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Tamils Were Not Fooled By Any Of The Roads, The Bridges, The Mega Projects Govt Gave

By M. A. Sumanthiran

M.A. Sumanthiran MP

M.A. Sumanthiran MP

You stop people of this country going to meet their very near relatives by placing travel restrictions. Is that not treating the North differently? This is also an attempt to pull wool over the eyes of people, not of the people of the North. If the people of the North were fooled, they would have voted for the UPFA. They were not fooled by any of the roads, the bridges, the mega projects or the gifts you gave from election platforms. They were not fooled. This is an attempt to pull wool over the eyes of the people in the South. Elections are coming perhaps, otherwise there would not be such sweetness in this Budget.

*M. A. Sumanthiran’s speech on second reading of budget debate 28th october 2014

Thank you, Hon. Presiding Member, for the opportunity given to speak at the Second Reading of the Budget this year. As I have done in all of the Second Reading Debates since 2010 including the Vote on Account of that year, I wish to commence with a particular Observation. This year I have support for that observation from a Frontbencher from the Government ranks, the Hon. (Ven.) Athuraliye Rathana Thero. Just after the Budget Speech by the Hon. Minister of Finance, the Venerable Thero was asked by the press about his comments on the Budget Proposals and his response was, “We hope next year the Budget will be presented by a Member of the House”. Now, this is something that I have said for four years; that if Parliament is to exercise total control over public finance as mandated by Article 148 of the Constitution – the Hon. (Ven.) Athuraliye Rathana Thero was also pleased to mention that Article in his comment – then, it is necessary that the Minister of Finance is a Member of this House. We have the sad spectacle yet again this year of the Debate continuing without the Minister who proposed it being in the House as a Member of this House accountable and responsible to respond to several vital comments that are being made. I too wish, like the Government Frontbencher, that this will be remedied at least by next year.

As we walked away from the Chamber that evening into the Tea Party, a very senior Government official was heard to remark, “The only thing that the Opposition can say about this Budget is that it is too good to be true”. I thought that was well said. What he said is true. I want to repeat that: “This is too good to be true”. In fact, this is a grave fraud on the people of this country. This cannot be true. We have never seen a Budget like this. We have never seen proposals that have been made so irresponsibly with the eye only on his re-election. This ought not to be done. I think the Hon. Minister of National Languages and Social Integration applauded a little too early before I continued. He might regret his applause now. This is a most irresponsible thing that has been done. In the previous years, there were clamours for relief for several sectors which were promised but not given. Some were promised; some were not promised and even those that were promised, never saw the light of day. And yet, even through those years – we looked at the balance of account – we saw how much of this was being funded from foreign borrowings. As we start the Debate on the Second Reading, we have, tabled before us, an Amendment to the Appropriation Act of 2013 to increase the borrowing limit by Rs. 200 billion. Now, what does that mean? It means that the sky- high limit that was set even at that time had not been enough to meet the expenditure for last year. Now, with this Budget Proposal, how will the Government even begin to fund the expenditure that they have proposed they would incur? You cannot merely make proposals to give people some good feeling. There is something called “overdoing” and my suspicion is that the Hon Minister of Finance has overdone it this time. He has so overdone it, that even the very ordinary people of this country do not believe it; they do not believe it. Anyone we meet on the street is asking us the question, ” ? ?” They are astonished. So, you cannot fool all the people all the time. That, we know. But, in this instance, even through sweetness, you have not been able to satisfy them because their suspicions have been, rightly, aroused. How can the Government meet these expenses that have been so generously and lavishly proposed? I would not go into the details. Several Members of the Opposition have delved into details and shown up these Budget Proposals for what they are, as I said, a fraud on the people. I would not go into it at this stage. Perhaps during the Committee Stage, we will have an opportunity to go into the detailed Estimates and the reality as opposed to the glorious picture that has been painted by these Proposals.

Today, I would rather go into some of the policy statements that the Hon. Minister of Finance made while presenting the Budget. The Hon. Minister was pleased to refer to certain events in the recent past. He said that the war was fought so that all the peoples of this country will live better lives and the approach of the Government has never had a communal slant to it. He quotes the results of the three Provincial Council Elections held this year as proof of the fact that the Government has large public support for the direction that it is travelling in. May I venture to ask then, by the same token, what lesson has he learnt from the results of the Northern Provincial Council Election held last year? What, if at all, has he learnt? If he takes, as he claims, 54 per cent of the vote for the UPFA as a total endorsement of the people for the work programme of the Government, how does he read less than 20 per cent of votes the UPFA received in the Northern Province? How does he read 78.9 per cent of the vote that the TNA received in the Northern Provincial Council Election? And, if the war was fought, as he claims, to deliver the Tamil people from the clutches of terrorism, what have those Tamil people told him in September of 2013? The Hon. Minister who relies so heavily on that vote to make a point about the support he has, citing a mere 54 per cent, cannot see that less than 20 per cent voted for his party and almost 80 per cent for the TNA in the Northern Province, where the war was fought. I am linking these two to ask the Hon. Minister of Finance the question, how have you formulated this policy? How have you come to this conclusion of yours that the people in the Northern Province, where the war was fought, are all duly satisfied with your development projects and are very happy that there is no fighting now? Well, people are happy that there is no fighting, I will concede that. But, that is not all. If the war was fought to an end so that people will live with dignity more than anything else, with dignity, peace and prosperity, that has not happened and if that is not the crucial ill that affected this country all these years, for several decades, perhaps since Independence, what is the problem that ails this country?

If that issue cannot be resolved, – that is also an economic issue; we talk about the 30- year war, how that impacted on the economy, how that impacted on the lives, not only of the people in the war zone, but even of the people who were living outside, – if that is not addressed properly, can this House applaud the Minister of Finance for saying this during the course of his Budget Speech? He has claimed that he cannot see the rationale to devolve the subjects of land and police powers to nine separate Provincial Councils. Now, that is a new one. Suddenly, he cannot see the rationale for devolving land and police powers to nine provincial councils. This is the same person who, in May and June 2009, made Joint Statements with the Prime Minister of India that he would implement the Thirteenth Amendment in full, go beyond it and make devolution meaningful. He signed those Joint Statements and subsequently, the Hon. Minister of External Affairs signed the Joint Communique on the 7th of June, 2011, I believe, with the Minister of External Affairs of India to the same effect. Now, after the end of the war, after the conclusion of the fighting, several times this promise has been given, not to us. The promises given to us are worthless, are not worth –

[Interruption.]

Yes, yes, not worth talking about. The Hon. Lohan Ratwatte suddenly walks in and he is amazed – because they are willy-nilly breached. But, these are promises given to a very friendly neighbouring country, to the Prime Minister of that country, to the Secretary- General of the United Nations and to the international community at large. It is very specific, not just “we will solve it”. No, they said: “We will implement the Thirteenth Amendment in full and build on it so as to achieve meaningful devolution”. How many times this was said? I am glad that the Hon. Deputy Minister of External Affairs is here, because the Ministry of External Affairs has the record of all of those promises and the Joint Communiques that have been issued from their Ministry. A sudden wisdom has dawned now on the Hon. Minister of Finance to come into this Chamber and say, “I cannot see the rationale to devolve the subjects of land and police powers to nine separate Provincial Councils”. This is yet another indicator that tells the people of this country what value his promises are. Of course, with this Budget, they seriously suspect that none of these promises will be kept. Why has he done this? He talked about the North, and also about the “Yal Devi” to Jaffna. By the way, we welcome the “Yal Devi” to Jaffna. That has earned millions of rupees in a couple of days for the Government. It is good for the Government as much as it is good for the people.

(The Hon. A.R.M. Abdul Cader – Deputy Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy)

It is good for the people.

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)
So, why do you not listen to what I say? I just said that it is good for the people. – [Interruption.]

So, I said it is good for the people. Why do you not listen first? I did say it is good for the people. We must thank the Government of India for making the finance available for that project. We do not know the arrangements for finance that you have made with the Chinese. So, I will not thank them or you for that matter.

But, what has happened? With the coming of “Yal Devi”, a new restriction has been imposed on foreigners travelling to the North. Now, anyone who comes to this country has to obtain two visas; any foreigner who intends going to the North has to obtain two visas, –

(The Hon. A.R.M. Abdul Cader)

That is wrong. Do not say “two visas”, it is a permit. We cannot issue two visas to for anybody who comes into this country.

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)
– one to come into this country and another –

(The Hon. A.R.M. Abdul Cader) That is what Prabhakaran did.

