5 December, 2019

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Something Tells Me Mahinda May Pull It Off

By Marlon Dale Ferreira

Marlon Dale Ferreira

Marlon Dale Ferreira

The Burgher community with no proper representation of its race in parliament appears to be a group that is forgotten and for that matter written off politically, after many of its people immigrated to Australia and other countries once the island nation gained independence.

This was when Sinhala was made the national language and many Burghers whose first language was English were finding extremely difficult to cope with the change, sometimes finding it even more difficult to educate their children in a language which they could not comprehend well enough to study.

As a member of the Burgher race and one who has now returned from the gulf after nearly two decades of working in the skies for two wonderful airlines, here are my views on this current topic.

I was provided with the wonderful opportunity to have personally met and served every President of Sri Lanka on board working as a Flight Steward for Air Lanka in my early days back home and also as a Flight Purser working for Emirates Airline based in Dubai for nearly 20 years

Back home now, I find this Presidential Election saga and all that is entrained with it to be a rather comical set of affairs once again and I am sure you do too especially listening to both sides slagging each other off in the hope of garnering those valuable votes. We have also seen the “great migration” of the wilder beast crossing over taking place here with politicians swapping over mainly from the government ruling party to the side of the opposition.

On that chord I somehow feel among all the hype, mudslinging, tension and violence leading up to the Presidential Elections, Mahendra Percy Rajapaksa may still pull it off even though the opposition has convinced themselves and everybody else that they have already won the election on paper, based on their collective and probable ‘voter base’ count in land mark fashion.

Mahinda Ampara 20 12 2014 MR FBNo, no I am in no way in support of any particular party because I believe deep down they have all proven to have had had some good and or equally some not so good agendas during each other’s reign and personally it would not bother me who comes in, because as for me, I wish to live peacefully strum my guitar and pour myself a drink at dusk.

As for ‘Mahinda or Maithri’ whoever it may be, there will be just one way to move forward when either party wins and that is to get the support of the entire nation behind them by putting its people first.

However as easy as it may sound the challenges of giving into its very own politicians, Members of Parliament or for that matter any henchman who supported its leader to succeed may sound a tad too difficult, after all some has to do their dirty work too.

At the end of the day it is inevitable and they will all whack boundary after boundary, fixing deals as much as matches are being fixed in this cricket mad country.

Ever since gaining independence there has been either the ‘Greens’ or the ‘Blues’ who have always governed our land and whoever it may have been, we can all vouch that rulers and their cronies have lined their pockets with all the ill-gotten wealth be it in the form of a commission based deal or by other means whichever way they could have mustered.

The mudslinging campaigns leading up to the elections especially in the hope of securing a few extra votes have been huge and any television channel switched on will reveal the ‘illegal deals’ that has been committed by both parties in the past.

The blame game has to stop from both sides because the general public is fed up of hearing stories of the dirty linen being washed in public and the stripping of each other through the nakedness of filthy lucre.

Those opposing President Mahinda Rajapaksa should stop for a moment and perhaps reflect on a few good things that he has done so far in office.

He no doubt has got more than what it takes to be just another politician and let’s be honest here, he pulled off the 2005 Presidential Elections when the whole country felt that Ranil Wickremesinghe was going to win. The abstention of the Tamil vote was at the end of the day a brilliant stunt he pulled off with the help of Vellupilai Prabhakaran the then Tamil terrorist leader.

Four years later in May of 2009, he got the support of the entire nation behind him and sent everyone into ruptures of delight, lighting fireworks, moreover when announcing that peace is here to stay at last.

This is when he pulled the wool over the eyes of the ‘Tiger Head’ and annihilated him and his entire terrorist army of soldiers in manner, vanquishing any thought of them taking up arms ever again.

Then again in the run up to the next Presidential Elections in 2010, when every mother hen and goose said that they had voted for Sarath Fonseka to be the next President, lo and behold he pulled off another stunner. ‘Computer Jilmart’ or not, he pulled it off and did not relinquish his seat continuing to remain in power.

The world accepted him as the President, but India may not have been happy with their national interest and control of the area been compromised with the presence of China being here, on the pretext of helping the country reconstruct itself after the carnage of war.

So now again we find are selves sipping a beer and chatting in every nook and corner discussing the same topic and arriving to our very own conclusions as to what the outcome could be. But come the 8th of January 2015 and don’t be surprised yet again if it would be Mahendra Percy Rajapaksa who would be ushering the Pope on his maiden trip to Sri Lanka, days later after landing another remarkable victory. Mahendra Percy Rajapaksa no doubt will in all probability pull off another amazing stunt and don’t fool yourself because he has done it before again and again and is no damn fool.

