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“Kirimandala”: Our Female Stars In The Gold Rush

By Shyamon Jayasinghe –

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

“Being an actress is just like being a politician”- Ruwanthi Mangala

Can we make sense of this widespread attack on the rush of cine and tele-cine actresses onto the political stage in Lanka in time for the Provincial Council elections?  Examine this phenomenon a little critically and you will find that the jeering and sardonic criticism does say more about the critics than about their victims. It is all publicly displayed hypocrisy. It is also misogynistic. It is in bad taste. It is unfair.

The latest to stage an attack is the Island feature writer, Lucian Rajakarunayake (1/2/2014) who labels the lot of beauties as sex symbols, suggesting they are unworthy of the ‘superior’ game of Lankan politics.  Lucien’s diatribe matches with numerous emails going around. I just received one that refers to these young women as “kirimandala” (milk machines) and using photo shop creativity to highlight their breasts. The image juxtaposes the face of the Minister of Health, Sirisena, displayed as enjoying pneumatic bliss. It is immaterial here that Sirisena is unable to supply drugs to suffering cancer patients. The stars are described as “gon wassian,’ (young cows).

In the first place, what is intrinsically wrong about a film actor participating in politics? The world has had famous television personalities that performed with distinction in politics? Ronald Reagan, former President of America, is a prominent illustration. Sri Lanka, too did have Gamini Fonseka, TB Illangaratne, and Vijaya Kumaratunge. Some, like Paba, maybe dreadful examples, no doubt; but then the good and the bad is common across all categories of pollies.  Paba had been a special ignoramus. The late Cyril Dharmawardena related to me a story according to which Paba was seated in front of Cyril at a Sirikotha meeting; she turned behind to Cyril and sought to be educated: “Cyril Ayye, kawda aney Castro kiyanne?” (Brother Cyril, can you tell me who Castro is?). Mind you, Paba topped the UNP preferences at Gampaha beating mature business leader, Karu Jayasuriya.

she turned behind to Cyril and sought to be educated: “Cyril Ayye, kawda aney Castro kiyanne?”

I just received one that refers to these young women as “kirimandala” (milk machines) and using photo shop creativity to highlight their breasts.

On the other hand, a significant number of MPs in Parliament are ignorant persons; aren’t they? Persons who have  only a 9th standard pass are Ministers.  So why bother about Paba? Sri Lankan Legislatures in the long march toward development have said ‘goodbye’ to the days when erudite leaders from the legal profession, from the medical profession, from the teaching profession and from business ranks adorned them, to make way for school drop outs, empty-headed clowns, drug traffickers, and simple idiots whose only skill is in the practice of deceit and their readiness to stooge the center of power and act at the latter’s bid. Someone remarked the other day that, like water, Sri Lankan society is moving to its comfortable level. The Absolute Star at the centre simply loves such lowly sorts because the latter will obey. The primary requirement is obedience and not input ability because the overall objective at the center is the rape of the country’s resources under the mask and rhetoric of patriotism. If not for the liberalization introduced in the mid-seventies and consequent growth of the private sector that replaced the socialistic state- control of the Sirima-LSSP era, the country would have been unredeemable by now.

We like to think stereotypically that the intrusion of less-spoilt young women might bring in some honesty and compassion badly needed in our degraded male-dominated legislatures. Some of them may well go up the learning curve and act on their own free will while others may be proxies for the corrupt.  In Parliament we have a hardened legislature that remained composed and unaffected when General Sarath Fonseka was framed up and jailed and his hard-won bravery titles grabbed away;  a hardened Legislature that found it fit to drag out, abuse and toss out of office the sitting head of the judiciary, Shirani Bandaranayake, as though she had been a common criminal.  One has to hope that these film actors would not be robotic voting hands like the famed Malini Fonseka who condoned such myriad misdeeds.

Can’t you guess that had these stars been male there would have been no fuss made at all? The flood of scurrilous emails serves to demonstrate a kind of plain male- chauvinistic mysogenism. This is why the breasts are focused in email images.  It also shows up the sexual hunger for the female bosom on the part of these critical males. Sri Lanka is still dominantly a country of men. We had the world’s first Prime Minister but that appears to have been an accident. Women politicians are the bite for male critics. One instance was when a scurrilous poster appeared describing one high profile female candidate in Dehiwela-Mt Lavinia as “Muhuna Kachal. Puka Hurathal.” I refrain from translating this as the English version may sound even more obscene.

