21 October, 2020

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Haphazard Policy Making Puts Economic Stability And Public Welfare At Risk: Friday Forum

Amid an increasing political crisis, the Friday Forum drew its attention to the economic fallout of this fiasco, which includes haphazard government policy-making on the economy, which puts the country’s economic stability and the welfare of ordinary people at risk.

Addressing a statement today, the Friday Forum said the economic situation has been further exacerbated by the anarchy which currently prevails in the country.

We publish below the statement in full:

Economic policy-making impacted by grave political instability

The FF shares the despair and disgust of most Sri Lankans with recent political events in the country that have now spiraled into a serious impasse in governance.  The economic, social and political repercussions of this crisis will undoubtedly cause a serious set-back to the sustained and inclusive development and reconciliation that our nation urgently needs.   

While the social and political repercussions of the crisis in government are being continuously discussed in the media, Friday Forum draws attention to the economic fallout of this fiasco. Friday Forum is particularly concerned at the haphazard government policy-making on the economy, which puts the country’s economic stability and the welfare of ordinary people at risk.  This situation has been further exacerbated by the anarchy which currently prevails in the country.

These risks to the economy are not only high and already manifest in the external sector, but also threaten the ordinary citizens’ efforts to maintain current standards of living. Friday Forum will not comment on the causes of these sources of instability at this point, but will attempt to point out some measures that may mitigate these risks. 

But first, a few sentences about the nature and weight of the problems we face. During the five years from 2019 to 2023, this society and its agent, the government, will have to pay back foreign debt amounting to $ 4 billion in 2019 and roughly $ 5 billion in the period 2020-2023. Interest on these debts alone will cost about 5% to 6% of GDP and 15 percent of total government expenditure. As foreign debt must be paid in foreign currency, our economy needs to save those amounts from exports, after meeting needs for imports. As the government needs to buy these amounts of foreign exchange from the market for this purpose, it must save enough from government revenue.  As some 80 percent of all government expenditure is already committed and the balance must go into essential capital projects, the government must have the courage to raise tax revenue and curb expenditure. These are, in fact, sacrifices that everyone in society must make, as there is no government other than the members of this society. 

When burdens like this weigh on countries, they might be temporarily lightened by foreign countries and intergovernmental organisations acting in concert for that limited purpose. The absence of a legitimate and well established government that can take the initiative and act fast to handle these questions, puts our people in serious jeopardy, where the country’s economy and finances are concerned. While these issues may seem abstruse and remote from the everyday life of the ordinary man and woman, they will take on a sharper reality when food becomes scarce and jobs are lost.   

When President Sirisena dismissed the government then legitimately in office on 26 October 2018, he began a process of de-stabilization of government which has lasted longer than anyone expected. There has not been a legitimate and effective government in the country for close upon a month and there is no viable solution in sight. Friday Forum calls upon the President to immediately act within the framework of the Constitution and establish a legitimate and stable government, without which our country will slide towards disaster, not only socially and politically but also economically.

A government so established must set to work immediately to seek international assistance to ease the grip of the crisis that has engulfed the country’s economy. Friday Forum sees the prospect of a government seeking immediate assistance from a group of friendly countries who can provide a grant for immediate succour. The government should immediately submit to that Group an intermediate period programme to re-schedule repayment of debt. That programme will include the re-consideration not only of the maturity pattern of debt but also the rates of interest on these loans. The repayment of even rescheduled debt will necessitate reducing consumption and production of goods and services for exports without importing more for domestic use.  A government must not pretend that this society can both eat more cake and also offer more to hungry lenders, unless we grow at rates which now seem astronomically high. Government, opinion leaders, academics and others must take the public into confidence and explain clearly the choices available to us, and the rationale for the options that government chooses. To become apologists for any government will be to lose the attention of the public.