But for Mahendra Percy Rajapaksa’s sake if he wins, I sincerely hope he would use his third term then in a wise manner to clean out the garbage surrounding him first.

In his mind it has been made clear to him that majority of the garbage has got rid of by themselves with the volunteer cross overs taking place. But the garbage surrounding him by his second and third tier of family members is an area where he will have to decide to find ways put country first before family, if he is to get the support of the masses.

He should also wipe out his ministers who tie people onto trees, import drugs and also those that throw their fists about after alcohol.

In his first term in office he promised peace and achieved it to absolute perfection when the Tamil Tiger terrorist leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran who helped him not so long ago to come to power was silenced forever. Not one single bomb has gone off since which by itself is peace, that was so eagerly yearned and longed for and brought about by the military forces under this man’s command.

His second term was to bring about reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction which we can all see being currently done.

However there has been a critical issue surfacing from all of the development taking place especially with the beautification of the Colombo city, the building of the highways and constructing of an international airport and a seaport in Hambantota. It is no secret and the entire nation is aware of the huge commissions that goes into the governing scoffers personal accounts, but then again if the ‘Greens’ were in control they would have certainly done the same.

Imagine the building of highways coming under the purview of Ravi Karunanayake who is in the opposition? Well I guess the answer to that question and the smile on your face right now, would simply nullify all the answers to these questions of illegal monetary gains by the current regime, because whoever it may be in power would have done the same.

At least we have a highway to the airport and down south, an extra international airport and a sea port and we also have the railway system taking us to Jaffna after so many years.

However the national debt the country has been plunged into like never seen before is perhaps is the nation’s greatest concern of worry.

But then again it was bad when Mahinda Rajapaksa took over in the first place and perhaps has gone pear shaped since then.

Mahinda was the perfect foil for these two stages of his running of the country.

However at this moment in time is he the perfect person for bringing about economic stability to the nation with his band of family members and selected ministers surrounding him?

His biggest pitfall is the tier one, two and three below him. These tiers are what is going to be the reason for his very own down fall eventually.

In a Muslim country like the United Arab Emirates it is a perfect scenario that with no political system the dynasty of one family rules its nation. The second and third tiers are those of wealthy families who have been control to govern each individual Emirate and further powers diluted to rich and prominent other local families in each individual Emirate to run its own respective ministries. Their nationals are looked after in a manner that a revolt or overthrowing the ruling family is not a thought that even has manifested in any of its peoples minds. UAE nationals are funded fully with housing, education and jobs and empowered to gain greater riches as local partners to foreign business conglomerates and even individuals who have set up shop over there.

But over here the tiers below the President are his immediate brothers, their children, cousins, aunties and uncles and close associates.

Just take a glance at the list of all overseas foreign ambassadors and out of over one thousand who have been brought back to Colombo due to the Presidential Elections, barely a handful are career diplomats. The rest are all family appointments.

But come the elections and when this ‘hullabaloo’ and its dramas leading to the elections is over and revealing the eventual Presidential winner comes, don’t be surprised if Mahendra Percy Rajapaksa is re-elected as the President for a record third term.

He is a politician after all and a master at these games and if he does pull another rabbit out of the hat, I for one won’t be surprised, because he not only surprised us all once before but did it twice over.

My prediction is that Mahinda won’t lose and Maithri won’t win, if you know what I mean.

This time around if there aren’t no rabbits and hats involved he may opt to shoot the opposition like sitting ducks or perhaps in this instance shoot Maithripala Sirisena his contesting opponent like a sitting swan.

Let the will of God prevail.

Compliments of the season!

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    Marlon Dale Ferreira –

    RE: Something Tells Me Mahinda May Pull It Off

    Thanks for a different perspective.

    1. “On that chord I somehow feel among all the hype, mudslinging, tension and violence leading up to the Presidential Elections, Mahendra Percy Rajapaksa may still pull it off even though the opposition has convinced themselves and everybody else that they have already won the election on paper, based on their collective and probable ‘voter base’ count in land mark fashion.”

    Probability is low is there was no fraud, However, with Fraud , he may still “win”. Expect more bloodshed post election.

    2. “He no doubt has got more than what it takes to be just another politician and let’s be honest here, he pulled off the 2005 Presidential Elections when the whole country felt that Ranil Wickremesinghe was going to win. The abstention of the Tamil vote was at the end of the day a brilliant stunt he pulled off with the help of Vellupilai Prabhakaran the then Tamil terrorist leader.”

