28 March, 2020

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Gota Cannot Emulate Lee Kuan Yew

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

Gota has attracted praise for his handling of the Covid-19 crisis. A largely hortatory outpouring is Sarath de Alwis said: “Although I have written plenty opposing his politics and quest for the presidency, I (am) happy he (is) president in this hour of peril”. He makes a valid point that had cockless Ranil been in charge the nation would be at sixes and sevens and clueless Sira would not know the difference between a virus, a viper and a windscreen wiper. But whether it was latent in SdeA’s message or not (probably not) there is a feeling doing the rounds that Lanka needs a strong man with an authoritarian appetite, who like Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew, can take the nation by the fetlock and deliver order, efficiency, financial integrity and economic nirvana. Felix Dias Bandaranaike’s “A little bit of dictatorship is a good thing”. 

This is incorrect, not because of personality defects in Gotabaya Rajapaksa but the predicament and political environment in which he finds himself. I am not an admirer of LKY, he was not a liberty-loving democrat, but he did not flout the law though he did craft it harshly. I will leave that to one side and enumerate LKY’s achievements. He built strong, law driven, impartial institutions. The Singapore judiciary is admired and the city state is a sought-after venue to settle international commercial disputes. It is unimaginable that LKY would hide CID files, transfer officers to prevent them giving evidence before court or interfere with the Attorney General. Singapore is renowned for the competence and efficiency of its public service, a great institution building achievement. The supremacy of the civilian state, PM and parliament over the armed services and police is total, absolute and unquestioned. There is zero tolerance of corruption. If a public servant or a police-military officer is found guilty of graft or human rights violation, heaven help him. In Sri Lanka we have a legacy of the opposite type. 

Then there is LKY’s determined advocacy of ethnic equality. Racial, religious and linguistic prejudice is dealt with sternly. The mad yellow-robed mobs inciting Sinhala-Buddhist extremism would, in Singapore, be rounded up and locked up as soon as they start ranting. Singapore did have a head start in pluralism because of its small size, compact society and quickness in adopting English as its lingua franca. But this latter did not come easily; there was a period of struggle, dispute, prevarication and reform before its education system became preeminent in Asia. Furthermore, Singapore society is meritocratic, ours is nepotistic and founded on cronyism. Gota does not have the will or the ability to reverse this.  

There is not a chance in heaven or hell that Gota can achieve anything like this. I do not intend to take the micky out of him personally. Even if one imagines he is a damn fine fellow, he can’t. The cards are stacked too heavily against replicating similar institutional feats in the politically opportunist, ethnically charged, financially corrupt and religious extremist milieu that constitutes our society.  Let me name three of the challenges: Will Gota be able to kick out the corrupt rogues all around him and install a Cabinet free of rogues inherited from the Mahinda era? Will Gota be able to tame Sinhala-Buddhist extremism to which he is under obligation for placing him in power? And third, if you grant even for arguments sake that some top military people should be indicted and prosecuted for human rights violations, can Gota cut off his right hand?

Even with the best will in the world the LKY experience cannot be replicated in Lanka without cleaning out the Augean Stable of our body-politic. The fight has to be joined mainly in the mass political domain, not within the domain of statecraft. This is the principal domain, issues within government and state are of a supporting nature. There are five political outfits in the majority Sinhala South; GR-SLPP, MR-SLPP, Ranil-UNP, Sajith-SJB and JVP-NPP. This is no time for shilly-shallying; you gotta throw your weight behind one and only one. To my mind it is crystal clear that it has to be the JVP-NPP. The other four are part of the problem, not the solution, and are in cahoots with each other. For example, the MR and GR regimes and yahapalana, that is three governments, have made no progress in convicting the murderers of Lasantha, Ekneligoda, Thuddeen, the students on Trinco beach and the aid workers. Why? These four leaderships are all in cahoots with each other.

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    He cannot emulate LKY, however, if there is a will there is a way. Singing the national anthem only in Sinhalese indicates the influence the extremists have on his leadership.

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      I dont agree with anyone that would want to become someone. But here, we perfectly knew for what areas Rajapakshes have in general been talented – HIGH crimes .
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      Be it MR, GR or NR, BR or any others, they are all alleged to have committed high crimes.
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      Even Shiranthi s hands are not blood free, when loolking at the manner she was directly complicit – in that poor rugby players brutal death, which is even far more dangerous than than of JAMAL Khashoggi the saudi journalist, who was dismembered in a Saudi embassay in Turkey two years ago.
      :’
      Now with Saudis being known as THAT BARBARIC; when thinking all the human losses, deliberately made by Rajakashes… why not we call them as BRUTAL men::: BUT our punnaku eaters, the majorty are like TOTAL stupid.. voted for them and got them back to LOOT and criminalize this nation.

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        Simon De Silva,
        From the point of view of the descendants of slaves, eliminating their Sun God who gave leadership to Demala (Tamil) terrorists to slaughter Native Sinhalayo for three decades may be a ‘HIGH CRIME’. All the members of Rajapakshe family took a great risk in committing that crime. So they too are a party to that ‘HIGH CRIME’.
        But from the point of view of Native Sinhalayo who were the victims of Demala (Tamil) terrorism, Rajapakshe family are their saviors.

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          Eagle Eye, BP – aka Mahindapala-

          Name of god and name of beloved people, please dont spread racism at least at this critical juncture of the world being caught by COVID 19.
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          COVID 19 is equally infecting TAMILS, SINHALA, MUSLIMS or others. So, please mind your cesspit… even if that is overwounding…. you the kind of guys can only make divisions and ruin this nation.
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          We should be very unhappy you the kind of GUYs the manner being rotten by your kind of hatreds.

          HIGH crimes to th emanner Rjakashes are upto is BEYOND estimates. I think we can all feel the manner BPs of Rajakshes the manner they committed them:

          Native sinhalayo the banner you could hide in your anus right at this grieving moments of the world.
          May you be blessed with GODs… for getting iota of some KNOLWledge:

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            How stupid the majority of our people down there ?.We have former SUNDY observer editor aka Mahindapala to defend them… also repeatedly cleaning the backsides of the Rajakshes. For them, Rajakashes are able men.

            To me and my friends in Europe, they lost their ancestral properties, during the period of 2005-2015 because the country was run and destroyed by pro-Rajakashe thugs. Notars have been bribed to get the properties signed in illegal manner. Not just few cases, i can get you more than 100 or so. I mylsef lost much in that regard. Not the unmovable properties, but the manner they had been grabed is beyond all ethics and morals.
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            Besides, Gota and his brother et al were proved by courts to have done almost anyhting and everything in the mismanagement of the state funds. Today Egale Bp or th elike are set by them as Basil has been the hidden man to settle MEDIA issues in favour them, burying all the high crimes they have deliberately perpetrated, nevertheless this process goes forward in a very fine manner. ‘

            Today then Brutal GMOA – turns out to be the front men to advise the govt to do what they have to do, even if some specialists in the COMMUNITY medicine aside.. the big blunders that the GMOA has made to lanken community under the under close guidance of Rajakshes are beyond explanations.

