19 September, 2019

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MCC Grant Must Not Become A Lost Opportunity

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

When the government was elected in 2015 there was heady anticipation of large inflows of economic resources from Western countries into Sri Lanka that would boost economic growth and bring prosperity to the general population. This expectation was strengthened by the government’s positive response to international pressures to improve the human rights situation within the country. The previous government had confronted the international community led by Western countries to its detriment on these issues. The new government in 2015 reversed its predecessor’s aversion to human rights, and went to the extent of co-sponsoring Resolution 30/1 of the UN Human Rights Council which called for post war transitional justice and accountability.

Perhaps as a result of over-confidence in its ability to obtain Western economic assistance, the newly elected government adopted a negative stance towards Chinese investments in the country, which had done much to transform the physical landscape. The government took the position that many of the Chinese projects were economically unviable in their existing state, and froze them for over a year. Chief amongst these projects that got stalled were the controversial Port City and Hambantota Port projects which had both negative cost and geopolitical implications for the country. However, when the economic resources anticipated from the Western countries failed to show up, the government had no option but to recommence the Chinese projects and also absorb the losses due to the delays.

There were at least two reasons why the anticipated Western economic assistance failed to materialize on the scale that was hoped for. The fact that Sri Lanka had progressed to being a middle income country, albeit at the lower end, meant that the country was no longer eligible for concessional aid flows on purely economic criteria. In addition, Western governments do not usually engage in large scale economic development activities and instead leave that to the private sector. Sri Lanka has faced, and continues to face a major difficulty as its labour laws and protection of private property are not as positive for business investors as are the legal systems in competitor countries, such as Vietnam which is a preferred location for foreign investment.

Gloomy Economics 

Today, with elections on the horizon, one of the strongest criticisms of the government has been that it failed to boost economic growth and bring development and prosperity to the country in the manner that South East Asian countries such as Thailand and Malaysia have become transformed. Even before the Easter Sunday attacks, economic growth in the country was relatively slow. Now in the post-Easter Sunday context, economic growth has taken a further plunge with the total disruption of the tourist industry for the past four months. Although tourist arrivals have been picking up in the past few weeks, foreign investors continue to be wary of potential instability in the country. The coming election period adds to this uncertainty.

In this gloomy economic context, in which economic resources for development purposes are unavailable, the failure of the government to take the USD 480 million grant offered by the US government is another indicator of its weakness. This grant provides economic resources in two key areas where substantial upgrading is needed. These are transport and administration of land. Unfortunately, this Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant has been seen part of a package together with two military agreements with the United States. These are the Acquisition and Cross Services Agreement (ACSA) and Status of Forces (SOFA) agreements which are about the US military having access to Sri Lanka. These military agreements are not special to Sri Lanka as the United States has them with about 100 other countries too, and in fact, the US military has had access to Sri Lankan territory since 1995 with another similar agreement being signed in 2007 by previous governments. The more recent agreements which have caught the attention of the general public, and which are being criticized on political platforms seeks to extend these agreements to more areas and in a more general way.

Extending the scope of these military agreements is to be decided from the perspective of national security interests. On the other hand, the MCC grant is about economic interests. The failure to utilize the MCC grant would be an economic loss to the country. It is about improving the country’s transport system and land registration system. The transport project will upgrade physical roadway networks, modernize traffic systems in the Western, Central, Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces. These investments will reduce severe traffic bottlenecks, create safer, more reliable public transportation, and lower the transport costs required to connect people and goods with markets.

Fake News 

Land activities will help the Government create an inventory of state lands, modernize methods of valuing lands, strengthen tenure security for smallholders, women, and firms, and digitize deeds records so that they are less vulnerable to damage, theft, and loss. This has nothing to do with whether the US military can use Sri Lanka as a supply hub or whether US troops can enter the country without visas. If Sri Lanka does not want that it can refuse to sign the ACSA and SOFA agreements or get out of them. The MCC agreement is not tied to Sri Lanka’s acceptance of the military agreements or extending and strengthening them.