    That was a brilliant move by Rajapaksa to fool the Tamil Fools, Tamil Mootalls and Madus, Tamil Modayas.

    3 “But for Mahendra Percy Rajapaksa’s sake if he wins, I sincerely hope he would use his third term then in a wise manner to clean out the garbage surrounding him first.”

    He will use the win to consolidate the Medamulana MaRa Family Dictatorship and have Prince in waiting Chamal Rajapaksa to take the throne next time.

    Is Sri Lanka a kingdom or a republic?

    Democratic Socialist republic of Sri Lanka?

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      “Probability is low is there was no fraud, However, with Fraud , he may still “win”. “
      Read: If MR is declared winner we shall call it fraud.

      “Expect more bloodshed post election.”

      Read: We shall do our best to create mayhem if and when MR wins.

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        Paul

        “Something Tells Me Mahinda May Pull It Off”

        We know a song about it don’t we?

        Here is the lyrics of Cilla Black’s “Something tells me something’s gonna happen”

        Something tells me something’s gonna happen tonight
        I read in the papers that gemini people will make it tonight
        Stars will be shining my sign is aligning with love
        So come on and make it, let’s take everything that we’ve been dreaming of

        Oh baby, something tells me, something’s gonna happen to you
        The smile on my face is the smile you’ll wear in a moment or two
        So get it together, you see it’s gonna be alright
        Something tells me something’s gonna happen tonight

        Oh I woke up this morning, with sunshine through my window
        Everything has happened, so far has turned out right
        And I got every reason to feel it’s getting better
        It’s getting better every minute, waiting till we meet tonight

        Oh baby, something tells me, something’s gonna happen to you
        The smile on my face is the smile you’ll wear in a moment or two
        So get it together, you see it’s gonna be alright
        Something tells me something’s gonna happen tonight

        Oh I woke up this morning, with sunshine through my window
        Everything has happened, so far has turned out right
        And I got every reason to feel it’s getting better
        It’s getting better every minute, waiting till we meet tonight

        (Something tells me something’s gonna happen tonight)
        (Something tells me something’s gonna happen tonight)

        Oh baby, something tells me, something’s gonna happen to you
        The smile on my face is the smile you’ll wear in a moment or two
        So get it together, you see it’s gonna be alright
        Something tells me something’s gonna happen tonight

        Oh baby, something tells me, something’s gonna happen to you
        The smile on my face is the smile you’ll wear in a moment or two
        So get it together, you see it’s gonna be alright
        Something tells me something’s gonna happen tonight

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      Feudalistic colony.

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    You are etitled to your opinion but you must realise the response MIthree has been receiving which has shown an upward trend continuously though all efforts are being made to defeat him. All colourful advertisements, cut outs, etc alone does not win elections. The next 10 days would be crucial for either party where the moving vote bank decides but most of them looking for change.

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    Interesting and a possible fact, even though it’s not good for the nation. MR should be retired and a new regime is a necessity even if they are going to rule almost the same way. Let them also make some money and do the rest of the ruination until some one wake up and do the right thing of bringing a secular government and remove that Sinhala only doomed policy for the country and people to prosper.

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    Most of the expats in Sri Lanka wish MR would leave the office, but also most of them expect him to remain in office.

    Main reason? While the government had state media and local government agents pounding the minds of the people over and over again lies became the new truth.

    Meanwhile, the opposition was sleeping. The best example: this year’s fact finding mission to the Dehiwala Zoo.

    Think about it. A) Why did they only start fact finding around 2014? What were these MPs doing the rest of the time? B) Why on earth did they include the zoo in their fact finding mission. Is the zoo of any economic value to Sri Lanka?

    When these MPs visited the zoo I felt not only sorry for them, but also for the Sri Lankans: on the one hand we have a corrupt regime that hires professional external PR companies running their super smooth campaign. On the other hand we have the opposition doing too little, to late.

    Imagine how it will look. MR until 2020, then Namal until 2034 at least. How old are you in 2034?

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      Nobody asked the beleaguered animals what they thought of all the hoo-ha when the opposition involved them in this shitty ‘fact-finding’ escapade.

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    This poor Burgher seems to be still “flying” !!

    For starters, the language issue came to the fore in 1956 and not 1948 when independence was won, as Dale claims.

