17 December, 2017

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Look Here, Mr. Sirisena

By Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

I’ve had a fantastic time reading all that’s being written about Daham Sirisena. The Big D, as I now think of him, is a fantastic creature. I mean, who wouldn’t want a walking, talking, Facebook-ing PR nightmare for a son, am I right?

Let’s assume for a moment that Maithripala Sirisena actually reads this blog (hah! Fat chance). Mr Sirisena, here’s a question for you:

Are you stupid?

Maithripala - Daham sirisena @ UN 2015 Sep

Look at him.

Just look at him. 

This is Daham Sirisena, Public Figure.

His crowning achievements in life? 48,000 likes on Facebook, shaking hands with Narendra Modi, being the Lucky Sperm and sporadically waving a gun in someone’s face. By all the gods, is that what it takes to get into the UN? If so, hold my beer. I got this.

Look, Mr. Sirisena. A whole bunch of us voted you in; a whole bunch of us didn’t. Those who did vote for you voted not because of your heritage or your spectacles or your (disturbingly) cheery face in press photos, but because we were bloody tired of the Rajapaksa clan. You presented a much saner vision of government. You got the job.

But let’s get one thing clear: we voted for you, not for the Sirisena version of the Rajapaksa dynasty. This isn’t even the first time. We were perfectly alright with brushing off your daughter’s media tour. (Oh wait, we weren’t, but Maharaja’s media network was perfectly alright with slowly *cough* making those videos disappear from their channels.)

But I digress. Your son is not a world leader – not yet. No-one’s voted for him. Maybe he will be, in time, but that’s in the future. Right now, he’s a gormless 22-year old so stupid that he typed in the dictionary definition of nepotism and then argued against it and ended up pleading not to be placed in the same category as Namal Rajapaksa and Co.

Namal must have laughed his ass off after seeing that. Heck, Tutankhamun’s corpse probably sat up in the darkness and winced. Let me remind you that Namal was an actual, elected Member of Parliament. Even with all the horseplay and the rugger nonsense and the lawyering he still had more legitimacy than Daham Sirisena.

DahamLike it or not, Daham, at best, is a nonentity with a Facebook page. At worst he’s part of a breed of circlejerk activists whose sole purpose in life seems to be self-promotion. Even so, he’s hardly the choice of weapon for the UN: Colombo is host to seasoned, professional #activists who do this day in and day out. They’ve got skills Daham wouldn’t even dream of – including, but not limited to knowing how to construct a logical argument on Facebook. If you need a useless wanker, please send one of them the next time.

If you do want to take the guy around, fine; just don’t make him part and parcel of the whole bloody media kit. Don’t take him on the official tour. Don’t have him sit behind the board saying “SRI LANKA” in front of the whole world. If that’s what he wants, lock him up in his room and throw away the key. Plenty of world leaders have children. They manage them just fine.

It’s about time, Mr. Sirisena, that you put the brakes on this farce. It didn’t work out for your predecessor: it’s not going to work out for you.

*Yudhanjaya Wijeratne is a contributor to Colombo Telegraph, his articles can be found on his blog, icaruswept.com

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  • 24
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    Be careful comrade. I am hoping you do not live in Sri Lanka. A White or Black Van might come for you and you might get pistol whipped in Daham style as he did at Nilaveli

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      Mr. Wijeratne, this is good to EDUCATE the youth on doing the right thing, which politicians in Sri Lanka do not do. The culture of impunity and immunity for corrupt and criminal politicians is flourishing.

      Sirisena is an uneducated man – less educated than even Mahinda Jarapassa. He is also Sri Lanka’s ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENT who came to power because people were fed up with Jarapassa and lets not forget Ranil WIckramasinghe who treats Jarapassa like royalty.

      But the greater education for us all is that Sri Lanka needs a Merit-based culture rather than a feudal culture based on nepotism.

      MERIT-based means achievement, qualifications, skills, honesty, integrity and demonstrated potential for LEADERSHIP by a person should be the basis for selection to attend such meetings as the Youth Summit of the UN or any position in the country, whether in the business sector or government.
      But Sinhala voting public and polity is still rather backward in its mentality with regard to authority.

      Also, young women should be given preference because they tend to be marginalized in such selections. MERIT based promotions and selection to all government posts should be the operative word.

