24 September, 2020

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Leaders Should Embrace Self-Sacrifice & Not Self-Interest

By Lacille de Silva –

Lacille de Silva

Sri Lankans, since the 1970s, have not been fortunate to have visionary leaders. They were misfits. Their laws are unjust and unacceptable. Their measures are always cruel and inhumane. They do not respect the Constitution and other laws. History proves that if the leaders desire comforts, love power and prestige they are unable to deliver lasting happiness to the nation.

After ending the brutal war, we were reborn. Why did Lankan rulers fail to achieve economic progress there onwards? They too lacked integrity, vision and accountability. They were narrow-minded and acquisitive. The ensuing culture they created is a toxic process. Power has become addictive to them. Why should probity, ethics and good governance apply for both elected and appointed personnel engaged in the service to the citizens? 

I have never seen or heard anywhere in the world where Senior Cabinet Ministers are dozing off in Parliament in the Government benches in the front row. It was particularly important, since it happened, when the Head of State was delivering the policy statement as well, in Parliament at its first meeting, after a parliamentary election. It is true that the President runs the government with the support of the Cabinet Ministers. Such ministers therefore do not challenge the poor behaviour of others. This reflects the actual status of affairs of the government.

They have misused legitimate authority given to them to their advantage. Such sordid rulers have collectively subverted laws and the key state institutions such as Parliament, the judiciary etc., for decades. They cannot comprehend that good administration in every area of the government is vital to keep the people happy and their good name.

Our Constitution (Article 12 (1) stipulates that “All persons are equal before the law and are entitled to the equal protection of the law”. The famous proverb tells “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when the wicked bear the rule, the people mourn”. We should be happy the Constitution takes great pains to ensure justice for all. And to protect everybody from misrule by double-dealer type big-time operators.

They have destroyed the opposition in Parliament. A strong opposition is vital for running a healthy democracy. Such destructive leaders craftily extended beyond their self-interests to biasedly build a motivated and inspired team of acolytes. They are also equally bellicose and self-centred.

At the time we became independent, we had the second-highest per capita income in Asia, excellent literacy rates, improved healthcare, strong economy etc. Sri Lanka now ranks almost at the bottom in global comparisons.

The most venerable Ajahn Brahm, who is the Chief Monk of the Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery in Perth Australia had said that “the oldest multinational corporation in the world is the Buddhist Sangha”. According to him, Buddhism has been a positive inspiration for many world leaders. He had said that British Statesman and wartime Prime Minister was one of them.  He had also quoted Buddha and said: “Good virtuous leaders lead by example”.

Ajahn Brahm had said in a keynote address to the United Nations in 2007 – “The ideal form of governance is that leaders should embrace self-sacrifice and not self-interest. Leaders should lead without any concern for material reward. Their only reward would be in the happiness of service”. He had also quoted what President John F. Kennedy had said to inspire children and adults and to show the importance of civic action and public service – “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for the country”. Sadly, Lankan politicians think differently.

It is the assertion that rulers are constituted by the people for the common good. Our leaders should pledge to commit themselves to refrain from abusing their public positions at the expense of the people, to honestly address the vice of corruption. They should, thereafter, concentrate on how to create a better country for future generations. If they are determined to fulfil their constitutional obligations responsibly and strive hard to win and sustain public trust, it is nothing impossible. They should have the strength of character to correct their wrong-doing.

Government is a trust and the officers of the government, both elected and appointed are trustees. They are entrusted with the powers to make decisions for the benefit of the people. The question of representative roles was conceived by Edmund Burke, who argued that representatives should serve as trustees of the interests of those elected them – “virtual representatives”- rather than serving as delegates. If so, how did corruption swallow up the whole country to the detriment of the countrymen? It is the main obstacle to achieve good governance and sustainable development.

They have collectively inflicted misery on every citizen. They are only keen in the pursuit of their prosperity. They are subject to manipulations from superpowers as well. And by crooked godfathers behind ostensible governments. It is a flawed system. The extravagant leaders have only favoured immediate gratifications. It had motivated public officials and even the citizens. Everybody now goes for easy money instead of productive activities. 

