17 December, 2017

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Sirisena Sinking In Corrupt Deals Of UNP And Chandrika

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Though there are several peripheral issues the main issue, whipped up by the Opposition, is to change the presidential system and revert to the parliamentary system. This is another of way of the Opposition saying: Get rid of the Rajapaksas. But changing of the constitution, in itself,  is a non-issue. It  has failed  to cut much ice with the voters so far. Ultimately the election will  boil down to a contest of personalities, I think,  between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maithripala Sirisena.

As for the election itself, it lacks the fire and passion of major issues stirring the political pot. So far it has been rather a tame event, other than, of course, the musical chairs played mainly by Chandrika Kumaratunga who is hoping to sit in a chair of  her own as the power behind the throne, if and when the opportunity arises.

On the issue of personalities Sirisena’s election campaign so far has been focused on projecting his image on three main bases: First, as a man with a clean and incorruptible record. Second,  he claims to be a man who came from the “ al-lay, (channels) vel-lay (paddy fields) and pal-lay” (huts) man  – meaning a rather simple man though the  rustic image he proposes  to project is somewhat misleading because his brother Dudley has amassed a fortune of Rs. 3 billion and counting.  Third, he  is claiming the Bandaranaike legacy with Chandrika Kumaratunga sitting next to him, which seems to be his tactic  of wooing and  winning  the SLFP vote.

Ranil Maithri Chandrila 1Take for instance, his claim to be a clean man, which is his main political plank. If he is really averse to corruption, and if he is the clean man he claims to be, how come his campaign is handled mainly by the most corrupt political woman  of our time,  Chandrika Kumaratunga. This is not what I say. This  is what her best friend and political supporter, Victor Ivan, Editor of the RAVAYA, said in print. What he wrote about her in his book titled Queen of Deceit is sensational.

He says, and I quote:  “President Chandrika Kumaratunga. has been the most corrupt and inefficient of all the corrupt and inefficient politicians who have come to power since Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948.” Now everyone will agree that this is a damning statement that should  have made her hide from the public for the rest of her life. Like Hamlet’s Ophelia she should have gone into a nunnery. But not Chandrika Kumaratunga. The reason is also explained in a way by Victor  Ivan.. He says and I quote : “To her lying was a gift from the gods, granted to her to make her life easy. She was not afraid to lie, not even in the official bio-data presented as President of Sri Lanka. ” says Ivan.

He goes on to say:“ She let it be known that she had a degree in law from one university, a degree in political science and economics from a Paris University and was qualified to read for a doctorate. While she had not even passed her AL Exam she proudly proclaimed to a forum of medical associations that although she earned sufficient grades to enter Medical College, she did not make use of that opportunity because she was not interested in becoming a doctor.” – p. 67.

Victor Ivan also quotes her late husband Vijaya Kumaratunga who had told him to leave her alone as Victor was pushing her to provide her certificates. She was running upstairs to escape Victor. Then Vijaya explained to Victor that “she felt the need to pose as an educated person though she did not even possess the qualification to sit for Law College. (p. 68)

As far I know, the only qualification she can claim, mainly because of her wide experience, is that of a sommelier – a trained wine taster. This too can be challenged because guzzling wine at Sorbonne does not qualify anyone to be a be an expert in fine wine.

But what undermines and questions Sirisena’s claim to be an  honest man is once again Chandrika Kumaratunga’s unexplained fortune found in safety deposit boxes. Victor Ivan says on p. 42 that Anuruddah Ratwatte, her uncle, told the CID investigating his millions that safety deposit boxes of Chandrika Kumaratunga were in the Suduwella Branch of the Hatton National  Bank. To quote his again: “The vault was not in the name of Chandrika Kumaratunga but in the name of her sister Sunethra. …According to his (that is Ratwatte’s) estimate there was (hold your breath, dear readers!) —  Rs. 1.2 billion in these safes. (p.42),

When Sirisena is dependent, primarily on corrupt Chandrika Kumaratunga, it leads to the inescapable conclusion that birds of a feather flock together. The very close alliance  with “the most corrupt and inefficient of all the corrupt and inefficient politicians who have come to power since Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948” questions the  integrity and the honesty of Sirisena who promises to establish a clean administration. Sirisena cannot say that she  is Bandaranaike’s daughter and, therefore, she is pure. In fact, Victor Ivan deals with this aspect and says that of all the Bandaranaikes only S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike was pure. This is a damning indictment of Chandrika Bandaranaike who is now directing even the UNP policy from her house near the Parliament, according to Tissa Attanayake.

