22 October, 2017

Sirisena And Rajapaksa Import Brand New Jeeps Using MP Duty Free Permits

Both President Maithripala Sirisena and former President and Kurunegala district MP Mahinda Rajapaksa have imported brand new jeeps using MP Duty Free Permits.

President Sirisena has imported a brand new Toyota Land Cruiser on 14th October 2016 for USD 62.500. According to the custom’s declaration form the total tax waived off for Sirisena’s vehicle is Rs 33,457,500.00.

Former President Rajapaksa has imported a brand new Toyota Diesel Station Wagon on 19th September 2016 for AUD 82,203.70. The total tax waived off for Mahinda Rajapaksa’s vehicle is Rs 33,457,500.00.

Maithripala Sirisena’s MP Duty Free Permit:

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s custom’s declaration form:

Meanwhile, Rights Activist Nagananda Kodituwakku has said that the country has been defrauded at least 7 billion rupees in tax revenue due to the abuse of the tax-free car permits given to the MPs.

In a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena, Kodituwakku has also once again challenged the credibility and integrity of the former Director General of the CIABOC, Dilruksh Wickramasinghe and has once again accused her of abusing office of the Director General of CIABOC to confer benefits and favours to MPs.

The activist said that from the citizens viewpoint, this is a very important case about the betrayal of their sovereign rights by all three organs of the government that exercise people’s sovereign rights purely on the trust placed in them (Article 4 of the Constitution), misuse or overstep of which tantamount to the breakdown of the rule of law and blatant disregard of the norm of representative democracy.

The activist also draws the attention of the President Sirisena to observe that the absence of accountability process in the exercise of people’s sovereign rights by the organs of the government has already come under scrutiny by the United Nations Human Rights Council, compelling the Government of Sri Lanka to concede that the people have no trust and confidence in the administration of justice system, persuading it to co-sponsor the Resolution (A/HRC/RES/30/1) passed on 01st Oct 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Providing the information inside out about this scam involving the MPs and Cabinet of Ministers, (including an up to date schedule of vehicles imported tax-free) the activist urges the President Sirisena to discharge the office as per his Constitutional Oath and in terms of Article 33 (1)(c) of the Constitution, ensuring proper functioning of the CIABOC, by appointing an independent person with high degree of integrity to the office of the Director General of the CIABOC with clear mandate given to initiate Criminal proceedings in terms of Section 70 of the Bribery Act against all individuals holding office as MPs and the Cabinet of Ministers, including the former Director General of CIABOC Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe for abusing the office held for public good but misused the office to confer benefits or favours for themselves or others causing tremendous revenue loss to the government.

Kodituwakku also urges the President to initiate legal action against all dishonest MPs and Cabinet of Ministers to recover the entirety of the statutory levies defrauded concerning the sale of tax-free car permits to those who are not entitled to use this privilege.

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  • 29
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    Wonder of Asia in the making

    • 36
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      Well done Mr. Koddituwakku:
      Economic Rights of the people of Sri Lanka must be in the New Constitution and the theft of the national wealth and people’s money sby corrupt politicians rendered a criminal offense.

      • 13
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        Keep at it Mr Koditwakku. We the tax payers and the common people have had enough of this nonsense. What about the foreign exchange involved. Are they producing any FE for the country. It is the poor housemaids et al that earn the FE for these persons to waste for their comforts.

        • 6
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          The “King of Simplicity” and the “King of Extravagance” both go down the same lane!

          This is the real betrayal.

    • 20
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      Sirisena And Rajapaksa

      RE: Sirisena And Rajapaksa Import Brand New Jeeps Using MP Duty Free Permits

      “Both President Maithripala Sirisena and former President and Kurunegala district MP Mahinda Rajapaksa have imported brand new jeeps using MP Duty Free Permits.”

      Did you plan to import Jeeps when you had your Hopper, Appa dinner a few years ago?

      Just Curious!

      • 18
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        Amarasiri

        Medamulana Meeharaka to MY3 at the Hopper Table : “You scratch my ass and I will scratch yours, agreed?”

