18 September, 2021

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‘Mahinda Rajapaksa Is A Sinhalese Extremist’ – Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew,  the Father of Singapore and father of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore has described Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa as a Sinhalese Extremist and what happened in Sri Lanka in 2009 as ethnic cleansing.

Lee Kuan Yew

This statement of Lee is a matter with great import. All these years criticism from outside was dismissed by the Sri Lankan government as by colonialists. But this is by a respected Asian leader. After Singapore’s Senior Minister has spoken thus, will Singapore feel free to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November?

These comments were made during lengthy conversations with the author of the book Prof. Thomas Plate, Citizen Singapore: How To Build A Nation – Conversations with Lee Kwan Yew, Marshall Cavendish,  2011.

Surprisingly such comments of great import in a 2011 book are making it into the public domain only 2 years later.

Author Thomas Gordon Plate is an American journalist, internationally syndicated columnist and a Professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA as its Distinguished Scholar of Asian and Pacific Studies.

Specifically Lee Kuan Yew has said of President Rajapaka and Sri Lanka, “[Sri Lanka] is not a happy, united country. Yes, they have beaten the Tamil Tigers this time, but the Sinhalese who are less capable are putting down a minority of Jaffna Tamils who are more capable. They were squeezing them out. That’s why the Tamils rebelled. But I do not see them ethnic cleansing all two million-plus Jaffna Tamils. The Jaffna Tamils have been in Sri Lanka as long as the Sinhalese.”

Plate: “So what Asia saw was ethnic cleansing?”

Lee: “That’s right.”

Plate: “They [the Tigers] will come back, you think?”

Lee: “I don’t think they are going to be submissive or go away. The present President of Sri Lanka believes he has settled the problem; Tamil Tigers are killed and that is that.”

Plate: “See, that’s really a fascinating point, because to the extent that we have any sense of who you are at all, we think of you as this hard-boiled force­ first guy. But in fact your system of government is much softer, consensual and intelligent, whereas what the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka are doing is a caricature of an LKY who never existed.”

Lee: “I’ve read his speeches and I knew he was a Sinhalese extremist. I cannot change his mind.”

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    Well said. It is harsh, but honest. If Rajapakse had any sense he would listen to a voice of experience and wisdom, and try to change….instead we will see an orchestrated response from the regime and their loyalists, denigrating Lee Kuan Yew. Sinhala extremism has raised it;s ugly head once again, in the form of rogue Buddhist monks attacking Sri Lankans belonging to minority religions. What more proof than the outrageous attacks on Churches and Mosques, and the silence of the majority government leaders?
    This is a big blow to rajapaksa, who until now has basked in the support of other Asian leaders.

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      This is a big blow to rajapaksa

      Wake up , did you hear this first time , then you better go back to sleep, MR don’t care what this guy says, made several attempts to stop the war, couldn’t do that now talking baila

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        ‘MR don’t care what this guy says’

        Thats because he is having the smallest brain a man could have.
        MR is a megalomaniac power freak. He is suffering from a terrible inferiority complex. He doesnt have the Background, Wealth, Education, Looks or at least a thing called DECENCY of Bandaranaikes, Senanayakes, Wickramasinghe or Jayawardenes.

        A man became the leader by sheer luck and the support the JVP (The biggest mistake that JVP comitted after their rebellion).
        He doesnt have a personality or charisma. ‘A proud father’ ‘A sensitive leader’ were demanded by himself from those so called advisors around him. Banging his chest with both hands in public and caressing babies heads are stupid fake shows.
        Let me put it this way, An A/L passed students qualification is higher than that of MR+Basil+Gota combined together. Old Nalandians (I ommit Thurston), Anadians+ J.Fernandopulle (late) know this so well.
        The family has to go. And they have to go fast. Thats that!

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          DECENCY of JRJ, Ranil… hahahahaha
          What is that?

          JRJ created the 1983 anti-Tamil riots and Ranil supported it. Further Ranil carved out an area for the LTTE criminals.

          Hmm.. what kind of decency!

          MR is a lawyer.. Dont you know it?

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            LMAO….. YES WE KNOW HE IS A lower AND A LAWYER, So is his son Namal…, who did the Law exam by himself in isolation from an air conditioned room, where he was fed with the answers by the ones who set the papers… ASK NAMAL TO ARGUE A CASE IN COURTS… THAT WILL BE THE DAY…

            ISNT IT ALSO A KNOWN FACT THAT LAWYERS ARE PROFESSIONAL lIARS….

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              I do not why we cant file a case against the Principal of the Law College. Bar association is deaf and dumb about it.

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              Hundreds of lawyers dont argue anything in courts. So, your arguments are biased to fool others.

              Why cannot you file a case against him in any court?

              Lawyers are liars. hahaha Then you have to check your brain!

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            Yah yeah Leela we know his Lawyership. Without saying about it why do you think commenter Gurusinhe added Fernandopulle’s name. It didnt stike to your D head. Ha ha ha lawyer lol :)
            Most of the people with some basic knowlegde know how he had become a lawyer without even proper O/L results. Even that O/L paers too were answered by his older paksa in a remote town, some say.
            You are a pakka comedian Leela! You always amusing us with your humor although its so cheap.

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            Forget about J R or RANIL W.

            He is a LAWYER OR

            LOWER.

            Ma be for Divorce Cases.

            MY Axx, You Imposer,

            This Malabari does not have any education in his soul.

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              JRJ was also lawyer. But you get hurt when UNP comes. In your view UNP morons have all the rights to do all crimes.

              Note: JRJ was also a Malabari descendant coolie came from Kerala with Portuguese!

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          “That’s because he is having the smallest brain a man could have.”
          Then can you guess size of our brains?
          Kohomada MR Apita Dena Play Eka Chuti Molen!!
          Anura

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          Not the ballot but the bullet will solve the headache of us all soon. This will become the reality sooner than people think. See nobody would support him looking at the manner – he handled Weliveriya incident recently. No any other leaders in the past, took any actions closer to those of this man. What is appeared to be seen people have no powers to react, but every right thinking (becoming the majority as seen to the moment)would not allow rulers to continue.
          I myself listened to a video in which Dayasiri holds his political speeches focusing on his candidacy for the upcoming election. There he dares to say – that he would stammer other stories about what was being criticized by him before. People in those gatherings applauded loudly – see this is the reality of stupid average masses of this country. So, can we ever get rid of these CRIMINALS ?

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          I dont think – he does not care, but he has no brains to react – this the educated masses are very clear. Now with innocent killings due to lack of vision in leadership, if not the ministry of defence – MR himself together with his criminal minded brother GOTA, who to be responsible for have ordered army to use bullets against the unarmed village demonstrators. That police officer clearly said that he himself felt that the water is stinking, so there is no point to go against the protesters, but authorities should help them in finding a solution. Some said they have been contamintaed to the masses Chenobyl, Bopal or other disasters occured in the past in Russia and India respectively. Even though the magnitude of the disaster can be lower, the impact on human beings on long is dangerous. Water related researchers are well aware, UNCLEAN water can affect on consumer´s health. No doubt all these but the rulers just ignore the issue for the last 10 years seem to have created unsolvable problems in peoples health. Anyway, that alone indicates the so called vision the leadership and other authorities own in finding solutions for the people.

          If people are sane, if significant masses in the country grasp the reality only, there can be a greter future fo this nation, else, they have to stay in dark perhaps for decades long.

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        kk when did anyone attempt to stop the War and save VP? This was a ploy by the Americans just to get VP and the LTTE out of their stronghold Kilinochchi which had enough Bunkers to provide protection to the LTTE and the civilians. If as alleged VP was using the civilians as a Human Shield, he could have done so remaining behind in Kilinochchi, rather than on a Beach Front with no cover at all. Besides in Kilinochchi the place was well fortified with Land Mines that would have made it that much difficult for the Forces to finish the LTTE and win the war compared to what was done by luring them to a beach front with the promise of a way out, only to be massacred. So the Americans and the Indians NEVER tried to save VP nor stop the War as speculated but served as a roost to cover their involvement of helping MR. That is all.

