21 May, 2024

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On Arrival Visa Fiasco – What A Shame On Our Nation

By Asoka Seneviratne

Asoka Seneviratne

Reports indicate that Tiran Alles submitted a cabinet paper which was readily approved to outsource the On-Arrival visa process to VSF Global. On arrival visas bring a large amount of foreign exchange to our country and I for one am shocked why this very profitable process was outsourced. Could it be that SL customs was in-efficient? Or were they taking bribes? Or the system was messy? Or is it that VSF Global has a vast database of criminals, drug lords, money launderers across the world that SL customs lack?

Whatever the case may be this is a shameful and unacceptable situation. I would even argue that this is a slap in the face on our intellectual capacity as a nation. Granted that while the government broadly labels this as a cabinet decision, it is no secret that the handful of heavy wights like unelected RW, Tiran Alles call the shots.

Now many countries use the services of VSF Global for one main reason. Saving money. For example having a group of highly paid Europeans or North American bureaucrats is a lot more expensive than hiring a few Asians from India or Vietnam to process visas. Processing visas to travel to a rich country is far more complex than stamping a visa on arrival to SL for a limited period.

If SL customs do not possess a huge database of criminals across the world, that should never be a reason to use a 3rd party. Why because at a monthly charge, SL customs should be able access this database from a 3rd party. Next, if the thinking of the SL government is that criminals and drug lords can get on arrival visas with bribery, there are proven methods across the world to catch the culprits. It is called “sting” operations where CID officers infiltrate as visitors and try to bribe an immigration officer.

If a “Sting” operation throws one single immigration officer in jail for 5 to 10 years, this menace will come to a halt very quickly. This method is widely used in the USA that has resulted in imprisonment of even high-powered US senators being tossed in jail. No question.

That is how Rule of Law works that has helped these countries to be rich among other things. Break the law, and you end up in jail no matter who you are!

While talking about sting operations, if the CID is allowed to do their job free of political interference and the CID end up throwing one or two corrupt ministers in jail for the long haul, corruption might at least slow down. This is why I have constantly argued in favor of separation of powers.

While talking about the Colombo airport, I want I want to add a few more thoughts and hopes our opportunistic tourism minister Fernando might somehow get better sense on tourism.

Did anybody see the thick, crowded line of tourists at the on-arrival visa counter? Does anybody think that these tourists, some of whom have travelled more than 12- 20 hours to get to their much sought after vacation in a tropical paradise with their hard saved money, really appreciate these endless disorderly, chaotic lines? Or do they prefer to just get over these procedures as fast as possible and get to their hotels?

Also the arrival immigration lounge at the airport has undergone some basic improvement. They have added long railings/stanchions  leading to each immigration counter and numbered them too.  This is progress compared to before. But…..

They did not think right again!!! Why did they not make one  long stanchioned line leading to all the immigration counters and had each passenger direct to a counter that falls vacant. This should surely speed up the process.

The world has heard of the largest shop in the world; Amazon.com. Why is Amazon.com the most popular online shop? It is the sheer convenience and speed. Nothing else.

So the minister can take a que and figure out a way to make our airport efficient and less chaotic. Specially westerners are used to speed and efficiency. Ministers are busy people so Fernando needs to hire a proven, dynamic person to run the airport. Here lies the problem in general. The minister is likely to put a family member, buddy or a lackey to run the airport.

Isn’t this our curse anyway which eventually ran the country to the ditch?

Nepotism!

I remember how Gota appointed ageing eldest brother, former police constable as the minister of public administration. Imagine that? Such a vast and complex establishment that serves the people of SL given to a man void of any modern thinking, technology and forward thinking!  The man can barely walk, let alone run a gigantic organization efficiently!

The list goes on…

The ultimate hope for us all is that JVP will take the helm this year. This is mostly because the other two parties have ruined the nation, more than anything JVP is offering fresh.

Speaking right from my heart, I am totally at a loss to understand why JVP so far has not put forward their political agenda in detail! This must happen.

Let us face it. Talk is cheap. The country needs to know! Anura Kumara Dissanayake should come out with a detailed manifesto spelling out his policies and programs, now!