            In Hitlers days there had been NAZI senders that only recited the STANZA in favour of the promotion of HITLER. pEOPLE had no space in their heads to concentrate themselves on anything but their life struggle. The very same is the case, in SRILANKEN media today… some call it -media blackout- perhaps SIRASA is not in that group more or less, but they too have no much power to bring news that people should be aware of.

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          Eagle pukka Eye, can you cite the history where the Lankan Tamils are descendants of slaves? Also do you have any other topic in that tiny scull of yours other than racists comments towards the Tamil population in this country?

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            Dear Mr Tamil from the North,
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            We should all leave – Eagle Ey in his hatreds.
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            He is no means recoverable. Either he should have been raped by a gang of Tamils and Muslims or he is inherited his hatreds. I have never met even any white nationals that would hate foreigners to th emanner EE hates the own countrymen (regardless of the their race and religion).
            :
            I have greater respect on senior adults, but when reading the post from Mahindapala AKA Eagel eye, I become nervous. He attacks me being a Silva to the same tone he attacks you guys as Tamils.
            If Donald Trump was racial as Eagle Eye, I have no doubt, the world would have been SIMILAR to what we got to see, the island nation was hit by Tsunami in 2004.
            I believe, the kind of PATHOLOGICAL problems would never leave them, even if their deadbodies would have been cremated.

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              Let the bugger dive in his ozean of hatreds and be born in the ultra hell. Please Eveil Eye, name of God, please mind your own hatred aside and be somewhat kind at this very juncture of the world, where almost everyone is equally fighting against COVID 19.

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        Right on Sarath! Thanks.
        But Corona is an interesting virus – it likes celebrities – Princes and politicians of the first world, film stars like Tom Cruise and dark avengers and other celebrities.
        Prince Charles has got it now!
        Would be interesting to know the ratio of infections – how many Euro-American celebrities vs. common folks in China and South Asia and Africa – the global south?
        Very mysterious virus indeed!
        And the role of the World Health Organizations (WHO) funded by big Pharmaceuticals, partnering with corrupt FIFA and various celebrity foot ball players and calling for Africa and countries in the tropics to shut down their economies – in sympathy with Europe and North America is worth investigating too?!
        The military-business-intelligance-entertainment-industrial complex at work and play?!

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        Mr. Kumar what do you make of the connection between Covid, lock downs and dictators?
        Sri Lanka’s first family is after all American.
        Corona is an interesting virus – it likes Hollywood celebrities, Princes and politicians of the first world, film stars like Tom Cruise and dark avengers and other celebrities.
        Prince Charles has got it now!
        Would be interesting to know the ratio of infections – how many Euro-American celebrities vs. common folks in China and South Asia and Africa – the global south?
        And the role of the World Health Organizations (WHO) funded by big Pharmaceuticals, partnering with corrupt FIFA and various celebrity foot ball players and calling for Africa and countries in the tropics to shut down their economies – in sympathy with Europe and North America is worth investigating too?!
        The military-business-intelligance-entertainment-industrial complex at work and play?!
        Same guys staged the Easter Sunday Shock and Awe suicide attacks in Lanka -Ester being Trump’s special day?! Wheels within wheels, no?!!

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        Former President Sirisena was made a joker by his silly speeches, but Gota ‘s silence almost everyday is seen as him a good man. But we know how he spoke to the presss.. can such a speech be ever regarded as came froma Leader:: HIK hik…. he compared it with a CIVIL war calamity.. Here not having the basics knowledge about the viral infection and its spreading capacities these BPs to react this way is beyond all bearing.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-H24NZpI_Yhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-H24NZpI_Yhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-H24NZpI_Yhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-H24NZpI_Y

        Dr Merkel in Germany toped by her speech and she added her thought on and on.
        Our leader laments on him being escaped by a bomb. How imptient this guy has been.

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      Steve, it depends on the root of the will. LKY and Gotabaya don’t have the same morals, values, and motivations.
      Kumar David’s assessment of Gotabaya against the scale of LKY is an utter humiliation to the legacy of LKY.
      LKY walked the moral high ground in the most disciplined and decisive manner; the best of humanity was his goal.
      The evil that Lankans have voted in is indeed to serve their extremist fundamentalist agenda.
      No comparison. To compare these two men is a grave injustice in itself.

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      Prof. Kumar David,

      Thanks for your article.

      Yes, Gotabaya Rajapaksa cannot follow Lin Kee Yew, due to a number of reasons. This was evident from his address to the country on March 17, 2020 Remember, the IQ difference of the two presidents and the populace is 29, two SD’s.

      “This country, yours and mine, is secure today”. -President Gon Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

      . Certain things can be pushed under the rug, not the COVID-19, for the Chinese, Sri Lankan, American and other Presidents and Prime Ministers.

      Agree that with the imbecile duo, Ranil W and M Sirisena, it would have been a disaster. However, like Trumph, Gon Gotabaya, seems to have come around. India has declared a 21-day curfew.

      The schoolboys wanted the so-called Royal-Thomian cricket match to continue despite the impending coronavirus outbreak, and the President appeased them. The monks wanted the butterfly mountain pilgrimage, and the President appeased the monks. The blind faithful wanted the Katchithuevu festival continued, and the President appeased them.
      In the meantime the corona virus is going around in circles , infecting the citizens, and the leaders were giving false assurances.The ignorant believed them, those who knew, generally the scientists, did not.
      Didn’t the Catholic Church and the Infallible Popes assure that the Sun went around the Earth, based on Joshua in the Bible and the Sun rising from the East and setting in the West.
      The Coronavirus -19, rose from Wuhun, and setting across the whole world. Evolution is still working, being speeded up by the jet age. Appeasing monks and schoolboys, worsens the pandemic

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      Steve, Do you really think that GR would allow any extremist to sway his thinking. He is one stubborn headed man. Think again.

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      In what language do the sing it in Singapore? In three languages, two languages, or one language?

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        “Majula Singapura” the Singapore national anthem is sung in Malay, the language of the first nation, not in the language of the majority nation.

