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Hiring PR Firms And Our Public Relations Will Not Be Able To Help Us

By Rajiva Wijesinha –

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP

A Presidency Under Threat – Public Relations

Much has been reported recently about the various Public Relations firms government – or rather elements in government, since it seems that there has been no Cabinet approval for these ventures – have hired to raise our profile in countries which seem hostile to us. There have been a host of such firms in the United States, and one in Britain. The first lot were almost all arranged through our Embassy in Washington, whilst Bell Pottinger, which also works in the United States though it is essentially a British firm, was arranged by Nivard Ajith Cabraal, the Governor of the Central Bank. More recently it seems Mr Cabraal has also been instrumental in arranging yet another firm in America.

The reports are very critical of those who make these arrangements, but I believe there is need of some discrimination here. I cannot defend the earlier agencies in America, for I found the only two I was introduced to, way back when I headed the Peace Secretariat, to be both naïve and incompetent. One of them had a young Sri Lankan who seemed to have initiated the relationship, but he was almost as ignorant as the large American he brought with him. Given the manner in which our Embassy in Washington conducted business, that being the operative word it seems, I believe there should be thorough investigation of what happened.

It is also worth noting that our relations with the United States deteriorated significantly during this period. Hiring of such firms began in the time of the Bush administration, which was relatively positive about us. The excessive expenditure then that our Ambassador in Washington was incurring was culpably unnecessary. More bizarrely, when the Obama administration took over, he continued to work with agencies that had good Republican connections.

The Ministry of External Affairs is also I think culpable in not having protested about all this, but given the close relationship of the Ambassador to the President, I presume it takes guts to point out squandering of resources in such instances. This is another reason the President should be careful about appointing to high positions people whom those who should monitor such actions think have total impunity. But I suspect the President would think twice about such appointments if the problems that would arise are pointed out to him, so it is a pity that neither the Ministry nor the Parliament Committee on High Posts has done this.

While I deeply regret then the antics in Washington, and think the criticisms made of those selections are valid and should be pursued further, I must point out that Bell Pottinger is a firm of high repute, and I found them extremely competent in the period in which they worked with government. This was indeed through the Governor of the Central Bank, and he arranged weekly meetings at the Bank at which situation reports were presented, and ideas as to improving relations discussed.

This was a far more professional approach than the hit and miss tactics in Washington, but sadly it proved ineffective for a couple of reasons. One was that the Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs was not well, and often could not attend. Given Sri Lankan systems – or the lack of them – he did not appoint someone with authority to liaise and keep him briefed. This was in contrast to what the Governor did in that, though he could almost never attend, Deputy Governor Ranee Jayamaha was almost always there, and was clearly with full understanding of what was needed.

And I gather that Bell Pottinger indeed proved its worth, for it arranged many meetings for the Governor and helped him to prepare presentations that were impressive. It was certainly not his fault that his efforts to attract Foreign Direct Investment have not been as successful as the country requires, for unfortunately he had no control over the Board of Investment and other agencies that continued to impose bureaucratic, and sometimes financial, constraints.

With regard to external relations, the situation was much worse, in that nothing Bell Pottinger said had any impact. This was most obvious when it strongly advised against the President visiting Britain in late 2010 to address the Oxford Union. That episode marked the turn of the tide for us, for before that our prestige had been high, following the defeat of the LTTE and the corresponding diplomatic victory in Geneva in May 2009. But after the President had to leave Britain with his tail between his legs, following the cancellation by the Oxford Union of its invitation – and what was presented as the hasty departure before that of his Chief of Security, through fear of possible arrest of War Crimes charges – we were never able to raise our heads again in places where decisions regarding international standing are made.

