18 June, 2019

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President Asked Me To Tender An Apology In Exchange Of Cabinet Position: Sarath Fonseka

Former Army Commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said the President had asked him to tender an apology in order to get a Cabinet portfolio.

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Fonseka. Addressing a UNP meeting in the Mawanella area, said he would never apologize to the President for a ministerial portfolio.

A harsh critique of President Mathripala Sirisena, Fonseka’s name was axed by the President at the eleventh hour when appointing new Cabinet ministers on Thursday. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe nominated Fonseka to be appointed the Minister of Sustainable Development and Wild Life.

“When Rajapaksa put me in jail he wanted to me to apologise in exchange of release. I refused to comply. I was offered millions of rupees for a mere apology, but I never changed my position. Do you think I will tender an apology today in order to get a ministerial position? ” Fonseka asked.

He also hit out at the allegations connecting him to an alleged conspiracy to kill President Sirisena. “That is all bunkum. I have conspired to kill only one person and that is Velupillai Prabhakaran.”

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  • 14
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    Will you please now tell us why these surrenders were killed and who gave the orders to shoot?

    Tamils are pointing the finger at Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who for all intents and purposes the de facto Defence Minister throughout the war from November 2005. Incidentally, it was Sirisena who was acting Defence Minister in the absence of Mahinda Rajapaksa who has gone abroad.

    You might have not been physically present at the battlefield at this day and time since you have gone to China on a tour. But surely, you must have learnt from your subordinates as to the fate of the surrendered LTTE cadres.

    Will you come out with the truth? The departed souls of these LTTE cadres will bless you if YOU DO!.2/2

    • 30
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      As Field Marshall he may not be in a position to divulge information that maybe considered sensitive to the state.

      Besides the article was about how he stood for principle and did not bow to pressure for personal or political gain.

      • 4
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        Shan

        Of course he has whole lot of principles to choose from. He did pick the one with least cost to his name, carrier, his name in Mahawamsa history, popularity, ………………. and left out other principles which could cost him dearly, … which he cannot afford being a Sinhala/Buddhist with a majoritarian mindset. With such preconceived world view one cannot expect this racist to be a honourable man.

        The Sri Lankan state with its skewed objectives can only produce such person, void of greatness, magnanimity, compassion, ……………. sense of humanity and justice, …………….

        On the eve of 2010 presidential elections he said if elected he would drag the clan all the way to the Galle Face Green.
        Why?
        What was the principle behind his utterances?

    • 19
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      The situation has turned out to be fully like “

      ඉන්ගුරු දීල මිරිස් ගත්තා වාගෙ -මිනිසුන් කබලෙන් ලිපට වැටුනා වාගෙ presidential change from gadafi style Rajapakshe to Sirisena is like exchange it from ginger to chillies”. Rajakashe’s total ignorance not taking serious actions against on any kind of extrajudicial killings carried out by his brother-GOTA led underground squads, violating country#s constitution, was instrumental his defeat in 2015. Today, Sirisenas actions are obviously total ignorance even worsening the degree of MR. Sirisena does not care at all whenever whatever being made by him today. Either he should be mentally not well or his profile was overstated by people not knowing him well. After series steps of his unconstitutional actions during last 52- day of conspiracy, now he is Like for example, keeping MEDIA and Law & Order ministries for him. If these would have been the case in other democracies, he would not be allowed to continue the presidency anymore. As one who himself brought the 19th Amendment and violating it by himself is beyond comprehension to any healthy ones. And his ludicrous statements on his actions make it worse – people are speechless but being remain so fed up since media yet covers in favor of him.

    • 0
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      didn’t 50 +leaders ask 13 year olds not to surrender and to take the cyanide capsule.

    • 0
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      You really think he would want the bleasings of dead terrorists, who he fought to eradicate!!??

  • 7
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    This hyena should not be in cabinet, but in jail for conspiring to kill the president.

    What is democracy and rule of law if we keep giving jobs with perks to power hungry nut cases like this ‘bulath hapaya’ who couldn’t fine 10000 people to back his application for presidency?

    Don’t give him a ministerial post. He is corrupt and swollen headed.

    • 21
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      This must be an assistant to rajapakshas.

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      Sarath Fonseka is a straight-shooter …….. like him or not that’s what he is!

      Many soldiers who have looked death in the face in battle are like that.

