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One Country “Which” Law?

By Mass L. Usuf

Mass Usuf

In the pre-1956 Ceylon, English was the predominantly used language. The vernacular formed both the Sinhala and Tamil languages. The Tamils who educated themselves in the English language compared to their Sinhalese counterpart, were able to secure employment easily. Of course, the latter felt uneasy about it. Robert N. Kearney, writes, ‘The vernacular-speaking Ceylonese began to oppose the influence and power of the English-educated.’ (Communalism and Language in the Politics of Ceylon).

This partly triggered the slogan of ‘Swabasha’. Later exploited by the Sinhalese politicians paving the way for the ‘Swabasha’ campaign. The term itself was vague and ambiguous. To the Sinhalese it meant Sinhala only. To the Tamils it was both Sinhala and, their Tamil language. Though the movement was led for the most part by Sinhalese, the ulterior motive of the then Sinhalese politicians was to capture power by manipulating the sentiments of the Sinhala majority.

S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party intensified the Sinhala-only viewpoint. The campaign theme in the 1956 Election was, “Sinhala-Only”. Dudley Senanayake of the United National Party did not oppose this view. On the contrary, he stressed the continued commitment of his party to ‘Swabasha’. The only difference being the graceful and matured Dudley emphasized the necessity for gradualism. Whereas, the opportunistic S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, wanted to adopt the policy immediately. “‘Swabasha’ [was] a marvelously ambiguous slogan for rallying political support.” (ibid).

Destroying the country

The One Country One Law (OCOL) campaign is not different from the vagueness and ambiguity of the ‘Swabasha’ movement. It resembles a repetition of history, in a different form. The people’s understanding of the OCOL was that the law will be applied equally to all especially, the corrupt politicians. They wanted the Rule of Law as – One Country One Law. They did not think of ‘one legal system’. They wanted to get rid of the degenerative ‘Rule of Law of the Politicians’.

The ‘Swabasha’ movement was focused on the Sinhala language and against the Tamil community. The OCOL campaign according to some analysts was focused against the Muslim community. The OCOL campaign was also divisively aimed at mobilizing the majority Sinhala voters. The Swabasha campaign destroyed this country. The OCOL will finish off, the rest of it. Therefore, every patriotic citizen should oppose this and stand against further dividing the people and the continuing destruction of our motherland.

One Country And Supreme Law

The SVASTI of our Constitution unequivocally states:

“do hereby adopt and enact this CONSTITUTION as the SUPREME LAW of Democratic Socialist Republic Of SRI LANKA”.

Does this not distinctly, unambiguously and explicitly manifest that this is ONE COUNTRY and that there is only ONE SUPREME LAW? Thinking out loud, I am wondering if most of the members of the One Country One Law Task Force would be aware of this. Moreover, the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka observed, “The Preamble/Svasti of the Constitution recognises Dignity and Well-being of the People as a fundamental value … The Constitution, as a living document, should not be construed in a narrow and pedantic sense.” (Rathnayake Tharanga Lakmali v Niroshan Abeykoon, SC/FR Application No. 577 of 2010).

Our rural/urban population is around 80%. How many of these citizens may be aware of the Constitution and the contents therein? Cunningly using this ignorance, the political forces easily deceive and fool the public into acceptance of whatever they claim under the guise of ‘patriotism’, ‘nationalism’ ‘Sinhala race’ etc. The innocent citizens always become prey to these vile political agendas.

One Citizenry

Let us look at Article 26 of the Constitution which deals with, “Citizenship”. It reads as follows:

  1. (1) “There shall be ONE STATUS OF CITIZENSHIP known as “the status of a citizen of Sri Lanka”.
  1. (3) “No DISTINCTION shall be drawn between citizens of Sri Lanka for any purpose …”
  1. (5) “Every person who immediately prior to the commencement of the Constitution was a citizen of Sri Lanka, …. shall be ENTITLED to the status and to the rights of a citizen of Sri Lanka …”.

As for the citizens of this country, here again the Constitution distinctly, unambiguously and explicitly states there is only one citizenship. That there shall be no distinction between the citizens and that all citizens shall be entitled to that status and rights of a citizen.