Signatories:

Mr. Priyantha Gamage, Bishop Duleep de Chickera, Prof. Arjuna Aluwihare, Dr. Geedreck Usvatte-aratchi, Dr. A.C. Visvalingam, Mr. Danesh Casie Chetty, Rev. Dr. Jayasiri Peiris, Ms. Manouri Muttetuwegama, Mr. Tissa Jayatilaka, Prof. Savitri Goonesekere, Mr. Dhammapala Wijayanandana, Ms. Shanthi Dias, Mr. Prashan de Visser, Prof. Gananath Obeyesekere, Prof. Ranjini Obeyesekere, Mr. Faiz Ur-Rahman, Dr. Upatissa Pethiyagoda, Prof. Camena Guneratne, Mr. Chandra Jayaratne and Mr. Pulasthi Hewamanna.

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    National Economic Commission Lalith Samarakoon lied when he said the Govt has no issue in paying the debt of $ 1 billion falling due in Jan 2019. In his same speech he also said the Govt has only $650 mill from the Chinese payment left with the treasury. According to him the Govt is planning to get another $ 1 billion from Bank of Ceylon, People’s Bank, National Savings Bank etc. There is another payment of $500 million coming up during 2019. He is an educated person and suppose to be a specialist in economic affairs. How can he count eggs that are not laid yet? The
    $ 1 billion is still not in the coffers of the Govt as it has to be raised by the Banks. Especially with the down grading of the Banks and down grading of the country bonds by Moody no one knows what could happen. He is an educated person and has to be open and honest about what he says. Not close the card and pass it around thinking we all are uneducated as the SLPP MPs.

    From the time Mahinda- Maithree government took over we are finding all sorts of things happening. Example a honest police office who was investigating the robberies of Rajapakse family was transferred out, a police murderer is re appointed to his post after taking him out on bail, a case filed by the Govt against a Monk is withdrawn, two rogues who have very serious cases in courts are appointed to head units they are supposed to have stolen from, investigation of 230 skeletons found in Mannar has stopped etc etc. This is the way the political thugs and their side kicks are ruing the country.

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      All that before Rajapakse has been officially acknowledged as PM, imagine the crimes, corruption, and underhand activities, if he is legally declared PM. They are a bunch of crooks, greedy for power, so that their crimes can be covered up. This is wrong, and everyone, from the SC to professionals all agree.

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      This is only the start as far as we see. We will be able to see more and more in due course such as releasing condemned prisoners, annulling of the 19th amendment, Right to Information Commission etc, Thank you prez, all these could be expected gradually in due course willy-nilly because of your astigmatism. Sad!!!

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        There is a cyber war against China to blame it for the debt trap even though China has only 10 percent of Lanka’s debt and an economic was against the people of Sri lanka by Trump-land and its allies these days to bring back Bondscam Ranil, who is Washington’s puppet as Prime Minister.
        This is so that Bondscam Ranil may sell off Lanka’s strategic assets (land, transport and energy security infrastructure, logistics and data platforms), to benefit America First sand global 1 percent and allied business and security interests
        At the root of the current Sri Lankan political economic crisis is the Cold war between US and China in Indian Ocean.

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      Here is the proof of my earlier comment – http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=195003
      Sovereign Bond has been abandoned. These persons such as Lalith Samarakoon are educated coolies and they are born liars.

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    Now, Friday Forum is begging for international community to help as usual …. they wholeheartedly supported the ‘yamapalanaya’ to destroy the country which was fastly developing at the time with GDP rate around 7% , infrastructure development was at the highest at anytime in many decades … Those were a achieved while fighting and eliminating the worst terrorism the world had ever seen.

    These cry baby servile minds of FridayForum – uni dons, bishops etc- forgot to include David McKinnon
    High Commissioner and American-German- Australian diplomats in Sri Lanka under signatories…

    Please include them next time ….
    Eventhough srilankans do not want their undiplomatic ‘concerns’, they are very very ‘concerned’ about SL …
    Friday Forum and these diplomats are so synchronised that you do not even have to ask them for their permission … One is servile forum alway support outside masters and other is thinking that they control the country they reside in …. what a bunch of slaves and masters…
    We, srilankans, know where you exactly coming from and whom you serve…
    Thanks for dishing out media releases once in a while to show you guys are alive … Education does not eliminate servility… sometimes it reinforces … Friday Forum is a living example…

