22 March, 2019

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“If You Want To Marry Me, Darling…”

By Somapala Gunadheera

Somapala Gunadheera

Somapala Gunadheera

The recent gimmicks seen at the passing of the “Office of Missing Persons Bill” (OMP), reminded me of a couplet I used to hear often in the heyday of ‘Thuppahi Culture’. It ran, “If you want to marry me darling, come the proper way – Peeping through the window darling what will people say?”

According to the Government, the OMP had been tabled three months back. No one had raised objections against it in Courts or in the House. The debate on the Bill had been fixed at a meeting of all Party leaders and a two day schedule for a debate thereon, had been mutually agreed. In that background, it is difficult to understand why some MPs, inclusive of prominent politicians who had held prestigious office in the past, resorted to an ugly show of canker and abuse on the aisle of the House that is universally accepted to be hallowed ground. The public did not see any obstruction, repression or sleight of hands on the part of the Government that could have justified such behaviour.

The scene created a sad display that reflected not only on the participants but also on the nation as a whole. Why could not the Honourable Members of Parliament who formed the crowd, rise from the seats allocated to them and make a contribution to the debate, that could have gone down to history in writing? The ink that would have gone into that writing has now created a blot on the non-speakers. May it dawn on the JO that unconventional behaviour, at the drop of a hat, has the potential to drive them into a corner, sooner than later!

In the first place, by resorting to this un-parliamentary conduct, the participants have denied themselves a chance to convert the masses to their point of view on the Bill. If they made use of the opportunity to speak, which is their due and the privilege of the people they represent, they might have prevented the passage of the Bill or made amendments to it in the national interest. In addition, the unfortunate display provided the Government with a loophole to rush the Bill through Parliament. That blocked the legitimate right of the third party members to express their point of view on the Bill, which again throttled the right of the electorate to have their voices heard in Parliament, through their elected representatives.

Having thus upset the apple cart, the activists are now reported to be going to canvass Court to have the OMP Act nullified. It is very unlikely that any Court would lend itself to undo a damage that is self-imposed. Court would be satisfied if the prescribed procedure had been followed in passing the Act.

It is true that the JO has failed to make hay while the sun shone. But the Government should be large hearted enough to offer another chance to their adversaries who have squandered their turn. In any case, the signs are that they would be obliged to do so, if the news that appeared in the alternative media is correct. That news was to the effect that what the Leader of the House presented to the House was an earlier version of the OMP Bill and that in any case, the Act would have to be amended due to non-observance of other procedural dictates. If that is so, the Government has an opportunity to make a virtue of necessity.

This time around, let there prevail a spirit of give and take. After all, the OMP is no body’s private property. It is being introduced in the name of justice, fair play and reconciliation. It is gratifying to hear that the President himself had made several amendments to the draft and the Prime Minister has graciously accepted several amendments to it. May that spirit continue to prevail until an OMP that pleases the largest number is passed! Wide consultation is essential to ensure that objective and let there be no one-upmanship when the matter is reopened.

The proposed Amendment should be discussed at length to ensure optimum approval. It would be useful to summon a delegation of the JO to the Heads of Parties’ meeting that would finalize the amendment to the OMP. There should be a spirit of understanding, accommodation and transitional justice that could put an end to the vexed question of missing persons. The outcome of the negotiated settlement should not be a death warrant to those who fought devotedly to restore national peace or a Greek gift to real victims. These two parameters should create common ground for the negotiators to resolve their differences.

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    “…..which again throttled the right of the electorate to have their voices heard in Parliament, through their elected representatives”

    My question is, Do the ‘Elected Representatives’ realise that they have been elected to make the ‘Voices of their Voters Heard’.

    It looks like, These MPs Once they have been voted in, are only interested in the Perks of Office they get, by just being in Parliament. They have Forget the Interests and Problems of their Constituents!

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    Dr. Gunadheera

    Do you think there’re any gentlemen or ladies left in our parliament? I am sad to inform you that ethics, respectful behaviour and common decency have fled those hallowed halls decades ago.

    And we ourselves are to be blamed for this travesty, for we keep electing one band of rogues or another, time in, time out.

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    “In that background, it is difficult to understand why some MPs, inclusive of prominent politicians who had held prestigious office in the past, resorted to an ugly show of canker and abuse on the aisle of the House that is universally accepted to be hallowed ground.”

    This was just singing to the choir.

    One of the weaknesses of democracy. Elected by the people by hook or crook: but are they qualified to hold the office is altogether a different issue.

  • 8
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    This article shines a light on what has become a national disgrace.

    Every party is only interested in covering their backsides. The interests of the missing persons, and those most affected ie the parents, spouses, brothers, sisters, and loved ones of the missing, appears to be a subsidiary concern.

    Presidents and Prime Ministers (past and present), party leaders, and the overwhelming slew of devious politicians, should hang their heads in shame at the lip service shown to this essential undertaking.

    The register of missing persons should be written in cold ink mixed with the tears of the anguished and desperate seeking justice and closure.

    The State (in the hands of devious politicians over the years, and its proxies) has been the main generator of missing persons. However, the bookmakers are offering NO odds on any person/persons facing identification or justice. How very reassuring for the those concerned.

  • 2
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    Ayei Bayadaaaaaaaa???????.

    [Why ? , Are YOU afraid ??????].

    “”it is difficult to understand why some MPs, inclusive of prominent politicians who had held prestigious office in the past, resorted to an ugly show of canker and abuse”.

    so called Human rights crusaders of 1980s are Human rights violators to the core from the beginnings
    from Brick kiln murder to nandicadal.

    leave the LTTE killers.
    But So called Human rights crusaders of politicians, who are hiding in sheep’s skins turned abductors, ransom takers, rapists and killers, brothel runners, heroin dealer are the ones are afraid of law .