    • 36
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      “What a wonderful Asian Country” we would have been if not for Politicians. It is so painful to see these bastards blustering along robbing the Country at EVERY turn with absolutely no care in the world, and there is nothing ,nothing, we can do about it. Is this what Democracy means ? It is more like Power WITHOUT responsibility !!

      • 13
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        These buggers are not bastards, they are Pariahs in clothes. The buggers are wicked in every thing they do and what is shameless is that they are robbing their own people.
        May Almighty God here the prayers of the oppressed and bring about every curse he can upon them and their families.
        All good things must one day come to an end, and an painful end it will be very soon.

      • 9
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        IF we the citizens are to put a stop to these kind of day light robbery…I say…young guys MUST get together form a party or two contest the elections…throw EVERY party tthat’s there as of today out of sight…then bring in laws to collect the monies these idiotic politicians abused via perks….salary increments.. Incidental expenses that were paid for entertaining their families n stooges…MAKE THEM PAY OR JAIL THEM ….the buck has to stop somewhere and it is now….

        IF those of you who have what it takes to come forward…I mean below 35…step forward….we will vote y’all to office so these old crooks who scratch each others backs can be made to pay for their follies …IF WE the voters could send MR home WE the same voters CAN send the WHOLE PARLIAMENT home and a new era may dawn on Mother Lanka…

        IT has to happen…not tomorrow but today.

        Yesterday is a stale check…tomorrow is a dud check…today is Cash…use it…n use it wisely…

    • 18
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      Come on you Moaners!!

      What do you expect from this third world country UN Educated GREEDY Politicians and the Leaders of the wonder of Asia.
      They’re all the same.
      School buildings in the deep villages are without proper running water or proper toilets for our children,
      Recently I read that a school Roof had fallen which was not repaired.
      Our future generation are DEPRIVED DUE TO THE GREED OF THESE SO CALLED LEADERS WE VOTED FOR.

      ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

      • 15
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        WOW
        OUR PREZZIDENT IS ALSO GREEDY.
        TRUE PATRIOT OF OUR LANKA MAATHAA !! EH!!!
        Unbelievable!!!!

        • 5
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          Our Present Greedy President Oops!!! and The Past Greediest President of the whole wide world from Srilanka are ” Making Hay while the sun Shines”
          They’re making their Beds when they get kicked off from Power to sleep.
          How Pathetic can be. No Guilt No Conscience,

          GOOD FOR NOTHING SO CALLED OUR LEADERS?
          Even after so much criticism aimed at President after he took his son to the UN on tax payers money, he has done it again,!!
          This time it seems he has taken the whole family to Russia to show his old Haunts in Russia where he had apparently studied!!!
          The question here had he used our Tax Payers money on this jaunt on his Offsprings.????
          Anyone has any idea???

      • 4
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        How can our leaders see the schools without roofs unless they have reliable jeeps? Aney some of these roads are atrocious. You will not say these envious things of you had seen them. – every uncomfortable if you do not have decent vehicles

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        Now the MINISTER OF EDDUUCAATION HAD COME UP TO SAY ITS NOT ME NOR ME, NO ME,
        AT FAULT THE SCHOOL ROOF IN KANDY FELL THROUGH!!!

        What are you minister?? Not me , not me , but others at fault ! BUT YOU ARE THE MIINNISSTER OF EDUCATION.

        WHY DID YOU EMPLOY UNWORTHY CHARACTERS TO RUN THESE PLACES ! ?
        Our children’s schools?? Our future generations are ignored on the expense of yours and your sub committee’s ( Provincial Educationalists) GREEDINESS THE ROOF FELL THROUGH.

        THANK GOD I AM NOT IN THE PARLIAMENT TO HAVE A VERBAL WAR WITH THE LIKES OF YOU GREEDY INCOMPETENT SO CALLED MINISTERS WE VOTED FOR.

        SOMEONE SAID YOU NEED A VERY POWERFUL CAR TO SEE THE RURAL SCHOOLS , BECAUSE ITS TOO TOUGH FOR YOU MINISTER AND THE ENTOURAGE . YOUR REARS ARE MADE OF COTTON BALLS?

