21 September, 2021

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Maithripala’s True Colors

By Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

So finally the President has spoken. That’s good. He was correct when he said that he had been vilified no end during the past few weeks. He added for good measure ‘as no other president before me had been vilified’. That of course is not true. What’s true is that he was vilified. He has no one to blame but himself though. He was silent. He was wishy-washy. He kept people guessing and on their toes. He may have done this deliberately, we don’t know. But that’s not important. He brought it all on himself.

Last week the ‘Ravaya’ claimed in its lead that ‘Maithripala had betrayed his mandate’. That’s because it was reported that President Maithripala Sirisena had given the green light for his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest on the United People’s Freedom Party (UPFA) ticket. Well, now Sirisena claims that he had nothing to do with it. Indeed, he had opposed this, he claimed. The ‘Ravaya’ for its part has been silent on other mandate-betrayals such as the scuttling of the 20th Amendment, the effective nullification of the COPE report on the Central Bank Bond Scam courtesy dissolution, the non-mention of the Right to Information Act. The ‘Ravaya’ didn’t blame the President and uttered not a word against the UNP. By these acts of commission and omission, the ‘Ravaya’ showed its hand. It’s Ranil Wickremesinghe’s hand, so to speak.

One wonders what the ‘Ravaya’ would have to say now, after the President’s ‘statement of purpose’ on Tuesday. ‘Maithripala had us fooled!’ would be a nice headline, under the circumstances, but it would take some humility and courage to come up with something like that.

MaithripalaSo what did Sirisena say? He said a lot of things. He said that he is not concerned about who wins as long as those who subscribed to his yahapaalana plan came out on top never mind the fact that there was little or no ‘yaha’ (good) in the paalanaya (governance) of the last six months. He said that there’s no love lost between himself and his predecessor. No surprises there.

He said that even if Rajapaksa won, he won’t appoint him as Prime Minister. That’s interesting. He was essentially conferring by default (by abdication and by naming Rajapaksa) the leadership of the UPFA to the former president. There’s more on this, but we’ll come to it later.

There are things he did not say. He didn’t say ‘I want the UNP to win’. He did say it, but not in so many words. He vilified all those who are now against his friends. So everyone in the UPFA without exception are ‘bad’ in Sirisena’s book. He didn’t say ‘I will do the honorable thing and resign as leader of the SLFP’. He kept the leadership, vowed not to lead and salaamed the (by now tired and hollow) rhetoric of the ‘other party’, yes, the UNP.

So when someone salutes him on Facebook it’s not about championing good governance but seeing benefit for the party of choice. Consider the following post, for example, ‘President Sirisena plays his next gambit – and a master stroke it is! “There are enough seniors to be made prime minister if UPFA wins the election – it won’t be Mahinda Rajapakse – I won’t turn back on the January 08 revolution.” So he led MR to the altar and left him standing there all alone after the marriage vows were read and the rings exchanged. My trust is not misplaced.’

It’s just about Mahinda Rajapaksa. And of course the (Maithripala’s intended) beneficiary, the UNP. That’s the ‘trust’ here. Fair enough.

On the other hand, there would be those who would say that what Maithripala did essentially was to lift his sarong and show off his underwear and that it was all green, with little black elephants decorating it. That’s what the Mahinda camp, the kepuwath-nil types and others who for whatever reason feel the SLFP and not the UNP should give leadership to the people. Such people are as disinterested in ‘good governance’ as those others singing hosannas to Sirisena from the green camp. Almost ten years of Rajapaksa rule, preceded by 10 from that arch enemy of democracy, Chandrika Kumaratunga (sure, with a few years of cohabitation with dictatorial twin, Ranil Wickremesinghe) should teach us not to take the SLFP’s democratic claims seriously.

And yet, the ‘true colors’ were not the underwear-greens or those about good-governance-love, but downright sneering at the basic tenets of decency and democracy. ‘Indecent’ is used here because it is uncivilized (to put it mildly) to attempt to flush the party down the tube which refusing to give up the leader-post. ‘Undemocratic’ because of the assertion that even if Mahinda were to win (we have to read that as ‘even if Mahinda commands the support of a Parliamentary majority’) Sirisena would not want him, Rajapaksa, to be Prime Minister (not that he has a choice of course, and this shows how little he knows about the Constitution).

