24 September, 2018

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Politics In Make-Believe Realities

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“There hasn’t been any non-evidence yet…”

A Donald Trump supporter in Pennsylvania on QAnon, the latest conspiracy theory[i]

Politicians everywhere are amnesiacs, to various degrees. The condition probably comes with the territory, a necessary facilitator for such in stock-in-trade as lies and hypocrisy.

But total amnesia, forgetting everything one has said and done, standing on one’s head and believing that was always how one stood – that belongs in a different territory, the territory of rejecting objective reality, of living not in the everyday world, but in a world of one’s own creation.

That seems to be the direction in which former president Mahinda Rajapaksa is heading.

In the last several weeks, Mr. Rajapaksa castigated the government for being anti-democratic, upbraided the government for violating media freedom and excoriated the government for militarising society.

This week, he took the greatest leap so far into his own make-believe reality by exhorting the government to allow independent commissions to be independent.

Months after he won his second presidential term, Mahinda Rajapaksa rammed through the 18thAmendment which abolished the independence of the independent commissions and turned them into presidential appendages. Given this clear-cut history, Mr. Rajapaksa’s latest diatribe is like Jack the Ripper pointing his blood-and-gore dripping finger at a pickpocket.

When parliamentarians tried to get their salaries increased exponentially, there was an outburst of public indignation. Dismayed, most politicians backtracked. The JO was particularly vociferous, blaming the government for proposing the raise. The proposal, in reality, was the outcome of a rule introduced by the Rajapaksa administration in 2006, creating an unprecedented link between the salaries of parliamentarians and the upper judiciary.

Politicians do rail against other politicians for doing what they themselves have done in the past. But Mr. Rajapaksa and his cohorts seem to be headed in an entirely different direction, towards a world made up of ‘alternative facts’ (as former Donald Trump staffer Kellyanne Conway memorably phrased it). The danger of such a place is that those who occupy it absolve themselves completely of accountability. They can say and do anything, however outrageous, because they think their opinions are the facts.

In Lankan context, democracy, media freedom and even the independence of independent commissions will be what the Rajapaksas say they are.

One of the earliest sign of this departure from reality came in December 2017, in a statement issued by the former president, under his own signature, blaming the government for not resolving the SAITM issue his own government created. The statement, a hotchpotch of lies, evasions and alternate facts, deserves to be read in its entirety.[ii]

The statement is also important for another reason; it inadvertently reveals when SAITM was turned into a do-or-die by the GMOA. Not in 2008, when the SAITM started; not in 2011, when the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa accepted it as a medical and engineering degree awarding institution via the Extraordinary Gazette No. 1721/19; not in 2012, when the Supreme Court gave the green light to the SAITM; not in 2013 when the then President Rajapaksa awarded 11 scholarships (each worth Rs. 7 million) to SAITM students using public funds. The continuous protests against the SAITM, the disruptive demonstrations and the unethical doctors’ strikes began in 2015, after the electorate sent the Rajapaksas home.

Playing Patriots and Traitors, the GMOA Way

Playing with words like traitors and patriots is something one expects from politicians, or religious leaders, not from respected professionals, especially doctors. That makes renders doubly shocking the words of Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya, the head of the GMOA. “We have created a point scheme,” Dr. Padeniya reportedly told a Lake House journalist. “In psychiatry there is a method to identify people who betray the country. We are going to launch this list and keep it online with the materials you publish. So we can display that you are carrying out a contract.”[iii]

Is the GMOA compiling a list of traitors, using abusive psychiatric methods, the very methods used by authoritarian rulers to confine their opponents in psychiatric facilities by sticking the mentally sick label on them?

Is this what Lankan medical fraternity has sunk to?

In 1977, the World Congress of Psychiatry adopted the Declaration of Hawaii. The purpose of the Declaration is to take a firm stand against the abusive use of psychiatry for political and personal ends: As the Declaration states, “The psychiatrist must never use his professional possibilities to violate the dignity or human rights of any individual or group and should never let inappropriate personal desires, feelings, prejudices or beliefs interfere with the treatment… If a patient or some third party demands actions contrary to scientific knowledge or ethical principles the psychiatrist must refuse to cooperate.”[iv]

There are 18,000+ members in the GMOA. Do they all approve of the GMOA engaging in practices banned by the World Congress of Psychiatry?

