24 October, 2017

State Minister Eran Wickramaratne Defends Right To Steal Public Funds

By Nagananda Kodituwakku

Nagananda Kodituwakku

Nagananda Kodituwakku

The whole nation is surely very angry about the manner the MPs and Cabinet of Ministers defraud public funds through various means, including the selling of their tax-free car permits to motorcar dealers. The intended purpose of issuance of these permits was to import a vehicle absolutely tax-free and use it to discharge the office of the MP effectively and efficiently and not to abuse it for improper purposes.

However, now it is proven fact that these permits are being abused to defraud over 33 millions rupees of public funds for each vehicle and already over 27 such vehicles have been registered in the RMV in the name of private individuals who are not entitled to enjoy this tax-concession granted only to MPs. I request the readers to check the names in the list and see how many ministers are there and the readers will see Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brother and the former Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa and many more people, who talks morality in public and practice completely the opposite, deceiving the people at will.x10-sold-permit-list

In his campaign for the office of the Executive President, Sirisena, pledged the citizenry to adopt a policy based on corrupt-free administration. Attending the World Anti-Corruption Summit held in London sometime thereafter (on 12th May 2016) he declared that his government is was committed to combat all forms of corruption, an extract of which is reproduced below: ‘… Corruption is one of the factors that promote political violence and other forms of human rights abuses. Sri Lanka went through such a stage during the previous administration.

The people reacted strongly against corruption by changing the corrupt administration by the power of the ballet in January 2015 at the Presidential election and again at the Parliamentary election in the August 2016…’ ‘…We were elected to office on the policy platform of democracy, good governance and rule of law. Therefore, we consider our prime duty is to root out of corruption from the country. We are happy that the summit proposes to establish an International Anti-Corruption Centre, all of us as leaders need to act collectively to strengthen our own law enforcement agencies to track the corrupt and recover the proceeds of corruption…’

In fact the Minister of Finance, Ravi Karunanayake himself condemned this abuse in his maiden budget speech on 20th Nov 2016 as follows:

‘… Honourable Speaker, the vehicle permit schemes have been politicized and misused and have created a huge revenue loss over Rs 40 billion a year to the Government. I propose to abolish all the vehicle permits granted under different schemes, including to Parliamentarians. However, I ensure all government officers will be financially compensated for the benefit foregone. Further, all the vehicles purchased to the Government will be subject to all applicable taxes and necessary allocations will be provided in the Budget…’

And he pledged to abolish it altogether, which however never happened, but worsen with total exemption granted to MPs to rob government’s tax revenue.

When this abuse was then reported to the Corruption Commission on 26th Aug 2016, this is what the Finance Minister of Finance, Ravi Karunanayake, had to say in reply to the BBC correspondent at a media conference held in Colombo on 20th October 2016:

“පාර්ලිමෙින්තු මන්ත‍්‍රීවරුන්ට හිමිවී තිබෙන තීරුබදු රහිත වාහන බලපත‍්‍ර විකුනා ඇති බවට පළවන වාර්තා අසත්‍යයක් විය හැකි බව මුදල් අමාත්‍ය රවි කරුනානායක පවසයි, මම හිතන්නේ ඒක බොරුවක්, විකුනපු එක්කකෙනෙක්ගෙන් අහන්න, මන්තී‍්‍රවරුන්ට වාහන බලපත් සපයා තිබෙන්නනේ එම වාහන පාවිචිචි කිරීමට විනා අලෙවි කිරීමට නොවෙයි, මන්තී‍්‍රවරයකුට බරකරත්තයෙන් යන්නද කියන්නේ ,විනිසුරුවරයෙකුට වාහනයක් දුන්නට ප‍්‍රශ්ණයක් නැහැ”

And on 21nd November 2016, the State Minister of Finance, strongly defended the right of Members of Parliament to ‘raise funds’ through the sale of their duty free vehicle permits. He claimed that Members of Parliament had ‘enjoyed that privilege’ since the time of Chandrika Kumaratunga’s presidency. The readers would observe that this statement completely contradicts with the government’s declared stand on combating of corruption and protecting of public property.

Corruption Commission failed to deal with government corruption

The statutory duty conferred in the Corruption Commission is to strictly enforce the law against any person, holding any public office (suspect can be a MP, a Minister, Prime Minister, the President or even any judge holding any office from Supreme Court downwards) who had alleged to have abused the office to benefit or favors himself or any other person which attract a penal sanction of 10 years rigorous imprisonment (Section 70 of the Bribery Act).

