21 October, 2017

Government Abuses Power, JO Acts As Spoilers Of The Nation: Friday Forum

“While the government is accountable to the people for acts of nepotism, abuse of power and improper interference with public administration, the Joint Opposition (JO) is acting consistently as the ‘spoilers of the nation’ for short term political gain, politicising negatively every effort to reach a consensus on key citizens’ concerns on constitutional reform and transitional justice,” say the Friday Forum.

Issuing a statement today the Friday Forum said: “this government has been in office for two years, and its agenda seems increasingly disconnected from the hopes and expectations of those who elected it to office on the promise of good governance.”

“Similarly trade unions must exercise the democratic right of protest peacefully, without causing destruction to life or property. Negotiating with a sense of responsibility to settle a trade union dispute is at the heart of the right to establish and function as unions,” the statement signed by Prof. Savitri Goonesekere and Dr. A.C. Visvalingam on behalf of the Friday Forum said.

We publish below the statement full:

Speaking ‘Truth to Power’

This government has been in office for two years, and its agenda seems increasingly disconnected from the hopes and expectations of those who elected it to office on the promise of good governance – ‘yahapalanaya.’

The Friday Forum has, in several statements over the last two years, both commended the government for its positive initiatives and offered constructive criticism of some current policies and actions. We reiterate below some priority areas in which the government must act immediately, if the President and Prime Minister are to retain the confidence of the majority of citizens who elected them to office, and expand that constituency to support its agenda of reform.

A – The Government

(1) Constitutional Reform

For several years all political parties campaigned to repeal or reform the constitution of 1978. This was the one issue on which there appeared to be consensus in 2014 and 2015. Yet today we are receiving conflicting messages from both within the government and the Joint Opposition (JO) on constitutional reform. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his 2009 support for the APC, publicly proposed ‘maximum devolution’ both verbally and in written documents  Yet today he leads groups who stridently object to changing the presidential system of government, suggesting that it will weaken the centre and create an environment for separatism. This cynical exploitation of identity politics must be rejected by the people. We call upon the President and Prime Minister to give consistent leadership in this divisive context, acting without further delay to complete the discussions, so that a draft constitution can be placed before the country at a referendum. The often repeated public statements by some holding office in support of constitutional reform are contradicted by others in government who question the process. The public is further confused when the need for constitutional reform is used as an excuse for the undemocratic postponement of local government and provincial council elections and delays in transitional justice reforms.

There seems to be no serious political will on the part of the government to lead the country in constitutional reform. Expert committees have submitted their reports. Reports of the public consultations, supported by government, both on constitutional reform and transitional justice have been submitted. Failure to give leadership and take positive steps to complete the debate and the discussions within a specific time frame only reinforces the sense of false promises.

(2) Corruption and Law Enforcement

The government’s record on corruption and law enforcement is abysmal. It has established various new institutions and promised to strengthen the traditional ones like the Police and Attorney General’s department. Yet these agencies struggle to cope, lacking adequate resources and personnel to handle their responsibilities. There are also constant allegations of selective prosecutions due to political influence at the highest levels, such as the much publicized telephone call to the IGP. Inevitably these agencies are perceived as inefficient and lethargic, or acting under directions of various political lobbies.

The failure of the President and the Prime Minister to respond quickly to incidents of ineffective law enforcement is a special source of concern, especially when the police and armed forces use unnecessary violence to crush public protest; or when there are allegations of corrupt investigations, and of selective arrests and detentions. The much publicised bond inquiries are a damning indictment of public institutions and the government. It has taken four inquiries and two years for a credible procedure of investigation to be established. The information emerging in the Commission of Inquiry speaks volumes of the systemic failures in what were independent public institutions. Many senior public officials expressed the view that the leadership culture at the Central Bank did not permit or encourage them to express dissenting or alternative views. The ‘failure to carry out orders from the top’, contrary to professional responsibilities, was met with sanctions and/or discrimination that prejudiced career advancement and prospects. Sadly the Central Bank is not the only public sector institution in this country that has this type of unacceptable working environment and leadership culture.

