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Jayaratne Reminds Handunneththi And COPE Members Of Their Mandate

Good governance activist, Chandra Jayaratne has reminded Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), Sunil Handunneththi of the importance refreshing his memory along with the members of COPE on the ‘the General Principles of Accountability of an Oversight Committee of Parliament.’

Chandra Jayaratne

Chandra Jayaratne

In a letter addressed to Handunneththi on July 6, Jayaratne reiterated the importance for him and the members of the committee to ‘bear in mind’ that the Sri Lankan Legislative Enactments dealing with Bribery and Corruption, clearly defines in Section 70 of such enactment, what constitutes Corruption in relation to any public servant. Jayaratne also provided a copy of the enactment for the benefit of Handunnetti and his committee members.

“You will note from this provision that, where any public servant, with intent, to cause wrongful or unlawful loss to the Government, or to confer a wrongful or unlawful benefit/favour/advantage on himself, or any person, with knowledge that a loss will be caused to any person or the government , does any act which he is empowered to do or induces any other public servant to perform or refrain from performing that any act or uses information coming to his knowledge or participates in an making of any decision or induces any other person, directly or indirectly to perform or refrain from performing any act, shall be guilty of the offense of corruption,” he said in the letter which was CC’d to the President, Prime Minister, Speaker, Leader of the House, Leader of the Oppositions, Chief Opposition Whip and the Auditor General.

The letter also comes amidst allegations that UNP MPs who were members of the committee were trying to jeopardize action against ex-Governor of Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran, citing that the controversial Treasury bond transaction that took place in 2015 and 2016 which resulted in the State losing billions of rupees was not Mahendran’s fault.

The full text of Chandra Jayaratne’s letter is below;

6th July 2016 Registered Post
Sunil Handunnetti Esq.
Chairman,
Committee on Public Enterprises,
Parliament of Sri Lanka,
Parliamentary Complex,
Sri Jayewardenapura,
Kotte.

Dear Sir,

Principles of Accountability; Parliamentary Oversight Committees

I submit this letter to you, as you and other members of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee –

“ Committee on Public Enterprises” -, address the challenging task of developing and presenting, an independent, professional, unbiased and value adding report to Parliament, on the Bond Issues made by the Public Debt Department of the Central Bank in 2015 and 2016, including the controversial issues that have led to significant public criticism on account of ;

  • Purported violation of expected best practices of due process, good governance, transparency and professionalism , in a back drop of these bond issues being tainted, possibly by conflicts of interest, related party transactions, market manipulations and insider information;
  • The State purportedly incurring significant future higher than optimum market interest payment costs over extended period of years;
  • The beneficiary members of state run Employees Provident Fund, Employees Trust Fund, Savings and Insurance entities may have lost the completive market based best returns having invested via the secondary market instead of the primary markets;
  • A limited number of connected parties may have benefitted significantly by way of unjust enrichment

In the above context, it may be best that you and the Committee members refresh your memory with the General Principles of Accountability of an Oversight Committee of Parliament. Towards this task I enclose some extracts from an OECD/DAC Governance network and South African Parliament dealing with these Principles of Accountability, especially those highlighted and underlines. (Refer attachment)

You and your members colleagues should also bear in mind that Sri Lankan Legislative Enactments dealing with Bribery and Corruption, clearly defines in Section 70 of such enactment, what constitutes Corruption in relation to any public servant – (Please refer attachment). You will note from this provision that, where any public servant, with intent, to cause wrongful or unlawful loss to the Government, or to confer a wrongful or unlawful benefit/favour/advantage on himself, or any person, with knowledge that a loss will be caused to any person or the government , does any act which he is empowered to do or induces any other public servant to perform or refrain from performing that any act or uses information coming to his knowledge or participates in an making of any decision or induces any other person, directly or indirectly to perform or refrain from performing any act, shall be guilty of the offense of corruption.

I would be most grateful if copies of this note can kindly be placed before the Committee and copies thereof provided to all members, as the Committee progresses its inquiries connected with the examination of the Bond issues.

Yours Sincerely,

Chandra Jayaratne

cc. President
Prime Minister
Speaker
Leader of the House
Leader of the Oppositions
Chief Opposition Whip
Auditor General

Principles for parliamentary assistance – OECD/DAC Network on Governance (EXTRACTS)

http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/docserver/download/4312181ec013.pdf?expires=1467863027&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=5D2283D6C49251D07816ED3EB2B7364E
Parliaments perform a vital role in any system of representative democracy, but they play an especially important role in emerging democracies – not only in improving the quality of governance by ensuring transparency and accountability, but also in shaping the public’s expectations and attitudes to democracy.

