25 August, 2019

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Good Governance: Matters Of Urgency

By Emil van der Poorten

Emil van der Poorten

Emil van der Poorten

As someone who has written for publication for more than half a century, dealing with plantation issues, crop diversification, pioneering work with sheep, politics and a potpourri of other subjects, I have taken my fair share of criticism of one description or another. However, I have never been threatened until recently for what has been published under my name.

In and of itself, in the matter of attempting to silence people’s opinions by threat, this is not an event of earth-shaking significance. However, placed against the backdrop of a government that loudly proclaimed its commitment to ensuring the freedom of expression and threats to democracy, the event becomes disturbing.

From the time of the election of the MR2 (Maithri/Ranil) government many of us insisted that there could be no equivocating in the matter of democratic and principled conduct in the running of this country. “TINA” has been a much-abused acronym, but There Is No Alternative. It is all or nothing at all. Making “exceptions” here, there and, seemingly, everywhere, while it might not have reached the same proportions as it did during the MR1 (Mahinda Rajapaksa) regime, is increasing exponentially. Comparisons with the MR1 lot are hardly justified given the commitment to dictatorial, undemocratic and violent governance (if one might even use that term) of that lot.Ranil and Maithri

What is even more serious is that this behaviour of our current rulers is, seemingly, paving the way for the return of their predecessors, in fact, making that transition that much easier!

I have specifically spoken to the fact that several of the current “movers and shakers” in the seats of power continue to play “footsie” with the very people who, they claimed, were the ruination of this land. On occasion, I have specifically named the individuals and referred to the areas of governance or issues that they have influenced in a manner that was definitely not in the public interest and, even if not calculated to discredit and make unpopular the MR2 government is having exactly that effect.

It seems like they are not only in the business of paving the road of return for the most reprehensible of the previous regime for reasons of anticipated pecuniary gain, they appear pretty confident that they might do so with absolute security of tenure in the current government in the meantime. Increasingly, this kind of conduct, particularly of some Ministers with significant authority, bears the MR1 hallmark of impunity. It has reached the point that a few of the more principled of the government MPs, seemingly mostly from among the younger Ranil Wickremesinghe loyalists, have been provoked into open criticism of such conduct, ignoring the fact that those they are contradicting and, sometimes, scolding are the very individuals who wield significant authority and could adversely affect the political futures of those being critical. Good for them, say I. However, this kind of scanty and irregular criticism of unprincipled behaviour is not enough. There must be, for a start, a declaration by the ruling level of the current coalition that unprincipled behaviour, either deliberate or incidental will not be tolerated.

Hordes of Sri Lankans are tired of behaviour that is not in the national interest and of the culprits who were elected primarily to rid this country of the very scourge they are supporting being responsible. The reason for this seeming contradiction is that the culprits anticipate that they will win even if they lose: “Dinuwath dinuwa, paradunath dinuwa.”

The above is a great recipe for the return of the rule of impunity.

Half measures to deal with this kind of thing will not work and if those in the MR2 with even a smidgen of intelligence and principle will simply listen to what the average citizen is saying they will realize that there is no risk, even in the crassest of political terms, to throwing out these Fifth Columnists. These shysters who need to be pitched out of their positions of power and authority have already identified themselves to the general public by their conduct and they can, therefore, do the MR2 government very little, if any, damage if kicked out of their current positions. However, permitting them continued tenure gives them the opportunity to undermine any government particularly one with “Yahapalanaya” pretensions even if that government is seen as treating the voting public with increasingly “Ohey palayang” dismissiveness.

The commitment to principle, like justice itself, must not only be practiced but seen to be practiced.

The long-overdue cleansing must begin immediately and paying lip service to the concept is hardly acceptable, particularly by a public that knows who the Fifth Columnists are. Trotting out the excuse of “government functionaries” being saboteurs is not selling with the public. That is common knowledge but what is also common knowledge is the fact that the “government functionaries” could not continue to be destructive without protection from senior politicians in the ruling coalition.