However, when this day light robbery was reported to the Commission with overwhelming evidence, it simply turned a blind eye and had the audacity to say that since the losses incurred by the government has been caused due to the implementation of the government policy, the commission would not conduct an inquiry into this fraud.

Then on 01st November 2016 the General Secretary to the United National Party (UNP) and Minister of Public Enterprise Development, Kabir Hashim, making a special announcement said that the new government of ‘good governance’ will not provide facilities for thieves and corrupt persons to escape law as was done during Rajapaksa administration.

This statement made by the Minister, expressing the policy of the UNP in combating corruption, was a total lie and it vividly demonstrates the level of deception of the citizens of this country by those who hold office in the Legislature and the Executive with no respect and regard to the rule of law. During the investigation carried into this gross abuse of public funds it was revealed that Kabir Hashim himself had sold his permit and the vehicle imported on the permit issued to him was found in a leading car sales centre at Dutugamunu Street, Dehiwala, now this piece of evidence also is filed in the Supreme Court (SC/Writ/07/2016) in a case filed against the Corruption Commission for its failure to conduct an independent and credible inquiry into this day light robbery of public funds and this case is due to be supported in the Supreme Court in early February 2017.

Deception of citizenry has become customary for the dishonest politicians

Now I invite the readers to watch the video clip published with this press release. This clip was taken from the live interview given by Eran Wikramaratne UNP MP and a state minister to Sirasa TV. Watched this clip to understand what this person trying to say to the citizenry?

“we don’t care we believe we have a right to abuse the office for our private benefit and the citizenry should know that. This is what Mahinda Rajapaksa regime did and we too have the same right, because we are concerned about the economic freedom of the MPs”

 

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  • 8
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    Completely False and Disgustingly misleading headline! Eran Wickremesinghe does not say this in the interview, watch it!

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      Is Eran Ranil’s relative? Is he Wickremasinghe or Wickramaratne.

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        But who is this Bandula ?
        He was then licking the balls fo Rajaakshes on a non-stop mode right ?
        I think he was in Canada and then Australia working a diplomat.
        He did the job until towards the end of 2014 – until the reign was about to collapse.
        He should have done some good work if it was that easy to turn each andeveryon to good within shorter period of time ?
        I hate Bandula or the like Moderators, now not having proper channels to fee them with… have started the kind of lower discussion round.
        If you have a little brain, please just study the set of questions being raise by this man andhis counterpart that muslim guy.

        I think Pathikada run by Killias are to promote Junior Premadasa …. by every means.
        They dont like Ranil.
        Ranil is no magicians to change everything at once.
        Changes of developing countries are not an easy going process.

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      I am in full agreement with you.

      This gentleman is a great person. I know his attitudes very well. He even uses his old car for his transport.
      The kind of politicians joined the bang wagen since they wanted to make a greater change.
      Bandula of the programme is misleading the spectators. There is an issue with the sizes of salaries but it is common to all. However, Politicians should have adequate salaries of allowances to cover their charges but all those increments should be entitled to a system by which one can check what they really have done.

      I respect Nagananada as a fearless lawyer, but his pointing finger at Eran here is no means acceptable. Dont put each and everyone to the same bin where all the other highly corrupted politicians of the days are thrown.

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      Should go back to banking sector and stop defending the indefensible. If MPs need bigger salaries, so does everyone else!

      Corruption is trickling down from the Parliament of corrupt clowns and defended by Jarapalanaya holy men of Christ to boot!

      Shame!

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      May be CT too against Eran..
      I really dont like attacking even good hearted men just because the freedom to express is plently available today than had been under LANKEN Mugabe Mahinda Rajaakshe.

      Eran is a highly education, university educated, senior bank official with a brain. Unfortuantely, he has NOT been given a field his could fit best.
      Likewise, there are several other ministries the kind of young good educated Men are appointed but they cant do much….
      I have the feeling the govt has been not making use of the knoweldge of the men.
      That is a failure of this govt.
      And also Justice Ministry should have been given to someone else is becoming clear to anyone and everyone to this date.
      The manner current minister of Justice was flanked by BBS and That Managalaramya Dog monk sent a message across how deep MINISTER o fjustice is fallen in the the pits of flowing extrementa. He has always been taking the side of PIGGY Rajakashes.
      That is the main problem of the current govt. This MUST change above anything else.

