29 November, 2021

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Some Thoughts About Sirisena’s First Appointment Of Ministers

By Emil van der Poorten

Emil van der Poorten

Emil van der Poorten

I expect that every man and his dog is going to take a run at conducting a (premature, one hopes!) post-mortem on the new cabinet appointed post-Rajapaksa Take-Over Attempt.

While politics might be the art of the possible as the man who first expressed that sentiment is (mis)-quoted as saying, some of the choices that have been made give one pause for, either, philosophical reasons or judged on the basis of just plain horse sense.

That John Amaratunga, despite his documented sycophancy to Mahinda Rajapaksa had to be accommodated for reasons of simple “seniority,” I suppose, was inevitable. However, the sooner this bootlicker of Mahinda Rajapaksa in pursuit of free plane tickets is put out to pasture the better for this country and any government that aspires to perform its duties consonant with the wishes of the people who elected it.

If those responsible for these choices had anything resembling political intelligence, they would NOT have stuck Rauff Hakeem up the national nose at this time. The only reason that he and several of the other “political leaders” of the Muslim community deserted Rajapaksa was because their followers had already deserted them in droves. I have little doubt that the defection of this man and the other “Muslim leaders” to the Sirisena camp added very few votes to its “bank,” for that reason. By the time Rauff Hakeem and co. put a saliva-wet finger up in the air to see which way the political wind was blowing the vast mass of Sri Lanka’s Muslims had marched across the political Great Divide.

Maithripala fisrt day 2015To have given Ravi Karunanayake the Ministry of Finance when this was precisely the area of his activity over which the darkest of clouds had hung could well come back to haunt this political configuration. Even granted his loyalty to the traditional UNP was never in question, the fact that he was reported to have needed a special dispensation from Mahinda Rajapaksa, as President, every time he needed a passport to leave Sri Lanka, with the implications thereof, should have prompted the king-makers to hand him a portfolio of a different type.

The appointment of Arjuna Ranatunga to the Posts and Shipping Ministry is a curious one. It was felt by many that he had the background and experience to handle the Sports Ministry, but such does not exist in the new set-up and, therefore another slot would have been required for him. In any event, going on his political track record, political loyalty, “grinning-and-bearing” in pursuit of the overall good of the nation does not appear high in this man’s list of “things that matter.” Also, wasn’t he one of General Fonseka’s lieutenants when that worthy established his own political party and doesn’t he serve in the legislature by virtue of that affiliation which he has since abandoned? Ah, but then, it seems that the Ranatunga clan has the ability to be on three sides of every issue/keeping a foot in every political camp and this appears to simply represent success in that endeavour.

The appointment of Rosy Senanayake to a seemingly unimportant, innocuous second-tier Ministry smacks of revenge for her being the dissenting voice in the UNP at various times. However, her unwavering loyalty to the party, her public persona and experience as a successful diplomat should have counted for something, one would have thought, particularly since this list contains only ONE woman, in the person of Thalatha Athukorala, in the first rank of Ministers.

The fact that Faiszer Mustapha has been made a Minister of State seems simply to reward an unprincipled politician who has been distinguished by his ability to be just that – unprincipled – and willing to swing from limb to political limb like the macaques that are the bane of life of those of us living in the hinterland.

The appointment of the totally unprincipled Rajiva Wijesinha to any position of importance or prominence says more about those appointing him than about a man who is best left undescribed in a publication that might be read by those of some sensitivity. He epitomizes a total and absolute lack of principle and has displayed the ability to act like butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth while indulging in the most outrageous obfuscations and prevarications in defence of Mahinda Rajapaksa in the matter of war crimes and crimes against humanity. One can but hope that this is not what qualified him for this particular appointment! The other theory I have heard bandied about is that this is a return to the days of the old Uncle-Nephew-Party because he is related by marriage or blood to Ranil Wickremesinghe. I certainly hope there isn’t any truth to that suggestion but it is hard to find any reason for having given this man who represents a party of one this kind of prominence when there were principled men of ability left to languish in relative obscurity.

Some of the names in the “also ran” category make interesting reading. Certainly, Dr. Harsha de Silva and Eran Wickramaratne seem deserving of better, given their consistently intelligent and hard-hitting exposes of the government’s malfeasance, both individual and collective. While packing in the sardines of intelligence, couldn’t room be found at the Cabinet table for the financial expertise that they projected so well to the general public?