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)

You are doing what Prabhakaran did. That is my complaint. People have to obtain two visas, one to come into this country and another to go to the North, just like what Prabhakaran did. Why are you doing what Prabhakaran did if you are complaining about Prabhakaran?

(The Hon. A.R.M. Abdul Cader)
You chased Muslim people from the North.

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran) We did not chase them. –

(The Presiding Member)
Hon. Sumanthiran, please continue with your speech.

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran) Hon. Presiding Member, –

[Interruption.]
We have dealt with that time and again.

(The Hon. A.R.M. Abdul Cader) Do not shout now.

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)

We know why some people shout and what happened to the rice case and why they have to shout, why they have to jump in the first place and why they have to periodically get up and shout and why cases were withdrawn; why the cases of grave fraud pending in the High Court were withdrawn. –

[Interruption.]
For, in a very undignified manner walking across the aisle –

[Interruption.]

(The Presiding Member)
Let the Hon. Member speak.
(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)
Sir, we understand. I am not talking about him. – [Interruption.]

(The Presiding Member)
Please let the Hon. Member speak.

(The Hon. A.R.M. Abdul Cader)
He cannot just insult me. I have to answer him.

(The Presiding Member) You can answer later.

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)

I can understand why some people have to shout. What the amount of the fraud was, in which court the case was pending and when they crossed over what happened to that case, all of that we know. So, we understand why they shout. But, that cannot distract me from what I am saying now. –

[Interruption.]

“Why is the North being treated as a separate country?” is the question that I am posing. People who come into this country can freely get about anywhere else but not to the North. You have to get a special permit to go to the North.

(The Hon. A.R.M. Abdul Cader) That is –
(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)

No, we are not asking you for explanation. No explanation has been given. It happened with the coming of “Yal Devi”. Why has that new restriction been imposed? In the Budget Speech, there is –

(An Hon. Member)
There can be LTTEers going to Jaffna.

(The Hon.M.A. Sumanthiran)
Where is the LTTE? I thought you destroyed them fully.

(An Hon. Member) A diaspora.

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)

I see! There is a sanctimonious claim in this Budget Speech that the Emergency Regulations that were in force for years were removed; that Public Service throughout the country has been restored; press freedom is encouraged; conduct of regular elections happen including the Northern Provincial Council and the country has witnessed a notable improvement in governance. Emergency Regulations were removed on the 30th of August 2011, under intense international pressure but with that, the very same Regulations were promulgated as PTA Regulations. Whom are you fooling? –

[Interruption.]

Hon. Vasudeva Nanayakkara, you started saying something. Do you want to say anything?

(The Hon. Vasudeva Nanayakkara) No.

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)
Those very same Emergency Regulations that were in force, Hon. Minister, were promulgated as PTA Regulations the next day. Whom are you fooling? And, you have the brass to come and say that Emergency Regulations were lifted and the country is at peace, just days after imposing a new restriction unlawfully, that you have to obtain a special permit to travel to the North. It is well-known that several thousands of children and others, whose parents are living in the North, have migrated to various countries around the world. They are citizens of other countries and have been unable to obtain dual citizenship because of yet another restriction called, “A temporary suspension of the grant of dual citizenship”. In the Committee on Public Accounts, we found that during the temporary suspension of the grant of dual citizenship, more than 1,300 people have been granted dual citizenship. They said, it was on “Exceptional Grounds” so, some were given. But, to my knowledge and to the knowledge of my Colleagues here, nobody from the North or the East has been given dual citizenship during this time. So, applications made by people for dual citizenship are pending because the Government is not giving them dual citizenship as given to the others. They cannot even freely come and go to meet their parents or attend a wedding or another ceremony of their brothers’ or their sisters’. –

[Interruption.]
(The Hon. Vasudeva Nanayakkara) Even if they were born –

[Interruption.]
(The Hon. A.R.M. Abdul Cader) rose.

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)
I will give way to the Minister, the Hon. Vasudeva Nanayakkara. –

(The Hon. Vasudeva Nanayakkara)
Those who were born in this country would not have to obtain –

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)
The Hon.Abdul Cader is disturbing. I cannot hear you, Hon. Minister. –

[Interruption.]
(The Hon. A.R.M. Abdul Cader)

He is going to create another war. They are living in peace today. –

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)
I gave way to the Minister, the Hon. Vasudeva Nanayakkara, but I cannot hear him.

(The Presiding Member)
Hon. Sumanthiran you may carry on.

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)
Sir, I gave way to the Hon. Vasudeva Nanayakkara to respond, but I could not hear him.

(The Presiding Member)
Okay. Hon. Vasudeva Nanayakkara you can make your point.

(The Hon. Vasudeva Nanayakkara)
Hon. Member, those who were born in the country need not obtain permission even if they are visiting here from a foreign country. I read that in the newspapers. I only said that.

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)
No, anybody who holds a foreign citizenship has to obtain special permission to travel to the North.

(The Hon. Vasudeva Nanayakkara) Even if they were born here?

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)

Yes. There maybe grandchildren born elsewhere. If so, what do you want them to do?

(The Hon. Lohan Ratwatte) Get permission.

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)
Do you say that they need to get permission to go with their parents to see their grandparents? Hon. Ratwatte from behind says, “Get permission,” cockily. He lives in Kandy. He has no pain. He does not sense –

[Interruption.]
(The Hon. Lohan Ratwatte)
Are you talking about the Tamil people who live in Bambalapitiya?

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)
He does not sense the affectation on the dignity of our people. When you come to your own country, do you have to take special permission to go to your own hometown? Only to go to the North, you have to get special permission. Even they have applied for dual citizenship but that is kept pending, because they are from one part of the country. What is this sanctimonious preaching?

(The Hon. Vasudeva Nanayakkara)
There are a lot of people who have applied for dual citizenship but they have not yet been considered because that operation has not yet begun. Special cases are a different matter.

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)
You are a member of the Committee on Public Accounts –

(The Hon. Vasudeva Nanayakkara)
I have my nieces who have not got the dual citizenship.

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)
Very well. We were told responsibly that over 1,300 have been given dual citizenship and no basis was disclosed. I can say responsibly from the Floor of this House that no Tamil has got. Who this special category of persons are, we do not know. It is in that background that there is this sudden imposition of travel restrictions to the North. On the one hand, you have “Yal Devi” coming and we welcome it.

That earns revenue in millions for the Government. On the other hand, you stop people of this country going to meet their very near relatives by placing travel restrictions. Is that not treating the North differently? This is also an attempt to pull wool over the eyes of people, not of the people of the North. If the people of the North were fooled, they would have voted for the UPFA. They were not fooled by any of the roads, the bridges, the mega projects or the gifts you gave from election platforms. They were not fooled. This is an attempt to pull wool over the eyes of the people in the South. Elections are coming perhaps, otherwise there would not be such sweetness in this Budget. And, now you want to create a kind of unrest, a kind of fear in people’s minds: “Oh! There is some militant activity that they have commenced in the North. There is terrorism starting again. I am the only one who can conquer terrorism in this country, so you must vote for me”. Merely saying it is not enough. Do a few things like imposition of travel restrictions to the North. You do not care what inconvenience people are put to because you do not consider them your own. You do not care worse what indignity they suffer because you do not consider them your own. That is the hard truth and that is what this House must understand. Merely claiming that the war has ended and you have defeated terrorism is not enough if you continually sow the seeds thereafter for discontent, for people to suffer indignity, for people to feel that they are somehow inferior to the others, for people to think that they do not belong or they are not wanted in this country, that when they freely exercise their franchise and if it is against the powers that be, they will suffer punishment for that, and even the representatives whom they freely choose will not be given any power and that area will be administered directly from the Centre. That much talked about Rs. 8 billion which is said to have been given to the North was not given to the North, not for their people’s Representatives to spend or use in the way they decide, on what development is good for them. It is decided here; it is spent from here and goes into pockets here. Going into pockets anywhere is objectionable, but most of it goes into pockets here. Money does not even go there.

(The Hon. A.R.M. Abdul Cader) Sir, I rise to a point of Order.

(The Presiding Member) ,?

(The Hon. A.R.M. Abdul Cader) ,.

(The Presiding Member)
That is not a point of Order. Hon. Sumanthiran, you carry on.

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)
Sir, as I said earlier, when I talk about bribes or commissions, it hurts one person in this House. –

[Interruption.]

?ඒ.