There has been a great deal of fake news regarding the MCC grant. One story is that there will be a Colombo to Trincomalee electrified train railway line that will be an “Economic Corridor” effectively partitioning the country into a northern segment and southern segment, with the Americans taking over the northern segment. This story of the electrified railway line is based on the false story that a map of ports, airports, railroads, and expressways that was prepared by the National Physical Planning Department before MCC came on the scene. The map has no relation to the projects the government proposed for MCC funding. Another exaggerated fear is that if the land registration system is improved, poor farmers will sell their land and this will be bought up by multinational corporations that will exploit the people and the land to the detriment of Sri Lanka’s national interests.

President Maithripala Sirisena has stated that he will not sign the MCC grant until the presidential election is held. The problem with this handing over of responsibility to the next president is that the grant may lapse and be lost to the country. This is because Sri Lanka is no longer a lower middle income country and is an upper middle income country (which means that it has a per capita income of more than USD 3900 per year). Upper middle income countries are not eligible for MCC grants. If Sri Lanka does not meet the deadline for signing the grant it may be lost, which would mean that USD 480 million that could be used for development purposes would be lost. According to MCC data, so far 29 countries have been awarded 37 such grants and not one of them has changed its mind and turned such a grant down after requesting it. Sri Lanka could score a first, but for the wrong

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    most disgusting uneducated president would utter any silly thing but in the end he will have to agree.
    :
    Like for example, BP Sirisena louded, he would never appoint PM RW as the PM of this country, as if his orifices got cross implanted, he had to.
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    Now again, the bugger SIrisena, goes after one behind the other to save his bum. There are thousand times a day I feel, if my beloved thero Rev Sobitha was with us to share his wisdom, he predicted, BP Sirisena the way he moves already in 2015, will push us from frying pan to fire. Now we have reached to the levels.
    Sadly, If anyone would have some respect to this man, he or she should be mad.

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      babnpunchi,
      I don’t think that MY 3 behavior can be explained by lack of education alone, even though it certainly is factor. Rather, it is due to his long held left-leaning political vies. Remember that he started his politics as Maoist – a rare position for a rural lad b’cos, unlike Moscow commies, Maoist were very rare. But, he was “radical” enough to get arrested on the suspicion for being a JVP cadre.

      It is a well known fact that SLFP is a medley of all kinds of politicians, most of who has started their politics as some kind of “reds” which were in abundance those days. Even though almost all joined the usual flow of politics while tasting wealth & prestige later in their career, they still kept their original ideological heritage in the back of their minds. MY 3 is one of such character. That is why it is so difficult for them to refuse a “request from Chinese embassy”!

      MY 3 & the remaining SLFP leaders with him, except probably Duminda Silva, have other personal reasons to block US cooperation. One of the major reason is the very cold response MY 3 got from the US for Oct 26 coup. He got mad at India as well for the same reason which also led to ignore the Indian tip on Easter bombing. MY 3’s cold reception towards MCC grant has to be understood from this light! This factor also explains why SLFP (now SLPP) has always been failed to put the country into a correct progressive path.

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        Dr. JP Why is it that the US seems desperate to sign the MCC paper soon for a paltry 480$ when Lanka is worth over a trillion – more than Greenland?
        Sri Lanka narrowly avoided the SOFA project to set up military bases after the Special Operations FOrces (SOF) staged the Easter Carnage, but Trumpland has not given up.
        In fact Trumpland is desperate to colonize Sri Lanka because of the Submarine Data Cables (UDC) in the ocean from which the global internet can be attacked and its geostrategic trade location
        MCC is part of the Land grab and ocean grab project along with fake oil prospecting off the seas of Trincomalee by US Bell Echo and Frances Total.

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          Oh Wow! As long as they don’t partition us and merge us with India, a trillion is the amount SL should get.

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      Jehan Perera,

      Advocating MCC Grant? Is there a free lunch?

      ” However, when the economic resources anticipated from the Western countries failed to show up, the government had no option but to recommence the Chinese projects and also absorb the losses due to the delays.”

