28 October, 2020

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Keheliya Says, Ramith Says: Meanwhile In A Parallel Universe Called Humility

By Malinda Seneviratne –

Malinda Seneviratne

Keheliya says:

First of all, please understand that I have a tough job.  On the one hand I am a conveyor of Cabinet decisions.  When I do this I am the first ‘point man’ for tough queries on these same decisions, even though I am not necessarily an expert on each and every subject.  I also have to play a damage control role because the media is notorious for taking the slightest error or slip on the part of the Government and inflating it for their own purposes, not all of which is about informing and educating the public.  There are times when the slip-ups are real and embarrassing. At such times I have a tough brief to defend. I do my best to keep things sane and in context.

It would be better, infinitely, if those who err were to come clean, admit fault, ask for forgiveness and try to do things differently the next time.  That doesn’t happen often.  I am torn.  On the one hand there is party loyalty and a need to defend friend and colleague. Then there is the public demand for the truth, however unpalatable it may be.

I’ve defended the incorrigible sons of my colleagues.  I said ‘boys will be boys’.  That’s easy to say.  Boys can’t be camels or rhinos, after all.  I should have added, ‘be that as it may, it is no excuse to break the law and if caught to invoke daddy’s or mummy’s name to escape the law.  It is my son Ramith who I have to talk about today.   I didn’t say ‘boys will be boys’ when my son stepped out of line as a schoolboy, but my position clearly helped him. Any other child would have been sacked immediately.  In hindsight, I should have insisted that the school do whatever was necessary in the name of discipline to protect the dignity of the institution.

The incident itself is hardly a crime.  It made headline news because he happens to be a minister’s son.  I know that a breathalyzer test was not done by the flight crew and so it is easy for me to say ‘prove he was drunk and I will resign’.  I know that no one is buying that story. I know also that no one is purchasing the sleep-walking explanation.  He was returning from a tour where he represented the country.   When you represent the country, you have an added responsibility to ensure that nothing is done to tarnish the name of the country, on the field and outside it.  It is not illegal to take a drink, but one expects, given the situation, that limits are understood and kept to.  My son did not.  That is where the transgression took place.

I strongly urge Sri Lanka Cricket to mete out the maximum punishment to my son for whatever infringement he is guilty of, in the name of the sport, in the name of discipline and in the larger interest of the country.  Anything less gives a wrong message and only proves the general perception that politicos and their near and dear are above the law or at least are treated with soft hands whereas others get their knuckles rapped or worse.

Ramith says:

At this point I remember how as a schoolboy I was caught doing the naughty-naughty during a period when I was representing the country.  I remember that I was not admonished. I remember that I was not caned or put on detention. I was not suspended or sacked.  I believe now that the leniency shown to me emboldened me to disregard discipline and responsibility.

On that occasion my father’s name and position clearly worked in my favor.  It embarrassed him.  I was a schoolboy then and all that mattered was that my rear end was saved.  My appachchi  should have known better, I now think.

Anyway, I am no longer a schoolboy.  ‘Boys will be boys’ cannot be explanation enough, I understand this.  I was desperate, though.  I didn’t want my appachchi to be embarrassed.  I ought to have known that cover-up makes things worse, especially given my history.  The ‘somnambulism excuse’, moreover, made me look an even bigger idiot than I am.

The thing is, whether I sleep-walk or not, I should have shown more discretion in my conduct.  Drinking is not illegal, but I was part of a team that represented the country.  Coming off with egg in the face, especially in a British Airways flight, put egg on my appachchi’s face and on the nation’s collective face as well.

There is a time and a place.  There is a thing called ‘a sense of proportion’.  If I haven’t understood these things, I cannot expect the general public to show sympathy.

I am sorry.  Truly.  I will accept whatever punishment that Sri Lanka Cricket metes out to me.  I will do my best to be a better citizen. I think this will help my appachchi in the long run too and compensate him for all the embarrassment I’ve caused for he won’t have to ‘cover up’ for the errant sons of his colleagues hereafter.

*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation’ and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com

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    My word… how wonderful if Malinda’s parallel universe becomes true. All I will say is that the nation is listening and doesn’t like what it hears; it is watching and doesn’t like what it sees; it is waiting with anticipation at the nemesis that inevitably follows such manifestations of hubris.

    Like others who have come before him, it is shameful behaviour on the part of this brattish child of a minister (who also claims to have gone to that hallowed school down Reid Avenue – as did Malinda S I understand?)… clearly the traditions of that school have not washed off on him. His father has obviously laid a blazing trail of example and is no better, although he tried the ‘other’ school down by the sea at the Mount. Such stark absence of character and learning of values is nothing short of astonishing to simple people like this writer.