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    I am not into any of the ‘story’ in the article. But, …. .
    … the handful of heavy wights like un-elected RW, Tiran Alles call the shots,
    drew my attention.
    In Sri Lanka there has never been a history of any cabinet decision. Our cabinet has always been a decoration, offering lucrative positions to ‘the chosen’!. The sacred few call the shots.
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    … Break the law, and you end up in jail no matter who you are!
    Asoka, Please. That is a multi-faceted attack. You are putting our country to shame!!
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    … to do their job free of political interference.
    This is yet another jab. If you would show me a job – even a menial job – where there is no political interference, you win all my possession!
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    Now, the final one.
    … why JVP so far has not put forward their political agenda in detail!
    Asoka, Asoka, That is very unkind.
    Shouldn’t JVP get a hand at ruling, at least once?

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      Nathan,
      “Shouldn’t JVP get a hand at ruling, at least once?”
      Under normal circumstances, yes. If the economy is performing normally, if debts are being paid, if imports are not restricted, yes. There will be some leeway for the inexperienced JVP to try its new tricks.
      But we have just emerged from a dire period when we escaped absolute chaos only because India didn’t want a can of worms on its doorstep. That is the truth. This is not the time for experiment.

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        old codger,
        I am saddened that you took my words literally.
        I meant the opposite.
        JVP doesn’t declare their agenda. If they did, they stood no chance of winning and they know it.

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          Nathan,

          “JVP doesn’t declare their agenda. If they did, they stood no chance of winning and they know it.”

          You may be right.
          Your friend SINHALA_MAN will start persecuting me for saying this. He believes the harm being done by me to them is smilar to the racism spread by late Nalin De Silva.

          Btw, I feel it is just an excuse from JVP to ask economy experts to advance the debate between leaders rather than their discussion rounds. In the United States too, presidential debates are called shortly before the election.
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          The fact is that this country is crippled by fake services run by mainstream media (visual media). Television news is people’s main source of news, but for some time now in this country there has been no clear distinction between ” unsubstantiated news aka social media” and “main stream media”.
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          But why on earth does not the MAINSTREAM MEDIA take this SERIOUS ?

          Had the main domain media done their job PROPERLY before Gotabhaya was appointed, surely things could have worked out well.

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            Dear leelagemalli,
            It is always good to be friendly.
            If you notice that someone is unfriendly, walk away.

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              N
              An occasional stone at a barking dog is all right I guess.

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                SJ, Did you know that Israel found in the Gaza tunnels, a Chinese connection and cooperation. The bible is very accurate, specially so now to know what to expect.

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                  DTG
                  Everyone is concerned and are discussing about what is happening, you suddenly go at tangents writing about the most irrelevant nonsense.
                  Are you on drugs?

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                    HT,
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                    If God ordered him cocaine, marijuana, or something else, he would do it “in one go.”
                    . does n’t question why, that’s how he was taught, that is the danger before him.
                    .
                    Some people believe in God blindly, while others are quite skeptical. And there are also those who believe in God, but that doesn’t matter much. However, DTG does not seem to exist without God and the Bible.

                    Among my colleagues and friends (Germans, Beligians, French, Swiss, English and Dutch) in Europe, they visit churches only for Christmas and Easter.

                    Going back to my student days in the mid-90s, I was misled by Moroccans and black Americans who forced me to think outside of Buddhism.
                    Later we had round discussions about all the religions in the world and learned that Buddhism is closer to science than any other religion. I meant “not Sinhala-Buddhism”. Sinhala Buddhism is really like “Hinduism practiced in India”. Sinhala Buddhists will do anything to pretend to be Buddhists and will do everything to harm “true Buddhism”.
                    And yesterday I heard that a monk in Weligama beat a little boy with a broom stick. The poor boy is said to have been hospitalized.

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                    Human Touch, Do you know how to detect someone on drugs, and simply because someone won’t agree with your nonsense as important.

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                      DTG
                      Yes, someone such as yourself, fanatical and deluded.
                      Going off at tangents to the topic at hand, always gravitating towards irrelevant subjects out of the blue.
                      You are a prime example of an addict in action.
                      Hope I have answered your question.

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                  dtg
                  “The bible is very accurate, specially so now to know what to expect.”
                  Did the Bible warn us about you?
                  BTW, show respect to the holy text.
                  The B should be a capital letter, although the OT does not say so.