      Why? Are there strings attached? What are they?

      This grant provides economic resources in two key areas where substantial upgrading is needed. These are transport and administration of land. Unfortunately, this Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant has been seen part of a package together with two military agreements with the United States. These are the Acquisition and Cross Services Agreement (ACSA) and Status of Forces (SOFA) agreements which are about the US military having access to Sri Lanka.

      Why is the US giving away $480 million, when they have deficits if $1,000 Billion, unless they expect some pay back!? What is the payback they are expecting? Clearly, this is not altruism.

      What are they advocating? Sri Lanka’s interest or the sponsors of the advocate institute , the US interests, in their hegemonic contest against China?

      Sri Lanka is small potatoes for them, but the only potato, the Paras have got.

      https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/04/magazine/iran-strike-israel-america.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

      The main question is will the Paras dominated by the Para-Sinhala, mean IQ 79, see through this, the land will be used to advance their own interests?

      https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/04/magazine/iran-strike-israel-america.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

      See how the US, Israeli and Wahhabi interests are being advanced in The Muddled Middle East.

  • 19
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    If any leader due to own selfish agendas, as is the case with Mr Sirisena would let sinster forces to abuse him, while he himself just betraying the mandate who made him the president, should be punished by the law prevailing in the country. The worst thing is suffering from inferiority complex as no others. This was also the case with his predcessor, but somehow he managed it to some levels. However, power intoxications almost misled mahinda … and also his background was no better, in our younger days we only heard ” Rajaakshes are Beliaatha rascals”: Mahinda was a thug and a rebell … he was also known to have been connected with numerous killings from that region.
    But for his luck, he became president of this miserable nation, and let China to raped him by every means until the Chinese tied him to their debt trap.
    Today, the people have no choice than go for high taxes in order to pay the sums back to China. Nor have those gigantic projects brought any new employement nor income yet after 9 years. But sure is the commissions earned by Rajapkshe family made them untouchable wealthy.
    Nobody or legal entity to check the levels yet today.
    How come ? We speak out and even go on ranting about many things, who cares about the unestimable assets of Rajaakshes ?

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    “President Maithripala Sirisena has stated that he will not sign the MCC grant until the presidential election is held.”

    Does he expect to sign it after the presidential election is held? Haha! What a joker.

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    What an idiot of a president. Not fit to clean the latrines this scoundrel.

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    Our Gomarala is learning Politics from International Coup expert Wimal Uruwansa and half brain Pivithuru Gommanpila. Somebody has to explain Gomarala the meaning of “Grant” and what is stand for M.C.C.
    Presidential Adviser Shiral Laktilaka and other Political Pundits may have advised Gomarala that M.C.C stand for another “Millennium City Coup” Poor Gomarala may be thinking he will become a bigger patriot by refusing to sign the agreement. This Grant will be lost opportunity for the Country because of this uneducated, half brain Gomarala.

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      Lapatiya

      I’m sadden that you address MS as Gomarala. Am I to presume first part “Goma” is meant to be cow dung. If this is your intention I have to point out that you have denigrated the cow-dung. Cow dung is enormously valuable product that can be used much more productively.
      Please find a another word to describe MS. I do see your predicament trying to find a suitable word which is going to be challenge without disparaging the meaning of the word,.

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        Leonard,
        Agree with you and “Suththara Puncha No 1” is suitable for him. “Suththara Puncha No 2 ” is Sajith Premadasa.

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      The white màn does not give out anything without excepting something in return. Most Sri Lankan’s have never socialized, work, schooled, screwed or delt with Americans or Europeans. If America is giving 440 million they epecting billions in savings and returns ” There is nothing called a ” free lunch ” . The less money SL takes- the better for the taxpayer and the next generation.

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    What’s the rush . Should be up for debate- after all the amount concerned is a mere drop in the bucket for our big spending government – just look at Srilankan Airlines. Plenty of strings attached to this offer . Bottom feeders will try to push for their own benefit. The US educated author probably has a vested interest.