        WHY NOT TAKE A LUXUXY BULLOCK CART TO GO TO THESE RURAL SCHOOLS, SO THAT YOU CAN SHOW OFF YOUR LUXURY CART AND THE PAMPERED BULLS .

        FOOD FOR THOUGHT MINISTER OF EDDDUUCATTION!!!

    • 7
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      This country has been fighting since the independence, because of utter foolish and selfish idiots. Don’t expect this to change dramatically.

    • 0
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      Difference between RW types and Sirisena types

  • 22
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    “One of the most distinct features of this whole human history is god flattery! People never get tired of buttering every kind of gods in the hope of getting earthly benefit or obtaining heavenly plunder! Man is no doubt a tireless flunkey!”

  • 24
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    The quickest way to make money in Srilanka is politics…..

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      Roy:-
      …And They don’t even have to Pass any Exams, to make Money this Way!

      It is No Wonder that Doctors go on Strike!

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    In Sri Lanka, corruption is the bedrock of so-called parliamentary democracy.
    When members of parliament are corrupt, how can public servants resist temptation to make a ‘fast buck’.

    CIABOC and FCID are shams.

    The prime minister is said to have prevented interrogation of Shiranthi Rajapakse about her ill-gotten billions.

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      Justice,

      “The prime minister is said to have prevented interrogation of Shiranthi Rajapakse about her ill-gotten billions.”

      The Prime Minister is also trying hard to save the arse of Mahendran and his SiL.

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        IF we the citizens are to put a stop to these kind of day light robbery…I say…young guys MUST get together form a party or two contest the elections…throw EVERY party tthat’s there as of today out of sight…then bring in laws to collect the monies these idiotic politicians abused via perks….salary increments.. Incidental expenses that were paid for entertaining their families n stooges…MAKE THEM PAY OR JAIL THEM ….the buck has to stop somewhere and it is now….

        IF those of you who have what it takes to come forward…I mean below 35…step forward….we will vote y’all to office so these old crooks who scratch each others backs can be made to pay for their follies …IF WE the voters could send MR home WE the same voters CAN send the WHOLE PARLIAMENT home and a new era may dawn on Mother Lanka…

        IT has to happen…not tomorrow but today.

        Yesterday is a stale check…tomorrow is a dud check…today is Cash…use it…n use it wisely…

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          SEA…:-
          “I say…young guys MUST get together form a party or two contest the elections…”

          See what happened to the Early JVP, who followed your advice!

          All the ‘Young Guys’ who formed the JVP at the Time were Murdered and the ‘Old Guys’ continued their Plunder of the Nations Coffers!

          It is still continuing!

      • 4
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        Not forgetting how the PM got Wimal Weeraya out of the immigration mess at the airport trying to travel to Europe on an expired Passport….2nd instance in getting bail due to EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES… Now WW will join UNP after telling MR…sir ur not in power to bring me Thambili and I’m young who has many cases going on in court…So let me join UNP…be a minister until next elections….then I’d use more state machinery to canvass for u my lord MR..until then ignore me…..then WW will cut a deal with RW… And we the public will be on a bugger roller coaster rude….we are played each time n every time…..OH mother Lanka…I weep for thee…

  • 18
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    These Politicians are of the same breed. They talk about the hardships of the normal people only until they come to power. Once in power, they forget about the people and seek all the perks and privileges that are for them. The loser will be always the normal people, who pay taxes to up keep the never ending desires of these devils.

  • 17
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    Entrepreneurs, businessmen and the like who keep the wheels of economy moving and the state coffers filled with the contribution of taxes don’t get any state benefit let a lone duty free vehicles but those who bleed us dry in the state sector get duty free vehicles, foreign scholarships, govt housing, free meals (parliament), state tamashas, etc.

  • 5
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    Oh! Nagananda where are you?

  • 8
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    Yep they look after each other…….same crap just different names and the morons of Sri Lanka keep electing them…!

  • 11
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    Plato, need not worry, nothing on this robbery comes to light without my knowledge. My peace of writing on this will follow.

    There was an attempt to hide this info from me but did not work.

  • 5
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    MR in AUS$ and MS in US$? Strange. MR in September and MS in October. No doubt astrology is involved here.