The track record of an individual is irrelevant if he or she is deemed most fit to be Prime Minister by the people, through the will of their representatives. What Sirisena is saying, essentially, is ‘Screw the will of the people!’

One is reminded of the first words he spoke when announcing that he would take on Mahinda Rajapaksa. He quoted the Dhammapada

Nahi Verena Verani—Sammanti dha Kudacancam
Averenacca Sammanti—esa dhammo Sanantano

“Hatred never ceases through hatred, but through love alone they cease. This is an eternal law.”

There are two other verses he may be well advised to (re?)visit:
Akkocchi mam avadhi mam — ajini mam ahāsi me
Ye tam upanayhantī — veram tesam na sammati

“He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me” — in those who harbor such thoughts, hatred is not appeased.

Akkocchi mam avadhi mam — ajini mam ahāsi me
Ye tam na upanayhantī — veram tesūpasammati

“He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me” — in those who do not harbor such thoughts, hatred is appeased.

Yes, Sirisena has shown his true colors. Some will see ‘green’. Some will see ‘statesmanship’. Some will see ‘grey’. Whatever it is, it is certainly not white! But take your pick.

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    Well he may have shown his true colors the same way you show your true colors by being a lapdog to Mahinda in return for the free laptop Malinda boy ;-)

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      Yes, but none among us may be aware of the true colours of Rjapaakshe. Rajapakshe are simply rascals by all nature.

      Give us any example where Mr. Sirisena attacked the guys to the very same manner Rajapakshe instipulated his thugs to assualt visting fact finding mission of UNP last year: I saw by mself, those goons attcking Ajith Perera as if Malukade JOHN or other simon did the job.
      But what Mahinda did was – nothing. Even more shameless than to stay silent in that way. Why is that regardless of the party, he could react against the goons to send a message across the nation, that thugs have no future etc.

  • 10
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    Very unprofessional article and journalist. Stooping to really low levels. Wonder if he was proud of it after finishing it?

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      One would see it this man MS has NOT even walked near to Haward Uni.

      How can a man if graduated there could behave this way. THis man is total disaster.

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      can you expect feathers from turtles ? No, likewiese, you cant expect him to deliver professional stuff. MS is now smeared to the very same manner DJ has been. Backlickers of this kind are rare -unfortunately, this come from a so called prize winning man ? Can you guy imagine ? So what talks about Wasidewa to react in that way ? They are old and they are penisless leftists of the country that struggle to catch whatever they are being offered to run their later day life. But these guys, being out of colombo to behave this way is beyond all bearing.

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    “The track record of an individual is irrelevant if he or she is deemed most fit to be Prime Minister by the people, through the will of their representatives. What Sirisena is saying, essentially, is ‘Screw the will of the people!’”

    I’ve commented on this matter on so many other articles…I wish you sensationalist authors would refer to the constitution and not twist what it says to make your story more interesting…seriously, just Google it…actually, I’ll do it for you: http://www.priu.gov.lk/Cons/1978Constitution/Chapter_08_Amd.html

    Chapter 8, article 43, paragraph 3 states:
    “The President shall appoint as Prime Minster the Member of Parliament who in his opinions is most likely to command the confidence of Parliament.”

    It doesn’t get simpler than that. To dumb it down for you, the president can appoint whoever the heck he wants. He can flip a coin to choose a Prime Minister if that’s what he wants. That’s a power granted to him by the constitution. End of story. You can contest it in courts and appeal against it all you want but in the end, the courts will let the president appoint the PM.

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    “Yes, Sirisena has shown his true colors. Some will see ‘green’. Some will see ‘statesmanship’. Some will see ‘grey’. Whatever it is, it is certainly not white! But take your pick.”

    Some will see a bull that stands between their supper and themselves. Sad, guys likes Malinda get a medium to sing for his supper.