Entitlements such as infrastructure, education, health care, etc have been curtailed to the citizens. Water, electricity etc are overcharged. The citizens pay bribes to get their legitimate services. Corruption undermines good governance, democracy, and the country’s competitiveness and revenue base.

They use various strategies to gain power. Idi Amin in Uganda won the hearts of the people by expelling British and attacking Western Imperialism. In the 1970s, Sri Lankan leaders criticised the Soulbury Constitution. They had campaigned that the plantations owned by the British should be nationalised. A home-grown Constitution was the only remedy to develop the country according to them.

JRJ did the same thing in 1977. It is a serious flaw in their characters. Nobody wants to correct the shortcomings. This, therefore, is an imbecile system. It does not take you forward. Corruption has become the modus operandi of kleptocrats. It benefits only a handful. It lowers and destroys the quality of lives of millions of others. Nevertheless, we cannot expect every leader to possess the wisdom of Lincoln or Mandela’s large-heartedness. But the need of the hour is true statesmanship.

We need leaders who will chase behind to achieve common goals. We have to ensure a ‘fair go for all’ without any further delay. This could only be done by achieving the SDGs that cut across and integrate economic, social, and environmental dimensions of development, which incorporate the 5Ps (People, Prosperity, Planet, Peace, and Partnerships).

This requires a collaborative and effective response at an unprecedented scale from all traditional and non-traditional actors. If so, we have to change the way we operate at present. We must be more systematic and catalytic. 

Forty-two per cent of our population live on less than two dollars a day. Poverty is a punishment for those penniless people. They are paying for others’ sins.  Numerous businesses, including professionals too practising privately, tend to hide and not to disclose their actual income, to avoid taxation.

As a result, the income generated by many businesses, professionals etc exists outside the official economy. This has paved the way for the existence of a rapidly growing parallel black money economy. It has grave and disastrous consequences.

The watchdog institutions that should scrutinize government performance need to be further strengthened. The Auditor-General must be given surcharge powers. The Yahapalana government withdrew ‘surcharge power provision’ at the final hour.  Special Anti Corruption bodies such as CIABOC should also be permitted to go after powerful politicians. We expect the President to strengthen ethical values to re-create a well-performing bureaucracy.

Why is corruption cancerous? It has the ability rapidly and insidiously to infiltrate and destroy the organs of the state. It had strengthened – bad leadership, politics of the belly, greed and selfishness, clientelism, patronage, nepotism, weak institutions, lack of accountability and transparency, weak ethical values, weak judicial system etc. etc

The destruction caused is inexcusable. They have sold our valuable assets under numerous pretexts. The exploitation is deep-rooted in the bureaucratic and political institutions. The theft of government financial resources too is another serious form of corruption. The government has failed to prioritize its commitment to improving Public Financial Management, which involves a set of responsibilities. The Auditor-General has reported serious shortcomings in revenue management, accounting, monitoring, evaluation areas etc.

Politicians at the national, provincial and local level have become filthy rich overnight. We have heard of instances where customs, inland revenue officers, and many others, pocketing out government revenue with the collision of the payer. We have also heard of ‘ghost workers’ being paid. 

Corruption, therefore, thrives in our country. Without ‘political will’ at the highest level nothing can be done to reduce corruption. It fuels injustice, inequality, and deprivation. It also has a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable. It increases costs and reduces trust in government. It has led to violent extremism and conflict. With its negative effects upon political and economic development, it has serious repercussions on national institutions. Constitutionally, the elected representatives are accountable to people through the Parliament. In reality, it does not happen. It is like a spider web. Only the weak get caught. 

The World Bank in a report had highlighted “Corruption and corrupt leaders both deepen poverty and make it difficult for ordinary people to get ahead as a result of their efforts”. It has been proved that it is the biggest obstacle for development. Its consequences are always borne by the most vulnerable sections and particularly the poor. 

All that we need is a passionate leader. He should foster the trust and confidence of the people. He should be capable of curbing corruption by promoting ethics and integrity among both elected and appointed officials. He should also be an ardent supporter of good governance. However, on the political side, politicians who have enriched themselves through corrupt practices will not surrender their positions of advantage willingly. We know of donations from foreign sources for election campaigns. which have become a controversial issue as well. Similar donations have been banned in several developed countries. Shouldn’t the government think of such reforms as well?