Besides, like a general in the army, Sirisena should shoulder total responsibility for what takes place on the main issue of corruption. As they say in law, the leader of the Opposition alliance, like  the general in the army, should accept command responsibility. Sirisena in all respects is the general leading his political army to clean up the administration. So can he do that with a the most corrupt woman leading his campaign?

The corruption talked  about  is not somewhere way down the line. It is right next to him, sitting next to him and leading his campaign. If  he  tolerates corruption at that level – corruption taking place under  his very nose — then  he loses his claim to be a clean man. His alliance with corrupt Chandrika Kumaratuga is sufficient  to prove that he is neck-deep in corruption even before he can take office.

Even if one  accepts  that Sirisena is a clean man can anyone seriously believe  that he will lift a finger to clean up his stables with corrupt politicians like Chandrika Kumaratunga directing operations in his name. She is not manipulating behind  the scenes for nothing. She will demand  her pound of flesh and Sirisena has already promised it to her. In fact he announced it to the media saying that she will be given a “deserving place.” She says openly that her children do not want her to enter politics. So why is Sirisena admitting her  through the backdoor? In any case, does the “most corrupt and inefficient” woman in Sri Lankan politics deserve a place in any respectable place in public services?  It is her  failure  to serve the public with honesty and integrity that makes her the most corrupt of the Bandaranaikes.

She is  not the only corrupt one in his stables. Sirisena’s MOU with the UNP too makes you wonder what  his standards are in maintaining  the high values of running a clean administration. Being in politics for 37 years Sirisena ought to know  that anybody aligned to the UNP’s corrupt and anti-national deals under Ranil Wickremesinghe can never be clean. Sirisena can’t pretend to be ignorant of UNP’s heinous corruption because it is an open secret. For instance, Tissa Attanayake, the former Secretary General of UNP, has confirmed something more than corruption in  the UNP. Rejecting  the accusation of corruption against him he says in his letter of resignation to his leader, Wickremesinghe: “Actually it is Ravi Karunanayake who has obtained money illegally from Raj Rajaratnam, a well-known LTTE supporter from America. Ravi has cases pending against him for violation of foreign exchange regulations.”

This is a serious  issue raised by the one of the most high-ranking  UNP insiders. Tissa Attanayake should know  at  first  hand the  insider trading because he was until the other day the General Secretary of the UNP. Besides, when he raises the issue of Ravi Karaunayake accepting money from billionaire everyone knows that it has serious consequences to the nation’s future. In short, it spells doom to the nation’s peace, security and territorial integrity. So the Ravi-Rajaratnam deal is more than corruption. This is the conduct of traitor who is taking money from the enemy to sell the nation down  the river, like the way Wickremesinghe did with his deal with Prabhakaran. Nothing of this magnitude can take place without Wickremesinghe knowing it.

What is more, Rajaratnam did not give money to Ravi Karunanayake because he liked  his elephantine girth. No. He gave money because he cut a deal with the UNP. What is  this deal? What is the UNP going to give Rajaratnam in return for  the money? What happened to this money? It is the leader of the UNP, Wickremesinghe, who is answerable to these questions, now that he has pledged with Sirisena to be transparent and accountable.

Sirisena too owes it to the nation to reveal the inside story of this deal that threatens he security of the nation. Has Sirisena asked any questions about this UNP deal with Rajaratnam? Will Sirisena and Wickremesinghe answer these vital questions ASAP? The nation has a right to know about this $300 million deal. The response to these question will be a credible test of the honesty and integrity of Sirisena – the man who promises transparency.

But will Sirisena dare ask the UNP which is supposed to deliver him the votes he needs to win? So how honest is honest Sirisena? It is now quite clear that both Chandrika Kumaratunga and  Wickremesinghe sitting on either side of Sirisena have more than one political skeleton hidden in their cupboards. They have to answer many questions regarding the political/personal deals.

Despite the crooked past of Chandrika Kumaratunga, Sirisena has gone on record saying that he would give her a “deserving position” in his government. How can Sirisena claim to be an honest man when one of his key decisions announced even before the election is to give this crooked woman a place in his government? After she lost her last election she juggled and through her French connections got a job in UNICEF as some kind of educationist in South Asia. The public protest against the appointment was spontaneous  and strong that UNICEF had to dump her unceremoniously. So if she is not fit to hold a job in the UN how can she be fit hold a job in any clean administration in Sri Lanka?

