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Emil van der Poorten

Emil van der Poorten

I will make no bones about the fact that I do have a “take” on the recent Uva Provincial Election and some of what emerged during it and the slime that is already seeping out after it.

People like Professor Kumar David have sounded the clarion call to begin the process of driving out of power the most violent and corrupt government in the history of this country, pre- and post-independence. And the place where the first signs of resistance emerged is certainly fascinating. Remember the Uva Rebellion of yore?  The difference, though, is in the sequence of events: that Uva Rebellion was followed by unprecedented violence and suppression of dissent.  This one has been provoked by exactly that pattern of conduct by the rulers of what they have proclaimed to be the Miracle of Asia.

One doesn’t have to be a crystal-ball-gazer or have access to the services of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s soothsayer who dwells in a several-stories-high mini-palace on the Southern coastline to anticipate what the reaction is going to be from those who suspect that their imperial edifices might be at risk from the rising tide of discontent.

Many of us grew up being told the home-truth of how dangerous cornered rodents could be. Look no further because that would be an apt simile for what will unfold in Sri Lanka. No rodent, however, had at his command one of the largest armed forces in the world whose loyalty, and let’s be realistic here, has proven to be available to He-Who-Pays even a devalued Sri Lankan rupee salary to a buck private which exceeds what an University graduate might earn after years of burning the midnight oil.

Mahinda TTThe Rathupaswala and Free Trade Zone shootings of absolutely unarmed civilians are simply coldly-calculated warnings to anyone suffering under the delusion that that the Armed Forces would display something resembling conscience and mutiny against those giving them orders to kill people from the same rural background and from the same class as themselves.

The recent edict that any establishment offering shelter to Sri Lankan guests must provide comprehensive information about those visitors to the local police (for onward transmission to our made-in-Lanka Gestapo) is not simply bizarre.  (There’s that word again!) On one hand, it is calculated to frighten those affluent elements of a middle class who are the beneficiaries of the robber-baron style of government on which they are already over-indulging themselves, such over-indulgence including availing themselves of boutique-hotel hostelries which they wouldn’t be able to afford without the patronage of the Rajapaksa Regime. On the other, it is calculated to give anyone housing “locals” the jitters and make them that much more likely to squeal on any guests who might display “suspicious” behavior.  This could well extend to blood relations who could be putting themselves at risk by being in some “wrong place” or being perceived as “enemies of the state” no sooner their personal information is made available to those seeking to emulate the Third Reich.  I cannot but wonder, also, whether some members of the upper echelons of this government who have begun operating facilities who would fit the description of the recent fiat are required to provide information about their Sri Lankan guests to the local police station or whether, in typical Rajapaksa Regime-fashion, they are exempted from such requirements and can use such immunity as part of their advertising package to attract affluent Sri Lankan guests who might be interested in booking rooms by the hour! Who knows what motivation drives a government that is led by the uncultured and uneducated and has as its foot-soldiers common criminals and drug dealers to whom human life is a very cheap commodity.

One thing’s for sure though: those seen as “enemies of the state” are in serious jeopardy and I’d suggest that they do not subscribe to the unrealistic belief that the Rajapaksa Regime is going to view the Uva result as a warning shot across their bows, requiring a mending of their ways and a more civilized approach to what passes for “governance” in Sri Lanka.

Far from it. The surest way to predict the future conduct of people is to look at their past behaviour and, in circumstances such of those we face in Sri Lanka such an evaluation hardly needs the application of genius-level analysis.  Accordingly, those deemed to be “enemies” would be well advised to take whatever precautions might be available to protect themselves from everything up to and including “termination with extreme prejudice” as that old CIA expression had it.

However, what is also essential is that, particularly those seen as enemies of the Rajapaksa  Regime do not retreat into some metaphorical or literal cave but continue to speak power to truth.  There are many writers who, literally, put their lives on the line to take a surgeon’s scalpel to the body politic, to cut open the decaying entity that passes for government in this country, exposing the corruption within.  This simple exploration has been necessitated by the fact that completely removing the malignancy and affecting a cure has been made impossible. Even continuing that “investigative surgery” will continue to be dangerous, perhaps more so after the Rajapaksa’s Debacle of Uva. However, it can and must be pursued relentlessly despite the fact that the media available for any kind of dissent has shrunk to almost invisible proportions and even the (English-language) bastion of self-censorship has one of its few surviving dissenters under very serious personal threat, threat that appears to exceed that which drove him off the main pages of the Wijeya newspapers some years ago when armed forces personnel laid siege to his home, among other things.

