9 December, 2019

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Majority Of Parliamentarians Resolve To Convene Parliament And Claim MR’s Appointment As PM Unacceptable

In an unprecedented move, 119 Parliamentarians representing the main political parties in Parliament except for the UPFA unanimously passed a resolution calling for immediate convention of Parliament.

In the resolution, they also stated in no und=certain terms that the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister and all subsequent appointments are unacceptable.

MPs from the United National Front, the Tamil National Alliance, and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna were present at the meeting.

Parliamentary sources said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, four JVP Parliamentarians including party leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake and three TNA Parliamentarians were absent at the meeting due to unavoidable reasons.

However, all absent MPs pledged support to the resolution and it finally drew the support of 119 MPs, demonstrating Rajapaksa had failed to secure a simple majority in the House.

“The MPs resolved that the purported removal of the Prime Minister and the purported appointment of another Prime Minister by the President on 26 October 2018 was unconstitutional and illegal. Also they demand that Speaker disregard the purported prorogation of Parliament and convene Parliament forthwith,” TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said.

Responding to the MPs, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said President Maithripala Sirisena had promised to convene Parliament on November 07.

The Speaker also said he would convene Parliament on November 07 in accordance with powers vested in him, if the President failed to issue the gazette notification today.

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    Journalists should be neutral, unbiased and not let their personal prejudice interfere in reporting.

    It’s a shameful act to suck up to any politician, I seen this by a few and I
    Regretfully among those whom we had the highest respect onetime.

    Journalists must not favor anyone if they do, it will be the worse in justice and mockery they be doing to their colleagues who sacrificed their lives.

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      Lanka Nitizen: I alays liked Mahinda Rajapakse Chasing out Journalists, breaking their legs, hands and some just evaporated to the oblivion. I heard Ekneligoda’s wife now knows her husband is living.

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        “The good news is that the Lanka rupee and stock market are up” ——– A comment of a Mahinda supporter here

        A simple explanation what is happening to the Rupee ……… and why Mahinda, Ranil, Asgiriya chief priest …………… have very little control over it


        We can sing, we can dance, we can hope and we can pray but …….. in the end it’s the economy that’s going to bring down whoever is in power ………. Mahinda or Ranil or Buddha ………The hip pocket is the final arbitrator

        People think that the rupee is going down ………. but it’s more accurate to say the US$ is going up ……….. if you observe the state of all the other currencies around the world ………. an easy one is the Indian rupee.

        This is happening for two reasons ……… first, to keep the inflation in check – due to the overheating US economy – US central-bank is ramping up the interest-rate from an unprecedented historically low base; the easy one to see ……….. second, they are doing a quantitative-tightening – the opposite of quantitative-easing which was done after the 2008 GFC to get the economy rolling again. When bonds mature they don’t issue new bonds and buy them back (to inject more money) as they have been doing for the past few years; in other words reducing the money supply. And they are reducing the assets – the toxic crap they bought in 2008 to inject liquidity in to the frozen banking-system – in their books to the tune of $50 billion a month; that’s the hidden one not many see

        Upshot of all that is the US$ dollar goes up ……… because it is more profitable to invest in the US$ and the demand for US$ goes up

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        continued

        Any “emerging country” that has US$ denominated debt – borrowed at historical low rates – has to face a double whammy ……… first they have to pay more interest; the one everyone sees …….. but the other peril only a few see is that the “emerging countries” have to pay back the loans by converting their already diminished currencies.

        If we borrowed US$1000 in 2014 and got Rs125,000 …….. now we have to (if you disregard the remittances from the “labour-force” in Arabia ………. anyway we import more than we export; the trade-imbalance) collect by tax or other means RS175,000 to pay back that US$1000 debt – an increase of 40% of what we initially borrowed.

        Mahinda, Ranil or Buddha has no control over it ………… it’s just the way the world is

        Caveat ………… I’ve not even taken a single Economics class …………. so correct me if I am wrong

        Only thing I might be wrong about is ………. Mahinda’s supporters think he can halt the slide of the rupee ……… and Ranil’s supporters think likewise ……… and they might be right. ……. Hope is a strange thang!

        In politics ……… one’s side is always right!

