28 November, 2020

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My Proposal On Dual Citizenship Was Misinterpreted: Anura Kumara

The proposal brought forward by Anura Kumara Dissanayake concerning individuals with dual citizenships contesting at the elections has been grossly misinterpreted, he says and adds that his proposal never implied that those with dual citizenship does not have a right to engage in politics.

Anura Kumara JVPSpeaking at a media briefing last week, the JVP Leader said his proposal to the national executive council concerning those with dual citizenship contesting elections did not imply they cannot engage in politics but that if such a person is to contest at a main election, they should give up the citizenship in the other country.

“We have never said they don’t have the right to engage in politics. They can engage in active politics and even be a leader of a party. But if he/ she is planning to contest at a main election, he/she should give up the citizenship in the other country,” he said.

Dissanayake said that laws should be drafted through experiences and added that today, the experience that can be gathered from the amendment made to the law in 2007 that referred to persons holding dual citizenship is that it opens a loophole for such politicians to engage in rampant plundering of public resources.

“The amendment in 2007 declared it unnecessary for a person holding dual citizenship to declare their assets and liabilities prior to contesting an election. That makes it tough to calculate their wealth that would be collected abroad and even tougher to conduct a probe on such a matter. Hence, it opens space for such individuals to escape the law and flee to another country,” he said adding therefore, he believes the proposal he has made to the council is fair.

Dissanayake made two proposals to the national executive council last week; one was concerning persons holding dual citizenship contesting elections and the other was regarding MPs who crossover and the continuation of their parliamentary representation afterwards. His former proposal was misinterpreted and thought of as a move that would withdraw the right of an individual holding dual citizenship to contest elections.

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    The issue of dual-citizenship was put on hold in an ad-hoc manner by the
    subject-Minister MR, following his debacle in Oxford in Feb. 2011. Almost
    90,000 applications are pending (A revenue loss of Rs. 18 million-on the
    lower end)
    The original status of the 1948 Citizenship Act should be restored is the
    best suggestion I could make.
    With the unexpected increase in Diaspora numbers, this facility if granted, would in the best interest of reconciliation & the Country in general.

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      punchiniame

      AKD should also consider issuing dual or citizenship to those who were chased out of this island under 1948 racist Citizenship Act. Their descendants also be given the right to apply and be granted citizenship dual or permanent.

      Why does AKD want to prevent those who hold dual citizenship from contesting elections while allowing foreigners to meddle in and run this island for and on behalf of people born, bred and live here?

      AKD should not prevent the best minds leading this island. Therefore citizenship should not be used as a condition to stop progress.

      Is he afraid of competition from outside?

      Technology, globalisation, diseases, terrorism, corruption, money laundering, drug smuggling, racism, wars, war crimes, crime against humanity, religion, language, art, culture, fashion, music, prostitution, ideology, ……………. know no borders.

      Why stop leadership crossing borders? After all they will have to prove to the people that they are worthy of the office they are contesting for.

      Dual citizenship helps to be part of world citizenship and should not be judged by narrow nationalism.

      Remember Ananda K Coomarasamy was a world citizen, he had direct links to two countries, wrote about South Asian culture religion, etc lived and died in a third and contributed to the world at large.

      Would AKD ban AKC contesting an election if he were alive? Its worth remembering AKC’s contribution before AKD makes any drastic parochially motivated decision.

      However the contestant should have some link to the land.

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        “Why does AKD want to prevent those who hold dual citizenship from contesting elections while allowing foreigners to meddle in and run this island for and on behalf of people born, bred and live here? “

        Anura Gooo’ta Gooo Baaye because:

        We have the Art & Technology to stop bribery in the system and we believe in decent pay for all so that the citizen may not accept a bribe at every door to enter a department or ministry.

        SWRD Satayaka first bribed the Buruva’s with free education (without considering the impact on employment in an agricultural island even today and geared to the west.) When question by the rich west why so, he said Budda Fuddu Sovereign because citizen Buruva did not know that sovereignty lies in the people not the state. State has sovereignty for external nonsense only because all nations politicians play that card outside only.

