26 September, 2020

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Give Us Clarity Mr Prime Minister

By Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

In a meeting with media heads and editors on Friday at the President’s House, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe wanted to know where the media stood with respect to certain issues, in particular CEPA (Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement).

Showing much irritation, Wickremesinghe blasted the media in general for making in issue out of nothing and indicated that he was embarrassed by the brouhaha regarding CEPA before and during his visit to India.

‘It was my first visit after becoming the Prime Minister and had nothing to do with any agreement,’ he said. He reiterated the sentiments of President Sirisena who said that there was no discussion regarding CEPA. Sirisena had said earlier, ‘We have talked about it, we haven’t discussed it and we haven’t taken any steps about it.’

Opposition leader Ranil Wickramasinghe listens to journalists during a National Council coalition party news conference in ColomboBoth the President and the Prime Minister also spoke at length about the controversial UN Report on the last stages of Sri Lanka’s war against terrorism. The President labored to say ‘it could have been worse’, i.e. had he not been elected President on January 8, 2015. With regard to the confusion over whether or not Sri Lanka will go along with the recommendations included in the report, especially with respect to the mechanism to investigate allegations of rights violations, the Prime Minister said that no decision has been taken. He said that all reports including the Udalagama and Paranagama reports and recommendations therein will be considered along with the UN Report.

A third issue discussed was whether or not the moratorium on capital punishment will be lifted. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has stated that the moratorium will be extended with a view to abolition. The President however said that a final decision either way will be taken by Parliament. Looks like there’s confusion. Again.

And it’s not only about the death penalty. There is no clarity on anything from the side of the Government. Not a single official or minister overseeing the broad subject of bilateral economic partnerships is ready to make any statement on the issue. No one knows if there’s a ‘concept paper’ or a ‘draft’ or a point by point agenda for discussion regarding economic relations between Sri Lanka and India. All that’s known is the acronym CEPA.

It’s the same with regard to the UN Report. While the President congratulates himself for ‘arranging’ a less-damning document, Samaraweera says ‘the report is balanced and fair’. Obviously neither seem to have read or understood the contents. It is largely an ‘update’ of that other problematic document, the Darusman Report. There’s obvious tokenism about the LTTE’s ‘share of blame’. There’s absolute disregard for context. It is clearly guided more by hearsay than anything else and worse, a trial is envisaged where claim is treated as fact. Finally, despite Wickremesinghe chiding the media for giving play to the term ‘hybird mechanism’ (of investigation), what is recommended is that Sri Lanka concede sovereignty in multiple ways.

His assurances to the contrary, citing for example the Paranagama Commission Report, are certainly welcome, but they have to be taken along with Samarasinghe’s hurrahs, Sirisena’s consolations and calling for blood by the likes of Rajitha Senaratne and Chandrika Kumaratunga, the latter ironically in charge of ‘reconciliation’!

There’s no clarity on anything Mr Wickremesinghe. Your Government does not know where it stands and therefore it seems rather ridiculous to ask where the media stands on anything. The media has to report and comment. Fairly. With balance. That’s a given. Right now, the only thing about which all sections of the Government are in agreement is the vilification of the previous regime and in particular Mahinda Rajapaksa.

There’s nothing illegal in that kind of solidarity of course, but this Government was not elected to do just that. It took Wickremesinghe and Sirisena weeks to appoint a cabinet. It’s been more than a month since the Government was elected and we are yet to know which institution comes under which ministry. The ministers themselves don’t know what the demarcations are with regard to their respective subjects. Little wonder they talk out of turn or worse act as though they’ve lost their tongues. The same goes for officials.

The Government has to get its act together. There has to be clarity. That’s the Government’s job, Mr Wickremesinghe. We can help, certainly, and we do when we point out the contradictions. Don’t vilify us just because your team doesn’t know where it stands. That’s puerile, really.

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  • 14
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    Malinda Seneviratne types

    “Give Us Clarity Mr Prime Minister”

    Is it a coded message to obtain a free laptop?

    • 9
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      Malinda S has made a fair point that the government has too many useless Cabinet ministers, there is no policy coherence as a result and much fragmentation.

      by the way, What has happened to the court case against Sisisena’s corrupt SLFP National List?

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      This baby journalist would not stop even if his family would have abducted. Kapuwath marunath MR partial thoughts he will bear… how can educated ones be such… if they are educated… we need real definitions to define who belong to the educated category.

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        hinniappu

        Education has nothing to do with wisdom.