Parliaments are the single most important institution in overseeing government activity, scrutinising legislation and representing the public’s concerns to those in power. Their performance in holding government to account and engaging with voters will help to establish the norms and values in the early years of a democratic culture.

Parliaments and domestic accountability

The overarching purpose of parliamentary oversight is to hold government to account. While governments are directly accountable to voters at elections, in between elections it is the duty of parliamentarians to hold ministers and their departments to account on the public’s behalf.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union’s Tools for Parliamentary Oversight sets out four key oversight roles:

•Transparency and openness. Parliament should shed light on the operations of government. It provides a public arena in which government’s policies and actions are debated, exposed to scrutiny and held up to public opinion.

Delivery. Parliamentary oversight should test whether the government’s policies have been implemented, and whether they are having the desired impact.

•Value for money. Parliament needs to approve and scrutinise government spending. It should highlight waste within publicly-funded services, and aim to improve the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of government expenditure.

• Tackling corruption and misuse of power. Parliament should protect the rights of citizens by detecting and preventing abuse of power, arbitrary behaviour and illegal or unconstitutional conduct by government.

In short, a parliament’s role is to provide a check on the activity of government. The role might be thought of as providing “government by explanation”. That is, highlighting issues of concern and ensuring that government is able to justify its actions to the public, or where that policy is deficient, forcing a change. The tools available to MPs to achieve these objectives vary from parliament to parliament, but they tend to be pursued through three main routes, namely via the plenary session (through questions and debates), the committee system (through investigations) or in conjunction with outside agencies that report to parliament.

It is in this last area where parliaments have the potential to be most effective in strengthening systems of domestic accountability. Parliaments derive much of their authority from the fact that a number of accountability institutions usually report to them. These range from the supreme audit institution, the ombudsman and the electoral commission, through to utility regulators, inspectorates and agencies. Such institutions provide a wealth of information on the performance of government in specific policy areas, and provide the evidence on which parliament can hold ministers, and ministries, to account.

In other words, parliaments should sit at the centre of a web of domestic accountability, liaising with the range of independent experts and institutions, absorbing the detail of their investigations and drawing out the salient political points for which the executive should be held to account. Parliaments are therefore potentially vital allies for donor agencies in improving domestic accountability. Yet in many parts of the world legislatures have fallen far short of public (and donor) expectations. In emerging democracies, parliamentsare frequently ineffective in the face of a powerful executive, and have little public legitimacy and authority.

Parliament’s Oversight and Accountability Model- South Africa (Extracts)
http://www.parliament.gov.za/live/content.php?Category_ID=20

The true test of democracy is the extent to which Parliament can ensure that government remains answerable to the people. This is done by maintaining constant oversight (monitoring) of government’s actions.

Parliament and its Committees have powers to summon any person or institution to give evidence or produce documents, and to report to them.

CONSTITUTIONAL MANDATE

The Constitution states that Parliament has the power to conduct oversight of all organs of state, including those at provincial and local government level.

WHAT IS OVERSIGHT?

Oversight is a function granted by the Constitution to Parliament to monitor and oversee government actions.

When exercising oversight, Parliament focuses on the following areas:

  • implementation of laws
  • application of budgets
  • strict observance of laws of Parliament and the Constitution
  • effective management of government departments.

WHY IS PARLIAMENT’S OVERSIGHT ROLE IMPORTANT?

By overseeing the actions of government, Parliament is able to ensure that service delivery takes place, so that all citizens can live a better quality life.

PARLIAMENT EXERCISES OVERSIGHT FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:

  • to detect and prevent abuse
  • to prevent illegal and unconstitutional conduct on the part of the government
  • to protect the rights and liberties of citizens
  • to hold the government answerable for how taxpayers’ money is spent
  • to make government operations more transparent and increase public trust in the government

THE ROLE OF PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES

Parliamentary committees are established as instruments of the Houses in terms of the Constitution to facilitate oversight and monitor the government.

These committees are the “engine rooms” of Parliament’s oversight and legislative work.

Committees scrutinise legislation, oversee government action, and interact with the public.