It is highly likely that a majority of doctors go along with the GMOA out of fear. Given Dr. Padeniya’s threat to journalists, it is not hard to imagine what he and fellow GMOA bosses would do to any dissenting doctor. But the silence of the silent majority is enabling the GMOA to bring disrepute and shame on a venerable profession. When the good play Chinese monkey, the bad can become super villains. The fear of the silent majority is understandable, given the GMOA’s thuggish conduct. But by staying silent, the good and decent doctors are placing in danger the lives of people they have pledged to protect

What occasioned Dr. Padeniya’s outburst? According to The Sunday Observer, he was angry about having to admit that “only about half the private practitioners had participated in the token strike.” Incidentally Dr. Padeniya knew that his words were being recorded and will be made public. “I know you must be recording this. That is good. Let others in your newspaper also listen to this.”[v]

What was the strike about?

One demand is that all government doctors be paid a monthly transport allowance of Rs. 100,000. The GMOA reportedly has 18,000+ members.

Work the maths.

Another demand is a monthly allowance of Rs. 30,000 each for all medical administrators.

Then there is the demand that children of GMOA members be guaranteed entrance to top level national schools.

Prof. Colvin Gunaratne called the GMOA a trade union. That is doing injustice to absolute majority of trade unions. The Mafia would be a closer analogy.

The GMOA is guided not by Hippocrates of Kos (or even physician-king Buddhadasa of Lanka) but Mammon. Having become doctors at public expense, the GMOA is holding the public as hostage to gain yet more perks and privileges for its members.

Sri Lanka is one of the very few countries in the world where medical education is free. Doctors are created at public expense. The public also pay their salaries and benefits. Now the GMOA wants the public to pay even more. That would mean having to impose more taxes on an already overburdened populace.

A key structural anomaly in the Lankan economy is the complete imbalance between direct and indirect taxes – the ratio is 80:20. This grossly disproportionate reliance on indirect taxes works against the poor and most of the middles classes by pushing up prices and living costs. The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration promised to redress this imbalance, a promise observed in the breach until Mangala Samaraweera tried his tax reform.

The pluses and minuses of the new tax proposals are open to debate. But the need for a tax system which reduces the burden on poor and middle classes by correcting, even marginally, the gross imbalance between direct and indirect taxes is obvious. That was why the PAYE rate for those earning more than 350,000 a month was increased to 24%.

The people who have the least right to oppose such an increase are those who benefit most from the tax monies, such as doctors, many of whom would have been denied access to medical education had it not been free. Therefore, there’s something particularly noxious about the demand that doctors be exempted from this increase.

The wildcat strike by railway trade unions was a despicable action in the midst of the AL examination. But the constant strikes by the GMOA are even more despicable. No civilised society can approve of poor patients being held hostage by a mafia. No government worthy of the name should permit such outrage.

When it comes to the patriotism of politicians, Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary is the go to reference. Bierce defines patriotism as ‘as fierce as a fever, pitiless as the grave, blind as a stone and irrational as a headless hen.” That perfectly describes the movers and shakers of the GMOA; their greed is as fierce as a fever, they are as pitiless as the grave when it comes to denying treatment to suffering men, women and children and they are as blind as a stone to the pain and harm they are causing. Irrational as a headless hen too, because they are heaping disrepute on a great profession by speaking like politician-thugs and acting like the Mafiosi.

The Strong Leader as the Pied Piper

In November 2016 as the American presidential election was drawing to a close, a Morning Consult/Politico exit-poll revealed that 36% of voters wanted a strong leader. Only 16% percent wanted someone who shared their values (compared with 2012, when only 18% wanted a strong leader. 27% wanted someone who shared their values).

The result was President Donald Trump. His election was the clearest indication that an authoritarian wind was sweeping across the entire world.

In Sri Lanka, the less immoderate, less illiberal government is in a state of semi-paralysis. The extremist and anti-democratic opposition is surging ahead. The myth that democracy is part of ‘The Problem’ (or even ‘The Problem’) rather than the least bad form of governance is ascendant. If democracy is the problem, then the solution, by definition has to be anti-democratic. This is the dangerous place to which Sri Lanka is careening.