Even if our current government doesn’t have time to clean the entirety of the Augean stables, and God knows they haven’t helped that endeavour with their monumental procrastination, they can, at least, make a start on that Herculean task even at this late date. The alternative scenario is not one any believer in democracy wants to even think about!

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    Mr. VanderPooten:

    We should introduce a new governing style.

    Which is better ?

    Trump or Hilary Clinton Style, Vatican Style, Dutch Catholic church or the Anglican church run by a woman ?

    I prefer Wigneswaran’s style for the south.

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      I like to see Buddhist precepts followed in action(words aren’t enough) by all departments of the government.

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        Why do you expect this? Do you expect the same in every nation? For example do you expect US government departments to turn the other cheek and follow Christian principles?

        These things will never happen anywhere in the world.

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          “Good Governance: Matters Of Urgency”

          This country does not have people with grey material to produce good governance. Keep talking ad infinitum!

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        Thought Punitham, the old woman died in London last year!
        Is there another Punitham?

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        I like to see Buddhist precepts followed in action(words aren’t enough) by all departments of the government.

        Every where whenbuddhist precepts were followed to the letter, others came and exterminated those people.

        There are so many examples from Saudi Arabia to Kambodia.

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        Punitham

        “I like to see Buddhist precepts followed in action(words aren’t enough) by all departments of the government.”

        Actually, they are followed, sort of, in the Sinhala Buddhist Temples, not so much in the departments of the government. Let’s hope that it won’t infect the government departments.

        Child Abuse by a Monk in Habaraduwa

        Uploaded on May 29, 2010
        She sent her grandson to school with the idea of providing him with proper education to make him a good person. The Buddhist monk in charge of the temple asked her to send the child to the temple and she sent him there because they were poor. There was no possibility for them to pay the money for tuition fees. That was the reason why they sent the boy to the temple school.When the child began to refuse going to the temple school so adamantly, grandmother had to look for the reason. It was then only that she discovered that the child who was sent to learn good behavior, ethics and Buddha’s Dharma from the monk had in fact been abused by the monk.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNSC93mPs4I

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          What a pathetic juvenile comment mentioning an isolated event not connected to Buddhism in any way. This is like saying all Catholic priests are paedophiles.

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      Emil van der Poorten

      RE: Good Governance: Matters Of Urgency

      We indeed have “Good Governance”. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Governance?

      The people are therefore naturally and thoroughly disappointed with the slow putrefaction of the much hyped good governance .

      True story behind Gota’s ‘security conference tour’ of China…. Is this Good governance ?

      Through the Grape Vine, Bulath Vine and Vettila Vine.

      It is an unequivocal fact that lawless Gotabaya Rajapakse was all along a byword for murder and mayhem during the Rajapakse nefarious decade , while he was the defense secretary under the Rajapakse brutal and corrupt regime that was thrown out lock , stock and barrel by the masses on the 8 th of January 2015. Hence , granting the request of Gotabaya to attend a ‘ security conference’ abroad despite the countless criminal charges that have been mounted against him has incurred the bitter displeasure and disillusionment of the masses for good governance.

      Following so many complaints received by Vine news from the public in this connection , our inside information division was impelled to conduct a probe into this . We have discovered that Gotabaya’s so called ‘security conference’ he is seeking to attend is being held in China , and the invitation is from a private weapons trading Co. in that country . That is ,it has nothing to do with the Sri Lankan government or security divisions.

      It is well know fact that Gotabaya the notorious corrupt villain is an accused in a case of causing grave loss to the country, filed by the commission investigating bribery and corruption . One of the bail conditions on which he was released in that case stipulated that he should hand over his passport to the court.

      However on the 3 rd a motion was filed in the Colombo chief magistrate court by Gotabaya’s lawyer Ali Sabry requesting the court to release his passport to attend a ‘security conference’ from 5 th to 30 th October in China. The chief magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya granted this request . Pilapitiya while releasing the passport temporarily, imposed an additional bail condition – to furnish a personal bail in a sum of Rs. 5 million
      .
      The lawyer for Gotabaya citing security reasons did not make public the motion that was filed. However , according to reports reaching Lanka e news inside information division , like how the Rajapakses are continuously taking the courts and judges down the garden path , on this occasion too , Gotabaya had fooled the court because there isn’t such a ‘security conference’ lasting 25 days in China.