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          The same Americans and the Indians who trapped VP will trap Rajapakses also……..and Rajapakses know about it.

          BBS is Rajapakse created Kuds force to hide behind when the going get tuff, but it could backfire on them also.

          Rajapakses playing dirty politics will ultimately bring their own downfall.

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        No worries! The Rajapassa Brothers and SONS are digging their graves as we speak and it will soon be CURTAINS for them.

        A War Crimes trial for the Big 3 – Mahinda the criminal clown, Goon Godat, and Mr 20 percent – Basil the thief.

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        Don’t be so naive. What Lee Kuan Yew says may not make the rajapaksa’s ashamed, but it will make a big impact in the world, and affect the already negative impression the Sri Lankan government has earned for itself, with Weliweriya and Gampaha violence. It must be hard for you to comprehend this.

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          Weliweriya Massacre showed to the world the true face of Rajapakses.They cannot get away from it.

          The Rajapakse criminal cold blooded murderers should be brought to Justice, either locally or through International courts.

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      Egalitarianism Lee Kwan Yew may wanted to project now, he had foreseen the coming-up problem of Muslim population growth in Singapore.

      Lee started a vigorous family planning campaign in 1959. Abortion and sterilization were legalized in 1970, and women were urged to get sterilized after their second child. The government penalized parents for having more than two children between 1969 and 1972. Lee expected everyone to follow government birth control policies.

      By 1980s, Lee realized the folly. He noticed that Chinese population growth has come down but not that of the Muslim Malays. He learned that Malay’s were growing at 2.69% whereas Chinese growth was just 1.65% and going down. He knew if this rate continued Malays would take over Singapore in just a few decades.

      Lee started to change the tactics. Goh Chok Tong announced a new slogan: Have Three or More. Government announced that mothers with a third child would get 750 SGD in child relief (factoring historic exchange rates, this was about $662 in 2010 US dollars). If a mother had three ‘O’-level passes in one sitting, she would qualify for an enhanced child relief rebate (lowered from a threshold of five passes). Having a fourth child would qualify for enhanced child relief of 750 SGD plus 15% of the mother’s income, up to $10000 SGD.

      Actually Lee expected educated Chinese to buy government’s three or more child policy. But only Malay’s continued to grow.

      So, in 1989 Lee came up with a new idea. He publicly said that the lower Chinese birth rate justified the government’s program of encouraging Chinese immigration from Hong Kong. According to him, the Chinese majority must be maintained, “or there will be a shift in the economy,both the economic performance and the political backdrop which makes that economic performance possible.”

      And Lee managed to increase the Chinese population in Singapore to 77%. How is that for a man who accuse MR a racist.

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        ‘How is that for a man who accuse MR a racist’

        Leela – LKY must be upset with MR because MR is making Sri Lanka a ‘Sino Lanka’ and would over take Singapore in populating Chinese in here.
        Yew is a racist or not he never made Rabied Dog Senas or allowed his supportes to carry out looting, killing, harassing innocent people. He let all people to live peacefully in S’pore unlike the Gon Raja.

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        But the problem with the Sinhala majority’s birthrate decline is Horoscope dependency, women marry aged with depleted fertility eggs and men without erectile dysfunction due to drunkenness or veneral disease due to lecherous peekaboo out of wedlock.

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          #natabun, (fossil?) you didn’t mention high prevalence of homosex esp. lesbs and inability to get an easy divorce so they are insecure over ‘others’ marrying and producing, however the social status ladder is slippery, with the hope of emigration to greener pastures initially they welcomed the exodus too, now they fear diaspora esp. a new Muslim diaspora (oxymoron?) in the womb, formative!

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        K A S LEELA
        Do not Worry;

        We will have Chinese, very soon in every corner of the country,

        Why take from Hong Kong?,

        we take DIRECT FROM MAINLAND CHINA..

        You see!

        Soon, we will have a Presidential Candidates with Chinese eyes.

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      Lee simply threw any opposition member of parliament in jail and ruled S’Pore without opposition.

      If any one want the same just signal MARA and he will consider it!

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        We want You to be thrown in to Jail .

        Because you are an Imposter with Bad Smell.

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        Mokan who told you all these

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      Mahinda seems to be Happy being a Big Fish, in the Small Pond of Sri Lanka. He can never hope to be like Lee Kwan Yew, Who is a Big Fish, in the Big Pond of World Politics.

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      Lee Kwan Yew….runs a Chinese ruled / dominated nation…
      Where the Malay minority is discriminated…

      This is a big talk….attacking MR….who eliminated terrorism….
      Lee…with the help of the British Colonial forces did the same during early 1960’s….
      Fighting the so-called “communist”….Barisan Solialist Party..
      ( I lived in Singapore at that time )…..
      Vast violations of Human Rights….
      Jailing his opportunist to life in Changing Prison…

      Will Lee Kwan Yew….allow the 14% minority Malays in Singapore to break up the nation…??
      Better still….hand over Singapore to the Malays from whom the British robbed the islands…
      ….and then handed it over to the Chinese…

      This is just big talk to win the votes of the Tamils….
      6 % of the Singapore population….

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      Dr. Lee Kuan Yew,

      RE: ‘Mahinda Rajapaksa Is A Sinhalese Extremist’ – Lee Kuan Yew

      May you rest in peace.

      It is rather unfortunate, Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, did not have leaders of you calibre. All we had were Sinhala “Buddhist” Modayas, Average IQ 79, Electing, Sinhala Buddhist Modayas and Racists, and we are here now.

      1. Mahinda Rajapaksa Is A Sinhalese Extremist-Dr. Lee Kuan Yew.

      2. Mahinda Rajapaksa Is A Para-Sinhalese Liar.

      3. Mahinda Rajapaksa Is A Para-Sinhalese Liar.

      4. Mahinda Rajapaksa Is A Para-Sinhalese Crook.

      5. Mahinda Rajapaksa Is A Para-Sinhalese Criminal.

      6. Mahinda Rajapaksa Is the Head of the Para-Sinhalese Crooks, Robbers and Criminals, CRCs.

      7. Mahinda Rajapaksa Is A Sinhalese _______ _________ . Add the Other qualifications to “His Excellency”.

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    lee kwan yew is a chinese extremist autocratic thug . Rajapakse is a Saint compared to this guy .

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      You are the thug Abhaya.

      You who is an ardent supporter of MARA, never missing a chance to stand up to his ‘Thugocracy’. You are also an ardent supporter of BBS – the ‘thugdhamma’ practicing Budhist. I also watch your posts here and the language you always use is the language of a Sinhala Thug. I say in all honesty that you are a thug also.

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        The big thug was JR Jayawardene in the history of Sri lanka.

        MR never cry “WAR” with Tamil people. At least he try to speak in the language of the minorities.

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          so, every man who speaks Tamil understands Tamil problems? don’t hide behind a Tamil name, mate!

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            Every Tamil man dont understand the Tamil proble. If they understand, no problem now. Further I dont need to hide me under a Tamil name!

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            Siripala this is our Gewal Hora Leela.
            He is famous for Camel urine too.
            MR speaks Tamil or not, he cannot even put a Sinhala speech properly but Leela thinks he is a great orator. What he does is throwing his hands and legs when delivering a speech, that too with a teleprompter. MR is far better than JR & Ranil in English :) Lets not talk about it.
            Knowing the joker Leela, he might even say that MR speaks Hindi/Persian/Japanese etc.

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              However, Leela is no longer to see by that name.