Can we get at the precise concerns of these critics? Are they worried that the Provincial Councils would get into a mess? Surely not, as it is conventional wisdom that the Provincial Council is an absolute joke. The PCC have added nothing to the quality or level of governance; rather they have been a huge burden to the public purse and thereby a serious distortion to the allocation of taxpayers’ money. They have amplified the pressure of politicization of governing agencies in the island. Policemen are at risk in their duties; so are doctors in hospitals, heads of schools, teachers, and even sanitary inspectors. The application of the rule of law-or whatever remains of that after the extractions of the Rajapakse regime – is dangerously at risk. Even ordinary men and women on the street are at risk. Palath Sabha Councillors have established a reputation for deflowering virgins, and the police can do little about that.

The fact is that the whole system of governance in Sri Lanka has turned out to be a metaphorical merry-go-round. Over a hundred Ministers going about with nothing to show in the way of  policy-development in their jurisdictions;  an illegally constituted Chief Justice who, unconcerned with the  irony, says he wants to reform the justice system;  a Prime Minister facing allegations of heroine dealing; the examiner who had failed the son of a big shot in a preliminary aviation test being pushed out of office; the Law College Principal who was sacked on serious allegations of nepotism in the conduct of examinations  being promoted to high office; high police officers involved in huge corrupt deals  being untouched; a person alleged to have been involved in murder and drugs made Defence monitor; allegations that the Air Lanka Chairman ( a relative of the Big Boss) is able to divert  the airline at will to suit his personal travel interests; the allegation that powerful people are able to hide rapists; and so on-the stories are galore and they are expanding by the day. Sri Lanka is indeed a carnival of some sorts.

While they engage in all these kinds of aberrations and violations Lankan politicians must necessarily do the pretense act to show a different public face. The other day we had news that Mr. Gammanpila of the JHU declaring that he had no money to contest elections; he has asked the public to contribute Rs 100.00 each. This is pretense or acting behavior. Aren’t our cine and tele-cine actresses skilled in the acting art? They would, surely, perform better than Gammanpilla? Politics would come in naturally to them. One of the stars, Ruwanthi Mangala, spotted the truth and was honest to express it: “Being an actress is just like being a politician,” Ruwanthi   stated. So why not they join the merry-go-round and infect the public, hopefully, with their fun?

One can’t blame the attraction that our stars have for politics because Lankan politics offers unlimited prize money. The stakes are high and it constitutes reward with little effort and risk unlike the rewards that accrue from one doing legitimate business. So why not politics? Salaries and pensions, luxury cars, and free permits for extra cars, diplomatic assignments for the family, trips around the globe and so on. It is all great fun.  The rush for political position in Sri Lanka is like the rush for gold in Australia in the mid-18th century; the lucrativeness is so magnetic that aspirants are prepared to lie, deceive or even be openly treacherous in its pursuit. 

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    Well gee! it must be the “Mahavamsa Mindset” isn’t it Shymon?

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      Perhaps ” Kirimandalas” look more attractive than old corrupt politicos.

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        If these gigolos and bimbos and dildos are getting elected we have to blame the voters. Is intelligence and integrity becoming less sexy and more nerdy?

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      U are suffering mahawansa phobia. [Edited out]

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    Do not write about Lankan Women….. You know what happened to Lasantha for (just) commenting about First Lady……

    :-)

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      The one pictured above is the “Second Lady”!!

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    I can not agree more Shyamon. Just as much as Dentists, Lawyers, “Nikamas”(no-gooders)currently in the parliament, Artists both male and female, are part of our society hence entitled to represent us..

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      Hi guys, can anybody of you add me please where I could find inf related the minimum qualifications of nominees for the PC election candidates. Unfortunately, ele. dpt websites contains nothing about that. Normally, there should be minimium qualifications for any election candidates. For example, u cant be a MP without a basic degree. This is common to many other EU countries too. But what are the minimum qualifications of a country of which the literacy rate is reported to be over 90%.
      And looking at the manner Duminda has now been campaigning – recalling how his beloved President MR has initiated his so called gigantic development projects etc… I feel, his should be a medical wonder compared to his serious brain injuries that the lanken doctors publicly made on the national TV. All these I think I would want BMJ to examine very closely – since I have no idea, if anyone on the earth recovered brain injuries to the level the world wonder Duminda´s. Our future investigations surely help us to trace essential evidence that missed in that case. Right at the moment, with seriously brain injured Schumacher waiting to awake from his a month long comma – people over here raise this very important question how Duminda recoverd, if all his medical sources data published by state authorities are NOT doctored.

