17 September, 2021

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Mr. President, Do Not Take It For Granted!

By MYM Siddeek

Dr. MYM Siddeek

Dr. MYM Siddeek

The eagerly expected Presidential election was over in January. A tyrant was thrown out of the office by the democratic will of the people. Although the former president made several attempts to get him re-elected by deception and fraud, the peoples’ power won. There was very clear evidence for violence, misuse of the military for campaigning, wasteful distribution of benefits to government employees to ‘buy’ their loyalty and other misuse of state resources, creating confusions by leaflets/media and other violations of election laws. They were also reported by various election monitoring bodies. All his efforts including 18th amendment to the constitution to pave the way for him to contest the presidential election 3rd time had been a waste for him and brought a dreadful results for him and for his future political career.

Now parliament is dissolved because the corrupted and greedy politicians did not allow the democratically elected government to continue on some disagreements known to the country. But it is shame that the defeated President MR is trying his ‘best’ to get into the nomination list and contest the elections. He is trying his lack from every angle. He should learn from gentlemen politicians like Ed Miliban of Labour party and Nick Clerk of Liberal Democratic Party in the UK. As soon as their parties were defeated by the peoples vote in the last elections, they did not even wait a minute to announce their resignations. They are the gentlemen politicians. What a shame we had a President he wants to hang to the power by hook or by crook. He has already revealed in public meetings how he managed to hang on to the power by immorally and illegally satisfying his aides and concealing corrupt practices of some of his MPs. Although some of the reasons for the defeat of MR are corruption, irregularities, lack of good governance, family rule and miss-use of public resources, the main reason was the manner in which he treated minorities of this country. He failed to address the grievances of the Tamils even after the defeat of the LTTE and to protect the Muslims from the false propaganda of the BBS. He also failed to provide remedies to the victims of Aluthgama and Beruwela victims.

Maithri Hakeem RanilThis is a very good lesson for the President Maithripala Sirisena (MS) and his associated parties too. The minority vote is still a powerful weapon in Sri Lankan politics to bring change. There is no doubt that the minority voters have helped MS very much in the last election for him to be elected as President. This is evidenced by majority votes cast for him in the Northern and Eastern provinces and in the electorates where there are significant proportion of minority voters. However, the votes cast for MS did not necessarily mean that they had accepted his coalition and its policies and programmes. They could not see much differences between MR and MS on the issues facing minority communities. This was evidenced by the allied parties of MS. For example, JHU is a party that opposes federalism which the minorities believe will give some freedom to rule themselves at regional levels. JHU even campaigned before the election to bring changes to the 13th amendment to reduce power to provincial councils. Like MR, MS too had declared that they would not co-operate with the UN inquiry into the war crimes and human rights abuses and had pledged that senior commanders would not face legal action over war crimes. MS also had stated like MR before the Presidential election that Sri Lanka was indivisible. He has also stated that he would not reduce military bases in the north. Minorities did even believe that he would entertain serious discussions about the kind of political reforms that might satisfy the Tamils and Muslim minorities.

Transitional justice for the people in the North and the East is not done. They did not think that MS would seek justice for the war crimes that were committed at the end of the war since the former army commander, Sarath Fonseka would be a key member of his government. But still the parties which represented Tamils and Muslims came together to support MS. Neither of them (MR and MS) offered any policy to recognise the legitimate grievances of the Tamils and Muslims. This indicated that the minorities did not necessarily agree to the policies and programmes of the coalition. The majority of the votes cast for the common candidate were the votes to end the corruption and family rule of MR era, re-establish the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law, to abolish the executive presidency (at least to reduce the power of the President) and to re-establish the superiority of parliament. Although MS has shown some indications during the very short period of time that he is a better person for good governance, justice and rule of law than any others, the work he has done is not sufficient to meet the expectations of the voters. The people will also realise the fact that the time available for him between January and the scheduled parliamentary election is very short and the voters will be able to forgive him for not meeting their expectations, if he will be able to put forward some genuine programmes that will meet their aspirations and guarantee their rights in future. They should be able to believe that the people of Sri Lanka from all religious and ethnic groups will have equal rights and freedom to practice their religions, law makers will not be allowed to break the law, the places of worships will not be attacked, there will be a balanced development in all the areas and regions of Sri Lanka whether they are in the North, South, East or West and he will honour all his pre-election promises. Although the people voted in a rush in the last Presidential election to get rid of a cruel ruler, now the people in this parliamentary election will carefully evaluate the performance of MS and his associated parties (the government) and future programmes and cast their votes very carefully. Therefore, Mr. President, do not take it for granted.