              May be Gewal hora – Rajapskse boot licker are among us by any other usernames.

              I have now joined several foreign jouranlists asking /begging them to provide me with truth story of the head injuries of MAST murderer, drug trafficker, Duminda Silva.

              Immediately, valuable info are available about his real HEALTH HISTORY (directly from Singapore Hospital), top leadership has to answer several dozens of questions that stay unanswered sofar.

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        Even taxi drivers weere so damn scared to talk politics with tourists when LKY was the prime minister of Singapore. Why? Cos LKY was a dictator.

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      !st you need to understand the word THUG before commenting.

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      I think You are Wants tell the truth,
      but miss spelled,
      But canot help
      as you, your handler and Your governing thug bosses are sitting on their brains .
      as well as most of them are uneducated and suffering from Inferiority complex.

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      He is not a Chinese extremist. He is the greatest thinker in politics and nation building living in Asia today.

      I can tell you that he believes in a piece of the cake for Chinese, Malays and Tamils in Singapore.

      As a Tamil one need not worry about anti-Tamil pogroms periodically as Tamils in Sri Lanka fear all the time.

      Long live Lee Kuan Yew!

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        But Tamils love UNP thugs like JRJ, Premadasa.. why? Periodic pogroms are needed to the Tamil politics also!Now TNA is alligned to the same UNP. What the hell the Tamils want from UNP? Burning library again or another 1983?

        Tamils love VVT smugglers.. What a mind set!

        I dont think any Tamil will support smugglers like Kuttimani and Prabhakaran to lead them in Sigapore!

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          You are talking nonsense,

          If you don’t have any logical arguments,
          why don’t you keep quiet?

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            You are a dumb and think others are bloody fools and believe anything you bark.

            You cannot answer why Tamils fools always lick the boots of UNP thugs!

            Logical arguments.. What is that? Do you have any such things? You parrot the same idiotic Tamil propaganda while you have no logical or illogical explanation for the LOVE affairs of UNP and Tamil parties.

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        so u suggest lankan gov should start practising what Lee did in Singapore? :D

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          They are incapable of doing it, full stop.

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            One of the main secrets of keeping S’pore trouble free and maintain Lee’s admin is the strict regulation on demography. That is the ethnic distribution is the same through out SG.

            If SL practised that Jaffna would have a 70% Sinhala population while there would be a 70% sinhala population in Trinco.

            Do u want that? :D

            Actually U dont know what u support and who u support :D

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      This guy does not know or sees anything beyond his nose except the gorilla grin of his idol! He might be having the ‘grin’ plastered all over his walls and who knows on his backside as well in tattoo form!

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      Show of ignorance! It is in Singapore that you find currency in Malay, Tamil, Chinese, and English. Though the Chinese outnumber even the majority Sinhalese have here, the official language there is English, not Chinese. The forces of Singapore, whether it be police or military have all communities represented. There is China town, Arab street, Little India, Sri Lanka road etc, where the respective etho/national communities are allowed to hold to their own cultural traditions. And Lew Kwan Yew’s own son was copped for speeding and the father never interfered. Law is the same there for all, including politicians. Having lived there for 3 years, I know all these. What audacity to call Lee Kwan Yew an extremist?

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        WHEN SINGAPORE GOT INDEPENDENCE AND LEE KWAN YU WAS THE LEADER,
        HIS FATHER WAS WORKING IN A SRI LANKAN COMPANY -B.P. DE SILVA
        JEWELLERS.

        HE STUDIED IN OXFORD AND HE ALWAYS SAYS THAT SINGAPORES SUCCESS IS IN HAVING ENGLISH AS THE STATE LANGUAGE

        LEE DID NOT MAKE HIS FATHER AN ADVISER OR AMBASSADOR.

        AN AMERICAN BOY SPRAYED PAINT ON A CAR AND WAS CHARGED AND HE HAD TO BE CANED. THE AMERICAN GOVT. APPEALED BUT LEE SAID THAT THE LAW IS SUPREME.

        HE IS A TOUGH LEADER BUT THEN ALL COMMUNITIES LIVE PEACEFULLY.

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        Don’t mind the modayas. We are building the “Miracle of Asia” and we are going to outdo the Singaporeans! You wait and see !

        LMAO!!!!!!!!! :) :)

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      Saint, who intrude through the Sinhala backdoor.

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      Did anyone complain when he appointed his son as his successor ??? No human rights campaigners or the UN came to rectify this problem . None of the people in Singapore protested . This is the type of democracy in Singapore .

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      Abhaya is just an another idiot that would not see it beyond. If one would call him as a saint – what happened to the people in Weliveriya you idiot ? It is the weak leadership of Rajapkshe took the lives of the innocent young ones.

      Is this not the first time in lanken history ? Why people stay calm and quiet today ? It is all because of beeshanaya. Singapore is a country where rule of law and order are rigorously in function. Where you are there, in the US, there are some provices the law and order is in function but not in the entire country. There are all kind of weapon culture is freely practising in the US than anywhere else.

      One of my then mates was killed by shooters in NY a couple of years ago. She by profession is a western educated lawyer had been on a visit to her sister, but got killed by unknown NY gangsters. The difference is that is part of their culture in the US AND it was not a result through ordered millatary forces.

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        If MR did what he did in Welliweiya, did he do it because he is a racist?

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      He ruled Singapore with an iron fist. People could not buy a land or build a house. Now you can’t even chew a chewing gum while walking down the street. MR copied their no smoking in the Streets from them. Most of the people are racist to some stage. MR brothers got rid of terrorist. Is it why Lee is saying MR is a racist? or is it because MR is trying to make Sri Lanka better than Singapore, taking their business(but I think it is not a clever business that can last). Tamil people who supported LTTE are racist, that is why they wanted a part of the country or wanted their children to go to top places by crook or by hook. That is why, until 1996 Tamil lecturers helped the Jaffna students(who came for overnight stay at the campus)helped to cheat at the practical exam in Chemistry.After that while Sinhalese examiners strict in marking papers(OL), Tamil candidates incorrect answers were marked as correct(as discovered by Cyril Methew’s supporter). Mahinda Rajapakse has enabled the Tamil people to move and work or start a bossiness in any part of the country without any fear. Majority of people in Wellawaththa are now Tamils than in 1982. Who listen to a feeble frail man with dementia?

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    he is also getting to be senile .

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      If he were senile, he wouldn’t have answered the questions so clearly and candidly.

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        of course he is not senile and he definitely knows the art of winning the tamils

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          So, why don’t the Sinhala leaders have the art of winning over Tamils, Muslims and Christians too. Then the ethnic/religious problem will be solved for ever. That’s what Lee is saying, give some, take some.

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            Of course Sinhala leaders dont knw that..but let me tell u, Even u wont like that method

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      No, his comments are so penile that’s what it thrust upon your ass so candidly.

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        what is worng with this faggot ?

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    Jim Softy are you going to call Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s words as ranting’s of a senile old Western conspirator so jealous with Percy’s so called achievement’s reported in the propagandist government’s mouth piece Daily [Good] News Sri Lanka has now passed Singapore & Hon Kong and rest of the Asian countries as Asia’s number one Financial, Education, Tourism, Medical, IT, Casino, etc. and of course the proudest of all Corruption soon to be murder rape & intimidation capital of the planet.

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    Abhaya,
    SL has no future because of huge percentage of Sinhalese fools like you . Your blind attachement to Sinhala Buddhist make you all ignorant.
    Anura

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      Why you people take Buddhist to each and every thing? No single word “buddhist” in the article. You peoples comments are pushing the people to the extremist groups such as MARA, BBS.

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      what are Anura . we daont want your future, and we are perfectly happy with ours

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    “Sinhalese who are less capable are putting down a minority of Jaffna Tamils who are more capable.”

