2 March, 2021

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Open Letter To HNB: Infringement Of Fundamental Rights Of Tamils & Insulting Tamil Culture

By Murali Vallipuranathan

Dr. Murali Vallipuranathan

Mr. Jonathan Alles

Chief Executive Officer

Hatton National Bank PLC

479, TB Jaya Mawatha, Colombo-10

Infringement of Fundamental Rights of Tamils and Insulting Tamil Culture

We are dismayed to learn that your bank had punished two employees of Kilinochchi Branch for commemorating the deaths of their relatives and beloved ones. Anniversary commemoration of the dead has been an important part of the culture of the Tamils and Sinhalese for several centuries. In fact one of the oldest Tamil moral text Thirukural dated 3000 years back in stanzas 42 and 43 stated the importance of humans to perform their duty towards manes. In this context we see your ill-conceived action against your employees who were involved in commemoration of their dead relatives as not only a grave insult to the Tamil culture but also a serious infringement of their fundamental rights.

Article 14 (1) (f) of the Constitution of Sri Lanka stated “Every citizen is entitled to the freedom by himself or in association with others to enjoy and promote his own culture”. Notably no restrictions are placed in this freedom by any other articles of the Constitution under any circumstances. From the medical point of view commemorating the dead is very important for a grieving person to recover and promote his mental health. In the Sri Lankan context this has become more important especially because neither compensation was given to most of the affected persons nor perpetrators responsible for the holocaust were brought to justice.

Kilinochchi is a place where very large number of residents belonging to this region suffered heavy causalities in 2009. Therefore your bank which intend to promote business relationships with Tamils in this area should have tried to understand the feelings of the people in the area and itself organized the cultural event of commemorating the dead anniversary on 18thMay. Instead of this goodwill action your bank along with irresponsible southern racist media had gone to the level of portraying the peaceful commemorative event as an event sympathizing with the LTTE. We strongly condemn this oppressive action by your bank. I am sure that you are fully aware for several decades Tamils had preferred Hatton National Bank to other state banks for obvious reasons. Now since your action against the Kilinochchi staff is published in the media several Tamils have started closing their accounts and your bank is rapidly losing popularity among Tamils.

Therefore if you wish to continue your business successfully with Tamils in future I suggest the following:

  1. Reinstate the interdicted officers without delay and pay compensation for the mental suffering and humiliation they have faced by the interdiction.
  2. Withdraw the statements in Facebook and other media portraying the commemorative event as an event threatening peace and harmony in the country.
  3. Open apology to all Tamils for your action which had insulted all the Tamils and assurance that your institution will not obstruct participation of your employees in the death anniversary commemoration of Tamil civilians in the years to come in.

If you agree with my suggestions please respond within 2 weeks so that I can publish your response in media and will try my best to minimize the damage to the bank. But if you fail to respond I am afraid that this issue will get escalated by spreading to all the branches in the North and East, local and international human rights organizations, media and become a strong campaign to defend the fundamental rights and the dignity of Tamils.

Anticipating your early response.

Thank you

Yours sincerely

Dr. Murali Vallipuranathan

MBBS, PGD (Population Studies), MSc, MD (Community Medicine), FCCP (SL), FRSPH (UK)

Board Certified Specialist Community Physician

23B4/4, Vanderwart Place

Dehiwela

(On behalf of all the citizens of this country believing in Fundamental Rights, Human Dignity and Equality between races)

Copies to:

  1. Leader of Opposition, Parliament of Sri Lanka
  2. Chief Minister, Northern Province
  3. Chairperson, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka

 

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  • 23
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    If they did it within the bank’s premises, it is wrong.

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      Yes they did it within the bank’s premises, and it is legal. Bank is a public institution which is built on the ancestral land of Tamils. Therefore HNB is a tenant of Tamils and any Tamil has the right to light lamps to commemorate their dead kin. The action taken by HNB management is knee jerk reaction to satisfy Sinhala racists who had raised this issue through Sinhala press. Sinhala racists cannot have their way denying legitimate rights of Tamils. If this had happened in a western country which upholds fundamental right of a citizen, HNB would have to pay huge compensation to the offended, and warned that they cannot take any punitive action on those people in the future in a revengeful manner. Unfortunately Sri Lanka is a jungle state with kangaroo courts where Tamils cannot get justice.

