28 June, 2022


Nomination To Mahinda: Betrayal Of Good Governance

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

So, once again yet another parliamentary election to elect a new government!

The question is what the choice available is for the island’s unfortunate voters.

Inevitably the only choice is between the two major political parties-United National Party and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party- both of which, with their racist politics, brought the country to today’s shameful state of affairs.

These two parties were solely responsible for dividing communities to promote the majority Sinhalese at the expense of the minorities to either remain in power or capture power.

Sri Lanka with very high literacy, stable economy and communal harmony was a role model for the entire newly emerging Third World countries during the time of independence in 1948. Today, despite all its natural resources, literate population, long and rich historic past and all other advantages, it is one of the most mismanaged countries in the world known for crime, corruption at all levels,, collapse of rule and law, mismanagement of government institutions ,fast declining moral values and the list continues.

Who is responsible? It is solely the short sighted politicians of all shades of opinion.

Maithripala SrisenaFed up of autocratic suicidal politics and reckless mismanagement , economic hardship, lawlessness, crime, corruption and even the suppression of press freedom under defeated President Mahinda Rajapaksa, more than 6.2 million people trusted President Maithripala Sirisena’s slogan of “ good governance “ and voted for him in the hope of a better future for the country.

It was a peaceful revolution which liberated the people from the era of tyranny and the dreadful “white van” culture of kidnapping, torturing and killing.

In the subsequent free environment there was a sigh of relief in the mindset of the people. They expressed their thoughts with a sense of freedom even if it was against the government. An aura of hope and optimism pervaded the Sri Lankan society. A psyche of positivity was emerging in place of the fear psychosis that was extant previously.

However in the subsequent weeks and months the daily disclosure of crime, corruption, plundering of nation’s wealth by the former President Mahinda Rajaaksa, his family members, his ministers and other politicians, wheeler dealers and henchmen close to the regime shocked the country and the world.

It was absolute disgrace that a country with a population of around 20 million, ( around 1.5 million living abroad) less than one fourth of the population of the Indian state of Tamilnad and with all its gifted resources had to suffer this fate only because of corrupt and opportunistic racist politics.

However within months after President Maithripala’s election, disillusion began to creep in all over. Those who were earlier accused of various crimes, corruption, drug dealing etc. continued to enjoy their privileges without being taken into custody despite adequate evidence.

For example Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera disclosed that former President Mahinda Rajapasa had amassed around 18 billion rupees by various corrupt deals while former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, besides other numerous allegations, opened a bogus nonexistent company in an address in London and maintained accounts at Virgin Island in UK.

The growing disillusionment was exacerbated by the controversial Central Bank bond issue ,Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe openly defending the Governor, no confidence motions against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Minister John Amaratunge. This made people to ask “what is the difference between Mahinda government and Ranil’s government?.

The corrupt politicians who were rejected by the people, realizing the weakness of the Maithripala-Ranil government, which failed to take them into custody, began to challenge the government.

The only question that was in everyone’s mouth from north to south and east to west was “why did President Maithripala and Prime Minister Ranil refuse to take those accused into custody?”

For example, they pointed out, that drug dealer Wele Suda has provided enough evidence about all those top people involvement in drug dealings. According to reports Attorney General submitted report to arrest former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, but the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe refused to do so for reasons better known to him. In the same way there is clear evidence against former Minister Wimal Weerwansa on corruption charges. There are many such cases and the people continue to ask why they are not taken to custody.

Then they begin to ask whether there are secret deals between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the one hand and the defeated and rejected President Mahinda.The latter well aware of the weakness of the Sinhala majority launched his fraudulent campaign to regain power using the Buddhist temples as his base. He and his cronies are hell bent to topple the government and capture power by hook or crook.

In fact one should not forget there were wild speculations about secret deals between defeated President Mahinda and Prime Minister Ranil when he was the opposition leader. These speculations were mainly due to the failure on the part of Ranil , as then opposition leader, to bring to light and raise public opinion when the Mahinda government was plundering and misruling.

In fact the prevalent opinion in the country at that time was that Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe was a miserable failure as the opposition leader.

Muslims who voted en bloc for President Maithri were disillusioned from the very inception saying” we didn’t vote for President Maithripala to reward corrupted Muslim politicians who lost the confidence of the community with ministerial portfolios.

On the other hand failure to take into custody and allowing the destructive racist forces such as BBS, whom I suspect as funded and trained by Israel’s secret service Mossad, to raise their ugly heads questioned the “good governance” and its ability to ensure the peace and security among the minority Muslim and Christian religious communities.

The failure to deal firmly with corrupt elements also led to people losing confidence in the government’s ability to deal with serious issues. It also provided an opportunity to defeated president Mahinda to continue his fraudulent campaign against the government.

The talk of the town was that crowds of paid and sponsored people were brought to cheer and urge former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to become the leader again. In addition, Mahinda exploited Buddhist Temples to provide a religious fervor to his racist campaign which has all the potentials to turn this country into anarchy.

It was in this environment the parliament was dissolved and the people were given the opportunity to elect a new government. The tragedy is that they have to inevitably vote for one of these two -UNP or SLFP – parties which turned this paradise into the mess it is now.

In the midst comes the announcement of Mahinda Rajapaksa, accused of widespread crime and corruption and virtually ruined the country, contesting the forthcoming elections in the UPFA ticket. This sent shock waves throughout the country.

The question is how come a person with such shameful record be allowed to enter mainstream politics and that too in the party headed by President Maithripala Sirisena who promised Good Governance and pledged to eliminate crime , corruption and misrule.

People are speechless. They do not know what to say and where to turn to as those who should be in the jail are allowed into politics.