We, the people living in this country are, therefore, One Citizenry in One Country and with One Supreme Law, our Constitution.

 The Admixture of Laws

Sri Lanka had been subjected to invasions by the Portuguese (1505), Dutch (1658) and the British (1796). Prior to these conquests, the ancient Sinhala kings from pre-12th century had developed relations with Arabs, Christians and Jews. The Dutch introduced the Statutes of Batavia in 1776 as applicable to the Muslims of this island. They found the Muslims of Sri Lanka practising the same religion and applying the same jurisprudence which they found in their rule of the Indonesian archipelago. The Britishers who were well aware of the rich heritage of the Islamic law, besides introducing their laws for general application to the inhabitants of Sri Lanka, they codified the Muslim law of Sri Lanka as the Muhammaden Code of 1806. During this period there was prevalent the Kandyan law and the Thesavalamai.

The current Penal Code was given to us by the British in 1883, the Criminal Procedure Code in 1898, the Civil Procedure Code in 1889, the Law of Evidence in 1895 and the law of Delicts even today is Roman Dutch Law. These laws form the core of some of the major substantive and procedural laws of our legal system. And, all of these laws presently are applicable to all the citizens of this country without any distinction or discrimination. Then the question arises, what is this one law that is being promoted. Is it not this same law that is being applied to all citizens – Sinhala, Tamil Muslim, Malay, Burgher and all others?

Which Law?

 Our legal system has an amalgam of Roman law, Dutch law, English law, Customary laws. In addition, the Kandyan Law, Thesavalamai and Muslim Personal laws. We do not have a distinct corpus of indigenous laws to call as ours. Some reference can be made to the laws of the Kingdoms that prevailed in the ancient times. Some of which are barbaric in today’s context for example, the King’s justice under the Kandyan kingdom was such that if the criminal escapes, the King would not hesitate to put to death even the wife and children of that criminal. Other forms of punishments included the tearing of limbs from the body by elephants, slow penetration of spike into the body through the anus etc.

Moreover, we had several kingdoms and the laws and practices of each of them may differ. From medieval historical period, there were the Kingdom of Kotte (1408–1598), Kingdom of Sitawaka (1521–1593) and the Kingdom of Kandy (1590–1815). We cannot overlook the fact that there was also the Kingdom of Jaffna called ‘Yalppanam’.

What Is The Use Of This?

The futility of this ‘one country one law’ exercise becomes evident when looking at the complexities and the implications involved. The colossal waste of productive time and public funds at a time when the country is economically unstable should be a matter for concern. In simple English, one may ask, “What is the use of this?”. Wait. Did I hear someone saying, “This is to target the Muslims”? Or, am I hallucinating? May be, hallucination!!

*The writer can be reached via email: ctcolumn@yahoo.com

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    Opening sentence – ‘In the pre-1956 Ceylon, English was the predominantly used language. The vernacular formed both the Sinhala and Tamil languages.’
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    I think you will find that Sinhala was the predominantly used language, followed by Tamil and English. Apart from this fundamental error, sweeping generalisations such as ‘The Tamils who educated themselves in the English language compared to their Sinhalese counterpart, were able to secure employment easily’ do little for understanding. Everybody knows that complex social and political forces were at play in the ensuing debacle. For example no mention is made of mission schools, Christian domination of commerce and the military, the anglicised merely replacing the British rulers, the UNP jumping on the Sinhala Only bandwagon, the treachery of the Tamil and Sinhala politicians, the fact that SWRD changed his religion overnight.

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      The Tamils who educated themselves in the English language compared to their Sinhalese counterpart, were able to secure employment easily. – so ARE THE SINGHALESE EXPECTED TO WAIT PATIENTLY WHEN BRITISH LEFT CEYLON AND CARRY ON STATUS QUO? this is due to UK’s “divide and conquer ” strategy and as in any other country majority did what is required.

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        Accordingly, ideas, suggestions from institutions, groups and individuals can be sent to ocol.consultations@gmail.com or to the Secretary, Presidential Task Force on One Country, One Law, PO Box. 504, Colombo by November 30, 2021, the Thera said.