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    Of course this is an opportunity to get over 50 billion rupee investment as a grant! Not a loan! There may be some conditions attached to it! It is always possible that to happen when the big brother is becoming so generous!
    Well it is the government responsibility to examine, evaluate and costs those conditions or attachments in a meaningful, transparent and efficient manner to make an informed decision!

    Surely the government machinery, with all those highly qualified professionals, could have done this over the last many months! So what is the problem?

    As usual a political game being played by losers against the winners! ?

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    Sirisena has proved over and over again he is a Gutless, Uneducated, Untrustworthy, Constitution violating President. He does not understand politics at all. All he understands is the Fake News put out by the news media. What a shameful situation is this! We all got cheated by Maithripala Sirisena whom we appointed as President expecting SL to be a free and democratic country. Sirisena is now sleeping with Gota and Mahinda whom he said were going to kill him after the last Presidential Election if he did not win!

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    If we don’t get the MCC grant due to President’s failure to sign, he will be the most traitorous man ever born in this country. Many people oppose to this grant even without knowing the facts. They have no clue how much development can happen in Sri Lanka. This is like cutting off the nose to spite the face. Small minded, inferiority complexed President cannot see it. This man is not a born leader (he is not even suitable to be a Grama sevaka), he doesn’t see the damage he is going to do to our future generations by not signing MCC. He is such a spiteful man with very low qualities. He shouldn’t punish the whole country for the anger he has developed with RW. If USA wants to get something they will get it whether we accept MCC grant or not. For example while many countries opposed to Iraq war, they did it. It is better to use them for our benefit if we can, rather than opposing them unnecessarily. I don’t think lowly beings like Booruwansa even have an idea what the MCC grant means. They just oppose to anything when MR asks them to do so. We are living in a country full of ignorant, pig headed fools as our leaders.

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      Mr Gamage
      You seem to be thoroughly knowledgeable on this MCC thing.
      As I have requested elsewhere could you educate the readers as to why US is so keen. And elaborate a bit on your statement that US will get what they want anyway like they did in Iraq.

      Soma

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        somass

        “your statement that US will get what they want anyway like they did in Iraq.”

        The US gets everything it wants because you and your fascist leaders do not treat their women folks well, remember 1987/91, ….. not only do they (Americans) get what they want they also had their own citizen (man) running this country from 2005 to 2010 with iron fist.

        Again US will facilitate the crowning of their loyal citizen in the next elections as the next president of Sri Lanka. US loves dictators, their own dictators. Remember in 2007 two security related agreement were signed by Gota with US. In fact US will prefer their smart patriotic American Citizen Gota signing the agreement.

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        Soma,
        It is the way you perceive facts. For simple example; you addressed me as Mr. without having concrete evidence about my gender. You perceived Gamage should be a man. I could be a man or a woman. In the same way many would perceive USA as a very suspicious country, and some of our politicians have engraved that idea in people’s mind. But think clearly, where do many of them send their children to study, work and live? Do they send their children to Middle East or China? No, they don’t, Middle east is for our working class to earn Foreign Exchange for the ruling class to have a good life. Where do our business community, professionals, govt. officials, politicians send their children? Many in the USA. If USA is that kind of a monster would you send your most precious kith and kin there? If some rascal is planning to destroy you and get his foothold in your property, you would not accept any gift from him, but instead would you send your loved ones to be with him? This is putting things very plainly. It is true USA is working for its own benefit. But think about the other countries who received MCC grants. They don’t just give those grants, there is a criteria to select the recipient countries, it takes time to get approved. The recipient countries should prove they are worthy of receiving it under World bank classification. Read the assay written by Advocata Institute “No Good Reason To Back Out Of The $480 Million MCC Grant”. I am not telling USA is lily white, they have their agendas, our leaders should be able to know where to draw the line with them. Other than the MPs in JVP group, do you think there are very many MPs in the Parliament who study any proposal or cabinet paper?