The present is a time for bold, courageous and decisive action and what has gone into the selection of the first Sirisena/Wickremesinghe Cabinet appears deficient in those commodities, ending up like the proverbial curate’s egg, “good in parts.”

What needs to change in the status quo? An immediate course-correction in keeping with the need of the hour and the promises made, nothing less.

This country does NOT have the luxury of time at its disposal. The people expect and deserve radical change NOT the “same old same old.” Act now, President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, to ensure that we don’t have recycled Rajapaksa behavior carried on by re-cycled Rajapaksa cronies only to be followed –inevitably – by a return of that lot, in recycled form or not!

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    Very articulated essay. Although I live out of the Island for many years, these names of appointed persons did ring a negative bell in my ears. Does it not for those who live in SL and who are engaged in Politics?
    The future will tell us all.

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      Every man and his dog has an opinion about the new “ministry”.
      Why is this old codger’s opinion important on this matter?

      This is an irrelevant, 100 day group put together under an illegally appointed PM. The whole cabinet (of thieves) is illegitimate, just like the origins of the writer of the article.

      Ravi K as finance miinster and Mangala Samaraweera as foreign minister? Hakim and Bathiurdeen promising us good governance? Give us a break.

      The cabinet will not be functioning on Friday 1-3 pm because 2/3 of it are made up of ‘tipless’ ones who made MS win.

      Counting the minutes of the 100 days so that we can see the back of these UNP poofters led by Ranil, Akil and Mangala et al and have a properly elected cabinet.

      Thank God Galalgedara Sinhalayas beat the evil union of the land thieves and tipless.

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        A typical racist with racial comments. These are the guys who had rather have MR and his relatives rob the whole country just because they ‘presume’ there is a threat to the country from the minorities. At the same time they forget that it was MR in the first place who brought this racist thought into their minds to win the majority votes.
        Another reason for this type of people to write comments is that they too may have robbed the country and benefited under the MR rule.
        Wonder which group you are?

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        What makes your opinion of any value you shameless [Edited out].

        Get lost and stop polluting the internet with your excreta !

        One of those free computers in use I see.

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        Barry Pasak:
        First, check the spelling of your pseudonym. You can’t even get that right, I see but then why would I be surprised by the utterances of a gutter-mouth, now without patrons?!
        What really saddens me, though, is your refusal to get an “English tuition-teacher,” though this is probably now forgiveable since your funding sources must be drying up. Incidentally, what are you going to do once your accreditation as a Rajapaksa representative in Australia ceases? God forbid, but you might have to come back to SL to face some rather unpleasant music! No white van, mind you, but suitable chastisement awaits you, I understand.

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        Barry Pissak – Your bigoted and nonsensical comment only displays your puerility and ‘head up the Paksha anus’ mindset. Sounds familiar – a turd by any other name still smells of shit!

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    Good article as usual.

    I too have not heard any good stories about our new Finance Minister. The proof will be in the pudding being baked now for the 29 January 2015.

    I was also disappointed about expressions made by Sujeewa Senasinghe that he expected more. They should put their head down and work hard. Once they get runs on the board more responsibilities will be coming their way.

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    I’m glad, and grateful, that you wrote those words about Rajiva Wijesinha. Spot on.

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    The only priority at present is obtaining the necessary majority to avoid dissolution of Parliament. The majority is needed to pass the 100-day plan. The present Minsters are essentially care takers until the general election. So the Ministers are only temporary.

    After the general election the largest party will form govt again. The major parities will obtain outright seats thanks to the First Past the Post electoral reforms.

    The SLFP needs to organise themselves under a new leader like Dullas Appuhami. They can potentially win the general election and form a govt if they have the right team in place.

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    Emil

    I agree that the oldies such as John A and Jayawickrema Perera should have been left out.

    None of the guys who crossed over subsequently should have been given any posts including Hakeem and Faizer.

    Rosy should have been elevated to cabinet rank.

    Arjuna is an honest politician and lets give him the chance to prove him self at a subject area other than sports.

    There was no one else within UNP who could have tackled finance other than Ranil.

    Jagath

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      “Rosy should have been elevated to cabinet rank.”

      I would love to elevate Rosy. I swear.

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        NO CHANCE…you pervert !