Being a party man who was close Chandrika Kumaratunga,  Sirisena knows her record perhaps as good as, or even better than Victor Ivan. So if he gives her a job – undoubtedly a top job in payment for political services rendered — what is left of Sirisena’s integrity?  He might as well take Kudu Naufer out of jail and appoint him as Minister with responsibilities to oversee drug trafficking.

The tragedy is that Sirisena has gone too far down the road to elections with these two corrupt leaders to dump them. It is too late now. He is stuck with them and he has to live with them. He can only sweep their corrupt practices under the carpet and pretend  that the “My3-pala-naya” is the cleanest in the  world. Of course, remember Sirisena has had enough practice of sweeping his son’s attack on a DIG’s son at the Malu Malu beach under the carpet. There has been no official inquires nor judgment meted out to the guilty criminals.

So including corrupt Chandrika, Wickremesinghe, Ravi Karunanayake – all peas from the same rotten pod —  would be a piece of cake for honest Sirisena. What is unacceptable in this charade is his claim to occupy the high moral ground. If Sirisena is leaving Rajapakse because of corruption what’s the difference  in shacking up with Chandrika Kumaratunga, Ravi Karunanayake  and Wickremesinghe? They are not offering Sirisena a pure white paradise of Christs, Buddhas and Mohammeds, are they?

So the nation is back to square one as far as corruption goes. Sirisena is stuck in the mud. He can’t change the constitution within the time specified by him. He can’t chuck out his corrupt  partners. He has already promised a prominent place to the most corrupt woman in his Cabinet. He has already reneged on handing over his “Executive Powers” to an “Executive Prime Minister” within 24 hours.

He is also back peddling as fast as he can. Now he says he will retain the presidency with some critical powers. He now  says that he will retain the Defence Forces under his  grip. He has already made arrangements to keep Chandrika next to him which will be a safety valve. She will be a counter weight to Wickremesinghe.

All this will be fine by Sirisena. But where – where, O, where? – will all this leave Wickremesinghe? When he was Prime Minister under Chandrika Kumaratunga when she was president his bone of contention with her was to grab the defence forces and keep it under his wing. Now that Sirisena has decided to keep the forces under his wing, after promising  to hand over all executive  powers to the prime minister, Wickremesinghe is back to where he began with no real powers to be in command of all the mighty forces.

Poor fellow! At the end of the day he is always left with holding the wrong end of the stick!

Sirisena and Chandrika Bandaranaike have already mapped  out their share of power leaving Wickremesinghe to hold “My3” all by himself.

C’est la vie, Ranil!

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    First Modapala
    2nd Modapala
    3rd Modapala

    3 times Hora

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    Mr Mahindapala,

    You could only find a very dubious link to create an impression that Mr Maithripala is corrupt because you are unable to find any solid evidence whereas you know very well that the entire Rajapaksa family, including the brothers, their children and his own children have amassed enormous amounts of wealth through corrupt means. His ‘ape miniha’ speech wasn’t evidence enough for you, Mr Mahindapala. The entire population of the country knows that the Rajapaksas are flaunting their ill gotten wealth on a daily basis. You may also be a beneficiary of the Rajaksas loot for your services in defending him and his family and the thought of him losing the presidency obviously appears to be a worry for you. The man and his family must go and go now for the betterment of the people and the country.

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    How about BANDIT KING MAHINDA?

    His brothers own 10 multi million dollar houses in California, USA.

    His sons own Lamborghini and Aston Martin each and race them in Kandy.

    The other sons is in NASA after paying for the amateur astronaut cause $575,000 a year and lodging and luxury life style.

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      Any one going to ask the Hambayantota kabaragoya to explain how he got the $575,000?

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        The money to the sons can therefore be traced to this News today:
        ASK PREMASIRI of the Presidential Office:- [Edited out]

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      Fathima, he will have to pay soon for all the abuses.

      Wait and see – the man will be ended up in drains as was the case for Gadafi..

      I believe in all mighteous forces. Good he has done is very less compared to the bad he performed from the beginning on.
      His wandibattayas have to cover up all these since they have no other options to stay intact.

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      Where did they get this amount of money? No real job for any of them, yet they are swimming in enormous riches!

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      Information regarding a part of the billions worth of assets in the USA belonging to Basil Rajapaksa and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the younger brothers of President Rajapaksa, has been revealed.