      • 6
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        In a western countries people get fired for simply criticizing their bosses on facebook and I mean not even directly to their faces. It is actually much easier to fire people in the west when it comes to private enitites. There are only very few unlawful termination possibilities and that also has to be clear cut. An ex-employee can sue in civil courts but that is no guarantee of compensation and will incur large legal costs on the ex-employee. And I am talking about termination and not disciplinary action. Most of you still can’t grasp the difference between government and private enterprise. HNB is NOT a governement institution. Private entities can discriminate with only a few exceptions. You cannot seem to grasp that their is “NO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION” in a private entitity. If they don’t like the place, they are free to leave. But capitalism allows other companies to take advantage of this situation and woo those employees and customers away from HNB. You can withdraw your savings, fixed-deposits , etc and put in a another bank. You can call for a boycott of HNB and so on. If this happened at the Central Bank or Bank of Ceylon, then that would be completely different.

      • 10
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        Dear Sir, Your argument is not correct ! The bank is not a public institution! The premises belongs to the bank! You cannot do what every you want inside the bank! All employees are given a job description and they have to abide by it. If they want to do something different they have to obtain permission from the bank.
        Please note that none of the organisations celebrated the day that the war was concluded! We think that its a blessing that the war has ended as we have peace in our country. There are no bombs going off in Colombo and I can safely got to work! If individuals get together and start celebrating/commemorating their private matters they will not be doing their work! The bank pay their staff to do work and not to do their private agendas! The bank has all the rights to take action against any employee who has done anything other than the work assigned to the employee!

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          RuwanL

          “The bank has all the rights to take action against any employee who has done anything other than the work assigned to the employee!”

          How about scratching b***s?

          • 0
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            “How about scratching b***s?”

            You may me practicing what you are saying ! I guess you have nothing else to say?

      • 7
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        @Gnana Sankaralingam, where did you get your phd from ? indian visa college?
        Only a idiot talk like you..
        Bank premises is private business area and any one goes outside the company rules and approve terrorist should be thrown out..
        btw, your traditional land is in tamil nadu and better learn that.. just because dutch brought you to jaffna to do the bedi business and you forgot about your heritage does not help any one..

        • 7
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          watcher

          “@Gnana Sankaralingam, where did you get your phd from ? indian visa college?
          Only a idiot talk like you..”

          Are you planning to continue your studies or looking for a place for your great grandson? Why don’t you try Sri Lankan universities where any Tom Dick and Harry can get a PhD without much work.

          On the other hand if you are the greatest crook who has an impressive record on war crimes, crime against humanity, appalling human rights, .. operated white vans, …………………………. Colombo University is willing to award you either LLD or DSc without a penny is being charged or time is being wasted at the campus and/or in the library provided you are a Sinhala/Buddhist.

        • 5
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          You stupid fellow continue to watch what is going to happen. There was no need for me to a PHD from anywhere. Either HNB conforms to Tamil views or they have to get out. BTW your traditional homeland is in Bangladesh and better learn that … just because Portuguese brought you to Galle to do cinnamon peeling, you have forgotten your heritage. Start making humble kavun, and eat it like a modaya.

          • 0
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            So called Tamils in Sri Lanka are actually Malabaris. It’s Sinhalese who gave these Malabari the Tamil identity, becaese Tamil Nadu is the closest to Sri Lanka.
            /
            Portuguese might have brought few from whom the locals learnt the trade. If Portuguese brought them in mass, then they wouldn’t speak Sinhala or be Buddhists

      • 5
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        You scum of a fake phd ghana sankaralngm, bogus asylum seeker. show me your degree certificate, you con doctor. you disgusting creatures should keep out of Tamil matters and we in Sri Lanka handle it. you fagots are a bane on Tamils, get lost. find a job and make a honest living. if i am to believe you are real, provide your references.

      • 4
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        dr sankarra

        if they did it on the bank premises they should have got the permission of the bank first.Simple manners my dear.Some tamils behave crudely and lack manners.

        • 1
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          Does Army obtain permission from northern provincial council or local authorities for doing things in government premises. Simple manners dear. Some Sinhalese behave crudely and lack manners.

      • 1
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        Dr. Gnana,
        These terrorist sympathizers should have done their commemorations at home, not in the public.
        /
        Will Amarica let Muslims to commemorate 9/11 -Al-kaida terrorists in US soil ???? NO, NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        There is no ancestral land of Tamils in this island. This island is the island of the Sinhalese. Ancestral land of the Tamils is in Tamil Nadu.

    • 21
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      Why not? If you Sinhalese down south can commemorate and celebrate genocide and killing of 145000 innocent Tamil civilians and the ethnic cleansing of 300000 Tamils in the Vanni and call these war criminals who committed these war crimes braves and national heros and hold parades and celebrate this at various offices governments, why can’t we commemorate and mourn for our dead at various places? You and your Sinhalese armed forces government and population ( that is largely descended from immigrant Indian Tamil low castes) can openly celebrate genocide war crimes and ethnic cleansing , just because the victims are Tamils but we are not allowed to mourn our dead anywhere. Who the hell are you , you racist woman? This land does not belong to Sinhalese alone. A very large part of it was Tamil only for thousands of years and thanks to the British you are now using the government resources to steal it from us.