      Leave deception and doublespeak to “soldiers” who have hidden under beds and make their appearance magically at the opportune moments.

      “Failure is an orphan; success has many fathers.” :))

      Ah! Lankans!

      Merry X’mas to you all!

    • 11
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      says the backdoor assistant of the polonnaruwa cow boy.

    • 27
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      Give us every reasons not to give him a position, while allowing those who left SLFP for SLPP nevertheless stay further as MPs in the very same parliament ?

      You the kind of BLUE FLIES (nilamasso) are found on the heaps of Rajakshes excreta most of the time.

      NOt just a simple ministry, General Fonseka should be offered the ministry of LAW and ORDER if anyone would want to edcuate this nation.

      And all this should be made BY TAKING rigorous punishment against that NAMAL kumara – SO CALLED informant and a bribe boy of President Sirisena, still stay not having been arrested, even if LANKEN CID report revealed, that no such involment of lanken war hero in any kind of assasination plots (stammered by lanken press in favour of President Sirisena, President Sirisena also attacked INDIAN RAW allegedly to have been after him for the assasination ,by making not just indians but the entire world laugh).
      The kind of serious BUT false statements must not allowed to roam in lanken press, that can only damage people’s self respect.

    • 19
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      assistant: You have sure telltale signs of having a pathological inferiority complex. That you and pissu Sirisena have similar world-views are not a coincidence.

    • 14
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      Wonder where you got your proof as to his part in any conspiracy, or for that matter that there was a conspiracy in the first place…

    • 14
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      You and ur family must be THANKFUL to SF until your last breadth . You all were safeguarded by SF from Barbarian Tamil Terrorists . You guys , maybe, Buddist sinkelaya, are very ungrateful to a person who was a commander against terrorists. SHAME ON YOU.

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        Ceylonee

        “You and ur family must be THANKFUL to SF until your last breadth . “

        Really?
        You, your entire family, Sarath Fonseka, Dr Mahinda, Dr Gota, rest of the single handed generals should be eternally grateful to Velupillai Prabaharan, Hindians, USA, and rest of the International Community for winning the war for you.

        “You all were safeguarded by SF from Barbarian Tamil Terrorists “

        Didn’t VP also help the Sri Lankan armed forces by not fighting with them while the armed forces and death squads butchered innocent youth and Sinhala terrorist in the South?

        Of course Buddist sinkelaya, are very ungrateful to a person who was the commander of LTTE.

        While the commanders of the armed forces including Sarath, Gota, ………….. are hiding behind their women folks, some of them behind VP’s fat bum, LTTE was fighting the invaders, IPKF.

        The entire country should be ashamed of itself, particularly you, Sarath, Gota, coward Mahinda, ………..

  • 23
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    I believe Ranil should have stood up for SF as a ‘leader’ would do, rather than meekly surrendering to Sirisena’s demands. Ranil has proven himself again and again that he is not a leader.

    I don’t pretend to be a constitutional lawyer, but Section 43(2) of the Constitution states that the President shall, on the advice of the Prime Minister, appoint from among Members of Parliament, Ministers, to be in charge of the Ministries so determined. It seems to me that it’s the prerogative of the Prime Minister to select who he wants in the Cabinet and, the President shall appoint them. Why didn’t the Prime Minister stand his ground? It seems as if Sirisena asks Ranil ‘jump’, he says ‘how high, Sir’. Bloody wimp!

  • 25
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    You are a great example for the next generation to build the nation upon.

    You have proven yet again your pillars in life is Truth, honour and Duty.

    Your perseverance, energy and courage is second to none.

    Wish you a season of peace and a prosperous New Year.

  • 11
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    Sinhalaya is not worth wasting time on another guttersnipe like Weerawansa. Sarath F was the foot soldier who produced results having told ” I will not leave the job for my successor to finish.”

    Sira is a garandiya with poison probably after a Cobra attack. He should be fired as soon as possible.
    How uncivilised he was at a formal ceremony where he performed a function that devolved on him by LAW reflects his class

    Sinhalaya shows clearly where we are as a nation a big prize paid for abandoning a sound educational system that produced men of learning Now nincompoops like Sira appointing political rejects like Maithri G as a PC due to support given confirms the state of play.