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        Sam,
        “this is due to UK’s “divide and conquer ” strategy and as in any other country majority did what is required.”
        If you read up a bit, you will find that the British had nothing to do with it. It was our own politicians like DS Senanayaka and CWW Kannangara who decreed that children must be educated in their mother tongue. This was in the State Council days before Independence. In 1961, the remaining private schools were taken over too. It is the Sinhalese who are responsible for their own situation.

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    ONE COUNTRY, ONE LAW.
    In order to be fair to the citizens of all communities the new OCOL must borrow a little from all the personal laws of the country and apply them equally to all citizens. If the objective of the new legal framework is to impose laws favourable to the Sinhala Buddhists on the Tamils, Muslims and Catholics it must also impose some laws of the minority communities on the majority community in order to be just.
    Further, no one has ever heard of the three Tamils appointed to the OCOL task force by the president. Who are these guys? Do they actually represent the interests of the Tamils or are they just some meek and spineless rubber stamps?

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      Spineless rubber stamps

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    26.(1) “There shall be ONE STATUS OF CITIZENSHIP known as “the status of a citizen of Sri Lanka”…..
    So does this allow a “DUAL citizen” concept?

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    “The SVASTI of our Constitution unequivocally states: “do hereby adopt and enact this CONSTITUTION as the SUPREME LAW of Democratic Socialist Republic Of SRI LANKA”. Does this not distinctly, unambiguously and explicitly manifest that this is ONE COUNTRY and that there is only ONE SUPREME LAW?”

    Mr. Mass Ysuf is generally progressive when it comes to rule of law, devolution and good governance issues. But he is very conservative when it comes to Muslim personal law. Would Mr Usuf agree to making all laws, including personal laws, subject to the Constitution, the ONE SUPREME LAW? Would he agree to delete Article 16, which says that all existing laws would operate notwithstanding their inconsistency with Fundamental Rights?

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    One Country, One Law is to kill devolution of power, provincial Councils, and 13th amendment! The new constitution is based on One Country (Sinhala only), One Law (Sinhala only) One King Family(Rajapaksa) .

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    Instead of wallowing in self-pity and ‘gnara-gnuru-fying’ all the time, the members of the Muslim community should utilize the interim period beneficially by focusing instead on identifying the measures they should adopt as a community to minimize / neutralize the effects that the anticipated changes / amendments that the proposed ‘One Country – One Law’ (as promised in the Government’s Election Manifesto) may bring.
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    If these Muslim writers believe that throwing brickbats long and hard at the OCOL proposal will make it’s proponents beat a hasty retreat, then such Muslims are clearly living in a dreamworld. A promise made to 6.9 million voters will not be abandoned due to a few voices in the wilderness.
    .
    It’s time for the Muslim community to face reality.
    It is time for the Muslim Community to accept the inevitable, however unpalatable it may be.
    Islamophobia is here to stay – for a long time.
    And like any avalanche / landslide / earthslip, it cannot be stopped.
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    So, rather than making ineffectual efforts at trying to prevent or stop perceived Islamophobic acts, the local Muslims will have to learn how to pre-empt and cope with it’s adverse effects. This is the challenge the Muslim Community should address today.

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      Tell us (or them) what they should do.

      Soma

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      MMDA must go. Other tribal laws must also go.

      Everyone must have equal rights. Nothing should change based on ethnicity, religion, caste, gender or origin.

      If SL cannot have one law for all, it must be divided into 3 mono ethnic nations and people must be relocated based on ethnicity. Then each nation can have any law they please. Obviously Sinhala Only Elam and Tamil Elam will not have MMDA, Halal, Qaathi, etc. and Sinhala Only Elam and Muslim Elam will not have Vesawalami law.

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      Writer is putting all these to stop the MMDA and OCOL coming for his community to change. HE WANTS TO KEEP HIS HAREM, KEEP HIS WOMEN WITHOUT EDUCATION, SPORTS AND MUSIC LIKE TALIBAN. he is writing article after article here to stop MMDA.!! misogynic male Usuff and scared of the change.