        King, are you glad you are king? Just f’ing for our souls our souls went for… Mr Presidente.

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      I wonder from where you got the 90,000 applications pending from and with the proposed fee of Rs.500,000 for each applicant the revenue losses should be Rs.45Billion. From inception to its suspension in Feb.2011, the sum total of Dual Citizenship holders were less than 4,000.

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    Dear Anura Kumara Dissanayaka,

    RE: My Proposal On Dual Citizenship Was Misinterpreted: Anura Kumara

    Thank you, Sir for All what you are doing and what you stand for, Democracy, in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri lanka.

    Question: Why?

    1. “The proposal brought forward by Anura Kumara Dissanayake concerning individuals with dual citizenships contesting at the elections has been grossly misinterpreted, he says and adds that his proposal never implied that those with dual citizenship does not have a right to engage in politics.”

    2. “but that if such a person is to contest at a main election, they should give up the citizenship in the other country.”

    3. “Dissanayake said that laws should be drafted through experiences and added that today, the experience that can be gathered from the amendment made to the law in 2007 that referred to persons holding dual citizenship is that it opens a loophole for such politicians to engage in rampant plundering of public resources.”

    Yes. This was the Problem with the Rajapaksa Dictatorship and Dynasty, the “New Colonialism”.

    President MR ‘looted $5bn from Sri Lanka’, $5,000,000,000 from 20 mil People.

    President MR‘looted Rs.650bn from Sri Lanka’, $5,000,000,000 from 20 mil People.

    President MR ‘looted Rs.32,500/head from Sri Lanka’,from 20 Million People.

    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/asia/article4332793.ece

    4. “other was regarding MPs who crossover and the continuation of their parliamentary representation afterwards. “

    You are correct here. The Contract the support people gave was to represent them for the Party and the Principle The party it stood for, not to be traded for personal gain. If they cannot represent, then they should resign.

    Examples: Many.

    PS 1: Please do prosecute to the fullest the current Law breakers including the Coup criminals who brought near disaster to the country and the people.

    PS 2: Please have a travelling Mahinda Rajapaksa Travelling Exhibition of The Crimes and Corruption of Mahinda rajapaksa, hos shills and his Cronies, and as to how it has affected the Sri Lanka Citizen..and the Children yet unborn.

  • 13
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    Yes comrade,you are right.

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      So-called Comrade Dissanayake (the King of Pachoris)

      Please also request an independent investigation for the 88-89 saga of perishing 70,00 odd Sinhales youths that were mislead by the pathetic JVP loosers.

      What a bunch of jokers trying to preach others about “Yaha Palanaya” while practicing their own Gava Palanaya in 88-89 era”?

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        Sinhala Banda

        “Please also request an independent investigation for the 88-89 saga of perishing 70,00 odd Sinhales youths that were mislead by the pathetic JVP loosers.”

        Can we not go back to 5th April 1971 and investigate all war crimes committed by all parties up to now?

        “What a bunch of jokers trying to preach others about”

        Jokers should make you laugh. Do they? if not why do you call them jokers? Even the former uses jokers to describe complicated issues. Don’t you have other phrases and vocabulary to describe a person, phenomenon, ……… idea, abuse, ………etc?

        Karunanithy was once called a joker by Fonseka, Amratya Sen was once called a joker another stupid. What is the difference between Karunanithy joker and Amratya Sen joker? Weerawansa described singing national anthem a joke. What kind of joke was that?

        Can’t you articulate your thoughts in a few words other than calling everything a joke, including serious life and death matters?

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          Mr. Uncivilised

          1. You Said “Can we not go back to 5th April 1971 and investigate all war crimes committed by all parties up to now?”

          If you wish to include the above I do not have any disaggrements with you as far as it also inclueds all uncivilised activities done by Sun Goat blood suckering podian Preba and his moinkey army.

          2. You said – “Jokers should make you laugh. Do they? if not why do you call them jokers?” I presume you really understand the beauty of english language when it comes use of a particular term to convey the meaning many ways.