    Wow! Nice.

    LKY seems to be very insecure and jealous.

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      Jealous of what? Singapore is a 1st world country today.

      Lee Kuan Yew is the modern day Confucius. He even advises China.

      Sri Lanka with all the opportunist Sinhalese extremist leaders since independence is a lawless hell hole now.

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        CEYLON would have been a 1st world country today long before Singapore if the successive PMs (starting from DS Senanayake) and Presidents have done the proper thing.

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          that is a ceylon that u wanted…that is not the ceylon majority of the ppl here wanted

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            What you want is what you get! you got it?

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              That is a different topic, but the thing is majority of the ppl that lived that day didnt have a Ceylon thing like many Colombo elites had. These people lived in two different countries.

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        i dont think Lee is an idiot. He is a samrt fellow. Noone has to be surprised abt his stance. He has to keep tamils in his country in check.

        Lee is a SMART RACIST while MR is a STUPID racist

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    True and a honest statement by an honest leader.Hope Rajapakse and his family members responsible for war crimes are bought to justice.

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      War crimes and genocide too.

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        killing prabhakaran is not a war crime

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          Who said it is war crime? He fought and died a brave fighter.

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            But LTTE supporters cried VP showed WHITE flag without eating his famous cyanide capsule. But he forced others to eat the same cyanide. VP was a coward and imbecile hiding 32 feet under the earth!

            War crime is now joke. LTTE criminal supporters are now talk too much about human rights. When LTTE killed unarmed civilians and Tamil people those diaspora donkeys cheered the LTTE criminals!

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            Hiding behind women and children is not bravery.

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    Good Morning
    =================

    Guys why don’t all of you get it? just don’t waste your energy on hermaphrodite idiots like leela aka lester aka Jim soft aka Abaya… like I said people who have made up thier minds are doomed, they are not blind, but still they can never see, they are not deaf, but still can not hear, their hearts are sealed with sickness of venom, hatred & prejudice they will rather eat dirt from dust bin, than accept the truth.. so just ignore thier comments completely, because if your respond directly to them ,there is no more a favour you can do than that,because that is what they want you to do,just ignore their comments & continue to write your comments based on what you believe ,do not respond to such hate mongers — do not give them the feeling of joy that they have roused your anger and emotions, what is exactly what they are trying to achieve.
    Stay awake Guys ..

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      In Singapore Buddhist and Hindu temples, Mosques and Churches exist side by side and harmoniously. Why can’t that happen in Sri Lanka?

      Because Sinhala Buddhist extremists are at the helm: Remember, nobody else can become a president.

      Sri Lanka is a decadent state!

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        In SL there are mosques, churches, hindu temples all over country untouched and they exist amicably with buddhists. It is a small section that has been doing the ruin.

        warmed by ur ideas of co existance, what is ur idea on LTTE chasing away the muslims from North?
        What did u do to stop it?

        Dont u think it is high time u pay for that act by way of giving them lands in North? Some are still anguishing in camps in Puttalam. :)

        Be a hero and provide them lands in north. And publicly condemn LTTE’s act of genocide :D

        Dont u think exemplary behavior is more important that mere talk? At least the sinhalese havent chased the muslims and the gov pays the muslims well when they were attacked. what did u do

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          Sumanthiran, on behalf of the Tamils has apologized to Muslims for LTTE expelling them from the North for aiding the armed forces of Sri Lanka. Now they are welcomed with open arms, and whatever land that belongs to them must be returned to them.

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            Sumanthiran condemned the LTTE so late but not apologized!

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            It is easy to tell in a forum but what has the tamils done to make the muslims return to North? :D Sumanthiran’s apology was a tactical move during a sinhala-muslim friction period, not at all an honest one.

            I dont see tamils as a race condemn that,even the sinhalese condemn 83 july riots more.

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      Qassim Ben Qassim, I am in agreetment to what you have said in your comments, and I don’t think there is any point giving my comments to the headed Article as I see it the Honourable Lee Kuan Yew, who I have
      met in the 1950 was a great man, and not a racialist he governed Singapore with all ethnic group of people, Chinese, Indians, Tamils,Sri Lankans and Malays giving equal rights to all, and now he has come out the first Asian Leader to speak out of what is happening in our Island Paradise Sri Lanka. The Sinhalese race of people part of them cannot be trusted as they will betray their own Mother and Father, and I myself is ashamed to belong to this race for what some of them are doing to others who has lived among us over the century.

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    This is old piffle and LKY would say that, wouldn’t he?
    And in the process satisfied a nice chunk of his voters, then.

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      This is exactly the thought in the minds of Sinhala Buddhists aspiring to be leaders – how to get the votes by the usual anti-minority short cut!

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        thiru do you have a an crush on this old senile man .. lmao

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          Abhaya,

          It takes an intellectual to appreciate another with intellect. People who are not used to excellence don’t appreciate it. – Steve Jobs Apple, co-founder

          You ask any respected political leader in the world about Lee Kuan Yew, and his razor-sharp mind, they will tell you about his achievements.

          My friend, age is not a barrier to think if you are a thinker, are you?

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      exactly….he knw how to control the tamils

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    Dayan in fact indirectly confirmed the racism of this regime in his question “if this is how they treat Sinhalese, … then how must that state have treated the Tamils.”

    Here is what he said “if this is how the State authorities treat unarmed Sinhalese, largely Buddhist civilian men, women and children who are protesting against polluted water, how must that state have treated the Tamils in the closing stages of the war? How could authorities who didn’t care about possible casualties when sending in armed troops into unarmed crowds, care enough about Tamil civilians in the last days of and the morning after the war? If Weliweriya demonstrates the policy of the State and how the forces of the state behave towards the Sinhalese, how must they have conducted themselves in the North and East for thirty years and how must they be functioning in the former conflict zones today?”

    The implication is unmistakable. Thank you Dayan – finally you came clean, even if only inadvertently!

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      The state has proved beyond doubt how it treated Tamils in the past, treats now and will in the future. It has lost the moral right to rule Tamils.

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        hahaah..
        You need UNP and Prabhakaran to rule Tamils.. Sorry.. it never happen.

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          Sirivardana,

          Are you Lord Siva to determine everything?

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            A Tamil Sivananthan become a thorn in the ass for many LTTE apologists.

            Do you think the Tamils must tow the LTTE propaganda? If Tamils dont do, you cry they are Sinhalese. That is the mental problem you have. You are not prepared to listen to the Tamils who oppose LTTE or usual pro-Tamil propaganda. Try to grow and think democracy for Tamils first!

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        actually defeating megalomaniac LTTE itself gives them the right :D
        Between SLG rules Sri Lankansm not tamils. If anybody doesnt like that they can humbly fukk off

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          This is what LKY says about your leader MR!

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            Where am I commenting abt MR? My point was the greatest serivice that was done to tamils was by the SL army. No one can disaprove that. :D

            No other race benefitted from end of the war like the tamils did. SO
            be a man and give gratitude where it is due…common grow some balls.

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    Most of what he says is true. But, are Singaporean happy? Is it democratic? These are unanswered questions. It is a country where people are mentally suffering though they are economically freedom. Most of the Singaporeans in the Western World enjoy the freedom and they express that in public. Also, they are money minded, no humane values as expressed by some of them themselves. All these initiated by this guy LKY and his family reign continues like MARA regime and will continue to do so. But, better having at least economic freedom than nothing like MARA regime.

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      In Singapore, road accidents become headlines of newspapers, because killings, hate violence type inhumane things are rare.
      If a person understand the value of money he earns and the value oc money he spends, that is also one of the best quality of a normal layman. On SL, all laymen want to go to NIWANA
      But in Siri Lanka, all buddhist make regular vows saying they refrain from hurting animals but 95% of them are meat eating saveges.
      Anura

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        You are not qualified enough to comment on these articles if you can’t understand a simple thing like the difference between “hurting animals” and “just eating meats”.