      Unfortunately the word merit in Sri Lanka has a different connotation because of the Buddhist discourse. In Sinhala society merit is all about feeding Buddhist monks (Dhana) to gain (pin) or merit for the next life. This is not the meaning of the word merit in English used to differentiate between those who ACHIEVE high position in society because of intelligence and hard work, rather than those who INHERIT positions. Sri Lanka is a feudal society and politics and political culture is the most feudal segment of Sri Lankan society – where MP positions are passed from father to son regardless of whether the son has any qualifications or a criminal record. Look at Sajith Premadasa who lied about getting a degree from the London School of Economics who thinks that he is born to be UNP leader and PM and President of Sri Lanka just because he is the son of President R. Premadasa who achieved his position?! Within one generation the transformation has been made. Or look as Dimu Jayatne’s son who is implicated in drugs smuggling… This article should be translated to educate the Sinhala public who vote in corrupt politicians, rather than for those who are educated and honest.

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      Family bandism and nepotism is a part of Sri Lankan political culture/tradition. Right from the beginning, DS Senanayake brought his son Dudley Senanayake into politics. After SWRD Bandaranayke, his wife Sirimavo Bandaranayke entered politics. Sirimavo Bandaranayke brought her children Chandrika and Anura into politics. JR Jayawardena brought his nephew Ranil Wickramasinghe into politics. When Chandrika Bandaranayke was president her mother was prime minister, her brother was speaker and her uncle was defense minister. Mahinda Rajapakshe did it in a large scale with most of his brothers and sons and now it is Maithreepala Sirisena’s turn. Even though he talked against family bandism and nepotism, looks like he is also following the same old Sri Lankan political culture/tradition by bringing his son and daughter into politics. However much the media try to expose such things, changing our culture is not as easy as we talk.

  • 50
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    Yudhanjaya,

    Well said mate.

    Sirisena junior,

    Read, and if it is possible, try to understand. I am absolutely disgusted because I voted for your father. The deal did not include you, and your useless antics (or your retarded facebook page representing us). You are a non-entity. If you behave like this you will remain a non-entity.

    PS: If you have time, pass the message along to your bull in the China shop sister too.

    Many thanks

  • 37
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    YW

    Excellent! Well said! You took the words right out of my mouth. Hope MR see this and understands this was a big blunder to say the least.

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      Error correction!

      It is not MR (Above) but MS

  • 23
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    Mr. Rajapakse has a filthy mouth and has no hesitant to show his emotions publicly. Mr. Gamarala(ge) learnt from that. Other than that there is no different between these two long time working partners. I think this Gamarala is ugly cunning liar and could be more dangerous than emotional MR to the future of the country.
    UN is wasting their resources on SL, another 5 years would flow without doing anything constructively. Sirisena would show the world how good SBs could lie on the face.

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      You should be an idiot of high grade not to get Mahinda Jarapakshe but to attack Mr. Siirisena this way. To you and the ilk, Mahinda Jarapkahse could be the man – but mark my word, his true colours are still not known to anyone -nor has former UPFA secretary been aware of that. MR is selfish idiot of rare kind – he has guts to sit with the current rulers, as got to see yestreday, as if he is fully naked to this day. MR has no whatsoever respect to anything: Bugger behaves as if he is resistent, but it is the real stupidity. But Mr. Sirisena is a person who risked the life for us- us who fought to chase away MR out of sight, but his efforts did not work fully since the country is half filled by idiots (voters that voted for criminals and others). Mr. Sirisena cant be accoutable for all the mess the bugger et al left behind: You guys should also be blamed to have supported to MR et al.
      My foot – MR had just added his thought without any respect. His wording were more less similar to that of his step son-WIMAL BURUWASNE. Latter was known Thummulle wimale for many EVEN today.

  • 21
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    Good guidance that My3 and his offspring are well advised to take.

    Ah but then, the rot has well and truly set in already. Look at the utterly reprehensible unrepresentative rogues such as SB being recruited into the Yahapalanaya government. There are 40 or so persons with chequered pasts within the Yahapalanaya government. Those who advised MR are now advising My3. Those consultants do not have an iota of understanding what nepotism really means.

    So there you go.