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      Making Ranil the Finance Minister would be as good as Rajapakse having the Ministry of Finance. Moment the effective head of Government takes over the finance ministry its officials treat officials of other institutions like dogs.

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      Finance Minister – Dr. Harsha de Silva and Eran Wickramaratne are both more suited and better qualified for this position. They have the economic background and the practical experience of managing large budgets. Ravi Karunanayake is just a qualified accountant who has not practiced as an accountant for decades. He has never held a position as an accountant in charge of a mid-sized budget let alone one approaching the scale of a national budget. Also, unlike the other two, he has a reputation for engineering unethical financial deals and schemes. Either one of the other two gentlemen will have the confidence of the vast majority of the general public than Ravi Karunanayake not only because they do not have a shady past but mostly because they possess the necessary capabilities for the position.

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    As a Muslim, as one who prayed for Maithripala’s success, I am enraged that Rauf Hakeem and Faizer Mustafa have been gifted Ministerial posts. I am sure most of my Muslim brothers are angry too. These two never supported any Muslim cause. Where were they when Gnanasara the creation of the Rajapaksas was insulting us for nearly three years?

    Muslims do not need “muslim” politicians either; we can manage with the mainstream politicians of whom some are good some are bad. We will support the former; like we supported Maithripala. But we cannot help but wonder how you Maithripala have been so extremely illiterate not to be able to read the mood of our community.

    Of the others mentioned by Emil:

    John Amaratunga: It is excusable for the President to have an occasional sycophant by his side. Cannot see much harm. Our old kings also had Andare’s.

    Ravi Karunayake: The country is in jeopardy with the Finance Ministry placed in these hands.

    Arjuna Ranatunga: Ministry of Shipping is a job for a professional Transport & Logistics man. What kind of sipping can Ranatunga do?

    Rajiva Wijesinghe – the Master of Prevarication – how on earth did he land there, except for being related to Ranil Wicks – nepotism which the CC camp thundered against?

    Yes, Emil, “eternal vigilance is the price of democracy” like l learned in my civics class long long ago. Keep up your good work. Like Amarasiri says “Expose, Expose”. We citizens thank you.

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    Has Mr Poorten joined the great Sinhala Majority who voted against all these hacks including the Chief who made these appointments.

    But Poorten has been kind to some extent.

    Wijedasa , and Kiriella,are outright vicious *******..Keselwatta Kid,is a joke.

    The other joker Harsha couldn’t work out the Growth Rate in Jaffna.

    Elite, Anglicans and the Vellalas must be proud..

    BTW Poorten perhaps forgot to mention the LKR 130 Mil in Kirulaponne…

    All Some of these are not fit to run appointments including the ver Chief who made these appoiAnd

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      Sumane, what do you care?

      Be honest if you can. Tell us whether you wouldn’t celebrate if the New Government turned out to be a fiasco.

      So, please, keep your “constructive” ideas to yourself.

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    My3 has started the evil work by mentioning Thaipongal as a Hindu Festival. in fact Thaipongal is a Tamil harvesting and Thanks giving festival. It hurts the Tamils particularly Tamil Christians. my3 purpose of saying Thaipongal as a Hindu festival is to divide Tamil Hindus and Christians. The Cunning work has not stopped and continues. Not a sign for unity and peace.

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      Maybe he was just ignorant and made a mistake.

  • 5
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    Good analysis Emil – just about sums up my view as well.

    Hopefully those dubious entities will be shed after the general election and more suitable replacements found – especially for Finance.

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    Excellent piece; spot on!

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    Dear Emil,

    You have forgotten the (IN)famous Rishad Bathiudeen, minister of Industry and Commerce.

    His only achievement while minister with the previous regime was stoning/torching a court premises and assaulting/threatening a string judge in Mannar.

    This should be interesting reading to you:
    By Ranga Jayasuriya

    The government’s strongman in Mannar, Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen is in the news for all the wrong reasons. Earlier, he was blamed for spearheading a policy that overtly favours his supporters while discriminating against local Tamils, in land allocation and doling out resettlement assistance.

    This time around, he had allegedly threatened the Mananar District Court Judge and Magistrate Anthony Pillai Judeson after the judge ordered the arrest of a group of men, alleged to be supporters of the minister over an arson attack of fisheries houses belonging to local Tamil fishermen.

