30 September, 2020

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LawAsia Observers Say SL Constitution Unique And Leaves No Doubt For Interpretation: Commends Judges’ Courage

A high-profile delegation representing LawAsia observed that the Sri Lankan judges hearing the petitions against dissolution of Parliament have demonstrated courage and have maintained independence at all times.

President LawAsia Chris Leong and Immediate Past President Prashant Kumar

“The delegation viewed that the Sri Lankan Constitution was unique as it contained clarity leaving no doubt for interpretation, ” a statement by LawAsia said.

It also started that the observers commended the manner in which the proceedings were conducted and patience and the tolerance displayed when the cases were being argued.

LawAsia sent a high profile delegation to Sri Lanka to observe the Supreme Court proceedings during the hearing of the petitions field against President Maithripala Sirisena’s move to dissolve Parliament.

President LawAsia Chris Leong and Immediate Past President Prashant Kumar were in Sri Lanka to conduct the observation programme.

The observers visited Sri Lanka on an invitation extended by former BASL Chairman Upul Jayasuriya.

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    I noticed that presence and thank them for their interest. It will make interference difficult.

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      Their presence & interest@ this hour is not sought.

      Sri Lankan people have great respect & trust for judiciary & why should LawAsia comment @ this particular time

      Why should anybody give certificates on our judiciary when people know how to give certificates.

      Their interest itself may be an interference.

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        You sound clueless. The article says they were here for observation not to interfere. They are also entitled to state their opinion.

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          Chitra

          They’ve gone beyond courteous limits.

          Our law experts taking time to get correct interpretation but these guys say it’s easy to interpret.

          Why is that smartness?

          On what grounds you say they’re entitled?

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          They are here to interfere indirectly. That’s how it works stupid!

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        Your red ticks say it all.

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        Real Revolutionist

        The Country outside is interfering is because sri lanka has borrow money from them they trusted sri lanka because of democratic principle, the appreciating the judiciary is to be guarantee for their own Interested that there lended money will be safe Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble. Justice will done from our judiciary

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          rbh

          Financial & judicial matters are far apart

          Appreciation of judiciary has nothing to do with recovering lent money..

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            Real Revolutionist /

            There interest is not a interference since we have 2 Prime mister the defending themself due to this agreement will cancelled if the change of prime minister occurs the international in defenses preparation of the Guideline judicial action to enforce a debt obligation. Is the agreement valid if the new Prime Minister finalize the agreement is not in the act-of-state doctrine,dual minister.in all department.

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        Real Revolutionist
        “Why should anybody give certificates on our judiciary “
        Yes that’s the point. You think judiciary should belong to your Master, you would love it if the verdict is given sitting behind closed doors. You would very much love to put whole Sri Lanka behind an Iron curtain. Unfortunately some people will keep remembering Shirani Bandaranayake, the first lady CJ in “your judiciary”!

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          Sasha,
          You seem to have conveniently forgotten that Shirani Bandaranayke was not an impartial CJ. She was leaned on by Western powers to pass judgments against MR & his brothers (all of whom are both good and disappointing on some issues), which is what got her in to hot water.

          To embarrass her and make matters worse, her husband, Pradeep Kariyawasam, was accused of making (in 2012) an illegal deal to purchase the shares in The Finance Company at a massively inflated price, using the funds of the National Savings Bank!!!, when the same shares could have been purchased in the Colombo Stock Exchange at a much lower price. Had the deal gone ahead it would have resulted in a massive loss to the nations main savings bank. Fortunately vigilant bank trade unionists intervened and brought it to attention of King MR, who was the then Finance Minister and MR to his credit cancelled the transaction.

          Pradeep Kariyawasam was handed a five year prison sentence for this attempted mega fraud just last month! Why are you silent on these matters and the Arujun Mahendran, Alyosious Bond Scam in 2015. Unlike MR Ranil did not have the balls to cancel it because his buddy was involved in it. He “colluded” with it resulting in a mega loss to the people and then obstructed the investigations. Mahendran is still at large and a fugitive of justice. Why are you silent on these matters?

          Any way let the foreign observers come and give our SC judges certificates! They are sent to indirectly influence the decision making of the judges, just like Shirani’s.