    Can Malinda please either grow or acquire the balls to start a campaign in his newspaper to highlight the corrupt practices of the ruling regime and its henchmen and hold them to account? Can he then ensure that it is translated in whatever Sinhala publication that comes out of his presses and distributed free? He will be doing yeomen service to the country, but will obviously need to watch his back. Is Malinda up to it? I hope so.

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      @Against Jackasses of any type

      Typical Sri Lankan Jackass mentality displayed here. Malinda was only conveying a message. And that was about the sordid state of affairs in the country at the highest echelons of power, not likely ending there but mutating virus-like from father to son through the process of natural breeding. Both suffering from closed door syndrome proving the point that in Sri Lankan politics,some things run deep in the family like bandysm, nepotism and widespread corruption. So, instead of shooting the messenger, pay heed to the message and do something about it yourself.Either grow or acquire the balls to start a campaign in a newspaper of your choice to highlight the corrupt practices of the ruling regime and its henchmen and hold them to account. Can you then ensure that it is translated into whatever Sinhala/Tamil/Adivasi publication that comes out of somebodys presses and distributed free? Remember, YOU will be doing yeomen service to the country, but mainly to your own self and the generations to come in your own family. You will obviously need to watch your back. Are you up to it? I hope so. It will certainly make you a better citizen rather that being a mere sharp shooter of messengers.

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        Dear ‘For’ Jackasses (or are you Malinda in disguise?)
        You obviously lack the ability to interpret a piece of simple English… or in case you were too lazy to read, I was not shooting the messenger; merely encouraging him to follow up on this piece of imaginary dreamland stuff and the organs of his trade (not mine, I don’t dabble in writing for public consumption)to add some real value where it can count, to help eradicate the scourge of idiot sons of idiot fathers who prefer to lie and steal rather than practice proper governance after having been entrusted with it by the people of the land.

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          I too asume this is Malinda Malinda in disguise.

          MOST of THE Jackasses are in Parliment [many with governance] and they try to fool us.

          and loot to the bottom of the till,

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            Malinda, this is silly stuff. Please write about the emergence of a DEEP STATE and the concomitant Talibanization of Sinhala Buddhism under Gotabaya. It is now very clear that the Rajapake brothers are creating a DEEP STATE whereby the ruling family and a group of influential anti-democratic coalitions within the political economic system, composed of high-level elements within the intelligence services, military, security, judiciary, and mafia are laying the IDEOLOGICAL ground work for a COUP D’ETAT to enable Gotabaya Rajapassa’s ascent as Lanka’s first MILITARY DICTATOR – in the name of “protecting Buddhism” from the minorities. Never mind that Sinhala Buddhism, a hitherto largely tolerant religion has been has distorted, perverted, MILITARIZED and destroyed by Gotabaya..
            The notion of deep state that Gotabaya is creating, is similar to that of a “state within the state” and evident in many military dictatorships in the Mid East and Pakistan’s ISI which Gota works with. The political agenda of the deep state involves an allegiance to nationalism, corporatism, and state interests. Violence and other means of pressure have historically been employed in a largely covert manner to manipulate political and economic elites and ensure specific interests are met within the seemingly democratic framework of the political landscape.
            The outlook and behavior of the Rajapakse family and associated predominantly military and political elites who constitute the emergent deep state, and work to uphold national interests, are shaped by an entrenched belief that the country is always “on the brink” of being DIVIDED. This is the bogey that Rajapassa promotes in the form of Balu Sena etc. Sri Lanka liberals will need to be vigilant given the levels of militarization as the ECONOMIC CRISIS bites and people mobilize against the Rajapakse regime on the streets. Big question is will China play the role of supporter of the Gotabaya military dictatorship as the US does with the Egyptian military?

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        It would be interesting to hear what “The Messenger” says on his role as Editor in this “parallel universe called Humility”.

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        For Jackassess of ALL types:
        Wow! A guy(?) who lives up to his pseudonym! That’s got to be a first for the Pandankaraya Army.
        However, given the current situation in Sri Lanka where every newspaper bar one is either controlled or OWNED by Rajapassa henchman, your admonition to “start a campaign in a newspaper of your choice to highlight the corrupt practices of the ruling regime and its henchmen and hold them to account” suggests that you are seeking to DELIBERATELY mislead readers or that you are desperately in need of psychiatric help. Which is it?
        And, by the way, the ONE English-language newspaper that is not owned or controlled by the Rajapassas has an admirable record of self-censorship in case you haven’t noticed.
        And, when you trot out your b.s. about “shooting messengers” you better take note of who those messengers are. Yourself included.