We now have a ridiculous situation where those persons of the former regime who are facing corruption charges in the courts attack senior members of government for acts of corruption. The public also frequently observes politicians facing charges of corruption in courts or inquiries, emerging from the pending proceedings triumphantly surrounded by political supporters and TV cameras.  This brings disrespect to the legitimacy of the rule of law.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs added a new dimension to this phenomenon by vilifying the Attorney General’s department and suggesting, when he gave evidence at the CoI, that they were harassing him because they desired promotions! This undermining of public institutions, and the nature of his responses as a witness in the proceedings, made it imperative that he should not hold cabinet office.

The President and the Prime Minister must also hold to account the minister who justified violence against striking unions, thus undermining government obligations to ensure law and order, and to protect citizens against violence by private actors. It is ironic that politicians undermine the administration of justice, while stating publicly that they will continue to hold office until they are convicted by a court of law. Those who hold public office must be held accountable for not fulfilling their public duties.

(3) Abuse of Executive Power

The Friday Forum has constantly highlighted the deplorable manner in which the government continues to engage in acts of abuse of executive power in regard to appointments and dismissals. The manner in which the Chairman and the board of eminent professionals in the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute were asked to resign; and the dismissal and persecution of the Deputy Chairperson of the National Child Protection Authority, and interdiction of its legal officer without following due procedures, must be condemned. When these incidents occur through the President’s or Prime Minister’s office, they are accountable to the people for acts of nepotism, abuse of power and improper interference with public administration. They must inquire whether officials have misused their power under political influence; and act to prevent such abuses. This is the least that can be expected if norms of good governance are to be followed. Similarly, we highlight the continuing failure to act on the Weliamuna report and other issues in SriLankan Airlines, particularly after much publicised meetings with the Board.

(4) Religious extremism

There have been public statements against religious extremism by the President, Prime Minister and cabinet. However these views appear as empty rhetoric when the government does not give consistent leadership in finding a solution to the national question through devolution of power; and in holding accountable anyone who has perpetrated grievous crimes under domestic law including during the armed conflict. Misinterpretation of phrases such as ‘reconciliation’ and ‘transitional justice’ as a threat to the majority race and religion (the Sinhala community and Buddhism), has become the destructive agenda of the Joint Opposition. This cynical display of identity politics is never counteracted by the government by an informative communication strategy.  Rather, this divisive politics is strengthened by the Government’s failure to communicate with the public and clarify proposed laws, policies and programs.

The Government is constantly giving assurances that ‘ranaviru’ will not be prosecuted. While the Buddhist clergy can have an advisory role and express opinions on constitutional reform, it is not acceptable that they should determine the process. Supporting these positions encourages vitriolic extremism and racism. The manner in which such proponents, including monks who use hate speech, are not held accountable for their actions with immediate arrest and detention, is perceived by the public as a manipulation of the legal system by those in power. This approach must be changed, and the government must give leadership in effectively enforcing the law against all religious dignitaries or lay persons who violate the law, without fear or favour. The idea that they are immune from prosecution as argued by some Buddhist clergy does not conform to either historical tradition and practice or the law of the land.

(5) Respect for international law

The President and Prime Minister must give leadership and together take a firm stand in regard to Sri Lanka’s obligation as a State Party to internationally ratified treaties and as a member state with a seat at the United Nations. Rhetoric in this regard is especially deplorable when there is no effort to address serious issues such as police torture, nor to give redress to victims of violence perpetrated by law enforcement authorities. This attitude undermines the core norms of democratic governance which is to protect citizens from violence even during armed conflict. Implementing state obligations to respect and protect human rights is a commitment to citizens of Sri Lanka as holders of human rights and not a reflection of meek obedience to the dictates of an alien international community. The Sri Lankan state is a member of the international community and must fulfill its responsibilities as a member of that community. The alleged politicisation of the human rights agenda when it occurs can be critiqued, but this is no justification for violating obligations created by international law towards the country’s own citizens. Cabinet ministers cannot by their own words and actions undermine state obligations under international law to implement treaty commitments and respect international institutions. Similarly, the tendency of some politicians to seek intervention by what they call the ‘international community’ must be questioned. The focus must be on state obligations to its citizens to enforce human rights norms. The Sri Lankan state is part of the international community, and it is a peer with other nations of that community.