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          Mr./Mrs./Ms. (sorry about that) Gamage.
          You are winning the argument hands down.
          Saudis, Iraqis, Afgans , Pakistanis, Indians all want to send their children to USA and they all would be hard pressed to counter your argument. If you presented your argument to Mahathma Gandhi he would have given up the struggle then and there – your argument is such fool proof. If the recipient is begging it is one thing but if the donor is forcing it needs a bit of time to analyse. Take for example free trade agreements like the one with Singapore. If one party is exceedingly enthusiastic then the other must pause to analyse before rushing in. Take SOFA. Isn’t “What if China and India request identical agreements” a pertinent question? The fact that Gota initiated it is any justification for a concerned citizen who wants to study whether it is beneficial to our country or not?

          Soma

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            somass

            “The fact that Gota initiated it is any justification for a concerned citizen who wants to study whether it is beneficial to our country or not?”

            AS far as the Gota b***s carriers are concerned Gota/Mahinda could not do wrong. Why do you casts doubt on his immense ability to make the right choices, decisions, choose the right path, right to kill, ….. kill left right and centre?

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    Why they are so eager to give the grant. Somewhere it said, MCC is so upset with Sri lanka and had said” No it is not a loan, just a grant.” I think, what they say is sign the MCC-Compact and take that money which is all in local currency (Stock market profits, Money taken as narcotic profits and stocked in banks and payments for shiploads of cars). They want to catch if Mahinda Rajapske comes. Besides, Mangala is showing Gam peraliya every where with that money; now suddenly he is silent and Gamperaliya is no where to be seen. I think, Mangala had spent it in a fraudulent way and the govt is saying “WE ARE NOT GOING TO PAY”. MCC compact- ruin Sri lanka.

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    We agree with Jehan Perera that a deliberate miss on the MCC Grant must not be another lost opportunity.
    We lost Law & Order. MCC is just money but Law & Order is the fabric of society. Our leaders are actually exploiting the loss.
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    SLPP is founded on nationalism. BBS_Buddhism is a sect which condones violence. The founder/leader Gnanasara Thero, a right-wing extreme nationalist, is propelled as a Heroic Angel.
    .
    How much of the MCC Grant will reach the people?

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    Kulukkum Paddi Kanchchikkum Paadi Jehn PhD is trying to be a nice man after has successfully staged his Buddhism conversion projects in Jaffna. It is Jehan PhD like consultants pushed Yahapalanaya all over everywhere and made to go nowhere. This PhD wrote in 2017 that government was not utilizing Lord Nasby’s concocted revelation help to knock off the resolution 30/1.
    The major financial (new) problem to Yahapalanaya came from Central Bank loot. Treasury wanted immediate Rs1B. A tricky project was started using PTL to raise this money as Yahapalanaya thought raising Rs1B was impossible based on financial confidence in the market for the government. But PTL raised Rs12B by jacking up the interest rate. Yahapalanaya could have used the money on projects worth for 12% or repaid some politically high pressure loans or could have cancelled excess quote, later reissued at lower rate for additional Rs10B. But Yahapalanaya robbed it and shared within MPS and traders and banks executives. This was an artificially created finical problem to start the government with. Then government passed amnesty act for financial frauds. This made the current notes, as Jim Softy said, like toilet papers. For FDI flow to in, there should be full freedom to flow out too (withdrawal whenever they want –Law, Economic and Financial conditions). Extreme fluctuation of local currency is not inductive for that. That seriously affects the profits earned on the investments in foreign currencies. (When local currency is falling 20%, the 10% profit earned in local currency roughly translates into 10% loss in foreign currency.)
    There was no financial aid was promised to Lankawe that time, but only less restrictions to FDI, unlike, Iran, Cuba, Syria….. Hillary Clinton has been working to shut off IMF loans to Chitanta government. It was freely opened to Yahapalanaya, after 2015.

