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The Constitutional Reform Programme Launched Amidst Chaos In The Country

By Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa

The reports submitted by six subcommittees on constitutional reform appointed by the Constitutional Assembly were tabled in parliament while everybody’s attention was focused on the budget. With that government ministers moved fast to meet the Ven. Mahanayake Theras with a view to obtaining their support for these proposals by saying that no recommendations have been made to alter the unitary character of the constitution, the special status accorded to Buddhism or for the merger of the northern and eastern provinces. Furthermore, leaving aside all the strikes and demonstrations over the budget, the president himself spoke in parliament about the need to devolve power. In the meantime government parliamentarians and ministers are being showered with all kinds of privileges such as new cars and generous special allowances.

All these are signs that portend great danger to the nation. During the last presidential election campaign, the two main constitutional reforms promised to the people by this government were; the abolition of the executive presidency and reform of the electoral system. Neither of these two key issues have been dealt with by the subcommittees appointed by the Constitutional Assembly. Instead, six reports have been released on matters that were never even mentioned during the presidential elections.It is only in reading the subcommittee reports that the connection between the above mentioned events become clear. The subcommittee on ‘Centre Periphery Relations’ has openly stated that the ‘unitary character’ of our constitution is an ‘impediment’ to the functioning of the provincial councils and some of the reports have made recommendations that are designed to end the unitary character of Sri Lanka without however deleting that word from the constitution. I would like to highlight some of the most harmful recommendations as follows:

1.      The Subcommittee on Centre-Periphery Relations has made recommendations to strip the provincial Governors of all their powers. The Governor’s discretionary power to sign into law statutes passed by the PC is to be abolished and that authority given to the Chairman of the provincial council. His discretionary power to refer statutes back to the PC suggesting amendments or to refer a statute to the president to be sent to the supreme court for review is to be abolished. The Governor’s authority over the provincial public service is to be transferred to the chief minister and the provincial board of ministers. Furthermore, the  Governor  is to be appointed only with the concurrence of the chief minister and will have to perform his duties on the advice of the chief minister and the provincial board of ministers. Our system of devolution is modelled on that of India and the Governors of the Indian states have exactly the same powers as the provincial Governors in Sri Lanka. It is through the role of the governor that the provinces and the states are bound to the centre. If the powers of the Governors are taken away, both India and Sri Lanka will cease to be unified nations.

2.      The list of concurrent powers which are wielded by both the central government and the provincial councils is to be done sway with and those powers transferred to the provincial councils so that the PCs and the central government become ‘distinct spheres of authority’. To further this objective, it has been recommended that the District Secretaries and the Divisional Secretaries who now function under the central government be placed under the authority of the provincial councils. Furthermore, the provincial public services commissions are to be allowed to decide on their cadre need including that of the local authorities, without Treasury oversight.

3.      The Subcommittee on Centre Periphery Relations has also suggested that powers over state land be transferred to the provincial councils. The central government will be able to utilise state land in the provinces only with the concurrence of the provincial authorities. In India, the central government can use any state land with or without the concurrence of the state concerned.

4.      The Subcommittee on police and law and order has recommended that the police force be divided into a national police force and nine separate provincial police forces. The national police will exercise jurisdiction over offences against the state and state property, the armed forces, parliamentarians, judicial and public officers, offences relating to elections, currency and government stamps, and international crimes. Everything else including crime investigations, fraud, narcotics, traffic, etcetera, will be under the provincial police forces. An investigation can be referred to the national police only if the provincial police commissioner consents to it. The provincial police forces will conduct their own training and have the final say in the type of weapons their policemen would use. The IGP will not have any oversight regarding the work of the provincial police. Provincial police personnel are to be recruited on linguistic and residential criteria which together with the fact that there will be no inter-provincial transfers, will mean that the provincial police forces in the north and east will be completely separate and will have virtually no interaction with the rest of the police force.

5.       If a state of emergency is to be in force continuously for a period in excess of 3 months or for a period of more than 90 days within a period of 180 days, the extension of the state of emergency will require a ‘special majority’ in parliament. The courts will be given the power to review and even invalidate the declaration of emergency and the emergency regulations. The judiciary is not equipped to determine whether a situation warrants a declaration of emergency or not and such matters should be the exclusive preserve of the executive. These provisions are obviously meant to ensure that the state will not be able to respond adequately to an emergency. Everyone knows that there are some elements who want to weaken the Sri Lankan State.

6.       The Subcommittee on the Judiciary has recommended that when judges of the Supreme Court and the court of appeal are to be appointed, the nomination of suitable candidates would be done by a panel of former supreme court judges. This panel is to be appointed by the incumbent chief justice after consulting the Attorney General and the President of the Bar Association. The Bar Association is a highly politicised body and once had a UNP parliamentarian serving as President. His successor openly worked against my government and accepted a top political appointment from this government. The manner in which the Bar Association accepts funding from foreign powers has been commented on in the media. Such a body should never be given a role in nominating judges to the highest courts. There is also a serious conflict of interest issue in giving the private bar a say in appointing the judges who will be hearing their cases. This will lead to collusion and corruption and erode public confidence in the entire legal system.

