26 October, 2020

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Former Minister ‘Raththaran’, I Can Always Interpret Your Tricks!

By Achini Ediriweera

Achini Ediriweera

Achini Ediriweera

“I don’t want to respond to such a ‘dirty article’. If I decide to respond to “dirty articles’ I too will have to resort to dirt”, says Raththaran aka Rohitha Abeygunawardhana.

According to The Daily News Paper of Sri Lanka, which had re-published my article which was initially published on The Colombo Telegraph, former minister Mr. Rohitha Abeygunawardhana responded to my article claiming it was ‘dirty’. It was also said that he will not condemn himself to such a low level by responding to it. Raththaran aka Mr. Abeygunawardhana further stated that he didn’t read my article himself but instead he was told about it by some other source that had read it.

Raththaran was my late father Former Deputy Minister Ediriweera Premaratne’s staff/driver. My father brought him into politics in and appointed in various positions and he then became a Cabinet Minister of Sri Lanka. He is currently facing charges in relation to corruption and is out on bail.

In regards to Mr. Rohitha Abeygunawardhana’s response there are a few issues that I would like to raise.

When asked about my article you stated that you had not read it yourself and an apparent source advised you about it.

I would like to remind you kindly that especially when making a remark about something as if you have evaluated the subject matter first hand, you must read it firsthand.

Correct me if I am wrong, but unless you read my article yourself, you would not know what exactly is said in my article. Have you heard of Chinese whispers Mr. Former Minister aka #raththaran? You are a well-seasoned man, I am certain you have heard of it. Is that why you thought it was “dirty”? Is this an attempt to sway the focus of the general public waiting to hear your answer to a merely logical question raised as to how you are today; the extremely wealthy man that you are, considering where and how you came? Considering the status of your profession or the positions held by you? Considering the economy of our country? Considering the small time period of approximately 10-15 years, in which you managed to stack up all this wealth?

You said that you do not want to respond to “dirty” articles and resort to the same level. I would like to further state: Mr. Former Minister, if you were intelligent, in my world, you would answer the questions raised. Are you ashamed that you were once a driver? Is that what makes it dirty? There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact everyone must reach for the stars for the right reasons.

In addition to that, and most importantly allow me to humbly tell you, that you can mislead the people but you can’t mislead well tuned individuals. I must say your plan is so poor. You did not distract me by giving that irrelevant and unmatched response you gave to The Daily News. You seem to be a well-seasoned man to fool the general public there in Sri Lanka. After all you fooled my father into thinking you are a good human being. I trust you can recall my personality from my younger days and that should be enough for you to know that I am not one to be easily fooled.

For your convenience I will ask this question yet again – Within approx. 10-15 years how did you manage to stack up all this wealth? How is it that a politician can earn that much money, especially in a country like Sri Lanka?

I must also mention that the response I received from many thousands of people on Facebook was overwhelming and humbling. So many thousands from my father’s former districts of Kalutara and Beruwala told me of the hardships they had to go through because of you. Some people elaborated on their horrid experiences with you. Some even cursing my father too for bringing a man like you into their lives by bringing you into politics.

To all people reading this I would like to say that I am absolutely sure that were my father alive today he would be doing exactly what I am doing. No doubt he would have more power than me and would be more efficient. Nevertheless I will still try, for I know how deeply and how much my father truly and genuinely cared about people. I will also try for those thousands of Sri Lankan people from the general public that sent me messages in hope. Despite being tight on time, I have read most of them. I also know what is real and what is not. They have faith in me to help them. After all, many of their lives depend on these issues. No matter how much I try, my conscience will not let me leave this behind. It is our duty as human beings to stand against what is wrong regardless of religion, relationship, race or country.

It is important to state here that it is an embarrassment to say my father appointed a person like him. I know my father will not rest in peace until Raththaran is brought to justice and put in prison for stealing and abusing innocent people. One shouldn’t expect to steal from the innocent man and to flourish in heaven. As my father always said – you affect not just one person, you do not rob from one. You affect and damage generations and generations and that is a curse that will follow you forever.