As impossible as an additional task might seem in these circumstances, there is one that is as essential. Those toadies and sycophants without whose active support the atrocities of years past could not have been perpetrated must be exposed so that, when the final denouement arrives, they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law for their criminality. They must not be permitted to scurry into some burrow, out of public view, until the storm of retribution passes only to emerge and lend their skills to generating more corruption within another regime.  The recent demise of one of the slickest of “fixers” who was the sophisticated face of the problem that faces Sri Lanka in the matter of corrupt practice completely exposed many of the mealy-mouthed “champions of democracy” in our midst.  This late “fixer’s” skills in applying the “apey miniha” principle in dealing with totally unacceptable conduct were extolled by people who many of my generation thought “knew better.”  In the name of expressing admiration for the concept of “bending the rules,” they sought to justify his shielding of those patently guilty of unethical, unprincipled and dishonest behavior, blanketing it all with the term “well-intentioned.”  These reams of praise for someone who had given a “respectable” face to promoting himself, his friends and his family at the expense of decency and justice in this country said it all about the “tut-tut brigades” who self-righteously pronounce on all that they deem to be honourable and decent.  You don’t have to scratch too hard to discover the reason: the “fixer” had “bent” the rules for the person now singing his praises!  Apropos of these humbugs, all I can say is who the hell needs enemies if one counts these among one’s friends!

But I digress. Those of us who’ve viewed political reality in this country for at least the past decade, don’t need to be told who the pandankarayas and supplicants have been, are and will continue to be, given the opportunity.  Some of them after being “looked after” have become “apey minissu” in generation after generation! We need to ensure that, because they have been an active part of the criminal horde that has victimized this country’s population, they are listed for justice when the time arrives. To do otherwise is to sentence this nation to a repetition of a recent history that no nation should have had to endure. Prosecute all the pandankarayas who have raped and pillaged this country.  You will find many of the same names repeating themselves if you list them by regime, beginning with the Presidency of William Gopallawa.  Some of these currently serve in the highest echelons of government or as diplomutts, pouring “commissions” into their overseas bank accounts from the Seychelles to Switzerland.

This is an instance when the journey of rats leaving the sinking ship must be left to drown, with, perhaps, an assist from those occupying any lifeboats in the vicinity. To do less would be to subscribe to a 21st Century repetition of the political equivalent of the bubonic plague.

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    The times- they are not good. If this government was to be taught a lesson then it was taught to them in the Uva ‘rebellion’. What gives me the jitters is not the post election violence, but its scale and the co-operation of the cops.

    Ven. Sobitha thero had asked the government the question ‘do you want the people to take to arms’ on TV a few weeks ago. My fear is, what if they do. There is talk about the BBS coming to Colombo soon……….And the army and the police are firmly on the Government’s side. Rathupaswela and Aluthgam/Beruwela are not distant memories. God have mercy on us.

    Aman

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      “The recent edict that any establishment offering shelter to Sri Lankan guests must provide comprehensive information about those visitors to the local police…”

      [Edited out]

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      The Sri Lankan common people are ready for change, but the politicians who are a curse on the country are uncertain…
      Sobith Thero must hence now urgently take the lead and name the joint opposition candidate either – himself or CBK – because neither Ranil the dictator of the UNP nor Sajith can be trusted to abolish the cursed Executive Presidency.
      If CBK (I prefer her) with the patronage of Sobitha thero comes forward, the old guard of the SLFP and the JVP votes will be hers as will be the minorities and the corrupt and criminal Jarapassa brothers will be no more and Sri Lanka would be TRULY LIBERATED!
      And the FOX Ranil – the shameless loser and UNP clown will be left out in the cold if he wants to be the spoiler of the joint opposition candidate!

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      Thanks Emil!

      Yes the Mahinda Jarapassa regime must be gotten rid of soon.

      The Chinese Colombo port city – Jarapassa’s Hubris – for Namal’s Formula 1 car race track and more Casinos will be an ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER for impoverished coastal communities on the west and south coasts..!

