29 November, 2021

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Given Imperfections Makes Nonsense Of Calls For Perfect Solutions 

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

“In politics, let us not search for absolutes.”

Cambodia

Let’s realize our blessings: Sri Lankan politics isn’t yet quite like the Cambodian. It nearly became so, when attempters were stopped in their track in the year 2015. Cambodian elections have just completed and  the country’s information minister said the ruling party won Sunday’s (29/11) election, ensuring Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has led the country for 33 years, will serve another five year-term.

Cambodia’s Opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, remains exiled in France. Speaking in Freteval, France, where he lives, Rainsy told The Associated Press that “it is a meaningless victory because [Hun Sen] won without any real challenger … prior to the election he dissolved the only credible opposition party.” Although 20 parties contested the election, the only one with the popularity and organisation to mount a credible challenge, Sam Rainsy’s Cambodian National Rescue Party, was dissolved last year by the Supreme Court.

Apparently, Hun Sen rules in style.He will virtually be CEO for life, following China’s model. Like our own Mahinda Rajapaksa, he has got a head of judiciary who will deliver the verdict that is wanted. He loves the figure ‘twenty in Opposition,’ because it tells the world what a vibrant democracy he leads!

Extreme Example

Cambodia, and even Erdogan’s Turkey where recent elections were “fought,” with  five opposition leaders contesting from jail are but extreme illustrations of how government dynamics go into action in a human society that is essentially not ready for democracy. 

It is wrong to hold the impression that societal imperfections  are devoid in the more advanced, modernised and literate societies of the West. If they were, we would not have witnessed Brexit or Donald Trump. In politics, let us not search for absolutes.

Myth of Diyasena

Only a messianic leader can turn around a country to somewhat overcome imperfections. There is a myth lying in our collective consciousness that Sri Lanka will soon get its Messiah or Diyasena. We thought it was SWRD Bandaranaike to be, but that man blew it all up and set alive much of the social pathogens that have seriously afflicted our nation since: ethnic and religious conflict, destruction of the English medium, paralysing the economy with unworkable socialism and so on.

JR Jayewardene wasn’t ever thought of as a messiah although he did achieve something substantial for the economy by bringing in the open economy. He blew up nevertheless by launching the Executive Presidency that has spelt evil to the country, attracting narcissistic leaders to don the mantle and go about displaying gold rings and charms on their fingers

Yes, that reference was to our High King, Mahinda. Not regarded as a messiah to begin with, Mahinda however, suddenly metamorphised into one after he was lucky enough to have Prabhakaran and his terrorist separatist outfit destroyed at Nandikadal during his regime. Despite the media hype that was more a coincidence that occurred as a result of a conglomeratoion of forces both internal and external. Yet, Mahinda and his powerful bro Gota managed the situation putting Machiavelli into the shade. And didn’t the whole family and their cohorts go wild after that?  

The downing of the LTTE presented a Kalinga Moment for Mahinda but the latter let the country down and unleashed a regime that survived by franchising corruption right down the line-through individul Ministers, officials, and right down to Pradeshiya Sabha bigwigs. Hun Sen is not known to have done that much. 

New Messaiahs?

People are sataiated and disgusted with the duopoly of the two big party components. Sri Lankan politics is looking to be fractured. Party loyalties are fluid. People keep looking for a messiahas again. We have some individuals trying to fit into the messiah role. Mr Rohan Pelewatte is one and Mr Nagananda Kodituwakku another. Pelawatte has somewhat lost the plot already because his association with Basil stands exposed. Will Nagananda make it? Like the man in France-Macron?

I doubt. The Sri Lanakan scenario is different from that of France. Any putative leader needs a stabel and established political base. The exception is if a divine-like bloke is able to emerge. Maybe Kumar Sangakkara? Yet, even Sanga will need a base at ground level. The possibility of his joining the UNP is there. Imran Khan took 22 years to build his base and even then he would not have made it this far if not for military support.

Our Lesson

Human societies are riddled with contradictions and imperfections. In struggling countries like Sri Lanka, such faults and fractures get compounded. We are in pretty much a muddle. With  mounting debts of over 51 billion built over the last ten years, with ethnic tensions, low per capita income and high cost of living, the pressures on policy makers are immense. Rationality and stream lining in public management is difficult. Above all the shortage of a workable majority for the major partner in government,the United National Party, had led its leader and his party men to compromise with creepy MPs of the Opposition. The common candidate experiment is barely working.