  • 29
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    Kudos to you mate,
    Call spade a spade

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      But you guys sealed off your both ends at the time MR bugger et al destroyed the nation; even worked hard to get him back. Why ?while living in the UK, you guys need to learn more about democracyy, dont you think so, Today, you guys have the press freedom, but at the time, bugger was in high office, were you able to attack him this way ? Think it about.

  • 9
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    Such a shame that there are so many who make a big issue with this! Just consider the PLUNDER in every sphere of our lives in the past ten years, then think of the CATASTROPHIC period between about 1980 till now, and then go back further to the Independence, the events following the death of P.M. D.S. Senanayake. It least now we have a chance to regain our lost heritage but if we concentrate in pointing fingers at people like Daham Sirisena just because he accompanied his father to the U.N., make a stink about My3’s daughter looking at various matters pertaining to the administration of the nation her father is the President, then we are loosing our focus on what is important. Its the ECONOMY, stupid. Nothing else is as vital to this land as a vibrant economy that will cause the people of this land to regain their dignity and vitality and zest for life.

    If you consider what happened in the past ten years, this episode of Daham’s visit is a mere Sunday School picnic !! Lets see what the Budget is going to look like, lets look at the balance of payment, lets look at the traffic in Colombo, lets look at getting produce to the market without wastage, Primary Health Care, children and the vulnerable and so many other important matters, than THIS.

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      Kumaran

      It you that has lost the plot. To do do all what you said about the economy, the leader must be a credible leader. When a leader like MS shows the same traits that MR showed then we know we are in danger!Once the leader becomes a dishonest and their children take over running the country then everything falls apart.

      The early signs are not good . But the forum members are sounding their concerns to MS so that he can take cognizance of the fact his citizens are watching such stupid moves. I still have hope that MS will change.

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      Kumaran,

      All your arguments are beside the point. The point is in YAHAPALANA you expect these leaders to live by what they preach. It is not that this single incident of this 22 yrs old boy accompanying his farther. It is about these leaders’ audacity to contradict BLATANTLY what they preach and think all Sri Lankans to be bovine. Why all these respondents are piqued by this specter? It is precisely because if these leaders violate what they preach so publicly, imagine what they would do in obscurity, in backroom deals? Thousand times worse !! We are really an asinine nation to saddled with these type of leaders

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      Kumaran,

      I am sure you are not stupid, but acting as a mouthpiece for Sirisena the Liar. You now should know and I know, that Sirisena has charted his course carefully to follow the footsteps of the banished Rajapaksas.

      First was the one he pulled on Ranil Wickramasinghe to accept a “National Government”. In truth it is an anti-national Government. Izeth Hussain go to hell with your Meliorist Politics. Unbelievable how an octogenerian can be that stupid, unless its a disguise for dishonesty.

      Second the appointment to Parliament of bastard politicians rejected by the People.

      Third the Investigation Circus stage managed with the clownish Attorney General, the FCID and what have you to “punish” the marauding thugs and thieves of the past government. “There is no evidence against KP to prosecute” was a classic. Is there any sense if these investigations will take 20 years to complete, and the thugs and the thieves complete two or three full terms as MPs and other bosses of Government entities?

      Third, he unleased the daughter on the unsuspecting public servants and the gamayas in Polonnaruwa, as a sign of things to come. The latest is that he foisted his buffoon of a son, on the UN and International Elite, masquerading at the United Nations as Deputy President of Sri Lanka. But I am sure this is Sirisena’s way of saying I will do what I damn well please. The other clown Sarath de Alwis has provided a fine defence of family banditry in yesterday’s CT article “Do Fish Drink Water – Does Nepotism Matter?”

      My question to Ranil is simple? Aren’t you ashamed to confine your role to that of the eunuch, pretending to be the partner in Sirisena’s Yahapalanaya? Have you pondered the damage you are doing to the country by giving credence to this thieving, deceiving, lying misery of a usurping President?

      Your “so many other important matters” will never get done if Sirisena is given free reign as a Bull in a China Shop, of which what I have described are sure signs.

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      I think the point of all the uproar is that people want to NIP NEOPOTISM AT THE BUD…. we hung around while the Rajapaksha’s ran riot with their family.

      Sirisena’s main message during the election was a non-nepotistic few years in power and he’s doing the same thing.