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    These dumbos in Friday Forum did not see how rice production was destroyed; economic growth going down; foreign currency reserves going down; import of all kinds of unnecessary things going up; no foreign investors coming because politicians were asking their commission upfront; allowing luxury cars import to bribe MPs; borrowing spree was going on while blaming Rajapakse regime for creating a debt mountain; Sri Lankan Rupee was depreciating; national assets were sold to foreigners cheaply when Ranil and his ‘Royal Gang’ running the economy. After Ranil was removed and Rajapakse came, their ‘passa peththa rath wela’ (bottoms have started to warm up) and issuing Tsunami warnings.
    ———————–
    Did these so called ‘Friendly Countries’ do anything to help this country when Demala terrorists playing hell for three decades except pampering those terrorists. Did they help Ranil by providing financial support although Ranil was dancing according to their tune? All these junkies who helped the ‘Regime Change’ because the so called ‘Friendly Countries’ wanted to get rid of Mahinda Rajapakse who did not listen to those two White Supremacists are responsible for ruining this country.

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    The Friday Forum is right. Media are reporting on an epic scale about the ridiculous fight of a group of underprivileged cohorts, craving for power and influence. It is clear to every intelligent brain, that the president built his new government illegally, against the constitution. His greed for power makes him and his companions blind for the consequences of their actions: the disastrous impact on the country’s reputation and economy.
    Instead of focusing only on this poor drama that takes place on the political stage, media, stakeholders, interest groups and academics should go together and inform the public about the economic situation of the country, the origin of the massive debts and the horrendous damage this absurd and disgusting political farce is causing. Only then will they be able to recognise and to withstand the illusionary insinuations and uneconomic gifts and promises of the fake government. All those gifts have to be paid back one day. Who is going to suffer then? The population. The perpetrators will have vanished with filled pockets, leaving behind a devastated country.

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      Bondscam Ranil and his partner in Crime, Mahinda Jarapassa who RW protected for the past 3.5 years in order to divide the SLFP and marginalized Sirisena, needs to be held accountable for the free fall of the rupee and the massive debt trap that Lanka is in at this time.

      No FDI came to Lanka after the Bondscam at Central Bank, which destroyed the highest financial institution of the country. This was the bigger crime than actual theft of funds – destruction of institutions and creation of a shadowy US funded “Agency of Development” to push his foreign backers’ agenda, while IMF and WB looked the other way, because the Bondscam was done on Washington’s Economic hit men’s advice to install their Puppet Bond Ranil in order that Trumpland may controle Lanka’s strategic economic and security policy space and serve its own interests in Indian Ocean Cold war with China. The Land Bank was to asset strip Lanka’s lands, transport infrastructure, and energy security, particularly marine resources to benefit Global 1 percent and bond markets.
      Both Jarapassa and Ranil need to share the same prison cell for looting the people of Lanka and their cronies and families assets frozen.
      What is needed in a general elections and hopefully JVP will win.

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    It is quite unfortunate that former president Mahinda Rajapaksha is trying to deceive overhelming majority of people by telling that we can reduce taxes what has been imposed by RW govt on certain type of good and services with out actually telling them we need to raise revenue to pay off debts by raising taxes, and of course if reduced taxes on some goods and services, the short fall must be bridged by raising taxes on other goods and services.

    Are we ignorant lot not to understand all these!

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      Ananda

      “Are we ignorant lot not to understand all these!”

      You are rest assured, this is the only attribute you can be certain about the people, well since the day the Colonial Masters let us to determine our “tryst with destiny” in 1948.

      Please revisit through the past 70 years, what we have achieved and what we have lost or failed to achieve and at what cost?

      Wouldn’t you attribute our failure and self destruction to general ignorance of the people?

      If our saffron clad Rasputins are allowed to have a say in the structure of state, governance, constitution, …. what else do you expect?

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    It is quite unfortunate that former president Mahinda Rajapaksha is trying to deceive overhelming majority of people by telling that we can reduce taxes what has been imposed by RW govt on certain type of good and services with out actually telling them we need to raise revenue to pay off debts by raising taxes, and
    of course if reduced taxes on some goods and services, the short fall must be bridged by raising taxes on other type of goods and services.