7.      It has also been recommended by the Subcommittee on the Judiciary that a seven member constitutional court made up of judges and ‘specialists in the field’ be set up outside the regular court structure to exercise  exclusive jurisdiction in relation to interpreting the constitution, reviewing Bills, the post enactment review of legislation and to adjudicate in disputes between the centre and the provinces.  If a constitutional matter comes up in any case in any court in the country, it will have to be referred to this constitutional court. Under the present constitution, the interpretation of the constitution and review of Bills is the exclusive preserve of the Supreme Court and this should not be changed.  We also have concerns about who the ‘constitutional experts’ sitting on the bench of this court will be.  Furthermore, the principle applied hitherto in this country is that the courts will not have the power of post enactment review of legislation.

8.      The Subcommittee on Fundamental Rights has recommended that the standard provision found in most constitutions to the effect that the laws in force at the time the new Constitution comes into force would be valid only to the extent that they don’t clash with the new constitution; be dispensed with in relation to the ‘personal laws’ of certain communities. If any personal law is allowed to stand above the constitution, that would be a case of according to certain communities privileges not available to other communities and will give rise to ethnic and religious tensions.

9.       According to Sri Lanka’s legal system, foreign treaties entered into by the government are not automatically incorporated into domestic law and parliament has to legislate the provisions of that treaty into law. The Subcommittee on Fundamental Rights has recommended that treaties to which Sri Lanka is a party at the time the new constitution comes into effect, should automatically get incorporated into domestic law after a lapse of two years. This is a naked attempt to bring into force through the back door, Optional Protocol I of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which was ill-advisedly signed in 1998 but due to subsequent enlightenment, never incorporated in our law by parliament because it makes our Supreme Court subordinate to the Human Rights Committee in Geneva. The automatic, unplanned incorporation of foreign treaties in our laws in the manner proposed will lead to confusion within the legal system.

10.  One of the principal recommendations of the Sub Committee on Fundamental Rights is that both Sinhala and Tamil be recognised as the official languages of Sri Lanka. In 1957 S.J.V.Chelvanayagam proposed to make Tamil the language of administration in the North and the East with ‘reasonable provision’ for the use of Sinhala for the Sinhala minority living in those areas. This was same the policy that S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike applied to the whole country with Sinhala as the official language and reasonable provision for the use of Tamil especially in the north and east. In India too, Hindi – the language of the largest linguistic group – is the official language while reasonable provision has been made for the use of other languages like Tamil, Malayalam etc. These are arrangements that should not be disturbed with ill-advised experiments.

I call upon the government to act more responsibly in this all important matter of constitutional reform and to take up the two main electoral reform pledges they gave the people first, before dealing with matters that are of interest only to separatists and certain interested foreign parties. None of the recommendations mentioned above should be in the final draft of the constitution. The fact that the government sent an SLFP delegation to mislead the Ven. MahanayakeTheras about the constitutional reform proposals shows that they are trying to use the nationalistic credentials of the SLFP to deceive the MahaSangha and the people to push through a constitution which will divide the country without using the word ‘division’.  I request all members of the SLFP serving in this government not to allow their enslavement to the UNP to go so far as to betraying every principle that the SLFP has stood for in the past six decades.

*Mahinda Rajapaksa M.P., Former President of Sri Lanka

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    This pundit seems to have lot more always about the processes being done today, but nothing about the allegations being levelled at him and his VVIP family – for example Thadjudeen case and the mediation of his family in killing the young sportler.
    Why ?

    He should be the last to add anything about constitutional changes – since he made no efforts to change anything even if 2/3 power was available to do so. Had this bugger been aware of the gravity of problems having studied them closely, his could bring lot more to the nation and country in the line of all new reforms. Sadly, his family was above the country after the war is no longer there. Collectivity succeeded the war, but the cake was greedily eaten by his family for their political future. Even today, no media men in the country to post questions against Mafia King Mahinda. That alone proves how much fears being cemented in Media by Rajaakshe criminals during the last few years alone.

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      Mahinda Rajapaksa

      RE: The Constitutional Reform Programme Launched Amidst Chaos In The Country

      “The reports submitted by six subcommittees on constitutional reform appointed by the Constitutional Assembly were tabled in parliament while everybody’s attention was focused on the budget. “

      Let’s Sing:

      MaRa MaRa ChaTu Mara
      MaRa MaRa AmaNa MaRa
      MaRa MaRa HoRa MaRa
      MaRa MaRa PaCha MaRa
      MaRa MaRa DhushaNa MaRa.

      You Moron*, you had ample time from end of May 2009 to Jan 8, 2015 to come up with constitutional reforms. Remember, it is Sarath Fonseka, who is the Hero, ehom you jailed, and tried to hang. Unfortunately your Ego, your greed and idiocy got in the way , and the country, the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, occupied by the Paras lost out.

      You have stolen billions of people’s money and made the country incur dents and in addition your Ego projects are not paying off and have become white elephants.

      Now you are back yo your usual tactics , to create calamity, by using your agents and croinies like the BBs, Deal-Dasa and others, so that yiouyr croimes and killings will nor be exposed.

      The Yahapalanaya People, despite the many flaws in them, are doing a much better job than you ever did over 5 years post the Para-war.

      Why don’t you retire, get a fishing boat and fish in the Indian ocean, and export the fish to EU, now that we have EU Plus, before the Indian Fishermen catch the Fish.

      Please just disappear. The Avtars of all those who were killed by you and your brother Gotabaya, are bothering us asking for justice. Have you bought out the Yahapanaya with the stolen public funds?