      • 1
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        You are not mourning dead Tamils. You are celebrating LTTE which caused dead Tamils.
        LTTE is a banned terrorist org. so it is illegal to commemorate it. Very logical

    • 2
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      If they did it in Tamil Madu they are dead by now. In vain IPKF was sent home.

  • 17
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    Thanks for bringing this to light Dr. Murali Vallipuranatha

    All Sri Lankans and Sri Lankan businesses should boycott HNB.
    I am sure CEO of HNB is one of the corporate heavy hitters who flanked Gota and Mahinda at Shngari La as per Dayan J

    shame on you CEO of HNB for not taking action on this corrupt employee of yours.

  • 5
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    ha ha I just found out that Jonathan Alles won the prestigious HR award for something…..

    wonder what it was for or whether it is alos a corrupt award …

    https://www.hnb.net/media-center/2016/hnb-s-md-ceo-jonathan-alles-wins-prestigious-hr-award

  • 13
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    The damage is done. Simply all Tamils who had account with the HNB should withdraw their accounts.

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      Ajith,
      Yes, Tamil should withdraw their account from the ‘hero’ bank and then withdraw themselves back to Tamil Nadu. Thank you!

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        John,
        I am happy to go back to Tamil Nadu if you are prepared to come back with me or go back before me because you came first.

  • 1
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    What do they actually prey is We also like to come to HIndu religion but if you do not allow us among you how can we become HIndus. talking to ther god assuming that Hindu Tamils would understand it.

  • 6
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    Any reconciliation with Tamils should first come Tamils. Politicians may apologize or talk various things, but from people that acceptance of Tamils is very different. YOu people learned free from Srilanka and when you go abroad you are bending to every one. Here in Sri lanka you people say we are the most superior. Even to biritsh colonial master you people were worshipping.

  • 3
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    You boast about Thirukural. IT is not Tamil. May be North Indian Brahmins who spoke Tamil wrote and it is about God Vaishvana whose powers goes beyond religions, races and language groups. So, it is unfair from you to say that aN Indian Epic is yours. I heard Your Seelapatikaram is at least two stories together and it did not happen the way the book says. Besides, everything I don’t think you protestants are Tamils and eventhough speak about these Tamil poems.

    • 25
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      Soft Jimmy, I pity your ignorance. Thirukural has similarity to Buddhism than to vedhic religion of north Indians. It is written in pure Tamil without any Sanskrit input. It is regarded as one of the greatest literary works in the world and was translated into several languages. In 133 chapters of 10 two lined verses each, it covers the entire gamut of life of a human being. It is not a religious text as what you are making about., as there is not a single word mentioning the name of any God. As a Sinhalese you are missing such glorious pieces of literature. Please come out of your racist mind set and appreciate the value of Tamil language, the oldest in the world.

      • 4
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        ghana Sankaralingam: what you say is For sure, we ARe Tamil Hindus eventhough we prey for the JEsus.but forget it and treat us like HIndus. What I heard Vishvana religion and buddhism are very much close to each other except buddhism explains Nirvana rituals are different. but, christianity is different. IT is just prey to JEsus and collecting funds for gos Sabarimala and Japamala.

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        Sankaralingam: IF you are A Kali worshipper, I heard goddess Kali is a queen for the God vishnu.

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          Soft Jimmy, again you are misinformed. These are myths and need not be taken seriously. BTW consort of Vishnu is Lakshmi. Kali is one of the forms of Parwathi the consort of Siva. Please get it correctly without making a fool of yourself.

      • 6
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        Many people who are not familiar with the Thirukkural think it is a religious text. Actually, it has nothing to do at all with religion. It just makes observations on life and advises people on how to live life sensibly.

      • 0
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        Dr. Gnana,
        “Tamil is the oldest language” nonscence is challenged and debated in Indian blogs and forums.
        /
        Unification of scatted tribes have formed ethnic Sinhalse.

      • 0
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        Thirrukkural belongs to India. You claim you had 30000 history in SL. Don’t you have anything to show for yourself

        • 1
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          Sachoooooooooooooo

          “Thirrukkural belongs to India.”

          It belongs to the world.

          “You claim you had 30000 history in SL. “

          Sri Lanka became separated from Tamil Nadu only about 8000 years ago.

          ” Don’t you have anything to show for yourself”

          There could be many, … to begin with his b***s, willi, ……………………………. Why do you want to see his private parts, are you a pervert or something?