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      Vaughan,

      I agree. From Egan I understand listening to words in his Vedda, he only making a case for better remuneration for the MPs. am I right?

      Dr.RN

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      Dear Mr Nagananda Kodithuwakku,
      I have no doubt you are an exemlary lawyer. Tell me please why the following case is being given high priority even if the person is ALREADY convicted for Baratha Murder.

      දුමින්දගේ වෛද්‍ය වාර්තා කෝ? -මහේස්ත්‍රාත් Judge questioned about the medical reports of Duminda ?…

      WHY LANKEN AUTHORITIES SEEM TO BE INTIMIDATED BY MEDIA RUNNING BUSINESS MEN TODAY THAN TO ANYTHING ELSE: WE ALL KNOW WHO IS BEHIND DUMINDA THE MULTI MURDER DRUG DEALER – HIRU TV CHANNEL

      There should be thousand other criminals that seek appeal not feeling them should have been convicted the way the judges came up… why no any sign for them but DUminda -WHOSE records are still reverberating the country. If anyone with a little knowledge can find thousands of evidence Duminda to be charged. But due to various reasons, DDSilva is given priority also by the current rulers why ?

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      This is no means acceptable
      Quote
      ““පාර්ලිමෙින්තු මන්ත‍්‍රීවරුන්ට හිමිවී තිබෙන තීරුබදු රහිත වාහන බලපත‍්‍ර විකුනා ඇති බවට පළවන වාර්තා අසත්‍යයක් විය හැකි බව මුදල් අමාත්‍ය රවි කරුනානායක පවසයි, මම හිතන්නේ ඒක බොරුවක්, විකුනපු එක්කකෙනෙක්ගෙන් අහන්න, මන්තී‍්‍රවරුන්ට වාහන බලපත් සපයා තිබෙන්නනේ එම වාහන පාවිචිචි කිරීමට විනා අලෙවි කිරීමට නොවෙයි, මන්තී‍්‍රවරයකුට බරකරත්තයෙන් යන්නද කියන්නේ ,විනිසුරුවරයෙකුට වාහනයක් දුන්නට ප‍්‍රශ්ණයක් නැහැ””
      Unquote

      On the list – above we clearly see the current owner of the vehicles.
      If the parliamentarians did not sell their permits, how can there be new owners ?
      I think this country people do all sorta crimes on broad day light and there are also ones justify them loudly.

      I am fed up this country. I have no faith at all that we ever reach the level that we are targetting to achieve.

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      This Kiriella fellow is so greedy building mansions in the west for his broods. Does he not have little conscience how the country is bankrupt. He’s NOT honourable enough to refuse the vehicle permit like the honourable deputy minister Ranjan Ramanayake.
      What kind of disgraceful Politicians on the list who profited by selling with no qualms about guilt knowing the country is a nation depends on foreign AIDS.
      When the ship he’s in drowning he’s dredging all what he can for his offsprings , kiths and kins.
      What a greedy Minister!!
      When the Titanic was drowning the greedy captain raided the ship treasury, we all know what happened next!!
      Perished along with others.

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        The names on the list proves the mixture of Ministers , MPs, and others too have had fingers in the cocky jar to fiddle state money.
        The profits should have been USED TO BUILD OR UPGRADE A SCHOOL OR A HOSPITAL IN THEIR CONSTITUENCY.

        None of them are short of cash, but it’s pure greed by all in the Parliament.
        No love for the country only the love of themselves.

        These people should never have been elected to rule the country or their constituents, they’re all SELFISH GREEDY BUGGERS.

  • 6
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    Spoiler alert: Nothing’s going to change in this country.

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    Arrogant, egoistical man.

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      Why he is arrogant ?

      He is simple minded but an educated person who would not work for perks like many politicians. His foreign education and the knoweldge obtained in Banking sector can help the country a lot, if he is that abusive person, he could easily become a profesional to a foreign entity. I know this guy very well. I like him .. I think he has been pointing out is the package for MPs are much less.. may be … but I agree with many, that the pay hikes must not be, but depending on their travels, there should be a pool to provide them with better transport …. then only the MPs can engage helping the people…

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    Not a honest politician. One heck of a pretender.

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    a fraudster posing off as a sanctimonius preacher ! We can tell from his company ranil, ravi, Harsha, Malik,Mangala all frauds !