  • 5
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    Sarath Fonseka has been turned into a powerless political joker from a sinhalese ‘war hero’. In the wake of events happening in this country post 2009 and in the background of geopolitics in this island, it appears he was being used as a pawn to divide the ‘hardcore’ Sinhalese and bring about ‘desired’ changes in the government for those holding the strings. I say it is now Sinhalese people’s turn to take it in style. Sri lanka on sale to chinks, hindians, and uncle sam. I say they got themselves into this by refusing to share power with the Tamil people and pulling this island into a muddle of geopolitics.

  • 0
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    Requesting apology -Success or popularity causes jealous one who harbors them recognized is to vaporize the achievement. he was injured during the war this is hidden message and the laud speaking by Leaders for Apology and one who fought against him in the war is applauded.

  • 5
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    Sarath Fonseka confesses here ~ “I have conspired to kill only one person and that is Velupillai Prabhakaran.”
    There were several countries in the ‘conspiracy to kill VP’.
    Will SF name a few?

  • 6
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    Pls don’t bow down to this tin pot dictator who appears to be insane. You appear to be the only person in this government who is not afraid to call a spade a spade.
    Tell this idiot to go to hell & keep your dignity. People are sick & tired of this madman.
    62 lakhs are waiting to teach him a lesson.If you continue to tell these home truths fearlessly as usual the people will reward you at the next election.

  • 3
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    sarath,ask him to first to apologize to the people involved in the tourist industry for destroying their livelihood in the peak months of nov,dec and jan as all the bookings were cancelled subsequently because in his anger and frustration and mental state he set fire to the tourist fields.

  • 1
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    Once upon a time, this man was an officer and a gentleman. Then it all went papaya shaped.

    I told him to leave politics with whatever remains of his reputation. But he persisted, and he took the opportunity to prove his incompetency.. His greed has now led to his now becoming a political football.

    Aiyo, aiyo; how the mighty fall.

  • 3
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    To become a President you have to be a National figure as you need more than 50% of the vote. Except for RW if backed by the whole UNP members, or GR if backed by MR and the SLFP, POHOTTUWA and the Left, the only person who has chance at Presidency is SF. SF conducted the war efficiently and is the only person who spoke of a time limit for the war. This is why he had been made the scape goat for many incidents, assigning body guards with links to drugs, an assasination conspiracy and now keeping him away from the lime light. If we need a strong man with love for the country to lead us towards prosperity SF is that person.

  • 1
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    This guy should not be a parliamentarian.He is an opportunitist and has a foul mouth and a born me me me person.He only got under 5000 votes and was brought in and given his position.He should take a back seat and let elected members get their due positions .He is a big talker.He should go into retirement and let elected people run the country.

  • 1
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    SF has not told us, the apology ‘demanded’ was for what.
    Here we are, the commenters, blowing our top off!

    • 1
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      for attacking the president with mouth.The hurly burly of politics.sensitive sira.

  • 0
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    I think it is an attractive offer for a person of his like. At the same time it was an attempt to squander the public coffers to which the President must be made to answer.

  • 2
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    Sri Lanka should not have more than 12 to 15 Cabinet Ministers maximum. and same amount of Deputy Ministers. Look at Develop countries in Asia. What a waste of public money. People of Sri Lanka never understand how stupid they are, 99.99% attending meetings and rallies are the poorest of the society. Fonseka got some ware around 2000 votes from the people, thanks to Ranil he got a ministers post. Is this the Democracy we are talking about in Sri Lanka? There ware other suckers too.

  • 2
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    It is all personal vendetta by the President He is no better than Donald Trump If the parliament wants can it appoint a minister.

  • 1
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    SF stood there and fought the LTTE like a soldier. Whether we Tamils like it or not, he fought like a man and a true soldier. He never ran away to the USA to put petrol in cars and work for $7.50/hour. He also questioned the arms procurement for $350 million dollars after the war ended in 2009, for that he was thrown in jail calling him being unpatriotic. Today the very same cowards who threw him in jail want to rule this country again and continue their pillaging, murder, assassinations, illegal confiscation of lands, etc? Also remember this man who was the army commander of the SL forces, did not even have the money to own a house. After the war when he fell out with the Rajapksas, he was going around asking people whether they will rent their home to his family. So who are the crooks here? I believe he is the first army commander who did not even have the money to buy a small home for himself and his family.

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