In his Mandela Centenary Lecture, former President Barrack Obama warned, “We now stand at a crossroads – a moment in time at which two very different versions of humanity’s future compete for the hearts and minds of citizens around the world.” Mr. Obama ended his lecture by cautioning against cynicism and despair. “It is tempting to give into cynicism; to believe that recent shifts in global politics are too powerful to push back; that the pendulum has swung permanently. Just as people spoke about the triumph of democracy in the 90’s, now you are hearing people talk about end of democracy and the triumph of tribalism and the strong man. We have to resist that cynicism.”

Resistance, easy to advocate, way harder to undertake, especially when the obstacle is not repression by the government, but our own warranted sense of disillusion. In Sri Lanka, the government we elected paving for the triumph of tribalism and the return of the strong man. Like The Donald, we too have The Mahinda and The Gotabaya, promising to make Sri Lanka Great again, by making it a Rajapaksa-fief again.

The Good Governance government is anything but. Still, the right to criticise, to oppose remain, and occasionally achieves something worthwhile – like parliamentarians deciding not to avail themselves of a pay hike. Monk Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara has been sentenced to prison, because judicial independence has been restored to some degree. If the Rajapaksas return, one of their first tasks will be to cow the judiciary into submission again. The independent audit commission has finally being sworn in. That was thanks to the 19thAmendment, which will be thrown aside, if the Rajapaksas return.

The government tries to portray tiny advances as colossal victories. That is wrong. But there is a companion-error on our part too, focusing too much on defeats, losing sight of the small victories. In a secure democracy, that would be an affordable error. But in a country faced with the prospect of a triumphant authoritarianism, it is an an unaffordable luxury, an unpardonable indulgence.


[i]https://www.thedailybeast.com/watch-qanon-followers-try-to-explain-their-absolutely-bonkers-pro-trump-conspiracy-theory

[ii]http://static.ow.ly/docs/1-English%20SAITM_79EC.pdf

[iii]http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2018/08/05/news/gmoa-president-threatens-journalists-%E2%80%98traitors%E2%80%99-list

[iv]http://www.codex.vr.se/texts/hawaii.html

[v]Ibid

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    The medics in SL have been spoilt by the tax paying public and no turning back now.

    1Free medical education paid by tax payers
    2Free specialist training overseas paid by tax payers
    3Duty free car permit every 5 years
    4Top govt schools for their children
    5Free housing when stationed out of Colombo
    6Allowed to do private practice
    7Wants lower personal income tax rates than what is paid by other professionals

    In addition they will not allow kids who cannot get to govt medical faculties due to limited places to continue medical education by paying for their education.

    What a country !!!

    We need a govt who has a backbone please

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    Changing Governments: From the time of independence, the people of Sri Lanka have been changing the governments. Taking the recent past, though a large majority of people were happy and grateful to MR for defeating the LTTE, he turned out to be a corrupt dictator. So people voted MS and RW in to power. That too turned out to be a big disappointment, the biggest disappointment being Ranil Wickramasinghe.
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    Even if we were to change the government again it is bound to be a big disappointment, though it will be difficult to beat the disappointment that RW has been. In this situation what can we do?
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    I have one suggestion. Change the people. Eliminate the dissenters. And then you may have a government that does not disappoint the people.
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    In other words what we need is A people of the Government, by the Government, for the Government.

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      ER
      Yes. The government should elect its people.
      The trouble is that governments lack unanimity.

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        SJ, instead of changing the pillow to cure the headache of the sleeper, we can cut, trim and modify the sleeper to suit the pillow and the headache.

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          Where people are kept away from the facts and figures in current day issues, they would become prey of poltical predators. They would tend to be part of vicious extremists. They would not see any other choice than doing so, since they have no better parties to join hand with. In today s context, if average comments to VIDEO clips would ahve been studied, there, you will become very informative to say how stupid they the average have been. They would be caught by anyone on the street. No facts have been grounded – who has been doing the job if not MOST abusive Media Mudalalies ?
          Media mudallies and vicious politicians build up bridges so that they have be part of a lucrative business which is SPREDING lies or evasive irresposnible thoughts to the people and keep them away from ground realities.
          They may believe, that is the way to earn their living but there, the citizens have been utterled neglected.
          Please do your own research : to get the followings for own information

          1) Why some MEDIA men talk about some issues while keeping crying and alarming issues like WILD elephant problems away from the headlines ?