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    The country this year rated to Upper mid-level based on only 2017’s income. Jehan PhD is fooling the Sinhala Buddhist Modayas that the promised Western aid in 2015 did not come because country had become upper middle class that time. EU’s blockade to GSP+ was removed for Yahapalanaya, after 2015. It is income based on income and Human rights, like MCC. In 2018 America said it would give the MCC funds $480. Though they both income based, they both will continue at least for few more years, provided Lankawe follows international & UN guide lines on Democracy and Human rights. When MCC help was promised at the end of 2018, year 2017 was passed and the income level of Lankawe had gone into upper middle class. John Kerry said he spent $600M to bring back Burma and Lankawe to democracy. One should remember, the part of Lankawe money was spent in Lankawe on projects, though it was not given to Yahapalanaya to share like Central Bank loot, within MPs. So unlike Jehan PhD is playing his gimmicks, no international aid was withdrawn in 2015 based on income level. So is it really true that no help came to Lankawe from West in 2015 and that was because of the income level?

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    March 2015 Lankawe was supposed to put into economic sanctions by Obama government, which lead the West at UNHRC. That time Hillary left and Kerry came in as the State Secretary. Earlier Old Royal Appe Aanduwa had spent money to defeat Suanne Rice. UNHRC was supposed to start some kind of proceeding based on the OISL report which had listed 42 War Criminal’s name in. But Sec. Kerry allowed Old Royals to escape from UNHRC by altering the OISL report in favor of Yahapalanaya government. But he and his assistant Nisha Biswas insisted for local investigation of Genocide of 2009. But Ranil purposefully let Old Royal Family escape even from local investigation. He had robbed the central Bank in February 2015. Ranil was targeting to fire Mangala from Cabinet for signing Resolution 30/1 in September 2015. John Kerry came to Lankawe in May to peruse Ranil to bring in a special court to sue Old Royals. But Ranil ran a serious risk of blaming Old Royals on China’s projects and fighting hard the West on UNHRC, a double jeopardy. This was a bad, misjudgment of Ranil on the Lankawe’s capacity to take on world on multi-fronts. SLFP was known to its anti-West Policies. But understanding the world’s diplomatic procedures very well, SLFP Kathirgamar had brought 32 nations, most of them ere enemies within them, to support Lankawe on the war. During his time, there was no enemy to Lankawe. Now practically there are no friends to Lankawe. They all know what dangerously Old Sly Fox Ranil is.

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    This entire situation was built up Ranil to prove that he saved the Sinhala Rapist Military and thus the Chauvinist Land, the Wildlife Sanctuary, Sinhala Lankawe. Now he is working on removing Tamils and Muslims participating in selecting (electing) EP. So far, based on the news I read, it was only Hakeem is saying that he would go to court if that idea is implemented. Sumanthiran and Sampanthar seem to want to give up Tamils hold on that, without devolution of power. So far no Tamil Diaspora comedies has said anything against this either. Ranil is pretending that is trying this because he wants to stop anyone of the two dominant pro-western candidates (Old Brother Prince and Vaalaiththodam Jr) winning the election.
    After looting the Bank & the Treasury to bare ground, leaving behind an ocean of loans to go up to another 30 years in future and his own slippers, but taking a massive, swindled of $18B Old King ran out of TTH, two years ahead of his term’s end. Jehan PhD did not say anything on that. New King is generously leaving a $480M donation, not received and used for the EP to come. Egypt, Pakistan, Israel and other Muslim countries receives billions as aids from US. If the next president is ready to work with America, Lankawe will become another Korea. Then Jehan PhD is worried for what?

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      Mally,
      That diaspora Buddy, Mangalan said the Western Intelligence Services gave him the Coordinates to that USD 18 Billion Loot you keep repeating like old scratched Vinyl.
      And Dr Ranil ‘s emissary the Dentist & Son went and inspected it.

      How come Sampathar who make kick ass speeches all starting with Where as didn’t bother to ask Where it is?..

      Did you say Sampathar and the Apprentice Abraham given up something on Homelands ?.

      I know it wll be bloody hard to evict the Wahabis from the East now.
      But I thought North would have been a cake walk.

