18 December, 2017

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President Sirisena Lies To BBC And Re-Defines ‘Nepotism’

President Maithripala Sirisena in a lengthy interview with BBC (Sinhala Service), said that he has not been guilty of nepotism during his first year in office.

The President, who came in for a lot of criticism over the appointment of his brother as Telecom Chairman and over his children using presidential clout to order around public servants and use public assets, brushed aside BBC’s Azzam Ameen’s questions over nepotism saying that he has not given party nomination for any relation to contest elections.

When asked about including his son Daham Sirisena in the country’s official delegation to the UN General Assembly last year, he said ‘that’s about humanity and about a father’s love for a son which only fathers who have children can understand’. He said people who don’t have children attack me. It is not clear if this was a veiled attack on the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who does not have children. Although Sirisena said he took his son ‘because there was enough room’, the truth is that only six seats were reserved for the Sri Lankan delegation. Therefore the President deliberately removed Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Dr. Rohan Perera, to make room for his son. ( see the photo below)

Maithripala - Daham sirisena @ UN 2015 Sep

Daham Sirisena holds no official post in the public service but as recently as yesterday took it upon himself to inspect a special complex managed by the Ministry of Defence with senior military officers forced to be in attendance.

Instead of addressing the problem of nepotism which has become an embarrassment to the government the President chose to attack his critics.

President Sirisena appears to have equated nepotism to family rule. It is no secret however that most of his brothers became wealthy only after Sirisena was first appointed as a minister in the Chandrika Kumaratunga government.

Whilst President Sirisena is also the Minister of Defence, his son-in-law Wewelpanawa Gamage Thilina Suranjith is the Public Relations Officer of the Defence Ministry, whilst Chathurika, Sirisena’s daughter, has been invited frequently as a chief guest at other known Defence Ministry functions.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines nepotism as “the unfair practice by a powerful person of giving jobs and other favors to relatives”. The Cambridge Dictionary defines nepotism as ” the ​act of using ​your ​power or ​influence to get good ​jobs or ​unfair ​advantages for ​members of ​your own ​family”

To watch the President’s interview, click here

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    “that’s about humanity and about a father’s love for a son which only fathers who have children can understand” is the quality of illogical argument one can expect from a gamey mattaya. Aiyo Sirisena can use the same “argument” and take all his children to the UNO/New York next time.

    Sri Lanka has declined to the state of a begging nation not entirely because of corruption and robbings. It is also because of square pegs in round holes holding high positions in governance.
    Sirisena’s achievements while he was Minister of Health, Minister in charge of the Mahaweli Project etc. can be written in the back of a ten cents stamp. The quality of Ministers in the more recent SLFP-lead coalitions have been described more as a Zombie Jamboree than a Cabinet of learned and able Ministers.

    Horikadey

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      President Sirisena Lies To BBC And Re-Defines ‘Nepotism’

      Is Bribe Taking Redefined as Well? Just Curious!

      Through the Grape Vine, Bulath Vine, Vettila Vine…

      Bribe-taking school principals on the run! Two more nabbed in two days- a monk too arrested !!

      Lanka Vine News: The relentless actions and alertness of the Anti Bribery and corruption commission under the government of good governance had enabled the nabbing of two prinicipals of two schools involved in accepting bribes as well as their accomplices when admitting children to schools.

      The prinicipal of Kegalla Rathwala Mahanaga maha vidyalaya and a monk who works as a clerk in that school were arrested 21 st. The principal was nabbed within the school premises when he was collecting a bribe of Rs.60,000.00 through the robed clerk (monk), to admit a child to grade six.Senior SP Priyantha Chandrasiri in charge of investigations of the Commission said , the suspects are to be produced before the Kegalle magistrate court.

      Prior to this incident the principal , deputy principal and a karyala karya sahayaka of Polonnaruwa service camp free Vidyalaya were taken into custody yesterday (20) .These arrests were made when a sum of Rs, 7500.00 was being collected of the full sum of Rs. 15000.00 demanded to admit a child to grade one of the school.These arrests too were made within the school premises. The suspects were remanded after they were produced before the Polonnaruwa magistrate .

    • 10
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      In addition to being a blind donkey Sirisena is also a liar. Mara’s abiththaya has learned well at his Master’s feet. Aney Pako.