        And I’m here holding a sign “anyone wants to know the truth?” ……… but Native Vedda’s “Rejoice, The kingdom is near!” has more takers.

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    For the sake of good order and parliamentary decorum many would hope that MR’s appointment will be rejected by a simple majority. But RW and ALL his ‘Royal Ge boys must realize that the writing is on the wall. Central bank issue, Perpetual Issue, Ravi K’s matter, and a host of corrupt deals MUST be addressed and RW must allow the UNP and the voter base to elect a new and younger leader. Its time, Ranil. You must step down NOW. The same applies to My3. He must resign from the SLFP and let the voters decide on an acceptable new leader. NEVER the Rajapaksas, though.

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      Agree absolutely.
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      I realise that I’ve lived my life. It’s got to be younger people with fresh ideas with a vision to unite our country by saying goodbye to old myths and obsessions.
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      But this message must be conveyed trilingually to all citizens. There must be inclusivity.

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    In Sri Lanka anything can happen any time. You should not trust any politician. Our politicians are like commodities. You can buy and sell them for any price irrespective race, religion or language. Even they get a ministerial post a few minutes, they will make millions by selling the state, their gods and their conscience. This is Srilanka. Over 75% Buddhists. What a religion? What a race?

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    There are two constitutions for Sri Lanka , one in Sinhala and the other in English, Which one is in force?

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    The Monster is released from the chains that were restraining it. JVP is shirking its duty to the country and its followers by their policy of sitting on the fence. Their decisions may be based on one or more of the following:
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    1) Despite all the bravado, they are scared shit of the monster.
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    2) They want the country to sink in to chaos and anarchy and then march in and grab power.
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    3) They are secret allies of the monster.

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    How can a Government selected by voters be removed by “Pinata Seat” Dilan, SB, Rathana Thero and Sumathipala who were kicked out by the voters but entered the Parliament through the back door?

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    TNA MP from Batti has broken ranks with the Vellala Party TNA.
    Now he is a Cabinet Minister under PM Rajapakasa.

    Sampathar’s hand picked Vellala CM has already formed his own party TMK..
    Dalit Rep, Doughie is a Cabinet Minister now.
    And has total control of resettling the poor victims of TNA Pirahaparan Alliance which nearly finished off Devananda.

    It is Lucky that poor Doughie has 9 lives like a Cat.
    That is why he survived 5 suicide attacks from the Tigers.
    Now Doughie knows that he can do something better for his people than what Sampathar and Abraham did with Dr Ranil…

    Even the TNA CM hasn’t believed that Sampathar and Abraham did much for the poor and the war affected natives in the North..
    And Abraham & Sampathar are still hell bent on protecting Dr Ranil and his Rogue Brigade…

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      KAS
      Should this surprise anyone when battle hardened deputy sold his own troops for personal gain and crossed over for perks.
      This is Batti for you. I don’t understand why Tamils still demand that they want to join N & E.
      Some people never learn.

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “TNA MP from Batti has broken ranks with the Vellala Party TNA.”
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      Or is it because TNA is not Vellala enough for the horse that was just bought by Sinhala not so Vellala (govi) pancha maha bala vegaya party.

      “Now he is a Cabinet Minister under PM Rajapakasa”.

      Actually another condom as far as the clan is concerned.

      The price of a horse is Rs 500 Million which lead to the depreciation in value in real term of a cabinet minister.

      This is truly a brilliant chapter in the Mahawamsa history of this island.
      Dr Mahinda has raised the average price of a donkey but lowered the average IQ of Cabinet Minister.

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    Perhaps this situation is a blessing disguise. What I mean is the ‘One country two Prime Ministers and One country two governments’ situation. With so many unruly monkeys, buffaloes, simple grass eating cattle and, most of all, snakes to control in the Parliament, we need at least 2 Prime Ministers.

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      That is a Good idea. Ranil should be the Tamil eelam PM.

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        JD,

        No way Jose. We want Ranil. Nice Try anyway!
        ..