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                Who is the barking dog btw ?

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          (PART II/II)
          The first term of the JVP/NPP, may be considered – as the JVP, likes to declare “Parivasa” – ‘Government on PROBATION’ for 5 years – ensure they COMPLY WITH EXPECTATIONS, exhibiting GOOD CONDUCT!!??
          IF JVP/NPP, are successful in completing the 1ST term without BLEMISH then consideration may be given to 2/3rd majority in Parliament – in their 2nd term – election circa 2030!!?? Having said that, THEY WOULD NOT NEED 2/3RD MAJORITY in PARLIAMENT as single ENTITY, because by their compliance, would have earned, THE GOODWILL of fellow parliamentarians, on their performance, AND THEY WOULD HAVE COLLABORATORS in Parliament, lending support, and by EXTENSION – the VOTERS, ELECTORATE to change constitution, IF THE NEED ARISES, even be successful at conducting REFERENDUM, if situation demands, 2nd term – ‘PROVISO’, 1ST TERM WAS FREE OF BLEMISH!!??
          Step-by-step STRUCTURED process, desirable, to maintain the VALUED DEMOCRATIC PROCESS in our country!!?? Ensures, there is ‘ROBUST DEBATE’ and NEGOTIATIONS amongst all STAKE-HOLDERS to ensure Sovereign People’s RIGHTS, AREN’T “DEVALUED OR DIMINISHED by UNILATERAL, AUTOCRATIC ACT by A SINGLE ACTOR”!!!???
          Better to have MULTI-LATERAL, NEGOTIATED action by ALL ACTORS – GOOD of Sri Lanka!?

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          Nathan,
          Sorry, I know you aren’t dumb enough to trust politicians on faith (unlike the Cardinal )

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      Hello Nathan,
      I am sure Dinuk will be happy with the following infoormation – VFS Global, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland and Dubai, UAE is a portfolio company of Blackstone, the world’s largest alternative asset manager.
      How many Sri Lankan Criminals are there in the UAE. It will now be very easy for them to Travel freely.
      Best regards

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        Dear LS,
        This is very interesting. I see it also has offices in Germany. If it was an illegal institution, I don’t think it could ever be allowed to operate in Germany.
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        Please write more about VFS Global if you have previous experience. It will help the public to clear their doubts.
        https://visa.vfsglobal.com/ind/en/deu/

        I think the BIA incident two days ago was an overreaction by a BASTARD srilankan without knowing the truth or not ?.
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        The Sri Lanka Police did not act accordingly.
        The damage is a big mistake that the MAD man could not imagine the impact of.
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        Tourism Minister Harin Fernando is not a responsible person to question in this regard. Siripala de Silva and Tiran Alas are said to be the responsible ministers.

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          LM,
          VFS is not an illegal company. Even in Sri Lanka, it processes Schengen visas in addition to AUS/NZ, UK, Canada, visas. . But it charges exorbitant amounts as service fees.Even an Indian visa costs about 8000 LKR.
          But Sri Lanka may be the only country where they operate at the Immigration counter. They have driven up the cost of visas with their service charges, but all the “services” in the airport, like seating and AC are provided by the airport and already charged for as airport tax.

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            OC,
            Why are they allowing falsehoods about VFS to spread like wildfire in the country?

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8tzf85LgG8
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            I think the police officers should have been informed about this to avoid the eminent threat from criminals and criminals. This is a country of crime doers than peace makers.
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            Why on earth was the leader of the opposition silent when this was approved by Parliament? That proves his abilities as an opposition leader…. my gosh what a country ?

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              LM,
              That’s a good explanation by Tiran Alles, but it doesn’t excuse the fact that visa costs for tourists have gone up by a lot. And this is after the government offered free visas to many countries. The money made by VFS is not an income for the country.
              “Why are they allowing falsehoods about VFS to spread like wildfire in the country?”
              Political rabble-rousing is the answer, plus another chance to implicate India. All the usual “India experts” like Lahiru Weerasekara and Wimal were in action.
              That video was obviously a set-up.