B – The role of the Opposition and Trade Unions

In the Sri Lankan context both these groups also hold power in society.

The Joint Opposition (JO) has acted consistently as the ‘spoilers of the nation’ for short term political gain, politicising negatively every effort to reach a consensus on key citizens’ concerns on constitutional reform and transitional justice. The complete distortion of clear provisions in the legislation on missing persons, aimed only at tracing alleged victims, in order to create paranoia on prosecutions of ‘ranaviru’ for war crimes, is symptomatic of this deep seated desire to subvert initiatives on administration of justice in the public interest.

Some members have also constantly undermined the dignity of Parliament, witnessed most recently in the shameful manner in which they disrupted a debate by occupying the Speaker’s and President’s seats in the chamber, enacting a mock session of parliament. We call upon the Speaker and leaders of the respective political parties to take action against members of parliament who by their behaviour showed utter disrespect for the core institution of governance in the country. We call upon the Joint Opposition leaders to ensure even at this stage that members understand and respect the role of an opposition in a democracy. They must be facilitators of good governance for the benefit of the nation and the people, rather than a destructive spoiler of national progress, peace and development.

Similarly trade unions must exercise the democratic right of protest peacefully, without causing destruction to life or property. Negotiating with a sense of responsibility to settle a trade union dispute is at the heart of the right to establish and function as unions. In this spirit, the GMOA must continue to negotiate a settlement of the SAITM issue which has disrupted medical education and services to a public that is dependent on the state system of healthcare. We know the Rajapaksa administration created the problem when they manipulated the higher education and the regulatory system in support of that institution. Some medical professionals of the SLMC who objected to the Rajapaksa initiative on SAITM did not succeed in getting this professional body to resist the erosion of standard setting in medical education. The immediate concern that must be resolved is the negative impact on successive batches of young medical students and their parents.  We call upon the union to accept a balanced solution based on providing relief to all those who have already completed their medical courses at SAITM, while ensuring that SAITM is not permitted to continue as a medical school unless and until it conforms to a regulatory system for quality assurance, within a balanced public-private partnership. Such partnerships exist today in other professions like law, architecture, computer science and engineering; and medical education must also respond to this national need. The government’s responsibility is to resource and support the public education system to achieve excellence, whilst regulating the private sector according to established guidelines and norms.

Prof. Savitri Goonesekere and Dr. A.C. Visvalingam

For and on behalf of

Prof. Savitri Goonesekere, Dr.A.C.Visvalingam, Mr.Faiz-ur Rahman, Mr.Priyantha Gamage, Prof. Ranjini Obeyesekere, Prof. Gananath Obeyesekere,  Bishop Duleep de Chickera, Prof. Arjuna Aluwihare, Mr.Danesh Casie-Chetty,  Rev. Dr. Jayasiri Peiris, Mr. S.C.C.Elankovan, Mr. Javid Yusuf, Prof. Camena Guneratne, Mr. Dhammapala Wijayanandana, Mr. Pulasthi Hewamanna, Prof. Gameela Samarasinghe, Mr. Prashan de Visser, Ms. Shanthi Dias & Mr. Chandra Jayaratne.

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    Why Only JO ?. Everybody including the so-called MY3 faction of SLFP, Ranil, whole UNP and that includes the friday forum. It is Tamils, muslims, special interest groups like Friday forum, Some NGOs all give clues to Jackal opposition. ——————– some where I heard the govt is going to hand over the surveying of the island to an american company. It is Sri lanka that cannot survey Sri lanka properly and make maps. but, Detailed maps of Sri lanka availabe in the west. If govt hands over the surveying, there after they will come for mineral resources that are hiding in Sri lanka and the govt is not capable of retrieving or using those, just like eppawela handing over to a foreign company.

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      Jimmy the Dimwit

      Read the summary of frauds in the following article which I thought very useful even for a dimwit like you.

      What the FCID have achieved since 2015
      http://www.ceylontoday.lk

      2017-08-14
      BY CASSENDRA DOOLE

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        NV – “Jimmy the Dimwit” – I like that. He is the guy who said “I am willing to eat Rajapaksha’s kakka, so what.” lol !

