22 April, 2019

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Lasith Malinga’s Civil Disobedience: Role Model To Hold A Regime Accountable

By Anonymous

The talented and colourful cricketer, Lasith Malinga, has refused to play for Sri Lanka because of low wages. The patriotic are up in arms; Malinga has betrayed the nation – just as Sangakkara did in his Lord’s speech which spilt the beans on the cricket business?! I reckon it was the RIGHT thing to do.  Sports after all is big business today, and in Lanka it is a corrupt-to-the-hilt  business owned and operated by Mahinda Rajapakse, his sons, and cronies. Lanka’s legendary and talented cricketers should follow Malinga’s example, eschew the flag waving nationalism used to mask the looting of Sri Lanka cricket by Rajapakse and his cronies and their economic crimes, call a spade a spade, and play the game accordingly.

Sri Lankans will need to follow Lasith Malinga’s model of civil disobedience! Get the message out fast: stand up and be counted as a different sort of player, refuse to go with the Rajapakse show and way of governance, non-violent resistance!

University dons and working classes of Lanka should follow Malinga’s model – refuse to work for low wages and double taxation. This would be the Greater Patriotism! Stand up and be counted for exposing the lie and educate the people through civil disobedience. For, the truth is that the ‘miracle of Asia’ is rapidly morphing into the ‘debacle of Asia’. Sri Lankan Airlines, a once proud and solvent carrier seems to epitomize the direction that the country is headed. When Emirates Air partnered and ran Sri Lankan five years ago, it was not a massive drain on Lankan tax-payers and passengers felt safe on board, but recently on a London flight the airline’s plight was apparent. In-flight magazines were two years old and tattered, the in-flight entertainment system dysfunctional while the plane creaked like an old bus; one could not help wonder if it was safe to fly a favorite airline which even during the height of the war had offered excellent service.

The Rajapakse regime’s take-over amidst nationalist rhetoric of Sri Lankan Airlines from Emirates has meant the transfer of public assets into private hands, particularly, of Mahinda Rajapakse’s brother-in-law, bankrupting of the national airline which the beleaguered Lankan tax payer now has to bail out as the rupee crashes, the cost of living sores, and Lanka sinks into a debt trap.

Ordinary people, struggling to make ends meet, today pay for the excesses of the rich and politically connected; a ‘development’ paradigm called trickle-up master minded, perfected and promoted by the Breton Woods twins (IMF and World Bank), avidly copied by intellectually and morally bankrupt political and military elites all over the world – from debt ridden Greece whose tottering banks are being bailed out to the tune of billions of Euros while the ordinary people protest on the streets – to debt ridden Lanka where ordinary people are paying for mismanagement and debt incurred in every sector of the economy due to loss making state enterprises, numerous white elephant infrastructure projects constructed on loans glossed as “aid”, military and sports businesses run by the ruling extended family on public funds, and the policy mistakes of a jumbo cabinet of incompetent ministers.

The pendulum has swung from one extreme to another: Recently the Jakarta Post, Indonesia’s leading English language daily ran a story headlined: “Sri Lanka’s Postwar Economic Miracle Sours”. The best performing stock exchange in 2010 has tanked. The regime has sold off the country’s gold reserves to pay mounting debts. Lanka’s looming economic crisis and galloping income inequality which cannot be disguised by the Central Bank boasting about 7.2 percent GDP growth on borrowed steam, seems to be common knowledge overseas, has been barely discussed within the country due to state-orchestrated patriotism against the U.S resolution calling on the Lankan government to ensure reconciliation and accountability for excesses at war’s end at the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva.

Recently economist Harsh de Silva called for better management of the massive national debt run up by the accountant at the Central Bank, but it is clear that what is necessary is a larger movement for accountability: a paradigm shift with regard to the economic development model is needed to reduced inequality and prevent people slipping back into poverty as the crisis bites.  Globally, this would mean shutting down the IMF and World Bank which have failed miserably to do what they were mandated to do – keep the financial system above board. Despite the Billions of dollars spent on their experts the world is reeling from listening to them.

Closer home, unfortunately, the UNP under Ranil Wickramasinghe suffers a democracy deficit parallel to the democratic deficit in the county at large under the militarized Rajapakse regime. Beset by infighting the UNP has failed in its fundamental duty as a responsible opposition to carry out a systematic campaign to educate the people on the reasons for the twin economic and political crises that Sri Lanka faces at this time. As dissent within the party mounts, Wickramasinghe lacks the moral authority to critique the Rajapakse regime on its greed for power and poor democratic governance record since the UNP has no democracy within, and hence has remained silent rather than discussing the real issues with the people.

Sri Lankans will need to follow Lasith Malinga’s model of civil disobedience! Get the message out fast: stand up and be counted as a different sort of player, refuse to go with the Rajapakse show and way of governance, non-violent resistance!

 

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    Ruggerites didn’t think it right that a johhny-come -lately was planted as captain and abstained,now Malinga understands the robbing and has acted.

    May I propose Kumar Sangakkara as our next President? Knows right from wrong,good value system ..and such a contrast to the present.

    Yes !

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    Mind U Chris Johhny-Come lately Left the Touring Party at the Middle of One Tour Before He Became Captain !!! No Action Taken & In Fact this Whole Incident was Kept as a Secret !!!