One of the most important aspects of the oversight function is the consideration by committees of annual reports of organs of State, and reports of the Auditor-General.

Depending on the purpose of the oversight, the Committee will either request a briefing from the organ of State or visit it for fact-finding.

OFFENCES OTHER THAN BRIBERY
70. Any public servant who, with intent, to cause wrongful or unlawful loss to the Government, or to confer a wrongful or unlawful benefit, favour or advantage on himself or any person, or with knowledge, that any wrongful or unlawful loss will be caused to any person or to the Government, or that any wrongful or unlawful benefit, favour or advantage will be conferred on any person

(a) does, or forbears to do, any act, which he is empowered to do by virtue of his office as a public servant;

(b)induces any other public servant to perform, or refrain from performing, any act, which such other public servant is empowered to do by virtue of his office as a public servant;

(c)uses any information coming to his knowledge by virtue of his office as a public servant;

(d)participates in the making of any decision by virtue of his office as a public servant;

(e)induces any other person, by the use, whether directly or indirectly, of his office as such public servant to perform, or refrain from performing, any act,

shall be guilty of the offence of corruption and shall upon summary trial and conviction by a Magistrate be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years or to a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand rupees or to both such imprisonment and fine.

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      Please send the guy a SINHALA translation. He might think Chandra has praised him !

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        Yes, Iagree. Only Colombo seven tie/coat attired Royalists,Thomians, Josephians, Peterites should be parliamentarians. Clever, honest, educated,intelligent ruling class all live in Colombo7. Chandrika Bandaranaike-Chaura rajini,Ranil Wicramasinghe who has never stepped out of Colomo 7, his uncle infamous J units Richard Jayawardena are all acceptable to to a section of the population who have one foot in Colombo and the other in the decadent West or Vatican

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      Facts lie somewhere else, but these buggers march in their routes.

      It has always been the case in srilanka. Until 08 Jan 2015 – they believed Electric chair billa was watiing to drag Meeharaka.. but it was not ö… who proved.. RW AND Mr Sirisena..

      The very same manner, through lanken tabloid, they spread all lies about hypothetical sums that should have gone missing…. putting the ENTIRE BUCKET LOADS on Mahendran.. They had been been secrets, that to cover… they needed to keep them for their own…
      But today, very same ill folks guided by Chandras do the job for the culprits.

      COPE is not a legal entity to give verdict on AM or anyone who may have taken decisions in such complex issues.
      Basta

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      Chandra your audience is srilankens… srilankens who are gawky and gulliable.

      But never forget that world is watching at us ….. Mahendran is known to the world of financing… but nothing is known to lanken. Until he moved back to country – he had no such records of having drags funds from anyone legally. Nor has Sipore or Saudi made any such statements.

      So do you guys really feel that Mahedran has grabed those funds ? Hypothertical funds ?

      JOKE OF THE DAYS…. wait and see, truth will silent you buggers… no doubt about that.

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    Well done CJ! Keep up your great work and activism to fight the BI-PARTISAN NETWORKS of CORRUPTION!

    Corruption in the financial sector in Sri Lanka is BI-PARTISAN, cross- political parties and there are NETWORKS OF CORRUPTION as shown in the roll of Mahendran’s son-in-law Aloysius company PERPETUAL which was in the insider trading scam both with Mahinda Jarapassa’s Nivard Cabraal and Ranil’s Mahendran.

    The investigations must start with Aloysius and Perpetual Treasuries. Both the UNP and SLFP head honchos are involved in covering up corruption and rent seeking at the Central Bank and Bank of Ceylon. This is why not a single big thief of the Mahinda Jarapassa regime has been netted so far by Ayahapalanaya govt.

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      Kalu you are so right!

      Sujeeva Senasinghe is being brought into COPE to shore and strengthen the cross party UNP-SLFP Corruption Networks.

      These networks of corruption run by politicians and associated cronies operate and rig the economy and so called “free market” and Stock Exchange or Rich Man’s Casino in Sri Lanka!

      Meanwhile the poor man’s pension funds, EPF and ETF funds have been scammed and whittled away. This is how corruption, Neoliberalism and economic inequality, poverty and violence constitute a vicious cycle.