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        Dumb Native Veddo: Only successful case by FCID, Ravi karunanayake that is also a potta shot. Even Ranil and others in the 225 doe not accept that as a prosecution. So, so many reports will accumulate MY3 might save I have files of you everybody. IT is fight between two major thieves and another 223. My question is why do they want to public money and vriths or Indian help to rewrite the audit bill. The reason, they get scarfed when they go to voters.

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          Jimmy the Dimwit

          What are you trying to tell us?

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          What about the man who has been jailed today – FORMER president s condom supporter Duminda De Silva AND his verdict?

          And not to forget JIMSOFTY THE DIMWIT, Thadjudeen death was made came in to being a result of accident under the MURDERSOU Rajapakshe rule ? Remember.

          FCID investigations revealed to he country it was not. Minimaru family had their hand on the young player ‘s life.

          Ballige putha not just destroyed the nation, but also took the life of INNOCIENT young men, the question is them to have hearts at all. Now I can imagein, how he had commanded to kill out civilians in the last end of the war phase.
          And he is the only leader to have jubilized or made the people jubilized after killing masses in the end phase of the CIVIL war… how can he ever have hearts to protect ow people.
          Now these days I am on a trip to the US. I see, how racial clashes have taken up in THE US. But people (whites) would not enjoy it… they are ashamed to see it and even discuss.
          But ballige putha led srilanken STUPID folks are made to believe, it as a success. Folks wake up, never give a chance to abuse you – Extremists of Rajapakshe kind are OUR curse. Thanks
          Boston, Bunjappu

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        Cassendra Doole says that
        “Out of the 89 dossiers referred to the AG, 12 have been brought to Courts against the accused. “These cases have all been filed before the High Court,” SP added.Furthermore, a total of 115 cases have either been closed or transferred to a different division. “If the investigators or the AG discover that there has been no crime committed, the case is closed. Some files are transferred for example to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC),” he further added.Meanwhile, 131 complaints are currently under investigation.”
        Well Machang NV, doesn’t look like FCID bu&&ers have achieved much, 115 cases have been closed no men, seems all that was humbug, damn shame no men!

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      Time for the #UN to send in the troops and #INTERPOL to help this government before we have these protesters who are getting ready to riot and create an obstruction of justice…

      Riot police should be put into action to use the necessary force if and when required. No one should be allowed to obstruct justice…

      Step up and help this Government do its job and go after the Rajapaksa Criminal Network..

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        Why was our Government sitting on these cases for over 2 years!?

        We want progress, no cover ups are acceptable at all…

        dont tell us you dont have proof if you cant find proof call #INTERPOL to help you do your job…

        they will train you how to do your job if you cant do it yourself…

        The UDA needs external help as well. They are unable to get development projects to follow due process!!

        Even after requesting a questionable development project in kollupitiya and telling them to halt construction till they come to an agreement and settling any damages caused to all those affected by the development project they continue to go ahead with their construction without doing so!!

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          There are non bailable Criminal offences involved when it comes to the Rajapaksas, Wimal Weerawansa+his wife along with many others who have been/are being investigated!!?

          They should all be arrested until the cases against them are concluded and they are sentenced for their crimes. No “Game Of Shape” (Cover up) will be tolerated all the Sri Lankan people know they are guilty…

          this is just looking like election propaganda drama all over again!!
          All talk and Drama no meaningful action!!

          Lets see some meaningful action befor you come asking for the peoples votes please.

          have some respect for law and order and our country please…

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      Friday Folk, how come no mention of political corruption which is at the root of the ‘identity politics’ in Lanka? Today, only local corruption and money trails (such as Ravi’s pent house case) is exposed. The big ticket corruption and OVERSEAS bank accounts of corrupt politicians remain very secure!
      Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan was forced to resign after investigation into overseas accounts. FF you all and Civil society must do 2 things if truly interested in good governance:
      1. write an open letter to Sri Lanka’s international donors at IMF, World Bank, USAID, MCC, DIFID etc. to put their money where their mouth is and use their (fake?) development experts to trace and return the billions stolen from the people of Lanka and held in overseas accounts of Sri Lanka’s corrupt politicians if they are really interested in Good Governance in Lanka! These funds stolen from third world countries boost the real estate and stock markets of London, New York, Singapore and Dubai which is why there is not end to legalized financial corruption in the global system!
      2.. Seek help of Pakistani investigators of the Panama Papers leaks to investigate the mega funds looted and held overseas in off shore accounts by corrupt politicians and Rajapakse family and Ravi K, Malik etc.