        Education gives you the skills to cheat, deceive …. being part of the elbowing society and rat race.

        Wisdom involves, learning, observing, thinking, being compassionate and intellectually honest, respecting life, caring, sharing, playing a role in the society which should make the world change for good and better place to live.

        If one cannot change the world one should strive to change the society in which one lives.

        Education and wisdom don’t mix, both are mutually exclusive.

    • 5
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      He already has a laptop, courtesy of Mahinda Rajapakse. He must be after a Tablet.

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        Sylvia Haik:
        The guy’s ego is so large that he’s probably expecting a “tablet” like the one that Moses is supposed to have had. Remember, his being a shameless sycophant does not, in any way, impede the growth of his monumental self-importance.

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      Malinda,

      RE: Give Us Clarity Mr Prime Minister

      Why not say Give Us Suspenders Mr Prime Minister. After the defeat of MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa, our Labu balls are hanging so low, and scraping the ground, and it hurts.

      We already got the Laptop from MaRa.

    • 2
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      Malinda Seneviratne

      RE: Give Us Clarity Mr Prime Minister

      The Amarasiri Problem Solving Algorithm

      1) Write down the problem.
      2) Think very hard.
      3) Write down the solution.

      Suspenders or Laptops!

    • 0
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      Native,

      You have decoded the message correctly, 6th sense is a powerful tool. Pls don’t get in to the business of astrology with you talent.

  • 7
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    Malinda Seneviratne, Mahinda Rajapaksa shill and White-washer

    RE: Give Us Clarity Mr Prime Minister

    Malinda, what are you looking for? A New Laptop? Say so.

    Can you sing:

    MaRa MaRa Chatu Mara
    MaRa MaRa Anana Mara
    MaRa MaRa HoRa Mara
    MaRa MaRa Dhushana MaRa?

    You may get a new Laptop.

  • 7
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    Bayyo dont’ understand the difference between CEPA and BATA!

  • 10
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    What clarity do you want Malinda ? You got a lot of it from the most corrupt leader in Sri Lanka and a free laptop as bonus for bum sucking and leading the public astray.

  • 7
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    This government wont give Laptops to journalists.
    They have to use the ones given by MR.
    The megacabinet is still confused in the thrall of victorious anticipation of goodies.
    UN knows about the more than ten reports of national commissions which lie buried in the presidential secretariat.
    Clarity may emerge if all are published.
    MR may be called up to testify by the Hybrid Court, and he knows it.
    Only Field Martial Sarath Fonseka has openly welcomed the Hybrid Court.
    An ‘Indemnity Act’ to save the Generals may not be passed by parliament.

    Now, it is the hour of journalists, to seek and write about justice for war victims.

  • 8
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    “Looks like there’s confusion. Again.”

    There was no confusion during Maharaja Era. Kurakkan Boys were the kings and the Royal Family. Their cronies were running the show in the localities. Confusion now? Yes, Mat. That’s how democracy works. Please get used to it. Kurakkan Boys are gone for good.

  • 10
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    Give us unbiased reports, Mr.Self-Described Journalist.

  • 8
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    Malinder, would like to see more clarity from you. The incompetent journos like you should realize that the government cannot make press statements before these issues have been discussed and considered. You are one of the laptop journos who was responsible for the sad state the press in SL is in today. RW is very correct when he said that journos like you lack understanding of the issues and write absolute nonsense. Suggest you take to a different career- I was told that the PM’s office is looking for some cleaners.

  • 9
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    The irony here is , when under MR rule malinda was happy to write what the MR gang wanted and was at home under blanket of censorship and terror from MR and GORA…

    Today he wants Clarity from RW and in public . If it was under MR he would be having the White Van picking him up for a coffee.

    What a turn of events…..

  • 6
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    Malinda – Who is the “Samarasinghe” that you refer to in your “…but they have to be taken along with Samarasinghe’s hurrahs, Sirisena’s consolations …” etc?

    Please enlighten, or was it a genuine error?

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    Mallinda
    I appreciate loyalty to your employer disregarding norms of journalism.Evidence presented to is not hearsay but well collaborated evidence. These are people who can not be purchased by ill gotten money. Between LTTE network at present and your employer latter has more financial strength as he has got all gold Tamil people voluntarily gave LTTE apart from the commissions earned.
    So do not try to fool us that UN report is biased and local commissions under threat or inherent racialism is right.
    If you are a real journalist quit the job butif money is objective continue to write rubbish in your attempt to protect your murderous employer. But as it has happened to Pirapaharan, Mangala, Shirani Bandaranaike, your who helped your employer to come to power, maintain power, he Weill drop you like potatoes, if it suits him

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    Malinda,

    if somebody wrote these type of articles against Mahinda and Gota those days he would have already taken on a white van or if run on exile to US like Jansz and other did.

