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Surcharge Those Responsible For Mattala Airport Cost

By R.M.B Senanayake

R.M.B Senanayake

R.M.B Senanayake

Surcharge those responsible for the cost of the Mattala Airport – a colossal waste of public funds

The Mattala Airport is a colossal waste of public funds. It was estimated to cost US$ 210 million. It was entirely the idea and work of Mahinda Rajapaksa. There is no evidence that he consulted any technical officials in the airport and air navigation field.

Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) (also known as the Hambantota International Airport) (IATA: HRI, ICAO: VCRI) is an international airport serving the city of Hambantota in southeast Sri Lanka. Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport is Sri Lanka’s second international airport, after Bandaranaike International Airport. It is named after the Rajapaksa family. It is the newest airport in Sri Lanka.

Control Tower

The new international airport was expected to expand the local aviation industry whilst being a catalyst for the country’s economic development enabling international trade, tourism, vocational training and employment. It was being implemented as an eco-friendly project. The airport was estimated to cost US$210 million and, by the end of construction, will cover 2,000 hectares. It was built to be compatible with the latest Airbus A380 aircraft and has been designed according to recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization. According to Sri Lankan government officials, future domestic airline Air Hybrid, and international airlines Emirates, Enter Air, Etihad Airways, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and TUI showed interest in flying to Mattala, but none of these airlines confirmed these statements by government officials. Air Arabia, Rotana Jet, Airlines and Mihin Air did fly to Mattala at various times, but all cancelled service for commercial reasons. Flydubai is the only airline currently flying to Mattala.

MattalaThe airport was declared open by the President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, on 18 March 2013 and commenced operations with the landing of a SriLankan Airlines special Airbus A340 flight named ‘City of Magam Ruhunupura’ with the President on board. According to Wikipedia there were the following incidents at the new airport.

Incidents at Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport;

· 25 March 2013, A SriLankan Airlines Airbus A340-300 flight UL 114 aircraft travelling from Malé to Colombo via Hambantota had met with an accident while flying from Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. A few minutes after taking off from Mattala, a bird hit the windshield and damaged it. No passengers were injured.[15]

· 11 January 2014, A flyDubai Boeing 737-800 flight FZ 551 aircraft traveling from Colombo to Dubai via Hambantota had met with an accident while flying from Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport to Dubai International Airport in United Arab Emirates. The airplane encountered the birds during its take-off from Mattala international airport.[16]

It is a colossal failure. Should no one be held responsible for such a colossal waste of public funds?

Is there no possibility of going to courts to hold Mahinda Rajapaksa personally responsible for such wasteful and uneconomic expenditure? Would a lawyer please express an opinion on this matter for I think there are persons interested in public interest litigation who would go to courts against Mahinda Rajapaksa?

If there is no law then a new law on Public Finance and Accountability should be passed. If MR was a public official he would be guilty of violating the Financial Regulations. But there is a doubt about whether Ministers and the President can be bound by these Financial Regulations. Public Interest organizations should address their minds to this issue since public funds are the subject matter. Can Ministers be allowed to act with impunity in matters of public finance? We are now talking much about good governance. What about its applicability in financial matters?

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    R.M.B Senanayake

    RE: Surcharge Those Responsible For Mattala Airport Cost

    “Surcharge those responsible for the cost of the Mattala Airport – a colossal waste of public funds”

    “The Mattala Airport is a colossal waste of public funds. It was estimated to cost US$ 210 million. It was entirely the idea and work of Mahinda Rajapaksa. There is no evidence that he consulted any technical officials in the airport and air navigation field.”

    Cost $ 105 Million Construction + $105 Million Rajapaksa Commissions = $210 Million.

    “It is a colossal failure. Should no one be held responsible for such a colossal waste of public funds?”

    “It is named after the Rajapaksa family. It is the newest airport in Sri Lanka.”

    The Medamulana Rajapaksa Donkeys, in the Land of Donkey’s, so thought Donkey MaRa. Really?

    MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa Amana MaRa Ego MaRa BuRu MaRa….