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    Jim Softy,

    Being a good leader requires remembering that you’re there for a reason, and the reason certainly isn’t to have your way. High-integrity leaders not only welcome questioning and criticism – they insist on it.

    Jim Softy, Champa, Sumane, try and be neutral without being boot lickers for the MR clan

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      Berty, does your advise apply to yahapalana suckers as well mate, or only to the MR fans?

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    Does Friday Forum now accept JO as the official opposition? If so can Friday Forum recommend their buddies in yahapalanaya including the speaker to recognise JO as such and let JO to appoint leader of the opposition in the house (rather than the present illegal puppet)? The main issue for Friday Forum appears to be the delay in installing the separatist driven constitution. The yahapalanaya junta should be able to enact this new constitution if it is so wonderful since they posses 2/3 majority and masses will support it at a referendum. Why are they so scared to go before the people? Is JO the decisive political power in the country now? What Friday Forum’s statement clearly demonstrates is that yahapalanaya has lost it. The way out in democratic systems is to go before the people and request a fresh mandate.

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      Hela

      When did you unwittingly decide to commit Hara-kiri by mimicking Dayan (the war monger and public racist)?

      Please discuss your plight with your grandchildren before you commit whatever (perhaps Hara-kiri) you want to commit in this public forum. Most of us sympathize with you.

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        NV, your barking has no value. No mandate has been given to yamapalana junta for the kind of constitution Friday Forum yearns for. Without trying to subvert the system by not allowing the franchise of the people (and allowing to express their wish), Friday Forum should ask their buddies to go before the people and request a mandate. A very simple and democratic process.

        NV, why are you scared? Why is the tail between the legs?

        Waiting for AG department to act on the balance of the 8,600 pages……..is your phone number also there? Does Alloysius call you hura or machang?

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          Hela

          “your barking has no value”

          I bark only when I see hora’s planning a heist. If you with them you ought to be careful.

          “No mandate has been given to yamapalana junta for the kind of constitution Friday Forum yearns for.”

          It is for the people to decide at a referendum. Draft has not been published so why are you in a panic mode. Did you take Dayan’s advice or his panic pill?

          “A very simple and democratic process.”

          Yes I do agree with you only on this occasion. However I didn’t hear your hypocritical observation about the 1972 and 1978 constitutions? Why. I am the only one who has been protesting about the illegality of both constitution simply because both were not subjected to public scrutiny in referendums hence as far as I am concerned both are illegal and as such has lot of implication on the types of government and state we have had in the past 45 years.

          To begin with, people didn’t authorize the name change from Ceylon to Sri Lanka, the people didn’t request Chapter II of the constitution, all wars since 1972, all political and criminal arrests, detention and sentences were illegal, all forms of trading contracts, uni and other qualifications, appointments, ……………………………

          You have been maintaining an unhealthy criminal deafening silence on both constitutions and the state institutions. Because you are little Sinhala/Buddhists fascistic hypocrite.

          Only our stupid KASmaalam K A Sumanasekere call me mate.

          How are you going to rectify the consequences of two illegal constitutions? As usual you can ignore hard and relevant questions. Go hide in Gota’s amude.

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            Veddo,

            You can put any label on me but you can’t scare me off buddy. I am proud to be a Sinhalese and I am fortunate to be associated with Buddhism and call myself a follower of Buddhism.

            You can’t hide behind Ranil’s propaganda of “draft not being published”. Various drafts and interim reports have been issued by your buddies in various committees working on the constitution making process. Ranil himself has presented such a document. The proposals contained in those documents provide clear indications of what is coming. Readers are intelligent enough and you can’t BS them. We Sinhalese can see when “horata kalin kehel kana vatin pannahama” and “puhul hora karin dane” because of the wisdom provided by our ancestors.