(The Hon. A.R.M. Abdul Cader) rose.

(The Presiding Member)
Hon. Abdul Cader, please be seated. –

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)
He stands up and shouts. What can I do? –

(The Presiding Member)
Hon. Abdul Cader, please be seated. Let the Hon Member speak. Hon. Sumanthiran, you carry on

(The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran)
Sir, I cannot help it. I am not the one who stole rice; I am not the one who was indicted in the High Court; I am not the one who crossed the Floor and got my indictment withdrawn as a result of that. –

[Interruption.]
(The Presiding Member)
Hon. Sumanthiran, you carry on.

(The Hon.
M.A. Sumanthiran)
Sir, as I was saying, what I explained earlier is the thing that concerns us most. With all of this, there is one welcome thing though that the Hon. Minister of Finance and Planning had said. He had said, “I want – he has named our party – the Tamil National Alliance to engage in conversation”. I say I welcome it because at least this time, he has not decided that by talking to people who sit on that side of the Divide he can solve anything. He has finally realized that we are the true Representatives of the people and that he must, rightly, talk to us. So, that is a welcome statement from the Hon. Minster of Finance. But as before, our worry is, that is said, but nothing is done. I would not go too much into the history of that because I believe that before we conclude the Debate on the Second Reading, a full record of that will be placed in this House. Sir, I will conclude by coming back to the Budget Proposals that have been made. Let me use this House as a place from which a warning can be addressed to the people of the country. That is what it must be, that the sentiments expressed here by the Members must be heard loud and clear by the people of the country. Despite what has been said about press freedom in this Speech, we know what level of freedom the press enjoys and my appeal to the press as well is that the critical comments that are made in this House, particularly by the Opposition because the Budget Proposals are by the Minister of Finance, must be taken to the people. The people of this country, today, are reeling with confusion, wondering how can this be a realistic Budget, how in the world can this Government meet all of these expenditures they have proposed. When the Opposition picks it, tears it to pieces and exposes that this is a fraud on the people, that must be heard by the people and only when it is heard by the people, they, who are already suspicious that this is not a Budget but an election manifesto, will confirm in their minds as to what this really is.

Thank you.

*M. A. Sumanthiran’s speech on second reading of budget debate 28th october 2014

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    If Tamils were fooled by the Bridges, Roads and the mega projects, Tamil politicians would be unemployed.

    So, that cannot happen.

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      I think some commentators are paid by the number of words, not by the meaning or the value of its contents.

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        truth

        Was M. A. Sumanthiran inbred?

        Inbreeding lowers intelligence.

        http://europenews.dk/en/node/34368

        • Muslim Inbreeding: Impacts on intelligence, sanity, health and society

        EuropeNews 9 August 2010
        By Nicolai Sennels

        Conclusion

        There is no doubt that the wide spread tradition of first cousin marriages among Muslims has harmed the gene pool among Muslims. Because Muslims’ religious beliefs prohibit marrying non-Muslims and thus prevents them from adding fresh genetic material to their population, the genetic damage done to their gene pool since their prophet allowed first cousin marriages 1,400 years ago are most likely massive. The overwhelming direct and indirect human and societal consequences have been explained above.

        Compassion for the health of future generations should be enough to ban intermarriage among first cousins. The economic and societal consequences do also count. Such a ban would also lessen Muslim immigration to the West because many Muslim families would like to be able to continue their practice of intermarriage in order to live up to cultural and religious traditions and keep wealth and power inside their family.

        A legislative ban on first cousin marriages is a logical and compassionate imperative for both the Muslim world, for EU and our Western national governments.

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        This particular Bumsofty is a reigncarnation of FORMER LEELA or BANDA.
        The eunach would do anything to turn any wrong doings of govt white. Anyways, the days ahead of them are becoming darker. Believe me as a glass wall would break into pieces so called CHEATED popularity of MR will vanish soon. People will be empowered even to throw montov cocktails to him instead of getting close to the man you will see them soon.

        We the sinhalaese (specially living on rural areas) should learn from our fellow tamil srilankens that roads, phones, bridges can only fool SINHALAYA BUT NOT tamils. Tamils in general see it beyond. The rural masses in Rajarata are cheated but no enough dialyse machines are proivided to them to give them life. 0.5MIO of Rajarata are suffering by Kidney diseases, the allocated funds for their care have been robbed – is what opposition believe today. Latter is a fact when thinking about the way Tsunami funds were grabed and robbed by MR and thugs by themselves to that time. Thanks to donors Tsunami hit nation could be recovered but today the corruption levels that the coutnry has been driven is far from all levels the nation is known since then.

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        We need to have more of Sumanthirans, AKDs, Harin Fernandos, Dr. Harsha De Silvas, Ajitha Pereras to get rid of the current situation.

        People of the rural corners of the country (make up 70% of vulnerable voters) are becoming aware of the levels of corrption directly being practised by the incumbent President

        a) 250 men are reparted to have been travelled to the us (who gave accomadation, transport, meals etc) using taxpayers funds

        I only know BOLLYWOOD film producers do so – taking that many people with them while going to film scenes in HILLY areas of Switzerland.

        b) Do even indian leaders behave so ?
        c) Srilanken carrier has become their FAMILY TAXI to this day ? Why…. the nation should vote him again if they the people can rethink of all these ?

        d) Buget is like just giving a toffee to the people (taking more giving much less)

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      Jin soththy;

      Most of your Jarapassa goons in the Cabinet and Goon MPs canot Understand What Hon Mr Sumathitharan Says.
      Because most of them are Uneducated and Socialy Goons and Thugs.
      Example; What the Cheap Minis of Gampaha District knows.
      What education the Trincomalee Fisher woman Have,
      to understand about the Budget.
      WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO EXPLAIN TO THEIR CONSTITUTANT ABOUT THE Bumkin’S Socalled Budget,???????????????????.

      So Fools like You, Write Comments and Get paid For the job what you do.
      But remember that is also Public’s Money.

      Let Your Djaha Jarapassa Goons to understand What Hon Mr Hon Mr Sumathitharan Said at the House.

      “That much talked about Rs. 8 billion which is said to have been given to the North was not given to the North, not for their people’s Representatives to spend or use in the way they decide, on what development is good for them. It is decided here; it is spent from here and goes into pockets here. Going into pockets anywhere is objectionable, but most of it goes into pockets here. Money does not even go there.”

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    Sumanthiran, forget the Tamil issue here. I live in Canada and in this part of the world, even to repair a road (just a repair) we have city council meetings and only if the budget permits the city will repair the road. But SL a third world country, how does this dictatorship pave brand new highways, build cricket stadiums, Opera house, airport, ship yards every time this useless fellow (Mahinda) winks. I wonder where 20% of the money is going. All these are loans, when and who pays the loans at the end? Who is the beneficiary of all these loans? Jarapakse must be filthy rich by now.

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      Tamil,
      Which Canada do you live, where they repair roads only if the budget permits? They leave the road to crumble?

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        Hey Eusense, you have been a real nuisance for quite sometime. Idiot, what I meant by that is……they do not talk for 5 years before they repair. They repair once the budget is verified and everyone in the council agrees, this is usually done within a month or so. The whole city has been going through a budget crisis for new subway lines and for the last few years they have been fighting over this. In your wonderland, the Chinese would have been there paying the Jarapakses 20% and completing the entire subway line in one month.

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    Dear Hon Sir,

    Thank you for your views

    You are a representative of all people of Sri Lanka not just for people in the North. As much as the people in the North are deprived of their freedom today people in the South are harassed and subjected to fear in an intrigued way. We have to work together to win the people victories in a massive force and in a more meaningful way. Not in isolation or segregation.

    I earnestly urge upon you, please step forward to join hands together with Maha Nayaka Theros, Sobhitha Thero, Rathana Thero, Amila Thero, Relious Leaders + Messrs Ranil + Anura + SF + Karu + Sampanthan + Hakim + Mangala + Nimal + Maithree + Champika+ Ravi + Arjuna + Tissa + Harin + Sajith ….+++++ of course the former president and many other thousands of true patriotic intellectuals and scholars from all communities are joining in hands to protect the people and their future and to chase this idiot into the sea as food for fish in the Indian Ocean

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      I only wish there are more people like you (Senaka De Zoysa) and Sumanthiran in Lanka. This country will be better off today. Always people are selling this Sinhala-Tamil crap so that they can get some votes.