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    “The One Country One Law (OCOL) campaign is not different from the vagueness and ambiguity of the ‘Swabasha’ movement.”
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    There was no vagueness and ambiguity of the ‘Swabhasha’ movement. ‘Swabhasha’ means the language of the indigenous people. That is Sinhala. Sinhala is the language developed by Sinhalayo who evolved in this country. All the other languages were brought to Sinhale from foreign countries. Therefore, they are not considered as ‘Swabhasha’.

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      Evolved from whom? In the beginning from converted Dravidian Thamizh Yakka and from some Thamizh Naga, later lots of input from Thamizh South India and a little from Bengal region. Language evolved from which language? Thamizh or it local variant Elu heavily mixed with Pali Prakrit that arrived with Buddhism and later Sanskrit to prove you are an Aryan. Vedda language and Thamizh or its local variant Elu was not brought in but was existing long before Chingkallam evolved.

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        You cannot evolve from nothing unless you are some single-cell microbe or atom. A people or identity has to evolve from another people and a language from another.

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          Loose eer pai yen.

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          Some people have devolved into pigs, you may know some of them.

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            Nothing devolves only evolves. Pigs are very friendly and intelligent beings, unlike some spiteful toy boys with Nordic names

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        Pandi Kutti,
        “Evolved from whom?”
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        Evolved from Homo sapiens who lived in the Southern part of the country about 125,000 years ago. Archeologists have found solid evidences to prove this.

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          Blind Eye
          Get a good history book and read it.

          “H. A. J. Hulugalle, in his booklet ‘Information for Tourists, 1947’ says in the first paragraph on page one: “The Sinhalese are a mixed race, their language has been vastly enriched with words from the Tamil vocabulary.” Mudliyar W. F. Gunawardene says the Sinhala language is primarily a Dravidian language. The structural foundation of Sinhala is Dravidian”

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            Anpu Man

            How are you?

            Whats wrong with your people?
            Your “upper caste” lazy unemployed drunken thugs chopped off 3 fingers from a hard working person’s hand for no reason who earns his living from working as a tailor?

            Why are those who don’t like Sumanthiran continue to play the man rather than playing the ball?

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              Thank you Native. I am fine and disappointed that we are not making any progress in achieving justice.
              Regarding the other bits you have mentioned – do not have a clue.
              I think some are arrogant and misguided.
              Hope you are well. TC

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          Blind Eye
          Start here https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-evolution-of-the-sinhala-language-an-important-reference/
          Origin of the Sinhala language and the Sinhalese http://tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=409&id=2011&page=1

          Tell us which bit you do not agree with and why?

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          The Homo Sapiens who arrived 60000 years ago approximately, were the Veddar from South India, through the land bridge that connected the island to the Indian mainland. Then around 5000 years ago or earlier Proto or semi Thamizh speaking Dravidian tribes like the Yakka and Naga started to arrive again through the land bridge or sailed through the shallow seas from South India. These are the Homo Sapiens you are speaking of. If you referring to the Balangoda Man they are the ancestors of the Veddha and not the Chingkallams.

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      Blind Eye,

      “Sinhala is the language developed ” – This is true.
      “H. A. J. Hulugalle, in his booklet ‘Information for Tourists, 1947’ says in the first paragraph on page one: “The Sinhalese are a mixed race, their language has been vastly enriched with words from the Tamil vocabulary.” Mudliyar W. F. Gunawardene says the Sinhala language is primarily a Dravidian language. The structural foundation of Sinhala is Dravidian”

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        Anpu,
        “The Sinhalese are a mixed race,”
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        Which race is not mixed?
        Of course, Sinhalayo have taken words from many languages, not only from Tamil.
        Mudliyar W. F. Gunawardene is wrong. Sinhala is considered as an Aryan language.

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          Mahindapala, Sinhala is wrongly considered as an Indo-European language due to the large number of Sanskrit words. Sinhala is derived from Elu a Dravidian language (considered by linguists as proto-Tamil), with inputs form Sanskrit and Tamil. Munidasa Kumaratunga wanted to correct this by getting rid of Sanskrit words.

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            Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,
            “Sinhala is wrongly considered as an Indo-European language…”
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            Are you a linguist to challenge the accepted view that Sinhala falls into Aryan language category by well known linguists.
            Crawl out of the ‘Vadukkodei Resolution’ mud-hole and face the truth.

