20 September, 2018

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“I Don’t Know Anything About 118 MPs Taking Money From Aloysius” – Austin Fernando

Secretary to the President Austin Fernando told Colombo Telegraph today that he knows nothing about 118 Parliamentarians receiving election campaign donations from Perpetual Treasuries. Fernando was responding to a query by Colombo Telegraph on allegations that Perpetual Treasuries had supported the election campaigns of many parliamentarians. It was alleged that the names of the relevant Members of Parliament were included in the report submitted to the President by the commission appointed by him to inquire into the Central Bank bond scam.

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Perpetual Treasuries is an outfit that was run by Arjun Aloysius, son-in-law of ex Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, who is wanted in court over the Central Bank bond scam, and made billions through investment in bonds three years ago.

Following an admission by Dayasiri Jayasekera (MP) that he had indeed received Rs 1 million from Aloysius, it was alleged that in fact a total of 118 MPs currently in Parliament were similarly supported during the 2015 parliamentary elections.

Fernando further said that he had sought the advice of the Attorney General on the report and that the Attorney General had told him that there could be sensitive information therein. He had however handed all the documents submitted by the Commission as part of its report to the National Archives.

Fernando said that there’s no provision to submit such documents to Parliament and that he had merely followed established procedures.

‘There are over 8000 pages in this report and anyone who wants to peruse them can do so by making a request to the National Archives,’ he said.

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    Apart from everything else, does this government and its minions have to treat the citizenry like a collection of village idiots?
    Perhaps they are justified in doing so because the citizenry have displayed a masochistic tendency for punishment, accepting this kind of crap without a murmur of complaint? Are Sri Lankans waiting for the next election to put in power another bunch who have proved to be monumentally corrupt already? After all, the latter have more experience and expertise in rifling the national safe and would do an even better job than the current lot!

    • 3
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      I think interpretations of many in terms of the statement of Mr FERNANDO is wrong.
      He is right saying that he has no idea about the list of the 118 or others that are said to have taken funds from PTs.

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      Emil Aiiya,
      Isn’t this Prez Sec in the same club like you guys?..I mean the Elite Anglican Vellala , English Speaking club in the Yahapalana Capital, Port City..
      If Mahanama said it , I wouldn’t have been surprised…
      You know what I mean Don’t you Emil Aiiya….

      • 5
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        KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

        Please read:
        Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, who claimed that he received Rs. 100,000 from Perpetual Treasuries Ltd (PTL) owner Arjun Aloysius for his election campaign, said today he could refund it with interest, if needed.

        Is the lonely Field Marshal Elite Anglican Vellala , English Speaking Royalist?

        Clinton didn’t inhale. Sarath didn’t use the money from Perpetua. Mahinda returned the tsunami money he stole no?

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          Dear Native,
          White Flag Field Marshall said, he got the money, But wasn’t sure whether it is 100k in Cash or Cheque, And he gave it to a mate straight away..
          And you believe him….Ha Ha ha…
          Do you think Aloysious will take the pen out to sign a miserly cheque for a piddly 100k ,when he deals in Billions ..
          Anyway why don’t your mates in Government force Dr Rajitha and Son to bring that USD 18 Billion from the Arab Bank?
          Even after President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Dr Ranil and Sira can have it free.
          Then poor Manggie also would have got off the hook, after promising to get that ex LTTE FDI from Mr Suren ,if he is allowed to have the Exhibition in Galle Face…

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            KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

            Who is this Suren you are harping about all the time. Is he your mate?

            Where is the list that allegedly contains 118 names?

      • 4
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        Sumanay, as usual we blame the wrong person! Emil has clearly said that Austin Fernando has a MORAL obligation to do what he can and must do in his position of authority, because as all of us who are utterly stupid knows that PPT and Alloysius are corrupt, he made others including M.Ps, Ministers, and God knows who else corrupt, and this nation is sinking fast into a cess-pool of corruption. So without just fooling each other, do something.