      BTW IMF has just criticized its own Neoliberalism in the Foreign Policy Journal. Check out
      http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/07/06/the-imf-confronts-its-n-word-neoliberalism/

      Most strikingly, the article infers that three policy prescriptions long advocated by the IMF’s critics — regulation of some capital flows, Keynesian fiscal stimulus policies, and effective economic redistribution — all have more merit than the IMF has long contended. As Ben Norton wrote in Salon, these conclusions amount to heresy:

      “It is somewhat like the Pope declaring that there is no God; it is a volte-face on almost everything that the IMF has ever stood for.” Longtime IMF critic Naomi Klein tweeted sarcastically, “So all the billionaires it created are going to give back their money, right?”

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    1.Mahendran, Cabraal, Alloysius and Perpetual Treasuries must be COMPREHENSIVELY investigated, tried and held accountable to ensure FUTURE Accountability of Central Bank governors and ensure that never again will this kind of looting of the national economy happen at the Central Bank.

    2. PERC with Civil society should ask for the assets of Aloysius, Perpetual Treasuries, Mahendran and Nivard Cabraall to be frozen and Perpetual Treasuries investigated. A full investigation of Mahendran and Nivard Cabraal and their bond scams, insider trading and currency manipulations is necessary. It is not enough to simply ask that Mahendran’s contract has ended – and let him off to go and live the high life on his ill gotten gains in Singapore!

    2. Instead of following IMF’s con advice, which is pushing Lanka into GREATER DEBT, the priority should be CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION into Panama Papers names to trace all the funds looted from Sri Lanka in off shore accounts to pay off the NATIONAL DEBT.

    3. Civil society needs to push for a Road MAP from the Central Bank on Corruption investigations to trace and recover funds looted from Sri Lanka by Politicians, their cronies and associated businesses and held in Off Shore accounts. However, Coomaraswamy’s friends like Balendran are mentioned to be holding Panama Papers Accounts. Question is why put funds in Panama when Asia is the growth hub, unless the funds are looted ones and tax avoiding?

    Coomaraswamy is an out and out NEOLIBERAL; an insider in the corrupt global financial system. He loves the corrupt IMF and World Bank that has seen massive growth in GLOBAL inequality that is cause for the GREAT CLASS WAR in the world today. Today 63 people own over half the world’s wealth according to OXFAM.

    Coomaraswarmy should ask IMF and WB that used to call itself knowledge bank (ha, Ha, Ha), to help trace all the looted funds in off shore accounts, rather than for more loans that add to national DEBT!

    Coomaraswamy is famous for turning a blind eye on corruption even though the UN has identified Corruption as a primary driver of economic inequality and poverty. Civil society must be alert and keep pushing for SYSTEMATIC CORRUPTION INVESTIGATIONS and ACCOUNTABILITY and scrutinize the policy from an inequality and poverty perspective.

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      Yes, it’s fantastic that Sri Lanka has people like Chandra Jayaratne and COPE and others who are collaborating to secure the motherland against corruption. Thank you to them. Our country has finally become wise.

      However in no way is the present-day corruption comparable to Rajapaksarean corruption. Each set of corruption has its own vision.

      Rajapaksa’s corruption was geared towards country sovereignty (even if it meant lack of democratic principles and would have probably ground the system to a halt sooner or later). Rajapaksa’s system was not so clean cut, and probably placed the country in unseen debt that came to light only after the rainbow coalition started cleaning things up, so as to lead the country into their own visionary glory. Maybe Rajapaksa would have got a grip on things eventually.

      Yahapalanaya vision, is meant to be clean-cut and dried, consolidating little Lanka’s money with the greater Indian Commonwealth. Any misappropriation of country money, they consider as a necessary skewing, for the greater good of that Commonwealth Conglomeration (train choo-chooing merrily over land-bridge and all). Guess we will have to say goodbye to existential feelings of the Lankan heritage, and especially the Buddhist inheritance.

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      You must be day-dreaming!.
      None of these civic societies , you name it, raised an eyebrow before the parliamentary elections last August. In fact Sobitha, his friend Prof Sarath Wijesuriya, Dr Dewasiri, self appointed defender of good governance-Champika Ranawaka campaigned for Ranil Wickramasinghe despite stark evidence that he was involved with Mahendran in this bank robbery. One thing in common with all these civic societies is that they are sponsored by NGOS of the neocolonial west.[Edited out]

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    Perhaps we should refresh Mr Jayaratna’s memory as to why he did not issue these refreshers during the MaRa regime?

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    “Jayaratne Reminds Handunneththi And COPE Members Of Their Mandate” A news!

