25 January, 2021

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Rajapaksa’s Anti-Western Rhetoric Proves To Be Plain Hypocrisy Once More

In an exposé of the Rajapaksa-regime’s blatant hypocrisy, the political column of the weekly English newspaper Sunday Times has revealed the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), in a blatant violation of protocol has hired another US agency to white-wash the regime before the Obama administration.

Rajapaksa, Cabraal, Basil Rajapaksa speak during the presentation of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka annual report 2010, in ColomboThis week’s column titled ‘Central Bank Ursurps Cabinet Powers in Bid to change US Policy’ has disclosed the CBSL has hired the Florida-based US firm – Liberty International Group LLC on which a whopping Rs. 99 million of state funds (a cost higher than running the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington DC) will be spent annually according to a contract that came into effect as of August 1 and continues until July 31, 2015.

According to ST, the contract has been signed by CBSL Deputy Governor Dr. P. Nandalal on behalf of the Monetary Board and by Connie Mack – the President of Liberty International Group who had also been a former member of the House of Representatives and an ex-member of the sub-committee on South Asia in the Foreign Relations Committee.

The six-page contract between the Monetary Board of the CBSL and the Liberty International Group LLC that had been obtained by ST has listed out the following three reasons (namely ‘statutory stability objectives’) for hiring the US firm:

1. A political environment in the United States of America (US) that is more conducive to enhancing Sri Lanka’s long-term political and economic aspirations;

2. A comprehensive information platform where decision-makers in the US receive clear and accurate information about Sri Lanka’s current achievements and future plans; and

3. A higher volume of private sector investment in Sri Lanka from the US.

It has further noted that the above three objectives are to be achieved for the following reasons:

1. Sri Lanka has suffered a long and brutal war.

2. The current international media focus on Sri Lanka is unbalanced, which the Monetary Board considers as being unfair, unwarranted, and overshadows the impressive post-war socio-economic achievements of Sri Lanka and also could undermine the long term US political geo-strategic and economic interests;

3. Sri Lanka has made an earnest and genuine effort to improve the living standards of people in the conflict-affected areas in the process of post conflict rebuilding and reconciliation.

4. The process of post-conflict rebuilding and reconciliation is a long-term process and cannot be imposed from the outside and therefore, Sri Lanka needs reasonable time and space to undertake the task;

5. There are growing opportunities in Sri Lanka for additional direct US investment and businesses, as a gateway to the fast-growing South Asian region; and

6. It is necessary to have a re-calibration of US policy, based on a wider and fairer information base, leading to multi-dimensional and more balanced engagement with Sri Lanka.

The ST political columnist has pointed out that this particular deal struck by the CBSL has raised several issues of which the most burning is the usurping of cabinet powers by the CBSL.

“Since independence in 1948, it has been the responsibility of the External Affairs MInistry to create a conducive environment in any country for Sri Lanka’s long term political and economic aspirations executed through the country’s diplomatic missions,” the column states emphasizing in this particular instance, the CBSL transactions with the Liberty group has not even sought to obtain approval of the cabinet ministers.

The writer further commenting on the CBSL’s assertion that current international media focus on Sri Lanka is ‘unbalanced’, has stated that if that were true, the issue should have been raised with the Ministry of Mass Media and Information as it is that Ministry’s responsibility to formulate strategies and obtain approval from the Cabinet.

It has been revealed furthermore that the selection of the Liberty Group has been carried out in violation of usual terms – without any call for tenders or a proper transparent selection process. Adding insult to injury, in picking the US firm, the CBSL has also completely disregarded the role of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington. It adds that the CBSL deal with the Liberty Group is similar to the manner in which the Monitoring MP for the External Affairs Ministry, Sajin Vaas Gunawardena has hired several other new PR agencies.

It has also shed light on the earlier PR agency that serviced CBSL – the Thompson Advisory Group (TAG) to which US$ 683,635 had been paid in 2013, in which a segment of the finances had gone to a Sri Lankan limousine driver for his ‘expertise’ as a consultant.