I want the general public to know that I never planned to release my previous article to the newspapers at all. On the morning of Raththaran’s Court hearing I was casually going through my filtered inbox on Facebook to find an old message which was sent to me at the end of last year by a journalist from The Colombo Telegraph asking me if they could publish this ‘article’ of mine which was initially one of my Facebook status updates. When I saw this old message I responded to it and gave my permission for them to publish it. It just so happened to coincide with the first day of Raththaran’s Court hearing. I therefore believe it is a sign for me to pursue with being a voice for the people. I have nothing to lose and I value untouchable goodness that cannot be robbed, killed or destroyed. It is my human spirit and my conscience.

The onus is on the Bribery Commission of Sri Lanka to conduct this investigation thoroughly and for the legal system to do justice to the people of this country. I urge all those who know anything to come forward – come forward for the country, your children or at the least, your conscience.

Blessings.

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    what a cock fight at late stage.
    This is not a nice way to enter politics.

    You sound very much like hiruknickers.

    First impression last impression.

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      so why didn’t she go to the ‘Bribery Commission of Sri Lanka’ and present her evidence??? if she has any at all. or is she a facebook warrior like many?

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        Margaret Thatcher — ‘The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.’

        Its the socialist cycle of SiriMao the `weeping widow` blaming all around but never themselves.

        The way the socialist nation has been blaming the world for its `troubles` as if the world created it.

        Are there any democrats left?? Hardly to be seen.

        Read Tao- and stay like a fool all day while leaving the rest to the heavens.

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          tatcher

          You are absolutely right.

          China is the living example who once followed the faulty ‘socialism’ and later dumped it and embraced free enterprise and see now China is a rich and powerful country.

          Socialism or communism is akin to a life of captive animals in a zoo. They are all fed but only can eat what is given and nothing more. So none of the animals ‘die’ of starvation but still they are not as strong they should be.

          In the rule of socialism or communism only the political party members are given a free choice to have all they want to have while the rest of the people are like living in an open prison.

          One of the top leaders in China during this dark days had an expensive hobby collecting cars. This is what socialism is “socialism for the ordinary masses and capitalism for the rulers”.

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      What you are really inferring is that “Raththaran” was your late father’s driver! But your late father was wrong in bringing his driver into politics! There has been similar cases before and I do not know any where some good came about. Those born to drive must remain at that level and those born to lead must lead.

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      You did work in the office of the biggest rogue MR and associated with the other rogues like Mohan Peiris, so why are you only picking on this rogue. After all MR is the one who created this pack of wolves who hunted together, so I like you to expand your articles to cover all the rogues.

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    to be honest mistakes by the [Edited out] of SLFP including your father is what the country is paying for today. thanks again for apologizing on behalf of your father. if your father was alive i hope he would have stacked up wealth clinging onto MaRa.

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      What an unprassana thought!
      Actually we are for the mistake of the UNP especially JRJ’s mistakes.

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    You recieved bouquets and brickbats of through comments for your previous article. Did you ever think why you recieved brickbats. Because, you missed an importent point in your previous article. But you have come with it this time. it is the below line. Had you included this particular line all those brickbats could have been turned in to bouquets.

    (It is important to state here that it is an embarrassment to say my father appointed a person like him. I know my father will not rest in peace until Raththaran is brought to justice and put in imprisoned for stealing and abusing innocent people. )

  • 9
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    Well you allude as your father bequthed the Minister role to Raththaran. The fact remains the Dude hora or not was elected by the people. If you are so agitated about it I am sure if you enter politics and carry your fathers credentials you can asses yourself whether people really take notice. Being a girl from a good family you should show a bit of class when you write to the public. You may not like the fact that your father’s driver is rich and famous now but that is life. His case is for 4 millions Sri Lankan Rupees. If that is great wealth for you hmm you should work hard and make some money yourself instead of envying others.