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      LawAsia Observers

      //“The delegation viewed that the Sri Lankan Constitution was unique as it contained clarity leaving no doubt for interpretation, ” a statement by LawAsia said.//

      Thanks for your observations and comment. However, people tend to interpret the Constitution, to meet their own self-interest. Just look at the religions scriptures and the various interpretations and the sects. Same story.

      The current conflict and the constitutional coup is directly related to the personal interests of the current President Sirisena and the Fake PM Mahinda Rajapaksa and cronies.

      Let us hope wisdom prevails, and the constitution, as intended by the legislators, prevail.

  • 9
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    “The delegation viewed that the Sri Lankan Constitution was unique as it contained clarity leaving no doubt for interpretation, ”. This comment is uncalled for.

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      As a matter of fact

      They must be asked to leave the country @ the earliest possible time.

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        Real Revolutionist
        As a matter of fact I agree with you totally.
        They’re kind of Nincompops peeping into or interfering in the law system pandering with Mara / China & Co.
        In the Parliament after the recent hullabaloo the Fake government blamed the foreign dignitaries present in the VIP gallery for the behaviours of the Parliamentarians.
        So how come these Secret Agents were given permission to watch and Publish their nonsensical view.
        Think people , think!!
        Who asked for their views??
        I would say GET LOST AND LEAVE THE COUNTRY.
        Damn fools not only watched the proceedings of the case they have been given a space in our papers to express their one sided views as well.
        Get the hell out of here. Who invited them??

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      I think that I understand what you mean, Johnson. We have to wait patiently for the verdict.

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        Sinhala_Man ,

        “We have to wait patiently for the verdict.”

        Yes. The data supports the Heliocentric Model of the Solar System.

        Similarly, the data supports that the actions of Sirisena were unconstitutional, We all are waiting for the the learned judges to give their verdict.

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          Absolutely, Amarasiri.
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          Since the verdict will almost definitely come tomorrow, and we can sense which way it will go, it is best if we keep quiet and let the judges do their work without saying things which may be twisted to to say there were various pressures put on them.
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          Justice is portrayed as a blindfolded woman holding the scales. Let it not look as though we’ve been shouting things into the ears of the judges.

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      Well done Upul J. Our constitutional safeguards have failed us. That is why MR and his family ran riot prior to their rule before Jan 2015.
      The ICJ, UNHRC and other respected and effective world bodies should flex their muscles to these two yakkos now forcibly and illegally at the helm of our affairs. The fear of prison in The Hague and freezing of their local and overseas loots are those our rogues are mightily afraid of.

      ADJP

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      JP.
      These guys had to justify their “holiday” in SL; obviously they had to be nice and polite.

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    Yeah, some Malaysians and Indians are all about keeping up the strength of the Western status quo in the region for their own economic benefits. They will flatter and cajole our little Lanka into compliance. Can our judiciary ever be so gullible? Yes, the Lankan constitution is certainly unique and very clear in keeping the cries of our struggling masses forever supressed! Our overworked people are nonentities in the greater regional monetary game!

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      ramona,

      Glad you woke up to reality finally.
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      External powers will flatter and cajole you and even play on your side providing fire power and manpower only because you as the mjority is unable to stabilize your democracy with fair treatment of all citizens. That was the motive behind Indra Ghandhi incentivicing the racial clash with training and resources in India to destabilize the SL government. And you thought India and Indira loved the Tamils!
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      Thereafter China and India, and even the US gave you bags full of dollars and ships full of armaments not because they loved you, but because they wanted to control you. As a consequence you guys learrned to live on such dole money — donoations and never-to-be-returned loans, you forgot how to make a living on your own.You are lost without the avenue to go begging on the pretext of fighting terrorism while you were only massacaring the innocent and defenseless.
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      So, now it is pay back time – compliance it will be whether you like it or not!

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        Well Kumar R, the reality always was that the country should have remained for a few decades in the Sirimavo way after the centuries of gross colonization, and built up carefully and gradually into the capitalistic process. But the UNP governments, especially the Jayawardena one, thought they were mighty clever and infallible. It’s not too late to become humble, accept our limitations. The only countries that won’t finally cripple our uniqueness and necessity as a nation is China. The West never helped us with the terrorist threat. It was in the end, China, who help us eradicate terrorism.

        With the West, it will be a rabid, rat-like, micro and macro capitalistic interaction with countries in the region, with much detriment to our heritage and environment.