    Secondly, he says that the Burghers left since they were unable to deal with the new language that came into place.If so the Burghers are the most racist community in the world.If as descendants of the Portugese they could learn Dutch after 1658 and not carry on, and then learn English after the English took over in 1796 and carry on, why did the Burghers not learn
    Sinhala and Tamil and carry on without running away?The conclusion we could draw is that they left in search of greener pastures, using to the hilt the artificially created discrimination that was placed on them as a result of being required to learn the languages of the a lot they condescendingly referred to as “natives”Lets not forget that no other minority left as the Burghers did on the so called language issue.

    As for his claim of the “second term being about reconciliation ……which we all can see ” one could only see it as been tongue in cheek at best and preposterous at worse.

    As for his highlighting the current President having done it “twice over”, every President has done so since 1978, with the exception of Premadasa who was assassinated and Wijetunge who was President ad interim.

    It is unclear why Dale mentions the artificial success of Gulf states under familial rule. If he is trying to justify it as been applicable to Sri Lanka, it is completely out of place.Those gulf states are still In the process of emerging from a tribal mind set that set the leaders as sole decision makers, for the good or for the bad.It is only now that the Arab Spring mentality of freedom is gaining ground.Sri Lanka in contrast is poles apart.We value our freedom, having had exposure to electoral democracy since 1931 and the right to change governments since 1948, until certain aspects of the 1978 Constitution took such freedom away.The cross over phenomenon is one such instant.

    As for Dale’s prophecy of ” sitting ducks” and the then saying “Let the will of God prevail” , let me tell him that no God worthy of that name would propagate blood letting.God and politics are two different kettles of fish.Let us not mix these two unmixables together !! Let us keep them apart as the Christian led Reformation taught the world centuries ago.

    Flying at least for some is a pleasant experience.But to fly in one’s mind could bedangerous both to the flier and those around!!

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      Curious Native

      For a start you can be curious but not Native as you would liberally appropriated the word. You are one of those Tamil/Sinhala speaking descendant of kallathonies.

      “If so the Burghers are the most racist community in the world.”

      You see racism in every community except yours, Sinhala/Buddhists. Go look at a mirror and you will see an ugly head of racism hiding behind yours. I think you have a limited understanding of racism and self preservation of endangered species.

      “For starters, the language issue came to the fore in 1956 and not 1948 when independence was won, as Dale claims.”

      The language issue had been simmering for a long time and in 1944 J R Jayawardena the racist proposed Sinhala as the official language.

      Read below an article by Prof Sasanka Perera

      “”In 1944, J.R. Jayawardena moved a resolution in Parliament to declare “Sinhalese as the Official Language of Ceylon within a reasonable number of years”. An amendment was proposed by V. Nallaiah, a Tamil state councilor, for providing both Sinhala and Tamil the status as Official Languages, which was seconded by R.S.S. Gunawardena, a Sinhala state councilor. The resolution in this form was approved by 27 to 2 in the Sinhala-dominated legislature, another sign of the lack of ethnic overtones in language politics at this stage. The resolution specified that Sinhala and Tamil would become the languages of instruction in schools, examinations for public services and legislative proceedings.””

      http://groundviews.org/2011/10/24/reflections-on-issues-of-language

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      Whoa! what’s this then? “…..God and politics are two different kettles of fish. Let us not mix these two unmixables together !! Let us keep them apart ……” IF only, If only!

      The curse of this land has been wily politicians who latched on to the Sinhala-Buddhist phenomenon in our ‘Democratic’ electoral system. 76% of the vote bank is Sinhala-Buddhist. The main contenders are Sinhala-Buddhist. The spanners in our election system are the rabid rag-tag bunch of men in saffron robes spreading the dream of a ‘Buddhist Dharmadveepa’ These evil men are out there infecting the gullible that the future of ‘our beloved form’ of Buddhism is at stake.

      One thing’s for sure; on the 9th morning WE will have a arya-Sinhala robe wearing, pirith nool sporting, Sinhala-Buddhist President in office. And so the status shall be for your children, and their children, and till Samanala Kande falls into the turquoise waters of the water Indian Ocean.

      DON’T get me wrong: I am for a SECULAR state, but it will never happen in our thrice-blessed island paradise.

      Dare we hope?

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    This poor Burgher seems to be still “flying” not in the air but down the dale” !!

    For starters, the language issue came to the fore in 1956 and not 1948 when independence was won, as Dale claims.