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                What about that WADI KOLUWA of Antharaya, BA student (for the last 13 years)….
                -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Wnu5erEroQ
                he is pointing the finger at everyone as if he is VFS expert…

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          Hello Leelagemalli,
          Have a look at this and see what you think – https://economynext.com/sri-lanka-denies-10mn-election-funding-by-vfs-global-over-visa-deal-161519/
          Best regards

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            Hello again Leelagemalli,
            There is plenty if you dig for it, maybe there are some German investigations, your Journalists are pretty thorough.
            https://www.financeuncovered.org/stories/vfs-the-exploitative-dubai-based-firm-fuelling-a-massive-surge-in-home-office-profits-from-uk-visas
            Best regards

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              LS,
              That’s an interesting piece. It is true that VFS makes a lot of money. I am surprised that the UK Foreign Office too makes money by outsourcing to VFS.
              The story about “VIP facilities” is true. Even I was invited to access it while getting a Schengen visa. Another trick they employ is to force applicants into waiting till 3 a.m to catch an interview slot, unless they want “premium” service, which amounts mostly to very expensive coffee and someone filling your forms.
              VFS is just a slicker version of the guys who set up shop outside Embassies or the Passport Office, filling forms and making photocopies for a few hundred rupees a go.

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              LankaScot,

              The best thing is that if our people developed a new software and take over the entire handling, it will be cheaper. I don’t know why Sri Lankan software companies couldn’t do that.

              What are your thoughts on this? I am not a software engineer even if we work some HELP desks for our issues in Pharmaindustry.
              .
              My friends used to visit the ETA website whenever they visit Sri Lanka for the past few years. But many of them were not happy about it. Some of them pay remotely and come back to BIA.
              .
              It is believed that the former site and its irregularities remained unresolved for the past 4 years until the incumbent government decided to work with VFS Global alone.

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                LM,
                “. I don’t know why Sri Lankan software companies couldn’t do that.”
                Because all the good software engineers have migrated (maybe they work for VFS).
                Even in SL, software engineers can make millions per month. But they can make three times that outside. People always want more money.

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            Thanks I did .. I am speechless. I really dont know what to say..

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      (PART I/II)
      Nathan,
      “Shouldn’t JVP get a hand at ruling, at least once?”
      As long as it doesn’t turn out to be, “FOR EVER AND FOREVER, BY HOOK OR BY CROOK”!!!???
      Because, the image cast, with their 1 and together with the 2nd ATTEMPT is fresh still in the minds of the people of that ERA!!!??? That’s why ‘YOURS TRULY TOO’, join the chorus, JVP, principal constituent of NPP, should JOINTLY tender a PUBLIC, IRREVOCABLE APOLOGY, for those MISDEEDS, in 1971 and 1987-1989, as a PREREQUISITE Sri Lankans voting them to Power!!!???
      They are already talking about changing the constitution – especially emanating from the “OLD GUARD”, FEW ‘Recognisable Ones’, WHO WERE CONCOMMITENT IN THOSE MISDEEDS, 37 YEARS AGO, and a smaller Number, but important members still in the JVP – some even contested Presidential elections!? Though 1971 JVP’ers, only handful!!??
      Whatever the JVP/NPP group does in respect of the apology, Notwithstanding, any and all reasoning to CONTRARY, MY FERVENT APPEAL, IS THE ELECTORATE – VOTERS SHOULD NOT GIVE ANY OVERAWING MANDATE TO ANY single Party, Group or Alliance – PROVIDING ONLY SIMPLE MAJORITY TO GOVERN, “ASSURING SUPPLY for Governance”!!!???

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      “Shouldn’t JVP get a hand at ruling, at least once?”
      Some here may ask: “Shouldn’t the LTTE have had a hand at ruling, at least once?”

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    Nice to know that I am not alone in asking the same questions from the NPP. Seems its mostly those domiciled outside SL who are able to see the bigger picture.

    Alles is bum sucking crony who shot is own foot by publicly stating that he facilitated a clandestine payment to the LTTE on the request of Basil (which I would say amounts to treason in times of war).
    He is now responsible for law & order, overseeing the Police but seems to have forgotten about his earlier disclosure to do anything about it. Let’s face it, SL politicians are known for demanding commissions & would even sell their own mother for a price, therefore, outsourcing visa process is not surprising.

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    This Tiran Alles guy has a very shady past.

    His father was a principal of a government school who ended up as a very rich owner of a huge international school.