Why did we forget debt is a double-edged sword? When it has been imprudently used, the results we face currently are disastrous. Excessive debt has impaired the government’s ability to deliver its essential services to its citizens. It is amidst the onset of the Corona pandemic and the deepest economic debacle globally. The Government should not any longer procrastinate the necessary reforms.

In Korea, by 1960, they had borrowed 25 billion dollars internationally for industrialisation. The rulers there had invested all those borrowings prudently. Dollars had worked wonders in Korea. China and other sources granted loans for our leaders. We have recklessly borrowed twice the amount and more, at much higher commercial rates as well. Subsequently, the last government handed over the port of Hambantota to China on a 99-year lease together with 15,000 acres of lands.

President should initiate reforms, restructuring, and rebuilding to improve the quality of lives of our distressed people. Another important issue at hand is the need to expedite matters concerning the large number of corruption cases that had been pushed under the carpet. There have been no significant convictions for graft despite widespread evidence of pervasive corruption.

President should direct the relevant authorities to initiate expeditious legal action regarding the 2015 Central Bank fraud allegedly committed by venal politicians including Ranil Wickremesinghe. Steps should be thereafter taken to recover stolen assets. All these evidence had been amply revealed at the investigations in the Presidential Commission how RW implanted Arjuna Mahendran, allegedly who has recently changed his name to Harjan Alexander. We need the culture of impunity to end and a culture of accountability introduced.

President should manage the ongoing superpower tensions to the best advantage of the countrymen. And secure our birthright freedoms for all our people. The shocking truth is that the country has been devastated by the two governments that ran governance after ending the war. They have pushed GOSL to go bankrupt. Our external debt is staggering. Yet, we continue to borrow furthermore externally to repay debts. This is unbelievable. The debt service burden for 2020 exceeds $ 4.8 billion.

This requires that the President engages diplomacy – be highly strategic and tactical, based on pragmatic choices without sacrificing the future of our children any further. Sri Lanka is a textbook case of bad governance. People live in poverty having destroyed everything by incompetent leaders. How do we know whether illicit syndicates too are also linked to a wide range of problems such as law-enforcements, including international criminal interests? Everything possible should be done to give a better deal to the oppressed ASAP.

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    Great News. Mahindananda has been nominated as a member of the constitutional council. The guy who made up charges to get attention and some free media, was thought to be the perfect leader and was elected with maximum preferential votes is now a CC member. Enjoy the disciplined and virtuous state.

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      “Leaders should embrace self-sacrifice not self-interest” according to Mr. Lucille.
      But all this depends on the dominant culture of the country. Sadly, 80% of our culture is hypocrisy. Do even the Buddhist monks follow Buddha’s word? We see them fighting over a seat in Parliament, we see them in jail, we see them being racist, making money, owning cars, property. These are the very people who insist on teaching children in Dhamma schools . So what sort of adults does Mr.Silva think we have produced over 70 years? I would say we have a set of amoral morons with a vote, led by the nose by the morons they vote for.
      The solution is to remove the moron-production system, but which moron is going to vote for that?

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    Thank you Lacil.

    For example we have in the UK various Parliamentary Committee who are assigned to take care of different Committee assigned functions/each committee (all party representation) investigations will be broadcasted to the Nations. Civil servants/CEO’s and whoever else such experts/universities/all be called to answer questions on the subject being investigated, all the written submissions are all logged in the respective committee websites etc.

    The importent message is accountability and responsibility that forms part of the Job Description of the elected MP. Because it is this elected who will be manning the committees over and above all other job functions as the MP’s for the respective electorate for the tenure. So how the parties elect their candidacy is everything when we measure performance of an MP, then the MP who became the Minister etc. Then this reflected in the governance itself. A head of state can not do everything by having the weight alone will not make the elected educated to perform their job function??