  • 6
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    Wonder whether Mr Suren will intervene and buy the HNB out right..
    I know Mangalan still has that promissory note to the tune of USD 4 Billion which Mangalan was going to present to Dr Ranil ,at the Diaspora Exhibition in Galle Face soon after the Yahapalanaya kicked in.
    I mean HNB wouldn’t cost even a fraction of that.
    Plus Dr Ranil and Mangalan can brag that they have finally got FDI to show the Yahapalna suckers…
    Mind you it wouldn’t be a bad investment either for the Tamils Overseas ,as HNB is the most profitable Bank in Colombo..

    • 8
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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “Wonder whether Mr Suren will intervene and buy the HNB out right..”

      Is Dr Mahinda looking for a benamy to invest his wealth in Sri Lanka or abroad?

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        No need to buy HNB and reward the shareholders for discrimination and violation of fundamental rights.
        Hope the Indian banks expand to N/E and the upcountry.

        ““Sri Lankan operations are slightly smaller than Singapore operations. Before March (2018), we will be in a position to show a growth of close to Rs 5 billion there.” – Indian Bank CEO Kishor Kharat.

  • 9
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    Jonathan alles need brain transplant….shit hole brain, typical sinhala Buddhist modaya….

  • 5
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    This is Tamil poligics to make PAbakaran and his suicide bombers and killer black tigers a part of the Christianity celebrations.

  • 8
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    Dr. Vallipuranathan
    Most Tamil customers who bank with the HNB, if they have an iota of dignity and self respect would appreciate the forthright position you have taken in your letter to the said bank, to close their accounts despite the inconveniences they may suffer.
    The bank’s action was certainly high handed, arbitrary and unjust and had nothing to do with any negligence or insubordination serious enough to case loss or disrepute to it’s business interests to warrant an interdiction of the two employees.
    What is the position of the TNA? As usual remain supine?

  • 9
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    Just curious, what if the Sinhalese and other celebrate on the same day saying terrorist leaders were killed? – “One man’s joy is another man’s sorrow”

    • 1
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      Fathima: How do you celebrate Jihadi MArtyers.when they are getting 72 virgins, In a previous life you also may have been a virgin for Jihadis.

      • 6
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        Jim,

        Sorry there is only 1 life. so you decide act like a “gona” or a decent human. BTW, animal sacrifice seasons are nearing, you better be in hide for sometime.

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          FATHIMA: It is your kkind that GONAs because you are not allowed to question, just believe what I Say. for me Pork is cleaner.

  • 8
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    Does the bank have a SOP for its employees? Does it specifically say that employees cannot do this? If not then the HRC of Sri Lanka should take this up and if HNB violated the fundamental rights it should be punitively penalized as a lesson for other entities.

  • 7
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    If HNB does anything half so silly as complying with this preposterous demand, people in the South should boycott the Bank, close their accounts, and permit the Bank to subsist on revenue from the North. The better option for the Bank is to close all its branches in the North and other banks should follow suit.We can then see what this racist SOB will have to say.

    • 11
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      Percy the pathetic brain dead racist

      “The better option for the Bank is to close all its branches in the North and other banks should follow suit.”

      Very well Hindians will fill the gap in the banking market.

      “We can then see what this racist SOB will have to say.”

      SOB will be laughing all the way to their Hindian banks, a first step in the right direction for the SOBs to have their own separate banking system.

      Don’t let your bigotry get the better of you.

      • 4
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        Stupid Tamil Vedda
        We all know that you Are stupid, by why flaunt your stupidity You say that racist SOB will be laughing all the way to the Hindian banks. Well this is the time to show how much laughter he can generate.
        The banks thrive on Sinhala custom which is 80 % Of their business, so they better not get off side with the Sinhalese people. The SOB who sent the open letter lives in. Vanderwert Place Dehiwela according to his letter. What the Hell is he doing there? Why won’t he eff off to his traditional homeland?

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          Percy the pathetic brain dead racist

          You don’t get the point do you?
          Don’t let your bigotry get the better of you.

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      Percy, Sinhalese, Muslims and Tamils should close their accounts and should move out to other banks. This heinous bank should go bankrupt.

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      Stupid Percy, HNB cannot close its branches in the north as most of foreign revenue come from money transfers by Tamils. If they close those branches, what will happen if those who took loans from the bank stop paying. What is going to happen is that racist HNB will eat humble Kavung and reinstate those brave Tamil patriots.

      • 3
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        Sakkara displaying his stupidity once again! Sri Lanka does not need. Diaspora money which is only a fraction of remittances From Sri Lankan’s the world over. Whatever comes from Tamil diaspora money previously went to fund the Tigers and now to fund smuggling, drug running, and other criminal activity. The sooner overseas Tamils stop sending money to Sri Lanka the better. In fact the govt should not permit funds from overseAs Tamils to come into Sri Lanka.
        If those racists in the HNB are reinstated all Sinhalese will stop banking with HNB. We can then see the fun!