    [Edited out]

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    “Parliamentary oversight should test whether the GOVERNMENT’S POLICIES have been implemented, and whether they are having the DESIRED IMPACT.”

    GOVERNMENT’S POLICIES and DESIRED IMPACT : Guess those catch phrases are prerogative of Executive action.(They’re in line with Indian railway happily choo-chooing over land-bridge)

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    CORRUPTION BREEDS CORRUPTION; hence Chandra Jayaratne must expect that no member of the “house of corruption” which is the Parliament of Sri Lanka is capable of producing or delivering any piece of legislation or ruling that is free from corrupt substance. JVP is not an exception.

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    Thank you Mr Chandra Jayaratnae for bringing to the attention of COPE members extracts from the OECD/DAC Governance network and the practices from South African Parliament.

    However,I prefer to confine myself to the provisions in the present Sri Lankan Constitution and the best practices followed as far as the institutions of Auditor General and COPE/COPA are concerned.

    Articles 148 states that “Parliament has full control over Public Finance”. and Art 153&154 describes the appointment of the Auditor General and how the Auditor General exercises his authority by auditing all government accounts and periodically submitting his reports to parliament.

    Parliament in turn has created oversight committees to facilitate their constitutional duties.

    Once the Auditor General submits his reports to parliament the reports goes before either of the two oversight committees of parliament –COPE and COPA where the Auditor General’s Reports are subjected to close scrutiny and they in turn submit their report expecting the government to follow them up.

    Now the question arises about the role of Auditor General and COPE and COPA as far as the Central Bank are concerned.

    I am not aware of any Auditor General’s reports and COPE scrutiny in respect of any previous Central Bank activities.

    But absence of previous practices should not be held against the prescribed functions of these two institutions.

    Central Bank should not be sacrosanct

    Since Central Bank is also dealing with Public Finance, it automatically follows that the Auditor General and COPE have every right to take them up.

    These ambiguities should be cleared in the proposed the new constitution which should clearly define the powers and functions of the Auditor General and the oversight committees much more effective without leaving them to the discretionary interpretations by any institutions.

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    I thought PM ,Batalanada Ranil already done this at the Temple Trees,after inviting his delegation lead by Ranjana Ramanayaka for Cakes and Canapes.

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    Hope the Chairman of COPE will not resign; but go ahead with the proceedings as stipulated. I remind this to JVP, because it has a history of “abandoning” at critical times. We all know, it was very “inappropriate” and “irresponsible” on the part of PM to have summoned the UNP members of the COPE to Temple Trees and perhaps given a briefing as to what must be done to “defend” ex CB Governor. That was proved beyond any doubts, because of the resignation of one member to accommodate another viz Mr. Sujeeva Senasinghe to fill the vacancy. Incidentally Mr. Sujeeva Senasinghe is a lawyer and published a book defending the CB Governor on the “Bond Issue”. So PM wants his presence at the COPE to “defend” both CB Governor and his employer – the PM. Hope the rest of the members of the COPE bear in mind a very important role played by the CB Governor, in that, (1) Decision to Issue Bonds is a Monetary Policy i.e. Political; but (2) the manner and the mechanism deployed in giving effect to that “Political Decision” is purely in that hands of the CB Governor. This No. (2) is the matter to be investigated and make a decision as to what went wrong and who was “responsible” and “accountable” for such misdeed, if committed. It is in that context Mr. Jayaratne’s letter will be of many uses to the COPE.

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    This is unfair. CJ is forcing the hand of COPE. It appears nothing other than a guilty verdict is acceptable to him.It is like the defeated BREXIT clan requesting another referendum in UK. Guilty or not depends on whether the interest on a particular date is fair or not. 26 local banks have 26 different deposit and lending rates. Presently deposit rates vary from 4% to 13.5% and lending rates vary from 9.5% T0 24%. Is there any competent professional in the country acceptable to the people who could say that a rate given on a particular date is fair. If you visit the head offices of 26 banks in the country you will get 26 rates.

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      It may be so with those 26 banks,but they would not fix rates to fit the big pockets of their Governors close relatives, after tipping off what is going to happen and telling them to get their big capitals ready for investment! We are talking about insider dealings not just variable rates.