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    We need to go back to the party set up, their selection process for a leader, selection process for a candidate their qualification to do the job etc….not just a doctor/engineer/lawyer/businessman but a person with certain social work background/technocrat/economist/political science etc??

    It will be good for the Media to evaluate the currently elected MP’s one by one and write an article about them, their ways of doing things, their past achievements serving people, current practices, their surgeries, how they deal with various issues their own constituents have daily, how they intend to progress report, what do they know about the local needs (not the entire Nations race/religions and languages) their local needs of the voters who voted them etc. Have they got a live list of things they are attending, what and how do they discuss these issues in departmental levels at the parliament levels etc??

    If the media can do a standard format/template reporting and unbiased then the Nation will know who is doing where and what in the country??then they will encourage their MP to perform as good as the other etc??

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      In fact the above article on each elected MP’s and Councillors should be done by a committee elect within the Media Society and translated in English, Tamil, Sinhalese as there can not be any different when we write simple standard fact file on the each. Country at large can use, schools can use, history can use etc without any bias.

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        wikipedia fact files/political party websites/books after books written SL history does not seem to carry any facts but fictions only??

        you do not believe me please refer to my fathers fact file A.Thiagarajah
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._Thiagarajah special attention to the type of references given specially by essays and articles written the Sachi Srikantha? Who is this fellow to interpret and account the life of another?? this is what our children suppose to read as history?? If this is not a murder of another what else is??

        Please then go to this guys wikipage
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sachi_Sri_Kantha

        This is the Tamil history defined by crooks who get to write anything about others and do this great service to themselves. Just minds delivered death to the Nation??

        Th point is we are all working with absolute misinformations/mis representations/interpretations….if this is not a crime what else is etc?? One can sue people for this kind slander??

        This is what we need to fix in a democracy for the next generations survive.

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        There can not be different versions in a ‘fact file’ of each and every MP will demonstrate we are a capable people for all else.

        Should include all their ‘activities’ recorded/historical facts and should be as elaborate as possible will tell us where we are as people in this Journey of Nationhood.

        This will also explain the way masses responded to each and every speech/manifesto/killings/the funerals attended/how each death was recorded/remembered and the participation of the elected in representing the families who lost their life etc.

        If we can write million versions of books and records about the 1956 then we should be able to do this too.

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    It is also impotent the same report contains something regards to their campaign style/civilised/well informing their policies with clarity-precision-focus/town hall meetings to win the elections without undermining their opponents and diving their communities….after-all whoever the elected has to speak for all……..unlike what is already happening in Jaffna……the elected started undermining each other and by doing so already insulted those who voted for someone else and their selection too.

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    Until these fundamentals are met we can not meet all the good things you have captured in your lovely summary Lacil.

    It is good the days are over when people stood up in stages and openly asked their opponents to be killed by the Facist’s Parties up North during the hate speeches after hate speeches. Thanks to Sri Lankan Security Services.

    Only left in the CT forum where we do not have to identify ourselves anymore for the same acts of crime that can be committed under cover by the same crooks.

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      Very correct. I agree with you Venu. I personally think it is high time for us to understand why we have to come to the right track and refurbish our delapidated democracy.. Unless we do that, we may not be doing justice to millions. Under the present system, we have seen the winner takes it all…Does that mean it is a democracy?

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        Dear Lacille

        Moving from a “Colonial period of 450 years to Democracy” as a newly adopted system and Management of Change/Transition was a challenge to anyone. I am not talking about colonial period good, bad and the ugly but stating a fact we had to deal with etc.

        GOSL needed to translate and educate all of us the public how to go about utilising the system to deliver social and economical justice to all. Yes certain decisions regards to vision and mission statements should have come from the GOSL faltered is expected as we were all learning on the job. Just to state well known examples would be Language and Religions…..rightfully or wrongfully now we are living by it.

        This is normal for any Nation to face issues of this nature during the inception of the Nationhood and we managed to get to the 70’s reasonably well making progress still compare to so many other Nations. GOSL had to manage not only the National issues and but also the Geo political issues at the same time.

        As part of this progress then came the changes up North too a democratising exercise took place when people started changing the ‘old FP order’ then all hell broke loose. We seen the same with the JVP too.