    Latent Nagananda Kodituwakkus please join Nagananda. Politicians succeed because of the silent majority.

    • 3
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      Haha yes…rem Yoshita went to oz with the permission of the court….oh lord have mercy on us….

  • 13
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    The public servants in Sri Lanka dont pay PAYEE Tax.
    The politisions get free duty car permits,
    The University students get free education.

    There is no equality in the country. If everybody pays tax, pays duty for cars, and pay for there education. Life will be more simpler. here the previlage class wants to piggy back on the common man .who pays taxes,pays duty, pays for the childrens education.

  • 7
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    This is terrible. Its like mother crab asking the baby crabs to walk straight.

    Why buy Toyota Landcrusiers, when they have well built, rugged 4 wheel drives made in India.

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    Whether they are in ‘Yahapalanaya’ or Yamapalanaya’, politician are parasites thriving on tax payers. Anyway, it is not fair to expect the President to go around in a ‘Bakki Karaththaya’ after 2020.

    An article appeared in Colombo Page on March 26, 2017 under the heading “Sri Lankan government removes duty imposed on items brought by migrant workers” reported that “…the Customs has decided to give more benefits to the Sri Lankans who are returning after working in overseas. He said that they can bring a bathroom set, a bedroom suite and a motorcycle below the capacity of 350 CC, tax free. They will also be able to bring solar panels, computers, laptops and two mobile phones. The migrant workers can also purchase television sets less than 55 inches duty free.”

    The irony is some who do not earn even a single Dollar to the country are entitled to a duty free allowance of US$ 60,000.00 to import a luxury vehicle but the people who have shed their sweat to earn foreign currency to the country cannot even have the luxury to watch TV in a duty free 55 inch TV. They also should ride in motor cycles, not even in a duty free car less than 1000cc.

    When I decide to return to Sri Lanka, I found that the car prices are very high and checked whether I could bring the 15 year old car I used as a single owner which was in very good condition. I was told that cars older than 10 years are not allowed. However, the person in the Department of Import and Export told me that even if I am allowed to bring the car I have to pay duty. He was so kind enough to contact a person in the customs and told me that I will have to pay Rs. 1.3 million as duty. I thought ‘Go to Hell’. Now I am going around in Three Wheelers. God save our politicians from getting struck by lightning.

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      Eagle Eye

      I, too, am an expatriate, & was thinking of bringing my now 6 year old car to SL upon my pending retirement. I have been living abroad for over 25 years & being a car enthusiast, had the privilege of buying a new car every 5 years as it is affordable & more expensive to maintain an older vehicle. However, since I began to plan my retirement & returning to SL to spend my final years among friends & family, I saved for a couple of years to buy the car of my dreams, hoping to bring it to SL as it would last me for the rest of my motoring days. It cost me £28000 brand new & is not considered an expensive car but an ‘Executive’ model of a popular European brand, famed for its quality, reliability & driving pleasure. At that time, the Rajapakse regime was in power & there was even speculation that some duty concessions would be given to returning expatriates on their used household goods & older vehicle brought down for personal use.

      Unfortunately, with the change of Govt., Ravi K, in his infinite wisdom, changed the duty structure for vehicles to a blanket valuation based on the engine size multiplied by Rs 550,000 but worst is, there is no depreciating factor in the valuation for an older car, therefore, though an expatriate is allowed bring his personal vehicle (provided it is under 10 years old & had owned it for 3 years), the duty for the old car & a brand new car is the same.
      Accordingly, I will have to pay almost Rs 11m as duty for a 6 year old car with an engine capacity of 1.9 liters. If I remember correctly, Ravi K has apparently stated that he is the only qualified person ever to hold the position of Finance Minister in SL but though I am not a financial expert, to my knowledge, any asset is depreciated for general tax purposes (apart from land which are considered to appreciate in value, therefore, revalued according to market demand).