    • 8
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      Horikadey – What an argument the President had presented to BBC that
      he took his son through paternal affection to United nations and not to Disney land at public expense, dropping out another public servant,
      who is the Sri lanka’s perm. rep.to UN.as the story goes.They did not travel on a private aircraft and each seat was booked and paid for with public money and if one seat fell vacant, the foreign ministry should have sent the ticket to the airline concerned for refund as this is paid out of public money and every cent matters and also it should be noted that airline ticket cannot be exchanged unless a new ticket is written.

      Whom are they fooling.? of cause the gullible voters who know next
      nothing in political juggleries

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      Why not you guys see it this way. As he said, there were few other seats reserved for lanken mission, but no enough were present, that was the reson his son to have sat behind him. As he always reiterates, he has only son – so as a father of a son should feel it, there was no wrong allowing son to go with him…. I dont think – we need to make an elephant out this issue thought media men have to be alert not to allow the way Namal baby was given the swodes so that entire nation be to be hurt. There were sernior ministers, their both tails were hidden in front of Namal Baby s presence. That should NOT have been given ground – I think not onl Mahinda Rajapakshe but also others in the cabinet should be accoutable for all the negligence to that time.

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        You may be right.

        Why dont the commentators and writers seem to be not thinking the other way around ? HOw would offsprings of the leaders achieve their future position? They must not abuse father s or mothers status to jump up to become politicians – but what is the pocedures for them if they sometimes wanting to become a polician… and teling you the truth, any first family can use their position to help the people – be it in the USA, EUROPE or anywhere, this is common to any leader – so don t you guys feel, if these offsprings are isolated, is it not waste of their resources. I simply believe they first or second families have to make use of their positions to help the people. Else, that is a waste .. enormous waste..

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    Quote: “‘that’s about humanity and about a father’s love for a son which only fathers who have children can understand’. He said people who don’t have children attack me. It is not clear if this was a veiled attack on the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who does not have children”

    The statement about Humanity proves that our president is indeed a gamarala who is not suitable for the high post. How on earth can you justify your sons trip to a UN delegation removing the UN ambassador rightful place as love for his son. You can obviously show your love to your son somewhere else.. Seriously gamarala have you been to school atleast?

    The second statement looks like he is attacking Ranil our PM or Managala our FM. To be honest we Srilankans are gifted and blessed to have a leader like Ranil who is intelligent, straight forward and corrupt/nepotism free. So if Gamarala has a problem then he has to allign himself with MR who is trying to split the shit party SLFP which has been ruining the country since independence.

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      Well said Prasanna. We have appointed another yob as President who appears not to understand what is official & what is not, let alone words like Nepotism, which are obviously not in his vocabulary. Doesn’t this idiot realize that he has made a gaff when he said that its the father’s love for his son when the tax payer is footing the bill? Ranil & his wife have not abused the privileges which come with his position, yet the stupid masses in SL have not realized this & votes thugs & yobs who plunder the country in to Parliament.

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      And why does the intelligent , corrupt free Ranil insist on keeping RK in the position on Finance Minister and look the other way when RK appoints his family and friends to high government positions???? Crap.. they are all the bloody same

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      Ranil is Nepotism-free? Yeah right. Who’s the CEO of Srilankan? Charitha Ratwatte’s brother. His classmate Malik Samarawickrama is a cabinet minister! So is Akila Viraj. What about Ruwan Wijewardena? What about Paskaralingam? Sirisena is no good, but don’t talk about things you don’t know. Ranil is one of the most corrupt politicians in Sri Lanka. The only differences between him and MR are based on policies, not practices.

  • 14
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    Prof. Sarath Wijesuriya at his “Book Launching” ceremony described that SONG very appropriately. He described it in very simple terms to be understood by the ordinary people as “GONPART SONG” meaning “Buffalo Song”, but he forgot to tender an apology to the buffalo. Later on the people came to know the “Master Minds” behind the composition and those responsible for releasing it to the media. All those involved in it were personnel from the Presidential Secretariat. When Prof. Sarath Wijesuriya made that reference, viz. “GONPART SONG”, the Duputy Minister in-charge of Media was present and was accommodated in the front raw of seats. However, later in an interview to another media outlet, he disassociated himself completely from it and placed the entire blame on a few individuals attached to the Presidential Secretariat and went on to name them too. Accordingly, that Media outlet published the names of “Arosh”; “Shrilal Lakthilake” and “Vasanthapriya Ramanayake” all attached to the Presidential Secretariat. Some of these names are very familiar during the MR’s regime and one of them even vowed to “sacrifice” his life for the then BOSS during the Presidential Election Campaign. How strange to find him now being very ACTIVE from the present President’s Palace? Also, you said, if the funds were used from any Government Institutions, they must bear the responsibility. Now the Government Audit must get cracking on his job and responsibility to get funds recovered, if any. Thank you Mr. President for that clarification.

