18 May, 2022


Letter To The President: Doing My Duty As A Citizen Advisor To Refresh Your Memory Of Your Own Commitments

By Chandra Jayaratne

Chandra Jayaratne

An Open letter to the President 

President Maithripala Sirisena,

President of Sri Lanka,

Presidential Secretariat,

Janadhipathi Mawatha,

Colombo 1.

Dear Mr. President,

Doing My Duty as a Citizen Advisor to Refresh Your Memory of Your Own Commitments

I make this submission, as an appeal for your kind attention, in my capacity as a citizen living by the Lord Buddha’s pronouncement, “A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise” and believing that it is my duty to refresh your memory of your own social contracts creating public commitments and earnestly appeal for due accountable delivery of those commitments.

It is usual for you to end your nationwide addresses quoting from the Dhammapada. In that context, I appeal that you kindly refresh your memory with the stanzas 256, and  257 of the Dhammapada from “Vinicchayamahamatta Vatthu” and stanza 252 from Mendakasetthi Vatthu”, where the translations read as follows;

 Verse 256: He is not just if he decides a case arbitrarily; the wise man should decide after considering both what is right and what is wrong.

Verse 257: The wise man who decides not arbitrarily but in accordance with the law is one who safeguards the law; he is to be called ‘one who abides by the law (dhammattho).   

Verse 252: It is easy to see the faults of others, but difficult to see one’s own. A man broadcasts the fault; of others like winnowing chaff in the wind, but hides his own faults as a crafty fowler covers himself.

I kindly appeal to refresh your memory by revisiting the following commitments made by you:

1. Commitments made by you in your 2015 Presidential Election Manifesto, committing in a social contract with 6.2 million voters that you will uphold democracy, rule of law, justice, ensure effective law enforcement and good governance principles throughout your term of office.

2. The statement made on April 23, 2015 on the occasion that marked 100 days since election as President, where you stated that “The freedom and democracy that comes with Good Governance should not be abused for personal gain. But our responsibility towards people of the country and for the children born tomorrow must be fulfilled. Every action will be taken to reduce and eliminate corruption and fraud. To this moment I have not made a telephone call or spoken to any officer in the Commission on Bribery and Corruption. I have not spoken to any officer in the judiciary. That is a necessity in good governance. The State sector should be an example to the people”.

3. In the Policy Statement made at the opening of the Parliament on 1st September 2015 You Committed to ensure the “Elimination of corruption and protection of state property was a main aspiration articulated in the mandate that the majority of Sri Lankans gave to my manifesto: ‘Maithri Governance’ led by the principles of good governance. Therefore, the commitment to eradicate corruption and fraud remains a key principle of my government. I will not hesitate to take action to take those who are charged with abuse of state property before the Judiciary, whatever their status or affiliations may be. I am committed to further strengthen the existing institutional structures to eradicate corruption. 

4. Your expressed commitments, as signaled by your attendance and endorsement of the communiqué arising from the Anti-Corruption Summit in London in May 2016, where you made significant commitments to root out of corruption from the country by establishing an anti-corruption secretariat, a special presidential commission and a commission to investigate allegations of bribery and corruption, together with the establishment of a special division within the police titled Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) to expedite investigations on major financial crimes

5. Your Commitments made during the National Summit on Anti Corruption in Sri Lanka in December 2016

6. Your Commitments during the Open Government Partnership Global (OPG) Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia in 2018.

7. Your commitment during the address as the Chief Guest of the Global Expert Group Meeting on the Jakarta Principles in Colombo to make Sri Lanka the number one country in the world, in the fight against corruption this morning (July 25 2018)

Having considered some of Your Commitments noted above, I appeal that You, as the President and the Minister in Charge of Law Enforcement and Police, to IMMEDITELY Issue an Executive Order, binding on all members of the Executive, to strictly adhere to the following:

a) All pending legal action, pending prosecutions, investigations and intelligence gathering, be continued unabated, with integrity and commitment to the highest professional standards using international best practices, by all in law enforcement including the Police, Independent Commissions, Regulatory Authorities, Special Presidential Commissions, Special Presidential Task Forces, Financial Intelligence Unit and the Attorney Generals Department, irrespective of whether these investigation or prosecutions relate to periods pre or post January 2015.

b) All pending legal action, all pending prosecutions, all pending appeals, investigations and intelligence gathering involving:

*Illegal and Unauthorized transfer of State Assets exceeding Rs 500 million

*All Corruption Investigations where the loss to the State exceed Rs 500 million

*All Bribery investigations involving Rs 100 million or above

*All Criminal Breach of Trust , Misappropriations, Computer Crimes, Proceeds of Crime and Fraud investigations involving amounts in excess of Rs One Billion

*All Anti Money Laundering investigations exceeding USD 2 million or equivalent in Rupees or other Currencies

*All high profile murder, abduction and violence linked investigationsand prosecutions

be duly prioritized and necessary resources, human and physical be allocated to ensure earliest conclusion of investigations and prosecutions , with progress thereon being reported to the Inspector General of Police and Attorney General ,once in every two months.