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    Excellent anonymous!

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    The Greater Patriot, great stuff! Keep it coming!

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      good,retire now and join with sarath fonseka./

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    Great stuff although Malinga’s wage is probably incomparable to 98% of the population. I do hope this is not twisted to make it look like he’s greedy for it is indeed a priviledge to represent your nation, but I do agree that people need to start making a stand against the scoundrels who are running amok.

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    Great stuff!

    I agree completely with the critique of Ranil by the way.

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    The practicality of Malinga matters. Can it be repeated by the
    ordinary; even MP Harsha himself in some way? On this basis no
    forward move can be envisaged in the so-called “patriotism” of the
    SL variety. Even the writer has to praise Malinga anonmously when it comes to a Political matter, for fear of the w.van owned and aoperated
    by the Godfather of Law, Order and Peace!

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    Lasith is one of our nation’s treasures.
    He and all his colleagues need adequate wages to play.
    Billions are being lost on loosing enterprises run by unqualified cronies and family members of the junta who pay themselves undeserved wages and perks.

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    Namal Rajapakse spent 250 million rupees for a two week Carlton rugby sevens of which sixty million paid to four Indian actresses and another hundred million paid for foreign players. Only pittance were paid to local players. Our cricketers or sportsmen are not beggars and whatever foreign is no gold to SL sports body.The ones who are preaching patriotism are undercutting it’s own citizen. It’s time for everybody to stand up for their rights.

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    Well done Malinga Keep it up, Never bow down to any one.You are Great.

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    And how corrupt is Sri Lanka!! Now the Olympics transmission rights are given not to the traditional government owned SLRC but the the President son owned private TV station! What a clan?

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    Well said and amid all this crisis including dengue, tornadoes, and economic woes the King Rajapaksa is on his way traveling overseas for almost two weeks now using Sri Lankan flights with his huge entourage wasting even more public funds.He looks like an Arab sultan. No wonder if it crashes to ground like Sri Lankan economy. This is the dire pathetic situation of the country today under bunch of robbers! The worst in modern history!

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    Great Lasith, I am very happy that still we have men with back borne to say a spade a spade. Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela & all others must follow Lasith & show these crooks that they can’t fool everyone all the time. Hats off to LASITH MALINGA. Well Done……..

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    HE IS FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE SET BY OUR SO CALLED LEADERS! THIS DOESN’T SURPRISE ME AT ALL!POOR MALINGA BECOMES A SCAPEGOAT………JAYAWEWA! ROBBERS HAVE ROBBED THE SLC IN BILLIONS………..WHAT IS CLEAN IN THE SET UP TO TALK ABOUT…..SHAME!

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    I agree 100%. This is worse than African dictatorships .It’s all like

    The private “budalay” Plundering a sinking ship.

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    the big problem in sri lanka is 90 % of the people think everything is ok in sri lanka. No one want to stand up and fight for their rights. we dont have a culture of revolutionary ideas like in france or germany in the past. so sri lankan will wait untill this corrupt Rajapaksa will sink the ship.

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    Excellent article. Tells the truth except for one comment. If we had got rid of IMF and world bank , we would have gone bankrupt long time ago. Although their policies may not suite us, basically are surviving on their loans.

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    slinga malinga an inswinga straight to Rajapa*y*a’s testicles!

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    Since the defeat of LTTE, non of the civil issues that brought them to existance have been resolved. The militarization of the whole country built to fight the LTTE is now has been effectively used to protect the Rajapakse show while they blatently plunder the nation under the smoke screen of Sinhala Budhist nationalist patritism. While couple of countries built roads and highways with their own aid, these Raja gang took all the glory while skillfully pocketting commissions and looting all tax payers money. Asia’s Greece is in the making. By the time the people wake up to their plight, Rajapakse cronies would escape with all the loot safely in Swiss banks and real estates in Australia. Leaving a bankrupt, broken country with highrise hotels (owned by them) for our children to deal with. Dispite all the glitter, the country is alraedy a basket case. No amount of white vans will be able to control the civil unrest that is brewing. One of the pickets they will be carrying will be Malinga’s cut outs.

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    What about the recent killing of rugger player in Park Road, under highly suspicious circumstances. Police ruled no foul-play. But personal vendetta written all over. Any truth or just rumour?

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    Also heard the Qatar Emir gave 1 billion (Sri Lanka Ruppee value) as a personal present, and a further large amount of money for the country as official donation. This is from reliable source who was part of entourage. Nothing declared to the citizens who are the real beneficiaries of these aids.

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    What Mr.Anonymous advocate is a regime change taking Malinga as an example. If every one followed Malinga and refused to do their jobs because this regime is corrupt where will this country end up?
    Without even a possibility of an alternave government,suggeting a regime change is like cutting your nose to spite your face.
    As Rajpal Abeynayake in his lakbima column says “corruption has to end, but how?” Corruption today is not limited politicians of this regime but has spread to all coner like a malignant cancer throughout our society. From labouror,farmer to the top of the society almost everyone is corrupt in one way or another.Unless each individual cell is treated seperately,the patient will die and with it the cancer.

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    Somehow, someway, these ‘anonymous’ cowards will find a way to sling mud. The whole world reads these crap. Do you think any American journalist will write this kind of creepy shit against his own country?? No, no, American democracy will not allow that.

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