      I will only get less than 1/3 the price I paid for my car, even though it has a low mileage & is in very good condition, because of it’s age but with that money, I will be lucky to find even a used Asian car in SL. If I am to buy a car in SL now, it would be, in principal, a drain in much needed FOREX reserves of the country, which would have been saved if I was able to bring my car I had bought with earnings abroad. Either Ravi K is dumb or has bowed down to the franchise car dealer cartel in SL who wants to monopolize their brands by discouraging ‘gray’ imports.

      It is time the duty concessions are abolished & a fair, affordable import duty system is established for everybody.

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        I will tell you my similar experience. On my retirement a five years ago, I applied to bring my 9 year old one owner used car to srilanka so that it will be useful in my final days. Car was only worth £4000.00 in the U.K. In spite of declaring that I was repatriating after 32 years, the customs officers insisted that I pay a duty of 100% of their estimated value of the car which was 2.4 million! I had no option but to pay that for a 9years old one owner used car of my own. That is what they do to us general public while these fraudulent politicians rob the coffers of the country while wearing their white sarongs and tops pretending to be such pious Buddhists.

  • 12
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    dear mr Sirisena you broke almost all election promises. Do you expect to come to us again asking to vote for you?

    • 10
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      No he doesn’t expect that. That’s why he is robbing the country while he still can. In 2020 it will be someone else’s turn. They are all thieves but they cannot be punished because they have installed fellow thieves in the courts, the military and the police.

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      Dear Jayampathi,
      My advise to all voters is to give these buggers a good THUMP on their BUTTS if they have the audacity to come creeping along the lanes from house to house, like the proverbial street dogs with their tails between their legs, asking for the “CHANDEY”. TRULY and REALLY give them a good kick up their bums !

  • 4
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    How can one ask MPs not to import luxury vehicles when their own leaders President Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapakse have imported similar vehicles utilizing their duty free permits?

    Pupils follow their teachers or even exceed the teachers. That is what is happening to the Sri Lankan MPs. In this case I am reminded of a Sinhala saying which I heard from one of my former Sinhala journalist colleagues, the translation of which is “when the teacher stands and urinate the pupils will run about and urinate”. That is an apt description of what Sirisena and Mahinda did in relation to luxury car imports and what their MPs are doing now.

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    Dear Mr.Nagahananda
    Your revelation has opened our eyes. We have to beware of these cheeky politicians and make sure not one of this lot are elected again.
    We, should team ourselves into a party or caucus and run for public office with a clear agenda and a clean constitution. I am certain we will be able to rally a large portion of the electorate to safely win elections ousting these greedy lot presently representing us.
    Please give this idea a bit of thought.
    Casca

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    Dear Casca

    I am ready to sacrifice my British citizenship and even to contest for the Executive Presidency. But I should see genuine interest in the people to restore rule of law in this country and deal with all cheats belongs to every political party responsible for robbing the Nation strictly according to the rule of law.

    I am fully aware that people of this island nation is suffering due to the total ignorance of the leaned people who do wish to remain in silence permitting cheats to destroy the nation. It is truly sad but that is the truth and believe you will agree.

    I honestly believe that if we can organize a team of about 12 people with total commitment, very high degree of integrity and selflessness we can easily bring about a complete change, navigate the nation in the right direction. With a firm policy to deny politicians any form of perks including salaries, pensions, liquor shops, tax-free car permits and other perks now being offered to these people.

    In my view this country need not have 225 people in the Parliament, 125 member can represent the whole nation, particularly considering the poor state of the economy which cannot afford to maintain such a large number at public expense. The number of Cabinet of Ministers shall not exceed 12 not over 100 by any means as at present, which has become a bane to the national economy.

    The Parliament shall return to the old building and the building it currently occupy can be used of some other purpose like setting of a class university for the cream of those student qualify for university entrance.

    If MPs cannot move with the general public such people should find a place elsewhere and in the Parliament. If we can do that no cheat will attempt come to politics when they can gain nothing in politics.

    I invite you to read my ideas covering most of areas that was published in CT some time back (link is given below). Please read it and comment.

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/representative-democracy-constitution-making/

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      Nagananda

      I had a look at your previous essay on your proposals for constitutional reforms.

      Most of these relate to judiciary and rule of law. You may have excellent constitutional provisions but they have to be implemented in their true spirits.