    He Was Maha Rajaneni…Buru Rajaneni, Donkey King. So there was no need,, in the Land Populated by Modayas, Mootals. and fools and their Representative, 43% of them have not passed the GCE Ol.L and one minister, Wimal Buruwansa, Donkey-Clan, said 2/2 =0.

    Keep Mattala Airport as a rotten museum to remind People about the Rajapaksa Ego Mega Project by Maha Buru Rajaneni … Big Donkey King

    Spain Had its Own Mattala Airport. It was Opened in 2008, and was closed on 2012. Cost Euros 1,000 Million. Sold for Euros 10,000! For scrap Metal?

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      R.M.B Senanayake

      “It is a colossal failure. Should no one be held responsible for such a colossal waste of public funds?”

      “Is there no possibility of going to courts to hold Mahinda Rajapaksa personally responsible for such wasteful and uneconomic expenditure? Would a lawyer please express an opinion on this matter for I think there are persons interested in public interest litigation who would go to courts against Mahinda Rajapaksa?”

      Thanks for highlighting this disaster. Publish it widely. Show this as a example of Rajapaksa Mega Project.

      You Only pointed out the Construction Cost of $210 Million.

      What about the annual operating Loses since inception?

      The only way, in my opinion, is to go after the Rajapaksa Culprits who took bribes. Go after the Tender Process, and Look at the Corruption. Thre must be at least $ 100 Million there, to go after.

      Please Publish this widely in Sri Lanka, as a MaRa Mega Mattala Disaster.

      MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa Amana MaRa BuRu MaRa Hora MaRa…

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        There was a nexus of corruption between the Mahinda Jarapassa regime and the Chinese govt. let us remember..Hambantota port also a white elephant is part of China’s Sting of pearls harbours to control the Indian Ocean, and the airport may also be needed.

        But the Opposition UNP should have protested against these mega corruption development disaster projects. So called development that is an ENVIRONMENTAL and Financial disaster and stopped it.

        What has that clown Sajith Premadasa the UNP MP for Hamabantota said on this matter? He has never said anything about the Hambantota white elephants. Seems he is the clown in the UNP who wants to be PM after Ranil. The fact is that Sri Lankas UNEDUCATED POLITICIANS and corrupt political culture is also a reason for Mattala development disaster.

        So, Rajapksa and Chinese backers and UNP oppositon are responsible for the Mattala DEVELOPMENT DISASTER. But Jarapassa has the most responsiblity and should be tried for criminal negligence and fraud.

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      RE: Surcharge Those Responsible For Mattala Airport Cost

      R.M.B Senanayake

      Yes, need to surcharge the Mahinda Rajapaksa ans clan Buffaloes..

      Here is the Current situation at Mattala,,, The Mahinda Buffalo Airport.

      https://video-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hvideo-xpf1/v/t42.1790-2/11234927_920828224644103_890831109_n.mp4?efg=eyJybHIiOjQ0OCwicmxhIjo2MjZ9&rl=448&vabr=249&oh=0c380d71da51c26a821e4a060de23888&oe=55AE76F5

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    I was wondering why this surcharge demand was never made all this while! RMBS is spot on.

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    The airport is named as “Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA)”.
    Who named it? It is Rajapakse who himself named it. It is not the people who named it.
    Why this Airport is built at this cost without any cost/benefit analysis? This was built at the request of Mahinda to show the Hambantota people that he is the king of Hambantota. It is a greedy selfish purpose.
    Why Mahinda choose Hambantota? This is one of the poorest district populated with 99% Sinhalese with less education and socially deprived people. They can be easily cheated with the lies and drama’s.

    What is the solution? Remove the word “Mahinda” from the name board.

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      Ajith,

      Paradoxically, I am glad that it is named after Rajapaksa; it is an embodiment of failure!

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      Not just MRIA blunder ,Here are some of the cases which had been buried for a very long time

      1) Helping Hambanthota Scam
      2) Bribing Prabakaran to boycott 2005 presidential Election
      3) Killing unarmed protesters in Katunayake , Halawatha , Rathupussallawa
      4) excessively Abusing The executive powers (Temple trees Dan sal , Buying opposition MPs , letting Family members to interfere in all aspects of governance )
      5) Holding useless international events ; thereby wasting tax payer money i.e IIFA, Bidding for 2018 Commonwealth games , CHOGM etc

      6) Giving away tax payer money to uganda .
      7) Building 7 presidential palaces across the country.