The above are only a few of the major deformities. In such a context, it seems poitnless to lecture on how better to manage this or that. In the circumstances, my own preference is to try and move even incrementally within the framework of a political terrain that is hard to negotiate.

Building on what we have achieved

The above implies a political wisdom of building on what has been already achieved. Critics of the yahapalanaya government,including the mindless media, have been unfair  about the government’s progress. The concept of yahapalanaya or good governance contains a core element and an extended element. The core substance of the goal of yahapalanaya is to install systems and practices that enthrone the operation of the law of the land above the heads of those in power and authority. The law must rule first;the governing leaders and officials next. Yahapalanaya is averse to any leader grandstanding above the law;it has no room for narcisssitic men who throw about their weight over everybody and every institution. Leaders are servers and not lords. The regime that the people dumped did represent the diametrical opposite of this practice. We had a President going about like a Russian Tsar and his brothers behaving as lesser Tsars, with sons following suit assaulting rugger coachers and violating the sacred space of the Dalada Maligawa with arrogance and unconcern to the snesitivities of the temple trustees and the Buddhist public. Eighty per cent of the naional budget was run by the President and his family. The portfolio of Finance was kept under the President himself. While Yahapalanaya is underscored by checks and balances to power, the previous regime wasn’t any concerned about checks. Accountability and transparency were thrown to the wind.

Within the last three plus years this government has succeeded in overturing that corrupt and outrageous governance system. The fact that the serious cases against many of the previous regime are still not adjudicated is itself an evidence that government meddling in the judicial process isn’t there. We no longer have a Chief Justice who, like Barkis in the Dickensian novel, is willing. The law takes its course. There have been no cases of dissenters being murdered or driven out into exile. We have had elections sans any compalints of violence and manoeuvring. Independent Commissions are at work. The promised Audit Act is through and that confirms the independence of the Auditor General who, during the previous regime had been virtually captive. The Freedom of Information Act has been passed giving any humble citizen the right to ask for infromation from a government agency. These and others are outstading triumphs of the yahapalanaya government. Nobody in his good sense can deny these.

The wider meaning of yahapalanaya

It is the wider meaning of yahapalanaya that has to be achieved. Essentially, this area of activity involves work-in-progress. Among these, the economy takes first place. Sri Lanka has to transform the structure of its economy from a debt-led one to an investment-led export economy. The Prime Minister talks often of economics and of his plans. However, the people want to see them real. The other day, he announced plans to boost the economy of the Eastern Province. He rightly emphasised the need of airconnectivity to transform the eastern region to an active tourist destination throughout the year. He has vision for such things. On the other hand, little progress on ground is observed.

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    I cannot understand how some people talk about Kumar S as presidential candidate. Is it because Imran K’s win? Imran K was in politics for more than 20 years. I respect Kumar S as a great cricketer – other than that what is his specialty. They are people who go behind money. Count the products they advertise – what is the guarantee about their (products’) quality. He once with others got a tour to UK cancelled by pleading to politicians because they wanted to join IPL! Bringing such people as presidential candidate is an insult to the whole nation. If Kumar S has no such ambition, I apologise and withdraw my comment.

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      BP:
      Sri Lanka needs a good CEO at the top with a vision. So why not push for someone like Mr.Dhammika Perera. He is Sinhalese, Buddhist has run successful businesses and has a can do attitude.

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        Burt,

        Dhammika Perera has a questionable record. Just because he is the richest man in SL, doesn’t mean he would be a good statesman. People become filthy rich because of some advantage over others which maybe inheritance (like the Saudi Royals), a great innovator (like Bill Gates) or in the case Perera, dubious means & contacts.

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        Burt,

        Dhammika Perera has a questionable record. Just because he is the richest man in SL, doesn’t mean he would be a good statesman. People become filthy rich because of some advantage over others which maybe inheritance (like the Saudi Royals), a great innovator (like Bill Gates) or in the case Perera, dubious means & contacts.

        Are you suggesting that only a Sinhalese Buddhist who runs successful businesses with a can do attitude should be the next President?

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          Raj:
          You got to accept the realty. Sri Lanka is not a Buddhist country but a racist country where bigotry is guaranteed by statute. So you have to be in a dream world to believe that a NON-SINHALESE or a NON-BUDDHIST will ever be President of Sri Lanka.