    Now about this “Royal Son” been taken to UNO. Here again, someone in the “company” of President gave the ROPE to hang. The NEWS was that, since the First Lady was not accompanying the President that “Vacancy” could be filled by the son. So as the President now says “The Father’s” love for the son prompted him to take him to UNO. We have no quarrel with that; BUT – Definitely: (1) NOT AT STATE EXPENSE (2) NOT DENYING THAT SEAT ALLOCATED TO AN OFFICIAL OF THE SRI LANKA GOVERNMENT. Mr. President if you want to clear your name on this, I suggest you to: (1) Reimburse all the expenses incurred by the STATE for your son (2) Get rid of those “KEWATTAYAS” who are advising from your own Secretariat. Don’t you see how such a “KEWATTAYA” of MR is today faced with a Rs. 600 million “Mega Fraud” in that “Sil Redi” case. You have enough of such lessons to learn; but you don’t seem to learn or at least make an attempt to learn. Is that our “KARUME” or your “KARUME”?

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      Learn lessons? Did you mean it as a joke, Douglas. Sirisena is not only a blind booruwa, he is also a liar.

  • 5
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    President Sirisena Lies To BBC And Re-Defines ‘Nepotism ‘This fellow has not come from heaven Is He? He was in Rajapaske’s corrupt Van wagon. He knows very well about Nepotism, probably his interpretation may be different. He was JVP in the 1970’s, Look what Vera Wansa how did he become rich? Was Sirisena from a rich Family? Did he inherit his parents wealth? No! That is why they became a politician! All of them could get away with murder. Srilankan have to grin and bear the burden caused by these thugs. They are all born liars. Look at Ranil in Switzerland he was telling lies with a cunning grin on his face. Giving the indication don’t believe my words, it is for international consumption only to fool the whole world. Both Sirisena and Ranil are not interested but afraid of Rajapaske’s None of the Rajapask’s including Shirani, Narmal, Gota or Basil would not be found guilty of corruption or wrong doings, They want be punished at any cost. Sirisena would be also be found guilty to have plundered Public money while he was a minister in Rajapaske regime. ‘Feathers of same kind do flock together’ This is a drama being played out. Is it like the ‘Musical chairs’. Ranil want be able to get his reforms through, SLFP will not allow UNP’s agenda. Therefore, way is being laid down for return of Mahinda. Srilanka will be doomed for ever.

  • 8
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    I am afraid President Sirisena’s argument won’t stick – it was not “bring your children to work day” at the UN was it, to take his son as part of the Sri Lankan delegation to the UN? As children we used to go to our dad’s office, he was boss in the “outstation” office and he often worked very late. I used to pound on the typewriter (no computers) or sit and colour! Sometimes we used to accompany him on “circuits”. It was not a lot of fun, we used to be in the car driving miles and miles. It seemed like an eon, while Dad, a civil engineer, inspected the roads, potholes, culverts and bridges with the “overseer” … but that’s different!

    • 4
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      Well said Usha, they are all scoundrels, not just the Rajapaksas. It reminds one of VP’s children living in luxury while he kidnapped other’s children and sent them to their deaths doesn’t it?

  • 11
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    Sirisena is fast proving himself to be not only a liar (and a bad one at that!), but also a bit thick.

    He has reportedly said that “…only fathers who have children can understand”! Pray tell, how can “fathers” not have “children”???

    This man is fast becoming an embarrassment to Sri Lanka in the international sphere!

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      “how can “fathers” not have “children”?

      This president is an idiot. He will never understand your question.

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        Daham, A good point. How could any one have children w/o a father

  • 12
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    There is no nepotism in Sri Lanka ad the President has made this abundantly clear. There is only love of parents for their children

    There is no bribery either. It is only facilitating the wheels of commerce.

    Based on our presidents definitions, why did he and Ranil Wickremasinghe want to replace Mahinda Chinthanaya who only showed Boundless Love for his children and facilitated the wheels of commerce to such a great extent ?

    Why ?

    I am soo confused !!!!

  • 13
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    This is proof that Sri Lanka is still on a downward spiral.
    Sirisena doesn’t have the integrity or the balls (maybe both)
    to deliver on his promises.