    The minister had telephoned the judge to demand that he change the ruling, and warned him that unless the judge revokes the Court order ‘the Mannar court would be torched.’

    When the judge did not comply with the ministers wish, a group of Muslims, believed to be acting under the political patronage, stormed the Mannar Court, pelted stones and set fire to a section of the Court on July 18.

    After the attack on the Court, there had been two days of inaction on the part of the authorities. Judges and lawyers enraged by the official apathy boycotted courts on Friday. On the same day, President Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered the IGP to instruct the Criminal Investigation Department to launch an investigation into the incident.

    The run-up to the attack on the Court began with an arson attack on a group of fisher folks’ houses known as Madalwadiya belonging to Tamil fishermen on the night of July 13.

    ‘Contempt of Court’

    On July 16, Police produced a B report before Magistrate Anthony Pillai Judeson, stating that the arson attack had caused Rs.1.4 million damage.

    The judge ordered the arrest of the suspects. In the same hearing, the judge was told that the Tamil fishermen, whose houses were burnt in the arson attack had also been prevented from going to sea since late June by the thugs who enjoyed the patronage of a local Muslim politician.

    The judge ordered the Superintendent of Police to provide security for the aggrieved fishermen to go to sea.

    On the morning of July 17, about 100 people gathered around the Court, holding protest placards against the judge. As the judge passed through the posse of protesters in his vehicle, he received a phone call from Minister Bathiudeen, who allegedly told the judge to revoke his order for arresting the arsonists in the July 13 attack.

    The judge responded, that the request amounted to Contempt of Court on the part of the minister, and that the minister should go to the Judicial Services Commission, should he be unhappy with the Court order.

    The angry minister reportedly retorted, calling the judge an LTTE supporter, and warning him of consequences for not complying with his order. He allegedly warned that the Court house would be burnt down by the mobs.

    The judge complained to the Judiciary Service Commission (JSC) and later made a written complaint to the JSC, after being instructed by JSC officials.

    Official apathy

    On the morning of July 18, the police sought a restraining order from the judge, banning an anticipated protest. The judge however declined to issue the order as the police could not provide information as to whether the protest could turn violent.

    Meanwhile, crowds alleged to be instigated by Minister Bathiudeen gathered around the Court, carrying placards. The proceedings of the Court were disrupted by the chanting of the protesters. Police tried to disperse the crowd, but in vain.

    Within a matter of minutes, crowds turned violent, pelting stones at the Court. A chamber of the High Court judge came under the attack and the judge crept under a table to evade the rain of falling missiles.

    Crowds attempted to set fire to the stores of the Court, where Court productions were kept. Court staff fought the fire.

    Meanwhile, the judge contacted the Mannar town commander and area commander of the army and instructed them to disperse the crowd. The army was mobilized and the crowd left the scene by 1 pm.

    While the Court house was under attack, the judge received a call from a private number. The caller identified himself as Minister Bathiudeen and reminded the judge that he warned him on the previous day that the Court would be torched if he did not comply with the minister’s instructions.

    Meanwhile on the same day, the minister allegedly walked into a meeting of the Judicial Service Commission to demand that judge Anthony Pillai Judeson be transferred out of Mannar.

    The flagrant interference by the cabinet minister in the affairs of courts shocked judicial circles. But the official apathy continued for two more days before the president ordered a CID investigation

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    I am not supporting either for Mahinda or Maithree. Your writing is really good though some points bear no truth at all. The appointment of Rajiva is healthy for this newly appointed government since he is a principle man of the soil though he has some relationship to either Mahinda or Maithree or Ranil. Though many writers used to forget, we as readers can remember in many cases he stood against when he was in the then government being Sirani’s case more controversial. He did a good job though many level their criticisms against him. These are just thoughts and not facts as they do not implicate any Scientific nature of writing.

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    “I expect that every man and his dog is going to take a run at conducting a (premature, one hopes!) post-mortem on the new cabinet appointed post-Rajapaksa”
    I don’t know about every man but I sure know this is happening with their companions after reading Poorten’s this diatribe..

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    Rauf Hakeem,Rishard Badiudeen,Faizer Musthapha are guys who have mastered the Art of enjoying the best of both worlds.Even without them the Muslims would have voted with MS. Rishard is a Hoodlum.He is now going to be a blotch on the Landscape again.
    Rajivas mother,I believe is a sister of Esmond Wickremasinghe-Ranils father.

