18 October, 2019

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Mr. President, Never Compromise Integrity

By Nagananda Kodituwakku

Nagananda Kodituwakku

Nagananda Kodituwakku

For the first time after 1978 Constitution came into being, all Sri Lankan citizens were united in 2015 presidential election to elect the Executive President. People without a difference in cast, creed or ethnic difference placed absolute trust and confidence in you. However since elected to the office what people witness today is not appealing and naturally it creates doubt in the minds of the people about your credibility.

First and foremost it is questionable whether people want you to place any trust on the same decomposed elements in the governance of this island nation. Given the ground situation as it stands now, we understand that it is extremely difficult to fulfil the pledges you made to people to be realised in 100 days. Nevertheless, people want you to focus on your instinct and not to violate the enormous trust placed in you by the people.

Your pledge was for it to be not more than 25 members in your Cabinet but the implementation was a letdown having no such limit. Like me, most fellow citizens are absolutely disappointed with your current team selection. People observe that except for a few, others are totally inefficient and incompetent time wasters with no proven integrity and will to deliver.

Maithri wifeYou should realise that people are clever enough to understand the hidden aspirations of Ranil Wickremesinge, the one who should have left politics more than a decade ago. They want you, being the elected president, to realise that the people of this country are not ready to compromise with their expectations, because they have suffered enough under the lawless Rajapakse regime for almost a decade. They didn’t want a change for the sake of a change and under no circumstance can they afford time wasters to occupy high public office.

Realise the ground realities and act wisely

Please understand that the people are willing to accept the ground realities and the challenges you experience in realising the promises you made to the people to be fulfilled in 100 days.

In this background the most prudent thing to do right now is to invoke the constitutional provisions (Article 70) and to dissolve the parliament immediately with a proclamation signed and fixing a date for the parliamentary election. And then to summon the new parliament within three months after the date of proclamation signed dissolving the current parliament [(Article 70) (5) (a)].

Afterwards you must invite learned people with integrity and will to contest the parliamentary election, particularly honourable people like Justice Wigneswaran and similar characters. The JVP will surely play their part to have some credible and dedicated people in the legislature. In order to preserve integrity and honourable conduct of the lawmakers you must take all necessary measures to remove all perks afforded to them including tax-free car permits that encourage them to abuse office for personal benefit and to embezzle public funds. And also take appropriate measures to bring in laws to deny government pension to all lawmakers, unless accounted for a minimum of 10 years service in the legislature, as a deterrent demanding good conduct, which shall be applied with retrospective effect.

This is the right way to move forward and to discourage anti-social criminal elements from entering the legislature and at the same time encouraging leaned people with integrity and commitment to deliver enter the mainstream politics and serve the nation.

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    Our sea resources are important as the land resources. Our sea resources have been exploited and almost destroyed around the Island mainly by the foreign fishing vessels with or without Sri Lankan Flags and by the thousands of Indian Trawlers. Indian Trawlers began venturing into the Sri Lankan Waters Only after 2009. Natural hatcheries and nurseries have been already damaged to a larger extent. Lot of fish and other species reach Sri lankan shores for spawning and to have babies because of its’ suitable temperature and salinity. Even fish from great barrier reef and Antarctic may be migrating to Sri Lankan waters for this purpose. It is the duty of the Government and the Navy to protect the sea resources. The conspiracy behind the Indian poachers should be Identified and revealed to the public. There should be a research,education and control over these resources. And Sri Lankan Inland and sea fishing is interdependent to a certain extant.

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    “all Sri Lankan citizens were united in 2015 presidential election to elect the Executive President. People without a difference in cast, creed or ethnic difference placed absolute trust and confidence in you.”

    You nead to improve your reading and analytical skills, even for a lawyer!

    Read the numbers in the interior of the country against the North, East and Trincomalee results.

    Hope you will begin to see.

    God, give lawyers some integrity and brains.

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    The first item on the Agenda should be to abolish the two thirds Majority Requirement.

    Why not a simple Majority in Parliament?

    This is creating the Chaos in the Government of Members jumping from One Party to another.

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    It was Lee Kuan Yew who said that it is essential to prevent duds form entering the Parliament. We have no qualifications either explicit or implicit with respect to MPs. It is pertinent to note that Singaporean opposition dismissed from their party an MP who was unable to respond to allegations of immoral conduct, consequently loosing his seat. The same was true with the Speaker Michael Palmer when he admitted his indiscretion in good time, the governing party took decisive action. Clearly the Singaporeans want people of some standing to be their MPs. Unfortunately the values in Sri Lanka differ. The case in point, say that of Francis Molamure in the yester-year to the present innumerable characters, including gays having many partners.