        With China, it will be a healthy, formative, streamlined movement of goods towards China, via Sri Lanka; China dealing with the West in cooperative fashion. Sri Lanka will maintaining her honor as a nation, with ancient forests, pasture, coastline, heritage and culture, guarded and preserved. It’s not too late to begin the process.

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          Dream on ramona! — just the way Banda did, Sirima did, and Chandrika did.
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          Lee Kwan warned as early as the 60’s that Banda’s shortsighted selfish act would
          snowball into gross tyranny and a permanently divided country. Singapore did not have to align with China to achieve success — guess what their strategy was.
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          You have an educated but lethargic, conscienceless majority happy to make a living from dole money or by selling mothers, wives, sisters and daughters to Arab for easy money. The Sinhala majority, impotent in harnessing the strength of the majority to get the country on a progressive path are quite content to let rogue extremists dictate terms.
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          Now going hail-Mary by hooking up to China’s toes is not going to be the panacea for your ills.
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          Why do you think MR opted to have an early election if not his realization that all his hooplas and China funded white elephants were strangling the country and that he was rapidly losing credibility among even his staunchest supporters.

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            Kumar R.,
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            Singapore’s strategy was based on its S.E. Asian neighbors having some oil- Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia. It trained its citizens to manage the wealth of the region. If there was no oil in these places, Singapore, a new country, would have merged with Malaysia and become like how the Indo-Chinese countries operated.
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            No, Lankans are not lethargic. They just SEEM lethargic. Many of our young men go to the Middle East to work as menial construction workers (e.g. drilling concrete without any ear and body protection). When they come back home they are exhausted. Once they get married, the money they earned through much suffering is not enough. The wives then get sent for house-servant jobs, which is a little bit easier.
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            MR had an early election because the UN, IMF and all those Western constructions were coming down like a ton onto him. They were going to take him to criminal court, avenge his Greek bonds and BRIC schemes- all within the next year of two before he ran for re-election thus crippling his efforts to win again. Yet, they managed to oust him with fake news, Western interference in our elections, and intricate and clandestine gilmart techniques.

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              ramona,
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              Singapore did not scrounge on the oil-owning Brunei, Malaysia or Indonesia. In fact those countries with their “bumiputra” views, not unlike that of Sri Lanka (or Ceylon actually), squandered their wealth, while Singapore preserved and celebrated its multiracial composition to make a success of itself independent of those oil owners or the behemoth China. Don’t invent stories.
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              I feel sorry for your sob story of Sinhala men exported for menial jobs who return and then have to send their wives to the Arabs for more money. Think of what happens to the children who were robbed of their mother’s care only because the idiotic, self-serving Sinhala leaders who make easy money exporting mothers? Isn’t it a shame that the leaders you elect cannot develop this resource rich country, with a uniquely healthy infrastructure and commercial agricultural endowment inherited by the nationalists once the British left?
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              Before Banda, the country was successfully administered mostly by the Tamil professionals, and exported doctors, lawyers, engineers, accountants, architects, and scientists to the best of advanced countries. Thanks to Banda and the line-up following him, the country reverted to be able to export only menial workers (as you described) and maids – and to the brutish Arabs who not infrequently returned them wrapped in tarps!
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              In fact MR came to power promising to find 500,000 “porin jobs,” all menial. And that is your hero who is going to resurrect this nation?! Wake up Ramona!
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              You, the educated majority continue to remain in the sidelines and let the extremists called the shots. When are you going to realize that it is entirely in the hands of the educated, informed majority if the country is to be freed from the grips of extremist, regressive racists? Lethargic is an understatement!

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                Kumar.

                Singapore certainly didn’t “scrounge” on its neighbours. No it created a financial and commercial center for the oil rich area. It is a small city-state full of immigrants, and so it was easy to implement.

                Yes, the S.E. Asian countries squandered their wealth at times, but they yet were able to recover because of the capital in oil and gas.

                All Sri Lanka’s leaders tried their best, but the UNP assumed that an ancient nation of traditional livelihoods could be whipped up to produce money out of thin air, like what their SE Asian neighbours were doing from their oil money. Rajapaksa had the grace to open up with China and ease things out for the struggling masses.