      8)Jailing FM Sarath Fonseka and expelling CJ Shirani B.

      9) losing GSP , losing Sri Lanka’s face before the civilized world.
      10)Failed coup attempt on 9 th of Jan 2015.

      not to mention all most all the Hambanyhota based projects are white elephants.

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        Did you get your cut rate Phd yet moron ? it should be available in 2 weeks

        Cheers

        Abhaya

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          Abhaya the most abusive so called director for a stupid american company cant see it right yet.

          Mervin silva is intellgent that you bugger. What do you expect in this life if not good things to do and pormote than doing the otherway around.
          Just stay stick kapuwath nil – being on licking mode to Rajanos is you think a good thing, but not even average 10 year old would see it right actually.

          See, what kind of projects they have done wasting collossal sums. Lately, my friends atteneded a show in COLOMBO chinese built new rangahala.. on their return, none of them shared me as to be that good. Almost many things the bugger et al wasted are for his own thinking. Not looking at the issue on long term.

          Mattala Airport – is the biggest blood sucker of people s funds. Due to this only Rajarata people went dying without proper and due care.

          As Damabare amila thero even today expresses, we just want to devleop our near by roads so that people can at least sell their own crops being at a road side, we dont need to spend all billions for building up of roads if no developementn projects are planned to use those high ways. Today, highways are there, but no incoming bringing development projects, is this right ?

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          Abahya why not you return home to gear up Mahinda s CAMPAIGN, you have to repay it at least in that way – IDIOTS of your kind will never learn to be fair – if not learn it in MY3 rule. Learn to respect you and others – that can be exemplary to future generation. Get back to lanka together Jaliya moada sooriya who ate foreign affairs with the US in the first and second terms of Mahinda Donkey Raja.

          Peradeniya Uni should be ashamed to have produced Modayas of Abhaya providing them with basic level degrees.

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          P.hD Abhaya ,

          You just kept avoiding my repeated query for obvious reason and now all-over sudden, you started asking me the question , Abhaya didn’t you lose your face over your arrogant , stupid argument ? yes or no ? by the way , where is your more convenient,adopted colourful language aka ” Ado ,tho ,Balla , P…. , etc “. is it possible for you to engage in a civilized debate with any one , i highly doubt about it , it says a lot about your up bringing and your family background Abhaya , you know what , all most every body who support the Mafia king have the same characteristics as you have , they are down right racists , uncultured , dumb-asses . incidently none can put up with a healthy debate without losing their temper .i’ve got couple of good news to share with you P.hD Abhaya , both Nalin Desilva and Dayan J are not in the list , your Mafia King will be a mere back bench MP , Wow, how sweet is that , now who can beat that ?
          It has been reported ,at the eleventh hour MY3 chopped off DJ and Wasantha karannagoda’s names from the list .

          PS: please make sure to write the correct abbreviation for Ph.D next time , d is not simple , Thank you Abhaya for displaying your ignorance again.

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            My dear friend Srilal,
            All right thinking people have to agree with you here with every word. All these buggers have the same characterics of Raja. Remember the days that he made public statements ” that he can do 3 times, he has done three times etc – pointing at his own sons” meaning that he has produced 3 sons – at the times whether or not 3 terms were permitted – these kind of statements were made by the Meeharaka Rajapakshe being on public stage. Can any leader do so ? He thought it is his own reign forever. This country have at least 50% that would respect justice and lawful way of life. So, the bugger and his supporters like Abhaya should be learnt it LET alone today.
            These men that got graduated abusing state funds and now have found greener pastures in the US behave always shamless. We got to know the comments you added to his – this bugger ABHAYA has not the basic knoweldge about a PhD work.

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              Dear Supun Jayawardhane ,

              I’ve posted a detail reply to your comment Spun, for strange reasons , it’s not appearing , CT could you please publish my comment.