      Hence this tour is a ploy that has been adopted by Gotabaya to visit China to collect illicit commissions due to him even currently based on the agreements he signed with China when he was the defense secretary, as well as to launder his illicit earnings and ‘black monies’

      Brigadier Mahinda Weerasuriya of the Gajaba regiment of the army who is on leave these days is accompanying Gotabaya on this tour .(Gotabaya’s regiment too was Gajaba) . Weerasuriya was the other army officer who appeared with Major General Sumith Manawadu to arrest Sarath Fonseka earlier on.

      Weerasuriya was also most closely associated with Gotabaya in the criminal white Van operations during the murderous and brutal Gotabaya’s period. Weerasuriya just before the good governance government came into power took a five years no pay leave to work as a military attaché in the UN office of South Sudan. He has now come to SL after taking leave to join Gotabaya on the Chinese tour.

      Even when Gotabaya was the defense secretary , it was with Weerasuriya, Gotabaya travelled to China in connection with his illicit commission deals . Based on the luxury mansion costing Rs. 50 million that is being built in Akuregoda in the vicinity of the army headquarters by Mahinda Weerasuriya , it could be imagined what amount of filthy lucre he plundered and robbed while he was in the army.

      The most vexatious questions pertaining to these issues are : how come these scoundrels are still receiving illicit commissions to the detriment of the country ? How could Gota be granted permission to travel abroad while there is a case pending against him based on charges of causing grave loss to the country ? Why are no responsible officials probing into these ?

      If an accused can be granted permission to go overseas , not because of his medical condition or on a matter of importance concerning the government , then for what reason and why on earth was a ban imposed on the foreign travel of that accused? Is it because somebody wanted to use the impounded passport of the accused to wipe the festering sores in his/her private areas linked to some incurable disease ? the people are justifiably questioning .

      The people are therefore naturally and thoroughly disappointed with the slow putrefaction of the much hyped good governance .

      If a criminal ,ruthless, lawless villain like Gotabaya who abducted many innocent citizens using the notorious White Van; said ‘I will hang him’ and threw an army commander who won the war into jail ; threw the helpless residents of Colombo from their homes to the streets ; threw the rule of law into the garbage bin ; and caused disappearances of law abiding citizens can be invited to the wedding house of Dudley Sirisena the brother of President Maithripala Sirisena , and if the latter can sit at the same table with him along with the prime minister and gobble meals together , Gotabaya the ruthless rascal being allowed to go abroad to attend the ‘ security conference ‘ to carry out his money laundering and illicit commission collections despite all his criminalities and atrocities is surely not a matter for surprise .

      However as a media that has always championed the cause of the masses and truth frankly, fearlessly and forthrightly let us issue a stern warning to all those in responsible positions : Though the masses for good governance who emerged victorious via the Rainbow revolution on 2015-01-08 are remaining silent the dire consequences that can follow shall not be underestimated.

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      Jim Softy:
      Is your REAL name “Sumanasekera?” The attempt to write anything resembling coherent English seems familiar!!

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    Emil, I agree that “The commitment to principle, like justice itself, must not only be practiced but seen to be practiced”, however this is wishful thinking!

    Let’s see how the recent Daham Sirisena’s attack on the nightclub pans out, which should give us a good idea how MR2’s “commitment to principle” stands.

    But let’s not hold our collective breath!!!

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    Emil,
    Forgive me for this remedial intervention.

    “this behaviour of our current rulers is, seemingly, paving the way for the return of their predecessors, in fact, making that transition that much easier!”

    ‘Seemeningly’ should be replaced with ‘SURELY’.

    “It seems like they are not only in the business of paving the road of return for the most reprehensible of the previous regime for reasons of anticipated pecuniary gain, they appear pretty confident that they might do so with absolute security of tenure…”
    They are not paving way but building a highway for the previous regime to return!