      Moron* a stupid person.

      synonyms: modaya, mootal, fool, idiot, ass, blockhead, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, imbecile, cretin, dullard, simpleton, clod; informalnitwit, halfwit, dope, ninny, nincompoop, chump, dimwit, dingbat, dipstick, goober, coot, goon, dumbo, dummy, ditz, dumdum, fathead, numbskull, numbnuts, dunderhead, thickhead, airhead, butthead, flake, lamer, lamebrain, zombie, nerd, peabrain, birdbrain, scissorbill, jughead, mouth-breather, jerk, donkey, twit, goat, dork, twerp, hoser, schmuck, bozo, boob, turkey, schlep, chowderhead, dumbhead, goofball, goof, goofus, galoot, lummox, knuckle-dragger, klutz, putz, schlemiel, sap, meatball, dumb cluck, mook, and treskull.

      “what moron left the constitution to be reformed by the others, when he had ample opportunity?”

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        You know it is just his knowledge about everything was limited.

        Else, he would not have been busy with ” guliya mirikanawa as Sunil Perera explained in a recent talk-show”. As no other leaders srilanken produced since independence MR, is controlled by astrology and various kind of other witchery.
        That is the reason why we were compelled to watch Astrology programmes being telecasted almost in every TV and Radio channels.
        This culture was introduced not by anyone else, but this abusive man.
        If a state leader would turn out to be LIKE a villager whose everything is being controlled by Kattadiya treatments, he could not have been MORE wrong right ?

        Else, I have no whatsoever theories to realize as to why the man as a the minister of Finance, irrespective of all bankrupsies at SRILANKEN, nevertheless, he abused the aircrafts for his trips.
        All that licked his ass again and again were invited to his Rome trip, in which Mervin Silva and his family were also boarded. Can you imagine ?
        I think people are no stupid, but this State leader, made people that stupid.
        Using astrological programmes.
        Using all other tactis being close to BBS and other extremists.
        Using communal turmoils he thought to live up his abusive political fantasies.

        At the end, who fell down even deeper, he himself. Today even if the man is GOO defeated by the folks – he has not given up it. What a shame.

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        Amarasiri, in the synonyms you missed kalaveddah, para veddah and hothambuwa.

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        You also missed gona, gamaya, gamarala and many other similar synonyms.

        Possibilities:
        1) You are reserving them for self use
        2) They are being reserved for MY3 exclusively.

        a) If you call yourself a gona what will you call a gona? (don’t say Edwin – not allowed)

        b) What will a gona call Amarasiri?

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          EDWIN RODRIGO

          “You also missed gona, gamaya, gamarala and many other similar synonyms. “

          Certainly we cannot give All the Titles to the Fool MaRa. We need to keel some in reserve for the others.

          Right now some Titles have been reserved for Sirisena, for the time being. If he behaves, the Titles can be released for the deserving ones.

          What Titles should be given to Wijedasa Rajapaksa, the current Justice Minister? He is better known as Deal-Dasa, for his brokering activities between MaRa and SiRa for getting protection “Kappam” funds from MaRa’s stolen billions.

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          It is just Amarasiri very anti Mr MY3:

          Anyways, we are happy that MR et al is no longer the man to represent our folks.
          What matters is Rajapakshes are out of power.

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            Sam Fernando

            “It is just Amarasiri very anti Mr MY3:”

            Why? It will be very interesting to ask that question from the 62 lakhs who voted for Sirisena as the common candidate and the promises made.

            Sirisena, has done a somersault, and turned out to be a turncoat and traitor.

            Sirisena is in cahoot with the Crooks and killers Rajapaksas, and Wijedasa Rajapaksa, the “justice Minister”, the Deal-Dasa is facilitating Sirisena.

            Why?

            The Rajapaksa stolen billions are at work with Sirisena?

            The Avtars of the dead from the corrupt Rajapaksa era are asking these questions.

            Remember, Sirisena, was a Minister with the Rajapaksa for 9 years.

            Birds of a feather flock together.

            When applied to people, Sirisena and Rajapaksas, who are similar to each other or share similar interests, corruption and deceit, tend to spend time with each other. Ash Wijedasa Rajapaksha, Deal-Dasa.

            .

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              If Lanken politics would have been that easier the way you and me feel it. Even previous leaders could achieve lot more.

              Alone studying the manner those so called buddhists gather to Batticalo yesterday and the comments added by varied kind of extremists of the country, it is no easy to play lanken politics.

              I dont fall to the level to call him ” Perethaya” even if he woudl not deliver all promises at once. Alone driving away Rajaapakshes and his thugs from active politics was more than enoough to thoese 62 lacks of voters.
              Rest should come with the time. I have no dobut, we must not loose our hopes.
              This country and people are unpredictable. That is valid to both politicians and their voters too.

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                Sam Fernando

                “Alone studying the manner those so called buddhists gather to Batticalo yesterday and the comments added by varied kind of extremists of the country, it is no easy to play lanken politics. “

                Those are BBS fanatics. BBS got 20,000 votes in the country. 6,200,000 voted for Sirisena. They are a fringe group, who are far removed from Buddha Dhamma, Buddha’s “Philosophy”.

                They are using Sinhala and Buddhism towards their own self-interest. The lethargy of Sririsena and interference of the investigations of the corruption has made Mahinda Rajaaksa, Gotabaya Rajapaksa and cronies to be bold and use such Sinhala “Buddhist ” terrorists to create anarchy, because it is in their interest.

                They jailed the innocent Hero Sarath Fonseka. The crooks and killers are still at large.

                Why can’t they take into custody BBS and cronies for all the criminal activates they have carried out so far? There is no law and order.

                The 6,200,000 who voted Yahapalanaya and Law and Order. We have BBS and the Monks are running berserk, and Sirisena is looking up at the sky,and Deal-Dasa is running amok, and it is disgusting.