            No need to talk about 1972 and 1978 now. What is needed to be discussed is the status here and now. So don’t try to confuse because that won’t work.

            Yamapalana junta has lost all credibility. So they don’t have any legs to embark on such serious matters as constitution making. Such efforts will be defeated even if they are valid purely because these buggers have no credibility. Therefore before they get onto these lofty matters can you please ask them to hold local and provincial elections that are due (so some confidence can be built among the electorate)?

            Lastly I have no idea what Gota wears though you seem pretty well familiar with it…………..

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              Hela

              ” I am proud to be a Sinhalese and I am fortunate to be associated with Buddhism and call myself a follower of Buddhism.”

              I have no problem with Sinhalese or Buddhism. Don’t insult Buddha, his teaching and true Buddhist by associating yourself with all three. You can call yourself whatever you may want to it doesn’t make you any closer to Buddha, his teaching, and Buddhists because you are a Sinhala/Buddhist racist. You are full of hared for yourself and others. Read what Buddha had in mind for people like you:

              Hatred does not cease through hatred but through love alone they cease.

              “Various drafts and interim reports have been issued by your buddies in various committees working on the constitution making process.”

              Please let me have a copy or publish it here in CT.

              “because of the wisdom provided by our ancestors.”

              Please stop tickling me and be serious.

              “What is needed to be discussed is the status here and now. “

              My Elders tell me this was what they heard every time the Sinhala/Buddhist fascist refused to listen to the people.

              “Lastly I have no idea what Gota wears though you seem pretty well familiar with it…………..”

              I know political crooks and racists always hide behind patriotism, nationalism, national hangmen’s amude, ……. and you are no different to the rest.

              Please let me have a copy of your draft constitution.

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    I am really disappointed with this group’s take on SAITM and PPP. Am disappointed for the reason the group has not really looked at the nuts and bolts of PPP and is merely using it as jargon. And I see that as dangerous. One would have thought that academics in the group would have actually done a study of PPP as it is being undertaken today. But throwing in PPP as some kind of accepted strategy shows little study of the phenomenon.

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      Sumathy
      You are addressing hopefully well-meaning liberals who perhaps naively believe that capitalism is compatible with democracy.
      To them the private sector is a holy cow, holier than education and health as essential public services.

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    Nowadays the GMOA along with the IUSF morons protest on Petroleum Issues, Port Issues Bond, which subjects are irrelevant to them.

    The former regime is funding for the GMOA and IUSF.

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    Western Governments , NGOS, Diaspora and Dr Mahendran helped the late Ven Sobitha to install Yahapalanaya to * Give Sambandan the Vellala Homeland, * Punish the War Heroes and Rajapaksha, * get Compensation for Tiger Dependants,, and * Priavtize Srilanka . to give Neo Capitalists under Dr Ranil faction perpetual rule………..But they didn’t anticipate 5.8 Million from the the 70 % great majority to oppose them……….. Also to complicate the matters even further , Dr Ranil’s mates who have been starving for 20 years, without Commissions and under hand deals , put the Spanner in the Works……… Funny enough , Dr Mahendran who hosted the Yahapalana Strategy meets in Singapore even before the Election , was the first Cab off the Rank to loot the EPF through the Central Bank…….Under his best bud , PM Dr Ranil’s nostrils……..Dr Ranil even made stirring speeches in Parliament to White Wash his mate, even after Dr Mahendran passed inside info to SIL and gathered both the EPF bosses and Bond Deealers at the CB to organize the Hit…….Dr Ranils other good mates in the LGBTQ started pushing their own agenda to make same sex marriages legit….. UNP supporters both in the Diaspora and Colombo made up crooked schemes to get free land . purporting to build cars . make tyres and build Condos……… Dr Ranil’s own UNP Police went after Buddhist monks hoping to muzzle them…. To top it all TNA which supposed be the chief beneficiary of this Yahapalanay the Vellala TNA made it even worse by demanding that Buddhism must be expunged from the Constitution before they accept any Solution……..Getting their so called Whzz Kid to make that announcement made the great majority alarmed………..Can Dr Ranil now fullfil his undertaking to the West, the NGOs , Diaspora and the Vellalas in Colombo ?……… Bookmakers in Bombay may even give 20 to 1 if one wants to back Dr Ranil giving Vellala the Federal Eelaam and sending the War Heroes to jail………….