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    Mr. Kadotuwakku, thank you. Unlike most of the CT commentator pundits, you have the guts to point a wrong, as wrong, irrespective of the political alignment. Good lesson to the likes of Leelavathie, Sam Fernando, Punchiburampi, Sunil, Nimal, Simon de Silva, Samuel Jayaweera etc., etc., who see, yahapalakas as saints. :p

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      what else you could do…. ? How many more months you guys woudl work for MR ? Have they assured your costs ?
      Go to Managalaramaya could be the next step Max ?
      I have no words to express my anger to the ilk you belong to .. you are the curse of this country.. as promotors of THAKKADIYAS for own survival.

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        If I would have been leader, or anyone among the authorities, I would have put you guys in Jail to have promoted MR and the like men further.
        I hate these men forever – for single reason that MR himself has been a mediator in lanken drug trafficking. I happened to study this yesterday even deeper.
        You guys, not having a brain the size of a needle head go on licking the balls of Raja as you are born servile. MAX what kind of education have you got man ?
        That PriyaSad or someone who was lately arrested by Police to have threatened the muslims – should be related to you Max. But that guy on his return from the arrest revealed UPSIDE DOWN thoughts since he was not supported by BBS men while struggling to come out of the remand. Now the guy is somewhat silent. So will you become in the days to come … I have no doubt. Good luck MAX

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    From what I know when you put something in “” marks then you putting exactly what the person says. But Eran does not say that. It is how the writer thinks what he means. This should be clear. Very bad writing.

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    I think it is time the international community demanded economic sanctions against the present administration ASAP.

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    According to this MP’s theory peoples should have the economic freedom in the first place, to look after their families to pay the school fees of their children and many more. Therefore for there is nothing wrong MP’s selling their permits to rob the tax revenue.

    This looks a very good theory for me and in a way very reasonable.

    Let the CTB bus conductor rob some portion of daily income for the benefit of his family, let the Inland Revenue Officers rob part of the revenue collection to provide a quality life for their families, because they too should enjoy the economic freedom, disregarding their obligation to the society to perform the job honesty according to the rule of law.

    Best part is why then others like, Magistrates, District Court judges etc were issued with permits restriction imposed against selling them. They are not tax-free like MP permits and they needs to pay 50% of the normal duty.

    According to MP Wickramarathna’s theory they too should be allowed to sell the vehicles imported on the permits issued to them, because what is primary importance is looking after their family and provide them with a better quality of life. Send their children to good private schools and to pay school fees from the cheated public funds.

    From the citizen’s viewpoint the truth is one cheat MP defending others who had robbed colossal amount of government revenue.

    People had suffered enough and all these cheats should sent to jail and release those who spend jail terms for committing petty offences sometimes to meet their ends meet.

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    How come Ravi Karunanayake who condemned the abuse of MP tax free permits allow this fraud to continue. I have seen the list of MPs who had abuse the system. I can see the Finance Minister’s name also there.

    CT, please publish the full list for the benefit of the readers, who has a right to know the bigger picture of this organised fraud.

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    Absolute rubbish . How many in our parliament are suitably qualified for management positions in the private sector ? Why is he talking about CEO’s of banks ? If they want to attract qualified persons to politics they should make a university degree mandatory for those seeking entry to parliament . Throwing money at fraudsters and thugs is definitely not the answer . He is just a self serving politician like the rest of them . Disappointed .

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    Sri Lanka is probably the best fraudster paradise, where cheat MPs are allowed to rob nations wealth with total impunity

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      Mahadevan
      We have in the neighbourhood greater paradises.

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    Corruption Commission should be reconstituted.

    People have no confidence in it as it defend cheat MPs and Ministers

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    Poor Chamal Rajapakse sold his permit to enjoy the economic freedom, please forgive him.

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    What did Ratana thero, the champion freedom fighter, do with 33 million.

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    In the list of 27 cheat MPs there are 5 TNA men. How come these cheats talk about the rights of minorities when their policies and the policies of the Sinhalese cheat MPs are the same.

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      They, TNA MPs, need the money to buy guns for the next round?

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    This simply shows British were only relieved in 1948 handing over robbing job to local robbers who inflict greater damage than the British.

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    Expenses for MPs while doing public service must be compensated after reviewing each and every claim.
    This is the practice in UK after discovering MPs fiddled expense claims.

    Except for ministers, I do not know UK have a concept of even an official vehicle for MP! My MP takes the train just like me!
    They get a salary in par with a doctor. What is this bullshit?