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      excellent intervention

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      Mr. Alwis:

      “this behaviour of our current rulers is, seemingly, paving the way for the return of their predecessors, in fact, making that transition that much easier!”

      Why do you people so called Senior – Journalists just touch on the surface and do not go to the root cause.

      Except for individual preferences, why every govt has to behave the same way?

      Just see how the full 100% democratic west do it. Who ever comes, they all want to flatten the middle east to oblivion. why ? who runs the world ? Is it the politicians or some forces behind it ? So,politicians in order to save their buts, they do something else. AT least those politicians have nuclear stuff. So, they can be nationalistic. Our politicians have to survive.

      Why you socalled journalists are so dumb or write for some specific purpose ?

      Mr. Pooten: why dutch bank was caught for corruption. That
      is from a well established country. NOw, that goes for years, and they that is how every big bank works. So, there is another avalanche is near by.

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      Another thing Sarath,

      Those who have written so much about ” plantation issues, crop diversification, pioneering work with sheep, politics and a potpourri of other subjects” need to know that one of the unpunished crimes in our country is the abuse and illegitimate claiming of government subsidies for agriculture.

      Minister Kiriella has cracked down on this issue, but not adequately.

      Those who stoop to such low levels to cheat the poor man’s rupee should be hung by the proverbial nuts.

      Do you agree Emil?

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        Rakhitha Halanhoda:
        Of course I agree. I would add that those, like your buddy, Kiriella who was PROVED by subsequent events to have been very economical with the truth (to put it mildly) should have an even more painful penalty for their behaviour.
        P. S.
        If you’d come out from under your pseudonym, I might even take the trouble to send you a photocopy of the proof of payment made by Mr. Kiriella’s minions issued in respect of the subsidy concerned.

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      Sarath:
      I am, indeed,flattered that someone of your intelligence agrees with my prognostications though I must say I have seldom been accused of understatement, as you have in your comments!

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    why don’t Columnists offer the people who they attack, a right of reply in the same Column? At least when the attacker has the guts to put is real name, like this guy? some statements cannot be allowed to go unchallenged!

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    Thanksssss
    Always on the lookout for your write-ups.

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    No change was brought in by January 2015 elections:

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Justice Peace
    Date: Fri, Oct 7, 2016 at 4:10 AM
    Subject: Empowering the Nation by Empowering Principals
    To: ranjithchandrasekara@gmail.com, sjayawardene@hotmail.com, Sapujith@yahoo.com, sudathnva@gmail.com
    Cc: ps@presidentsoffice.lk, secpm@pmoffice.gov.lk, secretary@environmentmin.gov.lk

    Deputy Director Generals
    National Institute of Education
    Maharagama

    Dear Deputy Director Generals

    Empowering the Nation by Empowering Principals

    I am exceedingly pleased to note:
    Empowering the Nation by Empowering Principals, http://nie.lk/
    I amvery much disappointed by the absence of an email contact for the Director General and hence have to write to you.

    I am utterly pulverised to hear from some headteachers that some post-diploma courses meant for principals are advertised to be held in English by your institute but are actually held in Sinhala. What is worse is Sinhala principals haven’t (morally – favourite word used byour President at school functions) objected to it. Reconciliation has no chance !?!?!?

    I am utterly shocked to find that there is no mention of SDGs in your website:
    SDGs – 17 Goals to transform our world (by the UN)
    http://i2.wp.com/www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/SDGs_poster_new1.png

    Please note:
    ”…..To realise these Goals everyone, however young they are, needs to take part. …..”
    Take part in the World’s Largest Lesson
    http://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/

    Yours sincerely
    P.Selvaratnam
    (retired teacher)

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    Honestly I don’t know why I voted for this govt. Its nothing but a joke. I regret to say its so funny in MRs regime, there was so much criticism and daily updates by so many people regardless of the situation of intimidation. Now most civil societies play mum on this govt. Look at the bar association for instance. Once a ferocious advocate for fundamental freedoms of the people, most of the board have been elected to powerful posts. In fact intimidation by govt and media institution continues today! But more covertly. If you dont believe me go and see if theres any official paper talking about baby dahams acts.