    Are we ignorant lot not to understand all these!

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    Friday Forum

    The whole show is all about one man, his clan and his b***s carriers.
    When did anyone care about “Economic policy-making” and “political instability”.
    Fascists need to create instability to caste fear and paranoia among the stupid people expecting them to support their brand of rule of iron fist and boots, even supported by Assgiria.

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    ” When burdens like this weigh on countries, they might be temporarily lightened by foreign countries and intergovernmental organisations acting in concert for that limited purpose. The absence of a legitimate and well established government that can take the initiative and act fast to handle these questions, puts our people in serious jeopardy, ”

    This sound like you people are cutting and pasting from a LTTE advice. You want bring back the Imperial masters back again to our land. So sorry, we cannot take you seriously. We will uproot all tea plants and replant the fields with Manjoka. There will be lot to eat. That will leave the Western countries without tea in the morning. Then they will learn a good lesson. We have China on our side; as soon as we get rid of the Yahapalanaya government and reinstall the Chitanta government, we will get all loans we wants including to plough back the existing one too. We don’t have to worry about any of those things you try to brainwash us; just shut up!

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      Continue to live in your fantacy world. Have you got any idea of the meaning of the word “loan”? How do you intend to pay back all the loans that you dream you can get so easily? What have you got to offer as a return? You want to sell off Sri Lanka? What is your contribution for the country other than running to China with a bowl in your hand? Wake up! You need to worry very much!

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    Friday Folk you need to get your facts of Debt straight in order to find sound solutions to the economic crisis that triggered the Constitutional Coup.
    Fake Foreign “aid for trade” is the supply side of Corruption in Sri Lanka. Big ticket, Mega development protect related Aid has put Lanka in what World Bank likes to call a “Middle Income Country” (MIC) Debt trap. Of course, the foreign aid for trade corruption racket was done in collusion with Bondscam Ranil, Mahinda Jarapassa and their cronies networks. The UNP-SLFP bi-partisan corruption racket brokered in the “Cesspit” called the SL Parliament, under the guise of “reconciliation” is the “demand side of corruption”, or the 2nd partner in making of Lanka’s MIC Debt Trap. Today Lanka is in what the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam calls the”International bailout business” run by IMF-WB and related accounting firms KPMG, Deloitt, Arthur Anderson etc, with the rupee being crashed by fake figures from Nomura Rating agency, Tokyo (that bought Lehman Brothers after it crashed in 2008), and Moodys .
    Sri Lanka is a small economy that is being played on and preyed by the Washington Consensus and its Economic Hit men and Asian proxy Japan, so that the strategically located Indian Ocean island may be asset stripped of land, transport and energy infrastructure and security – to benefit America First and Global 1 percent– in its Cold War against China in the Indian Ocean.
    Other countries that have been played in such fashion are Argentina, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Greece, Venezuvela etc.
    Today 55% of Lankan external debt is held in the form of sovereign bonds by US-led private capital markets who are crashing the economy. 26% by Washington IMF and WB proxies Japan and ADB and rest WB IMF. China owns 10.3 percent of Lankan debt and India 3 %.

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    Breaking News: Asia Tribune reports that US and EU are onsidering ‘individual type’ sanctions against on the SL coup plotters as a start. This includes Rajapaksa, his Ministers, officials and individuals. This involves, visa restrictions and freezing of personal assets.

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      They are illegal, and should be treated that way by the international community. They are not recognized in this country, so why should other nations do so?

  • 5
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    A legitimate government, Friday Forum? Who could that be? We will have to exclude the current PM and cabinet, isn’t it?

    You mean an UNP government don’t you? Ok but don’t mince words, just ask for an UNP government with Ranil as PM.

    Why not ask the President to simply reverse his decision and revert to the previous legitimate givermen t with its brilliant economic success?