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    I think it’s time to put a stop to this story. Storm in the teacup for the moment as long it does not repeats itself.

    Nation building is more important than these trivial matters.
    What Daham ate and what he wore and who shook hands with him so trivial to continue the story for days and days.
    Come on CT stop harassing the family now. We can clearly see the displeasure of the nation and every
    Tom Dick aNnd Harry has expressed their disgust.

    Enough and start building our nation in proper manner.
    Watch out to see who will plunder the cash flow from the UNHCR INVESTIGATION which will be handed over to the YAHAPALANAYA soon to be used for the investigation of Human Rights violation ect.

    Expose those criminal activities as and when takes place. CT please we have heard enough of Daham and his sister.
    If the sister wants to do some Humanity work in the village/country it’s good and well.
    We need to praise her . No need for the Cameras to follow her up and make a big issue out of it.

    I call it for the good of the country.

    Folks don’t be jealous.

    You the people including myself did not expose when the last Regime’s brats spent lavishly on the state you all kept mum. Ok ok there was impunity at the time, no freedom of speech then.!! So they were allowed to BANKRUPT OUR NATION WHILE WE CLOSED OUR EYES AND SHUT OUR WRITING SKILLS.
    There’s a limit for everything, Daham has not Bankrupted the nation has he ? He did not block Colombo Roads and have a Race in his Lamborghini…
    Come on chaps we need to calm down now.

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      Analyst,

      Choose another name: your analytical skills are zero.

      We are not closing our eyes for the second time. We did once, and the Medamulana clan got rich and Sri Lanka became the disgrace of the world; the President did not feel welcome to visit any respectable country. We are not going to do that again.

      The victims here, under the YaMapalanaya which the government is fast becoming, are Sri Lanka at every level, on every subject, and of course Ranil Wickremasinghe who has been hijacked.

      The Liar Sirisena first tested the water with his brother, the proven timber thief, by allowing him to get away with the SLT heist, then the daughter who was foisted on the villagers in Polonnaruwa, and the now the booruwa son far worse than that clown Namal being foisted on the UN and other International elites. Is this the best of Sri Lanka’s young, that the President can take to New York? Thumbs up, those who are ready to fart in the face of this Sirisena?

      No, we are not going to calm down. We are not going to allow Daham to bankrupt the nation; nor disgrace her. We are not going to allow him to block Colombo roads, racing his Lamborghini. We are not going to close our eyes to nepotism, cronyism, and banditry. It is heartening to hear Anura Kumara D speak of galvanizing a mass upheaval specifically against the perversion of the public will.

      The third class Sirisena of broken promises and his cronies and relatives will bite the dust, unless they repent and change course. But then, when was a leach content to stay on the mattress.. it always slithers down to the grass.

      Sirisenaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa? (with apologies to Booruwanse)

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        @truth speaker
        Please change your name to another.

        Who wants to see the return of Nepotism ,Cronyism And Bandyism.
        I feel the same too. Haven’t you made your point for days and days. We all have got the point same as the spoilt Brat too I am sure by now. Think about something else now , that how to build this shattered nation not going on and on in the same band wagon.
        Challenging the President is not going to have effect. The author of this article is lucky to write filth like this now and here.
        As I have mentioned earlier he would have been white vanned during the last regime, then he was busy grovelling during the last regime for crumbs,,,!!!’ so no worries.

        The President should come back and explain to the country why he did that and if any dues from his son’s expenses should be PAID by the President to put the matter to rest.

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          Analyst,

          I thank you for the response. It has saved time and space to illustrate your analytical skills that are missing. You have done it for me.

          Your analysis tells you that we cannot do anything because “Challenging the President is not going to have effect”. You are also a bayagulla because you are afraid of the white van. Unless you were deaf and blind, you should know that hundreds of activists were creating awareness of the misdeeds of the Rajapaksas. CT itself carried on the campaign against the past regime. Lanka E News did a yeoman service. The people were well informed because of these journalists and many, many others, when election time came, to take the broom against Mahinda Rajapaksa.