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              Blind eye
              ‘Vadukkodei Resolution’
              You need to get out of “Mahavamsa” attitude first.

              Sinhalese, the language brought up and nursed by the Tamil –
              “Tamil influenced not only the structure of the Sinhalese Language, but also its grammatical terminology. In the oldest existing Sinhalese grammar, the Sidatsangara (thirteenth century), which for the most part adopts the methods and phraseology of the Sanskrit grammarians, there are certain passages which clearly display the indebtedness to Tamil. The terms used for vowels and consonants in this work are panakuru and gatakuru, which are translated into sankritized Sinhalese as panaksara and gataksara. These two words are clearly translations of the uyir-eluttu of the Tamil grammarians. The terms panaksara and gataksara are not met with any of the well-known systems of Sanskrit grammar. “ https://lankamithra.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/sinhalese-the-language-brought-up-and-nursed-by-tamil/

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          Eagle Blind Eye

          “Sinhala is considered as an Aryan language.”

          Therefore do you consider yourself to be a close blood relative of Adolf Hitler?

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          BP EAGLE
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          what is wrong with u he is talking about sinhala race being mixed one.
          U responds about the language being mixed??????.
          .
          I have sympathy towards mercy cows roaming around Kelaniya temple but not towards u the kind of gonthadyas. ☹🐕🐃☹🐕🐃☹🐕🐃

          🐕🐃🐕🐃🐕🐃🐕🐃😥😥😥

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    The law has always been there are good enough , I still can not understand the rationale behind the One Country -One Law while we have not yet done away with a messedup retard constitution, which have been abused by politicians with amendments to suit them.

    What is needed is a Constitution that will end grievences of all the citizens and provide everyone their rights, freedom and achieve global trust and respect,without which, no investor with a right mind will invest a penny here.

    Share the goverence with the people , give them the pleasure of responsibilty through self administrative to run their regions , people of all races and religions will learn to work together to develop their regions ; they will learn tolerence.

    I really can not understand what one Country One Law is all about,
    People are confused , no one knows what it is about.

    Whatever, I only hope it wont lead to anything we all will live to regret.
    Hope and pray not.

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      Fahim Knight,
      “What is needed is a Constitution that will ………and provide everyone their rights, freedom and achieve global trust and respect,…”
      —-
      Indigenous Sinhalayo gave equal rights to all the people who came from foreign countries and settled down in their country.
      Can you please tell:
      • What is it that the Sinhalayo are enjoying that the other communities are not enjoying because they are not Sinhala?
      • What is it that the minorities do not enjoy because they are the minority which the majority enjoys because they are the majority?
      • What is legally, constitutionally and legislatively given to the majority that is not given to the minorities?
      • What is it that the Sinhala Buddhists are enjoying that the other communities are not enjoying because they are not Sinhala Buddhists?

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        “Indigenous Sinhalayo gave equal rights to all the people who came from foreign countries and settled down in their country.”

        Please explain as to why Buddhist Monastic Slavery was permitted until Slavery was completely abolished in 1844 by your Colonial masters, the British?

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          And NV,
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          Which sinhalayo does this bugger refer here? Is he blind and deaf or suffering memory
          loss? TO everyone s knowledge majority of sinhalayas fight today for their basic rights after paving the way to a known barbarians be allowed to suck the last blood drop. .
          .
          Thanks to Rajapakshes this nation fell from frying pan to fire as of today.
          . No kerosene oil, no milk powder, no most essential medicines but criminals are on power gaining sibling s struggle. Best pictures would be these men be found in drains as Gaddafi ended up sooner than later. 🐕🐃🐕🐃🐕🐃🐕🐃😥😥😥

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          NV,
          What is the connection between giving equal rights to all the people who came from foreign countries and settled down in their country by indigenous Sinhalayo and Buddhist Monastic slavery that prevailed before 1844? Ask some sensible questions.

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      Fahim Knight,
      “…no investor with a right mind will invest a penny here.”
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      You are clueless about the behavior of investors. They do not care two hoots for the things that you have mentioned. What they want is political stability so that they can earn adequate returns for their investment. Sri Lanka could not provide political stability because of the rotten democracy imposed on indigenous Sinhalayo by British. Minorities played hell using the freedom given under democracy and ruined this country.

