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President Noticed To Stop Abusing Car Permits For Unjust Enrichment Of MPs

Rights Activist, Nagananda Kodituwakku, has taken President Maithripala Sirisena to task for permitting MPs to sell their tax free car permits, which has resulted in a massive loss of revenue to the government, amounting to over Rs. 30 million per each vehicle, as the car importers have been permitted to import the luxury cars free from any duty, the Colombo Telegraph learns.

President Sirisena

President Sirisena

These permits were issued to MPs at their request to perform their work more effectively with the new vehicles provided to them for the benefit of the public, however this has turned out to be a farce, as these permits have been sold, and not used for the intended cause.

In the Notice served on President Sirisena, activist Kodituwakku noted that even though he has already reported this abuse to the Corruption Commission, the Commission had refused to investigate this abuse, citing that the loss caused to the government by this abuse had been ‘resulted from the government policy’ and therefore the Commission will not inquire into the fraud.

It further states that when the refusal of the Corruption Commission to enforce the law against this organized fraud, a mandatory order against the Corruption Commission was requested by the Supreme Court, the Court too was of the same view as the Corruption Commission, thereby allowing the corrupt MPs to have a field day at the expense of the innocent citizens.

Therefore, Kodituwakku informed Sirisena that he is under duty to intervene in this regard forthwith to stop this daylight robbery of public funds, incurring a huge loss of tax revenue running into billions to the government, which is grossly improper and unreasonable as the poor gullible citizens have been burdened with huge tax of various nature imposed on almost all essential commodities including hospital bills.

Since the constitutional immunity afforded to the President (Article 35) has been removed by the 19th Amendment, the activist has notified Sirisena that in the event the President fails to address this gross abuse of public funds appropriately, which affords one selected section of the society, the MPs, a privileged treatment, whilst the common citizen is treated differently, the President’s failure to enforce the Rule of Law as per his constitutional oath, would be challenged in the Supreme Court, that is under duty to uphold, protect and foster the judicial power of the people without any fear or favor.

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    Nagananda’s courage is to be admired.

    The president is under pressure by MPs on both sides of the divide in parliament to allow them to enrich themselves.
    Hence the permission for this daylight robbery by shameless representatives of citizens.

    The president may decline to correct this injustice.
    In that case , will the Supreme Court hear the case or ignore it as it did Nagananda’s peitition to consider defeated MPs’ inclusion in the National List as a public issue ?

    This is a ‘testing time’ for this regime.

    • 13
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      Nagananda for President in 2020!

      Cheers!

  • 15
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    Both the President and Ranil Wickramsinghe are talking, just talking and nothing else.

    All BS.

  • 10
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    Dear President Maithripala Sirisena

    RE: President Noticed To Stop Abusing Car Permits For Unjust Enrichment Of MPs

    “Rights Activist, Nagananda Kodituwakku, has taken President Maithripala Sirisena to task for permitting MPs to sell their tax free car permits, which has resulted in a massive loss of revenue to the government, amounting to over Rs. 30 million per each vehicle, as the car importers have been permitted to import the luxury cars free from any duty, the Colombo Telegraph learns.”

    “In the Notice served on President Sirisena, activist Kodituwakku noted that even though he has already reported this abuse to the Corruption Commission, the Commission had refused to investigate this abuse, citing that the loss caused to the government by this abuse had been ‘resulted from the government policy’ and therefore the Commission will not inquire into the fraud.”

    225 MPs are being bribed by Tax payers money, and the Tax payers get more VAT Taxes BY GOVERNMENT POLICY?

    Is this Yahapalanaya or Balupalanaya? Just curious!

    • 3
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      Salaam alaikum amerasiri
      Why do you just cut and paste?
      Can’t you write something on your own.
      AllahU Akbar

      • 1
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        PROUDMAN

        This is called the Vellahalaism Disease. The Vellahalas are trying to project the Vellahala Hegemony beyond the borders of Jaffna, to the internet where they reign, but egalitarian, humanist and fair minded people are not accepting their hegemony.

        So the Vellahalaism = Hindu-Savisim+ Castism + Racism is confused.