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      Steve,
      No one cannot emulate another, everyone’s blue print is different. But GR cannot even get closed to LKY for many reasons. To begin with LKY was not a thief, he didn’t rob his country with his family. Actually LKY punished first his closest friends who were corrupt. None was above the law. That’s how he set the examples. Can we even think in our wildest dreams GR doing something like that? LKY didn’t run away to USA out of fear for his life. LKY didn’t come back when that side became greener. LKY was a well educated man, left a comfortable life abroad (not a pay check to pay check job like GR did in USA) and came back to serve his country. Once he came back he and his family (his wife too was a well educated lawyer) lived a very simple life (not a fake show like GR doing to the ignorant public). LKY introduced the meritocracy. If GR is to follow him, first he has to dispel Namal’s fake law degree and the hoax PhD s of the rocket scientist. The list can go on and on. We should not disrespect an honest, innovative, courageous, optimistic, resolute, visionary leader like LKY, by trying to compare a man like GR to him. A world renowned leader like LKY doesn’t deserve that insult.

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        Correction;
        “No one can emulate another”

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      Steve,

      President Gon Gotabaya Rajapaksa can claim that there is no problem with the virus, can sing the National anthem in Para-Sinhala, and prostrate to monks, but the virus does not care, and it is very egalitarian.

      The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) today said that based on the experience from Hubei, China, “It can be technically assumed that at present, 550 infected individuals are circulating within the population.”

      Issuing a situational report, they said 101 cases were confirmed by today (25) while 32 of them were among those who arrived from abroad and sent to quarantine directly and 69 from the community.

      The GMOA said an estimated 550 possible patients would have had a total of 19, 000 contacts.
      “Nineteen Thousand of our population may have been exposed to this disease condition, and they are now under the observation of Medical, Military and Administrative structures,” the report said.

      If movements freely take place, without social distancing, one individual can infect 500 others within 30 days. Within 50 per cent social distancing, one individual can infect 15 others. By 70 per cent social distancing, the ability to infect others is 2.5 per one infected person within 30 days, the situation report added.

      Thus if the citizens of Sri Lanka follow through with the health advice that is given, we can assume that there will be a favorable outcome in the subsequent two weeks.

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      Dear CT,
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      Please block EAGLE eye and his racial remarks. He shamelessly attack MUSLIMS AND TAMILS for no reason:
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      If you would further allow his posts,can bring lot of harms to this great platform.
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      Right at this MOMENT where all folks equally fight against COVID 19 – why should we further hang on with OUR RACE AND RELIGION ? Every second word EE comes up with are racial.
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      How could the guy ever appointed to be AN EDITOR to a state new paper ?
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      That says all about lanken PROBLEMS, which is totally made by LOCAL media. Racism is every where more or less but if MEDIA deliberately allows it .. it is a CURSE.

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      Hey Guys,
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      What would you think most – which virus of the following two would spread vast in Srilanka WHERE racism and extremism are part and parcel of the masses.
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      MMV – Medamulana Musalaya Virus (jathiwaadhaya/anthawadhaya)
      COVID-19 (Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2)-

      I would say – MMV is multiple time greater than COVID-19 Virus

      And the incumbent govt came into being THROUGH the extremism promoted forces.
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      SOME MONKS for SOME REASONS EVEN A WEEK AGO WERE IN THE VIEW THAT GENERAL ELECTION SHOULD BE HELD DESPITE THE DANGER OF COVID 19.

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    Leave alone the Sri Lankan ruling class politicians, the majority Sinhalese Buddhist society would not support LKY’s ideals for an equitable society, state, rule of law and justice. They want Sinhalese-Buddhist supremacy – that is their main goal, because that is what is inculcated in them by post-independence governments. Sri Lanka will for a long time limp along with the begging bowl in hand around the world, and be exploited by the foreign governments.

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      “Sinhalese Buddhist society would not support LKY’s ideals for an equitable society, state, rule of law and justice. They want Sinhalese-Buddhist supremacy”
      True SB society will not support LKY ideals, because they were very high praiseworth ideals.SB are low born in their education.They run to temples and devales at the drop of a hat, which LKY did not do.

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      Thiru
      No. Sri Lanka wouldn’t limp for a long time with a begging bowl.
      On the contrary it would crawl like a snake for ever till the end of time because of the influence of the blind eyed orange robed SB majoritarian Mahavamsa mindset of it’s majority.

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    There is something wrong with this guy’s brain. While the country is engulfed in virus crisis, this guy is talking whether the President Rajapakshe is capable to turn this country to a Singapore.

    Some guys say tackling virus crisis is different from wiping out Demala LTTE terrorism. True, this is a different ball game. Still his experience in dealing with crisis management while dealing with LTTE terrorism will be useful to tackle corona crisis. If we had ‘Pad Man’ or Dr. Bond we are doomed.

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      I doubt very much my comment will get published. All I read over and over again from KD is negative over the top comments. I get it professor your hate for Gotabaya is so deep to expect any thing unbiased from is a pipe dream. Country is in a precarious position as the rest of the world instead of anything constructive all you G.R. basing trolls can do is wing. I’m sure your seething hatred will drive you to see the country destroyed with Corona-virus to get one up on G.R..
      One day in the future you all can look back on this time one of the darkest moments in the world and Sri Lanka and very proudly thump your chest’s and say to your family members your parents and friends during the great corona-virus crises my greatest contribution to mankind was to criticizes the countries leader with as many derogatory words as possible. This is specially aimed at intellectual idiots who the general hard working public wouldn’t give a too S##t about and would not even stop for a second to waste their vomit on.

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        Many thanks Leonard for words well spoken.

        Those who write negative biased articles and post insulting negative comments on CT are a small minority. After all 6.8 million Sri Lankans voted Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to the office of president of the republic.

        There is a substantial number of bloodsuckers in the cabinet who are there for a quick buck. So is the UNP. Except probably for RW all the others are in the same bandwagon. Then again RW is an ineffective leader and over his entire political career, he has proved it. Sajith is a political puppy with no ideas on leadership.

        But those who comment will comment either on FB, Twitter or in CT.

        When one looks at how other world leaders are dealing with COVID-19, Sri Lanka’s president ranks among the top two, namely Russia and China other than Sri Lanka.

        He must be given credit for the work he is doing. He is dealing with this pandemic in a better way than even the way he dealt with the 30-year LTTE war.

        Even though a US-Sri Lankan dual-citizen, I am for once, very proud to be a Sri Lankan. If one looks at it objectively with Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka finally has a future, even though it is 72 years since independance.

        Jayantha Pathberiya – USA

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            Yea to close to the truth ha CT . You let others use derogatory words as long as they aimed at who you think its OK namely the your countries President . But when I pointed out the same words what it means to general public wow you have a change of heart . I get it loud and clear. I I’ll preempt and thank you for editing this post.