No inquiry has been held into this fiasco, even though, in addition to Bell Pottinger, our High Commission in London advised against the visit. Even the normally phlegmatic Nihal Jayasinghe, the High Commissioner then, wrote formally about the matter, and his competent Deputy Mr Amza was immensely articulate about the possible dangers. But he was ignored, and more significantly, Bell Pottinger was soon afterwards got rid of. I cannot believe that this was on the advice of the Governor, whom they had served so well, but obviously he was not influential enough to counter objections from more powerful advisers of the President. Meanwhile the panjandrums at the Ministry of External Affairs did not intervene with regard to the stream of useless public relations firms that our Ambassador in Washington was playing with.

Given this track record, I see no reason to prejudge the intervention of the Governor with regard to a new firm in the United States. I would assume he has chosen sensibly, and he will ensure that liaison is systematic. But all this begs the question about the need for such massive expense, given that we did very well without such interventions during the period of conflict.

Romesh Jaysinghe in Delhi, and Dayan Jayatilleka in Geneva, and Mr Palihakkara in New York showed that professionalism could counter adverse propaganda effectively. Unfortunately the Ministry of External Affairs got rid of Dayan. Later its groupies were to suggest that he was not professional, whereas professionalism is not a function of where one comes from, it is to be judged by the capacity to conceptualize and deploy resources systematically in pursuit of one’s responsibilities. But the Israeli lobby and the anti-devolution lobby, led it seems by the Secretary of Defence, despite all the good work Dayan had done for him, fulfilled their own predilections with no care for the welfare of the country. And so they set in place in Geneva a ramp down which we have slid with increasing velocity over the last few years.

Is it not too late to change things? I fear so, for the positive moves we saw in the last few months have not been followed up, and it is not likely that we can regain the momentum which the international probe has arrogated to itself. We have finally now set up an internal inquiry, and appointed advisers who would give it credibility and ensure follow up, but there has been no formal meeting as yet between the Panel of Inquiry and the advisers. Meanwhile it is increasingly clear that the job needs to be divided up, given the Restorative Justice aspect of the Disappearances question, but there seems no capacity to conceptualize about this.

There is no hint either that government will take advantage of the opportunity presented by the Third Narrative that two very positive Non-Governmental Organizations, Marga and CHA, have developed. The way forward lies in a comprehensive programme to address the issues they have raised, but this needs a dedicated body, perhaps involving the more knowledgeable of the LLRC members along with the Task Force that is implementing some of its recommendations.

And, most importantly, we are not moving on establishing a strong relationship with India. The new government there has shown the way, but we have no mechanism to improve relations with the Northern Provincial Council, despite the tools it has placed at our disposal such as the Northern Education Sector Review. And there is no sign of the President talking to Mr Sambandan, who remains his best hope for a negotiated settlement, but who is apparently soon to be replaced by Mr Senathiraja – again a moderate with whom discussions could be fruitful, but we have to bear in mind the very different preconceptions he will bring to bear.

Unless we do something about all these matters, even the best Public Relations firm, even if handled professionally, will not be able to help us. The pity is that necessary and desirable solutions would be so easy. But, as Tarzie Vittachi once put it, with regard to the mess JR Jayewardene was creating, if there is no will to move forward, there is no hope. The tragedy in this case is that the President has often indicated the will, it is that he does not have instruments who will fulfil that will, given their own agendas.

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    Oh dear, the only nation in which the Central Bank Governor acts as a proxy FM !

    Talking of relations and non suitability of the DC gang, Rajiva surely does not think our current CB governor got his position due to his ability did he?

    Nice to see your usual Dayan defense !
    So you suggest the replacements for your great Dayan were not suitable replacements, does that include Tamara

    :-)

    FYI: SL’s current appointment to Aryasinha is a career diplomat, not a political one as Dayan was.

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      Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP,

      You and Dayan are merely trying to find scapegoats for the government’s failure at Geneva in stopping the war crimes investigation and what follows.

      PR firms, and professionalism are not powerful to stop the truth bursting out.

      The clock is ticking and the truth will out itself with a big bang sooner or later. You can’t stop the truth however much cunning, professionalism or PR work you do – that’s the nature of truth.