    Secondly, he says that the Burghers left since they were unable to deal with the new language that came into place.If so the Burghers are the most racist community in the world.If as descendants of the Portugese they could learn Dutch after 1658 and not carry on, and then learn English after the English took over in 1796 and carry on, why did the Burghers not learn
    Sinhala and Tamil and carry on without running away?The conclusion we could draw is that they left in search of greener pastures, using to the hilt the artificially created discrimination that was placed on them as a result of being required to learn the languages of the a lot they condescendingly referred to as “natives”Lets not forget that no other minority left as the Burghers did on the so called language issue.

    As for his claim of the “second term being about reconciliation ……which we all can see ” one could only see it as been tongue in cheek at best and preposterous at worse.

    As for his highlighting the current President having done it “twice over”, every President has done so since 1978, with the exception of Premadasa who was assassinated and Wijetunge who was President ad interim.

    It is unclear why Dale mentions the artificial success of Gulf states under familial rule. If he is trying to justify it as been applicable to Sri Lanka, it is completely out of place.Those gulf states are still In the process of emerging from a tribal mind set that set the leaders as sole decision makers, for the good or for the bad.It is only now that the Arab Spring mentality of freedom is gaining ground.Sri Lanka in contrast is poles apart.We value our freedom, having had exposure to electoral democracy since 1931 and the right to change governments since 1948, until certain aspects of the 1978 Constitution took such freedom away.The cross over phenomenon is one such instant.

    As for Dale’s prophecy of ” sitting ducks” and the then saying “Let the will of God prevail” , let me tell him that no God worthy of that name would propagate blood letting.God and politics are two different kettles of fish.Let us not mix these two unmixables together !! Let us keep them apart as the Christian led Reformation taught the world centuries ago.

    Flying at least for some is a pleasant experience.But to fly in one’s mind could bedangerous both to the flier and those around!!

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    “Not one single bomb has gone off since which by itself is peace, that was so eagerly yearned and longed for and brought about by the military forces under this man’s command.”

    I believe this tells the rationale of majority of the voters, come January 8th. Thank you for this honest and insightful analysis.

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    Dear Marlon,
    We respect ypur views. However, you have missed the point. Sole idea of advancing this election was because the President knew that he is fast loosing his popularity and he knows that if he somehow wins this election, then he could get only those who are either related or loyal to him through his party electef at Parliamentary eldction to follow and get rid of all Bandaraniake loyalists. He could then appoint his eldest son as the PM. This will ensure the continuation of the dynasty for ever. I can quite understand your lack of knowledge of the underhand work of this clan, since you have been away for some time. How they have plundered this country for their own benefit. Ordinary people like us have been watching helplessly. Minorities concerns have been disregarded. There is no religious freedom. Honestly, I’m surprised to see these comments from a member of a minority group.

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    “Mahinda May Pull It Off”

    is it chandrika’s saree that he is referring to?and chase her naked down the road.Imagine chandrika fully naked running with MR and SB in full pursuit.she will outrun them because she is nice and slim now with her western diet while these rice and curry fatsos will pant and give up.

    anyway i heard on the 8th all those who don’t want their sarees pulled off are going to protest it seems.Another reason to postpone it.

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    Oh dear,Please! Burghers leaving for Oz is fifty year old hat !

    Look at how many succesfull Burghers we have in Lanka? CEO’s of companies,Dr’s,bankers,entertainers…all doing extremely well.

    Perhaps 20 years away you are not aware of real Lanka where Burghers thrive.
    Perhaps MR patted you and talked BS on a flight you worked on.Problem was he got off that flight at BIA and continued to BS entire Lanka.

    And no its not cool to be in awe of a man that steals elections.

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    MR is a typical bully if he wins, all the election promises will be forgotten and it will be more of the same only worse. He will go after every one that betrayed him Saddam Hussein style. So lets pray MR and family looses and leaves the country.

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    Something tells me Mahinda may not pull it off

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    On a first read this post has the innocent and naive flavour of a ‘ letter to the editor’ one would find in the opinions page of a daily news paper, usually submitted by a pensioner.. But Dale here is no such innocent and naive pensioner. He is a smart cookie, on a mission – a mission on behalf of the candidacy of Mahinda Rajapakse.

    The article tries to reflect a kind of balanced view, but it is in fact a deceptively and subtle rendering that seeks to promote Mahinda Rajapakse’s candidacy at the presidential election. He does so by arrogating to himself a representative role on behalf of the Burgher community. The title, “Something tells me that Mahinda might pull it off” itself is a give away in terms of it being a preconception of a conclusion, akin to what a shill astrologer does in forecasting victory for his or her paymaster.Secondly there is the usual war victory hype but where the slip shows most is the allusion that reconciliation is currently being achieved under MR’s rule. Has he been to Jaffna and spoken to a Tamil villager or to Aluthgama and spoken to a Muslim family?

