22 October, 2020

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Lawyers Condemn Appointing Navy Commander As Shipping Chairman

‘Lawyers for Democracy’ views with deep concern the appointment of Navy Commander as the new chairman of Ceylon Shipping Corporation.  We see this as another step in the process of militarization of civil society says, the Convener of the Lawyers for Democracy, Lal Wijenayake.

Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage

Issuing a statement the LfD says; “This appointment comes in the wake of the appointment of serving officers of the security forces and retired officers of the security forces as Provincial Governors, Heads of Departments, Heads of Corporations, and other government institutions as well as the handing over of the management of several institutions from international stadiums to tourist hotels, where the government has a stake to the army, navy or the air force.  This makes the security forces directly involved in business ventures.  We have seen the serious consequences of such militarization of civil society and the involvement of security forces in business ventures in Pakistan and Egypt in particular.  The obstacles to establishing democratic government and strengthening civilian rule in these two countries has been mainly due to the control that the security establishment has in governance and economic activities.

We condemn this move to appoint the Commander of the Navy as the Chairman of the Shipping Corporation and we call upon the civil society to oppose the process of militarization of civil society.”

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    War has not ended yet – not until the country is totally plundered of all its wealth

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    What Lawyers knows about democracy? Recently, once our Human right champion, Sri Rohana Manaranjana said that there must be Army camps everywhere in the country to protect democracy.

    We know jolly well that he is doing everything possible to protect our Human rights and democracy and he will even go to hell to achieve that. I think we should be able to understand how our forces protecting democracy and the human rights in the north as the way they protected our democracy and human rights in katunayaka, halawatha and waliweriya.

    Actually in my opinion our Saddarmadveepa Chakrawarthi should appoint present Army Commander as the head of Buddha Sasana ministry to encourage Gaanu 5 nanasara to protect pure Sinhala Buddhism in Sri Lanka while Army Commander protecting democracy and our human rights.

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      Also the former Army Chief as the next Speaker and Gota as Minister of Human Rights !!?

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    For this illegal act the Employees of Shipping Corp should stage indefinite strike action. JVP, over to u pl.

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      What else JVP know

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    The minute I got word of it I told the audience about it, and asked the Rhetorical Question, Why does the Chief of Navy also have to be the Chairman of the Shipping Corporation at the same time?

    Don’t we have any other people who can do this job? Isn’t the top job in the Navy not sufficiently taxing?

    Need I say more? It is the tragedy of Sri Lanka, and our people just tolerate the nonsense exacted on us by those in power.

    If a person who does not salute to gain obeisance then he cannot be delegated a task! that is the principle in which loyalty is exacted!

    Shame on you Mr President.

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      THERE IS NO DEMOCRACY.IT IS A MILITARY DICTATORSHIP.THE PRESIDENT IS
      A “PONNAYA”.JUST HAND OVER POWER TO THE”GOAT” AND SETTLE DOWN
      IN SEYCHELLES.
      GOTA IS SLOWLY TAKING OVER ASSISTED BY THE BLOODY BLOOD SUCKING,
      BODU BALU SENA.
      WHAT ARE NAMAL YOSHITA AND ROHITA GOING TO DO.?
      WE MIGHT SEE A REPEAT OF THE STORY OF KING DHATUSENA.

      DEFENSE SECRETARY IS A PUBLIC SERVANT AND CANNOT GET INVOLVED IN
      POLITICS.

      DR.P.B. JAYASUNDERA, COULD YOU AS SECRETARY TO TREASURY
      EXPLAIN WHY “GOTA” IS ABOVE EVERY LAW.

      BBS DO NOT TAKE MUSLIMS FOR GRANTED. THERE ARE OTHERS TOO WAITING???

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      If truth be told,Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage would have preferred (and sure asked for) a diplomatic post in a Western Country.
      Think he drew the short straw knowing his credentials would not be acceptable to any of his choices.

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    LfD are a bunch of jokers. They have put that lady in shit and move on to new topics. Shame on you lot.

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    Ahahha, I told you this in many views, I came as Rod Atkinson in other comments too… Well

    Sri Lanka soon will be killing each other, A Sinhala Budhist will kill own Sinhala Budhist….. then Monks will come forward with Strike and Fast to death protest… then Monks will be shot by the Sinhala Budhist Army :) so there you go….

    then we Tamil and Muslim sit and watch clapping.. ahahahahah :)

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      Hey [Edited out]

      Simply [Edited out]off from this site rather than wasting time here.

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    So what?

    Nothing happens. isn’t it?

    If you don’t like the way things are done in SL, just get lost. Nobody cares!

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    This guy has been appointed so that Got-a-baya can steel the weapons given to the Navy and load it on to his floating armory.

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    As someone correct ly said this rubbish lawyer group is a utterly irrelavant bunch of puppots.

    They simply betray the CJ after declaring 48 hrs of stoppage of work and by returning to work thereafter.

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    Wait till the CW Circus is over to see Gotas fireworks. He becomes the
    PM so that the Forces & Police come under him – the equivalent to
    Interior Minister as in Egypt. The Deep State envisaged will come
    alive, for the Dynasty to survive. More Military appointments in
    all sectors can be envisaged, unless the Shipping Corp. Employees resort to direct action now. The SLFP Senior ministers are silent as their
    files still lie low.

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    What is the political affiliation of these lawyers ?

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    Militarization of the civil society is a good thing in Sri Lankan setting. The citizens have no discipline; Sunday schools and religious institutes of all faiths have tried to do their bit, but unfortunately discipline does not go beyond the lips that recite gathas or prayers. Militarization from school age is the answer from the lower end, as well as from the top end, until the both end meet mid way. Then we will get a disciplined civil society.

    The navy commander is a real seaman so he is a professional. He is a good disciplined administrator, and if he wants legal, economic and commercial advice on how to run the corporation as a business, he wthen he can get it from his specialist staffs. We don’t need arrogant lawyers running national corporations but real disciplined people.

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      Thank you for your invaluable advice, REAR Admiral ‘Bo’dhisathwa ! Now, take yourself and the brain dead military headed by Gota the mass murderer and stick it up your As_!

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      Absolutley correct , what are these so called lawyers doing to the society ,only they know how rip the money from innocent poor people

      If you throw a stone to the bush thousands of lawyers will jump out , but we have only one navy commander

      we are happy to to run shipping corporation with real professional seaman

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    Sri Lanka is going the way of pakistan where the armed forces control the economy and the parliament is a mere talkshop.
    The dictatorial Military State is emerging.
    The Rajapakse Junta has to have the military on their side to prevent civic society from protesting against injustice.
    The CHOGM jokers have suspicions but have to toe the line.
    After the CHOGM,Sharma will be more powerful than parliament as MR will listen to him and not to GLPeris and the diplomats.
    Goebbels Rambukwella is reportedly justifying the colossal expenditure and saying that taxation may go up to 40/50% – to find money for the wastage and corruption.
    In the seventies, the entire cabinet of Bangladesh consisted of army generals – at a WHO Regional Committee meeting,the delegates were greeted by General Shamsul Haq, minister of health!
    This may well happen in sri lanka.

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    No Crooks, No jobs,

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