      Sri Lanka is far more exposed and vulnerable to environmental disasters and sea level changes due to its EXTREME EXPOSURE at the tip of the South Asian land mass. There is no land on either side of the island to buffer or protect it from shocks or Tsunamis that originate far away! Because of this it will be more difficult to reclaim land from the ocean because of this. Also, sea level rise can magnify a COASTAL COMMUNITY NATURAL DISASTER when there is erosion upstream and down stream of the Colombo port city project.

      This Chinese Colombo port city project should be ABOLISHED and ALL the environmental groups and JVP must join to educate the Sinhala Modayas on the ENVIRONMENTAL disaster that this will mean for coastal communities along the western, southern and northern coasts – a SLOW TSUNAMI!

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    If one looks into how Mayanmmar conducts “Democratic” elections, MR will
    follow – the set-up is all well laid out and no competitor has a winning
    chance, as of now. This is to put it briefly.

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      MR s example is China – BUT China is only interested in any place where they can parasite them – not only asian countries, but also many in Africa are tied by their tricks to date.

      MR has no brains to see the danger before the island nation. Each of us are now made life long debtors. As some tiger countries and today s Greece is facing, lankens will have to face the same with high inflations making every man poor of the poor. No asterity measures are from state side – to do so, their admin is not visionary enough. MR will ruin the country to all deep levels that we will have to see only, since we people are fear of his underworld thuggish mechanisms.

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      [Edited out]

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        Kirimenika ,

        what are you talking about ? what is B&B ? is it bread & Breakfast ?

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        Kirimenika:
        I presume that is yet another threat under cover of yet another pseudonym, posted from the vicinity of Sydney, Australia.
        Even if I were to consider a departure from here, unlike you, I don’t have a tail to tuck between my legs!
        P.S.
        Given up abusive SMS’s have we?

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    “pouring “commissions” into their overseas bank accounts from the Seychelles to Switzerland”.

    You may be joking!!!!.

    They are declaring and bellowing, This F king Jarapassa and siblings themselves, that they are the Patriots who came from Giruva paththuwa to Safeguard the motherland from Unpatriotic western funded forces.

    The ones, psychopaths clan, who ran a way from the motherland in crisis times and depended on western hand outs, specialy in U S A, after coming back to pilfer and loot, now spending people’s money to get west’s sympathy, still looking for fat commissions from inflated loan interests Are Saying;

    THIS IS OUR MOTHER LAND AND WE LOVE IT< BUT WE DO NOT GET ANY Profit or PRAISES From SRI LANKANS.
    WHAT A BUNCH OF VULTUREOUS FAMILY??????????? .
    WILL THEY PAY FOR THESE SINS?????????.

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    How does Mr Poorten know about those Rent a Room for Quickie in Colombo inner and outer suburbs..?..

    Vellala David’s call to smash Rajapaksa has certainly pumped up Poorten..

    It is only the Colombo Elite and the Vellalas who frequent the all you can eat Smorgasbords in our coastal towns after a cooling down dip in the pool.

    I am sure the local hosts don’t have to report them unless they ask for a room for an hour, while the missus is in the pool.

    By the way did the young e turk Harin win the UVA province for the UNP Christian action and its leader ..

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      K.A. Sumanaskera:
      I give up!
      You are TRULY beyond redemption in the matter of writing ABSOLUTE piffle. At the end of your days, when that guy down there sticks a pitchfork into that part of your anatomy that contains what passes for a brain, MAYBE you’ll wake up. Hardly something to bet the farm on, though!

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        @Emil van der Poorten, please write in simple English. KA Sumanasekeram is not following you because you write in such English. Remember KA Sumanasekeram never went beyond Gr. 2. So please be kind.

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      K A S, K A S;

      Why not ask from Nimal Sukiripala zilva , Dillaan Perera, Mongol Kcrown prince, Kehelwalla, Editor Jarapal,
      They are famous for Kitchen Quickies.

      it is pity that they/ F king did not invite you to the New York entourage.
      Don’t you feel jealous of that, they all are having Quickies with local and internationals tastes there at Woodrow hotel or else.