          In summary – JVP’s philosophy and preaching are always made on run. These is no consistancy in their approach. I have seen seen and experienced them very well in my university time. These crooks mislead SL youths not only once but twice in SL history. They have pulled our country back by few generations. I do not see any difference between them and LTTE monkies who ruined thi great land.

          What JVP’s cunning plan is now a day to smash and destroy the current opposition and its credibility by hook or cook so that they could win a majoirty in next election. Other tahn that I do not think they are mindful about the country or people.

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            Sinhala Banda

            Not so fast.

            “inclueds all uncivilised activities done by Sun Goat blood suckering podian Preba and his moinkey army.”

            Reread my comment:

            Can we not go back to 5th April 1971 and investigate all war crimes committed by all parties up to now?

            “I presume you really understand the beauty of english language when it comes use of a particular term to convey the meaning many ways”

            I may not understand the beauty of English however I do understand the limitations of Sinh-lish or Thang-lish. There are many words and phrases in English to describe something or the other. Try hard.

            JVP and LTTE were the product of this Sinhala/Buddhist nation. Therefore the Sinhala/Buddhists, their elected rulers, the state and its institutions have a responsibility explain as to why these two detestable/abhorrent organisations came into being. Sinhala/Buddhist had state produced both.

            “What JVP’s cunning plan is now a day to smash and destroy the current opposition and its credibility by hook or cook”

            If your charges against JVP is true, why did the SLFP went on to form a coalition with the most repugnant leader Somawansa? Was it not the case of SLFP wanting to smash then opposition.

            What is new about JVP? MR found it worthwhile to use JVP against Tamils and created another petty racist NFF out of larger JVP.

            Whats wrong with JVP aspiring to take over power by democratic means while MR found it convenient to pay LTTE, stage a failed coup, ………. in order to take over this island?

            Put some democratic perspective to your thinking.

            By the way name one who is mindful of this island.

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    Forget the politics – look at India, they have given lot of facilities to over 30 million Indian origin people living all over the world, and benefiting a lot out of them. Overseas Indian are one of the prime movers of the mordern high tech Indian economy

    If, the over three million Sri Lankan origin people living overseas are given the due recognition, very well they would give great contribution for the good their
    motherland for they have money, knowledge and experience.

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      Overseas Indian are one of the prime movers of the mordern high tech Indian economy””

      The Chinese lead others follow yet the Mainland Chinese in the west have one passport of China and permanent residency like the richest man living in the UK Mittal holding Indian passport only.

      With WTO most of Chinas neighbours (Asiaticus,yellow race)brought in technology and invested in the Ant Industry.
      Today most of the ant industries are world no 1 producers in the specific product.
      Mainland chinese who setup borrow from their own community not banks eg 2nd largest steel manufacturer in the world after mittal (all bank)
      Largest toy manufacturer in the world who commited sucide because of the false US alarm about lead poison in Aujust 2007.

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      India has to give dual citizens to descendants of India.

      On the other hand, those who are seeking dual citizenship in Sri Lanka are foreign born Tamils who wants say that Sri Lanka is their country.

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        How do you know most are foreign born? If they are foreign born, citizenship rules that apply to other nationalities would apply to them.

        You talk like most of the Tamils residing abroad were not born in Sri Lanka. Tamils really started fleeing overseas after 1983, which is not that long ago, such that those people will still be alive.

        Vast majority of Tamils I know in the West were born in Sri Lanka. They would like dual citizenship so as to come and go without hassle. Rajapaksa government deliberately prevented Tamils who fled from reclaiming their Sri Lankan citizenship. It was revenge and as Sinhala nationalist policy to reduce Tamil Lankan population .

        I do agree with Anura that those who hold dual citizenship should not be allowed to run for political positions.

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          Palmsquirrell

          “I do agree with Anura that those who hold dual citizenship should not be allowed to run for political positions.”

          Please refer to my comment above.

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        The defendants of India will then also include the maruding Vijaya and his 500 flollowers as of POI origin and what would mean the entire present lot now in this island.

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        Your BAPPA, Ma Ra Ya Jarapassa Told,

        “If you are with them, You are a Traitor”.
        ” If you are with Us, You are a Patriot”.