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “Western Governments , NGOS, Diaspora and Dr Mahendran helped the late Ven Sobitha to install Yahapalanaya”

      Did Western Governments , NGOS, Diaspora, Dr Mahendran and late Ven Sobitha Thero have 6,217,162 votes in their Amudes?

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    I don’t know much about Professor Savitri Goonesekere but I do know that Dr. A.C. Visvalingam is a Retired Civil and Structural Engineer. What mystifies me is why an Engineer should take so much interest in civic affairs when there are thousands of Lawyers in this country who do not seem to care a damn about vital matters concerning the country and the welfare of its citizens. It seems to me that they are the group of people who should be really involved in this type of work.

    I have been engaged in litigation for a long time and know that lawyers are the worst class of professionals you can expect to find anywhere. They are only after money and are notorious for doing really shoddy work. They will even defend the devil if paid handsomely. Except for persons like Nagananda Kodithuwakku, J.C. Weliamuna, Kishali Pinto Jayawardena and possibly a few others, principled lawyers are hard to find!

    If I am off topic, please forgive me!

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      Mate if you google the names of the Friday Forum you will find quite a few of them ARE of your favorite profession. They have a common thread of being from what used to be the upper class from Col 3/5/7. Mate as an Estate Labourer you will be lucky to wash their car, but of course mate they are for the common man as long as they can get a few green backs and a trip abroad via an NGO.

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    Just like the JVP warned, all these issues of our nation is facing today with the current Yahapalanaya bandits shielding criminals relate to the “Raja Gedara” (Kings Palace) deals. One of the many deals that Hon. PM agreed on January 8th for the MR Mafia is to give up and disband amicably so that the mobsters would be given immunity and protection from the law of criminal prosecution. Although the president was not privy to this deal at the time, The Hon. PM RW decided that this was also a good gesture for the favours returned to him from the Rajapaksha regime of thugs and murders who also protected the then UNP opposition and for keeping their members alive from being assassinated. These are all political deals that Hon. PM Ranil agreed to although an arrogant man after all is a very forgiving and grateful man. RW’s forty years of political experience to us seem immature but this is criminal Lanka and we are the proud sons and daughters of that criminal called prince Vijaya. What more can anyone expect from this criminal genealogy?

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    Yahapalanaya has put another step towards Jarapalanaya. I am a fan of SLBC Welanda Sewaya. Recently Welanda Sewaya started broadcasting President’s and PM’s speeches (not in news) and a mud-slinging ad targeting Wimal Weerawansa. This is really disgusting. President and PM criticized Rajapakse for using Government owned media and promised people that they will do things differently. But they are following the same tack.

    In one of the President’s speech he said a UN official told him that the Government is not giving adequate publicity to the work they do. I am wondering whether using SLBC to give publicity for their work is a response to that observation of the UN official.

    I got fed up with listening to rubbish these two talk and stopped listening SLBC Welanda Sewaya. Often what we hear from President is ‘Wedi Bana’ and from PM how he is going to make Sri Lanka a paradise. From the way things are happening Sri Lanka will end up becoming a hell for the ordinary folks but for corrupt politicians who are playing out public funds and guys like Arjun Alosius Sri Lanka will be a paradise.

    I wonder who’s money they are using to put these ads in Radio Channels.

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    “While the Buddhist clergy can have an advisory role and express opinions on constitutional reform, it is not acceptable that they should determine the process.”

    Buddhists clergy that represent at least 70% of the citizens cannot determine the process but Paikisothy and NGO crooks who are funded by Christian Western countries determining the process is acceptable.

    These Friday Forum guys do not represent the ordinary folks in Sri Lanka. These guys have their own agenda.

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      “These Friday Forum guys do not represent the ordinary folks in Sri Lanka.” Well, of course they don’t because almost all of them are well versed in English and happen to be .intellectuals.