      Among the assets are 4 houses in California belonging to Mrs. Pushpa Rajapaksa, the wife of Minister Basil Rajapaksa. Their addresses are (1) 5581 Homecoming, Mira Loma, CA 91752(2) 15067 Preston Dr, Fontana, CA 92336 (3) 222 Dexter St, Covina, CA 91723 (4) 15067 Preston Dr, Fontana, CA 92336. The details of these houses could be viewed by anyone by entering http://radaris.com/ , the web browser that gives details regarding people and their properties in the USA.

      Also, information regarding 2 houses belonging to Ayoma Rajapaksa, the wife of Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has been revealed. They are ^1& 1341 Wickham Ct, San Dimas, CA 91773 ^2& 303 S Cataract Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773.

      By 2007 both of them owned only one house each in California. They were a house in Fontana owned by Mrs. Pushpa Rajapaksa and another in San Dimas owned by Mrs. Ayoma Rajapaksa.

      During this period the market value of Mrs. Pushpa Rajapaksa s house was estimated as US$ 4.5 million. The value of the old house belonging to Mrs. Ayoma Rajapaksa in San Damas was US$ 9,95,000.

      Parliamentarians and executive officials of the government have to reveal their assets annually. However, President Rajapaksa amended this in 2007 which stated duel citizens need not reveal assets in the other country.

      More details from:

      http://radaris.com/p/Pushpa/Rajapaksa/
      http://radaris.com/ Ioma-Rajapaksa/107098560

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    This M pala, who has not got a single article in the Oz papers is defecating here. I never read such junk, and I do not any longer more than one para and a quick scan

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    Is this the same Mahindapala who not so long ago was singing praise of late President Premadasa.

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    Oh Mahindapala you will lose your loot from the Jarapassas so you cry for your daily bread, oh shut up and get lost we the citizens suffer from every evil from this inhuman breed of Jarapassas, they must be sent home to meet the wrath of the Gods, thats why he is seeking divine intervention, and the Gods will punish them rightly and truly, enough is enough !

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    Waiting to know whether Pearl Thevanayagam still hero worships Mahindapala the charlatan, yes man, [Edited out]sycophant, toady.

    Pearl Thevanayagam
    November 27, 2014 at 5:17 am
    HLD has not a racist bone in his body. He is married to a Tamil. This writer was recruited to Lake House by his seeking me an interview with chairman Sunil Rodrigo when all Tamils from Jaffna were seen as Tiger flaggers. Sometimes passionate towards Sinhala cause he still remains the intrepid and honest journalist who cannot be bought with cheque books. I stand by him through thick a thin. His editorship at the Observer pushed up its sales to immeasurable heights and he did not suffer fools gladly.

    Solon
    November 27, 2014 at 4:29 pm
    Even the Almighty cannot help those who choose to be blind. In this case you PT are one of those. Being married to a Tamil does not mean that you are not a rabid racist who takes deep pleasure out of humiliation inflicted on Muslim, Tamil and Christian minorities. Pearl, you have said HLD is an “honest” journalist. Please try honestly to ponder the meaning of the word honesty. Then ask yourself whether HLD is honest – even to himself, about what he writes. Start with the 16 questions he has posed.

    Pearl Thevanayagam
    November 28, 2014 at 7:24 am
    The commentators are commenting without the insider knowledge. The hacks who hoisted their legs on the table and hoped for inspirations instead of seeking news by getting their arses off the chairs and venturing out. Their intellect and dreaminess would not bring news while they put both their legs on the desk and dreamed of ideas. Rajpal Abeynaike belongs to this category. HLD called them pouffes. He brooked no nonsense. He hated armchair dreamers such as Rajpal Abeynaike; a lazy bum. For his pushiing journos to do some legwork and bring news he was reviled. HLD was a journalist who drove his journos to bring news no matter how.