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    Most of petition writer of Friday Forum members are non-Sri Lankan stand of politically which purely depend on Western mind-set …its aids, grants and longs to be tools of ongoing Economic crisis bailout by monopoly capital . This is not that working at all .This type of model of development is outdated ,it has closed relationship that nexus to Neo-Liberal system of crony capitalism.
    It shows Friday Forum are base on political-economic of system of that OLD world Global order was establishment then 1945 Britton Wood accord by USA -UK base hegemony of at aim of domination and plundering wealth and assets the hundred of nation an independent world…by Monopoly capital..
    The FF of political caucuses of school of thought that the “Elite’ are living in unchanged world .
    We have come to end first quarter of 21st century ..that balance of economy power has change into emerging nation by capital market and trading of used and exchange values has shifted from west to East ,even that FF like it or not .These signatory of FF members has to study more on New Innovation of Economy that including Sri lanka.
    These facts do not that denied by FF; and take into account of change of reality by FF elites.
    If any case ,Time permitted to read many changes has occur in globally by reality of our Economy has shifting slowly towards new ERA of Democratic Revolution .
    In reality of these are the so-called “Elites’ are unable delivered on crisis solution that ongoing problems for the present Political-Economic-Social order in an Island.
    What I see FF is blaming other, unable to be guided or incompetent to give general guidance to general public.
    We seek new sustsnsbility of capitalism for UNP led govt. political agenda has been betray the aspiration of majority citizens of Sri Lankan.

  • 4
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    “Haphazard Policy Making Puts Economic Stability And Public Welfare At Risk: Friday Forum” – CT:-

    This Method of Policy Making, is like a Farmer giving Instructions to a Qualified Cardiac Surgeon, on how to Perform a Delicate Heart Operation!

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    Mahinda, you are a fearless fighter. Yeah, Yeah, you are many other things too. But I have never seen you giving up and running away from a fight.
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    That is why I am surprised. You are losing match after match. But now since the coming color seems to be not good, you want to change the umpire. Ha! Ha!

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    Yes true, when the Prime Minister is the main suspect in a Bond Scam with the Governor of the Reserve bank and the governor’s son in law as accomplices .no one can have confidence in the system.

    The Prime Minister also cancelled the crucial Port City Project with the Chinese developers and as a result violated international law on investments. When the Chinese government threatened to sue the Prime minister he paid a penalty and also gave our Hambantota harbour to the Chinese as compensation.

    We cannot be blind to the utter failure of RW as a leader in our hatred of MR and his methods

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    Economic policy-making impacted by grave political instability

    The present economic policy is a competition statement presentation as we see is
    to show i am better than the other not long term welfare of ordinary people there are number of processes internationally agreement that could derail /drain Principles of Public Administration and Financial Management Delegations authority or ministry approval panel persons are dual managed.

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    Some story, more than a rumour, says that S. B. dissanayake lost Rs 13 billion from his Samurdhi Bank. but Half of that he had passed to Ranil who was spending that for the present war that he is engaged in. Besides, he was not mivingfrom the Temple Trees and he left some guards there because the money there needed protection. Ranil also had invited some SLFP – national list MPs to UNP. (Goddess Paththini).

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    Sirisena is not going to listen or able to understand the economic impact of this instability. Both Mahinda & Sirisena concentrate only on capturing power whatever happen to this country. In the mean they are doing propaganda on two major factors. One is anti-western, second anti Tamil Muslim. China is already pumping money to Sirisena to this propaganada because they are going to get the full control of this economy under their control within next years. Srilanka become an indebted country forever to China and there is no escape route to Srilanka

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      Exactly. Surprising that there are people who happily want to devote themselves to such slavery.

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    Mara-Sira combination with people like Weerawansa cannot even grasp what is said here.

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    Who are these shadows?

    Why do they think their opinion is worth more than that of others? Expect us to take Gananatha Obeysekara and Geedrick Uswatte Arachchi seriously?

    They may be joking.

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      T. Devendra

      “Expect us to take Gananatha Obeysekara and Geedrick Uswatte Arachchi seriously”

      Do you know who Gananath Obeyesekere is?

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        For your information, Yes I know bloody well who Gananatha Obeysekara is.

        He was few years my Junior at Colombo Uni, probably when you were tapping rubbertrees under your ancestors’ instructions. He was a sucker of our Dutch-English “professor” Ludowyk who used him to achieve his own ends. That is where his Burgher patronage comes from. Even his film-maker brother the late Vasantha O. hated his guts.