                When the British left, over millions of Lankans, especially the Sinhalese, were displaced and were living in grinding poverty. Jobs and homes needed to be found for these suffering people. You only see any success of Sri Lanka from a Tamil elitist point of view.

                You do not, or refuse to know, the continuing struggles of the Lankan masses, especially the young men. The ultra-capitalistic UNP-party continues to try and create capital in a country without oil and gas wealth, and yet live in the spirit of the colonial times. Their latest tactic for short term gain to secure their lifestyles is to sell our ancient land to India. This continuing flaw of Sri Lanka can only be halted once realization dawns and selfishness of the Lankan elite is erased.

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                  Ramona,
                  Part 1 of 2
                  Singapore established itself as a rich, Western oriented, human rights respecting country way before these neighbours realized how to make their oil endowments pay. Singapore harnessed its multi-racial population and developed, strategizing an all-inclusive, un-biased, positively non-racial education, employment and housing policies to ensure absolute integration and the optimal use of human resources. Don’t think there was no pressure from China to promote the dominance of Chinese population.
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                  Sri Lanka along with, to some extent at least, Malaysia and Indonesia went exactly in the opposite direction, intentionally segregating and discriminating against minorities via “bhumiputra” fundamentalism for populistic advantage that ultimately ruined each of these countries – Sri lanka the worst. That is despite the fact Ceylon was the unique envy even of Singapore when the British left – envied for its development, education, Western progressiveness in health and welfare concerns and all other quality of life indicators.
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                  You have a twisted view of Banda/Sirimao. Under Sirimao, one couldn’t buy rice on couple of days a week– and had to substitute manjokka and battala. Perhaps you had not heard how Sirimao’s own brother, the then Finance Minister I believe, after having restricted and belly tightening even milk-feeding mothers by rationing imported infant formula, was at the same time running a poultry farm where his chickens were fed liberally with that same high-cost imports! He was later, in old age, pictured crying in repentance at a church.

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                    Nonsense Kumar. Singapore in the 1950’s was a struggling backwater for struggling immigrants who came to her shores. The richness and western orientation were only for the colonial. For the masses of immigrants, life was harsh. That’s why LKW was so impressed with Sri Lanka ( he only saw the grandoise of Colombo and the posh English speaker touting
                    Shakespeare with British accents). He had a good plan for his Singapore, and its current success was based on the oil richness from the surrounding areas that came about in the 1930′ s. Racial unity came about because of its smallness and lack of history per land for the immigrant masses.

                    Malaysia and Indonesia did well with their Bhumiputhra system, and they preserved their heritage and national identities splendidly. Both cointries are still doing really well compared to our land. Sri Lanka was not able to do this because impatient capitalism forced us to create money out of thin air, and there was no air. The country imploded on itself.

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                      ramona,
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                      You may want to first find out why “struggling immigrants came to her shores?” Hopefully that will help de-mistify!
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                      As for your comment on impatient capitalism, perhaps you forget that Sri Lanka was the first choice for investments in the 70’s and 80’s. May be you have not heard of the many enthusiastic manufacturing investors who rushed to our shores after the war who were promtly disgusted and fled because of the Mr.10% up-front briberies. And so the country had to revert back to beach-boys and funny smokes, to the delight of the princelings who had cornered that market.
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                      Yes, by all means, hand the country back over to them – and then kneel in front for any crumbs they would throw in your direction..

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                      Kumar. It is no mystery that the colonists cut down the virtually uninhabited forests of Singapore and used the tiny island as a revolving financial point for their SE Asian gambits. The whole of Asia, especially China was drastically affected by colonialism. The worst of the suffering masses went to Singapore so they could get employment in the newly developing colony.

                      Personally I feel that the Rajapaksas coming back will be the best option for Sri Lanka. However, as too many people are dead against it for too many uncertain reasons, it is better that they contest at the next elections. Ranil and the whole parliament needs to be replaced by a more democratic system that speaks for the common man of all races. I would suggest the SLPP-SLFP coalition takes over the house and that either Udaya Gammanpila or Wimal Weerawansa become PM.