        People have forgotten the crimes that MR & Co. has committed. Here is a quick list (courtesy News 1st). The total amounts to tens of Billions of Dollars and Trillions of Rs of public money. I am not mentioning the murders, intimidations, abductions of this Mega Criminal has been behind. The list is too long.
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        1) The Tsunami aid scam. (MR had a quick start, even before he became the Il Presidante’).
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        2) MIG deal
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        3) Shady arms purchases.
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        4) Breaking off od Emirates deal
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        5) Avantgarde matter
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        6) CPC hedging
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        7) Greek Bond purchase
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        8) Misuse of public funds for memorials, Namal’s TV Channel, Another son’s space venture, Shiranthi’s shady activities etc.
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        Let us never forget these crimes. Let us not let other right thinking ever forget them too.

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      Best would be to bomb down Diyawannawa, so that people that elected them can comfort their mind set.

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      Edwin,
      I ve got an good idea.

      We need to send Rajapakshe + Sirisena combination to Saudi Arabian Embassy in Turkey. And inform their buchery men beforehand and wait to see for consolation.

      i truly believe that Kamal Khashoggi deserve to live further but both former President and current President of our lost paradise could go. People #s anger is not under control to this day.

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    Aren’t these people wasting their time?

    Can understand they are angry about losing power. But there is nothing they can do within the law, other than going to the courts. Strangely, they don’t seem to want to do that.

    WHY?

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      It is not anger. It is the fear. The fear of the fate the Rajapaksa Dynasty would be facing.

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    If you look back since independence who make problems,they never live in peace and never let the others in peace either.
    Big problem is this Santhosams culture no more moral values it’s all about me and my family
    God save the people

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    MS has aptly demonstrated his low class mentality. If he is honestly delivering his Presidential Duties the first duty of his should have been to get the Parliament to vote and decide who commands the majority voice in the Parliament.

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    Edwin! I got a good Idea.

    But Saudis are only allowed to murder Muslims,
    and their speciality is Muslim journalists and children and their main job is to reduce the Muslim population because They are afraid their true Identity will be exposed and will be completely wiped out for hijacking Islam and The Islamic Holy Sea. HIJAZ THE SACRED HOME OF THE HARAMAIN(The Two holy mosques)

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      Babansincho and LANKA Nitizen, please leave countries that help Lanka alone. They are nice people. Their governments are benevolent.
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      Why not try Avici, as described in the travel catalog below.

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    No one can stand against the tsunami. It’s a money making business. No principle.

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    We all know how Pres jumped from Mahinda to Ranil. Then Pres has jumped from Ranil to Mahinda. We know why Mahinda got scared about the High Courts & joined Pres. Media publications and viewing old videos, that in every platform Pres speaking to the public that Mahinda would have put him 6 feet under the soil if Mahinda won. Now he tells the same story that Ranil was trying to put him under 6 ft. Only he has changed the murderer’s name. At times I wonder why the Pres is talking about 6 feet all the time but changing the person who will send him to 6 feet under? The only decision I can come to after deep thinking, is Pres a “SANE” is he mentally stable? If not why would he as the Maha Pres did not take action for the last 42 + months when he knew the UNP lead yahapalana govt did not do anything good for the country? Now another question comes to my mind who is the Head of the State and should he “RESIGN” OR BE “IMPEACHED”?

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    edited and corrected
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    Journalists should be neutral, unbiased and not let their personal prejudice interfere in reporting.

    It’s a shameful act to suck up to any politician, I have seen this by a few and
    Regretfully it’s among those whom we had the highest respect onetime.

    Journalists must not favor anyone if they do, it will be the worse injustice and mockery they are doing to their colleagues who sacrificed their lives..
    They should refrain from inputting their favoritism.

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    JD / November 3, 2018
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    Lanka Nitizen: I alays liked Mahinda Rajapakse Chasing out Journalists, breaking their legs, hands and some just evaporated to the oblivion. I heard Ekneligoda’s wife now knows her husband is living

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    Just watch how the world attitude is going to change towards the attack on Journalists

    Your comment will be taken seriously as a party to the Murderers of Journalists..
    only a sincere advice, with today’s highly sophisticated software in hand with activists and Journalists, somewhere my love, your IP must be in proper hands,
    no VPN can really cover you,

    none of us are invisible, though CT and other Tabloids online may say and are sincere when they claim they will protect your email, it is very little they can do, We should be careful what we say.

    whatever we can say can be held against us as evidence, You can see what is happening with Saudi,

    openly approving murder online is very dangerous, every single person online can be traced and no one should hold CT responsible for their irresponsible comments.