    The author is dissapointed that President Sirisena has really not kept his promise in limiting the number of ministers to 25. I should say that in the first place no such promise should have ever been made. All what he should have done was to say that he would trim the existing size. Still there are subjects not covered and those ministries and departments are without a leader.

    Dissolution of Parliament would make the existing situation much worse, leaving Ranil as the head of the caretaker government for him to abuse resources to win elections. (Even President Sirisena, as the health minister had 70 vehicles, far beyond the limit)

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    No political party has a moral right to offer Nominations to any Criminal Element for the forth comming Parliamentary Elections. And we should compel party leadership to realise the aspirations of the people.

    Enough is enough, citizens of this country deserve people with exemplary character in the Parliament, not cheats and murderers.

    We must condemn any political party that condone such elements

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    I’m a lawyer by profession and campaigner for environmental Justice. I can say with certainty that the Finace Minister Mr Ravi Karunanayake should not have given that portfolio. He is a big businessman directly deal with the govt. Clearly there is a conflict of interest this cannot be permitted.

    NO ONE OR ANY IMMEDIATE MEMBER IN THE FAMILY WHO HAS ANY BUSINESS INTEREST WITH THE GOVT SHOULD BE ALLOWED NOMINATIONS, AND THIS BE MADE A DISQUALIFICATION.

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    Ethanol group – Johnsten Fernando owner of Wayamba Distilleries, Arundika Fernano his accomplice liase with Custom should go.

    Duminda Silva, indicted for murderer Of fellow fellow palimentarian and drug dealer should go and to be served with the indictment withdrawn by AG Mohan Peiris.

    All tax cheats must also go. corruption commission must initiate inquiry forthwith into those abused office and made hundreds of millions of tax money and report to the public before the Nominations are tendered to the Election Commissioner. .No such cheats responsible for such improper conduct should be given nominations to contest Parliamentary Elections.

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    Jumping business from one party to another was a brainchild of Sarath N Silva, Vasalaya, who indulged in Adultary with his friend Mr Jayasekara’s wife.

    No politicians should be allowed to changed the party and if anyone do that must immediately call for by-election as before permitting people to decide their mandate.

    Also it is important to bring a law to recall MP’s for abuse of office for improper purposes, misconduct etc with a petition singed by 10% constituents of the electorate and sent to the Director General of Parliament. Such allege abuses shall be referred to the a Supreme Court for a formal inquiry, which should have been heart and determined within 2 months.

    Judges should be made to work not just sit at 10.00 am and withdraw at 12.30 – 01-00 pm. People want to get rid of 3 weeks vacation system (three in a year) this is luxury not found even the mother of democracy. They should be made to work dispende justice expeditiously.

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    As a Muslim naturally I take an interest in Government actions that affect the Muslim community. I am enraged that Maithripala Sirisena has donated ministerial positions to Faizer Mustafa, Rauf Hakeem and Rishard Badurdeen.

    Maithripala hopes that these appointments will enable him to tell us Muslims “see, your interests are close to my heart”. But this is problem. He gets away so easily doing nothing for the benefit of the Muslim community. Quite perversely the so-called service to the community has damaged it. I hope Maithripala has the intellect to understand this.

    The three named individuals are economic pirates, without principle, with only one goal – enrich themselves. Helping their own goons including awarding government contracts, waiving regulations in their favour, shielding them from prosecution etc etc etc can in no way be considered as helping the community.

    If it is the view of the Government that the Muslim community does not need special attention from the Government, then stop the hypocrisy of appointing so called Muslims to ministerial posts, only to claim that the Muslim community enjoys full representation in the Government. The reality is that we do not. Liberate the Muslim electorate to align with the mainstream political parties.

    If Maithripala was obliged by law to give a written explanation as to why he chose those individuals, what will he write?

    Personally I will like to see an answer.

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    Crossover of MPs from one party to another should be prohibited in the new constitution. Two term limit of four years can be introduced and no immunity allowed for the president and all politicos.

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    Reply to PENA KIYANNA

    Your analysis is completely wrong and unfounded.

    Even after the election Rajapakse said that he was ousted by the LTTE KOTIYAS and HAMBAYA, this is a disgraceful absolutely irresponsible statement he made from Madamulana. In fact during the election campaign this utter foolish man, who had faith in Kovil and Kattadiyas not with people, said that Sri Lanka belongs to majority Sinhalese and he would not listen to minority communities. One of my Mulsim friends wo was naturally hurt and recorded this ‘gon buru’ statement showed it it me. This rascal should be charged for attempts made to incite communal unrest.