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      Eagle, you shit, have you ever heard of LKY? You come with LTTE for any darn thing. What on the earth LTTE has got to do with corona? There is nothing wrong with D. Kumar’s brain, it is your brain soaked in sinhala-buddhist shit. Go to hell, you stupid shit. Moderator, pls moderate this fellow’s nonsense.

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        velu Rasiah,
        Who the hell are you to give instructions to the Moderator. Moderator publish comments that fall in line with the Comment Policy of CT. Please mind your business.

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        Velu Rasiiah

        Really you want CT to moderate. calm down criticize the comment as you like what’s this about s##t . Now don’t let other to form a opinion of you as person who has specialized in the S##t industry.

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      If anyhting is wrong, that should solely be in your head Mr Senior Senior AKA Mahinda pala BP – most lkmnnown racist of the earth .
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      President rajapakshe is capable of nothing but becoming SWOLLEN. Just imagine, during his RECENT TV speech, he had told the nation ” if he would have been gunned down or caught by a bomb, would have been better”. How can a leader of a nation, if if they are from TRIBAL AFRICA COME forward and make public statements about this nature ?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-H24NZpI_Yhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-H24NZpI_Yhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-H24NZpI_Yhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-H24NZpI_Y

      Some noticed it some did not. HIK HIK… were followed after his stupid statements.
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      i think the kind of men are not even good to appoint to sweep the MARADANA street.

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      EE@
      It is just they boast about their capabilities that is why these buggers deserved to be shited on their faces.

      This is going be no easy for BROTHER DUO,… if they made the country a debt trap number one, why not the buggers suffer by pains.

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    People voted for Gota because he spearheaded the campaine aginst LTTE and showed results.

    Voters are not looking for a Lee Kwon Yu in Gota.

    UNP / SLFP allowed Terrorism to take root in SL.

    People don’t want BOMBs to go off here there and every where.

    That is the reason Gota was elected.

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      How convenient for Gota, when the Easter day bombing happened. Within days of that he announced his candidacy, and made the people feel only HE can handle it. Before that the people were not that enthusiastic about him, but this terrible massacre helped him. They were then willing to vote for a corrupt, ruthless man, accused of being behind the threats, harassment, and killing of journalists, with many investigations against him (now mysteriously vanished), and who did nothing when saffron robes terrorists attacked the minority and their places of worship. On top of it all, an AMERICAN citizen.

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        MR proposed GR long before the Easter Sunday Bombings.
        Given the decling security situation under the bogus Yahapalanaya it was the correct decision.

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          MR may have proposed but the country was NOT so interested, until the bombings happened. Then there was a difference. It was also noticeable that social media suddenly started suggesting that only HE can handle it. How convenient.

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            Manel,
            I agree that the chronic incompetance of the bogus yahapalanaya
            that was evident from it’s inception was proved beyond boubt because of the bombings. This may have contributed in giving GR a comfortable lead at the presidential elections.

            However GR will have to show results, simply appeasing the Sihala Buddhist sentiment will not be sufficient in establishing his government.

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        Manel – This AMERICANO is the one who handled the Easter day bombing, period! Karma awaits the Rajafucksha Mafia Group of Companies!

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        Gota has given up his US citizenship.
        But Kumar David has not given up his citizenship in the 4th Internationale, which claims that a revolutionary dictatorship of the Proletariat should be instated as soon as possible, and

        since the end justifies the means, any cutthroat method is fine for Kumar David and his ilk. So, what is he complaining about?

        That he cannot get the support of the Sinhala Buddhists to join the 4th Internationale?

        Well, it was the LSSP which first fielded a Buddhist monk at an election. That was fine, as long as the LSSP does the shit. But when Gota does the same shit, and does it so well that he wins, then it is not good – it is extremism, corruption etc etc. What a hypocrite.,

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          Also, Kumar david lists two UNPs and two SLPPs, but only one JVP!
          He does not list the many LSSP splinters, the manmy JVP splinters, the many CP splinters

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      Citizen,
      Why the punnaku eaters voted for him was connected with him being not a traditional politician.
      They dreamt of a leader who would show leadership skills.
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      But Gota has turned out to be PENISLESS Asylum seeker in his brother ‘s camp. Brother would always fish in muddy waters. and that is known to the many.
      I think PEOPLE in this country should finally focus on a leader who would not dependendent on any RASCALS or high criminals…

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      Citizen Silva

      “People voted for Gota because he spearheaded the campaine aginst LTTE and showed results.”

      He was just there, who was brought back to this island from USA by Hindians as he was an experienced butcher, well known to USA and UK in fact worked under the defence attache’s of both countries between 1987 and 1990, did his MSc in Madras, ….

      “Voters are not looking for a Lee Kwon Yu in Gota.”

      Perhaps they were looking forward to reward a mass murderer, psychopath, ……….. to safe his bum from any genuine investigation into his role in war crimes and crime against humanity, ….

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    this if occurs will be the joke of the century.?
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    I for a fact know that he’s trying to emulate the other leaders but as he is an el-cheapo case he the kallathoni will end up in the garbage dump.
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    due to his family connections along with his amba yalluwas, most of them who have a glorious criminal track record will not desire sad sorry Lanka to become a developed nation.
    If this happens corruption will be a thing of the past.
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    now I will help my fellow readers to remind themselves of the dastardly doings of this copycat bugger when he was the secretary of defense between 2005 to 2015.
    many a crime was committed with impunity, none has had to face the music.?
    he has his fingers in many a criminal doing.
    the ethnic war was won by the usage of banned weapons and the hapless citizens who became the victims.
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    in a nutshell, I have proven that if Preethi the condom and scientific family planning methodology was available most of his present family members and he the kallathoni will not be haunting the pristine mother earth.?
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    cheers, R. J.

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    Hortatory it sounded. Sorry. Adulatory it was not. 16 lakhs – a majority of the majority decided to give us lemons. So, we must make lemonade with it.

    Rejoice that Paskeralingam is not handling essential services and Charitha Ratwatte is not running quarantine camps.

    When a twister twisting twists him a twist,
    For twisting a twist three twists he must twist;
    But if one of the twists untwists from the twist,
    The twist untwisting untwists all the twist.

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      Sarath de Alwis,
      /
      What you said reflected the decent, sincere approach to inter-human affairs including politics. Praising the good of the opponent and criticising the faults of your own side is necessary for people engaged in decent politics. [Edited out]

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        T. Devindra

        “Praising the good of the opponent and criticising the faults of your own side is necessary for people engaged in decent politics.”

        Then one is qualified to be a traitor in this island.

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          Native Vedda
          Practice what you preach you hypocrite!!!