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          Now the time is to assist the GOSL to make step by step process/progress is a great starting point connecting the masses to the administration. How best we can do this is the question and you have identified some basics we should follow/good practices we should adopt etc.

          I am an outsider when it come to politics and admin but have travelled and experienced good/bad/ugly that happens all around the world too. Therefore we are not an exception (now the killings fields are over) means we can make progress should we work together. That we should do to pay tribute to every single Mother Lankan life that is lost since Indepnedence and to lay foundation for the future generations well being over and beyond all the bigotry that we are alto familiar with etc?

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            That is why I think we need to start with the Councillors and MP’s and work our way up with the a ‘job description’ laying a good foundation of accountability.

            I understand WestMinister Foundation for Democracy is also active in SL and wondering if we can ask them for some training to the elected MP’s with the job description template would be great. This ‘elected’ status being used as a political landscape for personal agendas need to be disconnected/stoped at any cost and we should all demand a progress report by each elected as part of the jib description.

            I will give you a good example ..people complaint about Our Excellency not being inclusive of all those not voted for SLPP in the policy statement recently?? the same who complaint spent all their political life doing just that and had the decent/opposition suppressed and killed for their survival where I come from Jaffna?? duplicity is mind boggling. These are the divisive forces we need to remove and democracy can not do that when guns and thuggery were allowed? Law and Order was taken for a ride?? This happened in Jaffna from 1970-1977-1981 without being challenged by GOSL/World.

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              The items I mentioned as Parliamentary Committees are also a good way for accountability and at the same time to watch every elected and their qualifications to be in the panel asking the questions as part of the investigations as we broadcast to the world the event?

              Then the elected will focus on preparing themselves for such events and not for party political Ratha Pottu Emotional games on stages did not require any intellectual properties attached to empower the people in a developing Nation.

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                Alternate could be a Chinese model could be very effective too…all the above you have kindly explained will happen overnight. It will ask the population to focus on getting on with their life, playing their part to Nation build whilst the GOSL will do the thinking and executing the development work.

                The problem with SL is we all spent discussing politics and did nothing to contribute through our hard nor any sacrifices is a luxury not many countries have……is our Children died thinking they are protecting something that was never existed/delivered by the adults in the first place….generation of blunders get passed on on on on…that is thuggery by adults on the children.

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                  TV
                  Nothing happens overnight.
                  Which Chinese model?
                  It was a long process that brought China where it is, and all is not well.

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                    SJ

                    My understanding of the past 30 years of Chinese planning and execution as a whole.

                    One party rule and the way they went about uplifting few hundred million people from poverty.

                    I like the way the administration project manage events and have them executed and the population focus on their part of the deal.

                    For me if we can do this as a short term say 20 year plan where we skip all elections and focus on laying some great ground rules for a brighter future.

                    I can not see how we can progress as people (my vision off develop nt is. not about skyscrapers and tarmac) now CW starts this language discussion in the parliament

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                      Dear Venu,

                      Doing away with elections in anyway is not the best alternative. We need leaders who could do it within the constitutional framework.. I will one by one touch on those areas as well. Thanks

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                      Do not the preceding 30 years have a major significance?
                      How poverty is measured is subjective. When you compare China of 1949 with that of 1978, when Deng took effective control, the achievement in terms of social upliftment was staggering.
                      There can be democracy in a one-party socialist state, but nor a one-party capitalist state like what China is.
                      However, China has its parliament and people have been elected without resorting to methods that divide the people. Every minority group has representation. Decisions are often by consensus than contest.
                      A one-party state is no magic wand.
                      Will skipping elections alone will deliver.
                      Look at the dictatorships in our region on the past 30 years. What have they achieved?

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    Even during the war, Rajapakshe regime managed to maintain an economic growth around 5%. After defeating Tamil terrorism, the economy started moving forward and growth rate reached around 8%. Thanks to dong keees who ran the country from 2015-2019, the economic growth rate came down to around 2%. But dong keees in Unpatriotic National Party brag that only person who can salvage the economy is Ranil. ‘Jadapalana’ Government ruined this country. Traitor ‘Gamarala’ who brought Ranil to power should be hanged in Galle Face Green using the rope he imported from Pakistan to make some use of the money spent for that. Those who left UNP and formed SJB also should be held responsible for the disaster.
    ===
    “After ending the brutal war, we were reborn. Why did Lankan rulers fail to achieve economic progress there onwards?”