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          Eating animals and fish without hurting them… It should be a magic in new Miracle of Asia.. I am not saying eating fish or animals is correct or wrong.
          But after asking children to say “I refrain from hurting Animal/Fish” every morning and then asking them to eat dead fish or animals doesn’t sound correct to me.

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            For me and probably for most, these 2 are completely different things. Just think yourself taking these two seperately and combinations.

            killing animals-bad
            killing animals+eating meat-bad
            eating meat-not bad

            If you consider plants, biologically they are also living organisms. Based on your theory, eating plants is bad too.

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          Yes they (the meat eaters) want others to hurt the animals with all the risk so that they (meat eaters) can enjoy? a meal may be four times a day, and 365 days a year.

          Taking into consideration all aspects of life Singapore is no better, IF we take into account that MONEYY is not everything.

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        I think that kind of a law in action should be introduced to lankens.

        For a nation that make up over 80% indifferent kind – should have a social democratic leader to guide them for a better future.
        By name, China is communistic, but their actions of today are social democratic, this was the case with Malaysia, Singapore AND several countries Europe too. In each of those countries, normal laws are in fuction regardless of them being sons families of law makers. In Germany, multi millionars like Borrisbakers is treated with the same law as they would apply for a common man. That is the same for Dr. Angela Merkel.

        Eating chewing gums are punishable acts in S pore. But physical harraments of all forms, killings and abuductions under Rajapakshe regime are not punishable acts. Recent history of the incidents – cases filed against multicrminals but set scot free them being close friends to the MR families, are references for all these.

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        —I think that kind of a law in action should be introduced to lankens.

        For a nation that make up over 80% indifferent kind – should have a social democratic leader to guide them for a better future.
        By name, China is communistic, but their actions of today are social democratic, this was the case with Malaysia, Singapore AND several countries Europe too. In each of those countries, normal laws are in fuction regardless of them being sons families of law makers. In Germany, multi millionars like Borrisbakers is treated with the same law as they would apply for a common man. That is the same for Dr. Angela Merkel.

        Eating chewing gums are punishable acts in S pore. But physical harraments of all forms, killings and abuductions under Rajapakshe regime are not punishable acts. Recent history of the incidents – cases filed against multicrminals but set scot free them being close friends to the MR families, are references for all these.

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      Manoj,

      Singpaore has first of all rule of law equally applied to Chinese, Malays, Tamils or anybody else for that matter. It has good governance and meritocracy.

      Before we talk about democracy in Singapore, with democracy Sri Lankans have made asses of themselves. The Sinhala Buddhist majority is not ready for democracy.

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        Dear Thiru, Thanks for the response. I agree with your comment which I also have highlighted in my comment though with bit criticism on Singaporean society. I understand that it can’t be perfect and still the second best is far superior than nothing.

        Just one thing on “The Sinhala Buddhist majority is not ready for democracy” in your comment. I don’t know how much is your sample size in deciding the majority and if it is representative of the Sinhala Buddhist population. But, if you give population weight to this calculation, the picture might be differenet might not. Please don’t use these types of words, if you are not sure exactly. If somebody is a rational Sinhala Buddhist, he might take this as attacking and automatically move towards “Sinhala Buddhist majority in your argument. “The Sinhala Buddhist extremists are not ready for democracy” would have been more appropriate and appealing.

        In my point of view, most of the articles in CT are excellent, but most of the comments are just arousing hate and anger. I have seen people accusing and looking at in anger against other religious or social groups after reading some comments.

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          Manoj,

          Who voted for the Sinhala leaders from D S Senanayake onwards?
          Are they the Sinhala Buddhist extremists?

          Majority of the people(Sinhala Buddhists) voted these leaders in. What did the leaders do? They exasperated the ethnic problem more and more in eagerness to win. So, we cannot put the blame on just the extremists.

          The conclusion is that the majority could not find anybody better, or they agree with the leaders lop-sided views. This is what I am saying when I say not ready for democracy.

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            Voting is like you taking risk. Who thought that MR would be like this before he coming to the Presidency. You can’t guarantee until you get the result. There is no guarantee that you would end up with better results if you opted not to vote to DS and the successors but vote to somebodyelse probably from non Sinhalese.

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            When N.M.Perera and other leftists risked their political fortunes by supporting TAMILs publicly, Tamils voted to idiots like Chelvanayakam and GG.

            The net result was the emergence of low class Tamil criminal Prabhakaran. Why did not the Tamils refused to vote for the left parties? When S.J.V.Chelvanayakam company won, they joined UNP thugs in Colombo!

            From 1965 to 1970 there were NO TAMIL problem because UNP and Tamil parties were in power.

            The Tamil “problem” is a political capital for UNP and Tamil parties!

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        Actually Sl is a better democracy than Singapore. but SL politicians are very bad in PR.

        Anyway I agree with the law and order thing. The reason S’pore keeps law n order is any breach of it can be disastrous to its business.

        S’pore is a very well run corporate :D

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    These comments are made because Colombo will over take Singapore, and with the new harbor, Singapore will loose business and it’s hub status!

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      Rubbish, you are living in a cookoo world!

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      Like the Hambantota harbour and the Mattala international airport, correct ?

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      Sri lanka was ahead of singapre once but politicions put it back behind by decades. However, the current jungle law leaders by promoting a problem with muslims and christians will put the cuntry by 1000 or 2000 years back

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      You are so stupid and don’t make the Sri Lankans look fool by the readers of this column.

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      You must have never visited Singapore, for if you did, you will see that even in a hundred years, Sri Lanka will NEVER be like Singapore, for unlike our leaders, they WANT to see their country flourish first, there is peace and harmony, less corruption, and they do not have their government set the Army on their people if they protest for clean water. Get real.

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      KEEP DREAMING.

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      Not far from the view- being unable to work on criticisms just accusing other of NGO workers, Dollar earners, traitors and imperialists. But those idiots in the leadership have the right to abuse NGOS or donators´s funds to thick their pocket.

      Example 01- Tsunami funds embezzelment – STUPID masses would never believe but MR did it to the nation – no shame

      Example 02 – Water researchers would bring all the factful evidence about the already contamintaed waters from Weliveriya suburbs, this facts will undoubtedly prove water consumption in that area create new health hazards (blood cancers, kidney problems or skin problems as no seen in the past)- Water acidity COULD be contaminations of heavy metals, concentrated acids, micro organisms and several other constituents added to drinking water of the targeted areas)

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    Please read…………..
    Failed State Index Fails Sri Lanka
    August 7, 2013 | Filed under: Colombo Telegraph,MORE OPINION,Opinion | Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

    By Kaushalya Ariyathilaka –

    Kaushalya Ariyathilaka
    Sri Lanka has slipped down to the 28th position in the 9th Failed States Index (FSI), published annually by Washington DC based The Fund for Peace and Foreign Policy Magazine. Sri Lanka had the 29th position in the 2012 Index. This year’s drop owes to Sri Lanka’s poor performance in seven of the categories: Group Grievance, rise of Poverty and Economic Decline, Delegitimization of the state, Human Rights and Rule of Law, Fractionalized Elite and External Intervention.

    Accordingly, Sri Lanka is in poor company, along with eighteen other countries including North Korea and Syria, and is designated to the “Alert” category. Sri Lanka’s South Asian neighbors have fared better than Sri Lanka in the Index, except for Afghanistan and Pakista

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      Failed State Index is reflects the opinion of international media and non independent sources. It is not a scientific and unbiased analysis. Just compare and Libya on some of the parameters.

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    Senility, ignorance, and some jealousy probably still bugging the old man especially as he sees Sri Lanka’s ports becoming a serious challenge to Singapore???