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    There are a lot of differences between two …
    1) He is cleaver than Gota.
    2) He is more educated than Gota.
    3) He put his country first over his family …Gota put his family first over his country.
    4) He did not create any communal feeling but Gota created BBS.
    So many things ..
    So it will be difficult to put Gota near to him.

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      There is a huge difference. LKY successfully untied his country, and it has paid off. Today Singapore is the shining example of Asian success, there is peace, tremendous progress, and hardly any corruption going on. It also depends on the people’s mentality. Unlike our yakkos. you don’t find trying to play you out, at every turn.

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        That would be united his country….

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      The fact of the matter is neither Gotta or MR or BR can even dream of holding a candle to LKY. These uneducated, uncouth corrupt barbarians should not even dream of becoming great statesmen. It is some stroke of luck they are able to hoodwink their own citizens. To put an end to all this we have the COVID 19 that will soon expose all the jugglery of the Rajapakses that is going to shock them as well. These guys are as crooked as the hind legs of a donkey they will fall on their own swords may be a few nails in their coffins

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      Lankan

      “He is more educated than Gota.”

      Gota was awarded DSc by the University of Colombo in 2009.
      Is the uni stupid enough to bestow this qualification on Gota?
      Only a few were found to be fit to receive DSc.

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    We have a President, with credentials as a robber, a killer and a liar just like RW and MR. . W

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      DPJ
      “We have a President with credentials as a robber, a killer,and a liar like RW, MR, ….
      JRJ at the head of the list is most appropriate.

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    “It is unimaginable that LKY would hide CID files, transfer officers to prevent them giving evidence before court, or interfere with the Attorney General.”
    “The supremacy of the civilian state, PM and parliament over the armed services and police is total, absolute and unquestioned. There is zero tolerance of corruption.”
    “For example, the MR and GR regimes and yahapalana, that is three governments, have made no progress in convicting the murderers of Lasantha, Ekneligoda, Thuddeen, the students on Trinco beach and the aid workers. Why? These four leaderships are all in cahoots with each other.”
    Professor, there is no need to say more!

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      Kumar David is unaware of the terror practiced by LKY even on his own family. His brother sought refuge in the USA to save himself.

      Kumar david does not mention LKY’s rule that no ethnicity should dominate any local area. So, Wellwattai or Pampalapittai will be re-engineered to reflect the ethnicities of the country, and so will the North and the East.

      That sort of thing can be done in a place like Singapore which is hardly even 1/10 of the size of Sri Lanka’s UVA province.
      So only an idiot will compare Sri lanka with Singapore.

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        Rodda
        LKY’s 1/10 Singapore is the only place where MR,GR, My3, Rajitha S’s and their henchmen and cronies often go frequently and have their maladies and illnesses in their heads checked and cured.
        While there they may also have a te’ete with Ranil’s pal Arjuna Mahendra and pat him on his shoulders, so why denigrate Singapore.
        Whom are you trying to fool about Wellawattai and Pampalapitty?

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    I thought LKY was an Anglican.

    If not for our Maha Sanga Dr Rani would have been calling for Curfew with IGP Pujitha and CID Abey enforcing it to keep the Corona Carriers in check.

    His Deputy from Keselwatta would have been writing Scripts for Palquenil .
    Dr Rajith and his mate at Osusala would have been dispensing it to the inhabitants ..
    Bathudeen would have been importing Dhall and Mackeral to stock up Sathosa.

    This 3 % Party JVP .. Are they any good in enforcing Curfews and keeping our Dalits under control?.

    I mean, to do that sort of serious Law & Order jobs , one must have good experience of working with the Law enforcement Agencies , specially the Police and the Army .-

    My Elders tell me this JVP came to the fore by sending naive Sinhala Buddhist Village boys to kill the Loacl Cops by shooting them with Galkatas.

    And help their Leader to become a Che Guvera.

    Apparently the then Government retaliated by sending Army Boys on House to House searches..
    And Police to take them to torture centers.
    And make them disappear after pushing sharpened HB pencils through their era drums, right into their brains.

    Wonder whether Dr David was around then?..

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    If Buddhist Philosophy is right someday the ones who did get involved in various wrongful activities because of power will suffer the consequences

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      Suffering is just around the corner.Retribution is going to be very severe only God knows what their future is going to be probably no future at all, the whole family will have to pay for the sins of their fathers

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    Land of lost opportunities. CBK/RW combine in mid-90s, then CBK’s suggested solution – thrown out by RW and Prabha , MR’s lack of wit after becoming an unassailable hero in 2009, MS’s silly bungling of Yahapalanaya. Has GR got the will-perhaps not.
    Will SriLankans put aside their differences and try JVP/TNA combine in the coming polls-probably the genuine lot.

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      Ravi How true. We nbeed a third player.

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      Hello Ravi, in which planet you are in, for a JVP/TNA combine? TNA will never ever support any sinhalese party other than illegal affairs with UNP or Sajith. You go through the history of TC, FP, TULF, and lately TNA they always had illegal affairs with UNP whether the latter was in power or not. This is strong now with this Sumanthiran fellow who was imported by senile Sampanthan seeya on the recommendations of the satan for Ranil. Now this Sumanthiran fellow is wrecking the aspirations of the Tamils by all means. By the way where was he during the 30 years of war? Would you tell me did you ever heard his name during this period?

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        Rasiah, What an eye opener for the Vellala Brigades around the nation specially the ones in Colombo 7.

        Aims of the TNA and UNP are the same…
        TNA wants self rule at least in the North now that the East is totally out of their Influence.

        UNP Elite, Anglican &, Vella Faction wants Self Rule at least in the Province where Colombo is, with the new Port City, because they know that the South is out of their reach now.
        Because of the ill conceived strategy of degrading Buddhism , Attacking the good Sinhala Buddhists who saved the Nation from Tamil Terrorism , Robbing the Nation to finance their Political Strategy, Destroying the Security Apparatus of the Nation , Mollycoddling the Wahabi Political Union ,and trying to destroy the political influence of the great majority of the country , the poor Sinhala Buddhist Population through Dr Rani and Dr Jyamapathi’s Federal Constitution.–

        Sajith Premadasa is the new ploy of Dr Rani’s next strategy to fool the poor .. Sinhala Buddhists ,
        Try to win the Government yet again with the help of the TNA and the Wahabi Party Alliance.
        And Dr Rani to bring in the same old strategy, by buying the same boys who have crept in to the Pohottuwa , who supported Dr Rani in the Yahapalanaya,

        TNA /JVP Alliance is nothing but a dream .
        TNA today is totally a Vellala Party which has competition even in their old turf in the Peninsula.