        H L D Mahndapala, Dr. Rajan Hoole, Izeth Hussein,Prof. Mahesan Niranjan, and many others are exposing the Vellahals and Amarasiri distills theit information and wisdom their stupidity, for everybody to see.

        There is a traditional cure for it, by the Vellahalas is to go and poison, some poor non-Vellala Tamil wells, and put some fences around the Temples to keep them out, and getting too close to the Vellahala Gods. Did the Hindu Gods belong only to the Vellahalas?

        Now everybody getting a better understanding of the bimodal IQ distribution of the Tamils, comprising mostly Vellahalas as published in CT.

        National IQ Scores – Country Rankings – Sri Lanka-Tamil Nadu IQ 79-81

        http://www.photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

        The Story Of Two Graphs drawn by A Tamil Man: By Mahesan Niranjan Onion Prices and Tamil IQ Distributions

        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-two-graphs-drawn-by-a-tamil-man/onioniqdistributions/

        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-two-graphs-drawn-by-a-tamil-man/

        • 0
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          Salaam Amarasiri
          “This is called the Vellahalaism Disease”
          I am lost. Are you caliming your cutting and pasting is Vellahalaism Disease ?
          One for the medical dictionary. Or is it in quran?

  • 17
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    Way to go, Nagananda!

    Time these “Public Servants” actually start “serving” the “public”, instead of serving themselves with impunity that is shocking to law-abiding citizens who voted them to ‘power’.

    Hopefully Maithripala will wake up from his somnambulist stupor to the reality of what is (and has been) going on for far too long.

    Too many perks for these ‘servants’ who only seem to be ‘serving’ themselves and their near and dear!

  • 11
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    Whatever happened to common sense policies? These spoilt politicians should have simply used the cars that belonged to the previous regime, and there were so many of them, instead of wasting tax payer money and ripping us off. This is disgraceful, and a never ending disaster for this country. One huge mistake after another, one scumbag after another getting caught abusing their powers, and trying to fill their pockets. Despite all the election promises, this lot is getting as bad as the previous. Our politicians always look for the quick buck. They should try to set the example to the people in the country and try to cut back and try to manage with less.
    They all want the fleet of cars, the huge expense accounts, and to live the high life, while the common man struggles to make ends meet.

  • 8
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    Tax avoidance is a major crime in the West..

    Yahapalanaya which is forcing our inhabitants to follow the West, is helping its loyal MPs to, not only avoid Tax, but also to enrich themselves to the tune of LKR 30 Million each with Tax Money.

    All because Batalanada Ranil and Bodhi Sira want their help to jail our War Heroes and give Vellala TNA their Eelaam.

    What a sad state are we in because of this Yahapalana Duo?.

    Why do the Nature Gods bury our poor who are on empty stomachs ?….

  • 8
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    I salute you for your noble service to the country. First National list and now vehicle permits. The MPs and the President wear pure white dress in public but behind the close door doing the dirty work. MS himself would have benefited from this white colour crime for many years by selling the vehicle permits. How can he remedy for this? He can’t even control his own SLFP party. If he stops the vehicle permits to all MPs, they will join the Joint Opposition under Mahinda. Both issues are worth for fighting but Judicial or the Executive would not be interested in. The majority of Sri Lankans are not matured in politics to understand these issues and its implications.

  • 15
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    I wish there were more people like Nagananda Kodithuwakku who refuses to follow the path of least resistance like so many other ‘professionals’ who seem to be only interested in lining their pockets and protecting their positions. He is willing to challenge authority and fight for the rights of the ordinary citizens and voice their concerns. If we have a dozen more people like him it would be a great asset to this accursed country as that would contribute so much to right the wrongs that are being unleashed constantly on the hapless populace ever since independence was handed over to us on a platter.

  • 9
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    Great! Way to go Nagananda.
    I am certain you will have the backing of the People!

  • 9
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    Mr Kodituwakku, thank you very much for your tireless
    efforts. I hope that organisations such as
    NMSJ will take up these issues as well, so that
    the commendable efforts of individuals such as
    you don’t go to waste.

    We need the populace to be more active in
    holding these so called public servants to account.
    Things have to be nipped in the bud, or else
    it would be another MR era.