      But you think it would be better to let the ordinary folk decide how the country should be run. Ordinary people like barbers, dhobies, pavement hawkers, 3-wheeler drivers, peons, vegetable vendors, kotthu rotti makers and lottery ticket sellers!

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        E.L.
        “Ordinary people like barbers, dhobies, pavement hawkers, 3-wheeler drivers, peons, vegetable vendors, kotthu rotti makers and lottery ticket sellers!”
        Why not? Should they not have a say? What then is democracy about?
        They probably know society better than ivory tower intellectuals.
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        BTW: Are you not proud to call yourself Estate Labourer?

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          SJ,
          “Ordinary people like barbers, dhobies, pavement hawkers, 3-wheeler drivers, peons, vegetable vendors, kotthu rotti makers and lottery ticket sellers!”
          The above should have the vote, but they should be educated on how to use their vote and not fall for illiterate snake- oil salesmen as they currently do every time.
          The day that 3-wheeler drivers will vote for someone who promises austerity will be the day this country turns around.

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            OC
            Who educates whom?
            I know plenty of educated people and national leaders who go behind conmen like Sai Baba and other god-men, all manner of astrologers and other frauds.
            It is better to be illiterate and honest than to be learned and dishonest.
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            Having seen the sick attitude of the elite towards social issues, I think that the broad masses should have a bigger say.
            The only thing that is lacking is that they do not challenge the leaders who take all of us for a ride.

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              SJ

              “It is better to be illiterate and honest than to be learned and dishonest.”

              So that the elites and the so called educated can exploit infinitely.

              “I think that the broad masses should have a bigger say.”

              True, whether to have 8 serus of free grains from moon, implementation of Sinhala only language policy in 24 hours, war for peace, war for war, to have chapter II of the constitution intact, to continue support for the policies of weeping widow’s policies, ……………….

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                Native Vedda: It is OK for Tamils to built Tamil only homelands. Sinhala people should not have Sinhale with only languageas the Sinhala because, Tamil migrents don’t like to be in Tamilnadu.

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      Eagle blinded in both Eyes

      “Buddhists clergy that represent at least 70% of the citizens cannot determine the process but Paikisothy and NGO crooks who are funded by Christian Western countries determining the process is acceptable.”

      Why aren’t they contesting elections winning 70% saffronista members of parliament and then run a saffronista theocracy under the prevailing democratic system? Surely they have 70% right to be elected to office of president and appoint 70% saffronista ministers, and saffronista prime minister. Don’t forget to appoint all head of state institutions from saffronistas.

      Will you be then happy if they demand to make 70% of babies from their gene pool?

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    Thank you Friday Forum for the exposition of some home truths.
    One has to have hopes and see a silver lining albeit through a powerful telescope. The GoSL is indeed listening to the public. And equally significant is the absence of the infamous language/religion divide.
    The JO is suffering withdrawal symptoms. Their toys like cars, lollies like foreign trips and the like have been withdrawn. They hope that their sugar-daddy will restore these one day.
    JO exploits the short memory of people. The Friday Forum lament
    “We now have a ridiculous situation where those persons of the former regime who are facing corruption charges in the courts attack senior members of government for acts of corruption…………”.
    Unfortunately there are grounds for such “attacks”.
    Friday Forum further points out that politicians facing charges of corruption in courts or inquiries, emerging from the pending proceedings triumphantly surrounded by political supporters and TV cameras.
    “This brings disrespect to the legitimacy of the rule of law…………”.
    It also earns them public scorn!

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    SJ.
    I hope to send a photocopy[I would not part with the original!] of Hydrostatics by S.L.Loney to members of the Friday Forum.They are all floating on Fridays!

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    Trials of political prisoners held in custody for many years, are reportedly being shifted to courts in areas other than those where they are supposed to have committed “crimes”.
    Why is this?
    Are southern judiciary expected to “twist” the law in favour of the prosecution, in addition to making it difficult for defence lawyers and families of those charged?
    Why is Friday Forum ignoring this situation ?

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    How could this Forum have any credibility:

    1. elections are postponed, they day nothing
    2. opposition in parliament is not recognised, they collude
    3. Bills are supposedly enacted without due parliamentary process, not a word

    you have no moral authority to speak on principle when you have none

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