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      Patriot ,

      What a pathetic response from a pathetic MR supporter ! just read what you had uttered above . Typical mafia king’s supporters strategy , just attack the messenger and find faults with her ;thereby, ridicule the messenger . Listen you imbecile , This Raththaran Chain hora had been accused of stealing Rs 450 M of our tax payers money , not just Rs 4 M as you tried to portray
      This low life Raththaran must be confined to a solitary confinement for the rest of his life for his massive scale of corruptions ; furthermore , his boss must be accompanied him at the very next cell.

      PS : some believe you are ” Mama pora , DJ ” is that true ? .

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    Only corruption is capable of creating or generating corruption. Father of political corruption is SWRDB. The writer’s father was the product of Corruption School of SWRDB. Hence he is a corrupt entity and he brought in another corrupt man Rohitha, his driver. If this Premaratne was not corrupt, he would have brought or introduce a person with dignity, respect and some one with decent education background. Corruption breeds corruption. That is the root cause for all the problems in Sri Lanka.

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      Well said Gamaya

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    One should not be ashamed to be a driver previously and later a politician, but should be ashamed that to be a “Chain Snatcher” from women in the Coastal line trains before becoming a driver and later a politician.

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    FANTASTIC ARTICLE. I AM SURE THAT ROUGE ROHITHA DORS NOT KNOW ENGLISH SO HE CANNOT READ IT. MAYBE HE COULD READ A HORSE RACING SHEET BUT NOT AN ARTICLE LIKE THIS.

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    During the Rajapakse times, I heard, He had Rs 400 million in his account, he could not explain how he got it. Those days, he was used to be a thug.

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    Your father’s driver does not read English or does not speak or understand the Queen’s language. Why don’t you translate this for him to understand at least . I wonder whether he knows to read Sinhala either, being only a driver

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    It shows the character of you own beloved father than your father’s driver. There are so many capable people but all were denied a chance to serve and your father promoted his driver in his place. That is the curse of this country and nothing is given on merit and qualifications except on connection and favours.

    Sri Lanka as a state has lost its value and only hope to rebuild us is to hand back Sri Lanka to England to be ruled again for 100 years provided they will accept the offer. Else I see no hope and will suffer a slow death when it will be impossible to salvage.

    Else may be we will become another State of India unable to pay up our debts and no one will be capable and honest to take us out this quagmire. It will be a necessity than a choice and the people of this country will beg India or another state to take over so we could find an affordable meal and a roof above our heads.

    All in politics in Sri Lanka are only interested in robbing the state and transferring the loot to their secret accounts in banks outside the country.

    If Rajapakse can become the President after having looted the aid money by foreign donors for the Tsunami victims what can you expect out of such a President and you know how he enriched him, his family and close friends and lived a luxurious life using his powers of immunity and impunity. He even resorted to get rid of those who brought out his wrong doing such as Lasantha Wickrematunge and how he went out of the way to protect his drug dealer friends when they got caught to law enforcement authorities. He is still walking free and many young politicians have learnt an easy way to get rich. It is doom for Sri Lanka and when the politicians will only loot the country and get citizenship in another country and the ordinary people will be left helpless.

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    Achini, I trust that you read these blogs to your article, hence my comment for what its worth.

    One thing for sure in Sri Lanka, or for that matter in any other country, big guns in politics start from a seed like an acorn and gradually become big and mighty like oaks. It is not because of their gentlemanly Bodhisatava qualities but merely because how much they are of use to the party leader or whoever else they serve with an expectation of rewards: status, money, power and luxury.