          2) If we are clean, we need to reveal NOT only Bond Scam irregularities, but also how they have turned out to abuse them. And the history of Central bank and their activiities from the recent past

          3) If one party is being attacked, why MEDIA men are only abused to do so, while other parties stay away from the focus, whatever high harm being made?

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          Edwin,
          The government is made up of people, isn’t it?
          Of course we could import different people to run the government, but that would upset the GMOA.

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      NIma Perera: None of these you said is unique to Sri lanka. You know Sri lankan politicians and their families things very unequal and unjustifiable benfits and perks. You know how the tip of the HEalth ministry itself. IT is a Family run ministry. There are sri lankan doctors who chooses to leave sri lanka and do menial jobs instead. why ?

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      Edwin,

      many would agree with your thoughts above.

      However, so long people s knowledge on many things would not improve nothing will get them to anywhere.

      People should be very clear, it is we who govern this country through elected candidates.
      Our mirror image is the parliament – not th eother way around. And just to put the blame on them the parliamentarians, after we the majority folks voted for them, is LIKE so stupid. Even stupidier than anything else.

      I dont know about you or other, I have the feeling that PEOPLE are set between MEDIA men and Politicians today, not allowing them to be fed with facts and figures of the ground realities of the country.

      1) Anyone that comes with a mic to catch a voice cut become the news of the day while neglecting HIGH harms being faced by very poor srilanken in rural areas where elephants and their wild activities take their lives. Nor can they even sleep a night. Nor can their children be sent to school safe. Nor can they pass time without anxities.

      2)We are not a midincome earning country, but former men have catergorized it for their selfish gains. Over 30% or more of the lankens even today earn not even 2 dollars a day

      3) Hunger and poverty is the case of some villagers but they can explain themselves beccause the focus of politciains so called road and construction issues. Not much is invested for human building.

      4) Can you imagine – a chair of sothern pradhesheeya saba is estimated to be over 4000 dollar and a total of 125 of them are planned to import without any shame. Asked if that is essential, the responsible moronic pradhesheeya minister has the audcity to say, why not i tis not 6 50 000 rupees but i tis 640 000 the real value of such chair.

      Can you imagine Mr Rodrigo ?

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        The throne/s: Sam, I agree with most of what you have said above and the spirit of your thinking. But I look at it in a more philosophical way.
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        But it is quite possible that this Chair-Man (hereinafter referred to as the Throne-Man), in al his wisdom, is thinking far in to the future – further than what we can. I have seen King Rajasinghe’s throne in the Colombo Museum. It is masterpiece of artistic talent with all those gold plated carvings and so on. Everyone who sees marvels at it.

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        Similarly, a couple of centuries from now, Putujjana like us, provided we survive that long under rulers like the Throne Man, will take a look at all those US$ 4000 chairs – actually they are not chairs but thrones – and marvel at the vanity of the Chair-Men who ordered (especially their Throne-Man) and the Putujjana like us who allowed them to go through with it, without so much as a whimper – sorry – there are many whimpers- but no action.

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    fellows like padeniya and his secretary are utter disgrace to the entire medical profession. It is well known that these fellows cheat all the election laws and win elections. It is because other decent doctors cannot stoop to that level to challenge these maniacs. The general public should be aware that the entire GMOA decisions are made by few thugs. More than 90% of doctors in Sri Lanka are good and dedicated. Some time ago Dr Sarath Gamini De Silva wrote a very good letter asking Padeniya fellow to step down from the post of President GMOA, but this padeniya fellow did not hear that voice because he is deaf.

    Being a doctor I am ashamed of these fellows. The tax on doctors income is reasonable it should be in par with the general taxation laws in the country. No other country in the world gives 100% scholarship for postgraduate studies and training abroad other than Sri Lanka. Politicians robbing the country is a different matter. Thats is also because no decent human being with some sense of shame will like to enter politics in Sri Lanka.

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      b.
      Spot on.

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      I wonder why some people get killed by unknown assasinators and why Paddeniya remains unhurt. Just a positive behaviour of him can make a real change iin this country.
      Peoples agony should have gone upto sky levels not being able to see this repeating by GMOA today. They have been the most abusive GMOA members in the entire world. Why and what made them that cruel hearted. Has this lot to do with The Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians. ? It is one of the most widely known of Greek medical texts. In its original form, it requires a new physician to swear, by a number of healing Gods, to uphold specific ethical standards. The Oath is the earliest expression of medical ethics in the Western world, establishing several principles of medical ethics which remain of paramount significance today. These include the principles of medical confidentiality and non-maleficence. Although the ancient text is only of historic and symbolic value, swearing a modified form of the Oath remains a rite of passage for medical graduates in many countries.