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    Southern politicsw is racing to the bottom. Way to go.

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    Your article is timely. You have hit the nail at the correct point. Sri Lankan Politicians have now become the worlds best jokers. My advice to you is,please beware of the famous white van.

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    Thanks Shyamon . I read your articles in CT and almost all the time agree with you.

    What you have failed to explain is the low level of Sri Lankan voters/people have fallen to.
    If they vote for people like Paba, Mervyn S ,Anarkalia, Podinilame(Ratnapura), what sort of
    voters are they.

    I’m unable to explain. Can you or somebody please explain. Thanks

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    Hi Shyoman, Supper Article. Well said.

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    “….a significant number of MPs in Parliament are ignorant persons; aren’t they?” (SJ)

    That is why they are labelled as VIPs. (Very Ignorant Persons)

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    I had a very high regard for Shyamon Jayasinghe for his ideas but I wonder I can have the same respect I had for him, after reading this article(sixth paragraph) as he has used the exact Sinhala phrase which was used in a scurrilous poster to describe a female candidate in Dehiwala Mt Lavinia. In a civilized society people do not write or say this particular word unless they have some kind of a mental illness. Shyamon Jayasinghe should have used a Sinhalese synonym to fill the blank “Muhuna Kachal. —– Hurathal” and there are plenty of decent words other than the one he has used. He does not have to use the exact words which appeared in the poster. I think the politicians as well as the so called artists( he himself was the pothegura of Maname.) are all mental patients.

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    This Regime eliminated the three decades of Terrorism which started on UNP watch and reached the pinnacle under the same UNP.

    This is remarkable in light of the advice to the Govt from this writer’s and UNP mates in the West that, Mr Prabkaran was unbeatable.

    This regime has made Srilanka a mid Income Nation with a GDP per capita of over US$3500.

    This is just in eight years…

    It has become one of the best Tourist Destinations today.

    Not bad outcomes from 9th graders…..

    Perhaps these writers don’t count development success and good outcomes in countries unless their Western mates have inputs in them….

    Our inhabitants will be grateful if Mr Jayasinghe can give a few examples of countries where higher graders have produced better outcomes with the help of his Western Buddies..

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      If I were getting anything close to the amount of what you mention as our GDP I will stop searching for jobs overseas in order to keep my home fires burning. Development does not mean infrastructure development, it means our agriculture, livestock, education, health, retail, Tourism and IT all growing. Also the country being attractive to investors who are willing to invest in these actors and not jokers like Packer and other quasi Chinese contractors. Who come here at the whims and fancies of a particular family.

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    Thanks Shyamon. I had similar thoughts when seeing Photo-shopped images distributed in Facebook. Paba is at least an actress, good one for lot of people, but what is male Ranjan Ramanayake? I have seen talking in parliament, and I have seen little bit of his famous film “One Shot”. How disgusting is his acting and his cloths?
    But Ranjan is an idol as an actor and parliamentarian in lot of Sinhalese harts? We can’t hate Ranjan as is an imperfect human like us, but how do you describe Sinhalese people collectively?
    Anura

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    KA Sumanasekera boasting about Lanka’s progress. Cabral’s statistics show progress but go to villages and see how they are struggling to survive. Lanka is living on foreign remittances. Has any new direction in the economy taken place after the Mahaweli and Free Trade Zones? Not a cent from direct foreign investment. Our external and local borrowings are elephantine. We need loans just to repay loans already taken. Bogus projects like the Airport in Mattala and the bloody port in Hambantota and the international sports stadium. China will take over our country in place of repayments of loans.

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      Perfect reply to KAS. People like KAS will forever sing the war victory song and make the MR regime fly high while being ignorant about the plight of the ordinary citizen. 2014 Government annual revenue is not even enough to service the load repayments.

      The kind of candidates fielded in SL politics shows the levels of political knowledge of average S lankan citizens. Though we see see the plundering of public wealth day in and day out come election these popular actors/actresses get voted overwhelmingly.

      Doesn’t this also show a kind of sickness we have in our society ?
      After all we have topped the world charts for searching “SEX” in www for 2nd year in a row, this is not by chance. There is a problem.