“This action of the CBSL has opened the door for any state agency to unilaterally enter into its own agreements with foreign concerns with no resource approval by Cabinet and PR agencies are made arms of the government – at least in the US,” the ST notes.

It has also been highlighted that although the Rajapaksa-regime continues to carry out a strong campaign against the US locally, it is desperately attempting to get back into the good books of the US with the impending investigation on war crimes in Sri Lanka led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The ST Political column further states that despite the exorbitant finances spent by the regime, the move to hire PR agencies has been heavily criticised by retired diplomats and US officials who have pointed out that hiring agencies and retired legislators to bring about a foreign policy change from the Obama administration is a ‘futile and costly exercise with commensurate returns.’

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    Rajapaksa’s duplicity is his trade mark. Only the gullible Sinhala masses believe what he says. If the US imposes sanctions the Sri Lankan economy will collapse. His Chinese and Pakistani friends won’t bail him out. That’s why he is spending multimillion rupees on lobby firms. The sooner this man is toppled the better for Sri Lanka.

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      Piranha

      “His Chinese and Pakistani friends won’t bail him out.”

      Not necessarily, Sri Lanka’s big sister Hindia has always there to protect little sister Lanka, though the little sister is seen prostituting with other big men.

      • 0
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        Extremely well put!

    • 2
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      MR has become the new Sinhala/Buddhist God!
      They believe unquestioningly, whatever he says, as Gospel Truth!

      Suits GR perfectly, because no one believes anything He says.

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      .
      I am not surprised if Tamil or Muslim Srilankan owns Liberty International or Thomson Advisory Group…..

      :-)

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      IN the United States, lobby firms that lobby on DOMESTIC POLICY matters are taken seriously, while firms that lobby for FOREIGN governments are completely disregarded!

      That is lobby firms that represent US voter’s interests are listened to in the Capitol in Washington DC but the beltway and Florida firms that represent foreign govt.s – particularly petty third world banana republics like Mahinda Jarapassa’s Miracle of SInhala Modayas are laughed at and out the door! Rajapaksa regime hiring US lobby firms to lobby the US govt. is a huge waste of funds!

      • 1
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        You forget AIPAC, which has no peer.

  • 6
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    ” Sri Lanka has made an earnest and genuine effort to improve the living standards of people in the conflict-affected areas in the process of post conflict rebuilding and reconciliation.”

    Proof : masses have Lamborghini’s or at least are privileged to have the roads closed for races which they can watch ( if nothing else to do)

    “The process of post-conflict rebuilding and reconciliation is a long-term process and cannot be imposed from the outside and therefore, Sri Lanka needs reasonable time and space to undertake the task;”

    Proof: Rebuilding is been carried out by SL internally ( No No not China and India). Same way reconciliation will be done by SL similar to Rathupaswela, Katunayake etc

    • 0
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      Elakollage Appachchi

      Love the Sarcasm. More effective than Plain Talk!

  • 6
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    Hiring PR Copanies to sell Sri Lankan FAIL Democracy in another way CB trying to make BLACK money white money. Cabrral is a numbers man and he with Basil must be on this game. Gotabaya may be trying to get out from USA as he has shifted his Only Son and daughter-in law to Malaysia to run the security business in high seas.

    Gota has purchased a very secure place for his faily with ver large property in Malaysia, and now shifting every thing to work with Malaysian government. It seems Rajapaksa’s knows that the current UNCHR inquiry is not going on their way and trying to use retired US Politicians to help them.

    As Obama administration is now trying to pave way for incoming President they may not allow these PR companies to medle with their policies. If Mahinda need to be friendly with USA, he should get rid of his brother from the MOD and cut the close ties with China quickly.

  • 1
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    The govet has little choice but to spend money to re-caliberate US stance on Sri Lanka, just as it had little choice but to put to rest the murderous, racist Tamil Terrorists. There is no hypocricy in this move, because it is necessary to win the support of officials who have blindly accepted the US govt policy. Jugding by the support Israel received by US govt and its public in the recent treatment dished out to Gaza, Sri Lanka must pursue every avenue to win back the support of US. Sri Lanka had justifiable reasons to dish out what it did in 2009 to the racist LTTE more so than Israel to the Gaza. It is worth spending money to get that message across. There is no hypocricy here but plain common sense.