        But you are like a Hyena on Waeta Uda,

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      Very true. Including voting rights for Sri Lankans working and living abroad, to vote through SL Embassies in their respective country of domicile.

      There are millions of SLs’ working in foreign countries, some hold top notch postings in many key spheres such as in Trade, Industry, Finance, Research and Human Resource development, employed in some of the richest countries in the world, using the latest in hi-tech equipment and scientific analytical tools. They all feel they owe something to the country of their birth, and what better time than to do it now.

      There are many who are willing to contribute immensely both collectively and individually, physically and monetarily, if only the government is willing to be inclusive, and acknowledge their contributions to the nation’s goodwill. Give them the chance to become partners, thru providing their expertise in the forward march of the county’s development process.

      Due recognition must also be afforded to all Sri Lankans living all over world as sons and daughters (children) of the soil, give them a true sense of belonging and connection to the land of their birth, whilst also accepting them as equal partners to establish a free and just society, without the diabolic of separatism and racism. We truly love our most beautiful country SL. If only our people were more politically savvy, nominating and electing political leaders from more classy and educated elite, our country would be like none other. As it is right now, it is known for all the wrong reasons.

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    The fee for duel citizenship application should be reduced. If you want a reconciliation with the diaspora The you should make it possible for the diaspora to vote in Sri Lanka Elections. It would help them to use the money and know-how in Sri Lanka. And in future it will be easier to loot it from them. And it will be easier too to asses their stand on eelam.

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      Duality should exclusively be permitted to those who were NOT in refugee status on those countries before they were offered with the citizenship of each of those countrie; moreover, those who left the country for study purposes and subsequently became the citizens of those countries. They then had to decide the cancellation of the srilanken citizenship. Among them there are University degree holders – PhDers and higher medical degree holders. Latter can bring investments to srilanka; they should be offered duality without any barriers. In that way they can help the motherland better. Embassies of each of the Europpean countries should work with the mentioned professionals.

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        So essentially what you are saying is dual citizenship should be allowed for Sinhalese but Tamils should be prevented from reclaiming their dual citizenship. Since you rule out refugees as being eligible, and we know most refugees were Tamils.

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          Palmsquirrell

          I am told most Sinhala/Buddhists who are living in Europe, Americas and Australia have refugee status or pending decision. Even Australia counted 6,000 freshly arrived Sinhala refugees last year alone.

          I have no issue with people applying for refugee status.

          I for one want to see free movement of people all over the world.

          The artificially maintained borders cannot be sustained forever, economically inefficient, morally wrong (under the current system of wealth and income redistribution), ghettoisation and alienating people from each other, …….

          Samson Gunaratne seems to live in his own ghetto, please leave him there.

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          The Werewolf Anureee, is built on Apocalypse Now.

          We have seen the north korean helicopters during the Che Guverra – JVP insurrection- they were in simple crates like the ones built in South Africa by housewife’s in an 8 hour shift.

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        Samson Gunaratne

        “Duality should exclusively be permitted to those who were NOT in refugee status on those countries before they were offered with the citizenship of each of those countrie”

        If that is the case more than 75% of the Sinhala/Buddhists who now reside outside this island aren’t entitle to dual citizenship, it may include you, your family, your father, mother, grand fathers, grand mothers, uncles, aunts, friends, extended families, your siblings, ……….

        If I understand you correctly you wouldn’t want better qualified men and women, finest of the finest, returning to this island because you fear you or your children may not be able to compete with them.

        You should leave this island if you still live here, go back to Bihar or Tamilnadu and never ever come back. That would be a great service to this island.

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        Whatever the status,Srilanka is a popular destination
        for skilled and unskilled human export under
        different categories.Simple answer should be,under no
        circumstance one has to lose his citizenship.But laws
        can be formulated,applicable for future candidates.So
        that people know their options.People must be given
        enough time to prepare.If you take an example,the new
        govt promised and carried out fuel price reduction.
        Everybody happy and of course very good.But,on the
        part of petrol station owners,why should the govt
        expect them to lose their revenue on the stocks they
        they had already purchased at higher price?There are
        blames that when the price goes up they put the price
        up and why not doing the same when it’s brought down.
        It’s only natural that people,especially in business
        and there too in developing third world countries,
        nobody wants to lose.And govt must be sensitive to
        this.