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    With all the Hoo Haa about the Bond Scam, there is no shred of evidence that PTI funds have gone to Ranil’s personal account unlike the Tsunami funds finding it’s way to MR’s account. Therefore I still believe that the only person who could deliver this country for the next century is Ranil Wickremasinghe. His vision for the country is unmatched. With all the rhetoric of the anti RW group they can not project anyone with a clean sheet to take over. Come 2020 will allow the murky waters to settle for the masses to understand the reality.

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      Dear Gamini,
      .
      Don’t you understand that Ranil W. is an old man?

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        S_M:
        In to days world age and sexual orientation are not material but whether a person can do the job. I think RW is capable but I don’t think the majority of Sri Lankans vote based on a persons ability but on hype, race and religion. This makes RW ever becoming President slim.

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      I cannot see why the robbery proceeds need to be in RW’s accounts. It is enough for it to be in Aloys or Mahendran’s accounts, along with the account holders of those recipients of 10,000 cheques. Who is throwing this silly logic about the ownership of account. Talk about the ownership of robbery proceeds and accounts of all gangsters in a feather! Fenitely RW has truely shown his vision for national assets through his involvement with Mahendrans; what a patriot?

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        thrishu

        “I cannot see why the robbery proceeds need to be in RW’s accounts. “

        Would you like it to be paid into Gota’s foreign account which he desperately need it for forth coming election expenses?

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          NV:
          Gota will like that and so will thrishu but he does not need that for election expenses. He has already created his nest egg for that.

          “Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is charged with allowing a private firm to establish a floating armoury.
          It is claimed the move deprived the state of more than $75m (£57m). BBC”

          MIG and Highway Deals and not to be left out Cabral’s contribution from Greek Bonds.

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            Burt

            Yes you are right he is wealthy. His clan is wealthy however he is wishing to stand in the next election for the good of the country hence he expect every person to chip in his/her contribution.

            You missed an important appeal to the stupid Tamils, please read:

            Prez polls 2019:
            Gota in powwow with Tamil media, underpins his vision on accelerated development
            July 27, 2018,
            Gotabhaya Rajapaksa
            Wartime Defence Secretary
            by Shamindra Ferdinando

            http://www.island.lk

            He is appealing to the Tamil Diaspora for election contribution and support from Domestic Tamils.
            The Tamils should support the National Hangman like they supported the public racist lonely Field Marshall only if they don’t want to see his face on Sri Lankan currency notes, on every government department wall, on independent day, …… presiding over the parliament, armed forces, ……………..

            Sambandan, you can do it, invite Gota to the North, wave the horrible Lion Flag, Sing Sinhala National Anthem, ……………………..

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              NV:
              That he was speaking to Dogclass and his goons inside and outside the country. Average Tamils do vote but have very little interest in politics. The crap in Sri Lanka is beyond repair.

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                Burt

                If Tamils vote for Gota his presidential ambition is doomed to fail. Therefore Tamils should get together and vote for him. Look how the lonely Field Marshall lost his presidential election.

                Most people are uneasy about electing a butcher (national hangman) for a president.

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        thrishu:
        There is no law against ignorance but there is no reason to be advertising your ignorance.
        There was no robbery even the Kangaroo court of sri lanka is unable to bring any charges after pouring in man hours and money for over an year.

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      Gamini: NEWS MEDIA is not allowed to publish the list of those who got bond scam profits. Ranil always gave his profits to wify thing or to relatives. Ask him to prove it wrong.

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      gamini

      “Therefore I still believe that the only person who could deliver this country for the next century is Ranil Wickremasinghe. “

      If so why is he protecting the clan lock stock and barrel?
      Is he honouring his promise he made to the clan in the wee hours of 9 January 2015?

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    Earlier today (or yesterday) I saw a newspaper report where Kumar Sangakkara had refused to make any comment on Facebook speculation that he would run for President in 2019 (yes, I distinctly remember that it was the year before 2020, which most thought of as Presidential Election year.
    .
    More significantly, he had refused to deny the story – or confirm, for that matter. I happened to speak to two extremely knowledgeable people (who hadn’t at that time heard the speculation); they both said that if he ran, he’d win, but that he’d be a fool to do so, since he has no experience in politics, and he’d fail.
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    I came up with what was rather a non-sequitur, that he’s one of the very few who’s got an A for A. Level English – as a main subject; the Literature-based based papers that requires First Language proficiency – as do the Sinhala and Tamil papers. I guess readers know that all the other language papers are soft options with those who pass not able to use the language at all. But come to think of it, Kumar S. once confessed that he’s had a problem in England with the word “junction”.
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    The Rajapaksas won’t be happy with this development; will they say that a guy who doesn’t know the word junction cannot be President? Most other Sri Lankans will be ecstatic at the prospect.