    Alles was an agent of Malaysian company Dialog selling phones in the North. He became rich by selling phones for Dialog. With Mangala Samarweera he became a main supporter of the MR victory in 2005. Later both of them were chased away by MR ,he was accused of stealing RADA money by Rajapaksa.( money gone but no houses for poor fishermen in the North !)
    later MR and Tiran made up and he even became close to MR again

    Tiran had a brother called Malik who died in an accident in 1970s when JR was President. This warped man Malik accused Ranil who was deputy minister of education of being responsible and vowed revenge.

    Where is he now ?
    This is the low quality of our ministers.

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      Joker DS,
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      Mental rape is deadly. The best example is being displayed by this elderly woman, who was alleged to be formerly an Ayurvedic doctor called Vedahamine.
      .
      For some reason, this spiteful woman only gossips. She may feel royally protected in the UK, but the truth is that no one can easily explain it, she sounds to be so lonely. Thanks to social funds of UK govt, these crazy women can continue to be coconuts.
      .
      It seems poor woman has no chance to go back home (I travel back home 2-3 times yearly) and have a good time in the motherland. If she could do that, her toxic mindset might change.

      Tiran Alas or other ministers can not be perfectionists.

      But I don’t see his fault at the moment. This current problem with VISA issue for foreigners is a big scam that needs to be checked. No one with any sense would ever work to betray own people.
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      The young man who shouted upon arrival has no right to behave like that, in Germany he would be arrested upon arrival. He should be decent enough to protect the sinking motherland, which today exists entirely on tourist arrivals.

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        leela please take your pills.

        Cant you say anything without referring to Germany which has given you a decent life unlike what you had in Jaffna ?

        At least act like you also amount to something independently, without a work permit in an European country.

        May be you have to increase your dosage ( 3-4 tablets) Ask your doctor

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          Fake Prof. Deepthi Silva,
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          This again proves that your IQ level is below 40. This reminded me of our housekeeper from Turkey. At least she knows about her being not educated enough.
          .
          Everyone in this forum knows that I am originally from the south and not from Jaffna. But your spiteful nature distorts your thoughts by treating you as a woman pretending to be European.
          Aging is not a disease, however, telomerase can function abnormally in some people.
          :
          Btw, I didn’t claim my residency right in Gemrany, it was the German government that came after us to grant us permanent residency. My work is not limited to Germany (I went to St. Thomas London for a two-day visit not too long ago) as many of CT commenters, also incl. several hospitals in the UK. I think I could provide you some services if you want me to… my gosh, this woman … is a pain.

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            Now, now Leela don’t get personal , act like a decent guy from the south of Sri Lanka now highly priced in European capitals.

            Does Sunak pick your brain ? He will need your advise considering the total disillusionment of the voter with this bogus want to be English man.He is for bombing Gaza and now wants in increase the Military budget of UK !

            What are your deep thoughts n such matters Mr Hope of Europe also known as Leela ?

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              Deepthi SILVA@
              are you crazy?
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              As everyone here knows, you are the one who always came down to be private..
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              Unfortunately, your problems are floating all over the place. If we ask something, you refuse as usual. Every time I reminded me of my PISSU grand ma. She was suffering from Demencia as you go through it now, in her later day life.
              .
              Right now, almost every country is struggling with its politics. Germany’s radical Merz (against foriegners) has been re-elected CDU party leader while your Preimer ( some germans call him ” curry inder”)tries to cut his own neck by implementing that “Rwanda Act”.

              In the US, they are waiting to re-elect that dog-man Trump. If he had good politics, thousands of Americans could have survived COVID, but Bugger’s stubbornness costed them their lives.

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        Dear Leelagemalli

        I agree with you that the behaviour of the young man is ugly. But do you not think that he like millions of Lankan are just at a tipping point or fed up of the way country has been ruined and sold. Valuable assets of the country are sold without a proper and transparent tender process. Remember RW has no popular mandate by people so he is semi-legit.

        Talking about German standards of law and order, may I ask you a question respectably? What would the law enforcement do in Germany if the German government is as corrupt and crooked like SL ?

        Compared to the crimes committed by our so so called leaders over the decades, the crime committed by this young man is miniscule!