  • 5
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    “the President’s failure to enforce the Rule of Law as per his constitutional oath, would be challenged in the Supreme Court, that is under duty to uphold, protect and foster the judicial power of the people without any fear or favour”

    Nagi,
    Your courage is truly admirable. All the best ‘Brother’.

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    Bodhi Sira is going to give another 10 MPs in the JO ,car permits to collect LKR 30 Mil each, to vote for Galleon Ravi, when he faces the NC motion.

    That is not a bad collect.

    But if they are smart, they should go back to the JO soon after casting the vote.

    By doing so they can make a good living and set up a golden nest egg too for retirement, when our Dalits force them in to the Political Garbage Compactor at the next election..

    Just imagine how much Batalanada Ranil will offer them , when he wants their Vote to give Vellala Sambandan his Eelaam soon after concluding the the War Crime Trials. .

    It will be not only just LKR , They might be able to demand it in USD , Pommy Pounds or even Kroners with even refugee visa , sorry, resident permits as well to go with the money.

  • 7
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    K.A Sumanasekera:-

    You have a very Derogatory Way of Referring to the Politicians you dislike.
    e.g. ‘Bodhi Sira’; ‘Batalnda Ranil’; ‘Vellala Sambandan’

    How much does Rajapakse pay you to write these Dumb Comments?

    • 3
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      Hamlet – the man just can’t help himself.

      Breeding tells!

  • 3
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    If I am not mistaken, it was JR who initiated the permit system for politicians to finance their political campaigns by selling the permits/cars. Then the powerful GMOA coerced the Govt. to give them permits as well & everybody was happy, unofficially selling the vehicles imported on permits on ‘open’ papers or a considerable profit. Subsequent Govts. turned a blind eye until the Rajapakse Govt. blatantly abused the system more by legalizing the sale of permits & went on to grant permits to practically everybody in the Govt. service. This privileged class got bigger & the genie is now completely out of the bottle & putting him back is impossible. If this can be done, the thugs, yobs & the opportunists who have come to politics will not have the incentive to remain in politics & maybe some decent civic minded people will then come in.

    Mr Kodituwakku reminds me of Ralph Nader, a US lobbyist, who in the late 60s took on the biggest Car manufacturer in world at the time, General Motors, to courts citing unsafe design faults (Cheverolet Covair) & was such a thorn on the side of GM, it is rumored that GM even considered hiring hit men to eliminate Nader. Although Nader is largely forgotten now, his efforts created an awareness among the car buying public which has resulted in the frequent ‘recalls’ we see today as Manufacturers constantly improve & rectify teething problems in new cars to avoid expensive law suits.

    So good luck to Mr Kodituwakku in his quest to reform SL politics.

  • 6
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    The permit was issued to import car for their own use to discharge their duties as MPs but NOT for selling. So I fail to understand how the corruption commission cannot entertain the complaint. Is the corruption commission is corrupt? The court is also of the same opinion!!!!!
    This is a clear evidence for the involvement of foreign judges.

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    Mr Naganada’s courage is admirable. Granting of this kind of duty free permits is a pure corruption otherwise what else. Why the government cant provide suitable vehicles to these MPS. These were originated during JR’s time and purely granted as official bribes to stop MPS leaving the party and also earn money to spend for corrupt elections. As the country is in a dire economic position the government must as a policy decision do away with these permits . Just imagine ,if the duty waver is 30 million per permit, what is the MPS monthly salary becomes i.e 30000000/60 = 500000+ other salaries and allowances. According to Customs law the duty of any goods can be waived by the minister of Finance and he is not supposed to grant wavers considering the conditions of the permit . All waivers granted should be informed to the parliament for approval. But any waiver on any particular goods can be given when such waiver on such goods benefits the entire nation of the country. Therefore issuing permits of this nature is violation of fundamental rights of the other nationals and its a collusive corruption of the cabinet as it causes huge revenue losses to the country and it is a promotion of unjust enrichment. Then how can it become a government policy.

  • 4
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    Well done Nagananda. We need a few more Nagananda’s in that country and far less Sumanasesekeras.

  • 2
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    This is a step BY AN INDIVIDUAL that should be highly appreciated.

    However, instead of merely blaming the politicians, People (the voters) should use their power at elections to teach a lesson and vote out such corrupt politicians. This is how democracy works in the developed countries, particularly the West.