    Solon
    November 28, 2014 at 9:15 pm
    Pearl Thevanayagam, You started this comment thread by proclaiming “HLD has not a racist bone in his body. He is married to a Tamil”. We readers of HLDM and other journalists generally are not privy to how he or other journalists behave in the bedroom. Are you PT? So we confine our comments to what he writes in newspapers and websites. A reasonable conclusion is that he is promoting in his writings a privileged position in our “Democratic Socialist” society for the Sinhala Buddhist – thereby qualifying himself as a RACIST. Your statement “Sometimes passionate towards Sinhala cause” is clearly an admission that he is a racist, and what you offer as mitigation, that he could not be bought with cheque books, is no defence at all; nor is the (hyperbolic) claim that his editorship of the The Observer “pushed up its sales to immeasurable heights”. Neither your initial comment, nor the responses that followed were about the skill or quality of HLDM as a journalist. What you have done is to give him a character certificate, including to call him arrogant (“he did not suffer fools gladly”). Your last comment, casts doubt on your own skill as a good journalist, (you imply you are one), firstly the ability to read and understand, secondly to write to the point, and thirdly whether you possess the integrity required of a journalist to remain relevant without deviation, referring to Rajpal Abeynaike as a “lazy bum” (to my great regret this may look like a defence of that scum bag – sorry readers!). Have you heard of the adage “Think before you leap”?

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    Mahinda paaala;

    Chandrika is not the common candidate, Hon Maiththreipala Sirisens is the common presidential candidate ,
    Definitly He is Winning.

    so you have to find an Another employer to for your daily Bread.
    Take a Bucket of mud and Have a bath of your Self.
    I do not see any other solution for your Problems of mud slinging.

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    Hey Mahindapala [Edited out]

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    Hi….Mahindapala…Now you always criticise good people…Can not you see any good fact in their lives?

    As a old man…I think you better look after yourself and do something better for your next life.

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    “… as a man with a clean and incorruptible record. “
    First and foremost, credit for this must go to the head of government of which he was a senior cabinet minister because just as much as the buck must stop with the President for a corrupt regime, credit for a clean government must go to him too.

    One more thing, being part of the inner cabinet, he ought to be privy to massive corruption alleged against MR family. If so,why does he not come out with them now that he is the Opposition Presidential candidate. I put it that there is nothing to report…

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    Silly [Edited out], Mahinda Pala! Whom is he trying to convince? If Sirisena is corrupt, his paymaster is “billion” times more corrupt. MR’s level of corruption is obvious to everybody in the way he runs his saloon bar: Mathata Thithak, but buggers drinking all night renting opportunist politicians like prostitutes.

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    This [Edited out] has changed his glasses and now looks more of a pimp than before. The guy [Edited out]. Dont bother to read this crap from this imbecile.CT should not allow this idiots articles to be published because any articles written in the Lanka web critical of the despot family is never published and in controlled by this puppet. CT please use your commonsense, your website is blocked and why are you publishing this shit from this [Edited out].

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    Why is this idiot not talking about the Mara family who have been much much more corrupt than Chandrika ever was. Victor Ivan had his own agenda and even if he was correct, remember that Mara came into power after her and has broken all records relating to corruption, murder, abductions, bribery and suppression of the media. The Mara’
    record as the most corrupt despot will never be broken. The modapala obviously is on the payroll of the Mara as being a dole bludger in Australia he is not able to afford the nutrients that are needed to arrest his dementia.

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    H. L. D. Mahindapala is [Edited out]

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    An interesting take on the new found coalition. You have reminded us of some of the failures and the corruption within both the CBK and the RW led governments. UNICEF may have had to dump CBK, but the Clintons opened their arms gladly to her, and she is now batting for them and by implication, for the Great Satan. She as you will be the puppet master behind Sirisena, but in the grip of the Clintons.

    RW’s role in the illegal ‘extraordinary renditions’ via Sri Lanka has been exposed too, and the torture that was suffered by the victims must be laid at his door. All this for the price of a meeting with Bush. Now we have RW playing Don Juan Dharmapala to CBK’s Dona Catherina as pointed out by another writer elsewhere. This does not augur well the incumbent President with two such heavy hitters working for a foreign power seeking a regime change in Sri Lanka.
    We do know that the US State Dept spent US$ 5 billion to bring about an orchestrated violent change of regime in Ukraine.

    The question is whether the Sri Lankan electorate is sufficiently proficient to make the connections and act accordingly.

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    Mahindapala, the old fart needs to have his wrinkles reamed out of his shriveled posterior. Any volunteers?

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    I stayed at Araliya hotel in Nuwara eli owend by Mi3’s brother, costing a single room 24000Rs a night (that was the cheapest). Hotel is a super luxury heaven. No doubts his brother must have built it with his own savings received from employment (heh..heh..) without the support of ‘uncorrupt crystal clean’ brother. These are lying to the teeth day light bl**dy robbers.

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