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                  Ramona,
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                  Part 2 of 3
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                  I am not calling the Sinhala youth working in ME lethargic. You misunderstood. My point is that educated, well informed majority among the majority continue to shirk their responsibility burdened by a combination of lethargy, complacence and cowardice. Despite having realized that over the last seventy years the country has continued to destroy itself only because the majority among the majority remained impotent in harnessing their majority strength to outvote the radical racists and populists. Democracy was designed for the majority to call the shots – not stand on the sidelines, let the extremists call the shots, and then purposelessly badger the extremists to hide your own impotency and cowardice! The badgering is merely an excuse that helps you sleep in peace, however farcical that “peace” may be!
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                  Here is some basic economics. When a Sri Lankan is paid $100 in wages in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi as a country gets the guy to provide anywhere from $400 to $1000 worth in “value added” to their economy. That is a typical business model. Of the $ 100 the SL youth gets, possibly $20 goes to the formal Employment agency fee and another $10 or so to the informal agent, the broker. The balance of $60 to $70 most goes for consumption, and since the country’s manufacturing has gone to the toilet, a significant share of the consumption expenditure is spent to increase imports! Guess what the youth is contributing to SL’s economy – nearly zilch!!

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                    Kumar.

                    Radical racists and populists come about only when people are suffering. Truth is, the majority of each race was suffering, and still is.
                    The minority elite of all races still sit whipping up the masses to create capital out of the struggling masses.

                    Well acdidnt least the job agencies and brokers got some money coming to them (they are also working Lankans). As per the imports, what the hell are all the imports about other than a capitalistic need to deal in capitalism? Oh btw kurrakan and mannyoka are good staple foods. So is mothers milk. It is what the struggling masses were eating after all. But the colonial inspired native elites didn’t want to live like the goday natives.

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                  Ramona,
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                  Part 3 of 3
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                  Another economic fact you may want to look n to. When China spends a billion dollars in SL with a 10 year grace, the greatest potential of such an infrastructure investment is via what is termed the multiplier effect, often assumed to be close to 10 fold. That is money fed back into the economy repeatedly through wages, increased commodity and intermediate input purchases. 10 folds, but not when China writes the contract and when Mr 10% extracts his dues up front. The multiplier is driven down almost close to unity, and SL gets zilch again as China brings all the inputs including the labour, consumables for the translocated labour, and all other project needs, and all that in China’s own freights at China’s own terms. Go look at your grocery store to see the China-content. And the country is on the hook for the next 100 years, or optionally can periodically liquidate its sovereign assets at increasing rates to keep away the choking chopsticks, even if only temporarily! Good luck with your hope or rather fantasy dream of MR-China combined altruism supported by belt-tightening Manikke’s while the princelings get ready to jump into the leather seats of low-riders around Kandy lake as darling mama hovers over in her own sweet Dragon-fly chucking Champaign again!

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                    Yeah Kumar. I agree it’s bad. It’s yet better than what the West wants to do with us in merging us with India and making us th e Diego Garcia of the region. There’s potential for negotiation with China.

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                      Ramona,

                      It is not whether manjokka and kurakkan is good or not that matters. It is depriving people of their choices. DOn’t dictate measures as belt tightening, and then the Raja’s and Rani’s splurge on Champagne!
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                      It is not that mother’s milk is not the best, it is why the Finance mininister uses up hard to find foreign exchange on importing formula and feed his chickens to make an extra buck while starving the poupulation.
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                      Now you want the struggling masses to again tighten bet, while teh MP’s think nothig of anything less than 5 million! You are not unawre of the billions userped by MR family for personal tamasha — plans for Sri Lanka’s Airforce-One, road races with teh most expensive of cars, free helicopter and plane rides for extended family at will,… the list goes on.
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                      Go ahead keep your head deeply buried and pray for your hamu – MS/MR will reform and resuurect as you wish!

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                      Kumar R,
                      It seems you are having a bit of fun debating Raving Grandma Therese the eminent philosopher from Pittsburgh. I do hope you have taken an extra dose of your tranquilizers.

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                      Kumar,
                      yes, some were bad, but it was yet a minute amount of badness in the over monetary scheme . It it is all a bad exampleto the masses- that’s all. Far more potent is the forcing of capitalism on a country without any capital. Feeding of chickens with foreign grain can be seen as an experiment in foreign products over traditional ones. Likewise, Road races, air-force one, were likewise experiments into foreign type of military equipment and car – racing industry etc. Yet unnecessary all the same. Hope if these people come back, they will besocialist. That’s their only hope.