                See what the Gamarala has turned out to be!

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              Truth is srilanka is far underdeveloped country.

              People s behaviour prove it. Why cant they see it right let alone today, that these men hidden in Safron Dresses are just racists that have been making every efforts to live up their fetishisms rather than helping own folks.
              But they have always been drummig as if they woudl do lots of sacrifices for saving the relgion.

              Are they buddhists ?
              They are just extremists.

              Today these racial elements spread their abusive thoughts easily thorugh social media. Those statements go viral. But silent majority folks – born buddhist stay as had been before.

              I think Rajapakshe men to instigate being aside as good men, will come to surface sooner than later.

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      Mahinda Rajapaksa

      RE: The Constitutional Reform Programme Launched Amidst Chaos In The Country

      “Furthermore, leaving aside all the strikes and demonstrations over the budget, the president himself spoke in parliament about the need to devolve power. In the meantime government parliamentarians and ministers are being showered with all kinds of privileges such as new cars and generous special allowances.”

      They learned it from you, Mahinda Rajapaksa.

      Anyway, are the the Don of Dan Parasad who is trying to whip up communal unrest? How much of the stolen public funds are you using?

      Is Wijedasa Rajapaksha, the Deal-Dasa doing a good job for you from the stolen billions. By the way, your cousin, the former Sri Lankan ambassador is in jail for stealing. Why are you not in jail? What about the other Rajapaksa crooks and killers?

      Here is some news from the Vines…Bulath, Vettila and Grap Vines…

      Dane’s ‘Don’ well confirmed – Caught red handed..!

      Recently , an insane racist Dane was remanded , and now it has come to light who is the ‘Don’ of this Dane , who is behind all the ruthless unrest , racism , extremism, violence , trauma and turmoil that are being unleashed in the country ; he is no less a person than the discarded and deposed ex president of the country Medamulana Mahinda Rajapakse !

      The leader of a mafia organization is called a ‘Don’ in their parlance though this word has other connotations .The leader of the extremist organization to which Dane belongs is this ‘Don’ who brought the country to the brink of irretrievable disaster when he was ruling the country , and therefore was thrown out lock , stock and barrel by the people. The photograph herein clearly confirms who this Don is who still seeking to wallow in destructive extremism and racism with selfish ruthless motives to the detriment of the country with a view to regain power based on his inordinate greed for ruthless despotic power.

      It is the general consensus ,there can be nothing more difficult in this world than to search and capture such a rare barbaric brute of a Don who during the two terms as president resorted to all the villainies and most destructive activities most viciously and vigorously against civilized society and the people of his own country by design and not by accident. Yet , strangely this brute is still persisting in those destructive activities even after being ousted from power when these are leaders who should be behind bars or within lunatic asylum or in a museum exhibited as a rare specie of a human being that breathes evil , thinks evil , acts evil , stokes evil and spreads evil in this world.

      When it is a universally acknowledged fact that Sri Lanka is a country that was most battered and bruised by a 30 years old cruel ethnic war, an ex president of the country himself once again leading the campaign to arouse communal hatred and racism once again is most reprehensible and abominable. Nothing can be more cruel or savage specially when it is a power greedy ex president of the country himself who is indulging in these traitorous and devastating activities against the country while also parading as its savior.

      It is therefore being questioned widely and rightly by the patriotic citizens of the country whether this traitorous ‘Don of Dane’ who is also suffering from senile decay is sane or both Don and Dane are insane ?

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      It is just MEDIA was subjected to permanent harrasments one behind the other – during the ROYAL high days of MR – has established in them mechanisms not to come forward easily – let alone- today environment to add their thoughts unbiased but thinking about the side of the public. This can take even longer – the average people cant get it yet, why MR men are still being covered up by some media men. None of them have shown guts to corner them for the allegations related questions.

      There cant be a smoke without fire – should be clear to the MEDIA men – those allegations and the background stories need to be revealed to the public – since they are all waiting for mere truths of all of them – but truth behind each allegations.

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      Media Men,

      if you are clever enough, please question MR why he deliberately ran Srilanken and Mihin air to that bankrupsy – that alone can silence him ?
      He and his men should bring all the constructive explanations as to why the men further used SRILANKEN as their pvt TAXi, even if all records made very clear the airline made over few hundreds of billions losses by end of 2013. I myself was known with all facts, even during the first harlf of 2014, very same stupid man abused Srilanken for his official trips for which those aircrafts were landed either in Europe or USA roll fields until the made Majesty returned from the official meetings. Per trip Srilanken airline should have lost few hundreds of milions. This continued by him from the day 01.

      Today as if he became RAHath has started to criticised the current govt and their mal practices ? How come ? Has the man got operated his mouth piece to the other end ? Or how dare a man of that nature could ever stand up and raise the kind of questions today ?

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      CT bans were the case during the high days of MR.

      But the very same former leader to pulish what his cesspits have to so about the constitutional changes -ON THE SAME media institution-CT is NOT shameless ?

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        This greedy cunning guy time to time appears in media to check the strength of his reputation, and if gullible people of SL still remember the atrocities committed by him and his family.

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          what matters is how many of the people know it today ?

          Most attack today current leaders for not having done enough, but to my sanquinity, people have been given much by the current govt. Today, there is no beeshanaya. No billos.

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      Can any body please check this man (MR) is uttering all thse from his usual cesspit ?

      Since he just returned from China, I have no doubt the probability to have mixed his both ends is really high.