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          Percy the pathetic brain dead racist

          How come you and Banana huduwa are allowed to share the same avatar?

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            Dear Native,
            That Banana Dude is a bit harsh.. isn’t he?
            Wiggy is the real deal. Don’t you think Native?.
            I mean Wiggy to me is more Thamilian than Pirahaparan,Sampathar and Abraham put together,,,,,

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              KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

              “I mean Wiggy to me is more Thamilian than Pirahaparan,Sampathar and Abraham put together,,,,,”

              I wouldn’t know if he is more Tamilian than the next Tamilian or niot.
              One thing you may not know or never struck you is the fact that he was brought into TNA by Hindians. When Hindians planted CV Wigneshwaran in TNA were they thinking of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of Eelam Desh?

              Think about it.

      • 1
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        Dr.Gnana,
        You are naive on banking. If the bank closed a branch or the whole bank, the borrower still has to pay the loan because the bank can ‘sell’ the loan to a third party.

    • 0
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      A very intelligent position! How do you come up with such great thoughts!!

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      Percy,

      To a bank what matters is the quality and not quantity (quality in this case is money)

  • 9
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    To Vallipuranathan
    Commemoration of the dead is indeed a noble act but not when the dead were rabid terrorists. Those who commemorate should make it known to the public that they are excluding Dead Mad Dog Terrorists. No such distinction was made by the organisers in this instance. It is the resposibility of the organisers that there is no infiltration by Terrorists to compromise the event. Too many innocent Sinhalese were murdered by Tamils and there should be no room to commemorate dead Terrorists. HNB has acted responsibly in this instance. Anyone who feels the way you do has a sinister agenda; to humanise the LTTE murderers. You live in Dehiwela and do you feel sorry for the Sinhalese victims of the LTTE bomb that killed many Sinhalese on a train at Dehiwela?

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      Only thing rabid and racist is you. Just read all your posts, full of hatred for Tamils. Innocent Sinhalese! there is no such thing like that. Most of them collectively vote for racists and war criminals , aid and abet genocide , war crimes and ethnic cleansing of Tamils and openly celebrate it in the south. Most of your so called Sinhalese Aryans including the homeless one are all purely descended from recently migrated Indian Tamil low castes. May be even you. Your so called Sinhalese aristocracy and upper castes are also largely descended from South Indian minor aristocrats. Go and get a life instead of constantly posting hatred, you racist frog in the well. Sinhalese racists and institutions and governments are now trying to deny Tamil people even mourning their dead or acknowledging the war crimes committed on them by Sinhalese racists armed forces and governments.

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      lal loo

      Its you again!!!!.

      “Commemoration of the dead is indeed a noble act but not when the dead were rabid terrorists. “

      This is a case of “Devil Quoting Scripture”.

      “Those who commemorate should make it known to the public that they are excluding Dead Mad Dog Terrorists.”

      Have you ever asked JVP terrorists the same question every November when they commemorate fallen heroes day or the members of state terrorists? You wouldn’t, you couldn’t, ……………………. because you know they were/are terrorists but your terrorists.

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      For every VP that was slaughtered by the army there were at least a
      hundred Tamil civilians who were brutally done in – some while carrying White flags – by pre-arranged mutual consent. The international community knows this all too well and they know. Equaly, they know the double standards of GoSL and its fork-tongued uniformed officials. The right to remember the dead is a right followed and enjoyed by all people everywhere over the millentia. The ancient Egyptians and the Chinese are only two of the great civilisations who honour this tradition to this day.
      Neither of these have a history of their men drinking the blood of the enemy and eating their flesh as happened in Welikade Prison, Colombo in 7/83. Fortunately for us, there are decent Sinhalese even today (Sosa and Uyangoda being only two) who feel Tamils have a right to remember their war dead – a privilege that is allowed to the Sinhala JVP youth. The British and the Germans rose to great heights of humanism after WW2 and apologised for their own War Crimes. The civilised world applauds these two great nations. But some Sinhalese still cry out for blood.
      Clearly the lofty ideals of borrowed Buddhism fails to penetrate through the Rakshaka flesh of the variety of fake Buddhists like the thug, the much reviled Gandassara.

      Vanangamudi

  • 7
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    I believe my good friend Mr. Rienzie Arasukularatne P.C. is the current Chairman of HNB. Having personally known him for many years, I can vouch that he has never been a bigot. In fact, he himself is a minority member -one among the endangered species in Sri Lanka !. Unfortunate that this has happened under his stewardship. TNA leadership should raise the matter in the House and ensure that justice is done to the arbitrarily-dismissed HNB employees. Will they do it?