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      Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP

      RE: Hiring PR Firms And Our Public Relations Will Not Be Able To Help Us

      A Presidency Under Threat – Public Relations

      Read:
      Medamulana MaRa placed in inglorious 11th, Gota in 17th slots among the ‘worst people in world history’-Reaches another ignominious landmark

      http://lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=14421

      Yes getting good coverage. Getting closer and closer.Will be a well-known Para-Sinhala “Buddhoist” from the Land of native Veddah Aethho.

      (Lanka-e-News- 24.Aug.2014, 9.30PM) Medamulana Rajapakse who is ruling Sri Lanka while having his people trampled under his dictatorial boot has been placed in the inglorious 11 th slot among the most wicked men in the world in its whole history counted until today.

      The World Organization ‘The Ranker ’ which bases its rankings on the people’s preferences in various fields has placed Mahinda Rajapakse in the 11 th rank among the ‘worst men in the world history.’ It is significant to note these rankings are decided on the votes of the people of the world and none other!

      Among these cruelest men in world history to date include the worst murderers , Dictators who committed genocide , criminal religious leaders and followers , and demented politicians.

      In the first place in this world ranking is Joseph Stalin , the ex dictator of Russia who planned to kill millions of his people of a region because they opposed him ,by depriving supplies of food to them , and also murdered his own ally by the name of Trotsky with an ice breaking axe since the latter did not fall in line with his socialist ideologies.

      The second ignominious place has been awarded to Germany’s notorious dictator Adolf Hitler groomed by Joseph Stalin who committed ruthless genocides by killing Jews , and was finally defeated by the Red Army.

      Others among the first 10 in the ranking are : Polpot, Idi Amin, Mao Tse Tung, Osama Bin Laden, Kim John Ill, Henrich Himler, Saddam Hussein ,Benito Mussolini in that order.

      When it is the consensus among the civilized population that murderer and most ruthless Medamulana Rajapakse ought to be awarded the first position in this ignominious ranking , they are surprised ,how he managed to slip down to the 11 th slot vis a vis the most vicious ,cruel and wicked record of his detailed as follows :

      Murdering media editors brutally and openly on the streets; causing disappearances of thousands of media personnel and civilians using the demonic white Van; committing arson on countless media Institutions; killing those who came to surrender during the war after requesting them to do so and giving an assurance they won’t be killed; murdering his own advisor by arranging an infamous M.P. a notorious drug dealer to shoot him down in broad daylight in the middle of the road; murdering fishermen who wanted fuel subsidy , laborers who demanded their due pensions and school students who wanted drinking water ; robbing that little gold belonging to the citizens of his own country; hunting for national treasure on the sly; robbing the valuable artifacts in the Museum including the most ancient sword of great historic value; importing explosive devices aimed at killing people with the co ordination and co operation of terrorist leaders jointly; cruelly and ruthlessly ruling the country since 2005 keeping the people of his own country trampled under his dictatorial boots.

      Their argument is , other ‘worst’ people have only committed one kind of crimes , whereas Mahinda Rajapakse had earned the inglorious and ignominious reputation of committing several categories of crimes. In addition another heinous crime has also been begun by him lately – plundering religious sites .

      By browsing , ‘theranker.com’ website under ‘ the all time worst people in history’ heading , all these particulars can be accessed. Even you can cast your vote, if you wish to.

      Please click this link : http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-all-time-worst-people-in-history?format=GRID&page=1

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    As usual this Educator only issues “Certificates” after everything has
    flown down the river as it were.
    Future Govts. if and when a change takes place, will have a long running
    COI on the many misdemeanors of this Regime and when it come to Finances,
    the private-purse handler (SG) will have a lot to cover-up and is he
    prepared? He may have taken advantage of the US Diplomatic set-up to fill
    both pockets?

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    The reason the govt has problem is because the TNA and its minions are spreading lies.

    What you need is not a traditional PR firm that creates a new perception. What you need is a mechanism to monitor social media and online news etc and pre-empt things before something small escalate into an avalanche.

    The 40,000 dead is one case in point. Why wasn’t the external affairs make a big noise in English and correct each time it appeared in various media?