      Paddneiya or Padadeniya is an usual medical Professional came into being thanks to lanken free education. He is oblighed and indebted to this nation than to anyone else.
      Meaning People of this country paid his degree. But very same man to go mad and say, that he is helplessand cant do anything for the stop of strikes ?

      Where have we been marching today ?

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      Bandara@
      If there any way how we could remove GMOA members ? Why the lanken medical ordinances seem to have no provision to stand against the terror acts of this GMOA ?
      They should revise their consitution, since even 10year olds would feel GMOA members that activily take part in public forums sound very against their service that they have been approved for. Medical professonals in Europe would not have time to hang on with politicians agendas, if they would do so, they would get caught by strict laws prevaling in Germany, France and other country. So ist the case in the UK too.
      Besides, these men are forced to do their job for the sake of nation, since they came into being thanks to free education – meaning over 80 lacks or more are said to be spending to produce a doctor – all these came from tax payers funds.

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      Paddeniya the man comes from village shoudl have the malcious village mentality and may well be wanting to become a politcian in the future. But we have to stand on his way not allowing any member of this brutal organisation to allow become politicians.

      These men are like frogs in wells. Though may have been sent to foreign coutnries for few months for their PGs done, but they have not seen any other fair societies where Medical doctors do their job leaving vicious politicians do theirs.

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      Our Medical Council and GMOA are highly abusive bodies that the country has got.

      The consitutional changes must be there to abolish these the kind of authoratarian bodies. Through a referendum of lanken doctors, they the authorities should gather information what they think would be right when making reforms to those consittutions of the council and GMOA. Then if majority folks would not want GMOA to stay further should be abolished: Even executive powers of the President can change the situation. First there should be some sort of discussions against the thoughts and activities of very members of GMOA and Counil. Let Prof. Karlo Fonseka aside, but any forms of authoratarian bodies should NOT be there harming own folks this much.

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      Bandara@

      You would not imagine how some EU medical professionals do their job. As medical professionals, they have no room at all to invovle themselves in other activities, since their duties would not have some room for their own life. This noble profession is there to serve the people. But some selfish men brought up in the country have now ebeen abusing lanken system even if there are over 90% of good doctors are reported to be in the country. I do have good colleagues back in home country. Most of them dont even know what GMOA has been doing. They dont have time to focus on them, rather on the patient files.
      Besides, we are poor nation though some politians for their sake make it swollen calling we are mid incoming earning folk. Saddest truth is not even sufficient beds and other equippments are avaiable in local hospitals but they talk high about their systems. I think through diplomatic connections, medicos should get some sorta of training through annual workshops being carried out in Europe. There they can just come out of their dens and expand their knowledge how they coudl use it for maximum output for the bensefiiciance of the nation.

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    The GMOA is a disgrace to the medical profession, therefore, it’s members are a disgrace as well if they continue with their membership against their conscience. These doctors have forgotten that it is the poor tax payers who have paid for their education & instead of giving back to society in appreciation, they are demanding more in tax breaks & other privileges like preferential schooling for their children, not satisfied with what they are already given, like duty concessionary car permits. Why are doctors (some are even quacks with dubious qualifications) are considered any better than lowly paid teachers (who have the responsibility of moulding & guiding the future generations) & equally other hard working people like nurses, & even govt. servants who are entrusted to keep the wheels of administration running smoothly? Does the intelligence & skill required to be a doctor need to be compensated so highly?
    The UK depends heavily on foreign medical staff & are welcomed if they have the required qualifications in keeping up with the medical standards. It is time the SL Govt. had the guts to allow foreign doctors to practice in SL instead of bowing down to the GMOA threats. If Indian & other Asian doctors are good enough for UK, why not SL if there is a shortage of doctors?

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    How many young doctors has TG has spoken to writing this article, none I would say because if she did she would have heard that they are a one voice whether right or wrong.
    Now that the government TG and the cohorts has gave birth to for the survival of the elitists has withered into a embarrassing piece of used rubber TG’s quoting Obama, how much did that man achieve other than endless wars in the mid east?