      But, as /If you do not have experiences. if you like to have a Quickie; You too can Ask from F King and Vermin Ziluva,
      They have More experiences, From Childhood, They Are Renting rooms.
      But Be careful When you are jumping Balconies.
      Better to Accompany that Sick Person VIBHEESHAN ALSO. he also got same problem like you,
      STARVING of ;??????????????????
      For your Sickness of Allergic to Vellals, There is NO cure.
      Because, You are not a BUDDHIST.
      { May be a name sake Buddhist like F King and Clan],
      Or
      did Any Vellala taught you an Unforgettable Lesson??????????????.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      Can we now talk about combined forces of Sinhala Vellala, Radala, and Nayaka attempted putsch to oust Premadasa by impeachment on trumped up/real charges?

      By the way your brethren VP was willing to save Premadasa’s bump by sending 18 Eelavar Democratic Front MPs to support his position.

      You would have conveniently forgotten how Non Vellalas on both sides trying to help each other and the Vellalas on both side support each other.

      VP not only fought IPKF for Premadasa but won presidential election for MR, in both cases non vellalas supporting each other.

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    The Ven. Sobita Thero cannot be much into politics if he asks the Rajapakses Govt if it wants the people in the South to take to arms.
    The conditions simply aren’t there. An entirely venal governing structure and a populace not far from that stage to “eat grass” – other than Govt support-karayas – simply won’t do. A few hundreds of JVPers doing the perali thing in Colombo streets is small beer for the Rajapakse Brothers. The cream of the Rajapakse army of thieves are filling their pockets left, right and centre – educating their children overseas and buying homes outside. The better placed of them are storing this loot in Singapore, Seychelles, Port Louis/Mauritius, Europe, Australia and the USA. If not for the massive inflow of loans and borrowings the US$/LKR parity will be in the Rs.200 region – and the Stocks in our Exchange junk. But the suckers in the South still have not got the message.

    Arming even a small section of the people is a massive task. There must be political and geo-political rationale for that. The South can no longer arm itself even to the level Wijeweera’s goons did in the late 1980s. The raison d’etre is simply not there – as was the case in the Tamil rebellion of the 1980s. The regime will harden its hold on the civil population more and more. Fascistic tendencies – like seen at Wanathamulla and Slave Island (Kompanngi Veediya) – will be seen more often. How many realise Mahinda Chintana and its leaders are leading the Resplendent Isle to its premature doom. Harin Fernando, dear Emil, is a mere swallow. He cannot make a whole summer. The Rajapakse hordes are here for the long haul. It will take some effort to dislodge them – peacefully.

    Kettikaran

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    The corrupt government not only physically harms its citizens, but also poisons them with deadly agrochemicals.

    http://www.nationofchange.org/sri-lanka-reverses-glyphosate-ban-due-monsanto-s-bullying-1397919107

    How many politicians have been made millionaires by the company which markets agrochemicals containing glyphosate – which have been banned by many countries?

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    Well said dear Emil. Hope you will forgive my tottering English – Colombo Telegraph is not for the hoi polloi I know.
    Now keep this for yourself to reflect back someday later. When UNP ascends to power once again in the near future will they investigate this unconscionable corruption and bring the culprits to book, a first in our post independance history?. Ranil W has recently invited those 60 odd UNPers who joined Rajapaksha to come back to the fold. I felt very guilty for having thought that they are also a nasty corrupt lot like the Rajapaksha family who betrayed their voters. The prevailing view among the UNP masses that they were an innocent lot like children who are duped by crafty Rajapaksha dangling toys and ice cream after all proved be correct.
    Having associated closely RW knew all along that their motive was nothing but an opportunity to serve people and therefore constitute an indispensable part of a government. You and I are in for a very interesting electioneering spectacle.

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    pooty is having a durian orgasm .

    What even happens is in hands of the people. Hopefully they decide correctly . This many heros did not die in vain .

    Cheers

    Abhaya

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      Abhaya

      I am beginning to wonder if you have any sexual appetite left.

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        Abhayas balls are either stolhlen by Rajapakshes or outof order from what he always added to this valuable forum.

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      @Abhaya, yeah maybe Pooty is having an orgasm in the right place. But you appear to be having an orgasm in the wrong place………….your arse that is.

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    Yes the RATS must be dealt with. No mercy and actual pursuit of those who may get away.

    We must form a special team like the Jews did to find the Nazi war criminals. These people and their families must be made an example to reset the values of our society.