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    sadly very few people are aware how some nations manipulate Currency and The Stock market.

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    Avici Maha Narakaya: All these perpetrators are destined for the Avici Maha Narakaya, the Shangri La of hells. One day, the Earth will open-up, and swallow them, and deposit the motley lot in Avici.
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    Guys, Avici, the 10-Star Mega Hell is no joke. There are these large vats of boiling oil, hundreds of yoduns deep and 100s of youduns in diameter. Have you ever fried Papadam? I have. Sometimes a drop of oil may drop accidentally drop on a sensitive part of your body. Now, take that pain and multiply it by the total no. of Dollars, the Rajapaksas have stolen from us and you will get an idea how intense the pain is. The main problem however is that the pain is endless. Normally, if you are thrown in to a boiling vat of oil, like a prawn being fried, you will die instantly. In Avici you will not die. In fact, you will live many many kalpas (eons).
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    Let me briefly describe the journey. Oil will burn your whole skin and then you will start swallowing it. From the other end, it will go up your ass, through the bowels and the two hot streams will meet in your intestines. You will start sinking passing many other dictators like Hitler and Mussolini going in the upward direction. After hundreds of kalpas, you will reach the bottom and then start rising, again passing Hitler and Mussolini going down. On reaching the surface you have just a few moments to blurt out something. In the case of Mara, he may say something like ‘SA’ and then start sinking again. The rest of the word ‘SAMAVENNA’ would take many more kalpas (eons).
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    In short, it is not very pleasant.

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    Dear Sinhala. Man ,

    it’s amazing to see you being so consistent in your comments and always fair and respectful, something for all. Of us to learn from.

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    No point of crying fowl, the Hitlers party like slfp will even care what others are saying, they have power,business class,media, every thing, see the business class of slfps behavior in srilanka, see how they are investing in stock exchange . this business class of Mahinda showing the world we will invest only when slfp come to power, see how Mahinda is giving tax reduction to his business class and upper middle class . the pathola parties like unp lead by a innocent past leaders like Jr or premadasa can compete with this Hitler slfp rule, see every one is saying this appointment is wrong but is even a police constable is respecting this innocent party like unp. 80% of The srilankan upper middle class and middle class the main vote base of slfp are v ery happy with their leader mahindas appointment as PM. Will they care The poor peoples party and labours party like unp .the small group of people who are like unp for any reason writing comments and showing their angry towards rajapaksas but we can do. Can we compete with slfp and their business class since they have 48% block vote base as a single party while unp and their working poor people only has only 22% vote base. So no point of crying fowl and writing comment against slfp and their business class , we are sin .even a police constable will not respect unp. This is a Hitler rule of slfp and pathola party like unp led by people like Jr or premadasa or JVP can not do any thing.

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    Dear LANKA Citizen,
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    Was that really meant for me; if so thanks.
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    It may come without too much effort because I was born in Uva, was fortunate to have multicultural education. My work was mainly in State Schools, where I could see that we had gradually moved towards segregation in schools. I’ve tried, where I could, to bring about integration.
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    Sri Lanka has always been home for me, but right now I’m in Kuala Lumpur; my younger daughter having insisted that I spend a fortnight here. It’s after 24years I’ve left our country. She’s returning to Sri Lanka in December, almost for good. Hubby to follow a little later. They want Sri Lankan education for their two daughters.
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    English is not a problem for us. That’s not true of others less fortunate.

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    Dear Sinhala Man

    Yes it was to you and my pleasure you deserve the respect in this Comment forum.