                      Also, people were not deprived of any choice,. There were plenty of choices- Kurrakan, Mannyokka, Vadai, Tosai, String-hoppers, Hoppers, Watallapan…..no, but they were not moneymaking enough for the global markets, and so crazed frenzied capitalism was brought in.

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          ramona grandma therese fernando

          ” the reality always was that the country should have remained for a few decades in the Sirimavo way after the centuries of gross colonization, and built up carefully and gradually into the capitalistic process.”

          Would you care to explain what was Sirimavo way?

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            NV,
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            The Sirimavo way: Build up the entrepreneurial spirit from within the ability of the country, with the value of our money based and pegged to our own entrepreneurial spirit. Some Chinese money and influence allowed, so as to build up resilience of the system, and for safety netting. This entails austerity measures and some temporary suffering for the people of course. After a decade the system would have caught on. In the meantime, some hierarchy to be sent to the West so their systems could also be studied for a gradual and eventual integration with the global order.

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              ramona grandma therese fernando

              Let me have some examples supported by evidence of her:

              Build up the entrepreneurial spirit
              our own entrepreneurial spirit
              Chinese money and influence allowed between 1970 and 1977
              resilience of the system
              West so their systems could also be studied (How when the country was broke, begging for foreign exchange support) …….

              I believe you know what you are talking about and don’t make the mistake of underestimating some of our fellow commentators in depth knowledge of the economy during SiriMao’s misrule.

              I suggest you do some research on our economy during her time.
              I warn you old codger is watching you.

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                The elite and espiring elite couldn’t abide by the austrity measures, NV. But for the masses, it was finally a way forwards.

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                  ramona grandma therese fernando

                  Why don’t you just accept you have have been bull s******g all these years and typing stories as you go along?

                  If indeed you knew what you are talking about you would have answered my questions that are follow ups and based on your stupid response.

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                NV,
                I have run out of tranquilizers, so I am ignoring Raving Grandma.

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          I think perhaps you’ve forgotten the considerable damage done in many ways to the environment of this country by China funded Port City!

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            Gihan. I agree. But let’s face it – Port City is in the Colombo city area and its coastal suburbs, where most of the coastal fishermen were forced to give up their traditional trade decades ago, courtesy the capitalistic UNP. Most have gone and suffered in the Middle East, and now survive on all kinds of commercial activities, with periodic returns to the ME by themselves, their wives, or children, to stock up on their ever depleting hard-earned assets. Port City will keep them at home a bit.

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          Dear RTF,
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          Guys like me remember what a hard time we had of it before 1977; but you are right, we had probably done most of the hard work, and should have continued from there, with a softening of the harsh economic conditions.
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          Yes, JR allowed unbridled capitalism and assured Royalists, and those connected to him in various ways, that they could do as they pleased. Then he went against fair-play with his referendum of 1982. All our problems deluged on us thereafter.
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          Those thoughts are hardly original; they seem to be what the silent majority think.
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          You overlook two things, RTF. 1. Today’s China is very different from what it was around 1975. 2. “Not too late to be humble” says you? We’re going to them humiliated, on bended knee.
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          “Time to get ourselves a new leader instead of Ranil” is correct. But let us not blind ourselves to the fact that the Rajapaksas stole more than anybody else. What do you say to the candid admission by Sirisena that the plan was to buy over M.P.s, but they began to ask for too much?
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          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sirisenas-casual-remarks-on-bribing-mps-in-parliament-sets-off-firestorm-on-social-media/
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          It was possible to contemplate this plan only because the Rajapaksas have so much money stashed away. Sirisena has now become a lunatic, and reveals all this. His political career is over. He can now be seen as a less harmful guy, initially holding on to certain village values; now he’s so stubborn, he doesn’t even realise that he’s acting without any Principles.
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          That is now the problem: holding on to (outmoded?) Values, but forgetting adherence to the Principles essential for social living.
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          Let’s now wait for the Supreme Court verdict.

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            SM.

            No, this silent majority and China always had an implicit understanding. Also, China never interferes in other countries politics and elections. So we won’t be going on bended knees to them. Compare that to our 1% elite sicking up to the West, especially to those British.

            What Rajapaksa was doing was what the West always does in politics, i.e. lobbying. Now lobbying in the West is a legitimate activity. But when the other party starts raising up their stakes, it is bribery and corruption. So the potential cross-over UNP”s are quite criminalistic in their activities.