      • 4
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        Sumanawathie Nangi,
        Seasoned civil servants of Austin Fernando’s caliber have been manning hopelessly corrupt administration of SL for decades. In my view, these guys are a far more vicious cancer than worst politicians. We may succeed in ridding GOSL of criminal politicians one day. But, what shall we do about those criminal accomplices in the civil service?
        Cheers!
        PS: Do you think, your “HERO”, corrupt, uneducated, blood-thirsty, paranoid Gota Raja will help us resolve that problem? If so, your camp can have my vote. BTW, please note Gota Raja abandoned SLA at the height of that war against the LTTE. By begging and lying at Ranjan Wijeratne’s feet. Disappeared for 15 long years. Only to return and run the war using Mahinda Raja’s privileges. From luxurious comforts of a gigantic air-con bunker in Colombo. Your 2020 hero is a TOTALLY UNTRUSTWORTHY, INDISPUTABLE COWARD, in addition!

    • 2
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      Emil van der Poorten

      “Apart from everything else, does this government and its minions have to treat the citizenry like a collection of village idiots?”

      Why do the state functionaries have to treat the citizen with respect and dignity? They don’t owe anything to the plebs who vote for their political masters regularly who in turn need the functionaries to aid and abet all crimes perpetrated by politicians. Of course they wield immense leverage on their political masters.

      Any self respecting human being couldn’t honestly serve under political crooks unless he/she him/herself is a born crook or selfish coward.

      Austin should know every undesirable truth seeking reports are being hidden in the National Archive. The three truth seeking commission reports on involuntary disappearance between 1987 and 1990 are prohibited from public access. Those reports identified the perpetrators on nearly 30,000 such disappearances. I don’t think you are allowed to look at these reports because too many people were involved in the disappearance industry, STF, Army, Sarath, Gota, Janaka Perera, current and former policemen (one is now a politician recently promoted to higher rank) , Udugampola, Abeynayake, Muthalifb, Waidyarathne, Gunasinghe, Dassanayake, Hettiarachchi, Jayasundara, …………………………….

      Sri Lankan citizens always fulfilled their democratic responsibilities and the entire country knows how they chose their top leaders.

      Do the functionaries have any choice other than carrying their political masters’ b***s?

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    IT says both Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil wickeamrainsinghe (300 million, wife 400 million) received each Rs 700 lakhs. Moneis are in loved ones accounts. That is why Maithripala sirisena is not releasing the report. On the other hand, if it doe snot incrminate anyone why dothey hide it for 30 years. IT should be open to public at a time when elections are getting closer. Bandula Gunawardane says he also got 3 million or a multiple of that

    • 6
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      I think in all fairness they should direct theses questions to Austin Fernando’s wife perhaps she may have the right answer’s. It’s only a suggestion in Sri Lanka politicians wives own the housing in Rajapaksa clan, Karu’s wife doing deals without telling the hubby, Coca-Cola Weeranwasase’s wifey got plethora of passports wives seems to be in thick of things expect Jonny Viagra Amarathunga he keeps his wife in the outer when it comes to pitching temporary tents Johnny V. completely rely on working girls.

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        Idiot. Get a life.

  • 15
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    Oh ! Now the whole 8000 pages had been sent to national archives! What next?? Shred them to pulp??
    Another cock and bull story from the high end Office because it has got sensitive matters.
    Sooooo! What about us ?? Drink urine from the Crocodiles???
    Barbarians in Power.

  • 10
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    Stray dogs modayas only knows to wag the tails when there’s food parcel from the masters thrown at them to keep the mouth shut until the next food parcel thrown at them.
    Life in Moda Srilanka goes on until, the next moon shines.
    Shameless people . Satisfied with a scrap , no sound of dissatisfaction.
    All are BALLAS OF SRILANKA WITHOUT A BACKBONE.

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    Secretary to the President Austin Fernando,

    “Following an admission by Dayasiri Jayasekera (MP) that he had indeed received Rs 1 million from Aloysius, it was alleged that in fact a total of 118 MPs currently in Parliament were similarly supported during the 2015 parliamentary elections.”

    How can the people get hold of this list of 118 MPs?

    Surely many from the UNP, SLFP and the JO got this money..It must have been peanuts for the Rajapaksa and JO Robbers, and other MPs who got free vehicle permits worth Rs. 65 million. In the end the poor citizen will have to bear the costs.

    By the way, how is the Gamaral doing these days? Is he sane?

  • 6
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    I heard they were in a hurry to rob the banks via the central bank, they even did not know whether the Treasury was missing any money. IT says some billions were unaccounted for and previous govt had used even decentralized budget (I do not know what it is or what for ) to swindle money for children.