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    One comment by “bandara” deserves praise. ” That is also no decent human being with some sense of shame will like to enter politics in Sri Lanaka”. I would add, next to that word “shame” another word “honor”. Why? In Sri Lanka, the “Politician” instead of engaging in “Politics” get busy “Playing Politics” once securing a place to do “Politics”. But who must bear the “Responsibility” and “Accountability” for allowing the politicians to “Play Politics”. No one else other than the VOTER who willingly and consciously surrenders his/her “Right to chose the “Right” person. Until and Unless that “Right to chose” the “Right Person” comes to play, no person with any shame or honor will enter politics. A good example is the recently concluded Local Government elections and one in particular is the Maharagama Municipal Council. What was our “quality” assessment of the “VOTER” in that constituency ? Did that assessment match the “Elected Representation”? To explain this PHENOMENON , I like to quote the exact words ( in Sinhala) said by a Public Activist, Mr. Nagananda Kodithuwakku: ” Ape Minissunta Punnakku Diyakarala Dunnath, Jool Kiri Kiyala Bonawa”. So UNLESS and UNTIL the “Voter” awareness and realization of “WHAT” and “WHO” is RIGHT and WRONG surface, this “TRAGEDY” will continue.

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      Douglas

      Some random question from my random “thoughts”:
      If you happen to meet Dayan, Gota, Wimal, Udhaya Gamonpills, Vellupillai Prabaharan all at the same time whom would you first shake hands with?

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    sagala ratnayake has called railway strikers terrorists
    will he call the gmoa doctors medical terrorists

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      GMOA may be classified as terrorists in the public hospitals but when they go home, in the seclusion of their private clinics, they save lives.

      .
      On the other hand Railway workers do not drive trains at home, though their children may be driving Hornby toy trains.

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    “The independent audit commission has finally been sworn in ………………………………………”
    No “commission” in Sri Lanka is “independent”, in the strict sense of the word.
    All ‘commissioners’ are selected after ‘approval’ by politicians, or by a body which is appointed/approved by politicians, usually of the ruling conglomerate.
    Most ‘reports’ of former ‘commissions’ are relegated to archives usually at the presidential secretariat.

    “Judicial independence has been restored to some degree……………………………………”
    This is hilarious – it has to be independent or, slavish – there is no ‘degree’ anywhere.
    If “independent”, why was a nineteen years sentence of imprisonment for Gnanasara, “compressed” to six years”?

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    This journalist isnot talking for the country but for their lot. because of that, akways Rajapakse is her enemy, bhikku ghansara is their enemy. Railway trade unions workers were beaten I heard. what do they have exceptional that others do not have. IF the gogvt did not destroy the work force. All should have been locked out and be given an ultimatum. then select the efficnet few. Can you treat the doctors the saem way. YOu can fire those who are careless with the patients’ lives, and the govt is not doing that. IOnstead every politican goes to Singapore or to NEw york or Texas. why don’t you talk those things. when you start talking about a politician who forget thigns, I thought you are going to talk about Ranil who forgot things.

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    It appears that GMOA is a disgrace to the medical profession. Over the period of time, the medical profession is recognised as a respected profession by everyone. Unfortunately, now this profession competes with corrupted politics to make black money. There should be strict rules and regulation to all professions and at the top of it polticians should have strict standards and regulations and punishments for violations. However, the problem is where to start and where to finish because the top itself is corrupted.

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      Stupid Ajith: Even the politicians relatives who got medical degrees just with the HOME SCIENCE subject which they completed in their Advance Level are earning $ 92,000 minimum via UN posts. Ask Rajitha Senarathne how his relatives are at top posts in the Health Ministers. These doctors, at least they studied both day and night and did exams more than once. do they deserve something ?, Every one is greedy and that is universal. Why Stupid Tamils are asking for war cimres and homeland. What is reconciliation, just revenge from the govt and from the Army.

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    The political takeover of GMOA started under the Carlos Fonseka’s tenure as chair of SLMC.

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    British allow only to educated crowd to select the representatives. But Hon DSS, with the help of his companions misguided the then governer, and get consent for right to vote for every citizen. Now we are enoying the outcome.