    And BTW, it’s Lanka Nitizen, is my Nick 😊

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      Thanks, Lanka Nitizen,
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      I feel that I typed your Nickname right, but Android wanted to be cleverer than a mere human – using a foreign language at that.
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      But this time the phone got it right. By the way, being a retired guy I can take liberties that others cannot. I often let people know that my real name is Panini Edirisinhe.
      .
      Also, the past week in Malaysia has brought home to me the mess that we’ve made of our country. While it is true that this country has petroleum, and they’ve still got these “Bumi Putra” policies, life is definitely on a more even keel here.
      .
      What I’ve spoken of above is the need for younger leaders. Malaysia’s PM is 92 years young, but I’ve seen him saying that he’s feeling his age this time around, and joking that he ought really to be dead by now.
      .
      My daughter says that Mahathir’s wife is also in her nineties, also a medical doctor, and equally sharp. She’s the patron of the local Symphony Orchestra, and we’re going to hear them play Dvorak tomorrow – no, not the New World Symphony – No. 8 it’s going to be.
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      Let’s hope that Sri Lanka has woken to a better future by the time I get back.

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    Lol ,Sinhala Man ,I really love your humour …

    Well Malaysia can never get out of Bumiputra ,they created it and it’s more integral in their politics than religion, Like of cause many Muslim majority countries, like Saudi ,Pakistan ,Afghanistan etc. Tribalism and cultures overrules even the religious laws unfortunately.

    We see for the first time in Pakistan practicing true Islamic law by saving the life of an innocent Christian (poor) women who was falsely accused ,upholding the Justice is Islam and be merciful is Islam .

    But unfortunate even in Sri Lanka since The Change in 1977 where Muslims went to work in the gulf , we see a replacement of a mild Islam mostly of The Shafi School with Wahabism which insists in embracing culture and tribalism.

    Same is happening in Malayasia too ,already bumiputra is bad ,just imagine it mixed with Wahabism? .

    ,I request you to listen to Imran Hossain who currently lives in Malaysia on YouTube .

    But still there is one thing to be appreciated in Malaysia, no one will dare to attack any minority ,the minorities are mostly Chinese who”s ancestors migrated to work in Malaysia during the British rule , who are very rich and top the business circle ,they are more safer than in Indonesia.

    I hope Sri Lankans will unite and shed the petty issues and the Muslims in Sri Lanka will not become pawns of foreign conspiracy .

    You need two hands to clap, Muslims Also must take steps to integrate ,Muslims have drifted away a lot .

    Let us hope and pray we can resolve the political situation peacefully

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    @Edwin ,please accept my apologizes ,I was merely responding to a his comment..

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    Dear Lanka Nitizen,
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    I’m sure a fortnight sampling the lifestyles of relatively well-off expatriates in Kuala Lumpur is insufficient to draw conclusions. Been to Putrajaya, the purpose-built capital today. The comparison with Sri Lanka is stark.
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    I’m sure that the industrious Chinese-origin citizens must inwardly resent the die being loaded against them. However, we did visit two grand mosques; the Islam on display seems kinder. I don’t think that it’s for me to pontificate on other beliefs, but one thing I do is to comment on the need for MMDA in Sri Lanka; the issues there are basic.

    Where I’m sure of the facts, I’m less timorous.
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    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/nasheed-requests-sri-lankan-government-to-engage-robustly-in-trans
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    Nasheed really is a breath of fresh air in an Islamic society that had been so liberal, but had seen religion exploited for political purposes by the Abdul Gayyoom half-brothers – until they fell out. A lesson the My3-Mahinda combine there.
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    The point you were making Muslims needing to integrate, I fully endorse.

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    Dear Sinhala Man,
    Thank for your sum up. Seems you are enjoying KL.

    While I always have this deep respect for the Chinese race, admiring their will to work for every penny they earn, I also have a special reverence for the Malaysian and Singapore Malays, they are a very contended race. I do. Not see any similarity in their language, feature, culture, attitude, not even in their strong monotheistic beliefs when comparing with our Local Malays..

    Upon my visit to Indonesia, I saw a strong resemblence of our Malays
    With the Sumatrans especially the features and I find most of our local Malay’s religious practices very closely associated with many superstitious traditions of the Javas (meaning Indonesians) but yet they do not speak even the Indonesian language which is very different its called Basha Indonesia, some Indonesians are so strange they have dual religions they pray
    Like Muslims and after they finish their normal Muslim prayer they go to offer their petitions to Kali Aman, Indonesians are extremely friendly people, you should try to make trip there, women, wine and song is all a great part of life. Night life is super and food and hotels are very affordable.

    .

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