      Is Doughie playing the Spoilt Sport there …
      Just friendly banter mate.. nothing serious.

      Who do you reckon Samapathar will back.?.
      Dr Ranil or Keselwatta Kid.
      I know Abraham will definitely mount JVP AKD’s Pee Pee …

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    Jehan Perera is selling for Mangalawithout a cabinet decision is going to give RS 400 million to each MP of UNP and TNA. It looks like very much a buying out MPs during another scandle inside the parliament. Because, Rs 400 million can not bring them them the Electoral district win unless they give money and gifts.

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    This is the most related thread, so, I have to write it here. There are some problems inside the Ministry of energy and Power. Higher up in the ministry says, it looks Mangala is the one who is creating those. Probably, Mangala wants to sell those to some one. Only thing is when the dollar crashes we have to pay lot more Who cares, even tourists say, toilet paper is worth more.

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    As Jehan P has avoided the obvious question can someone explain why USA is so keen to grant us this santhosam.

    Soma

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      Soma,
      I can explain! Chinese Gvt is an autocracy. Everything Chinese businesses do at home or abroad is controlled by the central Gvt. For example, Chinese Gvt bribed MaRa regime via China harbor company. On the contrary, everything in the US privately is owned and therefore US foreign policy doesn’t coincide with the interests of the private sector. Also, US Gvt must get the permission from the congress for its each & every expense items. This is why US Gvt is trying to help foreign countries via institutions like MCC.

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      somass

      “As Jehan P has avoided the obvious question can someone explain why USA is so keen to grant us this santhosam.”

      By now you ought to have known “There is no such thing as a free lunch”.

      This santhosam is offered to you being hush hush money, for preparing/keeping your woman folks mute, ready and willing to service their men folks who are visiting this island on their rest and recreation DUTY.

      It is a good business.

      On the other hand women folks may find it a very good income stream, probably enjoy alien company, …. and most of all a few hours away from people (pain in the a***s) like you.

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    About this Colombo to Trincomalee electrified train railway line, we don’t know when it will be sprung upon us. Also multi-national corporations taking our time-honored land, we don’t know when they will tap into our natural water resources, grow the ugly oil-palm, alter our ancient grains etc. When aligned to the global economic policy, small country like ours will be used as balancer. Best get a government most in patriotism with the masses viz. Gota.

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      Ramona,
      Do you know that the lowlands forest in the dry zone were once filled with rice fields, commercial & cultural centers during the high-times of the A’Pura & P’naruwa kingdoms. You don’t have to take my word for it; just take a survey of ruins spread throughout sanctuaries. Once abandoned, it takes maximum of fifteen (15) years for the forests to take over any grand civilization!

      Those days, the dry-zone civilizations flourished from the water resources from the hill country which now is threaten by clearing for houses. As Champika also pointed out, SL will face huge water crisis if there is no plan to stop this clearing & to attract housing towards the lowlands.

      Since SL is a small island, with the current rate of population increase, SL will have to face a huge water & housing crisis along with the issue of garbage disposal, sooner than later. When that happens, not even the God, let alone merciless GoRa, can do anything about it unless current planners take proactive actions when we still have time. This is not Global Economics; this is our own survival. Resistance to change is a product evolution & yet humans have come so far from living like chimps. Whether you like it or not, changes will go on!

      It is for this empty politics like your that SL is in the current sorry predicament!

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        D.P.,
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        A’pura & P’naruwa……TN invaders must have chased them away and then abandoned the fertile rice fields as they did not know how to till them. But the Sinhala people moved into the coastal and hill country, and did fishing and terrace farming.
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        We need to build houses for people. But certainly we can’t haphazardly build houses in unappropriated areas. We have a good population number and are not increasing at any great rate. Building unappropriated and unnecessary houses is for commercial venture, plugged in with global money.
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        There is/was always enough of water for everyone. What we don’t need multinational corporations taking our water and leaving us dry, like the proposed Cocoa-cola plant. After MCC deal with the UNP around, can you imagine what will happen? As per garbage, much of it has been imported from places like the UK for a very long time. Indeed, the Meethotemulla mountain was probably all UK’s garbage.
        *
        Change is always good for evolution. It is a gradual process within familiar environs. But change by foreign entities on a global scale far, far worse than any previous colonization, is suicide.