  • 9
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    I have the last moral authority to write anything here as I remain as the most or worst goofed on Austin appointment for this new post. Of cause he was not on this post in August 2015. But now he knows every bit of the Central Bank looting. He apparently is telling that there is sensitive information so he needs AG for releases it. It is not sensitive because of it is of national importance or national security. It is sensitive because the robbery was by the higher echelon. Time and again it has been proved that robbery did not take place in CB, but in Parliament and Presidential House, the political places.

    There is no difference between when New King said that he did not know who came out with the idea of 100 days and when Austin said he knows nothing about the MPs took money from Aloysius. By that statement Austin lowered his status to GLP, Thero De Silva et al. Austin is listing him as another “Sly Old Fox of Aappa Diplomacy”. Shame on Austin. Austin should resign now and get out of this greedy life of working and earning even at this stage.

    Ranil has ordered UNPyers not to talk about the New King’s accusation. It is nothing about decency in politics. It is about his fear of secrets coming out by them all blaming each other.
    This means the prognosis of Lankawe is no longer in the hands of its doctor, the Mass. Next election means nothing. Further all the Chiefs cooks, the Maha Viyaths have aligned behind the worst barbarian in the Lankawe’s history. They all may already have received their Rs1M from the $18B. Britain has to take responsibility for its greed of a naval base and packing all the brainless sheep in the same cage of hungry lions.

  • 7
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    Politicians in the wonderland know what exactly these educated and uneducated low IQ idiots deserve. And SL is full of this type of people, be it from any community.

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    this doe snot mention that Sarath Fonske areceived 100,000 and he gave it to JVP for the help they did and JVP spent that on volunteer work. But, JVP syas they di dnot get any money.

  • 4
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    If the govt is decent PREsident’s Secretary should RESIGJN. the reason is everybody talking about 118 or 166, 175, 200 MPs getting money. Austin Fernando he doe not know anything. that is not like human – I MEan not inquisitive at all looking into that. EVEN CHAMPIKA RANAWAKA SAYS HIS NAME IS NOT IN THE 118 LIST.

  • 9
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    Maithripala Sirisena in his acceptance speech as President said he was going to be our servant. I can’t locate that link now, but here’s what he said three days later in Kandy:
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S54tzNNOSo4
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    Now, having spent our money on this Commission how dare he refuse to divulge its contents. And that says Austin Fernando, is not a few days’ delay; we have to wait a full thirty years to know the findings.
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    We don’t want to see bloody revolutions, with their accompanying violence. But treating us, who stove so hard to usher in the peaceful “Rainbow Revolution” are told that it is not for us to know what the Commission paid for by us has stated.
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    This is conduct unbecoming – not acceptable to us!

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      Sjnhala Man,

      Sincereity is the one essential ingredient for a rainbow revolution. Sincerely of the rulers. This one ingredient that we have not seen in them for a long time.

      A third rate country deserves the rulers it gets.

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      Sinhala_Man,

      “Now, having spent our money on this Commission how dare he refuse to divulge its contents. And that says Austin Fernando, is not a few days’ delay; we have to wait a full thirty years to know the findings.”

      Mama Seka Kalemi, Mama Dena Gathimi,

      I suspected, I came to know.

  • 1
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    How much did Austin Fernando receive, from those revealed as corrupt, in the Report, so that he can hide the Report in the Archives for thirty years?
    He must have received enough to make many generations rich.

    Does he think that all peoples are fools to believe that “he knows nothing about 118 parliamentarians receiving election campaign donations from Perpetual Treasuries?

    Does Austin Fernando think that he can get away with this massive shielding of corruption?

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      J.
      A. Fernando is a BS’er like his other colleagues heading various cabinet ministries. Not only are they corrupt and “secretly” wealthy, they tend to procrastinate willfully answering relevant questions from the public.
      Banana Republic status quo and the culture of impunity continues. It’s all a sad game.

  • 2
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    Mr. Austin Fernanado: You have added another “RULE” to the “Code of Conduct” for Civil Servants: “I DON”T KNOW”. The Politicians and the Criminals (incidentally it is a coalition) added a similar term” ” I DON’T REMEMBER”. So at a time of responsibility and accountability both the terms “I don’t know” and “I don’t remember” go hand in hand with both the Civil Servant and the Politician/ Criminal. Well done Mr. Austin Fernando on your last assignment as the Secretary to the First Citizen and the President of the country. Your name will be engraved in “Gold” in the annals of Sri Lanka Civil Service and granted a “Decoration” like “Rajamuktha Deshabimana Paga-Arakshaka”. Long Live our Civil Service.