c) Any of the Officers assigned for or engaged in carrying out any of investigation and prosecutions as specified under sections 1 and 2 above be not subject to transfer, or reassignment, during the next two years, without the prior special approval of the National Police Commission or the Judicial Services Commission

d) All pending legal reforms and new enactments planned, including the proposed Proceeds of Crime Act and all other administrative or regulatory requirements essential to meet international ratings or other compliance stipulations, be completed and presented to the Parliament and other Authorities at the earliest option.

e) Under no circumstances should any Officer engaged in any tasks or accountabilities set out in 1 and 2 above be subjected to undue pressure, harassment or be directed to not pursue their accountability with diligence or be subjected to any other form of unacceptable oversight control or direction and where such instances are observed the relevant violators must be promptly be dealt within the law and regulations in place

f) The Revenue Authorities, (including the Inland Revenue , Customs and Excise) and all Regulatory Authorities, Financial Intelligence Unit and Secretaries of Ministries be directed to assist (Including requests for information, progress assistance and other requests emanating in connection with 1 and 2 above)  in any way to ensure timely and comprehensive completion of all pending investigations and prosecutions

g) All persons appointed to high posts must be pre cleared by the empowered appointers to ensure that such new appointees are not persons who are  subject to investigations nor are suspects or possible suspects in pending investigations and prosecutions.

Yours Sincerely,

Chandra Jayaratne

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  • 19

    it is so sad to see, all these political thugs want to grab power to avoid punishment. and court hearings. Let Goata and his gangs face the court and justice must be done.

  • 20

    Chandra Jayaratne,

    RE: Letter To The President: Doing My Duty As A Citizen Advisor To Refresh Your Memory Of Your Own Commitments.

    Sirisena has no shame. Her is very selfish. It is all about himself and his family.He will deal with the Devil or Mahinda Rakapaksa, of he perceives that it will help him in his plans.

    That is how he has earned the titles of of Traitor , Sevalaya (sleaze), Mala-Perethaya ( living off the dead), :Patholaya ( unprincipled, back boneless person) , Pachaya ( liar) etc.

    It is time he his impeached, and given treatment at the Angoda Mental Hospital for the benefit of All the Citizens of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

    • 0

      Amarasiri aiya
      I am getting impatient with you. I agree that he is a “Traitor , Sevalaya (sleaze), Mala-Perethaya ( living off the dead), :Patholaya ( unprincipled, back boneless person) , Pachaya ( liar) etc.”
      But tell me how did our wise men (including you?) happen to choose him to lead you to your noble destination of ‘yahapalanaya’?
      Wern’t these the very characteristics Sobhitha hamuduruwo was looking for?


      • 1

        soma malli,

        “But tell me how did our wise men (including you?) happen to choose him to lead you to your noble destination of ‘yahapalanaya’?”

        “Wern’t these the very characteristics Sobhitha hamuduruwo was looking for?”

        Sirisena was a Trojan horse. He was a woulf in Sheep’s clothing. That is why Sirisena has earned the titles of “Traitor , Sevalaya (sleaze), Mala-Perethaya ( living off the dead), :Patholaya ( unprincipled, back boneless person) , Pachaya ( liar) etc.”

        The Trojan Horse is a story from the Trojan War about the subterfuge that the Greeks used to enter the independent city of Troy and win the war. In the canonical version, after a fruitless 10-year siege, the Greeks constructed a huge wooden horse, and hid a select force of men inside including Odysseus.

        Should have sung the Jaya Mangala Gatha in the Original Pali, before selecting Sirisena, the Trojan Horse

        Jaya Mangala Gatha-Verses of Auspicious Victory (rare Pali version)-Buddhist Chant


        Based on the Book of Protection (Paritta Sutta) from the Pali canon, the Jaya Mangala Gatha is sung here in a rare recording by the Mahabodhi Society of India in original Pali. The Jaya Mangala Gatha is a chant recommended by the Buddha to destroy negativity and to generate auspiciousness. It proclaims the 8 major victories of the Buddha which are:
        1) Victory over Mara , Sira
        2) Victory over the demon Alavaka, Gotabaya
        3) Victory over the wild elephant Nalagiri , Gammanpila
        4) Victory over serial killer Angulimala , Gotabaya
        5) Victory over the evil intentions of Cinca who sought to defame , Pavitra
        6) Victory over the haughty brahmin Saccaka , Vasudeva
        7) Victory over the serpent king Nandopananda , Buruwamsa
        8) Victory over the false views of Brahma Baka, S. B Dissanayake

  • 15

    To be fair: MR did say that he got files.

    With new courts and the CID doing their job things seem to have got a little hot for MR’s liking. So he must have show a sample of the files he got on the Appaya.

    In Sri Lanka no one gets into politics for the love of the country.