    It a lot of clerical work suitable for the external affairs ministry.

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      Vibushna you Sinkalam:

      Can you see that the World is only prepared to believe the TNA lies not that coming from the THUG and his agents. No amount of Dollar can buy you Freedom. Have you noticed that even your Colonial Master ” Modi” has listened to the Diaspora and invited TNA behind the back of the THUG and given 100% support that 13th Amendment will not only be implemented in full but extended further. What are you going to do man. Why don’t you emigrate to the planet of the “APES” where you will be more at home.

      “The 40,000 dead is one case in point”

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        Kali [Edited out]

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      Vibhushana,

      Why labor with PR firms, professionalism, central bank and the professors of false knowledge, and part with people’s money if the truth is on your side?

      Truth hurts, doesn’t it? For 66 years the Sinhala political hierarchy deceived the Tamils and the World.

      Now the judgment time is approaching! Be prepared to receive the verdict. You all are selfish liars and mass murderers of both Sinhalese and Tamils.

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      Remember the zero civilian casualty claim and the SL soldiers carrying the human rights charter in one hand and the gun in the other claim?

      My friend, Rajapaksa needs to pay a hundred and one lobby firms to defend or hide these lies!

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      Vibushana”The 40,000 dead is one case in point”
      It seems the PR firms have done a good job playing down the numbers.

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    How much PR firms cost?

    Millions of dollars.

    How much a few bullets cost?

    A few dollars.

    This govt. is always taking the expensive approach.

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      When defense department buy a bullet it with the bata, it costs more than the PR firms. That is why King gave the verdict, instead it go into one pocket, show some democracy and spread it in few more pockets.

      Shame on you. Worthless goofies like you are costing more than PR firms that is why Royal Government after tired of paying for you, to counter the Tamils, hiring PR firms. But that appears to be -1 + (-1) = -2

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    Though I agree with the points Rajiva makes, there is a
    grave error. At no rpt no stage did the Central Bank of
    Sri Lanka get involved with Bell Pottinger, the firm
    hired by the Government of Sri Lanka.

    Cabraal hired Thomson Advisory Group (TAG) and paid even
    for the limousine driver of the company, Robert J. Thomson.
    Cabraal’s antics were exposed by The Sunday Times newspaper.

    Other than come out with a filmsy argument, he could not counter
    the fact that NO Cabient approval was obtained. Nor could he
    respond to the charges of paying a driver to change perceptions
    in the US.

    They money is simply spent for some writers in the firm to churn
    out articles under Cabraal’s name and publish them in financial
    and trade journals. It appears in one or two outlets. It is a costly
    exercise.

    However, any one deemed closed to the Rajapaksa family can get away
    with such daylight robbery. Take Sajin Vass Gunawardena, the so called Monitoring MP who had signed up with a number of lobbying firms? Who
    asks questions from him.Vass Gunawardena became an entreprenuer under
    the Government. Cabraal is also like that. Then there is Jaliya Wickremasuriya, former Ambassador to the USA.

    They all should worship the opposition UNP. They will not raise issue
    for Ranil Wickremesighe does not want to antagonise them. When he visits forieng countries, he wants Sri Lanka missions there to provide
    him courtesies. He is entitled to the same facilities as a cabiner minister.

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    I don’t like that bit about our esteemed President leaving Britain “with his tail between his legs”. It suggests that our great President has a tail and runs with it between his legs like a dog. War criminal he may be, but saying that he is a dog is a reversal of roles. After all, people who sat at the feet of the master for crumbs should show more loyalty. Then, there is the implied attack on the plagiarist professor who purports to run the ministry of external affairs. The poor plagiarist professor can’t do his job because all our ambassadors are the canine cousins of the chief dog. There is an obvious rift between the canine clan which ran around the chief dog in the past.

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    There has been no stupid government in the history of world politics like the one that is in the stupid hands of the stupidest idiot in Sri Lanka.