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    It is not for Lee Kuan Yew to poke his nose into another countries’ affairs. He himself has been accused of racism by members of his own Malay/Muslim community.

    A cold-minded, calculative person, he sees the 100 million or so Tamils in Sri Lanka, India and worldwide as a more dynamic economic force. That’s all it is for him – a numbers game.

    Frankly, if I was wealthy, I would rather live in Sri Lanka. The problems there are systemic and can be fixed. Singapore is overrated. It is a place to make money and little else.

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      My friend, he is not poking his nose into Sri Lanka’s affairs:

      He has the right as an elder statesman and an astute thinker of the Commonwealth of nations to comment, especially as Singapore is also asked to accept MARA, the Sinhala extremist as the leader of the Commonwealth for 2 years.

      It can’t be worse than that. What a shame!

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      Singapore has done well economically under LKY. However, there is freedom of speech, free assembly or free political expression. There are no natural resources and only a flash in a pan as far as its miraculous economic performance which, cannot be sustained for long. They face competition from right around the ASEAN region and together with inherent corruption Singapore will be just a has been like LKY looking into the near future – a flash in the pan.
      If the Tamils from Jaffna are that good and resourceful as LKY states, he would have taken them in. He can still do that!

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        ” However, there is freedom of speech, free assembly or free political expression.”

        lal are you an idiot . I lived in Singapore for 8 yrs there is only the freedomm to agree with LKY and his family .. lmao

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          Correction: I meant to say that “… there is NO freedom of speech, free assembly or free political expression.” My mistake for ommiting No. You can see that I am no fan of LKY or do not take him for a mentor by reading my earlier comments.

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    “Lee Kuan Yew, the Father of Singapore and father of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore has described Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa as a Sinhalese Extremist and what happened in Sri Lanka in 2009 as ethnic cleansing.”

    Well, the data supports it.

    Mshinda Rajapaksa is not the only one. There are many others including Sinhala Buddhist Monks.

    SWRD Bandaranaike was killed by an extremist Buddhist Monk, Somarama.

    Actually, it is Buddhism, that is the curse of Lanka, maintained by the Buddhist Monks.

    Look at Bali, Indonesia, 94% Hindu and peaceful.

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      Sinhala Buddhist majority has the distorted concept of democracy: What the ethnic majority decides is law, no matter what.

      This mind set must change, and they must learn what true democracy is.

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        What is the concept of democracy the Jaffna Tamils have? Make demands with a gun pointed to the head? Where did that lead you to Thiru? Tell us what true democracy is!

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          Democracy is not what an ethnic majority decides: Elected Hitler committed genocide of 6 million Jews; was his state a democracy?

          I don’t know what else you are talking about.

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        i guess the tamils were practising democracy in Eelam for many years. And not to forget the ethnic cleansing of Muslims and sinhalese, occasional murder at border villages

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      There is no Rayappu or Thoma in Bali. That is why it is peaceful!

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    Pot calling the kettle black – LKY’s inner thoughts exposed
    1) We are largely Chinese and Indians (15% Singapore are Malays)
    http://www.tremeritus.com/2010/09/29/lee-kuan-yew-we-are-largely-chinese-and-indians/
    2)LKY hates Malays and Islam
    http://justread-whatever.blogspot.com.au/2011/02/lky-really-hates-malays-and-islam.html
    3) Subjugating rights for Malays and Indians
    http://singaporedissident.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/singapore-indians-and-malays-should.html
    4)Seditious writing in his much publicised book
    http://www.tremeritus.com/2013/04/25/how-come-lkys-book-with-seditious-writings-is-still-selling/

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      You got your facts wrong mate: Singapore has 12% Malays, 8% Indians and the Majority is Chinese.

      Their national anthem is in Malay, not in Chinese!
      Singapore has meritocracy. All races get a fair share of the wealth.

      See my other comments about equal treatment of religions, etc.

      Everybody is given equal opportunity. Tamils are very happy in Singapore. No corruption.

      Nobody is subjugated, no Mosques, Churches, or Hindu temples are attacked.

      Please don’t spread falsehoods.

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        Hi Thiru, Could you please just elaborate on the concept “fair share of the wealth” for more information.

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          Please read Singapore handbook for facts, or the Economic Development Board of Singapore for more details.

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            Just wanted a brief idea. No time for now. will see in the future.

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          People are paid by the merit be it $30,000 per annum or 1 million dollars, as in a capitalist system.

          People are free to do business and accumulate wealth by hard work, entrepreneurship and creativity. Mohamed Mustapha is a very rich Tamil Muslim store. In SL they would be attacked.

          There are many other ways people can prosper – sharing the wealth.

          If, you are a foreigner with talent they want you to increase the pie for sharing. So many Tamils driven out by periodic pogroms in SL are welcome there and thriving. Even Sinhalese too!

          Whereas in Sri Lanka Tamils are discriminated and driven out. What a wast of human capital that could have produced a huge cake for Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims.

          You see the forward thinking of Lee Kuan Yew compared to all our leaders with backward thinking!

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        Thiru,

        “Nobody is subjugated, no Mosques, Churches, or Hindu temples are attacked.”

        1. No Theravada Buddhists.

        2, No Sinhala Theraveda Buddhist Monks.

        3. No Monk Hegemony.

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    Lee Kuan Yew is kind enough to say “Mahinda Rajapaksa Is A Sinhalese Extremist”.

    I would say Mahinda Rajapaksa is the face of Sinhala Buddhist terrorism, just like U Wirathu of Myanamr.

    The difference being our man MARA is million times more vicious as he has already committed genocide of more than 70,000 innocent Tamils.
    He is continuing the ethnic cleansing of Tamils.

    He has also begun oppressing Muslims and Christians.

    He needs to be taken to the Hague and locked up for good.

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      How many Tigers in that 70,000?

      Can you tell the leader of opposition in Singapore?

      can you tell why all opposition members were jailed by Lee including Tamil Jayaratnam?

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        Siva, Siva, what are you up to?

        70,000 is besides the LTTE members killed, and LTTE womenn raped by the armed forces. Ask the SL military as to how many in LTTE uniform they counted as dead.

        Direct your other questions to Lew Kuan Yew.

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          Shut up you idiot! So far no LTTE propaganda fellows tell anything about the number of dead LTTE.

          From where you got this 70,000? You bark like an idiot and think others too are idiots!

          LTTE in uniform… hahahaha that is another joke fool!

          You bark so much about Singapore but you dont know the name of the opposition leader there!

          You are another Tamil donkey!

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      then what is the face of Tamil terrorism?

      there wasnt a genocide of tamils, it was civilian casualty in a war

      How can MR oppress christians when he has christians in his family?

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    Now Sinhalese Budhist Critisiing Lee Kuwan You? oooo what a world is this?

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      It is the topsy turvy world that a Nobel Peace Prize was given to a war mongerer? If Sinhala Buddhists are bad they must be good learners of their Colonial Masters (The British Empire) whose genocide and crimes against humanity to date can’t be beaten by any Imperialist Super Power.

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    Wonder whether these Diaspora Tamils who are sucking up to Old Lee, know what he did to their own Jeyaretnam?.

    Poor Jryaretnam died a pauper.Didn’t he?.

    And Jeyaretnam wasn’t in to terrorism or didn’t have any associations with any terrorist organizations at all unlike the TNA in our Lanka.

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      Don’t shed crocodile tears for Jeyaratnam. He was a great man, stood for his principles, and may be he died a pauper, but his name goes side by side with Lee Kuan Yew in the history of Singapore.

      Remember the great Greek philosopher Diogenes, or even Buddha who went begging for a living. Jeyaratnam didn’t, he has famous progeny!