          Sirisena was a nobody in politics for 40 years, and who was a willing slave of Rajapaksa in the 10 years up to 2014. When Rev Sobitha, Chandrika and others spoke to him about coming forward as Common Candidate, he saw an opportunity to change his uneventful slavish existence. He grabbed it. He was not elected President for his character, education, skills, goodness, or past achievements. Even a pambaya would have sufficed to come forward as Common Candidate. The CC camp transformed Pambaya Sirisena to look Presidential. There was no risk to life or limb as claimed. Rajapakse did not believe Sirisena was a threat. He was convinced he would be treated as a joke by the electorate. Rajapakse even went to the extent of ridiculing Sirisena, by presenting a caricature, a look-alike of Sirisena, as a rival candidate! There was no threat to Sirisena’s life AT ALL. If Mahinda wanted to, he could have despatched Sirisena with the ease of taking a pee in the backyard.

          Sirisena agreed to be Common Candidate because he was an opportunist. Those traits have been coming to the fore gradually. His brother’s heist of SLT was the start. He is showing more potential, now that he has been President for nearly nine months.

          Sirisena was not elected President because the People believed in him, but people believed in the patriots who decorated him. He made promises to the country as the Common Candidate. It is our duty to make sure he fulfills his promises.

          What are the promises he made?

          1. He will rid the country of the culture of corruption; he will punish those who are guilty of past corruption. His actions speak volumes which can be summarized as “What corruption?”. When he brings the candidates defeated at the polls through the back door – the National List – that spoke volumes.

          2. He exploits the Ranil reputation as a person who is incapable of holding power for long, to discourage him from taking he reigns of power. Ranil could have easily formed a government without the SLFP if Sirisena dropped his pretence of “loving the SLFP” too much and gave Ranil the necessary encouragement and cooperation. He could have had a comfortable majority in Parliament. No. Sirisena wanted Power, not to be a ceremonial President, like the CC camp promised the electorate. I wonder whether Chandrika or Sobitha speak to this fraud anymore.

          3. Sirisena promised on behalf of the CC platform to do away with the Executive Presidency. With the direct support and cooperation of the SLFP/UPFA, the 19th Amendment was tortured and mutilated, and with the greatest difficulty restricted the Presidency to two terms. This was a betrayal.

          4. After the Paliamentary elections, he was instrumental in creating a so-called National, but in reality an anti-national government, incorporating the same rotten elements that he himself condemned, and who were rejected by the People at the polls. This act was immoral because there was no need to bring in criminal elements into the Government. With this dastardly action he reneged on his major promise to rid the country of the corrupt political culture. He proved himself unworthy, not only as President, but even as a human being. Some have defended this action as trying to make the best of a difficult situation. They are hypocrites. One was Izeth Hussain with his Meliorist theory, and another more recently Sarath de Alwis asking whether fish drank water! The Parliamentary election result enabled Ranil to have a majority of untainted Parliamentarians to run a decent government. Sirisena thwarted it.

          5. Another important promise that fundamentally affects our future as a nation is where he promised to enact the Freedom of Information Act. Without such legislation, all acts that brings dirty money for politicians have been hidden away with impunity from public view. There is no word about it. The promise lies broken.

          6. Punishment of criminality of the previous regime. Why does Sirisena keep that soththi Attorney General who says nothing can be done to prosecute KP and the many, many crooks, robbers, rapists and murderers that abound in our fair Isle? Why is Sirisena silent about recruiting an army of qualified investigators, prosecutors and judges to do this work? The present investigative and judicial procedures and personnel are totally inadequate to handle the sheer volume of work. Additionally these institutions are loaded with agents of the crooks. The answer should be clear to everyone. Sirisena has much to hide. He is in cahoots with criminal elements.

          So, Analyst, your conclusion is, we do nothing about the President’s dishonesty. No way. Recall what we all did to rid the country of the Rajapakse disease. We warn Sirisena. How? By shouting out the warning to him. If he does not repent, if he does not reverse course, we repeat the mass education we carried out during the Rajapaksa regime. Commenting on CT articles is part of it. Hats off to Yudhanjaya Wijeratne for being forthright and clear, so that, the People will know, before it is too late, of Sirisena’s evil ways. Then when voting time comes we will install good people to govern the country.

          This is not easy and the result is not guaranteed. But we will fail in our duty as Citizens if we did not try. First let us persist with our attacks on his Nepotism, which is the seed of corruption.