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    I have a question re. this “Duel Citizenship” issue. Say, for instance a Sri Lankan born person goes and obtains a citizenship in another country. He will also be entitled to obtain a passport of that country and what would be mentioned in the column “citizenship”? Such citizenship is also not a “Right” but a “privilege”.

    Supposing that person who obtained citizenship is to be “extradited” or “deported” for some reason, he will be definitely stripped of the citizenship (the privilege) and sent back to Sri Lanka. In such an event can the Sri Lanka Government refuse the entry to that person and not accept him to his birth place? That is why so many countries allow such persons to retain the citizenship of the “Birth Place” or the country.

    Can some thoughts be shed on this question, I have. Thank you.

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    Mr Dissanayake, I respect you as a great watchdog of people’s democratic rights, but here it appears that you got it wrong.

    Today’s world is different from yesteryears.

    The modern laws does provide adequate means to deal with criminals wanted for committing crimes, who had fled from the jurisdiction concerned. It is only a matter of request for extradition of the wanted individual and there are adequate several safeguards in place – extradition treaties – to have the criminals extradited to face criminal prosecution.

    Therefore, I believe that you have got it wrong, and in my view there shall be no impediment whatsoever for any native Lankan from contesting any election whatsoever, whether it is parliamentary or otherwise.

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    holding dual european passports permits us to vote at the national elections of only one country at a time but we are free to hold passports of both.
    Learn it from europe the mother of democracy not Putin style Janatha terrorist spawned products.

    Like the way the first JVP hid in Tamil Nadu then killed the Tamils and went to war with Hindia.

    You let Goo`ta Boo`ts fle how much did he pay you??

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    Anura the new born from Terrorism is planning to take away individual freedoms even before capturing power.

    All politicians speak the truth and sandwich them with lies.

    A large majority of citizens worldwide do not vote and in western countries the `no confidence` as first suggested by Green peace is counted.

    Democracy is : The government that comes to power has to listen to 100% not just its own boot lickers.

    When will the 4 legged `werewolf mahawanse` learn to become human??

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    The issue here is with the so-called diaspora. But what about the thousands of other ex-sri Lankan applicants? They are also unfairly denied their basic rights simply because of the inability of the state to introduce the necessary controls. More needs to be done to open the dual-citizenship process once again. The political will must be there, the fee should be reduced and made reasonable, racial discrimination should be eliminated in the evaluation process which itself should be speeded up in this hi-tech age of the 21st century. Enough time has been wasted. The dual-citizenship should be one of the main priorities of the new government.

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      “The dual-citizenship should be one of the main priorities of the new government. “
      When a person be he/she condems Lanka as a violator of their human rights sumbits the Lankan passport and gets one in the land of refuge. The refuge awarding nation know pretty well 60/70 of them are not true but their hands are tied. in a family of 4 if 3 submit and the other holds on to a sri lankan pp.
      Whom woul;d the govt reissue a sl pp.

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    The suggestion on citizenship is quite reasonable. All citizens with dual citizenship can participate in politics. But in the event he contests for an election, he has to give up the subsequent citizenship acquired, thus holding only the citizenship inherited. This makes him a citizen only of Sri Lanka. In this context, many foreign citizens of Sri Lankan origin can in fact still contribute to their motherland.

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    GOTAa blocked the issuance of dual citizenship, while he held on to the same. The ASS was a megalomaniac who always WANTED HIS WAY, the country is deprived of valuable revenue. Those who are requesting dual citizenship are MOSTLY people who had to flee the country due to war or economic well being… Now that the country has come out of the WAR situation and a new set up governing the country has been established, its about time to make available the dual citizenship NOT for people in the 10 countries that was relaxed as an election gimmick by the Jarapassas but to ALL who want to claim from any country. so long they are eligible..