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    Dr. MYM Siddeek

    “Now parliament is dissolved because the corrupted and greedy politicians did not allow the democratically elected government to continue on some disagreements known to the country. But it is shame that the defeated President MR is trying his ‘best’ to get into the nomination list and contest the elections. He is trying his lack from every angle. He should learn from gentlemen politicians like Ed Miliban of Labour party and Nick Clerk of Liberal Democratic Party in the UK. As soon as their parties were defeated by the peoples vote in the last elections, they did not even wait a minute to announce their resignations. They are the gentlemen politicians. What a shame we had a President he wants to hang to the power by hook or by crook. He has already revealed in public meetings how he managed to hang on to the power by immorally and illegally satisfying his aides and concealing corrupt practices of some of his MPs. Although some of the reasons for the defeat of MR are corruption, irregularities, lack of good governance, family rule and miss-use of public resources, the main reason was the manner in which he treated minorities of this country. He failed to address the grievances of the Tamils even after the defeat of the LTTE and to protect the Muslims from the false propaganda of the BBS. He also failed to provide remedies to the victims of Aluthgama and Beruwela victims.”

    Well summarised. Thank you.

    Post defeat he tried, the same strategy which led to his defeat, assuming Sinhala Buddhists will always be Modayas, Mootals and Fools and their IQs will always be below 65. Ne National Flag, take Politics to the Temple, and that has alienated more Sinhala Buddhists than before. He had shown that he is truly MaTa, the Devil who opposed Buddha. So, we have Mahinda Rajapaksa, MaRa,the true Incarnation of Mara, who will be repeatedly defeated by the Wisdom of the Enlightened Buddha.

    MaRa Mara Achat MaRa Amana MaRa.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pfpgn_Y7-w

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    Thank you for your comment. We all need to work together to see our vision of seeing a country where people of all the ethnic and religious groups live together with freedom, peace and harmony without fear and discrimination.

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    Excellent piece of eye opener to all sleep walkers of Srilanka. The President and his government had been too lenient since took over our precious SL. We grabbed the power from the illiterate thugs ,the murdereres,the drug dealers ,and the undemocratically ruled leader and handed over to MS. He has wasted his time allowing these jokers to raise their voice .
    For all the wrongs they did they should have been banged up .Now he has bought more followers to bark and shout for him. This is like a disease allowed to infest, and until the end comes he and his followers are a danger to our country.
    We needed a change and we got it how these criminals are allowed to talk about returning to power???
    Who is MAD here? Living in false euphoria.

    I feel sorry for the man who is been made a puppet by the supporters, the down fall for the second time is going to be enormous ….who knows where he will end up when the truth hits him on the Election Day , mental hospital,or a heart attack?
    At his age I feel for him , but then what goes round comes round what he sowed ( sins)) in his life there is still more Suffering to be dished out by the mighty GOD TO THIS MAD OLD MAN.

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    It has been established that Muslims and Tamils helped to elect President Maithripala Sirisena, or more to the point, helped Mahinda Rajapakse to lose, but it would be prudent to curb the demands. It does not bode well to divide the nation on religious or ethnic grounds and it was exactly this that kept the previous regime in power for a decade despite their corruption, bribery, thuggery and embezzlement

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      Sylvia Haik

      “It has been established that Muslims and Tamils helped to elect President Maithripala Sirisena, or more to the point, helped Mahinda Rajapakse to lose, but it would be prudent to curb the demands.”

      3..8 Million Informed Sinhala Buddhists with Common Sense Votes for Maithripala Sirisena.

      About 4.5 Million Sinhala Buddhists who were misled by MaRa, aka Mara, voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa and about 1 million Non-Sinhala Buddhists.