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        Bottom line: Keheliya must resigen and the sone banned from “representing” Sri Lanka in furture.
        Politicians and their sons are the biggest liars and law breakers in the cournty and are the ENEMY WITHIN.
        The Rajapassa regime and its CABINET OF CORRUPT AND UNEDUCATED CLOWNS is heaping infamy on Lanka and must be kicked out SOON!
        Let the University Students lead the Lanka Spirng to send the corrupt and criminal Rajpassa brothers and sons and cronies and cabinet Karayas to hell!

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      Against Jackasses of any type:
      You, my friend, are truly dreaming in technicolour if you expect the likes of Malinda Seneviratne to change his spots! Not even a high school in heaven could have given this man anything resembling scruples or principles as is constantly demonstrated in his undying loyalty to our Maharajananwahansey, whose blood relation provides his daily bread.
      Let’s get real here, we are dealing with one of the lower forms of journalistic life whose next stop might well be the Daily Noise like his erstwhile pal and publisher when they were both pillars of Lakbimanews.

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      I second that!

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        Sorry. My reply above was to the first comment by “Against Jackasses of any type”

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    Sri Lanka is FIRST in the latest Index – Sleep-walking in Flights.!!
    I am sure no one will dispute my finding, as the fad of rankings
    internationally is big-business?

    http://www.forbes.com/2009/03/04/most-dangerous-countries-lifestyle-travel_dangerous_countries.html (Out-dated for informtion only)

    With US/UK/Australia issuing Travel warnings at the same time, let not the infection spread to China/India etc!

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      What about SLEEP-PLAYING CRICKET to srilanka’s Cricket board.

      Sri Lankan POLITIKKOS NEVER LIE Or NEVER CHEAT.

      Not like Other Countrie’s Politicos.

      Specially, madia, defence, construction,educations,
      Public welfair and commiunications ministers,

      In Sri Lanka If sombody Got shot,The Close by standing politkka
      also will shoot his own head by himself.

      some people get abducted by themselves and get killed by themselves.

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    To my aquarium, I have introduced new 3 scavenger fishes. They don’t let even any excretion dropped by gold fishes in the tank. If we read the articles written by MS these days, I have the feeling his role to the ruling govt goons is also not far from my scavenger fishes in the tank. Not anything else came to my mind instantly I read the current article of MS :(

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      Who said we are a government paper? (with the fingers pointed at you and in a strong voice) Who said I am an ass-licker of the government big shots? Ang… nha… who said I am doing all these for my livelihood? Who said I am doing all these to get a diplomatic position?

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        Had locally produced graduates behaved to the same manner as MS has been, people could make their minds, but to see a graduate from the US to drop this kind of articles is far from understanding.

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    Drunkards, sleep walk inside the plane at the high altitude.

    It is like how the father fell down from the hotel balcony. While drunk, he was sleep – walking in the hotel room when the balcony door was open.

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      They the family seems to have the particular gene that expresses for these activities. Newly introduced DNA lab by the rulers can help them further: ) – this is anyway, the standard of the the ruling administration.

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    Only in Sri Lanka, Police witness say that after the bharatha killing (by some one) Duminda silva shot himself.

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      Jim softly;
      MR and I belive Duminda. The rest of the world of course does not.
      What about Keheliya Goebel’s son’s story. Surely that cannot be false!. In this instance MR, Keheliya and I believe Ramith.!.

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      How come you Dummie change your opinion about your rulers ?

      Did you get out of bed on the wrong foot ? Bharatha killing was not at all interested in President. So was the case with Mervin^s direct involvement in the killing of Waragoda MP recently. So how come you seem to have seen all the finally ?

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    How about father’s sleep walk out of the room to the balcony, sleepwalk to go crawl along the balcony to go through a window, sleepwalk onto his fall from the balcony, sleepwalk to the lawyer’s office to file a case to sue the hotel…?

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    The Rambukwellas, father and son, are in the public eye.So they are ‘public’ targets. I do not know them. But lets take a dispassionate view of the ‘whole. In earlier generations, parents did not rush to defend their children when they broke ‘discipline’ in schools and in public. The rule of law was accepted. The picture has changed-not only for children of public officials, but for every citizen of this country. The world has changed- and I think thats because ‘homes’ have changed. Parents have ceased to accept responsibility.Let us accept these ‘apologies’ and hope they will be a lesson, not only to children but to parents as well.

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    Keheliya, no sooner there was a news that your son was upto mischief in the midair flight with 200 passengers, you should have tendered your resignation if you are really patriotic and not give excuses. In western countries Ministers if there are allegations of such nature they won’t wait for a second – they immediately resign. Will you do it.

