auidience, had the audacity to should on the stage again yestreday.
        :
        Can you imagine ? It is like hurting the wounds again and again. This happens when the ultra uneducated are elected by the very same people as the politicians.

        In a civilized world, Wimal Weerawanse or the like would have been destroyed by the law to the very same manner blasphemy controlled pakistand did it with PRIYANTHA KUMARA.

        I mean i am not into SUCH BRUTALITIES, but the law would not allow Wimal Buruwanse or any kind of GHANASARA to roam free. They should have taken the KIND of real CRIMINALs away from human associations.

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      Nathan/
      All these were not overlooked but media mafia led srilanka just people be misled. .
      .
      Yet today irresponsible media spread lies as no times in the past all for their political survival.
      .
      🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕

  • 8
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    We all know Basil Rajapaksa is not a qualified person to be considered as a Minister other than he is from Rajapaksa family. He is well known by 10% man because of his corruption. What is the necessity for this country to give him this responsible post while thousands of qualified capable people with Sri Lankan Citizenship are there in this Country? In the first place it was his elder brother who was a cheat and rob this nation. Just look at the ages of ruling Rajapaksas; Basil = 70, Gota=72, Mahinda= 76,
    Chamal =79. This is the age group controls Sri Lankas more than 70% of the wealth. Where should be they are eligible to live? What is the contribution of this family to this nation’s economy?

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      Ajith,
      Do you realise that Rajapakse, most patriotic SL family!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 6
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    Sri Lanka Finance Minister has to learn a lot from the Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

  • 7
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    Sorry to disappoint anyone but I find there are plenty of places in the world to invest than in Sri Lanka.

    I cannot put my money where doing so is a hassle and after investing your money the government can come up with anything to make life difficult for you when repatriating that money.

    Trade is not a one way street.

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      ReginaldShamalPerera,
      So, you can talk sense also!

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      RSP,
      Good one.
      “Trade is not a one way street”
      Endorse and agree with your sentiments as any one parting his wealth/investment would?!
      However, that is not the case with R Bros Inc., stated or unstated conditions and terms of Business or Trade!!
      They believe all routes lead to ‘one and only place in Weeraketiya’, in the resplendent Isle of SL – “Tear drop Pearl of the Indian Ocean”.
      Sadly No returns or Return Route!!!
      At least the ‘Thanakola eating “Mee Harakas” regurgitate’. Not this category – Sadly One way only!!!!
      It is also an Enigma of all “SLFP constituent governments of all Hues and Colours as is evidently clear!
      Evidence? – 1960’s, 1970’s, 2006’s, 2010’s and the present.
      1994 (toned down and somewhat of an exception – due to Sorbonne (active university of Paris, from 1150 to 1970) educated President, plus Southern province Trade stalwart Samaraweera “Free thinkers”
      You may have to contend with 6.9 million, ‘erudite and knowledgeable voters’, including Viyathmaga and Eliya to change that landscape.
      They (Voters, including V & E) appear to be convinced to reach the ‘Panacea’ of Emancipated SL with the current process!!!!
      God Bless and Help SL

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      RSP,
      Very Good contribution indeed, complemented

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      Reginald Shameless Perera – does Colombo Port City qualify as Sri Lanka or not?
      The land was reclaimed from a beautiful sea at 1.5billion to be a financial centre to compete with Dubai Singapore Hong Kong ..instead is it going to be a parking lot for catamaran and joy ride vehicles and play ground for the Rajapaksas and their cronies

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      Regi boy the Shemale Perehera, finally has spoken a few words of wisdom. All these years spoke absolute rubbish, today he has said something that makes sense.

  • 1
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    “Moral bankruptcy is the handmaiden of economic bankruptcy.”
    If so how bankrupt has US imperialism been over the past seven decades?

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    Pakistan has thanked Aanduwa to send them 40,000 eyes. Tamil Media reporting there was some plucked and send sent to China also. There is no report yet about the export to Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela….. It seems Tamils’ freedom war yielded good harvest, including with the ones surrendered alive.

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    Good News. 60 MPs to make merry with local and overseas travel plans during holiday season. Many have reported travel to U.S.A ???, U.K, Australia —. Where are those 6.9 million going for their vacation ??? In the mean time another group has made reservations in Nuwara Eliya to spend entire holiday season. Thanks to Sir Fail parliament will now resume after a month making the MPs entitled to much needed rest along with wining and dining.

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