              Thanks

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            Mahinda a backbench MP? You are assuming he wins the election. Fat chance.

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      Ajith,

      Why remove the word ‘Mahinda’. It is easy to assume M stands for Modaya. So henceforth let us all call MRIA as Moda Rajapaksa International Airport.

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    R.M.B Senanayake

    “Flydubai is the only airline currently flying to Mattala.”

    Even in the Airline Business, there are Donkeys, FlyDubai, Fly-Donkey-Bai!

    The Donkey MaRa must have bribed those Donkeys!

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    What a waste of public money and foreign aid.

    Unwise leaders wanted to have their fame only.

    Look at the close neighbor….Singapore Airport…there is no name just only CHANGI AIRPORT.

    Now they have initiated to construct their 5th terminal.
    Wise leaders who really and genuinely love the country. They never label their personal names on the board.

    Unfortunately people of Srilanka never realise the truth.

    Mahinda Rajapaksa destroyed the country and reputation of the country but still foolish people blindly cry for him.

    This man was defeated by the unblemished and unsullied leader…Mr. Maithreepala Sirisena.

    He never discriminate any ethnic group and never provoke any conflict like Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    Hope young people will teach a good lesson for Mahinda and his henchmen.

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      read again…
      “….What a waste of public money and foreign aid.”

      Its not just ‘aid’ its commercial lonas from Chinese banks with inflated rates and the poor masses need to pay for generations to come..

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    it all boils down to accountability. Civil and Criminal… first of all the guys who did the feasibility which includes the environmental impact should be taken to task… Sure they would have been bribed as well. JAIL is the next best option

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    “The Mattala Airport is a colossal waste of public funds. It was estimated to cost US$ 210 million. It was entirely the idea and work of Mahinda Rajapaksa. There is no evidence that he consulted any technical officials in the airport and air navigation field.”

    [1] YES, Correct, Who’s Money Spend On that?????.

    It was Constructed By Chinese Loans. US$ 210 million.

    [2] Who is going to Pay the Loan????.

    People of Sri lanka, 4-5 Generations must pay the loan with
    12% interest.
    That is not a donation like BIA,Victoria Dam Or Bandranayeke Summit hall.
    [3] Then Why this MallaccanKabaraya,MahendranPercivelJarapassa Put His Name on the Airport,
    as his Dowry money Spent for building the air port. And The Hambanthota Harbour is on his name.
    It should be named as Peoples’s International Air port and people’s Harbour.
    Does This killer Kabaraya think that All Sri lankans are Fools Like Himself and His Looting Clan.

    [4] Now the incumbent Government can Lease the Air port to Boing and Aerospatiale Air bus Industrie for planes Repairs and overhaul Hub in the reageaon with Terms like, to Train and employ srilankan only.

    Otherwise We are lose more as Chinese will not spend a cent FREE, even for a drop of water.

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      JULAMPITIYE AMARAYA

      “Otherwise We are lose more as Chinese will not spend a cent FREE, even for a drop of water.”

      This was an Ego Project,, not an Economic Project.

      The Best option is to dismantle it, and move any salvageable materials elsewhere, dig up the roads, use the asphalt elsewhere., and plant trees and get the jungle back.

      Afterwards, there will be no maintenance. The animals and birds will take care of themselves.

      Puck a Day, and call it Mattala White elephant Curse Day.

      MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa Amana MaRa Matta;a Buri maRa Ego MaRa…

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      Boeing Corporation of Airbus Industry, will not come closer to this small airport built on a no-mans land middle of a wildlife sanctuary and only someone like Jarapaksas IQ will built Airport like this.

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    You raise a good point, however I don’t think Presidents can be held accountable for mistakes or bad judgement, if that was the case. Every former president has exercised bad judgement at some time or the other, it can be argued.

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      Presidents are also humans and humans make mistakes. But the Mattala Rajapakse International Airport is bordering on a massive embezzlement inflicted on our meagre resources by an uncaring family. The project that had no feasibility study nor a debate nor even the flimsiest demand for it, reportedly costing US$210 million is surely an underestimation as it does not contain the interest element, which has been mentioned as 12% per annum which means an additional US$25.2 million every year. It would have been cheaper for all of us just to calculate the kickback commission and pay it to MaRa without building the airport but erect a monument with his name just to satisfy his ego.