        His record as a half-baked academic chasing academic chairs was disgraceful and he should be barred from commenting on Sri Lanka’s national issues.

        Down with him.

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          T. Devendra

          I apologise inappropriate question.
          Had I known you are in your mid nineties and naturally gone complete gaga I would not have questioned you.

          Given your state of mind and physical health I salute you for getting up from your bed and dictating to the one who typed this comment. Even carrying your Padikkama must have been a Himalayan task.

          If Karma permits we could discuss Prof Gananath Obeyesekere’s contribution in your next birth/life.

          Take care.
          Wish you well

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          I know both Prof. Gananath Obeysekera and Dr. Uswatta Aratchi.
          Both thorough gentleman of proven and impressive academic credentials. Gananath – a teacher for decades in an Ivy League US university and Dr. U with years of distinguished service in the UN/NYC. They are as patriotic as anybody else and have done their part in educating and sharing in public debate in matters of grave import to the country. I regret they are being denigrated by a senior who should know better. I know of the Devendras – themselves academics (and, I belive, respected Leftists?) in their own right. TD should not write and behave like those degenerates in our Parliament. Furthermore, he should be the last person to speak ill of the Burghers.

          The Friday Forum and those distinguished ladies and gentlemen of proven learning who are part of it – voluntarily, I suspect, offer a very useful national service in welcome regularity. I hope they will continue to do their good work irrespective of occasional brickbats from partial readers influenced more by personal prejudice.

          I chanced recently to read that senior US official Samantha Power in the Dec 2003 Atlantic Monthly. The article was focused on Mugabe’s Zimbabwe and titled “How to kill a country” There are many parallels to our own comico-tragedy. It will be interesting reading to serious readers of our own politics, if they care to Google. There are many instances in the piece which are present in our own current madness that goes as governance. It is almost a “how- to manual” in destroying a once prosperous country – which Mugabe has sadly done “exceptionally well” – if you like.

          Kettikaran

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    Surely Friday Forum knows that, over the last decade or so, we have had the “Haphazard Policy Making”. This “Puts Economic Stability And Public Welfare At Risk”.
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    Right now we are walking towards a potential economic disaster. But judging from the recent ‘happenings’ it is clear our leaders are only interested in blaming each other.
    Friday Forum says we have an economic anarchy’ and ‘political impasse’. It is more than that.
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    This is ominous and so we urge Friday Forum to address this NOW. It is possible we may never be able to.

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    Friday Forum: Where were you when the most VISIBLE and DEMONSTRATED , the so called “Economic Downturn” took place on February 26th and March 16th 2015, the “TWO BOND SCAMS” took place. You were and are in the habit of waking up on a “Friday” and go to “SLEEP” (with whom, I do not know) for the rest of the six day of the week. If, on the other hand, you were AWAKE and MOVED with the People and worked at least “Eight Hours” of every day, your EXISTENCE and the USEFULNESS could very well be JUSTIFIED and the country would have been benefited. Now you are RATED only to be a “COFFEE SHOP” “CHIT CHAT”. So, please at least come out of that “Coffee Shop” and move around with the PEOPLE to DO what is required to do.

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    Surely Friday Forum knows that, particularly in the last decade and more so in our recent ‘happenings’ our ‘Policy Making’ has been haphazard. Of course this “Puts Economic Stability And Public Welfare At Risk”. Our lawmakers are only interested in blaming the ‘other’ side.

    This is ominous.
    Will Friday Forum address this ominousness

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    “We will always have Colombo 7” says the Friday forum. They are keeping quiet about the constitution, when they know them and theirs bungled the 19th big time, Really, people, you submitted to the SC in March 2015 NOT the draft you Gazzetted but something else,and that something else the people of this country had no chance to read before it was read the n th time in the Parliament, and voted on, why did you have to sneak in a 33 (2) c under the executive, when that was not there in the first place in the’78 constitution? Was it not because SC would have asked for a referendum on the dissolution issue?