            Rajapaksa hardly stole any country money, but as executive president, the money the placed in things like BRIC ,Greek, and Chinese bonds and investments must have
            matured by now. Most of it was his family money anyway.

            As per Sirisena, he’s hardly the lunatic to reveal all of this- he’s merely following global political protocol and showing us the corrupt practices of the UNP members. He is a difnified leader well in touch with the struggling people of the country.

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    It is not rocket science: Successive GoSL amended the constitution to suit a few elites.
    Colvin is on record saying that ‘Kodeeswarans cannot go to the Privy Council any more’.
    The JR J change, poorly thought through, was to ensure the elite UNP to be in power forever.
    The MR change and the 19A are for similar reasons.
    Do we need a LawAsia to tell us that? And commend the Supreme Court for the ‘courage’?
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    We, lay-Lankan, know that the band-aids keep the Constitution just about alive but the spirit of the Constitution is getting depleted.

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    In Sri Lanka there is a culture of political interference..
    Mahinda and co will influence judges with money or with threats.
    Poor judges can not do anything ..
    They have their families and thier children so they’d stay cool to protect their livess .
    Sri Lanka is not an European nations or south Korea..
    We do not see justice in Sri Lanka.
    Mahinda needed to do or die ..
    His family and co must win or they will go to hell after this ..
    UNP too have some crooks ..
    But what is lesser evil of all.
    Vote for JVP..

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    “The delegation viewed that the Sri Lankan Constitution was unique as it contained clarity leaving no doubt for interpretation, ”

    Though Jayampathy’s 19A sucks, I think that is a reasonable observation. The cause for the conflicts in the Court was the respondents putting forward childish defenses. Interveners should have stayed out as they didn’t have points.
    This came out (childish defenses) by the action of New King who didn’t cite any provision to his action, but let it to be invented eventually by the defense team. Here his gut for this game came from his assumption of UNP not taking action on any of his ultra-virus actions. Yahapalanaya was formed under the explicit contractual agreement of impunity for all, but not to the victim. So, this is probably not expected, by New King. He would retaliate with dusting back the PCoI report to revenge UNP for breaking that solemn agreement.

    LawAsia comments on the conduct is appreciated but will be valued if they comment of the verdict, especially when it is not in accordance with such a clear constitution.

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    Can these educated looking gentlemen assess & comment on the mental fitness of this madman Sirisena? At this juncture, we don’t need experts to tell us there is nothing wrong with things, that we know there is nothing wrong with.

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    I hope that decision making basis of “In the OPINION”, (contained in the Constitution) of the President to appoint a Prime Minister who has a “Majority” – that which the President himself could not “Consciously” ascertain , led to the “Gazette Notice” “DISSOLVING” the Parliament would be made null and void . If not, every other person to be elected as the “PRESIDENT” would be given the “Devils Arm” to act in any manner he/she “WISHES” irrespective of the consequences that would follow for the PEOPLE to bear. This is exactly the situation as at date. Perhaps, those “Observers” would have read a “sub paragraph” connected with these “Powers” vested with President viz. “…. to do all such acts and things not inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution or written law as by International Law, Customs or Usages the President is authorized or required to do”. Isn’t this “CLARITY” that which is “UNIQUE” and leaves no room for INTERPRETATION? Few more DAYS waiting.

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    That is really great. At last we have a glimmer of hope.
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    Now we have to rewind back to 26th October 2018 and start at a point in time before all this started. This is when RW was PM and his cabinet was in charge. If RW wants to resign as some suggest, he may do so without haste once everything stabilizes.

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      Long time no see Edwin,

      Sad to see the public statements being made by SO CALLED PRESIDENT Sirisena.

      In the mean time, Rajapakshe questions as to why court investigations are carried out against his sons – how would it be if every one would start to question going by him….

      hope you are keeping well.

      Let hope the best regarding the court verdict due to be next week.

      I put off my trip to home country, most likely I will get there in Feb 2019.