    Even countries like Ethiopia, Sudan have far better leaderships than this stupid man although they are battered with various natural disasters. 16 districts are affected by water scarcity because of his bloody idiotic projects. When people suffer so much he has parties. It’s pity that the people in his government do feel shame for themselves to raise hands for his stupid KUDU, GANJA KASIPPU and GANIKA all kinds of evil projects, officially or unofficially. Remember, it won’t be for long!

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    CT – Your headline says that PR firms will not be able
    to help us.

    Why then is the Government of the Democratic Socialist
    Republic of Sri Lanka, the Wonder of Asia and their
    great, leader allow those deals.

    It is very simply to allow his cronies getting involved
    in the deals large cutbacks, people like Sajin Vass Gunawardena,
    Nivard Cabraal and the coterie are taking crumbs that
    fall.

    They believed these will not come to light. What a travesty
    in mother Lanka?

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    This Cabraal`s own sister Nimmi Thambiayah is a veteran in the Advertising Field. Being a socially well connected multi-millionairess business woman US is well within her orbit! For your information.

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    Prof:

    I agree with you and would say the following. There are two reasons for using the service of PR firms spending large sums of money which in the end is met by the Citizens.

    One reason is to Promote Trade and there is nothing wrong with that as long as that brings dividends.
    But sadly that is not why these so called PR firms are being paid. According to GOSL the Diaspora are wreaking havoc in the west with misinformation about Sri Lanka and to counter that the services of these PR firms have become a necessity. But the manner and intended targets in US have come under the scrutiny and that is why the authorities have ordered an inquiry to see whether the US Law has been broken. From what I hear the Sri Lankan monitoring MP has fled the country and it therefore goes with out saying that money has been wasted not for the first time. DESPRERATION.

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    Rajeeva W grudgingly gives former High Commisioner in London a little praise, whereas he and he alone in our High Commission strongly advised against the visit. But Rajjeva gives undue credit to Amza as been “immensely articulate” How can Amza be articulate like Jayasinghe or Nonis the current man there, when Amza has had his entire education in Tamil?Just speak to the man and any fool can fine out Amza’s competency in English.

    But Amza is extremely competent in one thing and that is pandering to the wishes of anybody who he thinks can be leveraged to his advantage .So rajjeva’s praise should seen in this light.where as his grudging acknowledgement of Nihal J is due to Nihal’s don’t care attitude towards Rajeeva and his load of bull s…t.

    Rajjva in his rush to praise Amza has conveniently forgotten that PM Amza despite being a career appointee, brazenly ignored ethics to come down to Colombo on his own wish to work in the East from where he comes,at the last presidential elections,Amza is the only carrier man in the history of the foreign service to have done that., for which he received an ambassadorship in Brussels ahead of many other able seniors.Amza is now back in Colombo to work at the next Election in all probability .

    .So much for Rajiva’s eloquence and competency evaluation skills !!

    ! London Calling

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    Mr Wijesinghe’s defense of Cabral is intriguing apart from being based on incorrect information. But Mrs Cabral is Mr Ws first cousin after all. Could that explain his illfounded defense of a scroundel?

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      Thank you for this information, now everything become clear !

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    Get one thing straight Prof. the buck stops where the president sits. No amount of theorising will change that. The president must take responsibility for what ails HIS foreign affairs.

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    Dear Rajiva, why oh why do you defend Cabral? Is it merely because your first cousin is married to the guy? Btw, sorry if I have let others into a family secret.

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    Thank you for this information, now everything become clear !

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    None of these are needed if the Foreign Missions are not filled with family Donkeys and other uneducated buffalos who support the corrupt Regime. God save former Democratic Sri Lanka.

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    Are there any other countries which hire PR Firms to whitewash themselves in the international arena?
    I think not.
    We are the champion human rights violators – ever since independence, when periodic massacres of our own citizens commenced.

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      “Are there any other countries which hire PR Firms to whitewash themselves in the international arena?”