This is complete violation of all accepted moral principles and also the betrayal of “Good governance” and the country as a whole.

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  • 0

    Dear Mr. Farook

    If you consider the developed nations of the world, you will see that the corrosive thread of ethno-politics (not ethanol politics) is missing from their histories:

    Take for example the United States for example, with its different races, but common language and culture. There is no visible separatist movement. The United Kingdom is united by the language of Shakespeare. The much touted Nordic countries and Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and South Korea to name a few, do not have this continuing ethnic turmoil that Sri Lanka has had, and the effect it has had on elections.

    The Ethic Conflict was a factor in the 2015 presidential election, in the 2010 presidential election, the 2005 presidential election, the 2004 election to a great extent, being the deciding factor in the result, the 2000 election, possibly, the 1994 elections in which promising national leaders were removed by the same ethnic conflict. I mince my words.

    Therefore it would be good if we could put paid to this Ethnic Conflict before it destroys us all. Corruption is nothing in comparison.

    It is also best not to forget the 500,000 minus, the 5.8 million who presumably did not breath a sigh of relief in their mindset. We are very good at forgetting our minorities. Betray Good Governance, by all means, but not our Minorities.

  • 4

    UNP will field crooked drug dealer last minute crossovers from Medamulane King ,to become ministers again in MS RW regime continue to be corrupt smugglers . Wait wait wait is it racist to mention certain racist minority parties have already agreed to contest under the UNP symbol  For instance the All Ceylon Makkal Congress? led by people who like SLMC are only interested ib power power power
    Carnage Carnage Carnage is what ISIS, ALQAEDA are wreaking on christians, buddhists, and worst of all on fellow Muslims during holy month. Beruwela wasn’t carnage. It was a terrible attack undoubtedly but 1983 black July under UNP was carnage. In the meantime, in the loving secular, totally tolerant Islamic Republic of Pakistan in LAHORE: Two Muslim clerics have been arrested in Pakistan’s Punjab province for inciting a mob to attack a Christian couple on blasphemy charges. 

    District police officer Sohail Zafar Chattha said two clerics had been arrested and an FIR lodged against them at Saddar police station for inciting violence against the Christian couple. 

    The couple was beaten up and paraded around Makki, a village in Punjab province, on June 29. 

    The incident apparently stemmed from the impoverished couple’s use of an advertising banner as a form of household upholstery. 

    Two local clerics called for the couple to be punished. Carnage carnage carnage if only buddhists behave so lovingly.
    .are you aware your racist elements FORCED all Sinhalese and Tamil nurses at Puttalam Base Hospital to wear ling trousers because of your racist ministers? What’s next, forcing them to wwear hijsbs and black? Carnage carnage carnage.

  • 2

    Cannot understand the commotion about giving nomination to Mahinda Rajapaksa. If he is corrupt VOTERS CAN MAKE A DECISION AT THE ELECTIONS.

    Also please do not underestimate President Sirisena. He is one of VERY FEW EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE, if not the only one, who could defeat MR at the last Presidential election. President is a very experienced campaigner. I think this is a very strategic move. Let me quote from Art of War

    “To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill”

    “The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent.”

    “Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.”

    ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

  • 1

    Do you really believe what Managala Samaraweera says???? He is the one who went around the country during CBK time and said that Ranil is a LTTE tiger… This writer should wake up from his deep sleep other wise he will write everything that he dreams…

  • 1

    ‘Mahinda will not be given nomination’, ‘Mahinda to contest from Kurunegala’, ‘UNP will form National Govt. with other Parties’, UNP will get 115 seats’, ‘SLMC to go it alone’, ‘SLMC to contest with the UNP’, ‘SLMC to decide its position in a few days time’, ‘UNP invites Risharth’, ‘JHU to leave the UPFA’, JHU to contest under new name’, ‘SF to go it alone’, SF to join coalition if Mahinda contests’. Such this, that and that, and many other headlines appear these days causing confusion to the reader and even headache when he tries to sort out which is which. But it need not be; confusing or causing headache to oneself will not be necessary if he takes his mind back to the various political trends in Sri Lanka at least since 1948. Confusing and conflicting news headlines have never run short since then. These headlines, appearing very often these days, if summarised will give only a simple answer; that is politics, politicians and political parties of Sri Lanka did not ever-before and do not now have consistent principles or policies to take the nation forward on a stable and progressive course. A little bit of this or that slogans added, or a patch of plaster to cover-up severe damages caused. All these are done with the confidence that the average Sri Lankan innocent-gullible voter could be convinced anyhow with their dishonest promises and assurances.

    This game has been going on for so long. While the last MR regime has t been the worst in governance in the history of Sri Lankan politics the last few months saw the worst of confusion and mess-up ever in he country. The principal cause is the innocent-gullible voter who could be convinced by the dubious words of the politicians who come from the same old rotten political culture.

    Why not the people, in this age of advancement, choose between the bad and the good for themselves? That is the question that every Sri Lankan voter has to ask to himself if he is to salvage himself from the head-ache causing confusions prevailing around him. The answer should be to decide to get rid of the ‘old rotten group’ totally from the political scene and give the chance of governing to the ‘new thinking emerging forces’. That is the only salvation for the voter and the country. Let us move forward with the new without being ever stuck with the rotten old.

  • 2

    With all the evidence on Wele Suda he has not been indicted. Before taking action against politicians who are alleged to have connections with this criminal should be dealt with.
    The yahapalanaya govt. has failed even to do that.

  • 0

    ISIS loyalists would say; at least muslims in this country should show some gratitude to the former regime for defeating the LTT who massacred and ethnically cleansed muslims from the north. Well, this writer proves my point.

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