    All of them are shivering now.

    ITHING, Ayei Bayadaaaaaaaa???????.

  • 3
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    The question everybody asks is why didn’t the JO go to court when they could!
    The President,PM,JVP everyone was expecting them to go to court and save them from the embarrassment(it is definitely not going to be just an embarrassment) of having to get these unholy laws passed to satisfy their foreign masters.
    To put it in Mahinda Samarasinghe’s words”to save the Geneva honymoon”
    The JO says it was an oversight on their part! of course they can not give the real reason why they did not go to court.
    Now, Sirisena has got his set caught in the rat trap! He has provided guarantees to the military top brass that they will not come to be in any harm but this bill will end up doing precisely that and Sira will end up egg on his face.(it’s going to be more than eggs)

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    Is the time not ripe yet to stop referring to the Members of Parliament as Honourable ? This word has ceased to have its meaning in Sri Lanka after the MPs began to refer to themselves as honourable so and so, both in and outside the Parliament, in spite of the disgraceful manner many have conducted themselves, then and now. Their conduct has become so dishonourable that it makes most of those who elected them to be their representatives in Parliament to hang down their heads in shame.

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    The so called joint opposition (JO)worried only about how to come back to power and create a country of missing persons. They jointly made thosands of innocent persons missing by simple technique called “white van”. Mahinda went to UN to find out what happened to those 60000 people made missing by Srilankan army. Why he is afraid Now? Because he made more than that number of missing persons for the sake of giving the Presidency to his Son Namal.

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    The main reason of the MPs’ protest was to safeguard the military from war crimes investigations.
    The ‘heros’ were the invisible instigators of the protests.

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    Somapala Gunadheera, First of all don’t you ever try to be “More catholic than Pope” and hoodwink the unsuspecting voters and especially the citizens of Sri Lanka.

    You have said;

    “….In that background, it is difficult to understand why some MPs, inclusive of prominent politicians who had held prestigious office in the past…”

    “Why could not the Honourable Members of Parliament who formed the crowd, rise from the seats allocated..”

    I may ask which MP or politicians are you referring to including yourself. Can you name a single honorable or respectable politician in the parliament today? They may have obtained “Prominence” for various criminal activities and corrupt practices. It is also known that thieves and common criminals have occupied prestigious government offices in the past.

    But I challenge you Somapala in this forum to name a single honest, respectable above all a honorable MP, cabinet Minister or an active Politician in current parliament. I will make it very easy for you. Put a check mark against the following rules prescribed by my only master Lord Buddha for each of the Sitting members of the parliament or known active politicians in Sri Lanka:
    1) Be liberal and avoid selfishness,
    2) Maintain a high moral character,
    3) Be prepared to sacrifice one’s own pleasure for the well-being of the subjects,
    4) Be honest and maintain absolute integrity,
    5) Be kind and gentle,
    6) Lead a simple life for the subjects to emulate,
    7) Be free from hatred of any kind,
    8) Exercise non-violence,
    9) Practice patience, and
    10) Respect public opinion to promote peace and harmony.

    It is funny, you have quoted the following at the beginning of your baloney.

    “The recent gimmicks ……. reminded me of a couplet I used to hear often in the heyday of ‘Thuppahi Culture’. It ran, “If you want to marry me darling, come the proper way – Peeping through the window darling what will people say?”

    Aren’t you a product of this very same “Thuppahi Culture”. Did you or anyone else come to the parliament proper way. We all know all peep through the window of corruption schools established by SWRDB and JRJ. Sri Lanka is not a democratic country though you have been cleverly portraying it to the outside world as a parliamentary democracy. Let me introduced the phrase “THUPPAHI PARLIAMENT”. Every bite of food, every drop of water, every bit of air you the Sri Lankan politicians consume is tainted. They were acquired by means outside “SAMMA KHAMMA”. I hope you understand what is “Samma Khmma”.

    Mr. Somapala; “Gaha danna apita kola pennana epa.”. Don’t be mad at me expressing my thoughts.

    Finally, I hope you will accept my challenge and start to put check marks against the above Ten Principles for every politician in the parliament.

  • 3
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    There is no point of crying out loud here when it is the Sri lankan people elect these thieves.

    There are so many to help these politicians in order to eat their crumbs. Most rural people are fooled by corrupt journalists.

    See, how many newspaper articles are published a day all false propaganda. then they come and complain for press freedom, killig journalists etc.

    Unfortunately, buddhist monks are also behind these criminal politicians.

  • 1
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    Guys please… Firstly, The JO or The Joint Oppressors is not the real Opposition to our Government but a bunch of Law Breakers who somehow became Ministers, and as ‘A Concerned Citizen’ says, they are certainly NOT honorable…

    Why are we accepting them as the Opposition when they are not??? First, our Government should put them in their place and elect and verify the REAL Opposition Party and the bogus JO should be put in their places and Ministers who behave badly should be punished…

    Please lets stop acknowledging Mahindas bunch of crooks as the Opposition!!!!!

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      Dear Aku;

      “Please lets stop acknowledging Mahindas bunch of crooks as the Opposition!!!!!”

      Not only Mahindas bunch; Ranils bunch, Hakeems bunch, Maithripalas bunch, Anuras bunch, Sampanthans bunch and Rishards Bunch all these are crooks. They have turned our parliament in to a “THUPPAHI” place.

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        Simple Simon:-

        The current fashion of Electing Crooks into parliament, has come about because of the Current Party System.

        Under-educated riff raff who have seen the opportunities for a Quick Buck as an MP, stand for Election, and Jump from Party to Party without any Thought to the Promises they made before Election!

  • 0
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    “If You Want To Marry Me, Darling…” come in the properway

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