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      D.
      Very apt.
      Time to send the Civil Service to pasture as it is of no Service to the people or country. SAD eh !

  • 2
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    “There are over 8000 pages in this report and anyone who wants to peruse them can do so by making a request to the National Archives,’ he said.” Twenty two million are making a request to the National Archives because they have a right to know.

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      Here people not coming anywhere. We need to understand the reality. Aloysius is friend of Old Son Prince. He has been doing business with earlier Governor. When it was said there was no money at all some plans were made with PTL. Mahendran was hired only for one year. His employment contract was for one year. Tender was called Rs 1B. It was expected tender would fail as it would not be subscribed. But Aloysius raised Rs 11 B. CB took Rs 10B. This was needed to save the Old Royals not being immediately arrested on the frauds committed, investigated because of a collapsing government right after election. So this was not done by Aloysius but Old Royals worked with Ranil, UNP, and New Royal’s SLFP. .
      1). 8,000 pages are not going to incriminate them all. Further much time Old King had said Joint Comedy has no interest in investigating Mahendran, but juniors in that wanted. When there was a fissure between Ranil and New King because Ranil wanted to stand in the election, he picked by on PCoI report which was targeting only Mahendran, but covered PRECIFAC report which, as, investigated Old Royal’s time.
      2). So, there is no point in having the 8,000 pages released when there not one single page of PRECIPAC is not coming, which much larger crimes than this.

      So the people only worried about their next time Biriyani and Arrack, this farcical comedy is going only in the higher echelon to deice (before they go to election) who get the next election victory.
      For the records fo frauds, not PCoI, but even the PRECIFAC report has to release to media.

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    Bond Scam is nothing. Still govt scams are going on. Eventhough there 114 miniters, there are certain sectors of the country that doe snot have a minister. Who is the minister for fisheries. There is talk that some govt sectorsa re trying to introduce new prawn species from HAWaii. But, the govt has experimented with the new aquaculture projects in the country and those projects have failed. IT si proven every where in the world introduction o fnew species never lead to anything good except failure.
    another such ministerless depart is SLBC. SLBC says thiere foreign broadcasting channels are failing because the equipment are too old and need for power is high as more people are listening to the channels. On the other hand when SLBC is asked they say that and the govt is not buying equipment. On the other hand,govt says we told them to buy new equipment. The secret seems to be that the govt, tqaken what ever money in SLBC for their work, so the SLBC is bankrupt too. RAnil has some political pofficer appointed to the SLBC.
    Sri lanka also doe snot have a minister for cultural affairs.
    I read Maithripala Sirisena went some where and said he would provide the HEalth sector without any deficienceis. Then the question comes what happened to the HEalth Minister Rajitha Senarathne. IS he still attending the HEalth Conference with the wife and the Family.

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    Comment By Austin Fernando compelled to answer!
    In reality that CB Bond scam was belongs to Public Funds of People of all nationalities including Sinhalese, Tamil Muslim and other citizens of Sri Lankans. This all belongs tax payers money run by our country. All these are money derived from hard -working and earning of domestic and oversees millions of people who are working to run government of rule of Democracy.
    It is key role of bounded duty sovereignty government to be revealed names of Chambers members who were involved 118 who have been paid by role of Perpetual Treasure give list of to PUBLIC .

    That is undeniable right of People’s sovereignty which demand by that democratic having accountability to give to public that of list of members is bounding duty of President elected by whole Island voters.
    Sectary of Austin should know that was all is perks, bonus privileges enjoy of families and his salaries paid by public funds ? Austin could not breach duty of paid people by having look after fundament interest of millions of voters ?
    The matter of issue is curial of survival of future Democratic System of Governances, while it is more important than remain in power of FEW by image and reputation of individuals ?
    We are living in NEW ERA of Democratization of New Global epoch that second quarter of 21st century!!! .