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    Probably there is no legal avenue to hold Rajapakse responsible for this colossal wastage as well as for other similar projects – which are nothing but a case of economic vandalism. However, it may be possible to bring a class action lawsuit against Rajapakse not so much to get some compensation for the Sri Lankan public who has to pay for this, but to put Rajapakse on the dock and cross examine him to find out why he wasted so much of public money and how did the relevant public officials allow it to go through without challenge.

    And, at the end of it, rename the airport as Rajapakse Ola-Mottala Airport.

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      There is always the extra-judicial remedy. The Medmulana Gang specialized in it. Ask Gota.

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    R M B Senanayake- True, Surcharge the donkey MR for the miss management of the Mattala Air port. What about the Hambantota PORT.nta single ship for the past 8 months. Only ships carring vehicles call at the port. All his assets should be confiscated by the state and his pension stopped.

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    Accountability, Accountability Accountability must be the slogan of this election. I see today the large percentage of the present Foreign service are political appointees.What a mess! They continue with the delusion of that Idiot JRJ the only thing they can’t do is to make a man a woman but the ordinary man is asked to pay the price. The civil society must take an active role and bringing these idiots to justice. None of the present parties have any proposals for accountability which is sad. They must not be allowed to continue the same.

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    Vanguard is perhaps right that MR cant be held personally responsible for wasting public funds if he carried out the normal procedure to evaluate the economics projects before granting approval.
    I am not aware that a project evaluation was carried out on the Mattala airport. i cant imagine any person who knows anything about airports and air navigation would have made a recommendation to build this Mattala airport. There are the officers of the Civil Aviation Department. Were they consulted? I doubt very much but the former President should state whom he consulted in deciding on the Mattala airport.

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      The fault, if it can be called a fault, lies in near-dictatorial powers that the President of Sri Lanka has (or had).

      It is difficult to make the case for listening to advisers as well, what is the point of being a President if you can’t go against advice?

      More to the point, what would have prevented Prime Minister JR from going against solid advice and changing the constitution and giving us The Presidency?

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        “It is difficult to make the case for listening to advisers as well, what is the point of being a President if you can’t go against advice? “

        This reminds me how MR started abusing his authority , it’s been reported that MR wanted to transfer Thangalla O.I.C soon after his crowning , way back in 2005 , he quoted as saying ,” what is the point of holding Executive Presidency , if i can’t transfer a police officer ” . that was the beginning of an absolute lawless MR tenure , no body raised any objection on any thing , result : Jailing FM Sarath Fonseka and sacking CJ Shirani B .

        “More to the point, what would have prevented Prime Minister JR from going against solid advice and changing the constitution and giving us The Presidency? “

        “Koheda Yanne Malle pol ” come to my mind !

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    Regarded by aviation experts as an airport disaster where the runways are perpendicular to wind direction and something a schoolboy could have spotted.

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    If MR was a public official he would be guilty of violating the Financial Regulations.

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    What is the meaning of “Mattala” – anyone?

    The lengthwise direction of the landing strip is across the wind direction at Hambantota on most days of the year. This prevents safe landings and take-offs by aircraft – according to pilots.
    The vicinity of Yala Sanctuary and its environs are source of large flights of birds which can cause engine failure of aircraft due to ‘bird strikes’.
    These maybe the reason for most airlines boycotting the airport.

    Did the Chinese contracters and/or Dept.of Civil Aviation officials know these deficiencies, but were overruled by Mahinda Rajapake?

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      Whatever “Mattala” meant before is now forgotten and the word has become synonymous with fraud on a gigantic scale, conducted by an egocentric maniac, without a thought for our children’s children shackled with a debt that benefitted no one but the Rajapakses. These children will be spitting in disgust each time they walk past this airport and the palaces the Rajapakses built with the kickbacks derived from this project alone. As if we have not had enough of him, this megalomaniac thinks he can become our leader again on August 17th. Please God, not him again.