    Unfortunately most Sri Lankans decide their voting preferences on trivial matters such as ethnicity, religion, cast, and most importantly how the elections would assist to inflate their own income.

    For example it is well known few MPs like Karu Jayasooriya, Densil Fernando etc never misused their vehicle permits. However during elections peoples preferences were significantly higher for the `corrupt’ MPs. Classic example is the last Parliamentary Election.

    In this sense voters are equally if not more responsible than the politicians for this ongoing corruption.

  • 2
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    As I see it, same bucket of s*#t, just a different guy with a shovel. These guys are no better than the previous hunch of crooks. Ever since independence the path to regression was et in motion by a bunch near sighted idiots who realized the way to quick enrichment and gain was politics. These lazy uneducated bastards found the one way to get ahead in life at the expense of their fellow citizens. As mass majority of this country still vote with their heart rather than their brain it is impossible even through grass roots education to irradiate this mess. Result = Doom !!!
    Maybe a generational gap will secure some sort of prosperity for our country. We can only hope. In the meantime it’s a waste of time and energy spent calling this boys club to task when obviously nothing will ever be done.

  • 1
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    Prior to elections voters are bribed: liquor bar license, top government posts, promotions etc. (you name it we have it)

    Voters are even individually addressed.

    After the election; bribed the winning candidates; both ruling and opposition, by the top to keep them tied.

    Appreciate your efforts Nagananda Kodituwakku.

    I have a fear, there may be bribing attempt upon you.

    It has become part & parcel of our lives so we want a revolution.

  • 1
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    Shouldn’t CT take a bold step and try to educate the voters of srilanka, with its editorials and also start a petition campaign?
    They spend lot of time and energy castigating the CB governor!
    That energy can be well used for the betterment of the land. COME ON CT it is a challenge for you.

  • 3
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    Mahinda Samarasinghe, in a press briefing told that the western leaders call MY3 “Champion of Anti-corruption”. I am really wondering whether he is “Champion of Anti-corruption” or “Savior of Corrupt Politicians”. Judging from what he has done so far, the latter is the suitable title.

    Recently he told that in future I am going to take tough action. What he is going to do with CB Governor is going to be a test case. So far only thing that he has done very efficiently is Rajapakse bashing. The talk he gave in Japan to Sri Lankans was disgusting. Instead of talking how he plans to lead the country forward, he talked about why MR called elections early.

  • 2
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    Nowhere else have so few fooled so many for so long .

  • 1
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    Taking payoffs, breaking the law and pushing through unconstitutional legislation as special favors to politicians have long been par for the course in Sri Lankan politics. But now President wants to make it official and make it illegal to arrest any public officials accused of a public offense- selling car permits. This would exempt lawmakers from prosecution of a crime.
    The State has the duty to “abolish all corrupt practices and abuse of power”. To that extent, the anti-corruption policy of the Yahapalanaya administration is justified by the Constitution. Paradoxically, the administration believes that corruption is the root cause of the country’s socio-economic malaise. Hence, the President has cautioned, “if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill us.” While it cannot be disputed that corruption has stultified growth and development of the nation it should be pointed out that this is only a statement for the stage.
    The menace of corruption is compounded by the impunity of this Car-permit unjust enrichment approval and it’s only for the MP’s welfare. This grip has to be challenged in such manner as to secure the maximum welfare, security and happiness of every citizen, if they want it.
    Otherwise Sri Lanka will remain “Banana Republic”. Meaning an unaccountable chief executive who ignores the rule of law when as it suits his/her purposes. The ruling junta of MP’s eschews accountability, commits heinous acts in secret, tolerates widespread corruption, and generally embraces a totalitarian attitude in which the leader can break laws whenever it’s justified to protect the self-interest in lieu of public service.
    Salute to our lone ranger who wants to make us aware of our rights. Men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed in retirement.

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    Kodituwakku,

    Thank you for this latest part in your campaign.

    How many cars do our ministers and MPs need?

    I read today about a new official car for some ministers and assume that all the ministers already have a car.

    I have read about an official car for MPs who do development work. My guess is that they will all now start development work.

    Maybe all the MPs will sell the permit to get cash because that car is not necessary?

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