      Now look at the 19th amendment. Under this provision, an independent body was appointed to make recommendations for the appointments of higher officials like the Police Chief and Attorney-General. Regrettably in the end those who were appointed happened to be the favorites of the ruling party like the present IGP.

      So long as the elected Members of Parliament and the members of the government are crooked, nothing will change. They will continue to rule the country in their crooked ways.

      In 2008, people voted against Rajapakse who was perceived as autocratic and corrupt. They elected Sirisena and later his UNP led Yahapalanaya government. Did anything change?

      These new guys replaced Rajapakse and his cohorts but they are continuing on the same path. Sirisena and Ranil accused Rajapakse of mortgaging the country to China. But Ranil is now hell bent on selling the country to the very same China.Tomorrow Hambantota port and Mattala airport will be Chinese owned, China will have a Hong Kong in the form of Colombo port city and China will have sovereignty over thousands of acres of land in the Hambantota region.

      Take the case of the Central Bank robbery under the yahapalanaya government. This Singaporean Arjuna Mahendran and his son-in-law could not be touched whatever commissions Sirisena may set up so long as Ranil is on the side of Mahendran. Arjuna Mahendran’s son-in-law is setting up distilleries and media outlets from the monies he earned from the bond deals. Ranil has opened up all gates for his friends to exploit the wealth of Sri Lanka.

      That is the sad state of affairs in Sri Lanka.

      Nagananda, I know you mean good and have good intentions. But, your good intentions will not work and Sri Lanka will remain the most corrupt country in this part of the world. The problems of the Tamils will remain and the communal divide will continue giving way to another armed Tamil rebellion.

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      Mr Kodituwakku

      I am not an aspiring politician nor have I any interest in politics but I am willing to support you all the way to put an end to injustice & corruption in SL.

      Although it is not a bed of roses, I consider my self fortunate to live in a developed country & feel so sorry for my friends in SL who have to undergo so much hardships to educate their children, the relative high cost of living & expensive healthcare whilst accepting the corruption & injustice of the politicians, their cronies & a few selfish state bureaucrats & trade unionists who, ironically, have been educated at the expense of the tax payers.

      Although I had plans to take early retirement & return to SL to spend my final stage in life among friends & family in reasonable comfort, I now think it is better to be where I am, even if I maybe considered a third class citizen. At least, I can expect justice & fair play with the state to look after me in my old age, in a country where I can complain to my MP of wrong doings & expect results & get matters sorted out by telephone without leaving the house, unlike in SL, where it is a hassle, even to get a simple thing done.

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    [Edited out] We are sorry, the comment language is English – CT

  • 1
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    “Empty vessels do make a big sound”!
    Why not try something ‘superior’ by feeding some hungry man/woman and investing in a bicycle for travel?

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    The JVP gave the electorate a chance to vote for a very decent set of candidates but the majority voted for the same old crooks, so now don’t cry just enjoy what you all asked for.

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      Ya but AKD and another JVP MP also used their permits to import a double cab…so they are not any better… Moreover ppl still have reservations reg the JVP…. In any case every political party promise things…but once they come to power total opposite happens…so we need a totally new set of politicians we ho are not given perks….come to parliament n ho to the electorate’s using ones own vehicles or take public transport…..IF Late Mr.Dahanayaka could come by train from Galle why can’t others…..

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      The JVP has to still to earn the full confidence of a doubting electorate with memories that has yet to fade when it comes
      considering it’s past history especially on the National Question and about it’s development policies for resurrecting the country’ s economic development.
      So don’t blame the electorate for it’s lack of confidence of the JVP’s own deficiencies as it has yet to do more to erase memories of it’s past infantile adventurism that still haunts the minds of the island’s people.

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        It was the JVP which wanted Mr: Kadirgamar appointed as the PM when Chandrika was in power. hat more does one want of the JVP’s stance on the national question, I will not blame you since the super majority only read the capitalist news spread., read the Lanka newspaper whenever possible to know the stance of the JVP. Will you also ask me not to blame the electorate for electing the types of Paba and Ravi? There are enough of videos on how the JVP will resurrect the economy on FB if you are so interested. I feel that it is more a case of selfishness that is preventing voters tilting towards the JVP. Everyone thinks about how one can get personal favors by electing someone who has a chance of coming into power than looking at what is happening to this country.