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    Weerasinghe I agree with your comments 100%. Chandra is forcing COPE to give a guilty verdict against Mahendran. Chandra and the media coolies of Seerasa were dead silent when the Jarapaksa Regime ran amok with our economy. Where were you Chandra during the period 2005- JAN 2015.

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      I fully agree with you.

      These punnaku eaters know nothing but they just read the lines and see, … that is the truth.. but lanken media is still fully controleld by Rajakaashes ghosts. They are the problem of the hour. Nobody else.

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        Why do you single-out only Rajapaksa. The whole media of Sri Lanka is either controlled by the State or the opposition to the Governing Parties. All media institutions are politicized just like every state institution. Sri Lanka is the cesspool of corruption in South Asia. COPE is another devious instrument appointed to hoodwink the electorate by the masters of corruption in the parliament. Handunnetti is just another layer of camouflage. The objective of these masters are:
        a) Prolong investigations on every corrupt deal until 2020
        b) Hoodwink the international community on every issue related to justice and fair play in the country.
        c) Ensure the continuity of the jobs provided to the corrupt politicians
        d) Make corruption as an integral part of the national psyche to make it easy for the con-masters to remain in power; Control parliament.

        The objective d) is very dangerous. it threatens the survival of the nation, but it supports the con-masters objective of “Rags to Riches”.

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          Man you are that naive: or behave so ?

          —-

          What matters is the size of corruption and abuses ? Not even Germany or other rich countries are 100% free from Corruption or abuses ?

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            Simon;

            You have just proved that there is evidence to show Sri Lankan politicians have achieved their fourth objective (d) “Make corruption as an integral part of the national psyche to make it easy for the con-masters to remain in power; Control parliament.” , You seem to fit into one of their (con-masters) new breed.
            Do not compare Sri Lanka with Germany or any other country to justify the treacherous activities carried out by the con-masters since 1953 in the Parliament of Sri Lanka. Crap is Crap whether it is in Sri Lankan’s pants or a westerner’s pants. When person-A points out that Person-B is filthy and smells very bad and needs a bath , don’t tell that Person-B is naïve.

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          Peter Pan

          “All media institutions are politicized just like every state institution. Sri Lanka is the cesspool of corruption in South Asia.”

          Could you enlighten us as to the ownership, management, …..

          Are they owned, managed, … by Sinhalese, Buddhists, Tamils, Saivaites, Christian, …… Muslims, …

          The last time I checked, in the majority of cases it was the Sinhala/Buddhists who own, manage, work, … in the cesspool of corruption in South Asia.

          If you want to cleanse the entire nation first start cleansing the Sinhala/Buddhists by converting them back to Sinhalese and Buddhists.

          It is high time you converted to Buddhism and became a Sinhalese.

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      Mudson, there is an invisible hand to work with lanken media.

      Be it Basil or Mahinda I dont know.

      Good news … good moves…. will not find in lanken tabloids that circulate to the masses.
      Masses stay stagnated.

      London graduated Eran Wickramaratne confrims, we must not reveal all the secrets in bank to 3rd persons. Any academic will agree with him.
      Not only for banks, European hospitals would not share all the bits with 3 parties. There are instituonal data protection laws.
      As if previous govts work with all the high transparecy programs… people attack today s govt. I am s

      Like Intelligence dept works, Central BANKS of any country would keep their secrets for them. What is the problem here ?

      Grass eaters see it different.

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    Aiyo Mr. Chandra.J, what heart brake you have caused to our JVP aiya?

    It appears the Chairman of the COPE SH of JVP running helter skelter not being able to comprehend the contents of a letter received from Mr. Chandra Jayaratne.

    Its being told the letter is written in the SUDDHA Language as such he has taken it to Comrade Anura Kumara who had recently returned from Ireland after some english lesson to get a hang of the contents.
    He too is stumped with the jargon in the letter and has adviced the former to find a a flimsy excuse and create a mountain of it and to RESIGN from post.

    Corruption………. best lessons are given by the Japanese as they promptly resign or commit suicide. Thats the end of it.
    Cameron’s father maintaining an Off Shore Company is definitely not money laundering nor corruption.
    haliburton during the Iraq war was a patriotic company serving the nation.

    DOES ANYONE KNOW THE NUMBER OF MEDIA INSTITUTIONS IN INDIA WHERE CHGRISTIAN INSTITUTIONS OF THE WEST HAVE INVESTED IN ?????WANT THE LIST AND MEDIA CONNECTIONS OF MORE THAN 50 NEWS SITES & MEDIA.
    SRI LANKA IS NOTHING.