    He calls Ranil and Chandrika as dictatorial twins. I really like to know, use the same scale, where he would place Kurakkan Samagama.

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    Oh Boy! Malinda at his sycophantic best when he has the gall to state that ” … the ‘true colors’ were not the underwear-greens or those about good-governance-love, but downright sneering at the basic tenets of decency and democracy.”

    Malinda’s “true colors” are out there in your face when he talks about “.. the basic tenets of decency and democracy”, in this attack, implying that these “basic tenets” were honored by his benefactor during his reign. What a joke!

    And then he describes Chandrika as “..that arch enemy of democracy” – another ‘joke’ when you compare her misdeeds to Mahinda’s.

    Granted, none of these characters are paragons of virtue, but Mahinda and his near and dear took Malinda’s description of “..that arch enemy of democracy” to a new level.

    So now Malinda, since your usual wishy-washy views have been transformed into an out and out defense of Rajapakse and his circus clowns, at least you have come out of that closet.

    Now you can stop pretending to be a decent journalist, do your thing and hope like hell.

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    “… never mind the fact that there was little or no ‘yaha’ (good) in the paalanaya (governance) of the last six months”, says Malinda.

    To most of us the very fact that the Rajapakses and their coterie of crooks were history for the moment was more than ” ‘yaha’ (good) in the paalanaya (governance) of the last six months”. The sense of freedom to express ourselves (I guess you are against this too) without fear and the freedom and to check the websites that were blocked by your stalwarts of ‘democracy’ were some of the “yaha” that you are mourning about.

    You are such a frigging hypocrite in the guise of a journalist, it beggars belief!

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    It is only by hindsight one may say that Sirisena had some respect being a stalwart of the SLFP….. a far cry from the stature of Mahinda. Nobody can see ‘green’,’statemanship’ or ‘grey’ or what? in him now. He has become a non-entity. He opted to manage his hatred by deceit and aligning himself with the devil creating an unprecedented national calamity, flouting the constitution and the rule of law and putting the economy in jeopardy. People were badly misled. Can it happen again?

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    Are you writing this on your government issue laptop?

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    Malinda

    If Mahinda was corrupt, this man Sirisena should share the blame for corruption because he continued to serve his master Mahinda at that time. Sirisena is not a man of principles though he parade himself now as a paragon of virtues. He went against the Constitutional provisions to bring back Shirani as Chief Justice having aligned with Mahinda to unseat her. Where were his principles then? Where did his yahapalanaya go then?

    Sirisena has no moral right to point an accusing finger at Mahinda now having been an accomplice to Mahinda as a responsible Cabinet Minister in Mahinda’s cabinet for many long years.

    He talks about yahapalanaya but went on to appoint his own brother to a top governmental position. And Colombo Telegraph recently exposed his brother’s misdeeds.

    He wanted to become the Prime Minister in Mahinda’s cabinet and because Mahinda ignored him this Judas crossed over to Ranil’s side and agreed to contest as common candidate. This one time Chinese Communist is now an American stooge in the company of Ranil and Chandrika.

    Having contested against the SLFP/UPFA candidate at the Presidential Election he shamelessly begged for the SLFP/UPFA leadership position and Mahinda allowed him to have it. And having got the SLFP/UPFA leadership he continued to work for UNP, the arch enemy of SLFP/UPFA. He had now come out with his true colours as you have rightly explained here.

    If Mahinda faction of the SLFP/UPFA wins the election with a thumping majority, this boru yahapalanaya man will become a zero and will have to leave his office in disgrace.

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      Susil Premajayantha, is that you machan???

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    of shut up Malinda, u and your big fat mouth. Stop wagging it as you like. No one likes your darn article.

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    The beauty about this forum is that everybody wants others to be critical of Mahinda Rajapaksa, and brutally attack anyone who does not, yet talks about ‘democracy’, ‘freedom of expression, ‘tolerate dissent’..Way to go Sri Lanka..

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      Eh, you might be confusing wanting people to be critical of MR with not twisting the truth to suit MR.

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