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    Yes, yes, some MR and Sirisena side kicks are gloating big in this column. All of you wait, if this continues for little more what’s going to happen in the country. When it starts to hit stmocks of the small men, the effects going to be huge calamity on streets – chaos, riots, mayhems, looting, killings etc. The latest story is government payments for Rs. 54 billions pending for officials wouldn’t be able to act on them for want of proper government to give directions to them, and they fear to action on the oder of the illegal government. At the moment, since the illegal power grabbing, all at standstill, inactive and real chaos in the country and in the government institutions, and for sure, all going to create a huge calamity in the country. God must save the country and the people.

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    Agreed with the FULL statement of FF. In addition to this (making statements Publicly and trying to educate the Public even in a small way), FF, please take tangible ACTION to bring about a JUST resolution to this crisis / impasse.
    It may be asked how? Firstly, meet the 3 prominent ‘Players’ and explain matters so saner minds may prevail. The problem appear to be that the said 3 ‘Players’ are more concerned about securing and maintaining ‘power’ (for a variety of reasons) than the well being of the Country and its citizens. If that fails, secondly, take the main issue which precipitated this impasse (action of MS on 26 October) to the ‘Courts’ to seek a verdict of the SC. MS says he has acted constitutionally / legally at all times. The prospective verdict of the SC will provide the right answer to his assertion and all will need to abide by that verdict.

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    The most paramount issues is ongoing that conflicts on nation vital interest ,as well as the political economic and social crisis has not been touch by Friday Forum elites .Their are visionless all sphere of life of Sri Lankan been threaten by UNP wrong policies of misgovern aces. We cannot accepts that advocated by Western Embassies lobbying in against People’s sovereignty of Parliamentary of Island.
    Many of so-called elite’s an ideology of western penetrated that mindset, which has done irrapala damages Economics development; and its relationship has been undermined that ongoing under-development of Sri Lankan capitalism.
    In spite of that ,we want rapid development of productive forces to be shifted new relationship of country foundation of structure widely recognized new democratic order of an Island?
    Our superstructure is far an advance than Economy . The tools of institutions has establishment norms and practices of democratic played that vital role of sovereignty by enrich principles of norms of democratizes last 66 year since 1948.
    But UNP, brother politics of TNA and JVP want to be hoodwink people mandate of 2015 January 8th.
    The democratic mandate(2015 Jan.8th) obtain by President-MS has been an undermined for that different political agenda to split Island for Tamil rough state.
    This is NOT that acceptable to democrtiac loving People of this Island.
    This type of adventurist set of anti- establishment motion was/is promoted and encourage by TNA & JVP support by UNP current leadership of RW and Karu J…of by undemocratic means and goal ?
    The fact of reality of ongoing crisis is political separatism and in additional to that root cause Economy mismanaging by UNP- RW since 2015 Jan 8th has ruin our development of GDP has lost all the ways.
    The very simple logic is that no affluent life for the people or there is no prosperity of economy, while no stability and certainties in our soil.

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    The FF highlights the present state of the economy, the need to remedy the same through foreign assistance for which it requires political stability. The question that must be raised is that are we a hapless nation that always must follow the post-independence tradition of taking the begging bowl? The economy of the country did not come into being all of a sudden. The environs of immediate past too contributes towards it and the immediate past was one in which the FF perceives that everything was alright. NO. We voted for the MY3+RW combine to put things right to a great extent in the brand name of good governance. There were fights, which is common even among those married, mostly with different background and values. But in the facade of good governance there were serious rip offs of the people’s purse, among them is the much publicized Bond Scam. Ultimately the team broke up without much implementation of its promises. It is apparent that both colors of the team were making hay while the sun shines and it is the conflicts that took place in these side activities that caused the split in the team. The FF should highlight the unabated dereliction of trust placed upon politicians to govern properly and as a body of respectable citizens it must continuously cry for modification of mechanisms enabling the people to exercise their sovereign rights directly. It is understood that every political party does not want a referendum be held to decide on the vexed political questions at hand. Why? Aren’t the people sovereign? The FF should put all its efforts so that people’s sovereignty is not regarded as ornamental.

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