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      Can we kindly ask DJ – MR number one apologist-today turn to 60-years-none other than Dayan Aka Jayathilaka Silva to analyse the above article someone has written for former president ?

      Dayan Please wake up and help the nation – today is no too late if you would please see it right ?

      Fact is in Japan even octogenarians start to go to Universities later stages.

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      Gonuballa Prof GLP has written this rot for the blood thirsty son Mahinda Percy Rajapakse.

      This natung Gonuballa is trying hard to become the Foreign Minister again to float on the air 365 days.

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      Infavourable news for Mahinda Rajapakshe:

      Today election results of Austria says – that far right supporting candidate was defeated. Pro-EU candidate won the election.
      With high unemployment rates, the right wing supporters were on a rise inthat country.
      However, see, one another country proves that extremists will never be able to achieve their goals SINCE they are sitting with wrong ones.

      Gotabaya the man who issued statement after Trump victory- thought that entire world would work like it is the destiny in the US.
      Current results in Austria today, proved, that west will not elect people with recht radikale Gedanken – rightradical thoughts.

      Sinchoappu – Vienna/Austria

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      I have the feeling there should be some anatomical changes in Mahinda Rajakapshe to see this way –

      I mean ” a tail” should be seen in making.

      Very same individual to behave prior to defeat all like a dictator, but to preach today like a Serment ? How come tightropewalk this way ? Was the devious man treated with tradinationl chinese decoctions during his late visit to China ?

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      Let me correct your last para please :

      “I call upon the government to act more responsibly UNLIKE I ALWAYS HAD BEEN in this all important matter of constitutional reform and to take up the two main electoral reform pledges they gave the people first, before dealing with matters that are of interest NOT only to US ULTRA EXTREMISTS and certain interested foreign parties. None of the recommendations AS MY STUPID CONSCIENCE GOT IT – mentioned above should be in the final draft of the constitution. The fact that the government sent an SLFP delegation to make aware the Ven. MahanayakeTheras about the constitutional reform proposals PROVED that CURRENT RULERS UNLIKE US are trying to BE away from Anti-nationalistic PROVOCATIONS of the SLFP NOT deceivING the MahaSangha and the people to push through a constitution which will NEVER divide the country EVENTHOUGH MY SUPPORTERS FEEL the word ‘WILL BE divided’. I request all members of the SLFP serving in this government UNLIKE us to allow their WHOLEHEARTED support to the UNP to go so far NOT betraying every principle that the SLFP has stood for in the past six decades; UNFORTUNATELY MY STUPID BEHAVIOURS DID MORE HARM TO SLFP – IT IS BECOMING A FACT TO ME TODAY.” TODAY I HAVE BEEN BECOMING MORE THOUGHTFUL:

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    MR,

    ”I call upon the government to act more responsibly in this all important matter of constitutional reform—”.

    1. Did you act responsibly and honorably when yo appointed the APRC of?
    2. Did you act honorably when you appointed Tissa Vitharna report on constitutional reforms?
    3. Did you act honorably when your promised 13th amendment plus to the Tamils and world?
    4. Did you act honorably to resolve the minority political problems, soon after the war ?
    5, Why are now not speaking against the extremism that is raising its head? Is this honorable?

    You had the opportunity and the time, but failed. Your constitutional reform through the 18th amenment was to enthroned yourself as our King for life. Was this and the manner you did it honorable?

    If you are behind Gnanasara , Sumanaratne and the vile creatures like them, are you honorable ?

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      You should better ask Turtle to fly…

      Rajapakshe will remain so devious as their genetics proved to be.

      There you cant change them. Only wayout would be lanken law and order to do their due job-in terms of all the allegations levelled at them.

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      Rajasingham,

      You ask “Did you act responsibly and honorably?”

      But, before you call the kettle black, could you answer these honestly?

      1. Aren’t your rushed pretenses criticizing MR just your sneaky way to distance yourself from your own past sins against your community just for the “doggy-treat” favours that MR and Gota granted you?

      2. Despite the numerous wise advises you were given, wasn’t it greed that made you accept the free luxury vacation from MR, which you want to now re-identify as a “delegation”

      3. If you were a delegate, on whose behalf was that? Who others joined? How or who exactly chose you to represent them as a delegate? If it was a legitimate delegation, why cannot you provide the details?

      4. What was discussed at the delegation, and what were the commitments? Is that the reason that you started drumbeating for MR and asked the Diaspora to desist from bringing the plight desperate Tamils international attention? Also, wasn’t that the reason you asked the Diaspora to fund MR directly by diverting their remittences to family and friends?

      5. When I asked you at that time whether you have confidence that MR will be honorable towards Tamils, you asserted that you had absolute confidence, and your claimed that the basis for your assertion was the “superhuman” mind-reading capability that you developed as a Vet student! Did you ever express any regrets for your foolish assertions even if you didn’t have the mettle or integrity to apologize to all Tamils and Diaspora for those ill-informed if not stupid assertions?

      6. Do you at least now realize that it was the support of people like you who acted either on greed or ignorance that helped MR hold on to his power and do all the dastardly things he did while in power?

      I know, just like MR, you will not answer, but am sure you will read this – and that is good enough for me!!

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        Kumar R,
        Good that you are calling the Rajasingham Narendran’s bluff.

        He also insulted all Tamil women by asserting that war widows had become prostitutes, and that some of them travel to Colombo for two weeks each month to earn money by prostitution.