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      Oh,this is TNA work.They are losing. wigneswaran is preaching Tribalism.SO, TNA is also moving into Tribalism.IF Tamils wanted to commomerate their dead why did they come to Mooladuwa. Moolduwa is for dead LTTE rats. that is where Sri lankan Army celbrated their win, may be low key not to make Tribalists unhappy. they know they are politically important too.

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      Karikalan

      Come on, when the entire island’s nation building process in the last 70 odd years was based on one of exclusion and pure racism what could Mr. Rienzie Arasukularatne P.C. do about injustice perpetrated in his institution.

      If he is a reasonable and honest person he could not have survived in an hostile racist environment without accepting the “norms” of the country. Forget dignity and safety.

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    Murali,
    Are you nuts?????? Those LTTE terrorists killed at least 60000 native Sinhalese. Those Tamils made demands which are based on lies and myths, and became victims of them.
    /
    The bank must not give in to these terrorist sympathizers’ treats, if you do so you will lose Sinhala customers.
    /
    These so called Tamils are testing Sinhalese’ patience. After the glorious victory on 18 May 2009 , most Tamils thought it’s end of Tamils in Sri Lanka. They were so scared and packed their suitcases to go back to Tamil Nadu. Since Sinhalese forgave Tamils (Eelamists) for the atrocities that they committed on innocent native Sinhalese, they are going back to their old way again and inviting another “1983”.
    /
    It’s Eelamist Tamils who must apologize for causing misery to Sinhalese since independence. If not for the minorities, Sri Lanka should have been in the top 10 of most developed counties.

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    I THINK THIS LETTER SHOULD HAVE BEEN SENT TO CEO-HNB WITHOUT SENDING IT TO MEDIA AND AWAITED FOR RESPONSE.MAKING THIS A POLITICAL ISSUE WILL MAKE HNB TO DECIDE ON THIS LITTLE DIFFICULT. I MY SELF FORMER EMPLOYEE OF BROWNS GROUP WHO HAS AN ACCOUNT WITH HNB WHICH IS 40 YEARS OLD AT DARLEY ROAD BRANCH.WE MUST HOPE AND PRAY THIS MATTER WILL BE SORTED OUT WITHOUT ANY HARM TO ANY SIDE.

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      The most prudent and pragmatic solution for this is to re-instate the officers with the assurance that they will not be penalised for this any way in the future. All other suggestions that close all HNB branches in north, Sinhala boycott of HNB, Tamil boycott of HNB are not practicable coming out of irrational minds. HNB management has reacted foolishly to satisfy Sinhala extremist demand and are in the soup.

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    HNB is a Bank that does not respect the customer and it is not only towards the staff. Their top management has a condescending attitude towards the customer and do not respect their rights. They would not hesitate to slap all kind of charges eg: 5/= charge for issue of ATM receipt, 2000/= for stop payments even if the cheque is lost in the post, and 200/= for cancellation of stop payment, 400/= for issue of duplicate copy of statement, 1000/= for closure of account etc …All these are covered by the media being bought over and not writing about the Bank due to advertisements with the Newspapers.

    The action by the people in the North, whatever the right or wrong of the issue is creditable as we in the South do not have the courage to come together and fight for our rights against a Bank that does not respect its customers.

    Let the Top Management of HNB learn that they cannot continue with their despicable practices by buying over media institutions through advertisement.

    Asian Banker- My Foot

    Costa

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      Costa
      I am personally aware about a major fraud involving the HNB that is being relentlessly contested in court over the last many years by the residents of a condominium in Colombo
      who have been not given their title deeds..
      It would be big challenge even for a person like Mr. Nagananda K to investigate the role played by the SL judicial system in this sordid affair.

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    The government must take legal actions immediately against LTTE terrorist sympathizers and Eealmists, and shut them up about it for once and for all. Neru did it.

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      Johnny Baby

      Who is Neru

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    In any other country, including in South Asia, the clear photographs of staffers of the Hatton National Bank in Kilinochchi commemorating 18 May with a large graphic of a lion with a sword, hovering over a fallen Tamil damsel, would have led to a massive withdrawal of money from the HNB by the citizenry. If I had money in that bank, I would have pulled it out. There should have been demonstrations outside the Head Office! In the Sri Lanka I grew up in, HNB would have been promptly nationalised, preceded by newspaper editorials and Parliamentary speeches calling for such a step!

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      Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka the public racist

      “would have led to a massive withdrawal of money from the HNB by the citizenry.”

      Give us an example with evidence?
      If you haven’t got one please ignore my question.