        JVP is simply a 3% Party in the South .

        You can use your own Maths for the Odds of them winning an Election , where 70 % are the poor Sinhala Buddhist Inhabitants.

        That is why Dr Sarath is promoting the JVP / NPP Alliance ,
        The latter being the Sajith Prema’s UNP Dalit Faction which can muster the UNP poor Sinhala Voters hoping to get enough seats to from a majority coalition with the TNA and the Wahabi Alliance.

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    To formulate an essay, comparing Lee Kuan Yew with Gota is more or less paying a tribute to Gota,even though they are poles apart.
    Perhaps, Marxists like Prof: Kumar David are willing to give the Devil its own share.

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    GR has proved his is nowhere near LKY.
    When the COVID threat was present:
    1. He did not shut borders to China or quarantine Chinese (since he was beholden to them)
    2. Even once quarantine directives were in place, many slipped the net (weak leader)
    3. We INVITED foreigners in claiming we are COVID free. This led to inheriting COVID!
    4. parliament dissolved early to get pretty political gain, disregarding human cost.
    5. Curfews were put after opposition highlighted the need. But this too was mismanaged. Small curfew window meant crowds thronged markets. Thus increasing COVID risk. (Poor planning and inefficiency).

    GR is a weak and inefficient leader. Time for a change.
    Maybe the cleaned up UNP, I.e. the Samagi Jana Balawegaya which has the good guys of what was earlier the UNP

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      Sarath: Be it the UNP or the Samagi Balavegaya, they have no charisma, no planning, full of corrupt politicians.That does not mean that the PP is clean.

      We need a set of new players.

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    Gota is better than Sira or Ranil, Patholaya and Bondman, for this crisis. The two had lost all credibility. But, this is a crisis for medical men to handle and they are handling it. It is like taking the credit for the war when Indians and mercenaries were helping the army. Let us hope we get over this crisis. As for comparison with LKY, that is simply not a contest. LKY, double first in law from Cambridge, sacrificed a brilliant career in law. True it is that he cudgelled his opponents mercilessly with law suits, but did not kill them. He did not have blood on his hands. His second in command, Rajaratnam, was a Jaffna Tamil. He ensured that English was the first language of Singapore while retaining Mandarin, Malay and Tamil as official languages. Gota is a far cry away. Remove Sinhala chauvinism from the equation, he and his family will have no base.

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      Sinhala chauvinism is keeping them going and as long as they live they will keep it going until the Sinhala mahajanaya rises against this regime which could happen even now while the COVID 19 has its fangs on the country. They are dragging the country down and Sri Lanka has no standing in the world stage but well known as a nation of beggars and the Rajapakses are used to begging and borrowing. Are they not ashamed of themselves and then beg for a moratorium ?. Do they really feel proud about themselves ? honest politicians will squirm even at the thought of it. Gone are the days when Sri Lanka was respected by the foreign dignitaries and statesmen. We have lost that shine never to have it again

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        The ignorance of the Tamil racists! LKY lokced up the Opposition and silenced the Press, is that what you want? Even today no Tamil or Malay can get a job unless they speak Mandarin. Subtle racism is alive and well in Singapore, do not worry..

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          Adrian Aged 13 3/4

          “LKY lokced up the Opposition and silenced the Press, is that what you want?”

          You may be right however Gota (the man with the van) committed mass murder, war crimes, crime against humanity, …….. not just between 1987 and 1991, worse between 2005 and 2015. By the way Gota and goons looted VP’s Fort Knox and never accounted for the cash and gold, and bankrupted the country with the help of his clan, cronies and his b***s carriers.

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      Kabaragoya: Let me correct you. Both Mr and Mrs LKY were triple first holders.I think so is their son.

      Nothing comparable here in SL

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    MR proposed GR long before the Easter Sunday Bombings.
    Given the decling security situation under the bogus Yahapalanaya it was the correct decision.

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    Prof. Kum! What is the use of your education and being a guide to generations of students when you appear to be out of your senses. At a time when this country in particular and the world all over is gripped with this Corona pandemic you are trying to do a comparison of the incomparable. You waste a lot of words on Lee Kuan Yew’s merits when people in the country now say not a single vegetable is found. It appears to me that something has bugged you when another person as written a word of praise for Herr Gottler, and as a reaction poured a mass of words dragging LKY. If LKY was alive and even if you were in transit at Changi Airport he would have skinned you alive. This is not the time for petty mindedness. Praises or blames are nowhere. Anybody can now point finger at you, Prof. Kum! that you were the people who caused the election of a guy who does not know the difference between a virus, viper and wiper and now you condemn the man. You even have the guts to say about a cockless Ranil. But you were the people who spearheaded their victory and now you throw him to the dustbin. So how should we judge YOU Prof Kum? I would very much prefer if you to use your Engineering brains to offer technological solutions to run the very basic necessities of the society while it is in a kind of a frozen situation. I understand that a retired senior Telecommunication Engineer continuously talks of Telecommuting. Prof. Kum! Can you tell us whether that or any refinement of it is going to help the society now?

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    All the Tamil Rajapaksha Bashers are people who were waiting eagerly to see the LTTE taking over Sri Lanka and the subjugation of all other nationalities.

    Now these hypocrits are licking their wounds while writing bullshit.

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    This is to let everybody to understand the separation between street urchins and matured men.

    I am a Permanent Resident and my wife and children are Citizens of Singapore.

    Several years back I wrote to Senior Minister Hon. Mr. Goh Chock Tong seeking out his help. He placed that letter on the desk of PM Hon. Mr. Lee Siang Loong, who got his secretary to contact the relevant party and found me relief with in ten days.

    It is now months and years since I have written to Srilankan President, Ministers and the top notches of the Judiciary, civic leaders etc., on a different issue which is a personal and also a national disaster and I am yet to hear from them.

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      Hancho Pancha, you were lucky to have your matter sorted out by Singapore PM in ten days. One stupid fellow called Rusiripala Tennekoon wrote to Singapore PM about two years ago to extradite Arjuna Mahendran to Sri Lanka, but still no action has been taken.

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        Arjuna Mahendran is shielded by Bond scam Ranil, so there is very little Singapore can do.

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    Felix proffered to this country “a little bit of totalitarianism”. Not “dictatorship”.This was in the 70s. He knew English very well and employed words most appropriately. Once at St. Pauls in London, when it was his turn to speak representing Ceylon, he walked to the podium without a single piece of paper in hand and delivered a speech which received much acclamation. But he stood corrected as regards a little bit of totalitarianism by trade union leader Bala Tampoe who at a public meeting reminded him that totalitarianism is TOTAL and there was no ‘little bit’ about it. Those were days when the public got to hear excellent English without the aid of teleprompters which in the case of Gota Makes him look like a statue in addressing the nation.