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      Mattan ge le (sinhalese) became Mattala… blood of matta’s

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    ABSOLUTELY, HE KNEW ALL ABOUT THE BIRDS IN THE AREA WHERE HE WAS BORN AND BRED MY GUESS.

    THE SACRED BIRDS OF PEACOCKS ARE FOUND ABUNDANTLY IN THE HAMBANTOTA AREA. IT’S UNLAWFUL TO KILL THOSE BIRDS. WAS HE TRYING TO CULL THEM INDIRECTLY BY ALLOWING AIRCRAFTS TO FLY IN THE AREA WHERE THERE IS A NATURE RESERVE.???
    ONLY A PEANUT BRAINED PRESIDENT WHOSE GREED WAS MAGNANIMOUS FOR PUBLICITY CAN AGREE FOR THESE TREACHEROUS PROJECTS.
    NOW HE’S POINTING FINGER. AT THE GOVERNMENT WHOSE FREEDOM OF SPEECH WHICH WE ARE CELEBRATING DAILY BY COMMENTING WITHOUT FEAR OF WHITE VANS .

    HE EXPECTS THE PEOPLES GOVERNMENT OF SIX MONTHS TO SHOW RESULTS WHICH HE FAILED FOR TEN LONG YEARS.
    HE LEFT THE COUNTRY BANKRUPT AND EXPECTS OUR GRAND CHILDREN TO PAY UP THE DEBTS.

    ONE OF THE AUTHORS ON CT POINTED OUT THAT THE ROAD HE TAKES EVERYDAY TO WORK IS IN A BAD STATE.

    I CANT IMAGINE POINTING FINGERS AT PRESENT GOVERNMENT TO DO MIRACLES WITHIN SIX MONTHS WHERE AS HIS MASTER HAD TEN YEARS TO REPAIR THOSE BUT DID NOT.

    THESE BRAINLESS SUPPORTERS OF THE JUNGLE KING EXPECTS WHAT FOR GOD SAKE?
    PLUNDERED MONEY IS BEING WASTED ON THESE WRITE UPS.

    WAIT FOR IT MORE FAKE SUPPORT DOCUMENTS WILL BE PUBLISHED BY THESE SO CALLED PROFESSORS OF UNKNOWN DEGREES.. STOLEN MONEY FROM US WILL BE USED FOR HIS FALSE PROPAGANDA.

    @Analyst – Could you please stop using capital letters – CT

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      Analyst

      “@Analyst – Could you please stop using capital letters – CT “

      I too have a problem, when Capital letters are all over and have trouble finding where the sentence begins and looking for the period, the end of the sentence.

      Check your key board and make sure your CAP LOCKS is not on.

      MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa Amana MaRa Mattala MaRa Dhushana MaRa ….

      Looks much better and easier to read than,

      MARA MARA CHATU MARA AMANA MARA MATTALA MARA DHUSHANA MARA…..

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    Why hasn’t any Government Politician/ Political Party thought of summarising the stunning
    facts given by various readers above , publish in leaflet form (translated into SINHALA) and distribute in EVERY ELECTORATE ?

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    Mr Senanayake

    You are absolutely correct. Everybody, particularly, those in Public office responsible for the tax pay payers’ money, are accountable for their actions. Although MR is ultimately responsible, others who collaborated in these useless projects, ie. the Professionals who went against their Professional Ethics or the civil servants, who dared not to displease the authoritarian regime in fear of their positions, should be named & shamed for wasting public money. It is immaterial whether money was made or not but such people are not fit to hold Positions of authority.

    It is time the IRS investigated all the Politicians of the past regime, their spouses & their cronies of their ‘investments’. A good starting point would be to publicly disclose the wealth of the politicians currently running for office.