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      Senaka De Zoysa Sirwardena, you are wrong. Sumanthiran represents the people in his constituency and going by this speech, he is doing a good job at it. The Parliament collectively is responsible for the whole of Sri Lanka, same as any civil servant but sadly the gross discrimination applied to the non sinhala buddhists, egged on by the BBS, encouraged by the Rajapakses, is astounding and does not bode well for the well being of the citizens of this country. For the last 5 years with much fanfare we have been celebrating the victory of war but in reality, it was a Civil War and the victors killed other Sri Lankans. By no stretch of the imagination can this be something to celbrate, except mourn the loss of fellow countrymen.

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        SH,
        I need to correct you in calling the conflict a “civil war” instead of a “terrorists war”. This war terrorized the citizenry of Sri Lanka. The terrorist suicide bombed public locations undeclared and unexpectedly killing over 100,000 innocent civilians. If you are calling this a “civil war” because it killed more civilians than anybody else you are absolutely right!

        For your information, 95% of the population including many Tamils (and myself too) celebrated this annihilation of terrorists. Victors the SLDF did not kill other Sri Lankans but killed die hard suicide murdering terrorists. I feel only another terrorist would say “By no stretch of the imagination can this be something to celbrate, except mourn the loss of fellow countrymen.”

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      Yes, i too endorse it

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    IDIOTS OF THIS COUNTRY WILL VOTE THESE HOODLUMS BACK TO POWER. THERE IS NO HOPE IN THIS COUNTRY.

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      Tamil from the North:

      Go back to Tamilnadu.

      If not get into a sinking boat on way to Australia.

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        You and the Rajapakses should go back to Orissa or where ever the hell you fellows came from, … Did some one say anything about Bestiality?

        Election gimmicks won’t work while the IC is working on investigating the War Criminals. Soon the results will be out and the UNHRC will have to VOTE on what action they take on the PARIAH STATE.

        Donald J Gnanakone
        Tamils For Justice.
        Founder.

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          DJG,
          Are you trying to bring justice to a bunch of suicide murdering terrorists with the help of IC and UNHRC? What you are trying will only drive more Sinhalese towards this corrupt leader and will make it difficult for us to get rid of him.

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            Eusense,

            If the racist-chauvinist-Sinhala Buddhist still want this corrupt leader, who is also a racist as the Muslims have now found out, Good Luck to you buggers.

            But there will be No Compromise on Justice and Accountability.
            The Fight for Justice will go on against the War Criminal Leaders, and Rapist which is going on under General Udaya Perera as of today, 6 years after the War.

            There has to be a democratic society with respect to Human Rights and Fundamental Rights which are again non negotiable.

            The people will get the government they deserve.

            Rajapakses are stealing from the people and not from the Chinese. or others….

            Pick your Poison. Let your racist Sinhalese vote for the Rajapaksesb and see what will cost the whole country. 100 % of them including those who spoil their votes.

            Donald Gnanakone
            Tamils For Justice.

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        Jim “Sothy” it is nice to see your concern, but if you read TFN’s first post you would have understood he lives in Canada. So he does not need to go to TN or take a boat to Aussie land.

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          @Burt, thanks for your wonderful comment. My Dad saw this country was going to the dogs and he decided to take us out of the country. But you will agree, this beautiful country has been governed on both sides of the ethnic divide by ruthless hoodlums, who have literally pillaged and robbed this country of all it’s wealth and chased good folks out of it.

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            My dad and I saw dogs flee the country when the LTE boat started to sink.

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              Hey Mammal, what a useless bugger you are. When I left, the military was running for their lives from the LTTE buggers. I left about 30 years ago, not yesterday. Get your facts right before you spit out the garbage in your mouth.

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        “If not get into a sinking boat on way to Australia.”

        The son prince has temporarily stopped the Sinking Boat Service to Australia, until James Packer finish payment on the commission account. He has announced the service would start only after James Packer takes a falling down plane to Australia. Could you wait until that?

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        Idiot Jim Shitty, I do not have to go back to Tamil Nadu until the day you run your arse back to Orissa. I also do not have to get on a sinking boat as I flew to beautiful Canada back in the 80s, when I realised your cousins will be governing this country by hook or by crook. Here in Canada, hoodlums like you cannot open your mouth and let out the brain farts as you might run into some interesting characters, who might want to have a chat with you.

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          Language people talk is a good reflection of who they are. Better you left the country.

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            Hey Mammal, English language is a marvelous language. If the language sounds harsh, that is particularly meant for low class punk like you. See when I agree with someone whose comment may differ from my views but still a decent comment, I will retort in a way not to offend. But for you, I will wonderfully craft my response, which will set fire under your feet. Hurtful, isn’t it? If yes, that was my intention. Good then, move along.

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        Jim softy

        ” Tamil from the North:Go back to Tamilnadu.”

        I hate to agree with you.

        However on the basis of first in first out (FIFO) you shoul lead your flock back to your mother country India (North or South), when you go take your brethren with you.

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          Hey NV, instead of me going with Jim Shitty, you can hold his hand and go with him. Maybe he might offer you a toilet cleaning job as you said in another string.

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            Tamil from the north

            “instead of me going with Jim Shitty, you can hold his hand and go with him.”

            I rather clean toilets and stay here than join your Sinhala speaking Demela Jimmy. I don’t see any difference between a Tamil racist and a Sinhala bigot. Please go.

            “Maybe he might offer you a toilet cleaning job as you said in another string.”

            Why are you so obsessed with toilets? You must be suffering either from constipation or from Diarrhea. Either way you are suffering. If there any way we can help you?

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              Hey NV, one thing you have perfected in CT is to copy and paste other people’s comments. You must be a master at it now. Good job, quite impressive your skill that is.

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    K A Sumanasekaran

    Please comment on M. A. Sumanthiran’s contribution to budget debate. Hope you will write something related to the subject matter. Give it a try.

    Lets see how fluent you are in finance.

    Please Avoid – Vellala, Abraham, Father Immanuel, Diaspora dudes, Miracle of Asia, Inhabitant, Naduvan, Poor Dalits,Christian Values, pin up boy, ………………………, ………………., ……………, etc

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      Hey NV, sometimes I have to agree with you. Since you asked Sumanasekeram to avoid using his entire written language, he cannot write anymore. Please be kind to him next time and allow him to use Dalits, Anglican…………Vallalah words, so that he can complete his rubbish.

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        Tamil from the north

        “Hey NV, sometimes I have to agree with you.”

        When you agree with me, it makes me wonder whether I was right in the first place.

        Man you have to loosen up a bit.

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          Hey NV, you are not here to engage in a fruitful conversation. Always copying and pasting others’ comments. You must be one fellow, who is probably retired, all your children have maybe abandoned you and probably your wife doesn’t talk to you and you are hiding in a dark room and mastering the skill of copying and pasting others’ comments to fill your day filled with absolute boredom. At times, I have to agree because even codgers like you could make sense.

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    Great one Sumanthiran, thanks for your honesty, straight talk and bravado.

    Its a shame I am not in parliament to cheer u, but you have many admirers amongst the majority who respect you. U and Eran are the only candles in the dungeon. Will there be a day during our lifetime when people like you, Eran and Tisaranee will be decision makers in our country ??

    You dont know how much I enjoy reading the speeches u make in parliament.

    cheers

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    The resumption of the Yal Devi service benefits all – the country’s finances, the people of the North and many others. The Govt of India, in as much as the Rajapakse regime, have to be thanked for this.

    That question of the allegation that the actual costs are billed higher can be settled by negotiation between the Indian and GoSL officials.

    Dual Citizenship given to members of one community is grossly unfair. There is an estimated Tamil population of nearly a million Tamils in the Diaspora. They can’t all be sleeping Tigers. Lets get real. Please remove this joke of one single official being given the right of deciding who should get and who should not the right of dual citizenship. Much economic and social benefit will flow if the authority to grant these are reverted to senior officials of the External Ministry – as before. The criteria should be purely merit and transparency.

    As to A.R.M. Abdul Cader, the less reference to him the better. His long record in public life is far too well known. Is he trying to surpass the animistic theatrics of that disgusting clown Azwer?

    Kettikaran

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      Kettikaran,

      You have spoken for the affluent and what about the poor wanting to go to North,Sri Lanka for a funeral or a wedding or visiting friends and relatives, which they do not do it yearly. Do you realise that it will cost around half a million rupees or more to get dual citizenship and that too , one should have the proper contact in SL to get it. Only people who have businesses or properties need to
      have dual citizenship and many who travel to North, are mere visitors.