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    Someone who could be the next Lee Kwan Yew or come very close to emulating him I thought was Ranil who despite all the support he received from the majority of the people to win the 2015 elections proved to be a total disaster. for the country. His association with Sirisena the President proved to be the worst thing that ever happened in the history of Sri Lankan politics. Unlike Gota he never had blood in his hands and was well regarded by the people of the country. He was considered an honest politician and the most senior politician of the UNP. His involvement in the Central Bank bond scam came as a total shock to many especially his diehard supporters and his political career began to go downhill. As a result he started to associate very closely with the opposition the Rajapaksa’s trying to save his skin. He was often seen smiling and in close friendship with both Gota and Mahinda after striking a deal with them giving an undertaking never to investigate their numerous corruption and criminal activities in the previous Government and escape jail term despite all the evidence. After a very close meeting between Gota and Ranil Gota even mentioned that Ranil was like his brother. Though Ranil is still the leader of the UNP which is one of the oldest political parties in Sri lanka he is now working against his own party trying to sabotage their chances of winning to help the Rajapaksa’s win the forthcoming Parliamentary elections by a two third majority to change the constitution to rule the country for many years to come. Ranil was given a golden opportunity to transform the country like Singapore and be like their great leader LKY unfortunately he became too greedy and his association with the Rajapaksa’s has further marred his reputation beyond repair and could eventually bring his downfall at the next General Elections this year…

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      Hello Machan, what are we you talking about? Is Ranil close to LKY? Are you out of your mind. He has been a 21st century cunning fox for more than 30 years. He outfoxed his own party leaders like Gamini, Lalith, Ranjan, etc and lately Sajith for his own political ambitions. and survival. He wanted to be president, it never happened and will never happen. For god sake dont put this cunning fox anywhere near LKY.

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        Velu Rasiah:
        Ranil said he would give a GOLD net to Dalada Maligawa. Ask his whether he gave it. He was used to go to Meera Makkan Mosque in Mahanuwars and prey. He saved and protected Zaharans from Vanathavillu, colombo and Mawanella. He jailed 70 odd bhikkus for waht carrying guns, keeping explosives. Donating elephants to temples in Sri lanka is an ancient and age old custom. bhikkus went to jail even for that. Ranil and his UNP was that stupid. Now Ranil wants to be LKY.
        All those times, Sajith was hora gal ahulanawa. He was lost thinkking what to do. Sajith offered everything he could give free to Sri lanka. What happened to his debt of Rs 260 million.

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          JD,

          That 20 Million was the Debt which Keselwatta Kid racked up , trying to be the UNP President.
          Wonder how much the Kid will Bill Dr Rani and his Srikotha this time?.

          Last time he mounted the Stage all alone except his Dalit buddies from the South.

          This time the Kid has to take all his mates also to mount the Stage with him ,the likes of Samapathar, Abraham , Bathudeen , Rauf Hakeem , Dr Rajitha, Ranjan Ramanaya, Hirunickers and a whole host of other Gun Orators to back him..

          And they would not travel and sleep on the cheap, specially most those would be overnight Trips to the South.

          What do you reckon JD.
          Will Dr Rani, Akila Boy, Ranga Banda and specially that Elite Boy Galleon Ravi travel there to address our UNP Dalits in the South?.

          That is if Prez Nandasena can clear the Corona of course..

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            Sumane
            Culture isn’t something stagnant, it is dynamic to cope and change according to needs and wants.
            Attempts to make it static even at the point of the gun will not work.
            Narrow nationalism does not and will not work in the long run in any country.

            Only a wise leader heading a group of dedicated people cutting across diverse ethnicities and cultures in a ever changing and shrinking world can achieve peace and progress by bringing diverse cultures and ethnicities together.
            Coronavirus doesn’t favour a particular ethnicity, culture or religion.
            It is like the sun that shines on shaven heads, bald heads, brunette heads ,thick heads Jd’s head and all heads, including your’s and all of those’s heads you have named along with the Keselwate kid’s and even mine.

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    It’s true DK has posted many articles criticising GR. Obviously he does not have a good opinion of GR. In this instance it is worth looking at the arguments he listed to make his point.
    LKY was the first ruler of independent Singapore. He used high handed methods to suppress ethno nationalistic tendencies. He had a strong sense of justice and he did not want the country to fall into anarchy. He ensured that rule of law prevailed at all timed.Therefore ethno nationalism never raised its head like here. It was always kept in control by the Singapore government. With hindsight you could say Singaporeans benefitted immensely and the majority community benefited more from this forced racial tolerance than the minority ethnic groups.
    Sri Lanka has completed 72 years doing exactly the opposite. Ethno nationalism was the main issue in all the elections. The signs are that the coming general election will be fought on ethno nationalistic issues, by the main stream parties. I hope that people look at the points raised by DK and not the person who raised it.

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      Shan; Above all his friends had no place in his administration

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      SHAN’s UNP BS. What can 727 Sq KM city State dominated by Chinese but attached to Bhumiputhra Malaysia can do in order to LKY become a leader who can make the new sovereign city state a success. Just like western countries, Chinese became the leaders, English became the main language (not for political purposes). If they have a culture, economy should override everything. Ethno nationalism does not work. None of the western countries, though they talk a lot, they are dominated by everything of European background. Even there see how Germans are fairing.
      Sri Lanka does need LKYs.

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        JD what a pathetic sorry cut out oif a man you are.Can you be plastered to a wall like a piece of cardboard?

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      Shan,

      “Sri Lanka has completed 72 years doing exactly the opposite.”

      How would Singapore have reacted to suicide terrorism and separatism? Probably in the same manner as Sri Lanka. There is only way to successfully combat it, and that is to have no restraints on the military. Terrorists don’t read newspapers and attend HR sessions at the UN.

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        Lester the stupid loser

        Stop being an utter ….. dumbass.

        “How would Singapore have reacted to suicide terrorism and separatism? Probably in the same manner as Sri Lanka. “

        Singapore didn’t have to, Lee Kwan avoided all those cheap petty nationalism, focused on removing all the pitfalls of hygiene factors and encouraged Motivational factors.

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        Leaster
        Suicide attacks started 35 years after independence and after at least 3 major anti Tamil riots throughout the island. On top of it there was extreme discrimination against Tamils.
        Had LKW ruled Sri Lanka none of these would have happened.
        Past is past, let us hope for a better future.