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          Justice,

          I can only wonder about his access to that privileged “inside information”! First hand, you think? After all he is the ground-reality champion – right?!

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          justice and Kumar R.

          Prostitution has taken root in isolated parts of Vanni area and elsewhere in the Northern province albeit a very small scale due to various reasons, poverty, harassment by the armed forces, lack of alternative livelihood, women being the sole bread winner with children, a few diaspora men looking for fun who don’t mind exploiting the already exploited female members of their community, …………..

          This is a fact no one can deny.

          Please visit these areas and see if you can help them.

          It is no good shooting the messenger.

          The scale of the enterprise is not known.

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            NV,

            Your confusion in “shooting the messenger” is quite unfortunate in that it offers Rajasingham a desperately needed fig-leaf.

            The message was about the despicable greed, arrogance and stupidity in accepting hand-out from MR regime despite numerous advices against doing so. The message was about not even showing some trace of remorse, if not a well owed apology, for his conduct in foolishly admonishing the Diaspora on their initiatives to get international exposure to Rajapasa’s cruelty. The message was about, Rajasinham now hastily rushing to distance himself from MR every chance he gets – in desperate attempt to fraudulently bury his past cow-towing to MR for the crumbs thrown at him.

            That was the message – not prostitution. The prostitution issue was just incidental, and Justice justly felt that could be perhaps corroborative!

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      Some believe there should be some changes in MR being.

      Else he woudl not have guts to come forward and asked the kind of steps.

      Or this man s true colours are still not clear to anyone.

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    The sad thing is that he uses this platform, the one he blocked from being viewed when he was in charge.

    If the current government is messing things up too much – and I think they are heading that way – MR’s regime might come back into power and will start blocking websites such as Colombo Telegraph once again.

    No chance he’ll read the comments as he hardly is able to speak (and write) English.

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      Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much. (Oscar Wilde)

      I admire the fact that CT keeps its doors open even for people like MR – A guy who treated CT badly, when he was in power. It is not because I love honorable behavior. Nor is it because I love fairness and justice.

      It is because MR is fighter and a never hesitates to fight dirty if necessary and sometimes even when it is not necessary. I love dirty fighters. They usually win and I love winners.

      Let the Games Begin!

      What is the fun I everyone plays by the rules. I like a fight to be dirty. Not just dirty but as dirty as possible.

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        The ball is on the hand of Current duo (MY3 AND Ranil).

        They dont pass it to the right corners. Had the bugger been jailed servinng the due justice as we all expected from 8th Jan REVOLUTION led by LATE Rev: Sobitha Thero, nothing would have gone this much.

        I think before long, things should turn to corner this bugger, not allowing even foul mouth this way. Thecurrent men are decent – but too much of good thing is bad sometimes.

        TOday, WE ARE COMPELLED TO READ PIECES OF ADVICE BEING GIVEN BY A MAN WHO LOOTED THE AS NOBODY ELSE. WHAT A SHAME ACTUALLY ?

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        From my sanquinity, Coup de grace would be GOVT to speed up his upcoming investigation heading to PERMAMENT jail sessions.

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          Divine Retribution for all the harm done and being done by MR et al will solve the problem. Wait and see, We need to believe in god and the punishments faced by former like minded politicians in and out of the country.
          Gadafi was found in a drain like a dog – his abusive polics was no secret to the entire world. So was the destiny of Saddam hussaine too. All that chose the path – was not able to escape.

          ELEMINATION OF TERROR GOVERNED IN THE COUNTRY OCCURED IN HIS FIRST TERM WITH THE INDESPENSIBLE MEDIATION OF ALL FORCES – BUT that must not be abused as the awarded licence to destroy own nation the manner MR performed in his second term.

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        It is better to offer yourself as prey to the enemy if you believe to forgive enemy always.

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      so you idiot’s problem is blocking web sites and not what they are going to do to the constitution?

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        sachoooooooooooooooooo the stupid II

        Go find Nuisance’s spittoon.

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    There is a well known Tamil proverb which describes Mahinda Rajapakse’s michief(by the Way MR is supposed to be an ex President of SL an honrable pisition) :
    “THOTTILAYUM AADDI PILLAYYAYUM KILLI VIDURAN “

    My not so perfect translation in English : ” PUTTING THE CRYING BABY TO IN A CRADLE TO SLEEP BY ROCKING THE CRADLE AND AT THE SAME TIME PINCHING THE BABY SO THAT BABY CONTINUE TO CRY AND STAY AWAKE ”

    Who & who from majority community can make the majority of the SriLankans to openly reject MR Bros & Co and make them gracefully retire from SL politics. Why can not China give a retirement package to them and then openly support the new team and the new constitution 2or groom a new younger team to take over from the new team in 3 years time.

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    Bloody Thajudeen and Lasnatha Killer, shut the f..k up and get lost.

    If you can read and understand English, just reply to any one of the above comments made. I am sure you dare not.

    You idiot, only can fool the bloody 5.7 Million idiots. Mind you,there are those 6.2 Million who will not rest till you are held responsible for all the killing and murders committed by your family under your God father patronage.

    Not to mention the raping and plunder of our beloved country, saved by the valiant General Sarath Fonseka.

    Mark your days, if the yahapalanaya is dallying with you, we the people will definitely get you.

    Rest assured and have sleepless nights, you will never get normal sleep for the crimes you have committed, that’s a guarantee.

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      Ansar,

      No matter what race belong to – Rajaakashe deserve to be convicted for all high crimes done and being done by them even today.