    Do they expect tax payers to pay for their election campaigns?

    Giving a piece of paper which MPs can be en-cashed to 30 million is pure vulgar, corrupt and inexcusable. This must be stopped at all costs.

    Give them a reasonably comfortable vehicle to do their job!

    We must break coconuts to open the wrath of gods to punish MPs who travel/revel in luxury at the expenses of poor tax payers in the country. This has to be done in an organized manner. deities and horoscopes are the only thing scares these devils. They must vomit blood for stealing from the country!

    We send our womwen to slavery in middle east for this vampires to drain the country!

    I think Eran is few of the rare breed in the parliament, Sidelining him with a trivial portfolio explains most. He should be given the post of finance minister.

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    The names of the original permit holders are missing. Why? That information is very vital to update the PEOPLE and know their “Representatives”.

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    If Eran is given the Finance portfolio then how could Mr. Clean, Ravi.K, Mallika & company empty the government coffers ?

    Sujeewa will get his tip shawn off very soon.

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    Corruption is written into the system. My guess is even Nagananda Kodithuwakku is also asking position in the govt, so that, he can become another who can steal legally.

    for example, There is no one in the parliament who has not supported Bringing Drugs inside country. Even though Maithripala Sirisena has not done it as the President, he has done it as a minister in the previous govt.

    Ministers are allowed to normal custome procedures when containers are brought and sing it out, so the container can come in without inspection. That should be the way they do it. Contraband is always mixed with legally imported stuff.

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      Those who have wore the kind of glasses will never see anything else other than to what they are focused to – likewise, you guys, will never see it easily even if things would appear just before your eyes.
      I never believe that a fearless lawyer of Nagananda NATURE would ever seek any positions in the govt to react adequately.
      We perfectly know the manner how his fearless acts persuaded him ending up with the only lawyer who had once stood against FCID. The kind of lawyers are the real products of this mother lanka, if we had at last a Dozen to stand AGAINTs anyone s crime regardless of the statuses or anything by today.
      So please dont underestimate the profiles just because your knowledge and capacities block you getting it clearly.

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        It is sad but it is true, Naga is the only hope we have in Sri Lanka for a real Yaha Palanaya, All right minded people must support him in his endeavor!
        The dollar vultures are not supporting him is a clear indication this man is struggling alone!

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          Not only hope, there are like minded profiles there, but they dont come up since they care more about their protection. Srilanka is filled with thugs today than had been few decades ago.

          If few powerful lawyers could do the job well – they could open the eyes of everyone down there, since Lawyers can know all the bit in those pacts and bills.

          My wish is more Nagananadas come forward to save the nation from thuggish idiots excessively available in the country.

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    Corruption is concerned this Wichramasinghe administration is just a carbon copy of Rajapakse rule.

    Both deceive the people and allow their fraudsters to steal the public funds, whilst making the Corruption Commission totally impotent to deal with the fraudsters.

    Only difference is that Rajapakse never promised people that he would not rob the country, whereas Wickramasinghe came to power with a clear pledge made to people to establish a corrupt free administration.

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    Mr.Nagananda Kodituwakku

    You are doing tremendous job,why don’t you step in parliament and clean up the mess we are in.

    Going to courts not going to work,they change the judges to suit them.

    Few years time they don’t need permits VW plant is on the card,we may need to buy cars for their partners or mistresses.

    At the moment we need people like you all to come forward and serve the needs,stop sending poor mothers and sisters to work in horrible countries and leaving vulnerable children in wrong hands.

    We all being through this horrable war try to stop this communal hatred campaign.

    In Cambodia big Hindu temple and Thamil findings are there,so what just move on,dont need wars.

    Save mother Lanka.

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    Vaughan!
    The issue is not if he has said it or not! the issue is the fact that the government has allowed these MPs to play games with innocent and poor tax payers’ money! If you are a concerned citizen just ‘ferme ta gueule’ for not having understood the issue!

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    Excellent!

    Even higher taxes now for the people.

    Parliament + President + 9 Provincial Councils.

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    I thought of writing this further to certain remarks made in the social media (Colombo Telegraph) about my integrity and character,

    jim softy

    Thanks for your comment that gives me an opportunity to say something important to you and other readers.
    I know that most people do not have the guts to portray themselves as they are and instead make comments with pseudo names, but I do not find fault with you at all, because it has become an incurable decease in the society today.