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    Vainglorious had a terrible inferiority complex. He was jealous that Bandaranaike name is given to Katunayake airport and that Chinese gave a FREE world class conference centre named for Bandaranaike as well. So first he steals Lotus Pond which was started and initiated by CBK to put his name. He tried desperately to get his son into Oxford and even sought CBJ’s help when Shiranthi first lady requested CBK’s help. He didn’t have grades nor pedigree unlike the bandas. The Rs didn’t have any finesse or class to enjoy trappings of high office without thinking it was all their’s to squander. That’s why they desecrated Temple Trees by building a disgusting hall and ruin the gardens. Arrogant new rich mentality was shown by alk. THIS was sijikar to how Mrs. Premadasa behaved and dressed uo. She copied Mrs.B in wearing Kandyan saree and carried her handbag just like Mrs.B. you know they say imitation is the best form of flattery right? Staff at president’s house told people that she insisted on being called walawwey haamu” or madam and not “nona”. The valuable colonial paintings hanging in the great ballroom /audience hall were STOLEN by Dulanjali’s father in law and sold.

    Yes Premedasa started it but R became far worse because he was President for 10 years while Ranasinghe P the lower caste man only went less than 5 years .

    Enough is enough is enough. Vote out these thieving fools. Basil didn’t even pass A levels. Only capable guy was Gota but he became paranoid . MR is loved by people because of his charisma compared to RW. But that has outworn itself. MR is heading for a huge Tsunami against him but RW can be an idiot when he tries to sound macho. Remember his shrill “poda Mahinda poda” comments from Jaffna during the previous election in 2010?

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      read again…
      “….What a waste of public money and foreign aid.”

      Its not just ‘aid’ its commercial lonas from Chinese banks with inflated rates and the poor masses need to pay for generations to come..

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      are you serious to say this….?
      ‘Only capable guy was Gota but he became paranoid”

      Gota is just a psycopath vegetarial themed psycho killer like faggy Prabha of VVT, nothing much to take apart.

      Left the Army in the height of the war claiming medically condemned with psychological issues and then went to USA to work as a 7 Eleven store clerk.

      Returned back to SL after the elder brother was ‘elected’ by the poor masses who was hoodwinked with the kurakkan satakaya.

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    The present government would be more than happy to lease out the airport for use by F-16s , F-35s etc, for the long term

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    If the Sinhala politicians are sincere in reconciliation, the Palaly airport would have been extended and made an International airport. Racial subjugation is in the mind of the Sinhala politicians. Would it change? Ask the TNA.

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    rmer president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is contesting the upcoming general election from Kurunegala, cannot cast his vote there, say elections commissioner’s office sources.

    He is a registered voter in Hambantota district, and he can only vote there. Although Rajapaksa is hoping to obtain a high number of votes from Kurunegala, which is the home to most of the armed forces personnel, opinion surveys show that Wayamba chief minister Dayasiri Jayasekara is way ahead of him.

    Commenting about this to ‘Lanka News Web’, a SLFP senior said leaders should contest not from areas where they can win easily. True leaders think about the party first, not about themselves. Mahinda should have contested from a district like Kandy where the SLFP is weak. That is the way of true leaders. Or else, he should have contested from his usual Hambantota. This is like Mahinda has fled to Kurunegala as he feared Sajith. Now, he will have to come second to Dayasiri in Kurunegala too.”

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    Why not, there is nobody asking to surcharge Ranil Wikramasinghe for his intentional mega scale corruption in the Treasury bond scam? At least there is an airport. But the loss from the bond scam to the nation is almsot two fold of the total cost for the Mattala airport.

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    I thought Mr Deshapremi Senanayaka was demanding to “Surcharge those who are Responsible for the ” Bandaranayaka International Air Port Attack” at Katunayaka

    Now that the Financiers a.k.a who directly and or indirectly funded that attack are sitting at the same Table with the Yahapalala PM and his loving Foreign Minister and the Treasure Ravi Galleon Karunanayaka.it would have been a fitting gesture for them to pay some compensation at least for the innocent Japanese Tourists and the poor Airport Workers or their families.to show much they love and care about Srilanka.

    Instead our loving FM bragging how much the British Tiger Diaspora is worth and how much they are willing to pump in. to give our Inhabitants Yahapalanaya.

    Mattala at least get one Aircraft to land.

    Katunayaka Attack didn’t leave even one Srilankan Airlines plane to take off let alone land for a long time.