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    I do not agree with this authors style of expression . Give a bit of respect to our President as the President of our country.
    Would he have expressed the same way for the Ex President?? Certainly would have been shipped off to far away land.
    This is the problem with the Srilankans and Srilanka is too backward.

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      Let him earn that respect. Let him not behave like the previous ‘regiment’, then he will be greatly respected everywhere.

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        Don’t blame the boy for his English, that’s the kind of Singhlish you all wanted Remember ?? Nationalism Swabhasha medium , Singhala only, all that crap we all wanted 60 Years ago?!?!

        Now whether a Royal or St Thomas ‘. product or from the village all speak the same language. Singhlishm.

        That’s what you get , crap generation. Wasted unintelligent Modayas.

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          only a[Edited out] will say that just because German Chancellor, French President, Russian or Japanwse Prime Minister does not address the UN in English, they are “Wasted unintelligent Modayas”.

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      “Would he have expressed the same way for the Ex President?? “.

      Mate, it does not have to be him. Your question has to be Would anyone have expressed the same way for the Ex President??
      The answer is an overwhelming yes. Many of you did just that. It is called politics. If you are in the wrong, then the criticism will be levelled at you, no matter what.

      “Give a bit of respect to our President as the President of our country.”

      Since you all gave plenty of respect to the former President, you are perfectly justified in demanding this.

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    Nice one Yudhanjaya – you hit that nail squarely on the head!

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    Mr Wijeratne, I agree that this was wrongful and cheeky for president Sirisena to have taken his son who has no official position to the UN. I agree and do not deny that this act was uncalled for and such bravado goes against the doctrines of good governance. However, here’s what I don’t get. Where the hell were you journalist that are crying fowl when the country was in desperate need for a voice during the days of the MR regime? Wasn’t this the time that journalist and mass media should have made their loudest opposition calling out for an all out “revolution” and declaring war on that MR-government by allying with the opposition for a regime change? As I read through the CT, I am alarmed at the chivalry from a few journalist like you who have the audacity to call this kid out now that the brutal militarized oppression has ended, media censorship is at its minimum, electronic media and information blockades lifted, the white van culture and extra judicial killings terminated by this new Sirisena goverment. Yet, here we have some smart Alex’s calling out the presidents son as “Look Here, Mr. Sirisena”? Mr. Wijeratne, do I have news for you. Continue this attitude and you may just see the real tyranny coming back to haunt and crash the party. The President is well aware of it and did get the message. Get lost Mr. Wijeratne because Mr. Sirisena does not intend to be the new SORRY-Sena in town.

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      “Where the hell were you journalist that are crying fowl when the country was in desperate need for a voice during the days of the MR regime?”

      What an idiotic question. If the MAJORITY of the jurnos and voters did not want a change MR would still be in power. Were you expecting 100% support from all for RW-CBK-My3 triade?

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    Yudhanjaya never went to college. Daham did ;)

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    “Right now, he’s a gormless 22-year old so stupid that he typed in the dictionary definition of nepotism and then argued against it and ended up pleading not to be placed in the same category as Namal Rajapaksa and Co.”

    Is Daham not qualified enough to join the Navy? That would give him something to do until the next elections.

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    Every one happy? Stomachs full? Good!

    Lets see what the blardy hell is happening to the Rupee. Why you ask?
    Don’t bother to answer….

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      Just paying for all the “loans” taken during the last 10 years!

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    Yo, Mr Wijeratne has dazzled us with a virtuoso piece.

    Our latest ‘enfant terrible’ Daham Sirisena, now joins our very own Sri Lanka BRAT PACK to entertain us at regular intervals in bars and nightclubs around the country. Other members are Malaka, Rehan, Lohan, Narada, Kanchana and they are supported by a number of faceless ones, lucky that their appachchi’s are not household names.

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    Stupid who don’t utter any to President or his son okay that’s non of ur business whether the president takes his son to UN or any other country when the previous regime president took his wife and many politicians to several countries not a single Sri Lankan opened his mouth so why you are talking bullshit.

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    I had a lot of respect for your paper and Uvindu. However, you guys need to understand that just writing against leader of the Nation. Doesn’t make itself that you are hood writer or paper.

    Just think, UNP had no candidate who could win that election. PRESIDENT Sirisena took the challenge and risks his life and of his family. They ended an era where there was no media freedom. He opened the doors for is to talk, move freely in the country.