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    Will the people of Paradise understand , If they give a second chance ( maybe the Third) to The Malaccan Family from Modamulana

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    I read the last two sentences, and that is the maximum time would spend on this authors BS. Mate if you have been to Hambanthota and to up the East coast from there and if you have an iota of brain cells you may understand that Mattala airport services the east Coast with exceptionally good roads, so there is your connectivity.

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      wannihami
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      “I read the last two sentences, and that is the maximum time would spend on this authors BS. “

      We know you are pressed for time.
      Being a full time b***s carrier to MR & GR is not an easy job.
      You are doing fine.
      We wish you well.

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    It is amazing and ingenious how CT can gather and publish erudite nonsense.

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    A senile joker keeping himself occupied whose time expired a long time ago.
    Just a destructor.

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      Thondamany

      “A senile joker keeping himself occupied whose time expired a long time ago.
      Just a destructor.”

      True, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is 69 years old, it is bit old for any job.
      Let him spend rest of his life with his family. He does not need to go out and earn a living.

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    Sangakkara is not a patriot remember his ICC speech. He blasted mother Lanka

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      Joy:
      Here is a patriot for you.
      “Mahinda Rajapakshe:
      Mahinda Rajapakshe was the previous Sri Lankan president, Who also holds the 6th position is our list of “Top 10 Richest persons in Sri Lanka. – Lankadesha”

      Source of wealth not known.

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    We thought it was SWRD Bandaranaike to be, but that man blew it all up and set alive much of the social pathogens that have seriously afflicted our nation since: ethnic and religious conflict, destruction of the English medium, paralysing the economy with unworkable socialism and so on.”
    Absolutely. Then, we go on an elect the wife. If that wasn’t enough, we give the daughter 2 more rounds at destruction.
    “JR Jayewardene wasn’t ever thought of as a messiah although he did achieve something substantial for the economy by bringing in the open economy. He blew up nevertheless by launching the Executive Presidency that has spelt evil to the country, attracting narcissistic leaders to don the mantle and go about displaying gold rings and charms on their fingers.
    Spot on.
    “Yes, that reference was to our High King, Mahinda. Not regarded as a messiah to begin with, Mahinda however, suddenly metamorphised into one after he was lucky enough to have Prabhakaran and his terrorist separatist outfit destroyed at Nandikadal during his regime.”
    Lucky?? Seriously, Shaymon? Thousands of dead and maimed soldiers was lucky? Saying absoultely no to David Miliband and Bernard Kouchner so they could spring out Prabakaran was lucky? Seriously?? With all the faults of Rajapaksha, you cannot give him that?
    “The downing of the LTTE presented a Kalinga Moment for Mahinda but the latter let the country down and unleashed a regime that survived by franchising corruption right down the line-through individul Ministers, officials, and right down to Pradeshiya Sabha bigwigs.”
    Granted but has anything changed? Think not.
    “With mounting debts of over 51 billion built over the last ten years, with ethnic tensions, low per capita income and high cost of living, the pressures on policy makers are immense.”
    Granted with a correction. 51 billion over the last 13 years and not 10. The last 8 has been without the cost of a war.

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    Just because someone batted he cannot become a state leader. M Atapattu scored 5 ducks in his first 5 innings. He was give so many opportunities due to his connections to hora arjuna. Same story for Sanga, he has missed more catches as a wicket keeper than holding catches.

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    Sangakkara is well known to my family as we frequently socialise. A filthy rich buggar who makes millions out of crabs and other businesses. He got a pukka bloody good manager – Charlie Austin, a Britisher who now lives in Lanka.

    A very unasuuming couple, especially the wife who is friendly. Fanstastic parents for there kids

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      Niluka Damayanthi

      What is your point if you have one?
      Why do you think any gossip about him should excite me?
      Why do you think I need to know his family details?