    Now Malinda has freedom to write, even with the laptop given to you by Mahinda.

  • 10
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    Malinda,

    The government will be expected to go along with only the resolution that will be adopted by this session of the UNHCR. I do not think there is any obligation to go along with the report just released. This report is only a pointer to what could be at the core of the resolution. The diplomacy dance is yet on to give form to the final rsolution.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      The draft resolution ( as it stands now) has been punlished in the Colombo Gazette today. In compliance of CT policy I am not providing the link. It is quite comprehensive and covers much ground.

      Dr.RN

  • 7
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    I honestly can not understand why this man Linda is trying his best to display his foolishness after bum sucking MR all this time.

  • 5
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    Malinda is on [Edited out]

  • 8
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    Malinda Seniiveratne ,

    During the previous regime you, DJ, HLDM, Rajiva and the HLDMs were ever ready to say Sathastu ( in Sanskirit), Amen ( in English or Latin ) , Ehemai Hamuduruvan to whatever the past Chief Priest Mara said . Never questioned the wrong doing of the past regime openly.

    Now in the post Jan 8th era, without any fear challenging the regime or stirring up the communities.
    What a Veeraya !

    I don’t see any name calling like what you all did to Navi Pillay and particularly HLDM and DJ.

    Malinda please go for lessons from Anura Kumara how to be altruistic and care about inter community relationship in this post Jan 8th era.

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      Malinda Seniiveratne, MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa Shill and White-Washer, RE: Non PhD Comment

      “Malinda please go for lessons from Anura Kumara how to be altruistic and care about inter community relationship in this post Jan 8th era.”

      Malinda, what do you want? What does MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa want from you?

      The Amarasiri Problem Solving Algorithm

      1) Write down the problem.

      2) Think very hard.

      3) Write down the solution.

      Suspenders or Laptops!

  • 8
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    Instead of providing facts to the public about the CEPA, the media has gone on a massive hysteria-inducing campaign- stop trying to justify this joke of a “media” we have in this country which has nearly always done more harm than good. This has nothing to do with any government in power.

    How is there confusion over the CEPA anyway? How is there a lack of any official statement when you yourself quote the pm as saying that no final decision has been taken and that it was not discussed on his visit to India? What confusion? What are you talking about? Did you have an attach of amnesia after each paragraph? You go on to state that there is confusion over the UN report, but then immediately say that the pm has said that nonlinear decision has been taken. Again, this is a clear answer. For one to be confused about this one must either be mentally handicapped (in which case, Malinda, you should make a visit to Angoda), or unable to understand basic English (which then begs the question as to who wrote this article). And just because neither you nor your colleagues in the mainstream media have bothered to enlighten us the public on the CEPA doesn’t mean that no one knows what’s in it. A simple Google search tells me the media in this country is now more badly informed than the average teenager with a smartphone- there’s plenty of private bloggers etc that have written at length about what the CEPA is and what is in it. This whining on your part is akin to a man who believes dinosaurs have never existed because he has never seen one alive.

    After all this, you then arrive at showing your true nature of being an inbred nationalist, by a) not understanding why no one will ever believe any verdict reached by a Sri Lankan court (I’m assuming you’ve been sleeping for the last few decades, wherein the judicial system was made into a rubber stamp for whatever party was in power. We live in a country where rapists walk on bail, and where courts conclude there is no proof kp was a terrorist! This is the court you believe has credibility and impartiality enough for an investigation of this magnitude?), b) not understanding that democratically elected governments are held to higher standards than a bunch of terrorists, and c) thinking that “reconciliation” means hiding the government’s crimes at whatever cost (but then, you not being well-versed in English I’ll give you a pass on this).

    As for ministers not knowing their responsibilities- it’s a pity we didn’t stay with the rajapakses, no, Malinda? Because there ministers were puppets with no real responsibilities at all! Much simpler! All this democracying is so tedious, nadda Mali? Jesus God, man, do you hear yourself?

  • 7
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    Interesting, after accepting a free lap top from Rajapakse did you ask him to give you clarity? What sort of a media person are you. Are you expecting a car from the Yahapalanaya Government, you are not going to get it. Sorry Machan!