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        Correction “Loan” repayments

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    Did Ronald Reagan make a good president? The joke was that if RR could be elected anything was possible in the US and that the Americans would believe anything the Fox News says.

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      Aman Faris

      “The joke was that if RR could be elected anything was possible in the US and that the Americans would believe anything the Fox News says.”

      The film “Being There” 1979, captured what is in essence the stupidity of US voters. Peter Sellers gives brilliant performance.

      Watch it.

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    Sumanasekera look at this report from today’s S/Times about the plight of the Mattala International Airport. Public money down the drain.MR is a traitor for vandalizing public money like this. The value of this airport is also added to Cabral’s growth rate.CB statistics now come under a cloud

    Mattala: Planes come, nobody gets in or gets out
    View(s):

    Questions are being asked why certain SriLankan Airlines flights continue to stop at Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) when there are no passengers embarking or disembarking. For instance, a Colombo-bound flight from Kuala Lumpur made a scheduled stop at MRIA on Thursday morning. Writing to the Sunday Times, a passenger on that aircraft said there was “no apparent reason” for the flight to have landed there.

    “No one embarked or disembarked at Mattala,” he says, adding that all passengers were booked to Katunayake from Kuala Lumpur. “Was this just to keep the public informed that Mattala is still alive and alert?” he asks. SriLankan Airlines sources said this had been going on for some time. “Sometimes, flights just land and take off at Mattala with nobody getting down,” said one authoritative source, on condition of anonymity. “If there are passengers who do disembark, they usually stay in transit at the airport. It is only on rare occasions that anybody flies to Mattala on account of it being his or her final destination.”

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      Even now its not too late to open Jaffna Airport to Western Flights,
      than be harping on MRIA – the Business will overflow all expectations.
      Under the alleged Genocidal agenda, these things will never materialize.

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    [Edited out]

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    When in the nude all kirimandala breasts are hanging milk containers.
    Once there was a pavement hawker in Kandy selling brassieres surreptitiously crying out: “WELA WARAKA KARANA EVA -WELA WARAKA KARANA EVA”…Come to think of it, most female local actor-politicos are not that “Hurathal” but, abominably “Katchal” %%%

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    Mr Jayasinghe is right to turn the spotlight on our ‘female stars’. It is high time that political leaders of all parties resolve to raise the numbers of women in politics and in government. It is also high time that women, of all capabilities came forward to do their patriotic duty. For too long now the ordinary, decent and capable have sat on the side lines twiddling their thumbs and mumbling ‘what to do?’ whilst the criminal class dictate national matters. The President must have been distracted when he allowed Mr Tissa Karalliyadde to be appointed Minister for Child Development and Women’s Affairs. Then again, he was seriously disturbed when he nodded through the appointment of Mr Mervyn Silva as the Minister of Public Relations and Public Affairs. I must also add that we need a change in our national thinking so that we see many more men show public disapproval to the demeaning and undignified treatment that our women are subjected to each and every day, up and down this country, in our own miracle of Asia. I recall with heavy heart the late Mel Gunasekera saying in an interview that she chose to walk home rather than take the bus, and run the risk of being groped; what a damning indictment of our Sri Lankan menfolk. Women of Sri Lanka, step up and claim your right to share in the shaping of our new Lanka!

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    Get Smart/ Educated, women…..NOT Brain dead bimbos !

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    The female star has said she is a ‘galloping horse.’ Who is the jockey? Podiputha?

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    The female star,Ginger has said she is a galloping horse. Who is the jockey? Podiputha? or GORA?

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    Shyaman, Thank you for highlighting the male chauvinistic sentiments in relation to women in Sri Lanka. It is very much in the Sri Lankan culture though the world has changed dramatically in empowering women? To name a few Australia’s minister of Justice is a woman. CEO of the IMF Chritine Lagarde ,Hilary Clinton, Former president of Ireland, Nobel peace prize winners were women. Besides we see women in positions in the developing world too such as the Minister of Foreign affairs in Pakistan which is a traditional? What more President of Liberia is a woman. talking about our own women we had madam kumarathunga Respected by the International community. To add to the long list was the First Lady Chief Justice who was illegally ousted by a male chauvinistic regime for not bowing down to illegal orders? Sri Lanka has a long list of academics ,bureaucrats, lawyers ,doctors , teachers and so on so forth. I personally believe a Government led by these women would save the nation from humiliation that we are suffering now? I ask the mothers to treat their daughters in the same manner they treat their sons and not to make sons foolish as they are now.