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      Atleast during the early 2010s , to reclaim Sri Lankan citizenship, one would be investigated by the Defense ministry and would be interviewed by the Defense ministry. It was at the sole discretion of Gota’s defense ministry that Sri Lankan citizenship was reinstated for foreigners who were once Sri Lankan.

      So the way dual citizenship applications were setup, meant Tamils could not get back their Sri Lankan citizenship but Sinhalese could.

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    Don’t talk about racist comment about foreign born Tamil etc:There parents are also sri lankan citizens. Mr dissanayaka is right, if some one wants to contest for the election, he or she should only can keep sri lankan citizenship, otherwise, they are not 100% honest to sri lanka. They can fly anytime any time as basil did.

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    Comrade Anura Kumara

    I am writing to you as a Muslim citizen. I admire your sincerity and openness.

    I believe you truly love your country. May Allah give you strength.

    We as Muslims we do not want “muslim” politicians to support us. We know from the days of Sir Razeek Fareed they are and were all thieves, feathering only their own nests.

    I am but one vote; but I will vote for you any time.

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    Forgot to mention:

    The governance preached and practiced by Prophet Mohammed was exactly the same as the one you have propounded. I thought you should know.

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    I left my motherland as a teenager for studies in the west in the early 80’s , now I have grown up children born abroad and I’m getting older planing for my future while the children have their own life in their birth country , they do not have any plans of becoming a dual citizen in dream imaginable other than fond memories and love for their parents both nation and roots……… Almost 98% of the children born abroad like mine are in the same category

    However, for those of us who were born in Sri Lanka and growing up before leaving , “our hearts never left Sri Lanka ” regardless wether your a Tamil ,Muslim,Burger,Sinhalese or any other background

    Unfortunately the war has shaped the Sri Lankan thinking in somewhat discriminatory tone without even realizing, we make remarks that hurts the feelings of others without even thinking what another person would feel etc…….. We use the word “RACE” to without realizing we are one race , Tamil,Sinhala,Muslim is our religious and language difference but we are all of from the same race
    Now most people like me would love to be dual citizens of our current country of adaption and Sri Lanka but without any discrimination or to feel like a citizen without some rights ,that makes it again a second class returnee feeling

    The biggest reason someone would run for public office is to contribute positivity and would only be elected if people think that person is worth their trust……. just because one or two stole and ran away we should not get narrow minded in our thinking , there are so many ways to bring them to justice in this day and age, …..ichecking of their assets prior to them running for public office should not be an excuse to denying a citizenship right , you still can verify via their tax returns etc……

    If I get dual citizenship the chances are I will retire in Sri lanka and bring hundreds of thousands of foreign exchange into the country and my monthly pension to spend in the country which would allow me to invest ,hire help and spend well , in turn would help the Sri Lankan economy , now multiplying that by many times equals growth to Sri Lanka

    The war is over and our mind set needs to adjust accordingly ,
    We are one people
    We are one race
    We are many faith
    We are Sri Lankans …………

    Let’s not discriminate each other in anyway or form

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      We as ordinary citizens, not as politicians in Sri Lanka, always willing to support you, support your dreams and peaceful retirement life in Sri Lanka. We will not allow anyone to take your rights. We should love all our people.

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    In the first place, whoever is intelligent enough amongst the Sri Lankan community living overseas on foreign passports holding onto permanent citizenship of those countries, tell us why they need to have Dual Citizenship?

    Is It because they are deprived of so many life’s essentials in Sri Lanka that they sought a second citizenship in a country they were able to move citing so many reasons; reasons like refugee status, then why do they want to continue with the citizenship here as well?

    They can contribute and/or give their financial assistance in whatever way they can afford to to their close family members living here by sending in and/or investing in ventures run by the family or relatives which will be safeguarded by law as has been given to foreign investors, a facility granted to foreign investors to repatriate the capital and the whole profits if and when needed.

    Of course, if they are very much interested to contest in main elections, as proposed, they must give-up the Dual Citizenship status for their own stability and in the best interest of Sri Lanka.

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      It’s not that simple, you need to be in their shoes to really understand…..