      There are various reports appearing in the media that people born in Sri Lanka and having foreign passports can visit the North without a
      permit and the visa to SL would suffice. The ministry of defence must clarify this rule so that the visitors are not harassed for not having a permit at the entry point to North Sri Lanka.

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        Lanka Watch. You sound like an apologist for the Rajapakses. You are only compounding their lies. The people who wish to go up North are the UN Investigators or the relatives or friends of people living in the North. The ones holding foreign passports will have to have a permit. In reality, anyone with a Tamil name will be stopped from entering the North. Incidentally, there is no decree that specifies that Passports should be carried when travelling internally, so how are they going to implement the Foreign Passport restrictions. On the subject of Dual Citizenship denied to these former Sri Lankans, amongst other sufferings, they might also lose inheritance of properties left to them as “Foreigners cannot own properties in Sri Lanka”

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      Some within the diaspora have given up any allegiance to Sri Lanka, if ever they had any. Quite often they are openly hostile and they insolently refer to Sri Lankans as ‘a dollar a day third worlders’. I do NOT believe that they should be encouraged to visit Sri Lanka at all.
      Sri Lankans of all description living abroad on foreign passports should be willing in the very least to take an Oath of Allegiance to Sri Lanka if they are to be considered for dual nationality, as happens with other countries. The birthright to a Sri Lankan passport was surrendered willingly when they took up foreign nationality. A Sri Lankan passport should not be thrown like confetti at any and everybody simply because they demand it.

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        “Some within the diaspora…”
        Certainly, Ram; some are like that. Do you really support / justify
        punishing all for the deeds of some?

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          No, one simply needs to prove his/her allegiance to the country. There are many reasons why some countries do not allow dual nationality.

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            Ram — do you think taking an oath will prove allegiance? A minister in our government who took oath of allegiance to the country tied a government official to a tree. A diplomat who took oath got drunk and fell off a chair. A deputy minister who took oath is reliably learnt to have lined up and shot 700 policemen. They say — have you not heard –the most loyal of them all, His Excellency our President, gained power in 2005 by paying a brutal terrorist to have him stop the Tamil people from voting. You would consider these ministers, the diplomat and our President as being loyal to Sri Lanka. But me, I took citizenship in a western country, yes. That was partly due to fear, and in pursuit of some stability and security in life. Am I, when I want to come back and do some work in Sri Lanka, in the part of Sri Lanka where I was born and still have relatives and friends, a greater threat to the country than the honorable people I have mentioned above?

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              It may not, as treasonous people too will take the opportunity, but any repetition of previous activity will bring the heavy hand of the government on them, and they will NEVER be able to visit their relatives – yes, the ‘dollar-a-day’ ones that they claim they are ashamed of.
              The Deputy minister you refer to HAS since leaving the terror outfit proven his loyalty and played a big part in overcoming the terrorist threat in 2009. I DO agree that politics in Sri Lanka could be better, far better. The last question unfortunately I am not in a position to answer as you well know. If you haven’t taken part in unsavoury activity while abroad, you certainly should return and do some good for your relatives and the country as a whole. I wish you well.

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        Ram(anayake)

        Can you explain to me why a Tamil would want to take an oath of allegiance to a Government headed by a Sinhalese. You are a Sinhalese so you have no problem. But we have a problem and we wont. Lankan Passport is worthless and that is why thousands of you lot and Burghers have sought sanctuary in foreign land. Can you explain.

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    Mr Sumanthiran you are represent whole nation in this country,you are not talking to certain community,Well done Sir, Munir from London.

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      Munir

      “Mr Sumanthiran you are represent whole nation in this country,you are not talking to certain community,”

      Does he represent my people?

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        Is he a kallathoni

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        Hey NV, Munir is stating his opinion of MAS, do you really have to place your stupidity on an open forum such as this? Do you want representation of veddahs, why don’t you expose who you really are instead of hiding behind a pseudonym.

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    I’m not surpirsed, it takes thalaivar/Thamizh politician level crooks telling tales of Thamizh homelands which never existed to really fool We Thamizh :D

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    Yes Mr.Sumanthiran, Tamils were not fooled by roads and bridges.They were in fact fooled by the Tamil leaders for the last seven decades.Poor Tamil people have been supporting you all for more than sixty years.Sumanthiran,could you please tell openly,what have you achieved to the Tamils so far? At least Mr.GG Ponnampalam biult some factories in the Tamil area,Sammanthans didnt get anything to the Tamils.

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    [Edited out] We saw how happy the coolies were on the Jaffna Library balcony when the British PM visited there.

    What this Plonker collective lack is perspective. The real natives gained true Independence after 300 year hiatus. The day dawned in 19 May 2009 with the fall of Nanadikkudal.

    After a long hibernation, it takes time for the true sons of the soil to develop and foster an authentic elite leadership. I ask them have some patience. It will come and deliver a good dose of ‘good governance’ in time.

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      Vibushna Sobitha Thero

      You are right about how happy the coolies were on the Jaffna Library when the British PM was in Jaffna.
      But the request by Sinhala Coolies ( including the Chandrasri and Army top brass) for a meeting was refused out right by the Colonial Master.
      Sour grapes. But then Sinhala coolies like you have no self respect and you are in the grip of Indian Monsoon. Good Governance and Civilised standards are an alien language to majority Buddhists so you will never see the day light. If you want proof just look at the way your diplomats behave and how Mervyn De Silvas ( a minister) son gets in to a brawl.

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    Sumanthiran M.P. made the parallel with the Tamils’ solution to the Budget. But the 66 years of Lankan politics says it is much more than. The governments do not act direct or open like that. It’s not even similar to fooling the emergency regulation with PTA. The governments act on each every case differently. These techniques are extremely sophisticated in dividing peoples. They give candy to one and whipping to another one to make them all come under their control. This how, not just the Muslims spies were separated from Tamils, even Adul Cader, Hakeem, Rishard all others made to go against Tamils. It is not just their mistakes were used to control them, even a large extensive net is operated to induce the ones whom wanted by the government, to commit mistake and then brought under control. This is what said about Karuna. He was induced to go for women and wine and break the movement’s tightly guarded codes of conducts. We all know how the Narcotic Import Ministry was induced to release the shipments, knowingly what is in that, and then the Narcotics Import Minister is held on the job until a suitable candidate from the Royal Family in the oven is fully baked. This is what happened in the rice case Sumanthiran M.P pointed out. It does not get better. In contrast, in all other matters, incident by incident there were always dirty manipulation prevailed, prevails. So Sumanthiran M.P who explained the similarity in the promises given to Tamils solution and promises given on the Budget will not be able to unmask the government’s behaviors on many things. But they are utmost important thing, which explains why the Lankan governments consecutively, (Not just King Royal Government) without hesitation lies (We did not forget the rice from the moon). After the attack of Chris Norris, this is what UK Foreign Secretary pointed out to Sir Norris. What his entire job was lying. This is exactly the same thing Dayan Jayathilake did in UN, in 2009. He has said somewhere in the CT columns that his job was made easy by the (false) promises given by the King to UN SG and FM to India.

    The funding for Yarl Devi was done, forcefully, by Indian government. This was not welcomed by Lankan government. So the project is manipulated and used for the betterment of government transportation rather than public travelling. This is part of the new additional visa requirements for the Tamils going to North, with the name of foreign pass port holders. This is how the DS government deported the Tamils in 1948-1949. They always had a low grade substantiation of all what they do. The Chinese government funded projects have been, now, protected by the ownership in the projects to Chinese Goverment. The Yarl Devi project which is really making unbelievable profits has been staying in the government hands. India was not only fooled in the matter of the promise to the Tamils solution, In the Yarl Devi project too. It should have been gone to India in comparison to Noraichhoolai and others. But, if the ownership of Yarl Devi was handed over to India, just like Colombo Harbor, Nuraichchoolai, Hambantottai harbor to China, there would have been a substantial improvement in the service Tamils are receiving out of this project. In Fact the Indian official who participated in the opening ceremony, recently explicitly indicated, that India will be able to provide a four hour trip solution for Jaffna – Colombo corridor.

    The point is, Sumanthiran M.P. unmasked the truth behind this budget so eloquently. But what is the use? JVP M.P. Sunil Handunnetti said his wife, she is teacher, is in the opinion that this is real budget. The Sinhala politics is always “Palaiya Kuridi Kathavai Thiravadi” (I am back again with you, my old blind woman, please open the door for me). The truth is there is no third term. It was already decided in the second term. For the rest of his history, King will remain as the EP. So, anybody can prove that this is an election budget; their action can bring a defeat to UPFA in the election. But not a regime change!