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          Yes that the JVP desired to have Mr. Kadirgamar as PM during Chandrika’s Presidential tenure may be correct, but what else did it do to ensure it happens.
          Wishing and desiring is not enough in real politics. Striving to achieve the goal is important. At that time even Wimal Weeraya too was in the JVP. firing on all cylinders.
          What Lanka newspaper you are on about and where does it sell and what videos are you talking about?

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          Harishchandra

          JVP’s hypocrisy and closet racism is well known and well recorded.

          JVP opposed Indo Lanka pact, 13th Amendment, all things Provincial Councils …. however contested elections and enjoys all perks.

          Prior to 1988 JVP never fought to give Tamil equal status or make another official/national language. By overtly opposing 13th Amendment it opposed equal status to Tamil language.

          JVP together with JHU fought to de-merge North East. They worked very hard, along with MR and Sarath de Silva. I was told the Tamil lawyers were never allowed to state their side of the case/arguments. JVP never took issue with Sarath de Silva.

          JVP was a key ally of MR which supported the war despite innocent people were being killed.

          JVP’s position is unclear, may be sitting on the fence waiting for the appropriate time to chose the side which would massively beneficial to the party. For the time being they are opposed to foreign intervention in domestic judiciary. What is the alternative, well they are opposed to foreign intervention. What is the alternative, well they are ………

          “I feel that it is more a case of selfishness that is preventing voters tilting towards the JVP.”

          Whose selfishness one may ask?

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    What is wrong with what they have done?

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    Duty free vehicle! I heard the Prez has imported another 2 Mercedezs as well. Is this in addition to the duty free one? Helas! God bless Sri Lanka!

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      Why can’t Politicians be given access to a Common Vehicle Pool when they need a Vehicle?

      One Rule for Politicians, Another for the People!

      Owning Public Subsidised Vehicles, by Politicians, is not Democracy!

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    Dear Readers,
    It has been proved over decades that SL was not fortunate enough to have a single Stateman since independence but generations of politicians who visibly became worst in their behaviour and money making over the years. Imagine that 94 out 225 of the present idiots in the Parliament have not got through their GCE O Levels. These are the idiots who are deciding what is good for this country and the people.Among them are gold chain snatchers,drug and alcohol dealers, thugs and other criminals.
    No amount of weeping will help us unless the people (voter)decide that enough is enough and chase the whole lot out at the next election. Lets organize a common people’s front and get ready. There got to be a revolution in this country. Not an uprising with arms or other form of force but a revolution to change our own thinking and attitudes.

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      In Sri Lanka being educated does not make a politician better. JR Jayawardene was highly educated in British universities and he was one of the worst leaders SL ever had.

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    Dear John,
    JR never went to British Unies. There were certain marked failures of JR but on the whole they were superior leaders as far as knowledge, experience honesty discipline simplicity and many other things are concerned. I am not a follower of JR but the truth got to be acknowledged. Similarly here were other politicians like Bandaranaikes, Gunwardhanas who lost their wealth by going to do politics. Can you name a single politician who has lost his inherited or earned wealth due to engaging in politics at present? JVP and Tamil parties may have a few who have not amassed wealth through politics. But on the whole all are corrupt in one way or the other.Some earn and some help others to earn like in the case of the infamous Bond Issue. All are conning and playing politics while people particularly the marginalized are finding extremely difficult to meet ends.
    Its high time the people take serious note of what is happening.

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    Why do you think permits are given for? To scrape coconuts???

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    People,
    Please read the tow photocopies properly.
    My3pala’s importer is Toyota company Sri Lanka.
    Rajapaksa’s importer is “Serendib Sourcing Pty Ltd” in Australia.
    WHat the hell is this “Serandib Sourcing” ?
    You can check in the Australian Business Number check.
    It was registered in 2016.
    Email is “charels@…”. Who is Charels ?
    If you check the address by googling , it is a house unit with 3 br, rented.
    Faruds are continuing…

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