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    Chandra Jayaratne.

    Do you think that young Sunil Handuntthi will understand those principles even if he reads it?
    Why not give him copies of a]From Russia with LOVE b] Casino Royale c] On Her Majesties Secret Service etc etc.
    Its all about Bond!

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    UNP will not stay as a cooliation partner – they will have to spill the bean. Then MR et al and all the shark will be caught. Be careful… MR backers will soon be caught.

    Hunupatiya seems to be click himself several dozens of time to appear his thoughts are filled with LIKES… while others not.
    But … like the case with MONSANTO monsters that introduce Glyphosat to the welt allow making sick poor farmers with UKKidney disease – but their researchers telling the world all about the good side of the Glypho – with their rival researchers prove – Glyppho is the real cause srilanken and other farmers to die prematurely

    There are two main groUPS .. here, the locals animated by local media go on saying that was a scandal, while others keep quiet since court did not find them to have made a big mistake.

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    There is no argument that JVP was played leading role of an elected UNP-TNA led coalition back by CBK-New Neo liberalist and MS crossed over opposition camp as UNP candidate for Presidency in the name of so-called “rainbow revolution” of counter to progress of development and democracy in Sri Lankan since 2015 January 8th.

    Ours is more or less US and Indian colonial oriented govt.in a way that power of handle that in charge by UNP Ranil W… of Christian democratic ideologist! UNP discarded previous accepts norms and values of democratic governances after 1948 Independent of parliamentary democracy as whole.

    UNP -Ranil.W…. become Primer in 2015 January in which only 44 members of parliament as Primer-Minister that minority in the chamber NOT eligible to govern state by according principle rule of democracy.
    By power dicthorship of democracy of “Christian political culture” of rules by blessing of US and UK he has been appointment Primer by President of MS. In fact Democracy values been penetrated into the mad house in Sri lanka, that become laugh stock in world, which compare with world ongoing widen rights of sovereignty system of democracy of majority People mandate.

    Well this un-govern new political culture has been an introduce by UNP orthodox policies has undermine and destroy the first principle of majority rule democracy .
    The UNP ‘new norms’ of governing system is Minority party become leader of Opposition also minority in Parliament!
    Leader of JVP had only 6 members of Parliament now they are opposition organization in position control by UNP “new

    Country of Sri lanka set new example and RULE to world Democracy that majority rule by politics minority rule in numbers? That is I called Christian democracy of UNP by Ranil W…leadership.

    The gang of three of UNP-Ranil W… MS and CBK ruling parities of rules by junta; has been change into Bonaparte’s type of dicthorship of features that ruin democracy by moribund democracy under this new ruling circulars/regime been appear in an Island last 18 months.

    By and large UNP leader working for ONE MAN PARTY of RULE by some African nations ,that type of democracy indeed against parliamentary politics has lost power of deliberation and consensus of important policies matters by that including financial and fiscal decision by members of majority of people elected repreststtatives.

    UNP decision makers are by Ranil W…of Christian democracy, not only that , CBK with all Tamil relation of generations form SWRD family blood groups and MS of rural poor of newly petty bourgeoisies elements has been that make combination decisions to promptly restoration of Neo-colonial system of governance that they call “GOOD Governance … and Rule of Law” by blessing of US and UK and Indian new holy alliance want destroy ours valued democracy by hook or crook.
    This is US and UK called regime change-Sri lanka.

    This is an outright counter- revolution was accommodated and blessed by TNA of Tamil separatist and JVP anarchist Terrorist and Muslim Congress an Islam religion politics of Jihadist are the local counter partner of USA ,UK, Japan and Indian hegemonic interest of foreign capital, trade and plundering our nation wealth and destroy democracy under the name of “Good Governance and Rule of law”.
    We are moving backward 19th century feudal of ethnic origin Tamil feudalism-TNA and Islam jihadist of Muslim Congress and anarchism of Terrorism of JVP out fits who were destroy of system of democracy last 50 years.

    UNP has give leadership to all anti-establishment elements to destroy our valued democracy is new tragedy of an Island of Sri Lankan

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      Saman Adikari

      “That is I called Christian democracy of UNP by Ranil W…leadership.”

      What what would be the Buddhist, Sinhala/Buddhist, Islamic, Zionist, Saivaite, …… democracy?

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