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        Hi, Sam. Yes I think a Feb 2019 vacation would be fine. When you are sure please let me know. I will take mine to coincide with yours.
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        You know, Sam, I am really ashamed that I belong to the same race as MS, who seems to be a Grade 1 idiot as well as evil as anyone can be, by even world standards. He wants to create precedents that have no parallel anywhere in the democratic world. We should not allow that.
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        We should not take even half a step back. Insist on rewinding the situation to 26th Oct when he started meddling with things. This is to ensure that no precedents are created by the actions of this brainless moron, that vile men can cite to support any evil machinations they may be up to in the future.
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        Let those value justice, fair play and human freedom stand firm. Justice is on our side.

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    Way to go, LawAsia. Only people up to no good like to see ambiguity where there is no ambiguity. Wilful obfuscation is the trick of the trade of mercenary lawyers in the service of injustice.

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    Former Bar Association SL (BASL) Chairman Upul Jayasuriya invited the high profile LawAsia delegation, President Chris Leong and Immediate Past President Prashant Kumar to observe the Supreme Court proceedings during the hearing of the petitions field against President Maithripala Sirisena’s move to dissolve Parliament.
    Will the present BASL comment on the proceedings please?

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    Guys you are just feeding into Ramona,s childish tantrums and attention seeking behaviors. She is always out there desperately seeking for momentous glory. A grandma never grew up in life. Pathetic.

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      Chic…….noooo, not me at all. But you must meditate and understand the reality of the common man. Buddhist Vipassana meditation is good to practice.

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        Chiv, i mean.*

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    The sad story is we have all laws and regulations. But no one adhere to them and all trying to manipulate every bit of laws for their shake of well being. We need citizen abide by laws. Who know about laws of the country. Unfortunately our first citizen(Mad man) breaching our supreme law. Constitutional law which is the foundation for other all laws and regulations. Pathetic. Why not some one start NGO to give complete knowledge about important laws of the country to general public.

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    Observers commended the manner in which the proceedings were conducted and patience and the tolerance displayed when the cases were being argued.///

    Why there is no patience and the tolerance displayed when the cases were being argued, at the parliament because e every on is working for country the reason is cover up of faults and remain in past disgrace. The moment when everyone is shouting at once and no one can hear a thing and disruptive at the parliament gathering.

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    The members or observers that Law of Asia been an invited by Upal Jayasuriya of Ex-BOI DG of man has connection that UNP hard core leadership .We have no idea why was that he has sack by UNP leadership later on!
    In terms of understanding that Sri Lankan of that legal system an operating under British Empire colonial, that vital interest of how to be dominated colonial nation an Island since 1833.
    Eventually evolution of colonialism Island until 1948 ,our judiciary all key verdicts and judgment of court of law pressure by British Colonialism of that by mode of operandi of UNP politics…since 1948!. .

    After 1972 Republic Constitution our Judiciary was influence by Angel Church -ideology of political theologies of that by by guide-line of Bible teaching and its version.
    The members Asia may be majority school of thought are that orthodox ideology not that modern democracy and its justice system has denied by Law of Asia.

    Our current judiciary structure and mode of operand of that justice guidance is influence by far right-think-tank. The legal functions are not that reflected aspiration of People’s democracy of will of majority of Lanka.
    Indeed, by rapid changing social new and old classes of that political conflicts and digitization of technology of that new innovation has been impact of Economic development has not taken into account by current Judiciary.

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    The editors of that CT have deleted key ideas of my comment. That is not fair played by Justice of Asian law…as well as Sri lanka.
    Half of comment that intention is given wrong interpretation of to the rationalization of law.
    If not that fair play of the vital interest of People sovereignty, that will put into dustpan of the history…of that .in concern Justice.

    Gradually that we are citizens in convection of Island an independency and People sovereignty is important for the credibility of upheld that Justice of our land.
    In any way that decaling or that loosing current that legal system are moving towards to uncertainties by involved anti- people stand of court of law in Sri lanka….will be bad end for majority voters.

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    Dear Grandma RTF,
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    It was interesting reading an article by you not so long ago. There was a photograph of you going along with it. We don’t take you very seriously, but you are real.
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    But tell me why you engage in debates with the anonymous Kumar R.? See what he says here:
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    “The Sinhala majority, impotent in harnessing the strength of the majority to get the country on a progressive path are quite content to let rogue extremists dictate terms.”
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    Funny; whenever he addresses me he blames all our ills on the insufficient action taken by his fellow Tamil, Prof. Jeevan Hoole, who has been quite pro-active. And sometimes even me!
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    As for Kumar R, let him tell us what he has done!

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