    In Sri Lanka it is most obvious whereas in Western democracies it is least obvious, but the game is the same. Nearer home then, under MR regime the principle for success was the number of votes they could bring to the master. As long as the serving politician brought to his master a very high quota of people’s votes, he is considered as the master’s star catchers (Ape Miniha) and he would get immense pay backs. It does not matter what was his starting point, pedigree, education, behavior, honesty or dishonesty, if he is down right crooked, saint or a criminal, as long as he brought votes, whichever way, then he becomes a Mega Star in the eyes of the leader, especially if the leader himself was crooked.

    Under MR regime, the country was divided into principalities, dukedoms, and any other smaller regions down to village level and even street level. Whoever managed to bring votes from each of those areas collectively or individually they were given the total freedom how to collect the votes, bribe, intimidation or dishing out death to the resistace; in the process they were allowed to take whatever they want in rewards, without any question from the big master, If anything, even if he knew how his slaves did it, the master turned the other way: don’t want to know, do what you like.

    The subject of your article has developed himself through this process, and he is not the only one in Sri Lanka today. The whole political structure and those who manipulate it, the entire government administrative machinery and those who serve in it, the hospitals, the schools, urban administration and that of provinces, even temples and possibly churches and mosques,and those that serve in them, have been corrupted to the core by that leader and those who worked for him. Sadly,even school children have been corrupted through this mechanism.

    Most readers that write here, and the silent majority know it, so this is the answer you may be looking for. But do not expect the subject gentleman to answer your question. He may be muttering, “may be I was a driver then, but now I am or was of a Cabinet Minister status, and I do not owe any explanations to a young girl, when the whole country knows this is the way people like I become mega stars in Sri Lankan politics”.

    Hitler was only a corporal when he moved into politics, but know where he got to at the height of his power: he knew how to raise the rabble, and how to manipulate in politics. Good luck if you manage get a confession out of Rohita!

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    It start from kindergarten. The appointments are political and corrupt there. And take schools the teacher appointment all based on favour and bribe money sex, and vote. the promotions are same. How those who become teachers in this manner can be a good example for children. Children follow the teacher in behavior and conduct. Can you change this . Stop private tuition classes and deliver online lessons by experts.

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    Achini,He was your fathers driver. So what? If you care to know there are many who made it big but one time in their life were either a pump attendant at a petrol station or a waiter at a restaurant,a masons helper and there is nothing wrong in that.
    If you mean that he is not a suitable person to hold high office,then it is not his fault but your fathers.So, the more you press the issue the more it reflects on you and your father.

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      NAK ,

      The fact of the matter is , how the hell he amazed so much wealth in such a short period of time while engaging in politics ?the notion of Driver position had been brought to point out to his earlier wealth and certainly not to ridicule that profession. Her farther bringing his driver in to politics , yes her farther was dead wrong there , no two words about it .
      Your silly argument doesn’t hold water , Rohitha aka Rattharan Chain hora is a big time criminal ;thus, he deserves a life time sentence in a solitary confinement at Walikada.

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    Thrishu,
    Thank u very much for the fine analysis. It would seem that the problem is system (political) related. And the creators of the system, the implementers and the participants are all eqally responsible for the present status of the country.

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    Do you really don’t know how he made his wealth.

    Like you father did “recomend “.your father did it for free.but father’s recomend driver don’t do it for anything free.

    Recently a container was released by recommendation of customs,alleged agricultural equipment but turn out to be…….

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    Your father did a big mistake by bringing him up the ladder.

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    Its a good thing you are keeping track of Mr Goldfinger! I look forward to your next article.

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    Achini

    Your father was irresponsible in nominating a known thug & a criminal for a high position. If he was unaware of this punk’s dark past & made a judgement based whim, then he was incompetent & stupid, not suited for holding a Ministerial position. End of story.

    He should have known better than to support a bum sucking crony, turning a blind eye to his criminal past, so don’t imply your father was naive & try to redeem his mistake by pouring your heart out in public or are is their a hidden agenda like trying to join the gravy train that is SL politics on a sympathy ticket?

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