    You have expressed your concerns about my character and integrity and said that I would not be different to others if opportunity is given. I must say that your assessment is right for probably more than 99.999 people. Yet, people should remember there are very few hands that would not compromise their integrity, will, desire to use their public office for public good (Office of a Lawyer is a public office and all lawyers have taken Constitutional Oath before the Chief Justice to perform the office honestly and respect the Constitution).
    The constitution requires every person elected or appointed to any Public Office to uphold and defend the Constitution and to preserve and protect public property and to combat misuse and waste of public property with due respect to rights & freedoms of others [Articles 28 (a), (d) & (e)]. This is what expected from every citizen, regardless of other differences.

    I invite you to read my constitutional proposals formally submitted to Council that was established by RW and Sirisena administration requesting public views for the formulation and adoption of a new Construction. They published the entire list but not my one, because it demands for a sweeping change, which the present system cannot fathom.

    Click the following link for my proposals for constitutional reforms.

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/…/representative-democrac…/

    We all should comprehend that total judicial independence is a must to restore true democracy. For the judges to perform people’s judicial power effectively and fearlessly for public good, to deal with all cheats appropriately and to send to jail. The People should realise that without that independence they should not expect any significant change or observance of rule of law from utterly corrupt politicians, who pledge one thing to the people at the elections and practice completely the opposite after elected to the office. The truth is that these people violate the public trust doctrine at will, which has become customary for the dishonest politicians in the Republic of Sri Lanka.

    How the judges are appointed through the Constitutional Council in Sri Lanka. The members in the legislature and the executive have reserved the power to appoint 7 MPs in the 10-member Constitutional Council, whilst appointing only three members with integrity and eminence who have no business with the government.

    This is clearly against the will of the people, as the politicians have retained the veto power over the judicial appointments, effectively denying the people of their right to an independent judiciary. Therefore, under the current system, people cannot expect the dishonest MPs such as the ones who are responsible for defrauding the government revenue in the MP tax-free permit abuse, to give their approval for fearless upright judges to be appointed to the superior court system.

    I must say that I have taken the whole system for task with a huge risk to my life and not at all for my private benefit. It is quite understandable that under normal circumstances that whilst practicing in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal, no lawyer would challenge the integrity of the sitting Chief Justice and number of other former Chief Justices for corruption.

    I invite you to click the following link for more details

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/…/chief-justice-and-three…/

    I had to do it not for my private benefit but for pubic good, because the people of Sri Lanka have suffered enough without a fearless judiciary. I know such actions cost me dearly and I had to sacrifice a lot. Yet, I did it purely in the interest of my country and people who had suffered heavily in the hands of utterly corrupt people, who had betrayed people’s trust and sovereign rights since independence, that is my innate character that no one can find fault with that would never be changed. And if I can find few people of my calibre I know how to restore to rule of law in this trouble Nation and I will not give up my desire and will to save the Nation.

    Why not you question yourself, as to how many such selfless counsels are there, who have courage to challenge 90 odd MPs, Ministers and the PM with overwhelming evidence of corruption presented to the Supreme Court. Every one should realise that these actions have posed huge threat to my life that is why I was compelled to leave for London, just after the said action was filed in the Supreme Court 19th Dec 2017.
    I must say for every citizen of Sri Lanka that my will and commitment and uncompromising stance for justice for the people would remain unchanged, yet I must make clear that I do not expect any credit from anyone because I know the mindset of most our people and any such expectation would demoralise my goal.
    Therefore, my modest request is not to apply the yardstick that applies to ordinary people to measure self-sacrificing people of my character and calibre that you probably find in one in millions.

    I have seen many times some readers suggest me to enter the Parliament. I will definitely consider it, sacrificing my UK citizenship, provided I get at least few hand of my character, and will to forfeit reasonable part of their time and energy for public good, however expecting no return at all, to reduce the number of MPs back to 125 and take the Parliament to same old building and giving the current building for some other worthy cause, reduce number of Ministers 12, get rid of provincial council system that forced to us by India which has become a white elephant costing billions of taxpayers money, get rid of all sorts of perks including pensions offered-for-life offered to MPs even to those rejected by the constituents but entered through the back door, to ensure total independence to the judiciary to deal with all cheats fearlessly, including all former Presidents and sitting President for corruption.

    Surely, this is what my country wants, this is what battered people belongs to all ethnic groups want to live in harmony, but unfortunately it is very hard to find the right people with the right mindset to do it, to change the thinking of the gullible people who have been completely deceived to fall in line with the conventional political party system responsible for ruining all hopes of the people for a better quality of life for all sans corruption.