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    No they are not fooled . but they were fooled by Parbas Elam . Lmao .

    Cheers

    Abhaya

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    A Tamil can speak with racial bias but that is OK. If a Sinhalese speaks for the Sinhalese he is committing genocide !

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    If the Presiding Member was the Speaker, the debate could have taken a different direction when Hon.(?) Cader protested. Whatever it may be, hats off to Hon. MAS for stating that the budget is too good to be true. All increased relief would end up in the treasury again when taxes are increased after 31st March 2015 to find the money for bridging the deficit.

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    The prefix HON.before Sumanthiran is most appropriate and fits him in more ways than one.Will this cap fit A.R.M.Cader? For that matter how many more will fit this bill?
    George Bernard Shaw famously said Honour sinks where Commerce long prevails.

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    Well said Mr Sumanthiran. I take my hats off to the Tamil people. They took what ever crap that was given to them( bought with our own money of course) be it vertis, sarees cell phones steam irons etc etc…..
    They even got in to the train and went to Killinochchi with the “shit King” smiled and touched his hand and voted against him!!

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    To win an election in the South, the more the Tamils are oppressed, the more votes the oppressor will get. For best results, riots, mob violence to allow looting and killing Tamils is desired. At this time giving life to LTTE and making a myth out of UN investigation, making enemies with Tamil diaspora is the best hope for the regime to come to power again. Any veteran politician in Sri Lanka will know how the game is played by sabotaging the Country at the expense of Tamil lives!

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    The following results of a public opinion survey conducted in June-July’14, reported in the Sunday Times (02/11/14), should complementary reading to Mr.Sumanthiran’s speech, which takes back m ymemories back to my youth, when I read parliamentary debates and learned much from them:

    “On the Sri Lankan economy, 31.9 per cent of Sri Lankans believe the general economic situation in the country has got a little better while almost 27 per cent say that it has got a little worse and 18.5 per cent say that it has got a lot worse. When it comes to the current economic situation of the country, 36.7 per cent of Sri Lankans believe that it is somewhat good while 30.6 per cent say somewhat bad, and 19.5 per cent say that it is very bad.

    “The financial situation of the household seems to have got worse in the last 2 years – almost 30 per cent of Sri Lankans say that it has got a little worse while 25.6 per cent say that it has got a lot worse. 24.2 per cent of Sri Lankans state that they have gone without medicine or medical treatment in the last year, with the Up Country Tamil community (58.2 per cent) being the most affected. Compromising on food quality, 42.7 per cent of Sri Lankans say that they have cut back on the amount or quality of food they have purchased with again the Up Country Tamil community being the most affected (almost 60 per cent),” the report said.

    On reconciliation, divisions in opinion between the communities persist. 40.8 per cent of Sri Lankans believe that the Government has done a little, but not enough to address the root causes of the conflict, which resulted in 30 years of war. 39.9 per cent from the Tamil community and 33.3 per cent from the Up Country Tamil community believe that the Government has done nothing to address the root causes of the war while 35 per cent from the Sinhalese community said the Government has done a lot to address the root causes.

    Around 54 per cent of Sri Lankans said they approve of the increase in the role of the forces in civilian tasks, with 17 per cent saying that they strongly approve. 41.6 per cent from the Sinhalese community said that they somewhat approve of this role while 30.2 per cent from the Tamil community said that they strongly disapproved, the survey noted.

    On Presidential elections, 44.3 per cent of Sri Lankans think the Constitution should limit a President to serving a maximum of two terms while 27.6 per cent say that there should be no limit. From the four communities, it is mainly the Muslim community (69.7 per cent) who believe that there should be limit of two terms while 59.5 per cent from the Up Country Tamil community, 57.3 per cent from Tamil and 38.4 per cent of Sinhalese say the same. On the role of religion and ethnicity in politics, 37.9 per cent of Sri Lankans said that the role of Buddhism in Sri Lankan politics is the right amount while 37.8 per cent of Sri Lankans said that the role is too much. The view that the role of Buddhism in Sri Lankan politics is too much is felt by majority of the Tamil (79.3 per cent), Up Country Tamil (91.1 per cent) and Muslim (83.4 per cent) communities while only 23.1 per cent from the Sinhalese community felt the same. Close to 50 per cent of Sinhalese believe that it is the right amount.

    Conducted in the 25 districts of the country, the SI 2014 survey captured the opinion of 1900 Sri Lankans from the four main ethnic groups. The selection of respondents was random across the country except in a few areas in the Northern Province where access was difficult. Fieldwork was conducted from June – July 2014.”

    I hope a similar post-budget survey will be conducted soon, to gauge public opinion.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Naren, Did Velu allow you to roam inside his realm at free will? Absolutely not. He didn’t let you fellows near him because he thought you were a threat to the ‘peace and stability’ of his jurisdiction. Likewise, this government too have evaluated that diaspora Tamils have become a sever treat to the peace and stability of that part of the country. Having said that I have recently learned that tourists now (from last week) obtain permission to visit the north prior to their arrival in Sri Lanka.

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        I am not living in VP’s Eelam. I am living in the country I always wanted to live in -Sri Lanka, of which Jaffna is my home. Every time I had to get permission to go to Jaffna from the LTTE at Omanthai and go through their custom procedures, I used to get quite annoyed. Incidentally, the Sinhalese travelling to Jaffna, were treated much better by the LTTE.

        Dr.RN

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          Dr. Narendran

          When the LTTE controlled Omanthai, No Sinhalese travelled to the North but the Tamils who came from Europe and who Passed Omanthai to go to the North were checked and issued Visas. They had to pay a visa fee as well. Now the Sinhala Government is doing the same thing to the Tamils.

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            Sellam,
            Narendran got annoyed with the LTTE when they did it. Did he show his annoyance by voicing it against the LTTE? I guess no!
            Will he be living today if he did so? I don’t know!

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              Eusense,

              I did criticise them and received messages to desist and the usual ‘OR’. I have and will survive, until my time- we call It in Tamil, ‘ Thalasi Elluthu’ ( what is destined) – is up.

              What you should learn is the political history of independent Sri Lanka, objectively, as a citizen and not as a Sinhalese reading only newspapers and government propaganda. I am a Tamil and a victim, but try my hardest to be non-emotive and look at issues as a human being and a citizen. It is not an easy task given the polarisation that has been initiated, encouraged and institutionalised by successive Sri Lankan governments. A victim and terrorist is not born, he is made. The Sri Lankan government stands indicted and shamed today internationally because of its shameless criminality and depravity. Mahinda Rajapaksa has added clownish theatrics to the witch’s brew. The LTTE stands condemned, not because if its legitimacy as a reaction to what the Tamils were subjected to, but its own depravity, perversion, mindless violence, myopia, and progressive loss of sight of the people it claimed to represent. All governments in Sri Lanka are no different, although the current government is a cumulative manifestation of 68 years of decline in standards of governance. The worst yet in our history’ despite the cosmetics.

              Further, legitimately elected governments can act illegitimately and this is very much true with Sri Lanka. The present government has made it a fine art! Democracy does not legitimise governments by elections alone, but by requiring them to act within democratic constitutions , just laws and moral constraints.

              Tamils were reacting as citizens to misrule. How this reaction manifested at times were wrong and unwise at times, but they yet were only reactions to utterly deprived actions of Sri Lankan governments. Do not put the cart before the horse!

              Dr.RN

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                RN,
                You keep saying you criticized the terrorists. But I couldn’t find any of your writings other than towards the end of the war where you said the Tamils should work with the major political parties. But now I don’t see you recommending that too. Are you still supportive of Tamils joining hands with the opposition parties and getting MR out?

                For your information I don’t read a single Sinhalese newspaper or gov. propaganda. I read Tamil net more than and I read Colombo Telegraph which is highly biased towards Tamils and anti-Sri Lankan. CT publish only articles that condemn Sri Lanka. I learn mostly from these publication than any other.