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    Emil, Speak against corruption,nepotism,lawlessness,where ever it is from.You have seen how people behave in developed countries and you must bring them here. Yesterday came from the Airport to Kandy,seen three road accidents and people drove past us like maniacs.My wife was nearly knocked down by a speeding bus overtaking in the opposite lane,where three vehicles were travelling abreast.Truly unbelievable that the lack of regard,respect and tolerance to one another is very much lacking from the persons from the street to the top politician in the country.
    This young brat is the product of our horrible emerging culture.Until his father wear just like Ranil,don’t have our faith on him to change our country for better.
    We must have the colonials or their types back to put the country right.I will then believe when the road by the Maligawa is open and our politicians wear proper cloths that is done to deceive the public.

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      Nimal,
      From all I can guess, you are another burgher fifth columnist coward writung under a Sinhala pseudonym.

      What stupid conspirator pricks like you, who wish for colonialism again in our country, needs is a hot iron rod up where your waste material comes out.

      Hope that will cure you.

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        Rangha Lankathilaka:
        Your quote:

        “Nimal,
        From all I can guess, you are another burgher fifth columnist coward writung under a Sinhala pseudonym.

        What stupid conspirator pricks like you, who wish for colonialism again in our country, needs is a hot iron rod up where your waste material comes out.

        Hope that will cure you.”

        Did you field test the “hot iron rod” because that might explain the brain damage you’ve so obviously sustained.

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    “However, permitting them continued tenure gives them the opportunity to undermine any government particularly one with “Yahapalanaya” pretensions even if that government is seen as treating the voting public with increasingly “Ohey palayang” dismissiveness….” If CT does not edit this List of State
    being under-cut in the past, it will serve as a reminder:

    1) Computer purchases for Mahindodaya labs. in Rs. 5.87 Bil..
    2) Issue of 1000 diplomatic Passports during 9 yrs. of Rule.
    3) 3 PSD Officers: Brig. Capt. & Major in Money Laundering during MR Regime
    4) Tourist Board Officials Rs. 5.7 Mil. . transactions
    5) SL Insurance re involvement of a Doc. & ex-Minister
    6) S.E.Corp Rs.4.7 Mil. Transaction
    7) Diary Printing by an ex-Minister Rs. 1.4 mil.
    8) D.A.Rajapakse Museum construction Rs. 61 Mil. directed by Navy & LR&D Com.
    9) Purchase of Gowers Pvt. Ltd. by a Parliamentarian
    10) 40 luxury vehicles rented by S.Eng.Corp.
    11) Rs. 3117 Mil paid by a Chinese Engineering Co. into 6 Banks A/cs.
    12) Commonwealth Games Trip of 140 persons & exp. of Rs. 358 mil. thereof
    13) Rs. 12,500 mil. found dumped in Temple Trees during Dec.2014/Jan.2015
    14) Prof. S.Wijeyasooriyas allegation re the sale & distribution of 40 Kg. Gold, also Siriliya A/c.
    15) Air Force Commanders dealings in the hire of Helicopters to Crain Ltd.
    16) J.C.Weliamuna Committee Rpt. on Lanka Airlines still in the hands of the PM of Sri Lanka.
    17) An ex-CJ admitting corrupt (?) verdict on “Helping Hambantota” Case! Read:http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2016/08/28/helping-hambantota-appeal-to-a-fuller-bench/
    18) An MR Co-ordinating Secy. holding multiple jobs arrested with 10 Gold Biscuits,(1106 gm)by FCID
    19) CICT paid Rs.19.41 mil. to Pushpa Rajapakse Foundation on 21-5-12 before Cololmbo South Terminal Contract commenced.
    20) JVPs petition filed in Supreme Court re 193 charges against K.P. & his assets disposed during MR Regime
    21) Min. Rambukwella`s Rs. 20 Mil. Ex Presidents Fund plus Insurance obtained over Med. Treatment in 2012.
    22) illegal renting of Fisheries Harbour by then Minister of Fisheries R. Senaratne, under previous Govt.
    23) One man Commission Report by ex- S.C Judge Nimal Dissanayake on Elephant Robbery
    24) Rs.372 Mil. Fraud by Diplomat U.Weeratunga in 2006 in MiG purchases under Gota then.
    25) White vanning by the past regime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgn0k-V31Q0&feature=youtu.be&noredirect=1
    26) Vihanage Rpt. Re Security Forces Headqrts.Bldg. and overpayment of Rs.173Mil.by D.Secy.
    27) 11 Dept./Com./Board/State Secretaries (incl.Gota) for corruptions, as detailed hereunder:-http://www.lankaenews.com/news/1423/en
    28) Auditor Gen. Rpt.on SLBFE under Dilan Perera spending Rs.925,309/- on balloons ex-Mattegoda
    29) The real value of Suriyawewa Cricket Stadium estimated at Rs. 852 mn by valuation officers though the previous government claimed to have spent a staggering Rs. 4,500 mln. on the project, says Hon.Ravi K.
    30) Over-valued rice purchases by K.Attapattu of Sathosa and related malpractices.
    31) FCID updates – No.64/15 Basil R. Rs.396 Mil. In 3 Property purchases
    32) FCID No.17/15 Yoshita R in 8 Transaction totalling Rs. 707 Mil.,
    33) FCID 138/15 Namal R in 16 transactions totalling Rs. 347 Mil.,
    34) FCID 82/15 Champika Karunarathna Rs. 5 Mil involving Extortions.
    35) Dr.PB.Jayasundera questioned over an allegation of importing 100,000 metric tons of rice from an Indian Company against the Cabinet Decisions, incurring loss of Rs. 5 billion. (see 42 below)
    36) Ministry of Agriculture building rent of Rs. 21 Miln. a mth. and Rs. 402 Mil. sought now for furniture and conversions, owned by Jayasinghe Tours & Transp. with an mishandled Agreement.? See details: http://www.ceylontoday.lk/print20160701CT20161030.php?id=3940
    37) Rs. 315m of government funds spent on the Grand Hyatt Hotel construction in Hambantota, but with no construction!
    38) Rajapakse Regime`s 2 visits to Seychelles costing Rs. 100 Mil., using 3 charted flights with 97 members and hiring of 68 luxury vehicles etc. etc.
    39) Tiran Alles & others in Rs.167 Mil. misappropriation of 2004 Tsunami (RADA) Housing Funds.
    40) COPE Report on CB Rs.1396 Mil. for 3 Foreign Consultation Firms, Rs.6100 Mil. lent to failed Financial Institutions & Rs. 122 Mil. building purchased in Brazil. etc- etc. during previous Regime.
    41) Charges by COPE on Media Secy. Bopage involing Rs. 100 mil. of corrupt transactions at NHRDC in 2014
    42) Sathosa Rice imports worth Rs. 17 Billion from India by previous Govt and present Govt as reported here: http://lankanewsweb.net/news/item/4040-rishard-educates-with-a-technique-to-consume-an-enhanced-meal-from-rice
    43) Encashment of 18 cheques totalling Rs. 218 Million by Presidential Staff during MRs rule. (10/9/16 LankaTruth
    44) Two CEB Deputy General Managers in charge of Uthuru Wasanthaya under investigation in approx.. Rs.40 Million fraud.
    45) C.Ratwatte & 4 others in alleged financial frauds of Rs. 10,720 million under Public Property Act, under Arrest by FCID. Details: http://www.lankaenews.com/news/1630/en
    46) Diyawana Nilame FCID file No. CR5/27/2015.M. C of Kandy Case No. E 34983/15 re selling of lands belonging to the Maligawa etc, http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2016/09/26/fcid-hands-tied-on-allegations-against-dela/
    47) Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Nimal Lanza is alleged to have accumulated a large sum of wealth during a short period and hence he has been accused under the money laundering Act.