      Sinhala Buddhists were less informed than others on a relative basis. A Majority of Young sinhala Buddhists voted for Maithripala Sirisena.

      MaRa MaRa Chatu Mara amana MaRa is running out of Modayas, Mootals and Fools.

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        Thanks and I am banking on the 98.4% literacy rate of the Sri Lankan people by now fully aware of the corruption etc. of the Rajapakse clan and discard the spin by those with vested interest i.e. equally corrupt and saving their own backsides.

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          Sylvia Haik

          “Thanks and I am banking on the 98.4% literacy rate of the Sri Lankan people by now fully aware of the corruption etc. of the Rajapakse clan”

          The People need factual materials to real. They may be literate, but unless they read material and factual information, there is very little difference between the literate and illiterate.

          Sri Lanka Needs a series of Common sense pamphlets, Sri Lankan versions.

          Common Sense (pamphlet)

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_(pamphlet)

          That way MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa Amana MaRa can be exposed…

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    Excellent piece Dr Sitheek. I am confident that MS is naive to name MR as their PM candidate or give him a national list slot. Let him contest in a different political party and meet him wateloo in politics, as he did in January 8.

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    A thoughtful good article. There was a hope for better future for Srilanka when people voted for a change despite various risks involved with their decision and it is the duty of the President Srisena to conserve that enviornment for better governance. It is the responsibility of the President to educate the people those who are still on the other (wrong) side of good governance. The opponents of good governance try to convince the people 57.8 million people voted for Mahinda, so he got majority Sinhalese vote. The fact is that 62.2 million Srilankans voted against him in the last election. In 2010 election only 41.7 million voted against him when he got 60 million votes. In 2015, over 20 million voters turned against him. In both elections Tamils did not vote for Mahinda. So, it is the Sinhalese who rejected Mahinda since 2010. Maithiri need not to worry about Mahinda & Co group propaganda. People have realised the real motive of Mahinda & Co. People have no fear about Mahinda. It is over.

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    At the end of all the current political drama ONE problem will never go away. This “kaduwa” will hang over the heads of those in power. That my friends is the INEQUALITY OF INCOMES which has grown wider as a result of the exponential growth (post war) in Sri Lanka’s standard of living. Don’t kid yourselves, the luxuries of the past have become the necessities of today and there are many who have missed out. Forget
    statistical data and the rest, there are economic problems that need to be resolved and they have put aside in the too hard basket for too long. The creation of an EGALITARIAN SOCIETY is the crying need of the day.

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      loku tena

      “The creation of an EGALITARIAN SOCIETY is the crying need of the day”

      It is a long process, Education, Proper education and meaningful Education is the Key. Because of Globalization, English becomes crucial, and those Sri Lankans lacking skills will be at a disadvantage.

      Swabasha, Sinhala or Tamil Only will not help much.

      We should take a lesson from India on English Teaching in schools.

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    MR should retire with dignity and should not be in politics. In the latter state the country was run for the benefit of an undesirable few to the anger of the grassroots of the party.

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    You must be a UNP stoodge or a Tiger sympathiser . Which one is it?

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    Dear Siddeek,

    MR defeated not because of the facts you mentioned in your article.
    Actually, MR defeated the ruthless terrorist (not Tamils) according to well planned manner while occupying right leaders staring from Defense Secretary, 3 forces chiefs …etc. This was a team work done under successful MR’s leadership. During that era also he has not stopped the development activities even though JVP has suggested to call country as ‘War situation’. He didn’t do that as it will cause to stop Foreign Investment flow to the country …etc and suffer people (like in Afghanistan).

    After winning the war he accelerated the development projects. As a result neither Ranil nor any other politician in the country was able to defeat MR. This was a big issue especially for western countries as they wanted to continue the war in the country until LTTE will form EELAM nation. That’s why they asked MR to stop the war during the later part of the war but he didn’t listen to them.

    Due to above circumstances western nations drew a plan and educated same to Ranil calling him to USA for a period of one month in the last year July. Said plan was to pull out one fraction from SLFP including JHU and reduce MR vote base. This coupe was further strengthened by them while cheating new voter (youngsters) saying that Rajapakse’s did billons of corruptions. That was the main way they defeated MR..