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    What’s point in these comparisons. GR has managed to curtail Corona. That is what people wanted of him, that is what he delivered. For all the sophistication and purported superiority of the Western Liberal Democractic systems, they have failed to protect their ppl. That is the bottom line. You can write a million asinine articles like this it won’t change that fact.

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    Kumar David,
    Did President Gotabhaya Rajapakse ever say that he wants to emulate Lee Kuan Yew?

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      Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

      “Did President Gotabhaya Rajapakse ever say that he wants to emulate Lee Kuan Yew?”

      He wants to emulate Singapore.
      His b***s carriers believe he is the reincarnation of Lee Kwan.
      You worship him as the sun god reincarnate forgetting he committed war crimes, crimes against humanity, violated human rights, looted LTTE coffer, … . a raging murderer, … between the periods 1987 and 1991 and 2005 and 2015.

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          Mahinda pala /former Editor of sunday observer aka ULTRA RACIST /Eagle Eye:

          Thanks EE for making it that short. We wish you a racism free end in your life. ‘
          :
          You as an animal should have to see it right at least next days to come.
          :
          May god bless srilankens !

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            To whom it may concern –

            This BELOW is whereabouts of Eagle Eye /AKA Mahindapala.

            Biography

            Of Sri Lankan background, H. L. D. Mahindapala has published in English. He edited the Sri Lankan English language newspaper, the Sunday Observer and also edited the Daily Observer from 1991-1994 . He was President of the Sri Lankan Working Journalists’ Association. He gained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Melbourne and has written some biography as well as criticism. His first poem was published in the London Magazine, and his reviews and feature articles have been published in the Melbourne Herald and The Age.

            Let shope him the best at his LAST BREATH…. he is now in his early 80ties and his hatreds have made him blind forever.

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          Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

          Thanks
          Brilliant
          Keep up your good work.

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    Gota can never be another Lee-Kuan Yew for various reasons:
    1) His own brothers will not allow him to act independently as Mahinda especially will ensure that Gota does not become more popular than him.
    2) Gota’s track record is bad, especially internationally. Although he had the opportunity to turn this around in the last 4 months he has taken no action. SL’s withdrawal from UN resolution and appointing retired Army to various positions has added to his being looked at as a Dictator.
    3) He has not been able to keep his promise to the voters even for 3 months, that he will be a “President for all”. Now he has become the “President of Pohottuwa members”.
    4) As in the past when he was the Defense Secretary during which time 27 prisoners were targeted and killed inside a prison, this time under his Govt 2 Anuradhapura prisoners were killed and 4 others injured. A Prison is always considered to be a very safe place. Ranjan Ramanayake when he was released on bail, first thing he spoke about was the dangers insider the Prison. There was shortage of staff. Gota never took any notice of this. Even if the prisoners started trouble, they are not animals, they are humans, they have human rights that has to be protected, especially when they are inside a Prison as they cannot protect them selves. Inside the Prison a prisoner is a ward of the Govt. Govt is responsible for their lives. This is going to be a major point that will be taken up at the next UN session.
    5) We have seen the Sinhala Buddhist Deshapremies attack foreigners holding major positions. Gota appointing his American Brother Basil to head the food distribution is another black mark.
    6) Prior to the Presidential elections he signed an agreement with Maithripala for SLFP to have 30% candidates in the general election.

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    There is nothing remarkable that Lee Kuan Yew did, other than let English be the compulsory language for all public schools, and let the less productive Malays go their own way. Yes, it is as simple as that. Keeping in mind that Malaya had multiple race riots, which is what led to the birth of Singapore. Singapore has always been under one-party rule, so “democracy” is an alien concept. Chinese are atheist to the hilt, so no religious fundamentalism. At the same time, they have no respect for the environment. Bat soup!

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      Lester

      People of your age, should take exceptional precautions from Coronavirus infection, they should frequently wash their hands before touching their face, however in your case make sure you don’t touch your a**e … as you find your face deep inside your ….a….e.

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      Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

      Thanks
      Brilliant
      Keep up your good work.

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    Eagle Eye – aka Whatever-

    For God’s sake, do you have to drag every meaningful articles, comments, discussions and debates thereon by wilfully and unnecessarily bringing into LTTE terrorism and in your words ‘Demala’ (Tamil) racism and thus detract and cause to deviate any healthy discussion on the article that the authors so laboriously write? – O come on!- Please do the favour of shutting your mouth or specifically your key board and please refrain from dragging the healthy discussion into your cesspit of cheap politics– fragrance of which somehow your devilish brain and senses seem to relish a lot.

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    A related issue here is Basil Rajapakse. He attended the all party meeting with MR yesterday. He was then appointed to handle all the emergency purchases of food and supplies.
    In what capacity was he assigned this vital responsibility? He was not a parliamentarian in the last Parliament. Not appointed as a Chairman/ Director of Govt purchasing arm. Moreover, Basil and entire family are US Citizens.
    Those who campaigned hard against MCC and US intervetions are silent about handing this national responsibility to a US citizen.
    One can argue he is qualified- having earned a name as Mr x percent. Surely he can quickly supply any item as long as the bill fits.

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    Prof. Kumar David.
    I say, it is fully worth giving the present president a very strong govt which can overcome the inept, ineffective, incompetent and crooked parliament. Over the decades the Parliament has become a waste place to which criminals, fraudsters, drug lords, liquor shop owners, business mafias are functioning at full throttle while neglecting the voters.
    Sri lanka has a humongous social injustice. Even Kumar David says, less than 8 Sq. KM, city state, a society without a culture, without a long lasting civilization, only a business oriented society – created after the the 2nd WW I suppose is the role model for sri Lanka. None of these who praise Singapore do not have any attachment to Sri lanka. Their philosophy of upbringing is from foreign cultures. Fortunately, muslims are not in this camp and they are just watching it.
    Sri lanka is 65.000 Sq. KM. Singapore can not talk about anything that Majority sri lankans talk in Sri lanka. Singapore had money. Recently, some one wrote how Singapore also has peaked and now is going down. I personally know some Singaporeans are moving to the west.
    It is Ranil and Yahapalanaya that jailed over 70 bhikkus, in some cases for months, while Zaharan and Wahabi gangs, rishad Bathiuddin and Hisbullah who established the first Islamic Sharia University in the name of a saudi arabian king (while there are no universities established in the name of sinhala kings) left untouched. Ranil’s yahapalanaya could not arrest eventhe vanathavillu wahabis who were keeping 100s of KGs of high explosives..
    There are no kings or leaders in the world who did not have to kill it’s own citizens because of violent rebellions and atrtfempts to overthrow the kingdom or the democratically elected govts. So, Kumar David, in that case, does not talk even like one who has some intelligent or reasonable thinking.

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