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      Mr Silv
      “After ending the brutal war, we were reborn. Why did Lankan rulers fail to achieve economic progress there onwards?”

      The way you have written suggests that war was the impediment. You failed mention the truth that 30 year was a result of sinhala Buddhist fundamentalism starting from the refranchising the backbone of our economy in 1948.
      Why can not you be truthful racism is the fundamental problem
      Like my Friend Ladantha Mendis said in his website Avankalanka until such time people in the south clamoured for the rights of the Tamils racism will not die and the country can not develop.
      Are you yourself a racist or you do not have guts to to tell the truth.
      I say I ashamed to call myself a sinhala Buddhist tolerating all the inhumane things that done to our Tamil Brethren in our name

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        Let me add I am also ashamed how Buddhist leaders have ruled this country for decades. I am sorry you have apparently misunderstood me.

        I have said we were reborn and that does not anyway mean that ending the war was bad.. All what I need to say was that it should have been a new beginning and it did not happen..Our leaders failed to do justice..

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          Dear Lacille

          It was difficult to do anything with the “Constitutional Assembly” a parliamentary term dedicated to discussing what the FP/ITAK/TULF/TNA wanted??? in whose interest would that be so?? who would approve something of the nature in parliament and in a referendum?? How did TNA got elected even to that parliament?

          All we discussed was nothing? the flip side of this term wasted in when all other Mafias around the world continue their corrupt practices/businesses in SL bypassing the Sri Lankan watchdog the parliament itself?? corrupting the officials??

          If the TNA stayed focused on all other important things (which they have no idea/qualification/capability to so) as an Opposition leader position we could have layed a better foundation and brought transparency to the Nation with regard to the gaps that needed sorted in a democracy??

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    Dilshan,
    .
    ‘I say I ashamed to call myself a sinhala Buddhist’
    .
    Clever thambi, but not clever enough.

    ——–
    Lanka is not the only place where the MPs fall asleep at work. This is the British House of Commons https://abcnews.go.com/International/british-member-parliament-falls-asleep-house-commons-debate/story?id=52402948
    .
    This is from the upper House, the House of Lords where unelected (yes, un-elected) members claim £1.3m a year in expenses just for sitting there https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6463177/peers-given-telling-off-for-looking-like-theyre-having-a-snooze-in-the-chamber/

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      Stanely
      You seem to have excessive islamaphia. Anyone who speaks against sinhala Buddhist fundamentalism is a Muslim.
      Without branding people grow up and think independently, you will start writing like me and someone may call you thambi.

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    Lacille, I see you answering to comments. Given the fact recently convicted murderer , Pillayan and other known criminals got elected with highest preferential votes, do you think what ever you suggest here is a reality ???? In my mother,s opinion after living in that country for more than 90 years , you are just day dreaming. The decline started from the time of independence. All we had up to now is family rule. Apparently MS is demanding (or is begging) a position equal to Deputy PM, post 20th amendment . We have hundreds of family members filling the house and few more hundreds taking up administration. And yet you are talking about a merit based election and then we have some ,who do not live in Lanka but in their “own world” (magical thinking) reciprocating . Yet we wonder “how we reached the nadir in our political history”.

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      Lets see. We need to convey our views so that the public is represented. It may be that they may not be interested if they need to continue with self-serving.. I personally feel we should try.. I will even talk to people concerned and suggest that we should pursue the right path even belatedly

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    Premalal Jayasekara is currently on a death sentence for a murder committed during the 2015 election campaign and Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan is in remand custody on a murder charge.

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      SJ.

      ……….also I understand, that there are 14 ministers charged for various offenses? Invariably, no suspected offenders are given jobs other than as a Minister..