      Do you think PR firms are that much dangerous? Do you remember when we hired some guys to write in CT, by mistake, they hacked and draw pictures of Modi and Jeyalaitha in the defense department computer? When sent to local campaign, Ministers are writing marriage proposal to UNHRC commissioners. Local services are at this condition. What the poor man (The King) can do without hiring PR firms.

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    Dear Prof; Wijesinghe: At least you have some courage to speak of some of the “PR Agreements” signed wasting millions of dollars out of the peoples’ money. You and we know these PR Agencies have never brought us any benefits to weigh against the money spent. You know how they charged to prepare the speech made at the last UNO sessions by our President. Also you know how one of these agencies did not have even the “basic” knowledge of the LTTE operations and they messed up documenting the terrorist outfit.

    Also very interestingly, you have very conveniently and deliberately missed out so many such “Agreements” signed by MP Sajin Vas Gunawardane in his capacity as the “Monitoring MP of Foreign affairs” and giving his official address as “No 9/2, Dudley Senanayake Mawatha, Colombo 8”. You as an MP should have had the common knowledge to look into this address and would have noticed that this premises is presently occupied by Korean International Co-operation and it was occupied by Cosmos Aviation, a firm which was closely associated by MP Sajin Vas Gunawaradane who used the helicopters to fly to his private resort in Pasikuda.

    How did that contract deals escaped your attention and concentrated only on what was signed by CB Governor? I know the reason. Not only you, Professor, could be most of the other members of the Cabinet even scared of him. Isn’t that the truth? As otherwise, by now this MP should nave been brought before courts for making a false declaration. Interestingly not even the Opposition is raising this issue. But as per the news US Government Justice Department is going to go through with it. Let it be a lesson for our Leaders too.

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    Why hire expensive propagandists if you have nothing to hide and want the truth to be known?

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    Exorbitantly expense PR firms in Washington, London and where else – that do not deliver. Subramaniam Swamy who takes the Rajapakse for
    costly rides but does not know what is happening with PM Modi in Delhi. Limousine drivers doubling as Commission Agents for
    bogus Advertising Agencies in the US???? Whatever happened to those
    efficient and honourable High Commissions and Embassies – manned by
    educated professionals – normally seniors from the Treasury and the Foreign Ministry???

    God! To paraphrase that British Bulldog – how much has been destroyed affecting so many and at such great cost by such a few Rajapakses in such a short time. This will go down in our history as the damnedest
    period of our governance since we gained independence from the British.

    Backlash

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    Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP

    RE: Hiring PR Firms And Our Public Relations Will Not Be Able To Help Us

    Threw is no need to hire PR firms. MaRa is doing it himself.

    http://lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=14427

    Medamulana MR refuses to undergo surgery and returns: Prior to his illness has revealed his self sought disaster

    (Lanka-e-News- 28.Aug.2014, 11.30PM) Medamulana Percy Mahendra Rajapakse who flew to America most secretly to obtain medical treatment for his blood in urine disease (hematuria) has refused the conventional medical treatment , and is returning to Sri Lanka (SL) tomorrow(29) after being treated via injections.

    Rajapakse’s internal hemorrhage has stopped for the moment. Though the doctors have advised him to undergo surgery meaning that he will have to take bed rest for three months following the operation , Rajapakse had not agreed to any surgical intervention because his obsession at the moment is with the Uva provincial council , and Presidential elections.

    With the presidential elections in view and targeting that , he is over anxious to monitor the Uva elections himself and win it by fair or foul means – an overriding evil trait in him. Therefore ignoring everything else , and being over desirous to inaugurate ceremonially the Uva elections violence and party campaign he has undertaken ,he is arriving tomorrow, come what may .

    Rajapakse had put his foot down therefore and refused to be treated except with injections. Subsequently , to please him he was subjected to a 24 hour strict follow up medical monitoring after the injections were administered. After the post injection extra care medical monitoring result seemed okay , Rajapakse has got discharged.

    No matter what, the medical opinion is : a patient who was once suffering from cancer taking this internal hemorrhage lightly is foolish.