      Basil – the term is being cited by news magazine as a synonyme to highly corrupted bastard – is given more freedom even today – just after 2 years gone for snail pace investigations – our angers will find no inner peace in the days to come. YOu are dead right. We the folks have to rise up once again. Had Late Rev. Sobitha Thero been with us today, he would have posed thousands of questions, why the current rulers have been staganated with their moves. Why they stay mum while all the high crimes need to be served with justice. That was the slogans of the 8th Jan 2015-REVOLUTION in this lost island.

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    MR. You may be a fool, but the rest of us aren’t. After the 13 amendment tamil and sinhala are same status anyway! Don’t try to mislead…

    We also recall your promises to increase devolution during your reign, which you now are trying to disown for your chauvinist political objectives!

    Shame on you!

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      Above all, the very same person got all constitutional amendment were passed only to prolong his term through 18th Amendment. But never heard about his wholehearted efforts to abolish executive presidency. He had a mandate fooling and drolling all possible men in and out of parliament – had he had brains to see beyond his family andhis circles, he could do the due in terms of constitutional changes and dawning sustainable steps towards the permament peace for all in this country.
      Like a patient suffered by an incurable cancer, his greediness to stay in power clouded him that way. Perhaps the bad company and being caught by Rajaapkshe siblings, he sunk to the levels he faced it on the 8th Jan 2016. Else, all the state funds and all the potential sources the state had were abused and wasted for his campaign, nevertheless he was defeated by people s power- nobody else.
      All the various forces stood against him and his family by 8th Jan 2015.
      Today the very same various forces have been dissapointed being unable to see, the manner elected president failed to send Rajaakshe family to jails.

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    Shameless MP Mahinda Rajapakse. Mahinda is the one who is creating trouble in the country by using joint opposition rogues (like him). He has forgotten how he passed the amendment to the constitution to sit in the Presidential seat for ever. Traitors like him should be hung. While creating trouble by instigating all trade union,s including the private bus guys, he claims that there is trouble in the country. He has to be taken into custody for his crimes immediately.

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      If he and his men would have sensed the need of the hour – we could have reached our goals towards reconcilation among all walks of folks.

      Sadly, the these men are born to rebel going against own folks.

      Mahinda Rajapakshe: Please come to sense and see the future of all srilankens.

      If your appearence will cause problems as it is the case in Batticalo or other areas today, please avoid it. Do it for the sake of own folks.

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    My Dear Mara alias Jarapassa alias Robber King ……,

    This time who wrote your thesis? What is the source of funding to write such speeches? Oh!!!! Crocodile Tears!!!

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    This idiot MaRa[Edited out] This little piece in English has been obviously written by Lunatic – prof. Peiris.
    [Edited out]

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    I don’t know who is writing for MR but this is what I have got to say
    1. The individual with the lowest degree of integrity, and being the person who amend the Constitution to satisfy his endless greed for power and lost everything should not have been given any platform to address the people
    2. The individual who wanted to have a firm grip on the judiciary and abolished the Constitutional Council through the 18th Amendment and its place created a Parliamentary Council with his henchmen appointed to it and selected his yes men to the Superior Court System thereafter purely according to his whims and fancies and who was condemned by the people for the serious wrongs committed against the people who placed trust in him should have banished from all forms of politics and it a disgrace to the office of the Executive President for Rajapakse to enter the Parliament as a member of Parliament after the defeat.
    3. The individual who completely ridiculed the Judiciary with the removal of the Chief Justice by force, after the Chief Justice had refused to approve several bills that were unconstitutional and then appointed the worst possible henchmen Mohan Peiris to the office of the Chief Justice has no right whatsoever, to raise any matter of public importance, in the public domain and this unbecoming conduct of Rajapakse is an insult to the intelligence of the people of this country.

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      Bravo, we agree with you Nagananda 100%.

      He could not have been more wrong by end of 2014.

      Today, the very same man to start uttering BS of this kind is like hurt the wounds rather than help any kind of healing.

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      Public secret THE INDIVIDUAL has no shame AT all in his person.

      Born rascals will take decades long to change their real nature – reminds me dog s tail would not be able to straighten even if it is put in a bamboo sheath.

      I dont think Obama would wait for official Prez visits after Jaunary, since he has admitted to have served two terms and the incumbant should take care of anything come on the states.
      But Rajaakshe sees it different. That is why he paid a visit to China lately. He still wants to represent the country, and the current duo cant disagree with him either, since they play consensul politics.

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      The difference between Yahapalanaya and Rajapaksa palanaya is that in the former, people are free to oppose things that they don’t like but the Yahapalanists will ignore that and go ahead, while in Rajapaksa palanaya people don’t have to waste time opposing.

      NK, Just like any other citizen MR has the full right to speak about all of the subjects mentioned above and more. You can talk about it and agitate about it but that right cannot be taken away from him. You know very well, that that is the case and stop trying to mislead the people about it.

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      Nagananda Kodituwakku

      I am sorry I need to remind you of most important part of our democracy, exercising our right to vote. MR bribed VP to withhold voters from exercising their franchise and won by a very slim majority. Where did the clan get the funds, whether it was lawfully earned and taxed, Money laundering is a serious crime and making shady deals with terrorist was/is treason.

      Remember MR and his brother are two alleged war criminals, never been investigated nor punished.

      I hope you would remember to include the above two important points in MR’s profile.

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      Mr. Nagananda Kodituwakku’s response was short but still effective. Those who killed 24 reporters and editors by their Media Minister’s count may not have the right to use media, even if the country eventually goes for free Media Policy. The Country was 174th out 179 countries on the Media murders. The laptop specialist like Rajpal Abeynayake still had been reporting to the favor of the Old Royals.