      Those who oppose the commemoration oppose it because of the symbol or of their embedded hypocrisy, selectivity, …. bigotry or winners denying the victims the right to remember the people who had died through no fault of their own?

      What is the significance of “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” which is being honored through out of the world?
      If you haven’t got an answer please ignore my question.

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      Dr. Dayan,
      “If I had money in the bank, I would have pulled it out”
      What a heroic statement from a Srlankan Patriot.
      “If I had a citizen of USA, I would gave thrown away my Citizenship when they brought the UNHCR resolution against Srilanka.” Did Mahinda’s brothers do that or Dr Dayan pulled out of Presidential campaign of Gotapaya?
      Mr. Dayan, you are well aware that EPRLF was an armed terrorist group which trained there military in Palestine and India to fight against Sri Lanka. Didn’t you know that before you took ministerial post in the North East Provincial Council EPRLF govt? Power greedy opportunism is your policy.

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      Here’s a gem from Gamini Weerakoon for Dayn’s calls:

      “Sir John, the story goes was, in the ‘Gents’ buttoning down (zippers had not come into vogue by then) when S.W.R.D. had come in. On seeing Bandaranaike, Sir John had immediately turned to the wall and buttoned up soon which had made Bandaranaike to be sarcastic: Why Lionel, are you scared of me? (Lionel was the name intimates used for Sir John). The irrepressible Sir John had cracked back: ‘Of course I am scared Banda. You tend to ban or nationalise everything that is big and functional.’ “

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    Other way around all other Sri Lankans could have boycotted HNB for allowing someone to do this inside their premises

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    Again, HNB does not need to do $h!t! What you can do is, file petitions for violating fundemental rights and demand compensation. There is no guarantee the aggrieved parties would win but if a lawyer would do it “Pro bono” then go for it (MP Sumanthiran for example). But, people must be very careful when within a private institution whether you are a customer or employee. What you think as rights in the public arena may not apply within private institution (for example, freedom of expression). Don’t listen to some of the idiots in the comments section because you might end-up losing your jobs. Its not worth it. During my early days my loud mouth got me axed and got a nasty reallity check. My advice to the aggrieved parties when protesting is, don’t go yourselves. Don’t even post directly on facebook or any social media. Instead private message your family and friends and people who would support your cause and ask them to protest in front of HNB HQ. But DO NOT under any circumstances go yourselves if you have not been terminated. Let others do the protesting.

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    Mr arsekularatne is no longer chairman of hnb. He has been replaced by John amaratunges Son in law Weerakkody who is close to rajapakses and other pro Sinkalas. Hnb main shareholder is hari jayewardana a close Friend of Bandaranaike family who raised him from nothing. Central bank cumaraswamy was ordered by his patron chandrika to returne hari j hnb shares that was earlier confiscated. Bandaranaike communalism is now rampant after 1956 Sinhala only. Tamil weaklings like Sampanthan and cumaraswamy are also to blame. No wonder justice Wigneswaran has abandoned Tna. Close hnb in Yalpanam I say.

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      Thamizh Pulavar

      “Tamil weaklings like Sampanthan and cumaraswamy are also to blame.”

      I am sorry I am bit thick and I do not understand much of what you say here.
      Are you saying Sampanthan and cumaraswamy should join justice Wigneswaran’s his trained and armed Militia/vanguards/army/commandos?

      Good Idea.
      SAmpanthan is only 85 hence age is not a problem however how could he manage all his new activities in his Vesty (traditional dress)?

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    Thirukkural 3000 years old…..Tamils need a history lesson first…….teaching history to Tamils can solve many problems in Sri Lanka

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      Sachoooooooooooo

      “teaching history to Tamils can solve many problems in Sri Lanka”

      How about teaching history to relatively recent coverts to Sinhala/Buddhism such as yourself?

      “Thirukkural 3000 years old”

      Gosh, Achchige Patali Champika Ranawaka is going to come after you.

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    thank you Colombo Telegraph for giving this issue due prominence. for far too long ceylonese mainstream media has swept these isues under the carpet. the hnb management and board has obviously not realised that they operate in a multi cultural environment where their staff have varied emotional and cultural requirements. just as they celebrate armed forces achievements on 4 feb etc.it cannot in anyway be construed as an offense to commemmorate the slaughter of tens of thousands of innocent civilians on 18 may 2009, irrespective of who was to blame. shame on hnb for not accepting the reality of multi culturalism in ceylon

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      Living in a multi cultural environment is different to celebrating LTTE

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    Dear Murali,

    Your say”In this context we see your ill-conceived action against your employees who were involved in commemoration of their dead relatives “

    If you wish to commemorate your dead relative you have to do it at home or at a place belonging to you as an individual! You cannot do it inside a private organisation! Please note that non of the Sinhalese celebrated the war victory in any organisation either private or public! All employees are given a job description and they have to abide by it. If they want to do anything other than what is specified there they have to obtain written permission from the bank! What if the Sinhalese get together and celebrated the war victory inside the same branch? This is a stupid think to do in an office where the all communities work together!