    Percy Mahendra Rajapakse concealing his diseased condition from his supporters has only militated against him. Rajapakse who even for a minor illness creates a circus scenario of going to temples ,has on this occasion by suppressing his ill health had deprived himself of the blessings that may have been invoked by his supporters via poojas (religious observances) had they been informed . The only one who performed a bodhi pooja for him was his wife , the first lady.

    It is learnt that Percy Mahendra R prior to his illness , has blurted out the disaster he had driven himself into. At the luncheon of the ceremony commemorating the Nuwara eliya Golf sports society 125 th anniversary in which he last participated before he was struck by the illness, held at the High Forest estate of the son of a prominent businessman , late Aloysius mudalali, he had for the second time spoken with deep regret about his self sought political disaster , ‘this time I will not get the Tamil and Muslim votes’ he had pinpointed.

    The new deputy Minister Digambaran and Central province chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake were present when he made these remarks. However , Minister Thondaman who was also to grace the occasion had not turned up.

    The non arrival of Thondaman also added to the woes of Percy Mahendra Rajapakse who was thoroughly distraught.

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    Why do we have a foreign service and pay billions in public money to run it and then have to recruit and pay billions more to private PR firms to do what the foreign service is paid to do in the first place? Ah sorry, I should know better. The foreign service now is merely there to send your kith and kin to have a jolly good life overseas at the expense of the poor taxpayer who is now taxed for everything under the sun including the basic essentials of living. I’m sure if not you, your chilren will pay for these crimes one way or the other. Karma is a bitch!

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    “Romesh Jaysinghe in Delhi, and Dayan Jayatilleka in Geneva, and Mr Palihakkara in New York showed that professionalism could counter adverse propaganda effectively”.. after bashing career foreign service officers all along now Rajiva wants to tag his beloved Dayan along with these people. Anyone who knows or had known the likes of Jayasinghe, Palihakkara, Kariyawasam, Aryasinghe etc. will tell you Dayan and Rajiva are their antithesis. In the years to come when aspiring young diplomats are taught ‘how to be a diplomat’ the former names are sure to pop up while the latter two jokers along with their sidekick Tamara will be the example of how not to.

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      Now please don’t associate the great names of Palihakkara and Romesh Jayasinghe with those of Ariyasinghe and Kariyawasam.They may belong to the Foreign Service . But there the comparison must end.The latter two are even worse than political appointees.Just take a look at the utter bull s..t they utter .Aryasinhe ruined our relations with the EU while in Brussels by critisising the EU and the result was the GSP long enjoyed by Lanka was lost.Kariyawasam brought indo Lanka relations to the bottom and he came close to been declared Persona Non Grata for uttering things an ambassador should not about the country he is serving in

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    Recent governments of Sri Lanka have found it necessary to employ ‘impartial’ foreign agents to put out messages to give credence to its own bullshitting. Good news for the Bell Pottingers of this world. The latest move employing ‘international consultants’ to make our internal commissions somehow seem impartial is another exercise in dung creation.

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    The money [Edited out] alias Nivard Cabraal and [Edited out] alias
    Sajin Vass Gunawardena are paying is not from their pocket.
    This belongs to the public.

    Why is the main opposition silent on It? Even award winning
    External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris is silent. It was weeks
    ago he won a Takaran Award from Spain. That was in recognition
    of how he conducts Sri Lanka foreign policy – writing his own
    news releases and getting them published in the Daily News.

    Maithripala Sirisena claimed he won a WHO award. That was for
    taking all the measures necessary for the spread of dengue.

    A righteous government, if it does come to power, should probe
    these gangsters who are carrying out daylight robbery.

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    Rajiva, is it true that you have submitted a private members draft bill to the Parliament to contol NGOs? If you have done that then you are the biggest traitor.

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    Prof.Rajiva,

    I take this opportunity to offer my condolences on the death of your father. It is our fortune that your father and Bala Tampoe lived amidst us into ripe old age and left their footprints in our history. We have to celebrate their worthwhile lives.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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