      By the way, he is a tenacious Jaffna man, who fought till his last breadth! The whole of Singapore admires him.

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        Don’t talk about the religions if you don’t know ins and outs of it. Different comments in this article by you show how much you hate buddhism. Did you see any hate comment from anybody on your religion if you really have one. Hypocracy at maximum.

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          I don’t hate any religion, but love Buddha’s teachings, especially: You are what you think, all that …. Also, I don’t belong to any religion.

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        Tell us why Jayaratnam was thrown in the jail by this Lee?

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          The same reason Sarath Fonseka was thrown in the jail by MARA – politics my friend!

          But, even LKY admires Jeyaratnam’s integrity.

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            Then you agree Mahinda is another LEE.

            Thank you!

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              Both are politicians, but LKY is a globally respected statesman too, whereas MR is a despicable Sinhalese extremist, they are miles apart.

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              abt the respect part, it is just a matter of PR and whose camp one is in. Actually the ‘respect’ part i heard has been mainly from southasians especially tamils bt in the west he is acutely criticised and many have revealed his nature……

              u just lick anyone’s a$$ as long as he gives u some crumbs…dont ya? age old cultural habit!

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    This guy when came to power he wanted to bring Singapore to the status of Colombo

    Now Sri lanka is advancing therefore this guy feel jealous because he is too old to beat SL again , now talking nonsense

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      My friend, you like a frog in the Sri Lankan well, is talking nonsense, not Lee Kuan Yew!

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      You cannot teach new tricks to Old dogs. It’s even harder to teach Senile Old Fools.

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      what sri lanka advancing? LQU can’t be jealous with this failed nation of donkeys!

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      Dear Friend,

      This is what the authorities want your way of thinking until the dooms day

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    i agree with abhaya totally.lee kuan yew is a worst thug than our president.what about all the people he killed in singapore?buried in the ocean.sri lanka is a buddhist country.and the minority should live according to the majority.the muslims are most welcome to leave this paradise island and go back to their original countries as they please.so stop trying to claim your place in a busshist country.you have absolutely no right whatso ever in this country of ours.

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      You are a replica of MARA, the Sinhala extremist.

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        You are a replica of Praba

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          At least Praba fought for the rights of Tamils til the last breadth,
          whereas MR is is fighting for establishing his familial dynasty.

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            Prabha robbed Tamils and built condos in Colombo while the Vanni Tamils were begging NGOs.

            So, dont fart too much about the LTTe morons!

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            if prabha fought for tamils why were the tamils so down trodden and became hapless?

            u couldnt even feed the ppl, give them education, give a proper healthcare inside the so called eelam but waited until SLG send some thing to feed ppl. Now talkin abt fighting…my a$$

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    Abhaya, the fake ‘Shiva’:
    Although you call LKY a Chinese chinese extremist autocratic thug , he is far better than the Medamulana extremist autocratic thug. LKY was not surrounded by a huge family tree of top postings when he was the PM. Even his father worked as a Packer at B.P. de Silva’s in Singapore, and not a Secretary of a Ministry, Speaker of Parliament, a Chief Minister, Ambassador to the U.S. or to Russia, Chairman of Singapore Airlines, or Heads and Board members of Corporations. Tha’s the difference.

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    I know LKY since he was young.My cousin in the Trade Union attacked him and both were in the drain but my cousin is still healthy living in Singapore.At that time we were communist sympathizers and believed it was best for Singapore.At that time Singapore was like Sri Lanka today, but look what he has done.He was very kind to all races brought in jobs and no minority is fleeing. Just because of Sept 11 the western countries turned a blind eye to atrocities by Rajapaksa.Even now the west is practicing double standards.It an irony that the mother died so Bangladesh could be free and the son died so Elam could not.This was not their policy but the outcome and unexpected turn of events.

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      Lew Kuan Yew is the greatest Asian (present or former) leader still living today. He is living Confucius. Buddhists must listen to his wisdom.

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        of course he has been making tamils dance his tune very nicely

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    Rajapaksa (Karava Royalty name) karava.org . Its a name that the british gave to people that did a good job in Seduwa area close to Katunayake .

    Same as the british gave Royal kandy names to people in the south that did a good job.

    And he is born catolic his father is Don Alwin , His name is Percy Mahinda .

    He converted to become president. Now he let the buddists attack the sinhalese chuches aswell as muslims

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      So he is similar to SWRD, and Hitler too had a similar past.

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        Thanks Thiru. keep on educating.

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      And he [Edited out] This is all history now.

      The Dynasty WILL be built and is on schedule!!

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      But you love UNP’s Don Stephens,Dudley Sheltons, Junius Richards.. hahaha

      British gave.. another joke..

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      Not many people know this.

      When JR was born he was named TMJR Jayawardene. Thambi Mudiyanselage Junius Richard Jayawardene. When at University JR quietly devolved himself of his first two initials. Other than that I don’t really know too much about JR’s real heritage. Does anyone know more???

      If you dig deep there are many skeletons in the cupboards of all those Mathrubhumi fanatics.

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    WELL LETS SAY LEE KWAN YU IS NOT AN ANGEL, BUT HE HAS SPOKEN THE TRUTH

    TRUTH HURTS.

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      Truth hurts more when it comes form an Asian statesman, well respected by the world leaders.

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      And i guess u agree with his opinions on islam

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    Now guys, this is the actual problem.

    Singapoor is jelous about the economic development of Sri Lanka. And they are trying to put down Sri Lanka in the international context.

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      Now guys, this is the actual problem: Sinhala Buddhist extremism as Lee Kuan Yew says.

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        This comment shows how much you hate Buddhists. I can’t see the word Buddhist in anywhere of the article and the page in LKY book. He has mentioned just SINHALESE. Even the word is highlighted in the book. So, what should we think of the comments? Are these really thoughtful or just showing the hypocracy of the commentors? It is a shame.

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          Since Sinhala Buddhist extremists are attacking Hindu temples, Mosques, and Christian Churches, I will be hurting the Sinhala Christians if I include them as extremists; may be some of them are as in the armed forces. Furthermore, Buddha Bhikkus are at the forefront of most of the anti-minority attacks.

          I don’t hate genuine Buddhists who practice the teachings of Buddha, the enlightened. I have read voluntarily several books about Buddha and his teachings, though I don’t belong to any religion. His teachings are great. The problem is in the practice by the extremists in Sri Lanka and Myanmar who are a disgrace to Buddhism’s good name.

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            I have some respect on you mate.

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      Singapore, The third strongest economy in Asia is jealous must be the most blinding vision of a baby doll. Mal-investment is ruining the Sri Lankan economy and there is no escape or any amount of diversions could restore the rising cost of living. The rupee savers will see their purchasing power decline further. Singapore success is solely due to the social harmony LKY adopted just as Mahathir Mohamed of Malaysia.

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    LKY always thought of developing Singapore economy and Singaporeans are rich not via hora deals but hard work,real business oppurtunities,he could have had any grand project under his name,waste money on white elephants etc etc thats the difference ,the mindset that made/making S’pore.

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      Exacty, the leaders in SL are horas.

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    Lee Kuan Yew started as a socialist and became a capitalist and a dictator supported by a parliament with one member opposition appointed for the sake of showing the rest of world that Singapore is a pro-democratic country. He made English the official language and a few years ago re-introduced Chinese in order for Singaporean entrepreneurs to capitalize on the dearth of English educated business managers of Chinese origin in China. Now Singapore is about to explode because the young Singaporeans do not like dictatorship in politics. Good,Bad and Ugly present in Singapore have begun to surface. If he labels MR as a Sinhalese extremist then he has his foot in his mouth because he became a Chinese extremist. When Singapore could not attract anymore foreign investments, the GOS promoted a high end casino to compete with Macao.