    He is not the man Sri Lanka needs. This will be another case of a
    lost opportunity…unless below happens, sooner rather than later

    1. Prosecution of crooked politicians and their associates
    2. Clipping the wings of scumbag politicians.
    3. Stop playing party politics. It’s the welfare of the citizens that matters
    4. Abolition of the executive presidency, by referendum if required
    5. Conducting a proper investigation of war crimes, once and for all
    6. Stop rewarding rejected candidates, proven failures or those with known or suspected criminal links
    7. Establishing the promised code of conduct for politicians
    8. Ending the culture of consulting or pandering to the Buddhist clergy, on matters of state
    9. Stop making a mockery of passing new laws unless there are measures in place to actually enforce them in practice.

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      and of course,

      10. Deal with the culture of nepotism

    • 3
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      Lankan -Your ten commandments are excellent pointsfor a good government
      to follow but sadly, do not expect this govt.to try even one of those.
      There is a saying as you know that ‘birds of the same feather flock
      together’ and true to the saying, they, irrespective of party policies,
      flock together to safe guard each other and you may have to withdraw your 1st commandment as the policy of the govt.is to charge,investigate
      and discharge and not punish those found guilty because if there is a change of govt. with the next election,(Most likely),the current govt. will be charged by the other govt.in power on corruption and nepotism.
      As far as your 9th commandment, you may have to withdraw it as well as each Govt.who comes to power, will have their own constitution.

      As you said Sri Lanka is on adown word spiral as the people have tested
      and tried all parties and politicians and found nepotism,corruption &
      political thuggery will stay and good governance is only the talk of the past.

  • 4
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    Aiyo Sirisena, what did you learn at school? ‘Father’s love for a son’ and giving him priority over others in jobs and positions = Nepotism. Isn’t that the definition you used on the previous regime? Have you got amnesia?

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    President Sirisena’s following answer to BBC’s Azzam Ameen’s questions over nepotism proves that Sirisena is not fit to be a head of state.

    “that’s about humanity and about a father’s love for a son which only fathers who have children can understand’. He further said that fathers who don’t have children attack me and it is the MISFORTUNE of those who do not have children”.(Please listen to the video)

    Country’s president categorically says that only UNFORTUNATE people will have NO children. Should the people let this inhuman person continue to rule this country?

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    Sri Lankans are crazy and very ignorant. They want a Buddha president, who will be perfect in every presidential tasks.

    can’t President Maithripala have something for himself? He is not either a Bodhisattva to sacrifice everything. Think if you are in this position, what will you do? Think carefully, don’t think like you have cow-dung in your head.

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      People – Sirisena doesn’t have “to be a Boddhisatva” to keep his word to us voters. This is what is expected of an ethical President.

      We may be “crazy and very ignorant” as you surmise, but not crazy and ignorant enough not to notice when we are being taken for a ride!

      How crazy and ignorant are you to write such crap?

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        From your comment, I understand that it’s not Sirisena’s problem, it’s the problem of the ignorant voters like yourself. You are given the power to vote your leader, so why blame Sirisena. If Sirisena is not good enough for you, then why not vote yourself to be your own trusted leader. You talk like you are a saint and wants Sirisena also to be a foolish saint like you. At least be a realist foolish man, rather than pretending to be a foolish saint.

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          People – Unfortunately your “understanding” is full of holes, as you fail to “understand” that we voters BELIEVED this liar.

          That is why I said we may be “crazy and very ignorant” (your words, not mine!), BUT “not crazy and ignorant enough not to notice when we are being taken for a ride!”

          Hope your comprehension can penetrate such a simple statement!

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          And why does the intelligent , corrupt free Ranil insist on keeping RK in the position on Finance Minister and look the other way when RK appoints his family and friends to high government positions???? Crap.. they are all the bloody same

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          And you are a real idiot!

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      People – all Sri Lankans are not crazy and ignorant as you think. If
      I were in his position, I would have returned the ticket of the seat that fell vacant, to the airline for a refund. Children of VVIPs cannot have joy rides at people’s expense. Daham was seen seated with
      the other delegates (behind the father) and not in the public gallery
      and what was his role on that occasion.

  • 5
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    S/L is going is becomming a laughing stock with this idiotic so called president.
    Why Chandrika is quiet after bringing this joker as president. If she has any love
    to her mother land, she should act immediately to replace this joker and before the
    country goes to the dogs.

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      Chandrika only loves herself. She is such a farce . Has always been and always will be!