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    So, according to the 2 P’s (President & Prime Minister), the UNHRC Report could have much worse if the leadership change that occurred on the 8th of January had not in fact taken place.

    If this change in political leadership did contribute towards a drastic dilution of the findings of the Report, does this not then mean that the primary objective of the UNHRC investigation was not (as stated) to investigate the possible human rights violations that may have occurred during the last few weeks of the War, but rather to use the opportunity to vilify, harass and threaten the then political leadership ? By diluting the Report to suit the Yahapalanaya Government, is not the UNHRC guilty of mitigating the ‘crime’ ?

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      I am afraid there has been no change/dilution of the allegations made in March. It might have been put through a different word processor, but Sooka’s document remains substantially the same.

      The Anglo-Saxons have this contemptible habit of supporting a minority in a country in order to hold the majority to ransom, if a regime change cannot be effected with ease. Today while ignoring the fact that they themselves are the worst human rights abusers this century, they are seeking to establish a new set of precedents to hold the little countries to. Sri Lanka must not be a party to enable them achieve this ignoble end. My fear is that our country’s leadership may not be up to the task.

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      Ekelbroom:
      It is hard to dispute your central claim that the UNHRC report is “softer” than it might have been if the Rajapaksas were ruling the roost. However, the Rajapaksa regime had provided ample evidence of its obduracy, leave alone all the lies and promises unfulfilled from before, and what has now transpired is far softer and less damaging that it might otherwise have been.
      All we can hope for is that the GOSL will act in good faith and begin the process of dispensing justice and beginning the healing process. I, many of us are not holding our breaths in anticipation of such a state of affairs of a bunch which includes many of the most abominable members of the previous regime. That said, there is little choice but to try to make a silk purse out of this particular sow’s ear!

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    There is a lack of clarity in the sense , everybody saying MR is corrupt and murderous, but not a single case filed against him,leave alone proof beyond doubt.

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    {edited out] Malintha!

    Before you ask for clarity from Hon. PM – you better give back the lap top you got from MR. You like DJ have lost credibility as a respectable journalist.

    Times are not good for your type in Sri Lanka. Go and learn Russian and be a lap dog of Putin! No sensible person will ever consider you as a honourable journalist. We’ll you sold your soul with the acceptance of the lap top.

  • 1
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    Malinda,

    Your article as usual is a load of rubbish. Picking words out of the mouths of people and twisting it to suite your twisted mind.

    But one sentence really stood out “The media has to report and comment. Fairly. With balance. That’s a given.”
    Do you really live by this or do you live and write for MR and expect the public to believe everything you say.

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    I recall Maithripala Sirisena praising MR’s virtues for saving the nation. I remember him calling MR a KING a MAHARAJANENI. He is clueless on a rudderless boat. Facts are he was peeved for being overlooked for PM at a time a PM from NCP was most definitely due and Jayaratne, DM had suffered a big stroke and was not effective even as a token. Plus DM had that cloud over a heroin shipment. MR should have appointed My3.

    So My3 was acting defence minister. He was mentioned in the report according to CT. Fact is CBK and Mangala are running amok. RW is not sure what to do and very soon everyone will be royally messed up in the rear by US UK India and China will not back us because we have pissed them off. And Indian loans for Indian goodies, trains, indian technology are being shoved into our gullets. Remember AID or LOANS are LOANS not free money. So now India is engaging in technology and personnel dumping. Bye bye any notion of self dignity as US will make sure it is all sold down the drain.

    Sirisena has no clue; why do we have such a massive cabinet except to buy loyalty?

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    There is such a lot of prejudice against Malinda S
    that lot of CT readers are looking at him with a
    jaundiced eye.

    In this instance, I must say, he is talking sense.
    Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasingha is threatening
    the media by wanting to impose new taxes. Sirisena
    says because of him, the UNHRC report is mild.
    Rajitha Senaratne says that the UN should remove
    or withdraw any steps to hold an international
    inquiry. How conceited he is? As if the world
    listens to this audacious dath dostara.

    Field Marshal Fonseka says he will face any inquiry.
    This is like Rajapaksa saying he will sit in the
    electric chair.

    He may be a good solider but as a politician the peple
    have rejected Fonseka. He could not even get more than
    28ooo votes and have one member elected from his party.
    Even the officers and soldiers are not with him. He
    is sponging on the genorosity of Sirisena by drawing
    the perks of office.

    What Malinda (who many dislike) says is correct. I dislike
    him too but I fully agree with him. Well done Malinda

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