    Who then is Marlon Dale Ferreira? One needs to casts one’s mind back to a previous post written by MDF to Colombo Telegraph on December 7th, titled ‘No Smiles on Board’ and the possibility of Stewardesses in Sri Lankan taking industrial action on issues concerning their having to choose between having babies or retaining their jobs. In that article too, albeit a good analysis of the issues, MDF made sure he did not offend the top brass of Sri Lankan, writing glowingly about Sri Lankan Chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe and CEO, Lalith Chandradasa. Subsequently, I believe the issue was resolved and Marlon probably played a role therein. It is in this link that I see the obscure figure of Marlon emerge as an emissary with a message to the Burghers as a community, an ethnic minority within the larger subset of the Christian minority. Therefore I can understand the comment by a fellow commentator, Lucky, that he is surprised to see Marlon’s post coming from a member of a minority. But then Marlon does not represent the average Burgher nor does he belong to the social class, the average Burgher belongs to. Marlon is probably of the upper middle class, which gives him access to the political classes and the crony upper classes. Therefore his interests are different and his writings will reflect this. In this respect, the Flight Attendant’s Union of which he writes, is an union that represents the cause of an affluent class of employee, most of them members of the class he belongs to. Hence he would not understand the trials and tribulations of the average Burgher family who is part of the struggling masses of this country. He is not able to see how the corruption, nepotism, anti-democratic rule of the MR regime has impacted on their lives. He, on the other hand, is benefiting from this kleptocratic rule. The Expressways, the Arcades, the Dutch Hospitals, the Wallking Paths, have improved his quality off life. Hence the subliminal belief that “Something tells me that Mahinda might pull it off! For Bughers who want an alternate view, Emil van der Poorten’s writings are accessible on CT.

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      With your rather long narrative, you lend respectability to this sanctimonious sapattu lansi who is singing for his supper.

      We know the yeoman service provided to Sri Lankan society by intellectual giants from the Burgher community. Some names that come to mind are: Justice Sansoni, Justice Gratien, van den Driesen, O.L. de Kretzer, and many others too many to recall.

      This katussa has no class. He is of the same Hambantota / Beliatta tribe. See my comment under the main article.

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    Marlon is entitled to his view, which is a familiar easygoing viewpoint of a few expats who have not got their ears to the ground. The reality is much different and there is no way MR can to pull the wool over the majority of our people THIS time.

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    HE looks like an agent of MR and MR pays money for writers too

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    What the article illuminates is a servile docile brain conditioned over a period of twenty years to unflinchingly mouth “yes, sir”, “yes, mam”.

    Perhaps Mr Ferreira hopes that Mahinda Rajapaksa will win the election, and reward him with an opportunity to serve (again) this time under his brother-in-law placed in charge of catering and banqueting for the whole of the Air Lanka and Mihin operations.

    Mr Ferreira is not alone. Sadly he represents the mindset of the vast majority of the ignorant clueless voters of Sri Lanka.

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      You are right Navin, spot on

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    I also think so; Don’t forget, he has the computer jillmart as the last resort. If all fails, he will use the jillmart and win with a thumping majority. That is politicks in Silly Lanka.

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    Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike the 3rd Prime minister of Sri Lanka. His birthday falls on 8th January. a day to celebrate! May that be good governance or to re-elect a corrupted political maestro to run a record 3rd term.
    The beauty of this election is that history proves us that computer jilmart, trojan virus of His Excellency with a can do attitude may prove us wrong to imagine a free-and-fair election. HE got it wrong from the day one of his dream big 3rd term.
    Firstly, the date to have the election.
    Secondly, not knowing the competitor.
    From the real inception of SLFP has never won an election without a coalition.
    My3 with a lot of backing from Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims & Burgers specially with UNP,SLFP, JVP, SLMC, SLBP, CWC, and so on a big test for this candidacy, should set a end to his excellency’s horrific tenure.
    My3 anti-virus coalition will cut the cake of the 116th Birthday of SWRD with Ranil,Chandrika, Rajita, Fonseka and so on.
    For Dale, I am sorry to have not been paid to be onboard.

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    I too believe that Mahinda will continue as President post 8th January but for different reasons. He will definitely lose the popular vote but will remain as President on the grounds that he has two more years left in his second term of office. Can you think of another reason he would call for re-election this prematurely.

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