      Is he is planning to share his wealth with his fellow country men and women then of course its a good news which should excite many of us in this forum.

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      Niluka

      I am sure there are loads of unassuming couples, friendly wives & Fantastic parents in SL & you also say that he is a filthy rich ****** (I won’t use your term), profiting from an overpriced restaurant. So does that make him a good statesman? He will probably get Englishmen to be his ministers in the cabinet but, at least, they may be better than the current yobs..

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    It is true, nowadays Rajaandus are becomiong common in Asia. Only when West hear that they gasp for air why We don’t have that. Even Latin america has that situation. Some were very fortunate and they could escape some 625 or so assination attmepts. But, Chaverz died drinking some radioactive cocktail. Now, Nicaraguaan president is also tolerating the months long his country’s civil unrest. Opposition had said no we did not do. He is waiting to find who di dthat. Some times police had been killed, upto 300 has died. But the president is not accusiing the opposotion. some how his brother who is living some where else has asked via CNN president brother to take action against the protesters. Read Asian history, Rajanadu’s were one king and no two kings. YEt that king walked around the country side without amred guards and super luxury DOALAWAS. One PRofessor explained how Succeesful is HARVARD’s not HARVARD economic program for sri lanka is. Since 2013 Sri lanka has gone down. as world bank predicted (bu tnot by MCC or IMF) Sri lanka is in Depression. Manufacturing is zero both in 2014 and in 2017. On other hand, poorer countries from the west come and ask asking price for what ever manufacturing plants we have. MAngala Samaraweera, Ravi KArunanayake, Ranil and even Maitripala Sirisena is doing their best. Mangala Samraweera has prepared every thing for sale and to develop the country more. RAviK changed foreign exchange importing and money laundering laws. So, if you are politician, you can bring a suit case full of austrlian dollars without inform the customs. Only if you so careless you may have to pay 1.0%. Just think whether you can take it. Ranil is selling even the irrigation canals to politicians because he could not pay enough to his supporters because of CIABOC paid by USAID blew up in his hands.

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    Shyamon, you are misguided, Sanga is not perfect. He was the roudiest ever wicket keeper. Used to constantly appeal for hora outs.

    Argued with umpires to the core.

    Frequently ran out the other end batsmen.

    Became a gentleman much later in cricket.

    Ask Gilchrist he will tell all, even Steve Waugh will say who real Sanga is

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    Like Murali, Maththews Sanga played for self not for the country (unlike Sanath, Mahela, Dilshan, Chandimal – they put country first always)

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      Vinoth

      I am not a cricket fan & I don’t give a monkey’s as for who plays for SL but as far as I know, SL cricketers have always been a mercenary lot who have benefited from Govt. perks & tax free income. Then there are a few who have gone further in prostituting them selves, like the Ranathungas, & Sanath also comes to mind.

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    Shyamon, why don’t you write about General Al Sisi the Dictator of Egypt who reversed the Spring Revolution.

    Scared eh?

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      Right now there is a spring revolution going on in Nicragua.

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    Joke. Kumar S is no Imran khan. There is nothing to compare here folks

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    “In politics, let us not search for absolutes.” Correct. Let’s grab the only silver lining in the current dismal scenario: the trend toward fluidity in political affiliation and party loyalties. If this tendency continues, hopefully it could bring about a much needed transformation of our political culture: from tribal politics to civic politics. Civic political culture is one where people come together as equal citizens and actively participate with openness, trust and tolerance; where people show confidence and pride in their political system and the rule of law. It may sound utopian, but a dream can at least slow down the march into total anarchy.

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    ‘Within the last three plus years this government has succeeded in overturning that corrupt and outrageous governance system.’ – Shyamon Jayasinghe

    According to Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe, “More than half the state officials would be in jail by now if they were dealt with in the manner in which former presidential secretary Mr.Weeratunga was dealt with and sentenced to prison on charges of misusing State funds”. – Asanga abeyagoonasekara (Economic Crime and the P118 of Sri Lanka)

    I know who I would believe.

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      Paul

      “More than half the state officials would be in jail by now if they were dealt with in the manner in which former presidential secretary Mr.Weeratunga was dealt with and sentenced to prison on charges of misusing State funds”.

      Then why isn’t Weeratunga in prison?
      Who is protecting the other half?