    As they failed to prove said corruptions charges against Rajapakses and the way governed the country, now people who were cheating by the said camp are ready to correct the damage that they did to the nation. This will further successful as they failed to do any good thing to the nation for last 6 months. This is a question about their ability and poor attitude.
    MR’s defeat was an artificially created. That is why wherever he goes thousands of people are surrounding with him. Whereas newly appointed MS doesn’t have people like MR. My dear Siddeek this is the reality you should learn

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    Mr. President, Do Not Take It For Granted!

    Bt the way what is the astrolgers prediction this time.

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    There will be a brain drain if this crook, thug (politician) Mahinda Rajapakse return to power by any means. He is or never been a gentleman politician to resign with dignity.
    Time again voters will shatter his political ambition to become a dictator and banish him to rot in Hambantota with disgrace.
    Jayawewa!!!!

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    If the electorate is ethnocentric the problem of ‘insecurity’ continues despite a huge defence budget. The districts in north and east are left out and there is no sense of accommodation, least to say about placements and land alienation etc. The discomfort of a powerful ethnic minority minister is revolting in the minds of linguistic religious nationalists both extremists! So they start from day one to sling mud belittle disparage all the demands genuine or not. People won’t be taken for granted if the leaders are elected on national list such a system will reduce costs, no need for two nation wide elections in a short period. The first came president second premier. Thugs will be the last or losers! They can serve the entire nation on PIN. Personal Identification Number.

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    It seems some folks are feeling jittery and worried over the announcement of former President Mahinda to contest. Why should he go home and retire if the UNP leader, who lost at a stretch is still around? If he is so unpopular as some folks seems to suggest, how come he loose by just 4 lakhs contesting the 3rd time with all such alleagations! Let the people asses the performance of the 5 month old care taker government with the back drop of staled economic activities or the lack of it, the massive bond scam and the shameful cover up, unsubstantiated allegations of mega deals, assets supposed to have been embezzled, state of the national security, media freedom, democracy, inability to take decisions, lack of business confidence, political which hunts etc amidst the much hyped regime change. Let the voters compare the performances and rectify their wrongful decision or affirm the mandate to the care taker government. Has there been real tangible change which is acceptable to ALL segments of the society as per their priorities in comparison to the previous regime? The answer to this will decide the outcome.

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      Kalu Mali. Is so naive and now he has to eat his word. Don’t you think it’s time for your master to retire with his sarong and slippers and roam along in his walauwe rather than trying to save his skin and his stooges who are begging to be saved by the master with full hope that he will be their savior until the end.

      It’s has become the political comedy of the century.

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        Mate my question is why should Mahinda take a back seat(though his detractors wish that)if he has mass support? Why should others be worried about his come back if they are absolutely confident. It shows that they are quite uncomfortable and that’s encouraging indeed! If Ranil who lost at a stretch but never gave up could contest, so could Mahinda who just lost by 4 + lakhs contesting the 3rd time.

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    A good analysis indeed. But if it has to be borne in mind that the prevailing ‘culture of politics’in Sri Lanka is such that ‘positive expectations’ have never been fulfilled. With the political muddle that is now being seen at the eve of the general election, if the people are going to place the fulfillment of their hopes in the hands of the same old muddling politicians and political groups then the situation is not gong to be any better than before. The country has seen such indications even after 8th January where not much serious action had been taken against offenders of serious corruption for which various excuses have been given. The hate-mongers who were almost causing another great tragedy in the country have left scot-free. As such if people look forward to their ‘positive expectations’ being fulfilled they should seriously think of not relying on the old muddling politicians and political groups but think encouraging and supporting emerging ‘new politicians and political groups’ who have come out with consistent and clear policies and strategies for good governance in the country. In short the happening of 08th January was to ‘dislodge the dangerous negative’ and what is needed is to ‘put in place a certain healthy positive’and nothing in between. Let us campaign for it. ‘TO GROW YOUR CHENA THE JUNGLE MUST BE BURNT DOWN TO ASHES AND ON IT GROW THE CHENA’.

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    Truth is stranger than fiction ! Was Casino-Muzzamil fasting ????

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