    • 8
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      “just as it had little choice but to put to rest the murderous, racist Tamil Terrorists”

      Oh, really?. You must be dreaming. Where do you think KP, Karuna and the other hard-core are resting?.

  • 7
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    This Cabarayaa fellow is a bloody liar and traitor to the nation. I call upon the BBS to intervene and get rid of this rogue who pretends to be the sole owner of the CB.

  • 6
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    99 million to buy the US govt. is a lot of local money thought its peanuts in the US!
    Tell the Sinhala Modayas… CT good work please translate to Sinhalayas..

  • 4
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    There is nothing wrong in hiring a lobbying firm IF 1. The objectives are clearly defined and progress is measureable. 2. The lobbying entity is specializing in the subject in question.3.And, the costs do not outstrip the benefits.

    In this instance no such matrix will ever be met.

    The likelyhood is that the fees are inflated and the difference is being pocketed between Colombo and USA.

    Connie Mack is a has-been trying to make a living selling influence. There is nothing he can achieve for Sri Lanka.

    The truth is – There is nothing the Sri Lankan government wishes him to achieve either, other than to say they have a lobbyist. Like Mihin Air, Mattala airport, Hambantota Harbour, these are rackets just to steal state funds.

    If the truth is on your side, you do not need liars and spin doctors to create a nice smell when you really stink like shit!!!

  • 2
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    Piranha:

    You can cry all your life.

    Still, You tamils will never get a homeland in Sri lanka.

    Think some where else.

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      Sorry Softy-Softy,

      The ‘Tamils’ that I know did not and do not want a home land. If they want one they have one ‘Malaysia’. You are not very good @ history, R U?.

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        anonymous – Don’t bother matie.
        He is not even good in ‘His-territory’ lol what history for him.
        His history is Champika/Gammanpila twisted history with some Waduge/Irathinawalli/Rajpal so on, with the blessings of brainless Murderer Gothakarumaya.

  • 4
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    What is wrong with this. our Palestine Star, Saddarmadveepa Chakrawarthi has donated US$ 1 Million as donation to Palatine just couple of days before. This is actually nothing for our Sanwedee Nayakathuma as this is just like a petty cash for him.

  • 4
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    When the King’s couturiers like Pimpi Sajin
    and Pyramid Cabraal do it, it is for the
    country. If any ordinary podiyans do it, they
    are sacked. How long can such downright corrupt
    activitiy go on? Is there no God to punish these
    dogs who are committing daylight robbery?

  • 0
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    If lobbying firms are necessary at the spate of MRs activities, should
    not the MEA handle it? That is because transparency is hidden when Cabral
    and Sajin have a hand in it. What is the lay-out to-date and what, if any,
    we have pointedly achieved in the past from this new item of extravagance?

  • 0
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    If any SRI LANKAN cannot understand that rajavassas or “rajapassas” Should be sent to hell thrown out to jail, should not be voted in to power, then they are idiots, gas gembas, unedcated, corrupr, rapists murderers. OK!

  • 1
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    Amazing that the Thuppahi Portuguese who runs our Central Bank has been missed by the Purity Commissioner of the BBS.

  • 0
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    Well if you had a good ambassador in Washington then you don’t need a PR firm those who are there make such good representatives we need PR firms to “dress” them up

  • 0
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    what a bunch of godayas, modayas and imbeciles running this country to the cesspit of permanent isolation. mr and basil with no educational qualifications and the other cbsl head honcho whose main qualification was running the finance department of a third grade hotel. you suck, me suck and we all suck together is what the photo depicts. your sucking days will soon come to an end when the new welikada hotel is built.

  • 0
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    what a bunch of godayas, modayas and imbeciles running this country into the cesspit of permanent isolation. mr and basil with no educational qualifications and the other cbsl head honcho whose main qualification was running the finance department of a third grade hotel. you suck, me suck and we all suck together is what the photo depicts. your sucking days will soon come to an end when the new welikada hotel is built.

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