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    Mr. Emil: You ask for “Good Governance” from everyone EXCEPTING from the JUDICIARY. WHY? Have you observed what is going on in that “Hall of Sanctity”? It is heartening to hear even from the BAR that Judiciary should not be allowed to work with “Impunity”. Did you see the decisions made in some of the major cases against some of the “ELITE” class of people in the country who have ROBED the peoples’ money with IMPUNITY? Some even cannot be taken into custody, because they have sought redress from the Supreme Courts against their imminent arrests and they are given what they asked. Will that “Facility” be AVAILABE for the very many “Simple Simons” of the country. Please look into that side of the situation taking place in the Judiciary too, in asking for Good Governance as matter of urgency. Thank you.

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    Emil,

    “However, I have never been threatened until recently for what has been published under my name.”

    I am sorry to read this but not surprised. Any details you care to publish?

    Please don’t stop your work.

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    Mr. Pooten:

    Need to think in a different way. Arab springs or any of that kind works only to foreing countries.

    It is the voters who voted for the president and the prime minister. But, they are addressing the needs of the MPs. It is all over Mahinda chinatanya again. There won’t be stop to this.

    Read this. If all the foreign workers come back Sri lanka goes bankrupt and they won’t be able to do any of these spendings.

    read this.

    Some sixty Government parliamentarians are being told to choose between an existing Rs. 200,000 monthly traveling allowance and a luxury Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) for which the State will need to pay a rental of Rs. 590,000 a month for them to carry out development work.

    These MPs, including some Ministers, head Development Councils under each Divisional Secretariat division. The Rs. 200,000 allowance is on top of the traveling allowances paid to MPs and besides the Duty Free vehicles issued to them. No questions are asked on the disbursement of the allowance.

    The traveling allowances of MPs vary depending on the distance they have cover within their constituencies. On an average they receive Rs. 75,000 a month. In the case of ministers, they are paid Rs. 175,000 a month.

    When the issue came up for discussion among ministers recently, it was pointed out that the MPs had to travel to inaccessible areas and encountered “difficulties”. After much discussion on the matter, MPs have now been offered a luxury four wheel-drive SUV at a monthly rental of Rs. 590,000 to be paid by the State. In such an event, MPs heading the Development Councils have been told they would have to forego the Rs. 200,000 allowance. Now, Media and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Gayantha Karunatilleke has been tasked to find out the preferences of the MPs before a final decision could be made.

    Some MPs, Government sources said, have sought to place a condition – that they be permitted to purchase the SUV’s five years after use at the depreciated value. That would me

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    Oh I’m so glad! Unity and democratic consensus for the majority!

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    Mr Pootin,

    I thought King Batalanada Ranil has only thoroughbreds , specially high pedigree Colts and Geldings in his stables…

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      KASmaalam KA Sumanasekera

      “I thought King Batalanada Ranil has only thoroughbreds , specially high pedigree Colts and Geldings in his stables…”

      At times Colts are difficult to manage hence many owners castrate young colts.

      Is that what you suggest Maithiri should have done to his son with Ranil’s help?

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        Dear Native,

        Thanks for telling me the difference.

        He doesn’t have to go to that extreme..

        If young Daham is under Batalanada Ranil’s wing, sorry stable, he would not visit those Night Clubs ,Would he ?..

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    Emil,

    “Good Governance”??

    Of course you are joking. It is long proven that the notion ‘good governance’ for the Sri Lankan polity is nothing but just a notion only. Best ignored when the traditional methods of governance – namely nepotism, jobs for the boys, mass fraud and unrestrained violence works so well – time and again. Why bother with ‘good governance’. The citizens will re-elect you no matter how heinous your criminal activities were. Just a few slogans, speeches with racial overtones, lip service to Buddhism, incredible promises spiced up with free booze and a T-shirt and you can be dead sure you will win the elections.

    You are naïve to think that this bunch is capable of ‘good governance’. The first act of My3 with collusion by Ranil, when they first came to power was to string along half the super rogues of the MR government and make those rogues Ministers and Deputy Ministers.

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    I am not too surprised with this Yaha – hype which was only to gain votes, with soldiers from the old regime still in active duty. That may be why people voted for the “known devil”.

    The time is right for a reformed MR who has learned from his mistakes, to get a third chance, maybe? It’s all upto the Yaha crowd to impress the voters now. I don’t think promises will do.

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