    According to MARA’s fine analysis we all Sinhalsee voted for MY3 are KOTIYAS. And the Tamils and Muslims voted for MY3 are also KOTIYAS. And all Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims voted for him are Great saying probably by man with lowest intelligence who grab the party leadership by force from CBK.

    Rajapakse, the so-called self proclaimed KING got everything wrong since he became blind with power after reelection in 2010. This idiot promised to be accountable to the Judiciary and did completely the opposite when CJ refused his Brother Basil’s divineguma Bill.

    At least now this fool should realise he himself to be blamed for doing the possibly the greatest damage to the democracy by changing the supreme law of the land for his private benefit to stand for a third term. Now he must eat the humble pie for the unpardonable sins committed.

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    I totally agree with Ahmed Reza.

    There is no point appointing crooks to represent Muslim community and it appears that the President got it wrong. CAbinet of ministers has nothing to do with communal interests but it should consist of men with exemplary character to serve the Nation not cooks with private interests to serve themselves.

    What matter most is to bring a legislation introducing blanket ban on inciting any communal feelings and promoting rights of any particular community.

    All citizens should made to understand that this country belongs to all communities with equal rights and obligations. Discourage or even ban any political moment established to promote rights of any particular community, which is wrong.

    This is the right way to move forward.

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    What about D M Jayaratne.

    This cheat sent a letter to ‘facilitate’ that is to release a heroin container through his Secratary to Cutoms. But Customs had a precise information and refused to release it and after examination heroin was found in a machinery shipment imported fro PAKISTAN.

    Jayaratne said afterwords that it is not he but his Secratary who was responsible to making a written request to Customs Chief to release the drug container and then the Secrarary said that it was NORMAL sent such requests. Rajapakse knew all this but he condoned all this and only maintained FILES of these cheats to have them under his firm control.

    President Sirisena. RULE OF LAW means RULE OF LAW SHALL APPLIED TO ALL AS LAW REQUIRED equally. DM JAyaratne should be charged for abuse of the Office Prime Minister in this corrupt deal and he should not be allowed to expect any special treatment when found committing such a serious criminal act.

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    Some seems to think that that they are permitted to violate law.

    Then one called MAHINDANANDA when charged for bribery for unaccounted wealth openly admitted that he sold his duty free car permit and made 10 million rupees but no action was taken against him. Why?

    Almost all the Cabinet Ministers abused their tax free permits.

    This is food for thought for President Sirisena, He should know that people will not tolerate uninterupted continuation of the same sort of abuses. People want all these cheats to be brought to book with no exception.

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    MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE GIVEN A EXCUSE FOR THE GRAVE WRONGS HE DID.

    He is the one who directed the Director General of Customs that the Ivory container valued over 5 million U.S. Dollars be sent to the President’s Office.Colombo Telegraph publish the President’s letter.

    Llift the veil and charge this fraudster with maximum punishment. He should pay for the serious crimes committed, like sending the true war hero General Fonseka, who won the war for the people to jail with regourous punishment.

    He is entitled to taste it and Let Rajapakse too treated equally.

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    Mr. Kodithuwakku: Good “Advice”; but you are out of touch with the present day “Administrative” set up and its development that is going to be in place. Did you hear of the “Executive Council” set up and its first meeting held yesterday? Please look at it’s “Mandate” and the composition and the subjects that were discussed at the first meeting. I think your and my fears will be, for the present, “somewhat” addressed. Let us see how it proceeds.

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    Reading some of the comments posted here I couldn’t help but feel that much can be achieved if posts are to be kept constructive and focused on finding approaches or perhaps even solutions for the betterment of circumstances. Apart from leaving space for law and order to fairly and ethically deal with what is necessary, there isn’t much point in repeatedly being bitter about whatever the past may have carried. The fact remains that the nation is where it is today and what needs to be done is to think of its present and future because we can change those for the better. As highlighted by Mr. Kodituwakku in the article, those with integrity and honourable conduct is needed. I hope the readers too will take care to be such an audience so that any good this article or any other article for that matter is trying to achieve CAN be achieved…..Best Wishes.

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    ”’….others are totally inefficient and incompetent time wasters with no proven integrity and will to deliver….”’

    Can’t agree enough.

    The new Prez might like to change but as someone soaked in the MR regime for 9yrs, it’ll be difficult but that is NOT an excuse – he MUSTkeep his promise to the people.

    Previous President is so cunning that he knows how to sabotage the plans of the new naive President without any ripples on the surface.

    Therefore all the citizens must be on the watch – good to have a vigilant team on rotation or a permanent committee of various types pf professionals and laymen to critique the govt, not to paralyse it but to prod it.

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