    • 0

      That culture was destroyed by POWER GREEDY BANDARANAYAKEs

  • 1

    Many “DRAMS” have been played since October 26th. I am not into “Dramatize” it further. Now the time has come for the PEOPLE to take things into their hands. How? one would ask. Here is what must be done NOW. All these, “Citizenry Movement Organizations” must now consolidate and start a “CAMPAIGN” of “NON CO-OPERATION” and “NON RECOGNITION” of the “JUNTA” Government set up by the President and the “Joint Opposition”. So far, only China & Burundi have “Recognized” this “JUNTA”. So it is time for the PEOPLE of Sri Lanka to send a very “Strong Message” to the world out there and say: “WE DO NOT RECOGNIZE THIS GOVERNMENT” and a “Campaign” of “NON-COOPERATION” would be staged. Of course, that “Campaign” has to be “Non Violent”. That has to be a “Consolidated” action Movement by all Political Parties opposing this “JUNTA” and all other “Civil Society” organizations wanting to RE-ESTABLISH Democracy. Remember HOW and WHAT Mahathma Gandhi achieved for India through such a Non-Violent Movement of “NON-COOPERATION”.

  • 1

    Hon. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse,
    Please get hold of all the reports of Presidential Commission to investigate Bond Scam and keep them in a safe place where Ranil cannot destroy. People who know the contents of these reports say there is enough evidences to put Ranil and several other UNP politicians behind bars.
    I like the way President change the PM. If advance notice was given Ranil and his gang would have got time to destroy all the sensitive documents. Arjuna went to collect files and one person died. There was a news report saying that some people broke into Health Ministry and removed computers and files. This is the result of ‘Shock and Awe’.

  • 3

    Mr. Jayarathne, Thank you for writing on behalf of voiceless citizens. It is very clear in your writing and our conscious that the law and order of our country, the pillars of just society, are falling apart. Everyone must protest peacefully and powerfully against this mayhem without falling to political traps.

  • 4

    Sri Lankan in mass should wake up and protest against the undemocratic move by this President. He is becoming more a tyrant and despotic with cohorts like MR & Co. Get him out the sooner before irreparable damages are caused.

  • 2

    He has finished all his TRUMP cards, now left with the JOKER.

    • 0

      which is himself.

  • 1

    Very inspiring article. I really appreciate you for quoting from Dhamma. Thank you very much indeed.

  • 1

    Good article.

  • 8


    You dont make an appeal to a Crook like MS. He should be indicted to the Criminal Court in the Hauge for aiding abetting another CRIMINAL. This is Sinhala Lanka . Where else would you find a President firing an Investigating officer because he is getting close to the Truth ( MR and the oters.) .
    Even President Trump cant fire Muller ut even if he did Justice will prevail.

  • 3

    alas! if only the President could read..

  • 2

    What can you expect from a person who has no honour, dignity and self respect. Our president is a third grade politician who wants to be in power for the next 5 years, social contracts will not force his hand to do the right thing. Its all about power, greed.

  • 1

    Shame on the so called President. This is what happens when you elect gamaralayas, thugs and racketeers to the position. This guy can hardly put a sentence together in English. He is not qualified nor have the skills to be a leader. Let’s see how long the marriage with the former leader and master crook lasts! What goes around comes around! Finally, the karma bus will get all you corrupt politicians. Shame, Shame, Shame!

    • 1

      I may be like you in that I’m more proficient in English than in Sinhala. However, that statement is true only of about 3% of Sri Lankans. All-in-all, about 15% (it may be fewer; it certainly can’t be more) have some knowledge of English – that is something very useful.
      However, most of these “English-knowing people” imagine that they are in some way superior to the 85% who regard us with hostility. This is one reason why voters can’t rationally select the politicians to represent them.
      We can do something about this situation. Please try to analyse the quandary we are in any way except in terms of the “kaduwa”. I can still listen to this this man Sirisena, deplore the total lack of principle in how he uses the mandate that we gave him in our effort to rid ourselves of the Rajapaksa monsters, and yet admire his fluent use of the Sinhalese language.
      English has been mastered by a handful of families who co-operated with the colonials before independence. Have we succeeded in teaching any International Language effectively to those from other families? That our last colonial masters were the Brits was good for us – their language is the most wide-spread in the world. However, one can hardly think of a language which is more difficult to master effectively. That is not a compliment to English; it is a horrible language, if looked at objectively.
      What will happen to us if Chinese becomes the dominant world language? Please demonstrate your own ability to think.
      I’m a village-dweller who had no choice but to vote for Sirisena so as to get rid of Rajapaksa. Didn’t you do the same? There were about ten other candidates; you were allowed 3 preferences – few knew that. Some spoilt their vote, some were too lazy to get to the polling booth. What did you do?

  • 0

    Shame on the so called President. This is what happens when you elect gamaralayas, thugs and racketeers to the position. This guy can hardly put a sentence together in English. He is not qualified and does not have the skills to be a leader. Let’s see how long the marriage with the former leader and master crook lasts! What goes around comes around! Finally, the karma bus will get all you corrupt politicians. Shame, Shame, Shame!

  • 2

    We, the lay-Lankans, are beginning to grasp as to the background of the fracas in Parliament.

    Thank you Chandra Jayaratne for your contribution towards this.

  • 1

    Chandra states clearly Pre and Post 2015 crimes need be investigated meaning crimes of both RW and MR. I trust the Hon President takes this wise advice seriously in the interest of our dear nation lest his own future will be in jeopardy.

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