    Until MR, successive Port Ministers of SL avoided Hambantota and instead spent billions on useless Oluwil port. There was suspicion that they were on the payroll of GOS. There were bogus investors to develop a wind mill farm and to mine garnets on sand dunes along the coastal belt from Ambalantota to Bundala. Fortunately CBK had approved those projects subject to no obstructions to development of Hambantota Harbour. After that nothing was heard of those investors. Now Singapore is getting cold feet because the GOSL declared Hambantota as a free port. With a large extent of back up land Hambantota, will be the most attractive location for investors who are interested in setting up reprocessing industries. The region will help alleviating poverty in Moneragala and Ampara Districts of South Eastern Sri Lanka. (Those interested pl read 1993 JICA Report on Southern Area Development for income indicators in those Districts)

    When GOS converted the barracks and docks abandoned by the British Army and Navy to industrial estates and a harbour, they also had plans for the future of Singapore. Plans for Ruhuna were thought of before MR became a Minister, Prime Minister and the President. With these studies progressing a consortium of local investors backed by a group of Sri Lankan geo-physicists and petroleum industry experts floated a joint venture to put up a massive oil refinery in Hambantota and another investor got the nod to develop a solar energy farm, and for both, land were identified in the development plan for Hambantota.

    The first conceptual design for the port was done by Eng. Lakshman Jayawardena (formerly of Port Commission) with breakwaters and the concept for the present harbour (dredging Karaganlevaya instead of constructing breakwaters) was mooted by a group of professionals led by Vidyajothi Eng. Gemunu Silva. This was in 1998 and a unit to coordinate all these activities was set up in the UDA. In September 2001, Dr. PB Jayasundera chaired a meeting of heads of nearly 20-departments and sanctioned three Pre-feasibility studies:
    a) Hambantota Harbour;
    b) Water supply to Ruhunupura New City with projected 1.0 million population by 2030 and an industrial zone;
    c) Development of Ruhunupura New City;

    Rs. 10.0 million was allocated to the UDA for the pre-feasibility study on Ruhunupura new City. TOR for the Pre-feasibility study on Ruhunupura was prepared by Eng. C. Muthukumarana of IWMA, and Prof. Nimal De Silva, then Chairman of the UDA authorized releasing funds for the study realizing the importance of a report on availability of water for Ruhunupura New City. Irrigation Department led the study team, which comprised, NWS&DB, WRB, UDA, and several specialists in the fields of urban planning, environment and sociology. The first draft of this report was presented to Hon. Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Irrigation (The estimate was Rs. 10.0 m but the actual cost Rs. 8.0 M with 100% Sri Lankan expertise). Considering the large volume of metal required for anticipated construction works, the UDA requested the GS&MB to map the minable rock crops to prevent destruction of archaeological and forest reserves and it was completed at a cost of Rs. 1.163 M. (The GA Hambantota approves licenses for metal quarrying based on this map.). The TOR for the Pre-feasibility study was prepared jointly by the UDA and the BII of BOI.

    In January 2001, Mr. C Paskaralingam convened number of meetings with officials from development sectors and instructions were issued to demarcate the land for airport but nothing was mentioned about other projects. The UDA was under the Ministry of Western Region and Ruhunpura Unit was disbanded. The first Cabinet Paper for conducting the feasibility report on the harbour was presented by Mr. Ananda Kularatne, the Minster of Southern Region jointly with the Minister of Ports of 2001-2004 UNP Government. Bathimetric Survey of Hambantota was financed by Mr. Aiyaseela Wickramanayaka, Chairman of Master Divers during PA Government of CBK.

    In January 2005, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksha, ordered the RDA to commence construction of Ambalantota-Weerawila new road under Post-Tsunami Reconstruction. This road trace had been proposed by the UDA in 1998 anticipating the dredging of Karagan levaya and part of the old road..

    So critics of MR please understand that Airport and Sea Port of Hambantota were thought of by patriotic Sri Lankan professionals over 10-years before President Mahinda Rajapaksha had the power to decide and what he did was giving leadership to the program. The rest is known history.

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      The Chinese will be very grateful in time when GOSL defaults on its obligations.

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      At last, a post worth reading. Thank you Professional.

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        You are welcome.

        I must add some more projects and names. A new city for Hambantota was thought about considering the economic and social impacts of some mega projects.
        a) Extension of Southern Expressway to Hambantota;
        b) Extension of Railway from Matara to Kataragama;
        c) Diversion of Uma Oya to Lunugamvehera Basin;
        d) Oil Refinery;
        e) Hambantota Sea Port;
        f) Hambantota Airport;

        The necessity for a new city was considered by the professionals involved and in 1997 the Cabinet of Ministers approved development of a new city named Ruhunupura in Hambantota District. The UDA declared a 113,000 Ha area for development of Ruhunupura. The location for the airport (north of Bandagiriya tank)was chosen by Mr. Dayantha Athulathmudali, former Director General (Civil Aviation)and the brother of the late Mr. Lalith Athulathmudali. Eng. Navin Goonerathne, then Chairman of Southern Development Authority played the lead role in getting the top professionals to make recommendations. Hon.Chamal Rajapaksha also participated in several preliminary discussions. Eng. Navin Goonerathne, was criticized by some local politicos as day dreaming. Finally a local politico named Mahinda Rajapaksha gave the leadership to realize the dream, though it was 30-years too late.

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      Dear Professional,
      Thank you for your comprehensive facts about the Hambantota harbour construction and the development of its vicinity. It is very much appreciated. Unlike many of the detractors of Sri Lanka in these columns you have given us chapter and verse of the actualities. These facts may stick in the throat of the dissenters but facts are stubborn and they have no answer to your well laid out arguments.

      Many of the commentators here are just regurgitating emotive blandishments without any facts. They are the emotive rantings of the demented and they hope by hurling insults at each other they can progress their political and racial ideologies. In addition their usage of English is poor and many of their arguments are poorer still. I am surprised that ‘Colombo Telegraph’ reproduces such inane and repetitive statements, when some of the original blogs are worth reading.

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        You are welcome.

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      The Professional, you state, ‘In January 2001, Mr. C Paskaralingam convened number of meetings with officials from development sectors and instructions were issued to demarcate the land for airport but nothing was mentioned about other projects’.

      Paski was out of the system in ’94. so how can he be there in 2001 to convene meetings?? Yes Wicky from Master Diver’s made a presentation on the Hambanthota Harbour in ’97 or ’98 at the Tangalle Rest House attended by MR as well and he came almost at the end of the meeting. He walked into the meeting saying ‘Mama dunna Lokkita’ referring to CBK, while we were having a drink with only a few of us.

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        Thanks Mr. Gamini for pointing it out. It was in January 2002. With UNP winning the parliamentary election in December 2001, Mr. Paskaralingam was in SL for sometime. To my knowledge, he was also instrumental in getting Prasanna Gunawardena out of the UDA to contest at election for CMC in 2002 on UNP ticket. It was a bad choice and as predicted by us he was perhaps the worst mayor of Colombo, in spite of having professional qualifications in Town planning and architecture. I am told that he is now an Adviser to Prez MR.

        Mr. Gamini, I still owe you a round of drinks.

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    Abhaya, first of all you learn the history of SINGAPORE and LEE KUAN YEW, the man behind SINGAPORE. He is not a extremist, He is a honest person who rebuilt SINGAPORE, he did divide and rule like in Sri Lanka, what he say’s is true. What do you know about world history, I think you know more about “EXTREMISM”. Go back to school and refresh your brain. Don’t think extremism, think “PEACEFUL MISSION” what has “BUDDHA DHRAMA” said.. is it “PEACE” or “EXTREMISM”

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      “He is not a extremist, He is a honest person who rebuilt SINGAPORE,”

      I guess u havent heard his opinions abt islam :D

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