    Yet, I hope things will change for the better and people will realise what went wrong, after this Tsunami of utter failure of Ranil and Sirisena administration.

    Nagananda

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    Eran maybe a highly qualified & capable but when he justifies the selling of a duty free permit (which he says he is against in principal) to compensate the relatively low salary of a politician, I can’t understand his mindset. Certainly not that of an intellectual or maybe he is trying to fool the masses with his oratory skills. He does not seem to understand that there are 2 issues here. If he thinks the Parliamentarians are underpaid, then an appropriate salary should be discussed & debated in Parliament, just as Ranil did recently to increase the MPs’ allowance but selling a perk (which others are not entitled to) in order to supplement an income is wrong, at least ethically (because the current legislation makes it legal), which,as an intellectual, he does not seem to understand. If the salary is not enough, stay away from politics & find a lucrative job elsewhere. After all, these are the people who have become politicians to serve the country & not to enrich themselves, at least, in principal. In fact, I wonder how many Yobs in parliament, are able to earn an honest living outside politics or indeed find employment solely on their merits.

    As for Ravi K, he has proved himself as untrustworthy, going back on his own words. A shameless, opportunistic & gutless man, unable to stand by his own principals (that is if he has any).

    Anyway, Eran’s dilemma is easily sorted if the Govt. scraps the permit system & supplies an appropriate govt. vehicle for official use, just like vehicles issued to executives of mercantile companies. In UK, MPs are not given state vehicles. They are entitled only to a 1st class train ticket to attend parliament and an overnight stay in a hotel if their constituency is far away. In fact, in recent years, some MPs had to return the money they had ‘fiddled’ in their expense sheets & some even went to jail for misappropriating a few hundred £s. Only Ministers & the prime Minister are entitled to an official vehicle which are leased & even the Govt. does not own them. I am sure it works out cheaper, even in SL.

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      Why cant they the authoriteis issue those permit making it clear transferable is not permitted so that the vehicles can later be part of the ministry/dept by the time those men leave their positions ?

      Why those who only criticise make suggestions to the law makers to do the job that way ? Then both sides are protected right ?

      In EU countries they would not issue such permits to the MPs or Ministers but they are given the chance to use the vehicle pools belonging to their ministries and depts. Why cant our authorties do the same ?
      Just for the like issues, they create new problems can only send the message across creating new disputes between parties.

      This is called a buddha dominated nation, but even for smaller issues, they struggle not being able to come to consenus ?

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    We have to get rid of this sick old [Edited out] in the Parliament and put a young dynamic team to get this country right! (sorry about the language) had to…
    What i dont understand is why are we so Bloody gullible to put our trust and faith in some fucked up thieves like Ravi, Ranil, Basil, Mahinda (everyone in the Parliament) well i can fill up this comment box with names… It’s time to change the game. We need people like Kodi and there are few good men and women who are genuine and will even give their lives to the country. But it has to be a team effort. People of Sri Lanka or shall I say “Sinhayo” wake up. Open your eyes. The pover is in your hands. Not in these [Edited out] politicians. Use it wisely. Don’t let these [Edited out] ruin this country and eventually ruin You! May the Force that kodi has be with all of us who loves the country “Sri Lanka”..! God bless you all.

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    A MP has a lot of expenses in servicing his constuency. His work is duplicated by provincial council. To sava funds it is necesary to obolish provincial councils and devolve to pradeshiya sabha somewhat like the canton system in switzeland. The MP must account for all expenses in his constituency. All contributions to parties and mp s must be declared as well as assets of parties and MP s and officers. The goverment should increase allocatios to mps in public projects but accountability must be maintained. In the bond issue contributions to SLFP and UNP by aloyses or his acomplice should be sought out. It is certain that he would have contributed to both parties. Both parties should ensure his arrest and confiscation of any profit made as well as a fine.
    Not paying for MP s expenses is the chief cause of coruption. The officials are ineffecient public searvants who have shared in coruption for a long time under succesesive SLFP government. a mechanism should be devised to replace them with the best possible persernel. The goverments establishment of independent commisions and the ability for citizens to claim reddress is a step in the right direction. The courts are independent now. a neutral public procecutor is necesary.

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    Obvious Eran is harmonizing RW’s tune. Who judges the disposal of cash from treasury for this purpose? They take and justify the fraud.

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