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      The nepotism links go deeper.

      Ranil and Rajiv are first cousins as said above.
      Ruwan Wijewardene is Ranil’s cousin mother’s brother’s (Ranjit Wijewardene) son.
      Vasantha Senanayake and Ruwan Wijewardene are first cousins (Ruwan’s mother and Vasantha’s father are sister and brother).

      Chandrika is connected to all those through marriages in family.

      MS probably is clueless about the inner wheels of this corrupt group of his ‘Sir’.

      The whole thing stinks.

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        All part of the plumbago and arrack renter families who became wealthy somebodies under the British.

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    Rosy Senanayake has been the only politician who has been consistent in her policy pririties – the rights of children in sri lanka. Her work on reducing child abuse in sri lanka deserves high praise. While everyone was fighting for power and commissions she has been fighting for poor children in sri lanka.

    Getting her into parliament is the right thing. We need more people like her in sri lankan politics.

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    Very valid points, We, or this parliament has only 100 days, no time for test running and dummy firing… Some of those appointed are totally useless, but to show gratitude and to honor the seniority. Total waste of time, and those Muslim ministers, they never brought votes for you. In 100 days they will be fighting against UNP and SLFP.
    People are watching and this time round people will opt for Hela Urumaya and JVP.. because they are dependable.

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    Pacs.

    As Paul has pointed out MS was ignorant and made a mistake.I dont think there was any malice WHATSOEVER on the part of MS.Lets not split hairs!

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      To be honest I thought that Thaipongal was a Hindu festival too. I am sure most non-Hindus think so.

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    Emil you are right. These guys should never have given ministerial positions in the Govt. Unfortunately it is too late. Wonder who is advising the President!.. It would appear that Ranil is responsible.

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    Are we ordering a new fleet land cruisers and BMWs ?

    Will the previous cabinet return their official vehicles?

    Can’t we have a pool vehicle system like in UK where the vehicle returns to base at the end of the day! Asking for too much no aney?

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    After all we cannot expect politicians to reach heights expected in the
    West. This is a short-term Cabinet and in keeping with the Diary as far
    as possible and partnerss to the CC venture.

    FAIZER MUSTAFA: A website writes as follows on 13-1-15:-

    “Following the swearing in of his cabinet yesterday (12), the president sternly told his ministers, “Do not attempt to commit fraud, corruption. Strong punishment will be given irrespective of position.”

    We are giving the president the following information as we believe that revealing attempts at looming fraud will help prevent such incidents.

    President’s counsel Faizer Mustafa, who took oaths as the aviation services state minister, is going to appoint as chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority a notoriously-corrupt person in the Rajapaksa regime by the name Mohamed Rizwi Illiyaz alias Dida. At the moment this man is having a meeting with a large number of Muslim businessmen. They are discussing how much they should collect to spend at the next general election to get Mustafa elected.

    Illiyaz spent Rs. 19.5 milion to buy from Rumy Traders, an importer of vehicles, a new Prado jeep and a defender jeep for Mustafa, who resigned from his ministerial position during the presidential election.

    He also hosted a banquet for Mr. Maithripala Sirisena during the election, and these days he is showing the pictures he has taken with the new president to everybody. The president should be cautious of such fraudsters.

    He is being referred to as money laundering Dida, as he was responsible for cleaning up the black money of former minister Johnston Fernando, and is also the business partner of Asanga Seneviratne, the owner of ‘Sunday Leader’ and the rugby coach of Namal Rajapaksa. We are in the possession of a lot of information regarding this man, and we are prepared to place them before an inquiry by the government.

    Our objective and intention are to protect the new government that has been built with much effort. We are exposing such persons with that intention in mind. We strongly reject the allegation being levelled against us that we are planning a revolt against the new government.”

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    Well that’s four ministerial cousins so far. MR must be laughing, they are giving him ammunition for the general election. Very, very foolish.

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    Over 30 % of the 100,000 Families in Pollonnaruwa are on Samurdhi dole.

    Sira appoints the the head of a Wealth Management Team for Sheik Pensioners, as the Boss of our Central Bank.

    His previous experience is BOI Boss for 2 years under the failed PM Ranil.

    This is definitely the first goal for the Elite Anglicans and the Vellalas.