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      KAS As usual koheda yanney malley pol

      How about MaRa funding those who attacked KIA so that he can win the election and subsequently created this white elephant. It takes an idiot support another idiot.

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    “Surcharge Those Responsible For Mattala Airport Cost” Mr. R.M.B Senanayake says. To make it HAPPEN, those who are presently handling Government matters must MOVE in the matter. But unfortunately it is NOT HAPPENING. There are many matters of similar magnitude, but nothing happened.

    Yet, there is a SOLUTION and it is in the hands of the “VOTER” and that can be done on 17 August 2105. On that day- make it a EVENTFUL DAY by walking into that small cubical at the Poling Booth and when you have that “PENSAL KOTE” (pencil) in your hand mark that “X” boldly to KICK OUT that “NADE” (group) who ruined this country from 2010 t0 2014. Also remember to mark that “X” against the name of the MOST SUITABLE (literate; honorable; sincere and capable) as your REPRESENTATIVE. That mark “X” will decide HOW to and WHOM to “SURCHARGE” for all that colossal waste and plunder of our National Wealth. You and only YOU can DO IT. Please DO IT and DON”T HESITATE. Thank you in advance.

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    List continues:

    11) Hambantota Ports- borrowing Chinese loan for 10% interest p.a and no ships are to be seen!

    12) Mass scale abuse of UDA for long a time with the disguise of beautifying Colombo and lump commission earned in some cases UDA received only the commission and pocketed the total amount.

    13) Money laundering to Seychelles, St. Kitis and Dubai.
    149 Illegal arms sales to Russian separatist in Ukraine and Al-Shabab in Somalia.

    14) Shattered the ethnic harmony through the BBS and Ganansara (who was provided MSD from the direct order of GOTA)

    15) Killing Lasantha, Eknilgoda and many more.

    16) Killing the rugby captain to pave way to notorious rapist happen to be son of Rajapakya.

    17) Demolish Mosques, Kovils and Churches.

    18) Killing 40,000 or more civilians at the last stage of the civil war and no viable investigation started so far.

    19)Operating a miserable Mihin Air from tax payers money.

    20) Millions or Trillions of Rupees earned from different ”Road” projects.

    Can someone continue the list. I’m tired…………

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      21. Foreign service was made a joke with all the uneducated cousins filled in major economies of the world and then make former wharf clerk as the monitoring MP to do the money laundering with Diplomatic priviledges.

      22. Free Media was totally destroyed and like in North Korea, it was all our beloved leader…

      23. This country was isolated among the west and traditional friends like India/Japan etc and aligned with communist China who Imports only 1.6% of our Exports.

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    [Edited out]

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      Ooooops Abhaya , forgot this is a public forum again ?

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    Even if Jarapassa is surcharged the question is who will make him pay.
    The Mattala airport could be confined only to helicopters of the members of his family known as the first family landing and taking off on their joy rides. Bensen

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    i used the airport only once ….by the time we drove to the airport went thru security, waited for the plane ..got to colombo .then thru immigration it would have been quicker and cheaper to drive ..hence thats what we do now …plus this white elephant is now closed ..but what an expense . So much was spent on self engrandisment and not for the good of the people ..who need good schools ,hospitals ,treatment centres..and so much more , than shiney buildings

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    Interesting reading ………

    Thinking outside the box ……….

    The Super Power that is China – with their greater scheme of controlling the territory – need to have bases in different Countries.

    So they massaged MR’s ego to do their bidding, and got him to pay for it!

    As both ( The airport and the port) are presently white elephants – not generating enough income to pay even the interest component of the money, so borrowed …………

    The current lot of egoistical politicians will be duped into leasing our both to China ( to do as they please ). These politicians will claim that they are very clever in having leased it out in order to mitigate the interest and capital that have to be repaid.

    So China gets what they want in Sri Lanka –

    They are probably working out the details in such a way – that they would have their bases in Hambantota without ruffling any Diplomatic ties with India and Pakistan.

    We do live in interesting times.

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      @Ahfzll
      Thank God for a commentator who has no blinkers on and can see beyond the manic chanting of Anti-Rajapakse everything !!!!

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