  • 4
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    ‘People’ – hopefully you do not represent the majority. Why does Maithripala Sirisena need to be given any special consideration? What has he done for the nation? Did he win the war against terror? What has he achieved in the twelve months as President? Made the country poor by letting in bank robbers to the treasury and now begging for investment. Nepotism and fraud are the main achievements. We do not want the president to be a Buddha but a strong and sensible leader.

  • 7
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    Both President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickaramasinghe are worse than the deposed Rajapakse regime.

    Their actions suggests that they are people with no integrity and willing to betray not just of the electorate but the international community as well.

    On 1st Oct 2015, the UN System (Human Rights Counsel) passed a Special Resolution (S/HRC/RES/30/1). It was passed with the concurrence of the Sirisena regime, accepting that the people of Sri Lanka has no trust and confidence in the Justice system in this country to inquire into allegations of human rights violations. The said resolution was passed without a vote agreeing to set up an international tribunal to inquire into alleged war crimes and human right violations.

    Then, at an interview given to BBC on 21st Jan 2016, President Sirisena said that he would not allow setting up of any international tribunal to inquire into human rights and war crime allegations. He further said that he has full confidence in the domestic mechanism, which has been already condemned by the right activists and the international community for its ineffectiveness under the firm control of the executive.

    No responsible government behaves in this manner, unless people with unsound mind run the government. It seems that they consider what promised to the international community can also be disregarded as they do with their hollow election pledges made to electorate.

    Sri Lanka is absolutely a dependant Nation and very likely these irresponsible statement will force the innocent people to face the brunt, possibly with economic sanctions.

  • 9
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    It is sad that the President’s thinking is like that of a common villager, from Polonnaruwa.
    I think that he realised his mistake only after the event – bringing Daham to the UN General Assembly instead of one official whose presence was essential.
    He should recollect how he was hiding in fear on polling day of his election in a remote plantation in fear of his life, and how the majority placed their trust in him and made him president.
    He got Daham freed from arrest and indictment after Daham’s Passekuda escapade of beating a DIG’s son together with his row pals – Sirisena used his clout as a minister to free him – and now ‘owes’ the police a big favour.
    No head of state should owe anyone anything – especially a flouting of the law on behalf of a family member – it will cloud his judgement.
    His favours to family members is eroding the trust placed on him by the majority who voted for him.

    He appears to be under pressure by the armed forces, police, attorney general’s department, & Buddhist clergy and some politicians not to make correct decisions for the benefit of the nation as a whole, but only for their benefit.

    It is not too late to rectify matters.

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      Justice
      No, he would not rectify any wrong doings because he has no capacity to understand what he is doing is wrong after having apprenticed for many decades under MaRa and Bandit Queen bee.
      Wrong doing becomes a natural habit and will continue until the gravy train finally hits the barrier on fine day.
      InsAllah

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      Dear “justice”,

      You sound like a strong Maithri supporter who is now rather disappointed. I, too, am that.

      I’ve seen the interview, and I am disappointed with the entire performance. The interviewer just didn’t follow up, especially the first point about the Telecom appointment. Compare with this:

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03fyn5p

      I felt myself that CT had been persecuting the “family”, but in the case of the Telecom appointment there were huge salaries, and the amount spent on the takeover of Hutch (where I don’t think that we know how much was spent). Also, there were those documents very poorly written in English (that’s not our language, true, and I respect Maithri for sticking to the Sinhala that he knows well all the time – at the Commonwealth conference there never is no provision for simultaneous translation, and really Maithri acquitted himself quite well). There is little to suggest that P.G. Kumarasinghe was even among the best candidates to appoint to that position, and we well know that no Minister (especially a young guy like Harin Fernando) would have the courage to confront “the ruling family”.

      About Daham at the U.N. I entirely agree with you; but knowing it was a mistake, I think that Maithri should have acknowledged that. Passekuda – I have no absolutely problem with admonition being done at home. It’s good the interviewer didn’t even ask about Chathurika: no issue there.

      However, I was very disappointed with his response about the song. He claims that he didn’t even hear it. When it raised such a storm and we are wasting our time over it, he should surely have listened himself. He promised to be our servant.

      So, let’s hope that he doesn’t get dismissive about EVERYTHING that he’s asked. The issues are not yet really grave, but I was disappointed with the attitude. When Maithri has to deal with the fact that his statements to locals and to the the rest of the world on foreign judges emerges soon, it won’t be so easy.