                I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when you wrote “I am a Tamil and a victim, but try my hardest to be non-emotive and look at issues as a human being and a citizen.”
                Let me ask you where and when were you a victim? from where did you obtain the Title “Dr.”? How did the wealthy Tamil professionals and businessmen who live in Colombo 7 and other wealthy areas get there?
                What chances do you think a Sinhalese villager in Anuradhapura will have to rise up to your position or of that of the other Tamils in Colombo? I hope you know that there are more Sinhalese that are victims of the system than Tamils. These people have no educational opportunities similar to what you had, healthcare access and support systems. As you said they are “Sinhalese and victims”. Whose fighting for them?
                For their injustice did they suicide bomb? did they ask for self rule? police powers? separation? seek asylum?
                Did the NGOs, western Embassies, UN or any other show any interest in their plight? So, what is the difference between these two groups? one is Tamil and the other is Sinhalese and the Tamils are playing the race card!
                You say terrorists are not born but made. If they decide to make themselves terrorists they should very well understand consequences of their decision to them as well as to their fellow community. Do you know any one who succeeded in life being a terrorist? As learned person it is your responsibility to let these misguided individuals know the pros and cons rather than cheer leading.
                I am with you in condemning the corruption and misruling of the current gov. I want an end to this rule at the next election. However, I will be supportive and will never condemn the MR gov. for how it ended the menace of terrorism in this country.

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                  Eusense,

                  1. You read Tamilnet more than CT ( Colombotelegraph).
                  2. You have not read anything critical of the LTTE written before they were about to be defeated.
                  3. I belong to a favoured elite.
                  4. Where I got my Ph.D?
                  5. I do not now advocate Tamils joining in mainstream national politics.

                  Very revealing of you and the basis in which you comment on CT.

                  Dr.RN

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                    RN,
                    You have revealed your self well by a combination of untruths, hiding the truth and inaccurate speculations in your posts. Let me answer your points.
                    1.On which basis do you say that I do not read Tamil net? This is an unsubstantiated speculation!
                    2. Nope, I haven’t read anything even close to the way you criticize Sri Lanka in your posts now. If you are truthful give me a specific link to your criticisms of the VP and the LTTE.
                    3. Where did I say you belong to a favored elite? For one thing you don’t, and what I did was compared you to a Sinhalese villager in Anuradhapura. You being a Tamil had the chance to educate your self and even go overseas to complete a PhD. Wven today, what chances do you think a villager from Anuradhapura will have on doing so? With all that you call your self “I am a Tamil and a victim..” of discrimination???
                    4. You ask “where I got my PhD?” What basic degree allowed you to do a PhD? and from where did you get that basic degree from? Shouldn’t you be grateful to the country that educated you? Why are you trying to hide the truth as if SL had nothing to do with your education? You are not a Tamil victim but an ungrateful Tamil for sure!
                    5. “I do not now advocate Tamils joining in mainstream national politics”. Apparently you keep changing your stance! That is your prerogative and for that, nobody cares. Only outcome of such a stance will be Tamils never getting anything done in their life time.

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              It is the same like that we are totally against MR and thugs but you the eunachs see it not right yet.

              So Sellams and others should have the same freedom of thinking or what do you think the man who seems to know nothing but to just drop meaningless statements….

              sad to see guys of your sort got the chance to get qualified at Peradeniya.

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            Sellam,

            The Sinhalese did travel the north in large numbers- bus loads- during the ceasefire agreement. I have witnessed this, They were treated much better than the Tamils at the LTTE immigration and customs check points. The Tamils travelling from abroad had to pay a special fee and also visit the LTTE offices in Kilinochchi and Kondavil to be interrogated and provide personal information, including which TV stations the watched. The office in Kilinochchi was named ‘ Nandavanan’.

            The Sinhales visiting the north were also not charged customs duties, They were allowed to carry any amount alcohol without restrictions or customs duties, which the Tamils had to pay. This was the LTTE charm offence. One Tamil who was told he had to pay a heavy duty on the alcohol – probably whiskey – he was carrying, refused to pay, but gulped down the contents in front the LTTE customs officers!

            Dr.RN

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              A correction : charm offensive

              Dr.RN

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          Sinhalese going to Jaffna were treated much better by LTTE?? Oh Yeah! villages of Sinhalese were brutally killed by them. Want to see the pictures?

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            If Sinhalese went to Jaffna when the LTTE was running amok, I will check their head. That is the dumbest thing any Sinhalese can do. Would or should a Tamil go to Panadura during the riots? Does it make any sense to you or is it too hard for you to comprehend the International language? Maybe the latter :)

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            Do not confound issues with mischievously . We are discussing Sinhalese visiting Jaffna during the ceasefire agreement through LTTE immigration and custom points, have you photographs of this!

            If you have photographs of the grizzly acts of the LTTE elsewhere, refer to them in context. Please also do not forget that for every such photograph you have Tamils have ten in their collective memories , in colour or black k white.

            Please let us regain our humanity and sanity even at this stage in our history,

            Dr. RN

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              How about Tamils travelling to Colombo in train loads?

              Hundreds of thousands of Tamils still live in Western Province despite the war ending 5 years ago!

              When will they go?

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                Hey Thalaivar, I am amazed how stupid these Jarapakse supporters are. Tamils going to Colombo in train loads? Idiot, they were not settled by the LTTE there. They went on their own accord. Are you comparing that with the government (full of low class thugs and hoodlums) from down south taking Sinhalese and forcibly pushing the inhabitants away and settling them? Arghhh, I am having a headache dealing with idiots, cannot find Jara supporter with a functioning brain.

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    In the light of restrictions imposed on travel to the North, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) said, since the Diaspora too falls under the category of foreigners, they would have to resort to international conventions on travel to overturn such restrictions.
    The administrative decisions that the National Security Council are entitled to take, regarding perceived (where there is reason to believe) and actual threats to national security are legal and also in this case provides a blanket coverage to brand a person as a terrorist without having to justify their criterion, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Rule of Law of the BASL and Convenor for Lawyers for Democracy, Lal Wijenayake added.

    With regard to the issue of special permission for all foreign passport holders to visit the north, Mr.Lal Wjenaike of the BASL is reported as saying:

    “Although the first generation of the Tamil Diaspora is formed of original citizens of Sri Lanka, they are as of present seen as foreigners as they have citizenships elsewhere. Thus even if their fundamental rights are violated they cannot go to Courts in Sri Lanka and thus the only legal context is to see if their rights to travel have been violated as noted in international conventions on travel which Sri Lanka may have signed,” he noted.
    Having to obtain permission to travel affects the image of the North and if people are not free to move, will businessmen invest, he queried.
    The International Organization for Migration – Sri Lanka and Acting Controller General of Immigration and Emigration, M. N. Ranasinghe were not available for a comment.th regard to the issue of special permission for all foreign passport holders.”(Colombo Today -02/10/2014)

    No dual passports for Tamils of Northern Tamil origin and special status for the north within Sri Lanka. Is the north disputed teritory like Kashmir in India?

    Why cannot the required details gathered at the time of visa applications?

    Mr. Sumanthiran,
    Please take up this issue with concerned international organizations, if there is no legal recourse available locally, as opine by Mr. Lal Wijenayake.

    Dr.RN

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      RN,
      As I have said many times, these are all repercussions of few Tamils raising arms against a legitimate gov. and terrorizing its citizenry. You need to blame no one else other than yourself who took no effort to discourage them. I don’t want our own Tamil duel citizens to undergo such hardships but at the same time I want my country to be terror free.

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    When I read an intelligent speech by a Gentleman Politician being heckled by some rowdies, I am reminded of another fine Gentleman Politician Nadarajah who was gunned down near the RMV, obviously by the scum unable to stand up to him. Well done Sumanthiran take care, your action is exposing the rowdies and the rogues in Parliament.

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      @Gamini, the day this country gets a leader of your caliber, that is when I will bring my family down to show what a beautiful country I left behind for another beautiful country called Canada. But then again, decent people like you may not survive these rowdies, because you only have decency at your disposal but these rowdies only have thuggery at their disposal and they are not scared to use them. I am a Tamil from central Jaffna, I never had any issues a Sinhala being a leader. Majority Sinhalese are wonderful people, but a handful want to stir trouble just like a handful of Tamils want to stir trouble, especially from the west as they have settled their families, now they want some fun at other’s expense. Please keep your comments coming, I enjoy reading them.

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        TFN,
        You sound a reasonable person. Do you think raising arms and terrorism was a wise thing to do? In view of what happened for 30 years do you think the measures the gov. is taking now is harsh on Tamils?