        To me personally, I applaud him for crying out load because that brought national attention to this questionable VISA process and the company.

        He opened a can of worms! Our nation is better of for that !

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          Asoka,
          I think there is a hidden background to this incident. The young man may have been put up to it by disgruntled immigration officers, who are to be seen hovering around.

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            OC,
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            Did you check the lastest videos that the young man is now caught by police investigation. He sounds to be a ” patriot” …. ha ha….

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8tzf85LgG8
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtyFfZJjNVs

            To my undrestanding he should be a contract person instigated by hidden groups. He had been coming from Thailand. And he claims to be a srilanken national. ONly that his foreign wife has not had the entry visa.
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            Yet today, the bugger is far from understanding the facts.
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            Opposition leader should have been in HIBERNATION mode. That is how SAJITH works as an oppossition leader. .. so how would he work as a future leader ?

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              LM,
              The man still claims that Indians were running the counters, while the Minister says all were locals.
              And the idiot thinks that ” thousands of qualified unemployed young Sri Lankans ” can set up an IT platform like the one VFS uses, and which another company couldn’t duplicate in four years! You can’t argue with such ignorance.
              There is some conspiracy.

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                OC,
                .
                OC,
                How many YOUTUBERs manipulated by JVP and other parties criticized it?

                He does not try to correct his mistake after the facts are presented. It is normal for Sri Lanka.

                If this had happened in Germany, things would not have been easy for that rascal. I am strictly a law enforcer.
                :
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F05_dMw3tpE
                :
                To tell you the truth, immigration checks in the UK (Heathrow) sometimes took more than 45 minutes and was pretty horrible even during the COVID crisis period. . No one shouted at anyone.

                I think this beach boy (he’s not married yet, but his girl is Russian/Tatjana or Svetlana – this guy looks like a beach boy to me) should be arrested and warned not to damage the tourist arrivals this way.

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            Conspiracy theories are another characteristic of weak minds/low IQ.

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          Ashoka,
          Thank you, I regret that I cant agree with you here. I am not sort of a person who march after ” SADU SADU” effect. It is similar to join hand with JVPrs with their numerous allegations at their opponents. Even Sajith Premadasa is attacked by them in public. That is all easy. But we have to see what was behind the hired company and why on earth they were acting like that.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDGZ73bkKac
          I dont support anyone, but we should not only throw allegations without studying the facts. SRILANKEN media or social media are the same and there is no line between the two.

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            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3pwNFrSbGg

            May you all be blessed with brains ! …….. those were the days we were stand still….. not being able to share 3 men together….. JVPrs and their brutalities are not easy to forget.

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    I have no doubt that Ranil and his ministerial criminals are not interested in the country or people. They are nothing different from Rajapaksa family criminals. It is nothing new that they sell Sri Lanka to make their pockets heavy.
    However, the airport issue or giving on arrival visa to a international country must be going for many months. The selling of Hambantota, Colombo Harbour East Terminal, Colombo Port city, Colombo West Terminals, Trincomalee Oil, Distribution of Petrol and Disel, Wind mills in the North etc. etc. were given to China, India and many other country governments or companies. The government has also advertised to sell the Sri Lankan airlines. All this is happening in this country for many years. So, there is nothing new happened now. However, the drama played two days before looks like an election drama similar to Easter Bombing. The person who shouted at the airport did not put the blame on Sri Lanka government but he directly attacked India and Indians. Why? Where did this man go when India and China gave 4 Billion dollars each? Where did he go when Tamil Nadu government sent food and other items to suffering people. Racism and Fundamentalism is a simple excuse to rob this country few Sinhalese political leaders. Sri Lanka is now a bankrupt country not by any other country but only by our Political leaders.

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      Ajith, Please work out a system how to deal with these political robbers, both to stop them from robbing and also to eliminate them from the political leadership before they sell up the whole country for their personal gain. There are other concerned citizens too in this country.

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        Ajith, Please work out a system how to deal with these political robbers, both to stop them from robbing and also to eliminate them from the political leadership before they sell up the whole country for their personal gain. There are other concerned citizens too in this country.

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          David – I can answer that. In fact I have been writing about this too.

          WE need a smart constitution with proper separation of powers, transparency and accountability. . The most important being the separation of power between the executive and the criminal justice system.