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    Hypocrisy by Hippocratic Oath takers:
    A free medical education on the backs of tax payers, followed by a guaranteed job where the salaries are paid by the tax payer, then overseas post-graduate studies also partly funded by the tax payer, then another assured career in the tax payer funded health system, plus further burdening the tax payer for duty free cars, and fleecing the tax payer with private practice on the side with many getting kick-backs or expensive gifts from pharmaceutical companies, while at the same time drawing a tax payer funded salary from the government, and then holding the tax payer to ransom with endless strikes, and this one to avoid paying their share of taxes. How absurd can they get? They are the worst Mafia that any society can have. Charlatans wearing white coats with none of the good behaviour expected of Buddhists, Christians and Muslims. . During the anti-Muslim riots about a so called ‘vanda pethi’ or sterilisation pill these self same doctors kept quiet for many days while people were killed. As doctors they did not have the guts to come on TV the very first day and state that medical science has not invented a sterilization pill. Hence gutless too, on top of being fleecers.

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    TG is talking about techniques they employed to oust Rajapaksa in 2015.
    There was no war
    There was no Jaffna library
    There was no 1983
    There was no Bheeshanaya
    There was no RW-VP pact
    Sirisena was never with Rajapaksa
    ………
    Soma

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      somass

      You conveniently forgotten.

      As it happens, you do not seem to remember anything including your role in all those forgotten minor incidents

      1956, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1971, 1981, ………………………….

      What was your total score in 1958, 1977, 1983, …………………?
      How much in total did you earn between say 1956 and 9 January 2015 from looting, ransom, pimping between the victim and state torturers, unofficial bails, ……. ?

      “There was no RW-VP pact”

      Indeed there was no secret pact unlike the MR-VP trading agreement cash for votes not caste.

      There was nor war, no war crimes, no human rights violations, ………… from 2005 to 2015.

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    As for me the freedom we breath today is all thanks to Rajapaksa.

    https://youtu.be/_uMbAMKY4zU

    Soma

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      Soma, You wax on about the freedom ‘we’ breath today. You laud Rajapaksa for achieving it.
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      What happened to the freedom we ‘all’ were enjoying in 1948 when Britain left our shores?
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      For Rajapaksa to ‘win’ it for us today, we had to have lost that freedom that existed in 1948. When, how and why did that happen?

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      somass

      “As for me the freedom we breath today is all thanks to Rajapaksa”

      Bigoted fascists may not know the meaning of freedom.
      If anything you should be eternally grateful to VP, Hindia, USA and another 30 odd countries.

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    Any time you see a mass murderer or a drug dealer you will see Buddhist Monks in the background. That is the sorry state of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

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    Native Vedda: “Shaking Hands:? Unfortunately, I am not a “Bruce Lee”. If, I am, you could very well hear the “Cracking Sounds”. while shacking hands. Pl. remember there are many more names than you mentioned, whom I would love to “Shake Hands”, of course, in “Bruce Lee” style.

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    So TG, no Kant, Camus, Orwell quotes any more? How sad. No more quotes left to support the manufactured realities that you’ve been preaching for years now?
    Probably your new position does not allow that. Oh but there is always Caligula, you could dig some there I am sure.

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    Right now it looks like perks are a form of legalized bribe. How about placing a cap on ALL payments (pay + all allowances), or be linked to individual performances – of MPs, Doctors and other government officials?

    If you give preferential treatment to them, what about the ordinary citizens?

    We may end up top colleges being reserved, not for the deserving, but for the privileged.

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    Dr Padanieya is man who so holding with honest calibre by working regain the lost cause of GMOA unions. That is responsibility of nation must be undertaken any one of our citizen.
    He work for the vital interest of country, nation and People additional to his Trade Union duties that is why people like me support for his cause . I am NOT politically alien with UNP, SLFP, JVP or TNA had been betray nation vital interest to USA, UK and Indian hegemonies since 2015 January 9th ! The politics of hegemonies are direct opposites to democracy and Development of Sri Lankan Economy In fundamaetlylly .Its undermined political freedom of majority people of Island.

    What-ever line of RIGHT_WING politics of writer politically alien with UNP policies are has been destroy our nation independent since 1977. This truth of facts denied by writer the political mindset polities by she was doing wrong doing political writing last couples years during ERA of beginning R.Permadasa ruthless of UNP regime in 1988 to 1993.

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