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          Eusense, since it is a decent question I will position my answer not to offend you. We hated the LTTE even when we were there. They murdered the mayor of Jaffna in cold blood at a Hindu temple (He was an Anglican Christian but worshiped at this temple). He did immense good for the people of Jaffna. Yes, he sided with the SLFP, but that is ones decision and he stood by that, we have to accept that. He did not murder anyone, but he got the SLFP to build up Jaffna. Yes, he made some calculated mistakes. For that LTTE murdered him. We personally knew his family. I went to the funeral. It was a sad day for the people of Jaffna. These LTTE fellows also murdered the TELO faction. Chased all the Sinhalese out of Jaffna. What did these Sinhalese do to them? These Sinhalese were businessmen……….bakers mainly. We bought bread from them. I told one of them, you better leave before these fellows do something to you and your family. Then I heard they packed up and left. It broke my heart to see people who put food on our table running for their lives from this dreaded LTTE and we could not do anything to help. It was not about the bread, it was about people regardless of whether they were Sinhalese or Tamils. Then LTTE started to murder people who spoke against them. Not all soldiers were bad, some were good and they felt they were dying for racist JRJ. But some were as bad as the LTTE or even worse. They raped so many women and murdered so many men. I did not come from a poor family, we were very well off. But we had to pack our bags and bolt to survive. It was disgusting to see Sinhalese (thugs and military) killing Tamils, LTTE killing the military, Tamil and Sinhalese civilians, then the LTTE chasing all the Muslims away from Jaffna…………what for? I am still trying to understand all this. Government after Government full of racists and thieves. For some reason, I always thought the Tamils could negotiate something with CBK, then the damn LTTE set a bomb beside her car and she went blind in one eye. This country for the time being can only trust one politician, who still happens to be CBK in my opinion only. Maybe she may change too. But you think, what Rajapakse is doing is for the good of the Tamils. He is setting himself up for another victory. He is trying to show the International community that he is a wonderful leader. He is also trying to hoodwink the international community of all the war crimes. I am not talking about cutting down the surrendered LTTE senior members. I am talking about the Tamil civilians. During the JVP time (86-89), how many Sinhala youth were slaughtered by the Premadasa regime? 85,000!!!! This is not about Sinhalese or Tamils now. Whoever stands in their way will be cut down regardless of whether they are Sinhalese, Tamils or for that matter anyone, I mean anyone. Remember this, I really don’t care whether a Sinhalese or Tamil leads this country. But I would love to see a decent leader. Logic states, Sinhalese are the majority and that is fine by me to see a Sinhala leader………but a person who really cares for the common people not his family. I hope this explains.

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    Hon Sumathiran, I as a Sinhalese can only say “well done Sir” for the excellent speech, including the manner in which you deftly handled those interruptions from an absolute idiot.It is an execellent follow up to that brilliant speech of your colleague, Hon R. Sampanthan.Both speeches add to the quality of debate in both form and substance ,from which your erstwhile Southern counterparts have much to learn from.

    Incidentally have you ever considered giving some ” tuition ” to the likes of Cader and Sajin de Vass Gonaa on how to speak in Parliament? The other day when Hon Sampnathan was speaking Sajin said ” I rise to the point of order , when he should have actually said I rise to a point of order”.These morons should actually be sweeping the streets .

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    Bloody idiot. He thinks he is the only Tamil person in the country. Arrogant and big headed, I thought somebody has cut him down to size last week. Hardly a spokesman!

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    Was Abrhan born after Nanthikadal !!!!!

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “Was Abrhan born after Nanthikadal !!!!!”

      I suspect he was born during the days of Kelaniya river of blood or the necklace of burning tyres.

      I am not sure.

      What do you think?

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        Hey NV; Maybe Prema should have garlanded you with a tyre as well and given you a swim in the Keleni river.

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          Tamil from the north

          “Hey NV; Maybe Prema should have garlanded you with a tyre as well and given you a swim in the Keleni river.”

          I would have welcome it rather than living with both Sinhala and Tamil speaking racist/stupid people. Had I known then both share their stupid gene M20 with Tamil Nadu Tamils, I would have asked Prema to do the honours.

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            Dear Native,

            Hopefully you now know why we can’t give Duals to certain classes.

            Even permits are not desirable for those who may pass on fleas..

            We should have strict quarantine like in Aussie land…

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      Sumanasekeram, this clearly shows that you did not go to school. Sad man, there are still adult schools for idiots where you can get an education. Try and see whether you could get in.

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        Tamil from the north

        “Sumanasekeram, this clearly shows that you did not go to school.”

        I believe he did go to school. He was taught by either Tamil or Sinhala speaking teachers.

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    Sarath Kariyawasam.
    I believe your name should be spelt as above!
    Sajin rises to the Point.
    Nonis falls to a Point.

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    How could anyone fool Abraham’s people after Prabakaran.

    They used to line up under the Katukurunda Sun for hours on end ,to catch a plane to visit Prabakaran.

    Now they travel in super luxury AC coaches which park behind their Mansions in Wellala Gardens.

    Or board the Yarl Devi to stretch out in a sleeper , all the way to Yarlpanam.

    All courtesy of the Hindian and Southern Tax payers,

    What Abraham is saying is right.. Tamils are no fools….

    As for the actual dollars and cents in the Budget, Abraham’s main gripe is that the LTTE proxy TNA heavies Prema ,Siva and Wiggie can’t spend the Billions allocated for the North, according to their wishes and their Diaspora mates’ wishes.

    Probably and exclusively for the Vellalas benefit, and the Diaspora buddies and families benefit.

    Can Douggie allow that, when the total Dalit population who have no access to Diaspora Dollars are totally dependent on him?.

    Other main gripe is the need for Foreigners to have permits to visit the North.

    Abraham has forgotten that the Southerners couldn’t visit the North for three decades full stop with or without permits..

    And they are not Foreigners.

    Diaspora dudes don’t even call themselves Srilankans.

    They call themselves Tamil Canadians, Tamil Britons, Tamil Americans, Tamil Aussies.

    But now they want not only permit free travel, but also Dual Passports.

    And probably want to pay local rates , to go to Pinnawela and Sigiriya and Malu Malu too.

    What a joke….

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    This Abdual Cader guy runs a mile when he see a BBS in saffron robe, screaming in Tamil.

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    Mr.Sumanthiran;

    I am not sure of what to make of the following.

    Now, this is something that I have said for four years; that if Parliament is to exercise total control over public finance as mandated by Article 148 of the Constitution – the Hon. (Ven.) Athuraliye Rathana Thero was also pleased to mention that Article in his comment – then, it is necessary that the Minister of Finance is a Member of this House. We have the sad spectacle yet again this year of the Debate continuing without the Minister who proposed it being in the House as a Member of this House accountable and responsible to respond to several vital comments that are being made. I too wish, like the Government Frontbencher, that this will be remedied at least by next year.

    *** It sounds like RUMBLE in the JUNGLE.

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    When I read the comments of various writers I begin to understand the absurdity of these comments. It is clear to me and to many others that the commentators cannot discuss on the point at hand, i.e. two visas for Tamils. This is the reality. Government of Sri Lanka under Rajapakse brothers has created a separate state which LTTE Prabaharan was trying to create. It would be interesting to see if a Kandyan travelling from abroad has to take another permit to visit Kandy or Matale to see his or her grand parents?

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    Mr.Sumanthiran.

    You represent the Tamil people, being a member of the TNA. You know very well the history of Sri Lanka mainly about the main three races in Sri Lanka. How they were living in Sri Lanka.
    1. For how long the past Tamil leaders were agitating for Tamil self determination and power sharing. Did they achieve it? definitely No. In return the Tamil people were killed and their properties looted and destroyed. How many times did this treacherous events take place.

    2. Prabaharan took up arms against the government and failed. The result was that many Tamil lives lost, properties destroyed or lost. The Tamils suffered the worst in the war- Rape, humiliation, dignity and deaths and loss of property.

    3. Now the TNA representatives (they are called Colombo TNA)are in the same category. Why do you speak in parliament. what is the purpose? Can you achieve anything through speeches or hand shakes? What are you doing for the Tamil people? Mr.Mavai Senathirajah is bowing down and Sambanthan shaking hands with Rajapaksa after the Budget Speech. Is he worth shaking hands? He is a person who has violated Human Rights and gone behind his promises towards the Tamil people. He is not going to do it or any other Sinhala leader who comes to power. Therefore the Tamil leadership has to take a different path to achieve the aspirations of the Tamil people. The Sinhalese are there to subjugate the Tamils. Go on counting the period of time through which the Tamils have been fighting for power sharing and self determination. Foreign powers are not going to help you. Not even the Indian Government.

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