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    Commissioner of elections did not say that the election process was marred. Presidential election candidate was not under house arrest without charges soon after election. A politician was not tied to a tree. Rape victim was not raped. A foreign national was not killed by the security of a politician. Politician with a hole in his head and three bullets extracted from his brain did not walk in to parliament. A politician did not fall and injure himself while trying to jump from one hotel balcony to another. Politician’s son was not drunk on an international flight.

    Sri Lanka… a land like no other.

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    “A politician did not fall and injure himself while trying to jump from one hotel balcony to another. Politician’s son was not drunk on an international flight”

    Add to the list:-
    The politician was not an ordinary villager from Kegalla before.
    The politician was not an Abeykoon Dissanayake before.
    The politician is Media Minister and never tells lies.

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    If this sleep walking at 35,000-ft was committed by a public servant returning to Sri Lanka, Prez MR would have ordered that the Public Servant be sent home after a “not fit for service” report by a Medical Board. Unfortunately no medical Boards for politicians. In Sri Lanka they are promoted as “Senior Ministers”.

    Now the most interesting question. Can the media believe what the Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella says about Cabinet Decisions?

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    A nice fairy tale ..!

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      This is not new to CT readership. Malinda^s articles have never been different to this. He openly supports govt goons to continue their all kind of abuses. I never thought that Keheliya^s offsprings would behave in this way, because Keheliya himself behaves as if he is exemplary.

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    Mr. Moron of a Minister, is your Ministry running positively or run to the ground?
    You accepted the tough job & why complain. You are paid to do it out of tax payers money & the Country’s coffers.
    If its tough, go find yourself a easy job.

    Do not blame the media for being a Mo-ron and having brought up a
    buff-alo.
    You are responsible for the Buff-alo’s actions.It is right down to bad parenting. CAN YOU RECOLLECT YOUR porsche TALK for being a schoolboy cricketer on a ballot & not for performance?
    You are nobody Internationally for your Son’s action to be headline news. JUST FOCUS ON HIS ACT………..
    The indecipline in him and/or either this Buff-alo was totally intoxicated with alcohol or Carriebean Narco.
    He was not from a village school nor travelling on a flight for first time.
    Relity has dawned,how Political Brats should behave whether its overseas or locally.
    To this moment of time H/E’s hands too are tied due to action of his brat assaulting a Rugby referee. he will have to untie them.
    But things have gone a bit too far, irrepairable damage caused to the image of the Country………..
    NOT ONLY THE BUFF-ALO’S CRICKETTING CAREEER BUT YOUR POLITICAL CAREER SHOULD BE ON THE LINE………..
    ACTION NEED TO BE COMMENCED AT SOME POINT OF TIME AGAINST POLITICAL BRATS AND THAT TIME IS NOW.
    This Buff-alo enter the team through the back door and added to the bargain bring discredit to Sri Lanka sleep walking wearing DRE ear muffs.
    Its in the genes.
    Father SLEEP WALKS a balcony and the Son attempts to SLEEP WALK from a height of 35,000 feet WEARING DREs……… Hilarious

    In the rush Malinda commits hara-kiri with such article…….
    These Rambukwella’s need to face redicule & then punisment.
    ONE CAN OPENLY SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT BUT NOT MO-RONS AND BUFF-ALOES connected with and/or concerned in the Govt….

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      Yes he as a minister of the bunch, he deserves all defarmation because he was one who as he himself reiterrates today, tried to defend even drug dealer sons from being fairly investigated. Now it is his turn to face the situation. His cunning answers to the press never help anyone of us. That only worsened the credibiility if they ever had. Today, the govt bunch are seen as robbers, rapists and all kind of abusers to the general public and IC.

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        Media minister. Huh!Credit should be given to him for doing his job properly. Ideal Goebbels character. Lies, lies and more lies. That too, without flincing an eyelid. Now blames the world for his sons rowdy behaviour. Go on, sue British Airways and threaten to fast to death outside the British Embassy till you receive an apology.

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          You know, I have waited until the day comes. This particular minister was absolute a man that has no respect on free media. In the press briefs his reactions are absurd. How many times, I raised myself, why the govt appointed this kind of idiots to such positions, even if the current rumours or facts are about his son.
          At the time, Mervin^s thug like heroine dealer son assaulted that army officer, this Keheliya had guts to defend people like Mervins… Mervin is a proof curse to history of sri lankan politics. But the mahadanamuttta, MR seems to be not seeing what we are noticing here. That is the sad truth. So long, top leadership is deaf we the nation would not see nothing changed in the messie system of the country.

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        That is why I always mentioned that Diavannaa Oya “PIGGERY AND THEIR PIGLETS”,
        Only EAT,and LOOT FROM OUR TAX MONEY,
        AND EARN DISCREDITS TO THE COUNTRY , WHERE EVER THE GO.

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