      The causes of all illness were found to be in the following:

      UP country Tamils
      Foreign businesses
      Official language was not Sinhala only
      The medium of instruction was not in Sinhala.
      More state jobs were held by Burghers and Tamils.
      More university places were occupied by Tamils
      Armed forces were not 100% Sinhala/Buddhists
      Buddha Sasana was not protected by constitution

      …..

      G G Ponnampalam
      S J V Chelvanayagam
      Federal Party
      JVP
      A Amirthalingam
      Terrorism
      Thiruvengadam Vellupillai Prabaharan
      Sambandan
      Muslims
      Christians


      Now these elements have been completely dealt with or removed from the stage what seems to be the problem? Are you still blaming VP, RW, AA, SJV C, GG P, …… for all those problems?

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    Shyamon’s rendition may not be music to the obdurate. But please listen to the message.

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    Mr Pillai,well said indeed!The number moronic comments, some ridiculing the excellent article itself and the others being way off the mark is collectively an indication of the pathetic shallow thinking ability of the English enabled reader .

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    Sanga is a selfish self serving greedy bastard who will do anything for money as far as I could see.
    Look at all the advertisements he has appeared in, shamelessly he would skip from one ad to another.
    He appears to promote that lousy Renault KWID calling it Sri Lankas best selling car! What a cheap state.
    [edited out]
    Sanga is a shylock in my honest opinion. Too selfish and money minded always.
    Quite the opposite of a messiah that we are looking for!

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    International cricketers are mostly crooks. There is so much corruption involved at that level. Al Jazeera recently did a brilliant documentary exposing match fixing, where it was revealed that at least 75% of internationals are fixed. In essence cricket is like WWE. Though with the latter everyone knows it is a staged affair, but with the former want to keep deluding themselves that its real.
    So a cricketer would make a great politician for that reason, because he has the credentials to do what politicians are known for doing. Stealing and deceiving the public.
    A legendary Sri Lankan cricketer (whos name i wont mention) is known by a few people to have gotten involved in shady business dealings with alcohol and drugs during Rajapaksa rule.

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      JohnSiva

      (whos name i wont mention)

      Its alright you can tell us we will keep it confidential.
      Go on.

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        I can think of 3 other legendary players who are all accused of criminal activities linked with politicians after they retired from cricket. One was a famous spinner, the other a devastating batsman and the third a fat fellow. All 3 rose to prominence in cricket during the 1990s.

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    It does not matter who contests for the seat of the President. All that matters is all those who are contesting should not have any pending cases or acquisitions. They have to be clean, to be seen clean and accepted as clean persons. That is the only salvation to Sri Lanka.

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    Right now there is a spring revolution going on in Jaffna. Our hero maha Ven Gnanasara is a super hero. He can stop it in a minute if we all pray.

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    I have not suggested that Sangakkara should take over the mantle of leadership. My thinking is that this young man has good potential for politics and that he should, perhaps, join the UNP and season himself to take that party forward in the future. I still see Ranil as the only leader with economic vision and I don’t believe his days are numbered. He needs more Parliamentary backing. He is on the right track. But he must deliver soon.

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      Dear Shyamon,
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      You’re well known for promoting Ranil. The hard fact is that Ranil is now pretty old. There are older politicians, but then they either achieved power late in life, or they had a long history of success. In Rani’s case, he was parachuted in to influential Ministries when very young, and in to the leadership of the UNP also when enviably young.
      .
      His days are not numbered – they are gone! He must hand over to somebody younger.
      .
      As for Sangakkara, yes it would be good if he were to take to politics. His reputation country-wide is good, although some hate him for being “upper class”. Yes, his Ministry of Crabs is too expensive for me to patronise, but the point is that he was clever enough to start it, with Mahela Jayawardena, on his own. Yes, they’ve been making money out of advertising, and we all know that “Marketing” is not an honest profession. But those are known facts.
      .
      Many comments are not to be taken seriously – including my initial comment, which at time of posting was third, but has now got inter-leaved down.
      .
      Will continue . . .

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    Imran Khan has just being elected as PM of Pakistan with the tacit approval and help of the military. He will soon be consumed by the corrupt Pakistan military or bumped off if he fail to toe the line.

    Compared to Pakistan Sri Lanka is a heaven and miles apart ….that shows how corrupt and militarised Pakistan is

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    A lot of good sense and honesty in this writer. Keep up the great work, Shyamon

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