    Let us give him some time, let us focus on economy, education and infrastructure development.

    If we criticize let us do it constructively. This is mere mud sligging and we don’t agree Yudhanjaya style too :D

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    Very well expressed Mr Wijeratne. We voted for this change in government not be at the receiving end of same treatment only exception a different president. Mr President, we admired you as leader when you made the change for the whole country, but in typical Sri Lankan style you seem to be changing all your promises. According to Colombo society the best person to speak to regarding business transaction is either your son, your son in law, your brother dudley and your brother Kumarasinghe……….please change your ways and be the true leader we want you to be….

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    Yudhanjaya Wijeratne –

    You think, that you are big shot.

    YOU ARE Just a stupid ARROGANT – idiot.

    Did you ever hear something called “Pidiya yuththan pideema”

    Most probably not.

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      Jimmy, forget about these things. Just concentrate on getting your softie up and shooting.

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    Congratulations mate, I breath better freer after reading your article. Someone had to do that to MS and you did it with flying colors.

    Anyway, I do not think it will have any effect on MS. MR was a dictator, a moron but he cared when people criticized him. Sometimes he corrected his ways.

    On the other hand MS does not care what we think. He will carry on regardless. Mark my word. He may sometimes tell someone to photoshop but nothing is going to change in the way he thinks.

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    The sharpest and wittiest piece of writing on the topic till date. If this doesnt put a bitter taste in the mouth of the young aspiring politician, i dont know what will…

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    He was taken just to stir a row that would eclipse the budget and we fell for it I guess! Must obviously be the same type of an ungrateful like father like son indeed. He may be the Guv of Potuville.

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    How many president’s had their kids sit behind at UN ?
    MR too was good first few months…siri has started too?

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    I challenge that person to go and study what Rajapaksha did . And today seen in our country extremly pathetic repurcussions. First criticize previous leader and then come to todays People who are licking shoes of Rajapaksha would never tell what sort of rascals thay are

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    I share the opinion that Daham had no place there. And if stories of his past whilst his father was a minister are true, then he seems like an unpleasant chap.

    I do have a question for my fellow contributors here. If the offspring of the the Head of State had the right ‘qualifications’-for example if Daham had a Phd in International Relations and had written widely on the subject-would there still be an issue with him going on this trip? Or is it the case that if you are the children of the President you must take a back seat because any prominent position would come under the label of nepotism?

    I have no dog in this fight, just curious to read people’s views. Thanks-NF

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      If it was neccesary for the President to take an advisor such as you describe, the best man for the job should have been taken. If it happened to be his son, that would not have mattered. The public would have accepted that he was the most suitable person.

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    This is not good governance. Good governance incorporates good public relations.

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    President Sirisena, we had doubts about your integrity and culture when you said “Bambuwa” at a public rally. But we thought that you understood what “Yahapalanya” really means and you observed what happened to the leaders who tried to promote their kith and kin here and abroad. We thought you have learned from others mistakes and will not make the same mistakes.We know that “Blood is thicker than the water”. Take an example from Lee Kuan Yew. He brought his son to limelight only after he qualified and attained certain maturity. We expected you to be like that. Please don’t do this mistake again and let down those who voted for you. We want Ranil and you to build a “New Sri Lanka”.

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    It is sad indeed that the accusers of the past should themselves indulge in the same bad practices. There is a word for it which is hypocrisy.

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    I know everyone’s making a huge deal about this but doesn’t the UN allow for members attending an Assembly to bring guests? I have no clue what big D is like and the fact that he can’t turn a phrase to save his life does raise some questions about his level of intellect. But I think we are wailing and gnashing teeth at the wrong end of the stick. There was nothing illegal or immoral about the fact of him being there – hell if my Dad were making a speech at the general assembly I’d want to be there to cheer him on and I think my Dad would likely want me to be there too. And yes if I attended business events with my Dad (which I have) I’d be introduced to his colleagues. I’m not going to throw a hissy fit of pique just because someone else’s kid hit the genepool jackpot and got to shake hands with a few world leaders. There was no fault in My3 taking him along.The fault occurs if the general public had to pay for it and that’s what i want to know and no-one is querying. I have no problem with him taking his kid to the UN I have a big problem with him paying for it with my tax money.

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