      Their is so much things involved based on individual needs , some examples with just the headings are;

      1) property issues
      2) investment issues
      3) health issues
      4) elderly parents/ siblings etc…
      5) losing of pension etc….
      6) marriage issues
      7) bussiness issues
      8) losing of health benefits issues
      9) some may have the dream to die where they were born and buried in family plots etc….
      You can’t just nail it to just one reason….
      Many more complications it would create to different people based on their individual situation,
      People who left the country has always send money in millions of foreign exchange ever since
      they left for their families and it has helped the local economy tremendously but useing family
      for investment or bussiness purpose may not be ideal for everyone, for that matter most of them ,
      most often family and bussiness don’t go along …

      Life is not simple and everyone has their unique situations and reasons

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    A Srilankan citizen obtaining citizenship of another
    country should never lose his existing citizenship.
    When you obtain the citizenship of another country
    they don’t ask you to give up your country of origin.
    But some countries won’t allow you into their
    intelligence service if you are a dual citizen.Since
    the new govt is supposed to take so many steps to
    stop corruption,bribery and other malpractices there’s
    no special need to restrict dual citizenship from
    entering into politics.A clean admin will automatically
    eliminate all loop holes of bad apples creeping into
    the system.

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    I disagree with Anura Dissanayake and disgusted with his proposal which does not have any validity or technicality in his reasoning. A country which grant dual citizenship to anyone must have to have a certain mechanism and methods to prevent most of the loopholes which can lead to many different areas of administration and security threats. But clearly this cannot be decide by any politician or any party leade. It should be decided by a well informed and professional panel. No political leader can ban anyone who engage in politics or anyone switch sides in the parliament. Anura. K. ..STOP this! You have all the characteristics of anti democratic dictator. In any form of democracies.. no one can prevent from change in political ideas or ideology. You are in a sarcastic mode of politics. I blame you..I point my finger towards you! We didn’t fight for this kind of democracy at all. If all Tamils who left country want to come back….we should allow them. If they want dual citizen ship , we have to give them. Because it is their right. If they act against our national security we have to have a right to ban or revoke their right to hold dual citizenship by law. That is the way , not your way. If you work against people, we have no other way , We will campaign against you like never before! Therefore Stop your agenda!

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    Is this applicable to SF & his family members, too

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    Anura. K’s most recent speech is about Sira’s Bro getting a plum job through the back door,

    And the Taylor Boy trying to stitch up a deal with JVP enemy Uncle Sam and Indian Modi to shaft the friends of the proletariat, China.

    But, all he was saying for the proletariat to be patient and keep rallying behind him.

    May be he is planning to stitch up a deal with Raja to fix the arch enemy UNP which tortured and killed over 20 000 Kumara’s comrades.

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    Born a SriLankan,one should always be encouraged and be able to actively participate in politics and otherwise and thus be able to contribute positively to the mother4land .However I fully agree with Anura K’s thinking;if you desire to be elected to political office ,you may become a security risk and become problematic -end of storey.

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    I fully agree,with Anura’s proposal and feel that people who are having duel citizenship are trying to have the best of both worlds. These people should be only allowed to live and conduct business in Srilanka .It would be better to leave and policy making to citizens of Srilankan Passport holders who committed to one country. When thing go bad for these people would go back to their adopted countries.I feel that all those who are born in Srilanka should be given an opportunity to live in Sri Lanka by way of issuing a visa exempted identity card on payment of a fee . Similar system has been in force in India and should scrap the the Duel citizenship scheme altogether.

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    Scrap the Dual citizenship scheme.Sri Lanka is better off without the people who have given up their original passports / Sri Lankan citizenship for various reasons.These people should stay in their adopted countries contribute to them. Leave Sri Lankan politics and policy making to proper Srilankan citizens .We have enough talented and educated people who can handle any problem.

    Duel citizenship scheme does not serve the any purpose . No benefit to SL.
    People who seek Duel citizenship are trying to protect their financial interests in SriLanka.Good example -Basil Rajapakse who messed up the country and left.

    Anura, you are doing a good job,do not give in to these Foreign passport holders.

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