          No matter east or west, politicians can be extremely corrupt. They are all human .

          That is why s smartly done constitution with good structural checks and balances is the first order of business for any party including the JVP.

          I am saddened that JVP or Sajith don’t talk about this.

          No Democracy can survive when the executive branch can dictate to the criminal justice system. In SL case RW appointed Minister of Police call the shots at the police force. Police minister can create evidence or destroy evidence.

          This is why the OATH is also so crucial.

          Only General Fonseka is talking about these structural changes in the parliament. But most want to maintain the same old as it benefits them!

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            Asoka,

            Fonseka was a good general. But he has the same level of education as a toad. His family minted a fortunate through manipulation of weapons tenders. Much better to have someone like Champika Ranawaka – no corruption, highly educated – as the top man in charge. He was able to make the CEB profitable, so the business acumen is there as well.

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              Lester
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              You are contradicting yourself. I think you are the one with the education of a Toad.
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              Do you know what it takes to be a general? and one of the very best at that?
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              Just think about it for a second, a military man cannot achieve the rank of General without passing exams.
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              See how stupid you are!
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              You reason like an imbecile, shame on you.

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                Dear Human Dung,

                I understand the military well. A particular relative was a Brigadier General. I have been to camps, met soldiers, etc while you were picking up tourists or whatever other activity you are inclined to do. Success in the military requires physical strength and emotional intelligence. Achieving the rank of General requires significant experience and outstanding performance, particularly in the area of leadership. Book knowledge and exams are useless.

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                  Lester,
                  Don’t you think your thinking needs to go through a paradigm shift? Everything you say goes beyond the facts. In Sinhala they are called “Hithalu Hearsays”, simply sensations.
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                  Who do you think you’re always cheating on? When the whole nation is full of human beasts like the Rajapakse sympathizers, they would agree with you. Forutnatley, a tiny portion is different in that hell as of today.

                  You talk above but don’t give us a support link if we have any questions. I wonder what your colleagues say about you. Not a single person on this forum will agree with you on anything you share (except Ruchira – now dormant).

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              Lester –

              I am afraid to have to disagree.

              General Eisenhower of USA ( twice elected) and General Degoulle of France were top ranking general. They both lead their countries to win the WW2.

              I also believe even those who have only passed O levels can make himself educated enough to be a countries leader.

              I invite you to listen to Gen Fonseka’s parliamentary comments time to time. He is aspiring to wholesale change this family run, corrupt ststeny( not just the government..

              I fortunately millions of Lankans don’t have the wisdom to understand what he is driving at.

              Pre 1948, Brits worried if Ceylon as a people understood democracy enough to manage it. They were so right.

              Our so called leaders through corruption and mismanagement gradually brought SL to a halt while democratizing robbery and nepotism.

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                Hello Asoka,

                What works for the military does not necessarily work for the civilian world. For example, there is a rigid hierarchy in the military that establishes a clear chain of command. This may promote efficiency on the battlefield, but you cannot run a country that way. The way to run a country is through democratic institutions, whose members are largely elected by the people. Nationalism is frowned upon in the civilian world, yet it is a major component of the military. You cannot ask a soldier to die for his country in one instant while in the next warning him about a UNHRC investigation. Soldiers are trained for what? War. Optimize the force multiplier. As civilians, we value diplomacy. Fonseka is a career general. He does not have the training or mindset to be the leader of a democracy. Whatever nice things he says in support of the latter, probably came from reading the “Sunday Leader.”

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                “General Degoulle”
                Who is he?

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                  SJ,
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                  Charles de Gaulle led the Free French forces in resisting capitulation to Germany during World War II and became provisional president of France in the immediate aftermath of the war. Later he was an architect of the Fifth Republic and was president from 1959 to 1969.

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              The last person on earth – Qualified

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          davidthegood,
          It is very hard to work out s system to deal with these political robbers within the existing system because the robbers are protected by Super powers and Internal Fundamentalists. We should create an environment where majority Sinhalese come out of the fear of Tamils and Muslims. For example Tamils are thinking of not voting for Sinhalese leadership. If Muslims and Upcountry Tamils also decide to not vote of Sinhalese leadership Singhalese have an opportunity to realise who was responsible for the economic crisis and who protect those robbers rather than leaders talk about the fear of Tamils or Muslims. Once the robbers lost in this election and people have realised that their leadership is responsible the crisis, it is easy to strengthen the country’s unity among people for the benefit of the country.