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        Sinhala Man – You are being extremely charitable in your assessment of ‘Maithri’! The fact is that the man has absolutely NO EXCUSE for reneging on his promises to us voters for one. Other than that, the least he could do would be to admit his mistakes and try to rectify them.

        However, it appears that he is going from bad to worse and one dreads to think of where the country would end if he continues on this ‘selfish’ course.

        No doubt that ‘breeding tells’!!!

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          I have given you a thumbs up.

          Yes, I have been charitable; I’m optimistically hoping that his better self will re-assert itself. Thanks for commenting honestly so many times, but I’d go easy on the “breeding” part of it; we merely antagonise without denotation.

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            Sinhala Man – Thanks for the advice – you are absolutely right!

            Have to learn to be more ‘diplomatic’ in expressing certain truths!

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    President has to accept these criticisms as he is on the wrong side. When people point out the wrongs that is happening, at least some corrections should be done. All are watching whats happening around. When an economic crisis is threatening, instead of trimming all unnecessary expenses wasting public funds is never welcome. SLT also will crash if not competitive. It is curse on the populace to have such a singale’ power where nothing could be done in almost all govt. institution without offering bribes, no professionalism seen among professionals, deception at all levels, non conducive environment for productive economic activity, not knowing how to create and offer opportunities and then spin the tale of humanity.

    If cannot perform, the politicians should vacate their offices at any rank without bringing in humiliation to that office.

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      Adrian – “President has to accept these criticisms as he is on the wrong side”.

      Forget it, mate – it will never happen! Can’t you see his repeated denials, simply ignoring the criticisms and/or trying to justify them with banal ‘reasoning’?

      This guy is a massive disappointment to those of us who voted him in.

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    Poor Sira,

    Sira says he went to the UN to tell the whole world about his Raja palanaya

    He took the sonna along to sit in the UN Assembly and listen to the Bedouin Prince , because there were empty seats there , plus his love for his dear only son.

    He says the buggers who don’t have sons are the ones who are crying foul.

    Can’t argue against that . Can you?.

    Then he says he hates Ranil , in a round about way of course , And swears that he will never betray the SLFP.

    5.6 Million inhabitants do not belong to him ,

    So how many inhabitants can be betray even if he wanted to?.

    Sira must be reaching the modulus point, with the blow torch being held to his belly by not only the Sinha Le, and their Dalit Sangha , but also the Elite GMOA who are genuinely concerned about the decimation of the medical standards of the country by fellow Elite buying MBBS from Malabe, to practice medicine..

    And the Nadu Doctors coming over to give Yahapalana medicine to our poor inhabitants under Ranil’s FCTA..

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    A man who sacrifices principle for ‘ the love of his children’ is not fit to lead the country.The President has displayed his village simpleton upbringing; he is not what employers would say ‘leadership’ material! But we are stuck with him a Commander in Chief. So much for democracy.

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    Sirisena did not suddenly fall from the sky. He has been with the corrupt master for a long long time. What can the poor voters expect from such a character. If his fatherly love is the excuse, well I have two sons and I love them above everything in this world. Iwonder whether I could send my sons in a delegation next time.?

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    Sirisena did not suddenly fall from the sky. He has been with the corrupt master and the lot for a long long time. What can the poor voters expect from such a character. If his fatherly love is the excuse, well I have two sons and I love them above everything in this world. I wonder If could send my sons on a joy ride in a delegation next time.? He is only making himself a joker.

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      Bridley – MR too loves his children and siblings and why not the President stop the harassment of facing investigations,by them.

      If the president is totally & sincerely against corruption and nepotism, he should return the ticket money, which is people’s
      money, to the hard pressed treasury.

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    This is srilanka.
    The land of sinha-Le.
    What else do you expect.
    Just because you are exposed to civilization don’t expext the same here.
    Be content with what you see and get.

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    This is Sinhala Buddhist Culture or non civilization since it is uncivilized and barbaric at the very least. This is why the Rajapaksas saw nothing wrong in what they did.

    If Sri Lanka is to become a modern state, then this Sinhala Buddhist Culture will have to be kicked out once and for all.

    Sinhala Buddhists reject those who fail to conform to this culture of theirs. Only nepotistic tyrannical autocrats are admired by Sinhala Buddhists who long for a “return” to feudalism and despotic dynastic rule.

    Cheers to all my Sinha Lays and Sinha a Laydies!

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    If one principle of ‘Good Governance’is treating family members through love and affection, Mahinda too followed the same good governance much better than Maithree. Traiters!

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