    Central Government Bosses else where, are Economics Experts with many years of experience in socio- economic matters who are totally focused on running the Finances of Nations for the benefit of the great majority.

    Wonder, whether Mr Poorten’s Durian crew and Pollonnaruwa dole clan will get a mention , when the new Boss talks about Inflation , Interest rate and Unemployment.levels of our Dalits.

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    No one has commented about Mano Ganeshan (Colombo district)) who heads a party and is not given a position in the cabinet He worked so hard for Mr Sirisena and in fact he was the 1st to request the Tamils, long before The TNA request, to vote for Mr. Sirisena. Presume this omission
    is not intentional but will be considered once the full compliment of Ministers are announced.

  • 1
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    Many ministereial postions are jokes.

    It is like appointing a FOX to look after the chicken herd or appointing a blind man as a security guard.

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    Have a thought Emil for poor Maithree.

    In a land where all elephants are rogues and custom demands that only elephants can be appointed to cabinet posts, where can this poor man find an elephant who is not a rogue.

    The rot set it the moment he won the elections. Expect the slide down the slippery slope before the proverbial 100 days are over.

    Sri Lanka is what it always is – the Mahanama mentality is thriving.

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    The author has written about individuals who are ministers and deputy ministers, the merits in being given a place. The more important is the identification of subjects and functions to be distributed among say 30 cabinet ministers with appropriate designations for their ministries. As President Sirisena pointed out at the swearing in ceremony, there are many a subject left out. He said in Sinhala that he would discuss these issues with His Excellency the Prime Minister with a beaming smile. (අතිගරු අගමැතිකුමා සමඟ සාකච්ඡා කොට)

    The work in those places have been halted because there is no leader. Clearly the arrangement should have been such that President Sirisena need not make such a comment. PM Ranil must follow the example of his “uncle” JR when he became PM in 1977. The transitions was smooth and orderly at that time.

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    punchinilame,Great expose.

    The practice of Muslim Ministers is to appoint Muslims only to their Ministries.This practice must be stopped forthwith.Most muslims are traders high or low.Besides,the division on Party lines is to hoodwink others.Community comes first,not principles.JHU,JVP should be alert.Faizer began his public life with Thodaman;Betrayed him; MR appointed him a Presidents Counsel which he did not deserve for a number of reasons;Betrayed him.There is not much of a difference between Leeches and Faizer!

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    Well Said.

    The new appointments are all bootlickers. With SriLankan and Indian political culture, only bootlickers can get positions, not honest people with high integrity.

    Why is Sirisena embarked on a rampage of firing and appointing heads of departments and civil servants?

    Are we back to square one?

    The hundred day program is a copy cat from the Australian politics.

    ALready we are reading the misbehavior and illegal activity of Sirisena’s son.

    In the past, we did not hear any bad information of Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe’s children or JRJ’s children. Why do we hear about Sirisena’s son? Is it the way children have been brought up in a family? Does it reflect the home culture?

    So, where does this leave Sirisena’s home culture.

    First of all a man has to prove that he can manage an control his own family well, before he can control and manage over 20 million SriLankan, isn’t correct?

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    Quite obviously Maithri has gone by the list given to him by Ranil when appointing Cabinet and non-Cabinet Ministers.Otherwise, how can you account for young Akila getting appointed as the Education Minister despite there being more matured and suitable persons for this vital Cabinet portfolio? Sujeewa Senasinghe who played a lead role in winning votes for Maithri running the risk of being white-vanned for lambasting the Rajapaksas was relegated to a back seat as a Deputy Minister! Economist Harsha de Silva who was a campaigner par excellence was not given his due place either.The initial indications are that Ranil is set to upset the apple cart! One can justifiably entertain the fear that Ranil will try to provide an escape route for corrupt Rajapaksas too.After all, didn’t he save MR when the latter was involved in a murder case- I think it was in 2003 when he was the Prime Minister and former CJ Sarath Silva was the AG? As for John Amaratunga he has always been more a MR supporter than a UNP promoter! I thank the writer of this article for making a number 0f valid points and the CT for publishing the article.

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    Emil
    I can’t agree more with every bit of what you said.
    Please keep writing – after all the various sections of the people worked so hard to get rid of MR, we cannot have this cabinet.

    This country does NOT have the luxury of time at its disposal.
    This country does NOT have the luxury of time at its disposal.
    This country does NOT have the luxury of time at its disposal.

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