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    Government officials sending the report to the Archives without consulting the head of the government? What do these fecking idiots of civil servants think of us, another lot of idiots like them? The public is far more smart than the overpaid, protected senior civil servants like this “pranandu” chap; they think just because they passed a bloody exam they are a cut above the rest. No! The public is far more smart through their experience than these tomfools like pranandu. So, he thinks that the President is a village idiot, and should not be consulted on a very very important and sensitive document like the Bond Scam Report, in case he finds it diffoicult to understand; may be, he cannot read or write, this President of ours, so that he ignores even to look at the report despite the fact that he crept into this seat, promising the heaven and earth to the voter when it comes to cleaning up corruption. Suppose, he did not ignore, then what was it the matter? Too shy and embarrassed to look at it, in case his name is on the top of the list of 118 in the order of importance. Stories coming out of the President’s staff make no sense at all. Given the emphsis and repeated validation of his stance against corruption, I thought he would be the first one to open this report, and publish the names of those corrupt 118, but to this day he has not bothered …. lots of hot air with swinging his impotent sword, but when it comes to actual action, the man is as good as a scarecrow with an empty pot substituted for a head.

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    I here some Sri Lankans are trying to move to start business and another is trying to expand his business in a western country. They both are said to be related via IN-Laws of Ranil Wickramsinghe. the reason to expand the business or starting a business is they got some money which is supposed to be from the Bond Scam. The reason may be to remove what ever the loot they got ormake use of it. I heard Ranil saying that it is my wife’s money and wife saying No Ranil gave it.

  • 5
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    This elderly man is another disgrace to the country and public service, just like those caught at the car park at Taj hotel. The methods may be different but the path is the same-path to shame !

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    Secretary to the President Austin Fernando, is a career civil servant of the old kind. He is NOT expected to divulge the contents of the report. The politician MS must.
    Compare Austin with Gota who was the Defence Secretary in the old regime – an expat civil servant at that. He acted like a politician and broke all norms and procedures. He encouraged other civil servants, Armed Services personnel, police to do the same. He was (and still is) protected by the culture of impunity obtaining.

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      True, but this overage guy should refuse to work if things get as bad as this.

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    whenever i look at a woman from behind,i dont know whether it is someone i know or not,they all look so alike when viewed from the back.Only when they turn around i will know-Austin Fernando

    When i recommended to the president as his assistant that chap who took the bribe in the car,i did not know he had a bad character.When i recommended the new timber corp boss also i did know he had various allegations against him.Until they are proved guilty they are innocent-austin fernando

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    No need to wait for 30 years. Just ask Jim (soft in the head) Softy. He seems to know not only what everybody got but what their wives got also. He talks a lot but says little. There’s no topic he doesnt shove his soft head into. Aloysius is one who has his head in the guillotine placed by the masses. The blade has not descended yet. That is the job of the courts where Aloysius will have defence counsels to whom he will pay – how many millions do you think?

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      Romesh de Silva will appear for him. He will defend any crook if the price is right (must be in millions).

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    The only reason that Austin Fernando does not want to release the papers is because |Maithripala Sirisenas name is on it and the amount must be large.

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    Poor Austin

    Nice man, smart suit, but doesn’t have a clue what’s going on around him.

    Or maybe, he has his mind on a clean, full pension, with benefits.

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      Spring Koha

      “Or maybe, he has his mind on a clean, full pension, with benefits.”

      You are right.
      Don’t forget other benefits.
      No self respecting state functionary worth his/her salt would dare his political masters.

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    Extra Cover
    Do you want to travel in a white van?

  • 1
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    When Austin F. was appointed to this position, it was said that he was absolutely honest, though old. I then believed it.
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    Now it is precisely because of his age that this action of his cannot be excused. Had he been trying to complete his normal service, we could understand. He has little to lose, he should resign.
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    Of course he’s not as bad as Gota, etc but those are not the standards we expect from guys with his background.

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    Sinahla Man,

    I dont see any wrong in the response of Mr Fernando. How can he know all the pages contents … he is not an expert to that. Besides, he has no whatsoever cover kind of statement issued there . He further says he can support if pages would ahve been refered to him.

    No PRESIDENT secretary ever added the kind of open supportive statements as he has been. Former Thakkadiya s secretary was like a snob… behaved himself above the president. He always had been in misson of expressing all the good of his master .. he had been the most abusive secretary remember. but today no media coverage is in air abou thim … is that not abusive ?

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    Dear Buramphisincho,
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    I know that you cannot read 8,000 pages in five minutes, but surely ten minutes would have sufficed to realise of what vital importance it is for the contents to be made public, so that we, the people could know what has happened.
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    Of course, it would then have been interpreted for us by some guys who claimed that they understood all the contents. Inevitably some would have distorted; let us not over-estimate the capacity of each individual to evaluate the versions put forward. But this is democracy; imperfections accepted.
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    Tell me, Buramphisincho, where do we go from here?

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