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    I made a mistake in naming Australia’s woman minister as minister of justice? She is the minister of Foreign affairs? All these women ministers I mentioned can easily give a run to our pan ditch rajah and his cotery of ministers.

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      why do you try to drag the issue into a male Vs female ?
      the names you have mentioned are not 2nd rate tele actresses , those are very decent/educated women and knew what they were doing , whereas Paba,Geetha , Anarkali, Ginger , Gayathree, Nadeesha et al , who are they ? do they represent ordinary women in SL ? i agree we men tend to pass rude remarks on them , its wrong , aren’t they going to use their cheap popularity as a spring board to come to power.this is not right ! this same rule applies to male counter parts as well !

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        Srilal@,
        can you please response to my previous question ?

        What are the minimum qualifications for those PC nominees ? I thoguht them to have a proper school education plus a basic degree is a must ? Alas, I fail to find this on the election dpt web site.
        Why is that everyone is lining up to become the nominees ? Actually, these kind of amendments, the the rulers could bring, knowing the fact that many uneducated ones are already filled both in parliament and provincial councils.If the president loves the nation, he should have taken due step, avoiding anymore criminals being voted into power..

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          sirimal ,

          doing politics is the fastest way to prosperity in SL , no experience , no formal educational qualifications , no age barrier , basically any one can enter the parliament, provided that you have right contacts and enough money to burn.

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            Thanks Srilal, I always respect yours and few other´s input to CT:
            I am speechless reading some comments to this thread today….. though appeared to be developed – Island nation seems to be far behind when addressing most important issues.

            why have not any segments yet asked authorities to amend that accordingly ?

            I have not been in this island for the last 3 decades AND this I cant get at all. Why is that – people stay so indifferent ? JHU has been asking funds for their campaign, why they and the other extremists have not addressed the mentioned reforms sofar. European laws are being amended very often if they would not meet the expectations of the majority.

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              sirimal ,

              JHU is the srilankan version of BNP (British national party ), One nation and KKK , JHU is based on sinhala buddhist hegemony and its a down right racist party. Thanks to MR’s selfish agenda , JHU has been able to a get a foot hold in srilankan politics Only rascits will support that party.

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    As Shyamon says if the stars had been male there would not have been a fuss. Males like to have digs about female breasts etc. They are frustrated about their inability to cope with women.
    When Jackson Anthony propounded the theory that this charlatan MR descended from the Buddha was there a hue and cry? No, and Jacko made his way to the bank laughing

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    when all fetal actress joined politics ,it is going to be great.our ministers will stop going here and their due to mill is in their hand and pay by people.so great system all actress and street prostitute must follow same.so we only need to create 1000 ministry so we can appointed all in minister post like now.

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    Shyamon,

    I beg to differ. Higher grades have done bugger all for Sri Lanka. SWRD was a Oxford Scholar. JR was an advocate and the son of a former Kings Counsel. Academically Chandrika K is right there on top. The incumbent MR is also a university product in law matters. I am sure people would love to add on other politicians to this top achivers list. Yes all these high graders made a mighty right royal mess when it came to governing Sri Lanka. Perhaps the ‘Muhunath hurathal – pukath hurathal’ brigade of ‘Kirimandalas’ could fare better. They can’t do any worse.

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    I have no objection any actor or actresses comming into politics. qualifications to contest an election are given in statutes including our constitution.
    I feel these girls are much better compaired to some of our MPs. for example, Mervin silva, raththaran, welgama, nishantha pissa, ……

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    Well when you run out of leadership material leaders are introduced. Looks like anyone who makes someone look at another a second time is a natural leader. Making them “KIRI MANDALA” is making them more seductive and captivating.

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    BBS Rep states that MR is a University product. This is not so. He had been a Library Assistant at a University and that’s the only Uni he has ever touched. He “passed” the Law College exam on the basis of reduced standards permitted by Sirima Banadaranaike (by Cabinet decision) for Parliamentarians. His son sat a fake exam at Law College and Rodrigo the corrupt Principal did the jilmart. Thus, both father and son are synthetic lawyers. Like Mervyn’s doctorate
    Even CBK’s degree at Sorborne is a fake.

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    This is the most perfect analysis I read over the issue of beauties coming into politics.
    Thanks

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