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    MCC grant should not be a lost opportunity.

    Yes ! it should not be a lost opportunity so that the government can use it to increase the lifestyles of the 225 wankers in parliament by upgrading them with new cars, houses, salaries, perks etc etc.
    How much worse this can get is beyond imagination but then when you are governed by arseholes anything is possible.
    A government of arseholes, by arseholes for arseholes.

    Cheers, Mr Jehan Perera. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Thank you Jehan for this brief on the failure of your Yahapalana hook-up on the economic front.(failures in other areas are more serious) A very candid acknowledgement. Mere acknowledgemnt won’t do dr. Jehan -this nation owes an uncompromising apology from you people. You have a few more months to sell the country. You sound like you are one of those in the Millennium Corp promotion budget. Who wants to vote for these imbeciles again in the coming elections after reading this. Thanks again.

    Soma

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    Man, after the 2nd world war, Europe was rebuilt with US money under Marshall Plan, same with Japan and Korea. This is not peanuts but halfer trillion dollars which is huge and hell of lot money for the development of the nation, we should be smart and clever enough to get the best out of it, and it’s just plain grant which is not to be paid back as capital or interest. Letting it slip through is going to be a biggest crime of all. Sirisena is very selfish, mean and petty, and one wonder what kind of grey matter he has between his ears. It’s like how denying the tablets for school kids for even Africa is marching on this path. Experts all over the world urge all the governments to teach coding to kids from primary schools onwards. else they would be left behind, and their future going to be bleak for they should be fully equipped to face the future world. No wonder how much these would sink into the thick skull of this no good silly man.

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      James
      You’ve got your billions and trillions mixed up bro . For half a trillion they would have given away all of SL , and then some .

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      Get that loan assume we have signed the MCC compact and USA businesses will come with their Caterpillars, Dozers to build roads, dig the ground, there will be OCean pollution, govt want come but multinational real estate Comanches will clear up the mountain and build houses make it a new fashion,. Sri lanka will be another Banana republic, thahiti, Sugar cane producing country like West indies,
      IT is HYBRID War in brief.

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    Handing over power to Mythripala Sirisena in 2015 is the biggest mistake our nation has made . What can one expect? “Handing over a beautiful garland to a monkey” .Not even the shreds will be left for anyone to pickup .Let us not hand over the country to another one at the next election.There are some ruthless violent ones trying to grab power.

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    MCC does exactly the same thing as USAID and utilizes information from Freedom House (a purported CIA front group): The MCC was intended to make up for USAID’s apparent gap in political and economic “morality.” The MCC was portrayed as America’s conscience and will to enact a new world order and not just talk about it. The MCC conditioned all its aid on recipients’ nature and intentions in terms of democracy and free markets. The MCC would use data from Freedom House, the World Bank, and other outside institutions. Never before has a U.S. bureaucracy outsourced its primary judgment and decision-making authority to external organizations. The creation of the MCC also reflected a sizeable distaste for past U.S. policies and their apparent amorality.

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    What is the difference between Loan and the grant. I think they expect that it is only to projects that they assign eventhough the grant is expected to be a repayable one.

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    Do we see the country’s opportunities only in begging bowls?

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    What is the big hurry? Let us find out what is hidden in this Trojan Horse. Trump’s USA does not do any favors.[edited out]

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      Abhaya

      The Trojan horse is the national hangman American citizen Gota.
      Why do you want to question Gota (an American) who could do no wrong?

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    Lost for whom,? not that for citizens of Sri lankan. We do not wanted USA intervention of economic carrot by MCC so-called “GIFT” voucher or generous offer!
    Our sovereignty having immeasurable value than that offer by USA of that MCC…480 Million Dollars.

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