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    Author L de Silva
    Some of the claims are badly flawed:
    “Entitlements such as infrastructure, education, health care, etc have been curtailed to the citizens.”
    Do not other countries discriminate in favour of their citizens?
    Is the claim that visitors are denied any of these?
    *
    “Water, electricity etc are overcharged.”
    In what sense? Are there comparisons to assert this charge? Today’s complaints are about subsidising electricity!
    *
    “The citizens pay bribes to get their legitimate services.”
    There is bribery I know, but not severely widespread. I have not had to bribe anyone for anything so far.
    Can you please give a list of bribed services.
    *
    “Corruption undermines good governance, democracy, and the country’s competitiveness and revenue base.”
    All of us know that. Sri Lanka is ranked 89th in the world (for clean government) and 3rd in South Asia, behind Bhutan (25th) and India (78th). It is nothing to boast about, but not as bleak as it seems.
    *
    “They use various strategies to gain power. Idi Amin in Uganda won the hearts of the people by expelling British and attacking Western Imperialism.”
    False.
    Idi Amin came to power by a coup, welcomed by the UK.
    (News of Idi Amin’s coup in Uganda…on 25 January 1971 was welcomed by officials in Britain’s FCO because they felt British interests stood a better chance under Amin.

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    Dudley Senanayaka was the only leader who in our memory had something
    like Rs 425 .00. on his Bank account when he died . It was a widely known
    matter at the time in the country and since then about 47 years passed and
    we have seen seven leaders in the rank of presidents ! What do we know
    about them ? Another point to note down is , it was found only after Dudley’s
    death and so it was not Dudley’s self praise publicity or UNP’s election
    advertisement ! If we have the slightest consolation that we had seen proud
    leaders in this country , Thank You Dudley ! Learned men are trying educate
    the people about the quality of Leaderships . Too late , more and more men
    are learning Cheap Methods to become Leaders and these types of men are
    country’s Demand today !

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    I was commenting on voters preference , and not on crimes committed. The topic is electing people based on their merits. You had asked about the link between fleas (Marxist/pseudo Marxist ) and house on fire (anti U.S/anti west ramblings), I will give a clue it is that person who goes by his initials and addresses others by initials. Looks like the Venezuelans are back into the habit of reading CT and writing comments.

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      This seems to refer to my request from an intelligent person to explain something.
      I have yet to receive a response.

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        May I know whether you are living overseas pl?

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          LdeS
          May I kindly know the purpose of this question?

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            SJ

            With regard to your earlier comment/response regard to the Chinese style of governance I agree that we need to apply lessons learned too.

            We need to acknowledge that all the capitalism/communism of all versions were only used by various nations to shape whatever we have today as the current world order..the 1st ww, 2nd ww, Cold War realities and all other trade wars as we know them today are all part of the same journey?.

            This is why we need to create home grown concept for administrating the country through our own journey deliver justice to all?. We continue to equate retribution to peace and reconciliation is why we are even blind to the fact we need to change and start a journey optimistically or rather direct the energy for positive outcomes?

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              So what i meant is we could without compromising the democratic concept as Lacille says I agree but tailor make something as an interim measure to pause certain rights and benefit from other rights that we bring people together through a Chinese style admin temporarily.

              This may result in catching up in lost time so the people can get some basics sorted in an efficient way without having to waste a lot of money we do not have in election after election to elect people who will divide the Nation further?? Work to a common goal trustingly?

              Alternatively we have something now that could be directed towards delivering should the elected stop making alto familiar negative voices from the minority parties all over?? this further harden the same we are trying to avoid?? we are at a critical juncture??

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            May I know whether you are living overseas because you seem to be unaware of the factual situation. Due to corrution particularly in CEB NWSDB people pay more..Let me stop at that for the moment pl

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              LdeS
              I did not ask you to start anything, so be pleased to stop as you please.
              Your earlier utterance about CEB was without qualifiers.
              I just drew attention to factual errors, most with no relevance to where I live.

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    Mr.KNOW IT ALL, What Lacille said about corruption is a well known fact. “Most with no relevance to where I live” , of course you seems to be living in your own magical (or is it DENIAL) world. For a guy who thought RW won and Sajith lost, you will need all the help in explaining such matters.

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