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      SL Must remove MMDA, Sharia, Halal, Quathi, Vesawalami, Kandyan and other sectarian laws. These are outdated and tribal. None of them suits the 21st century anyway. They discriminate people based on ethnicity, religion and caste. They are so wrong and barbaric.

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    The appointment of G. Gnanasara to head a taskforce on law speaks volumes about its intent. I believe the agenda is to stifle and throttle the oppressive aspects of the MMDA (Muslim Marriages and Divorce Act) so that it conforms with modern civic rights of children and women applicable in the 21st century. Although other personal or regional laws exist, they don’t seem as pervasive and wholly repugnant as some aspects like children being given in marriage and women not having the right to be represented in a very male-biased Qazi system of courts. While the choice of taskforce head is lamentable, the agenda seems very clear.

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      Lasantha Pethiyagoda,
      Muslim women get paid leave for a certain period when their husbands pass away because they are not suppose to come out from their homes. Tamil and Sinhala women do not get that privilege. This is not fair.

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      MMDA must be replaced with the General Marriage Ordinance as it was before 1951.

      MMDA was the result of election haggling. No thought went into making it law. Just sectarianism.

      One law for every Sri Lankan!

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    Reference, “What is it that the minorities do not enjoy because they are the minority which the majority enjoys because they are the majority?”!
    In fact, are enjoying too much!!
    For instance, confine only to 1956, 1958, 1977, 1983, 1987 et all.
    Then you have 2010, 2013, 2014, 2019 if necessary
    Very entertaining enjoyment!!!
    “One Country, One Law” Task force have Sinhalese and Muslims of dubious background. No women and none other minorities!!!!
    Why? Because it is implied that it does not apply to those categories of people.
    On MMDA cry (croc tears) for children and women!!!!!
    No women in TF because it does not deemed to apply to women!!!!!!
    Usurper of the rule of Law and contempt of court jailbird, pardoned by the President is chairman of TF – the most qualified to function as such!!!!!!!

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    Just scrap all personal laws based on ethnicity, religion and origin.

    SL needs one law for everyone.

    Otherwise the island must be split into 3 mono ethnic nations and people must be relocated to their nation. Then each can have one law for themselves.

    With one law for all, there is no future for a nation.

    All developed countries and really developing countries have ONE LAW for all. SL too must.

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    One world one law

    Sensitivity of the U.S. Dollar Exchange Rate to Changes in Monetary Policy Expectations

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    1. The Law should serve a purpose. What is the purpose of this One Country One Law, the so-called OCOL?

    2. Have Sri Lankans as a whole, in any way suffered without OCOL, at least since independence, when we
    started enacting our own Laws?

    True, the country has not benefited by the Laws so far. That is not due to the Fault of the Laws per se, but because of the FAILURE to apply the Laws EQUALLY to ALL with the mighty and the powerful Brazenly violating the Laws and getting away with it quite easily.

    Regardless of who is in power, the mighty and the powerful continue to do as they please leading to large scale CORRUPTION and CRIME. There is NO law for them. No wonder, the country has NOT progressed since independence and continues its downward march economically with Large Scale Corruption hitting new Highs by the day.

    It must be clear to ALL that what is needed First and Foremost, is NOT New Laws but the Application of Existing Laws EQUALLY to ALL.

    All Sri Lankans who love the country must get together to work towards Strict Application of existing Laws
    EQUALLY to ALL Regardless of Position or Status.

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      Do you believe in the ‘Tooth Fairy’?

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    Sri Lanka is not two or three, it’s one country. The originator of this concept was Mr. President. And primarily he is the only person, who knows what does OCOL really mean. If prevailing law(s) of the country is/are harmful to any citizen and/or do/es not serve the purpose then there is a point for a change. As long as President and the chair of the taskforce ( law breaker) remain clueless he motive of the OCOL is useless think even to discuss.

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    OCOL makes the most sense. However, in SL there are laws for the general public, which does not appear to be applicable to the politicians, especially the ones in power. The police is not ready or are afraid to apply the law to the reigning politicians and their cohorts.

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