    KAS beware !

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      This is a classic example why we need a Barni Marama in our Army,

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      And by the way this is not a threat, only a friendly reminder of what to expect – from JRJ’s ‘dharmister’ era through Premadasa’s ‘Kehelwattha crowd’ era to Ranil’s ‘Intelligence officers debacle’ era.

      It is all written on the wall and there will be no escape, so take note Mr K.A.S Sumanasekara:-)

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    Emil:

    I cant understand why everyone is getting so excited about the outcome of the UVA election. It is simply a flash in the Pan and not a Quantum Leap in terms of the electoral fortunes of the opposition which no doubt will be a welcome relief.
    But in my view people are going to be disappointed for the following reasons. In UVA the election was decided on Bread and Butter issues.

    But Nationally the picture is different.MR is not about to fall and On the contrary he is like a Duracell Battery and will keep going when the others have burnt out.

    1) Uva Province is not typical of Sri Lankan electorate for the following reasons. Uva Province was created in 1896 and currently Uva is Sri Lanka’s second least populated province, with 1,187,335 people. Uva consists of two districts: Badulla and Moneragala of which Badulla is the capital. The diversity in the Uva province is a unique feature of the area. Many cultural and ethnic groups live in harmony in the province while maintaining their own heritage and customs. These groups include Sinhalese, plantation Tamils, Muslims, Sri Lankan Tamils and Adiwasee communities. Uva is in desperate need of development as it is the poorest province in the country under normal conditions (the war has caused unprecedented damages in the North-East but prior to war, the North-East was above the average of the Uva). For example, in the Western province per household income per month is Rs. 25,602 and the figure for Uva is less than half and it is at Rs.11,178. Individual income in the Uva province per month is calculated at Rs. 2,570 and the figure for the Western Province is Rs. 5,999. The development reaches Uva at a very slow phase and there are many villages in the province without any access roads, electricity or clean water. By 2008, when the Western Province boasts of 2,299 Industries registered under the Ministry of Industrial Development and Board of Investment (BOI) Uva has just 37 Industries.

    THE RISE OF MR:

    MR was catapulted to power on his promise to defeat the LTTE which he managed to do with the help of India.

    THE FALL OF MR:

    Will come about when he fails to deliver on his promise to Sinhalamise Sri Lanka and fate has it that this will also happen with India being the Architect. There is mounting pressure from India to devolve Power which MR will find hard to resit. Therefore the writing is on the wall and his days are numbered.

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    Good analysis kali. May I also add that these provincial elections are trivial events in the scheme of things – akin to by-elections- when electorate use the opportunity to tell the ruling party that their performance need improvement. The fact that they won -perhaps for the 20th consecutive time- is an achievement in itself, period.

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    Ha! Ha!! Haa!!! Chandrika to abolish Executive Presidency? Is that a joke? Where has Dodo been past two decades, in another planet? Aren’t you aware that she not once but twice promised the electorate to abolish it and got elected. What did she do? Damn all. If she could not (after promising) do it for 10+ years, what more can we expect from her. In colloquial terms she is a “Pachoris” Haven’t you heard the idiom “Once bitten twice shy” If one wants to gamble a third time, one has to get his/her head examined.
    Sobitha Thera. Why bring in a Buddhist priests? Haven’t we learnt a lesson by electing some to the Parliament. Really speaking what politics for a monk. One becomes a monk to shorten the cycle of birth and to attend “Nirvana” Not to get involved in mundane activity. A chorus by monks I hear often is that they advised the Sinhala Kings. But is there any place / record that says that Buddhist monks attended the Kings Court other than for a religious ceremony. Really King’s visited them to seek advise,and not the other way round.
    So getting a monk to run for the presidency to abolish the Presidency is like “Atuwa Kadala Putuwa Heduva”. We already have enough and more problems. Do we want to create more problems / precedence?

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      Don’t waste your breath G.Pandith. Logic and reason has no place in this space. What they want to hear is they want to come to power by hook or crook.Chandrika, Sobitha, Fonseka Ranil, Premadasa, Karu or any other devil would fit the bill.:-)

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      G. Pandith

      “Do we want to create more problems / precedence?”

      Why not?

      Sinhala/Buddhist never stopped creating more problems for themselves and others.

      In fact they thrive on problems.

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