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        DTG
        Why don’t you look for answers in the Bible and advise?
        Or better still, why don’t you come down and do it yourself instead of asking Ajith.
        Let us see how far your religious fanatism will take you.

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          Dear Readers,
          Spirituality is unique to everyone, but if you blindly keep it at the top of your life, it can act like an opiate.Some indians bathe in “highly polluted rivers filled with provable loads of ASUCHI excrements, but believe it is sacred”:
          Biblical and Quranic guidance and subjective interpretations undoubtedly mislead some people more than the others. No matter where you are, religion-Human-nature is entangled. Individual abilities and acceptances and absorptions make it good or bad in some.

          For example, yesterday, in front of a supermarket in my small town, in a parking lot, 2 x Turks or Arabs (probably in their early 30s) were licking the floor as part of their religious ritual. Scenes like that are forced all the time, I feel allergic inside, but I don’t behave like the LAD ass who ran into amok in the BIA a few days ago.

          Anyway, it makes me think more. I have no doubt, our GOOD Lankascot will do the same because he has lived in many places on this earth before coming to our country. An old German woman walking to her car 10 yards away moaned “Oh my God these people are so blind”: this is unique not only to Germany but also to my home country.

          tbc

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            cont.
            Even when I go to my motherland and go to Kelaniya temple, there are foolish worshipers that do the same. How they lick the bodhi (Bo-Tree) and the immediate precinct around the bodhi. They are used to giving chants thinking that if they do louder, their account will get more merit (Yana thanata pin ekathu koranawa). After all, most of what they parrot is beyond their understanding. It is an imitation of anything. The whiter you are the higher the flow of merit in your account according to their stupid thinking.

            In Germany in my early 20’s, I had several black priests who were from Ramstein ameican millitary base (mid 90’s) who tried their best to blind me with their religious beliefs, and to some extent this was too much for me as someone who only knew school Buddhism. What was learned then was not ordinary Buddhism, but “Sinhala Buddhism full of Jain and Hindu rituals”.

            Back when I was a teenager, my parents and relatives gave alms to the “head shaved bastards” and buddhist adherents (100 or more) whenever they thought it was time.. That was 4-5 TIMES A year except that monthly alms were given to the local temple monks. As you know, we as teenagers, tongue tied, but to agree with parents whatever they did.
            tbc

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              cont.
              Even if we were asked to eat ” Ratathanakola- raw grass” unlike today’s youth, we were forced to eat. That is sinhala primitive culture I experienced in that country in 70ties and 80ties.

              It was a lifestyle full of myths and false beliefs. Some of those Buddhist monks sexually touched me and my peers from an early age and found me attractive as an adorable teenager. My sandcastle friends explained similar incidents to me. Some of them were sexually abused by their temple Buddhist priests (to me, most of hypocrites are child sex offenders and real cirminals in disguise).
              That’s how Sri Lankan Sinhala-Buddhism was led by “head shaved bastards”.
              Going back to my experienceces with those black priest, he repeatedly asked me whether I want god to enter my heart. He stood infront of me with closing his eyes……to my comparisions to that time, It was like a Lankan type DEVIL DANCE.. Anyway for me. , …. It was overwelming. … I was passing my days with homesick and sort of other problems, me being new to Germany, but these religous harrasments were too much. I did not have more options either since my student hostel belonged to anglican church. So I had to show up in their prayers back and forth.

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                Hello Leelagemalli,
                My Catholic school friends back in Aberdeen and other Scottish towns faced similar abuse back in the 50s and 60s. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-48458480
                The abuse was horrendous, and the perpetrators have in some cases been dealt with. However those in positions of Authority (such as Teachers and Social Workers) have not owned up to their complicity in ignoring or covering up the Crimes committed. One friend of my sister’s used to arrive at School with Baby Vomit on her School Blazer from feeding the illegitimate babies at Nazareth House (Catholic Orphanage) from 3 am to 7am when she left for School. Her Classmates did their best to clean her up. All of her Teachers knew about this and much more. Middle Class, Group Think in Practice.
                Best regards

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