    The bank is a private organization and the bank has all the rights to take action against employees who do not follow the procedures implemented by the bank. This kind of behavior should never be tolerated!

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    So in the Kilinochchi branch, Hatton National Bank PLC the Assistant Manager and another staff member have been suspended for lighting candles on the 18th of May, for the innocent civilians who died in the war. In the Facebook page of the Hatton National Bank Plc it has been stated as, this incident is “a threat to the morale of citizens of Sri Lanka”.
    (Ok Idiots… Read the following explanation and try to grow your brains if they exist…)
    As far as I have seen, most of us are having a problem in understanding the differences in between the 18th of May and the 27th of November in the viewpoint of a Sri Lankan Tamil. 18th of May is being concerned as memorial day for all those civilians who have died in the war which lasted for almost three decades whereas, 27th of November was the day to remember the LTTE cadres who have died in the war, as announced by the LTTE. One can argue that 18th of May is a day to celebrate the nation’s victory against terrorism(!). But the point is, when you think from the position of an innocent civilian who has lost his beloved ones in this war, you won’t be able to even to think of a celebration. When that specific branch is situated in an area which has faced so many losses of lives, it is important to do such things and take part with the feelings of the public. Again I’m stressing that the memorial day is for the innocent civilians and not for the LTTE cadres, for whom there is another specific day. On the other hand none of us have any right to decide whether a person should celebrate the war victory or to participate on the memorial day, and seriously if you your idiotic brains think that this will do harm to the so called “morale” of the nation,

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      Adrian

      “27th of November was the day to remember the LTTE cadres who have died in the war,”

      The 27th November is not actually remembering LTTE cadres who had died in the war but it is the end of one week extended birth day celebrations of Prabaharan.
      Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabaharan was born on 26 November 1954

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      Adrian

      I am sorry though my earlier comment was addressed to you however I meant it as a response to visagan gunaratnam.

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    If the JVP employees were to hold a ceremony, without permission from the manager, at the HNB’s offices somewhere in the South, to “commemorate state terrorism against thousands of youth murdered by the military and para military forces” , and they were interdicted for the misuse of company property, would we consider this to be such an egregious breach of human rights?

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    Tamil Tamil Tamil Tamil Tamil
    Tamil everywhere
    I hate sakkili Tamils
    JR started it MR and GR prospered Tamils
    I’m leaving elsewhere as I cant live anymore with these Sakkilis

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      Going by your Logic, Muttiah Muralidharan is a Sakkili Tamil, so is Angelo Matthews.

      Hatred doesnt cease by hatred but by love quoted the Great Enlightened Buddha, even Late JRJ quoted the same at the UN to Save Japan after WWII to avoid further sanctions and humiliation.

      Unfortunately, here in Dhammadeepa, we as people seem to have lost the plots, every action has a racial connotation and response.

      If they did commemorate terriorist its wrong, but remembering dead relatives and friends is not wrong. Even cricketers and sportsmen, wear black arm bands when someone notable dies, even in public gathering sometimes 2 minutes silence is observed.

      In response, I suggest you leave and go elsewhere, cos with people like you this country will never prosper.

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      But most Sinhalese may be even you are descended from Sakkilis or similar castes. You are a third rate Sakili woman . This is why you are posting such nonsense idiotic racist woman( if you are one) . Shows your low breeding. Colombo Telegraph should not allow such blatant racist garbage to be posted. This shows the average Sinhalese mind set. Sakilis by the way are not Tamil but are of Telugu ethnicity

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      Mrs Udubaddewa

      Wait for the next boat. Bon Voyage.

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      Baduuddewa, your name suggests that you are from Andhra where Sakkilis originated.

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      It was the British who brought untouchables from South India (Telugu Nadu – Andara Demala from Andra Pradesh) as sanitary laborers for them. For them it was only a menial job. Since the Tamils of North-East followed a very strict caste system, they called these people by the lowest caste of South India/Tamil Nadu (Sakkiliar caste).

      However, the British settled the majority of them in the Southern parts of Sri Lanka. By living with the Sinhalese for many years, a large part of them (Sakkili) inter-married with the Sinhalese and got converted to Sinhala. People like Mrs Udubaddewa who talk a lot about the Sakkilis should check her ancestors without believing in their surnames because, I am sure she also must be descending from those converted families (Sakkili brought by the British).

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