      As Nagananda Kodituwakku pointed out nobody knows the writer. This is one way communication only- Appropriate word is “propaganda” – not an essay on a public forum for discussion. They do not come and reply to the questions raised by commentators, unlike Nagananda Kodituwakku or other writers do.

      Indian constitution is there. It is not one line constitution. We do not have a lot to say if the Indian constitution is going to be copied and implemented. It’s openly declares as a secular constitution, no space for Buddhism, though the Buddhist B.R. Ambedkar was one for the biggest contributor to it. For General information, Indian constitutions considered to the most voluminous in its class. “It has 448 articles, 12 schedules and 98 amendments. The concepts of liberty, equality and fraternity were taken from the French Constitution. The idea of 5 year plans was taken from the USSR and the concept of socio-economic rights was taken from Ireland. Most importantly, the law on which the Supreme Court works was taken from Japan. There are many other concepts that have been borrowed from other countries.” The thing we see here is the best features of other constitutions are adopted into this constitution. It’s all lines are fine tuned to work with all other lines. It is not the worst features of others are cut and pasted inconsistently. We are ready if that is going to be copied. But nobody is such a Modaya to agree to plug out one or two lines and show it as the Indian constitution. SJV and SWRD wanted Federal Government. Their Language policy is only complementing that. Even though Canada is a Federal State, they’re both Languages are official. If anybody want to go for unitary government, then 25% people’s Language Tamil must be declared as official language as the Tamils speaking people are living all over the Island.

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    Mahinda Rajapaksa is a traitor to the Sinhala race for not finishing off the Tamil problem once and for all. You’ve only exterminated thousands of cockroaches but a true Sinhala patriot would have extermination all millions.

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    Is your recent visit to China is to find an avenue to bring bak the looted ‘Nilwala Project’ funds through the back door?. We know you’ve got pawns in the government whom can be blackmailed easily.

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    The Ultra Sinhala Nationalist

    ” You’ve only exterminated thousands of cockroaches but a true Sinhala patriot would have extermination all millions.”

    Well when do you want to start constructing the concentration camp, the Gas Chamber, the ovens, the Chimneys, ….. ?

    Do the Tamils include the converted Sinhala/Buddhists from South India?

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      “Do the Tamils include the converted Sinhala/Buddhists from South India”

      Yes, all black skinned “sinhalese” are not true Sinhalese as we are from the superior fair sinned Aryan stock.

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        The Ultra Sinhala Nationalist

        “Yes, all black skinned “sinhalese” are not true Sinhalese as we are from the superior fair sinned Aryan stock.”

        Where did the fair SINNED Aryan stock come from? Were they genetically modified Sinhalese?

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    Mahinda Rajapakse is one who di dnot walk the talk. He had all the powwee to do things wirte but he did not and now complain why ?

    Ranil wickramsinghe has proved that he is no different.

    Stupid voters might vote. Because Mahavamsa mindset is forgetful.

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    SUMMARY:
    So far, I read 27 comments. 1 in favour of the author (MR)

    CONCLUSION:
    1: General public still hate him for his historically recorded corruption in SL.

    2: It seems more newcomers will join the above group to hate this author or MR, since he continues to spread venom in many fronts, foolishly thinking he would get back on power to resume his hard work in stealing whatever is left over in this poor country.

    We say, Good Luck to this man anyway!

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      Analyze – Pls note the real author of the article is GL Peiris and not MR as he is the man who has all the time in the world to write such articles of anti Govt.criticisms . So pls do not blame MR.

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    Wonder whether ex UNPer Dr Mervy, current UNPers Dr Rajitha, Kiriella, Mallika, Ammata, Digital Harin, Muththettuwa, Dilan Perera, Field Marshall Fonseka ,and a whole host of others would be eligible for these Seven CM gigs in the South.

    Because once it is devolved ,surely those can’t be still Ministers collecting LKR 35 Million Car permits to give Yahapalana to our Inhabitants.

    Unless Batalanada appoints them again as Federal Ministers for each Province to keep an eye on their mates.who are the CMs.

    Just the thought of getting Seven Pujithayas in particular gives me Goose Bumps.

    Because our Dalits need good cops ,

    Most of them can do without Politicians. unless they are employed in Pathalaya.

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    This write up by MR is similar to the dirty tricks played by JR together with ome of the irresponsible members of the Sangha by marching from Kelaniya to Kandy and later by Ven Monks doing a sit in protest in front of PM SWRD’s office.

    MR is fooling the majority of the innocent citizens using language and religion.

    Will MR & Co come back to power using language and religion.
    It is in the hands of majority.

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    Dear Mahinda Rajapaksa,

    Some of what you have said above is relevant.

    However in pointing fingers at the lapses of the present government are you not forgetting your own reprehensible role as president. You did much more harm than all within this yamapalanaya government put together. Didn’t many thousands disappear during your time. Didn’t many journalist killed during your tenancy as president. Didn’t you extend your wholehearted support to thug in saffron robes Gnanasara. You go to many more temples with expensive gifts to the incumbents than all the yamaplanaya stooges put together. You are not a honest man, before and I am sure after also.

    Yamapalanaya is full of inept backboneless rogues. Whereas you are plus that and dangerous to boot. We do not want you to come to power again. The damage you did is colossal. Next time you go to the temple please meditate without giving pooja baanda to the monks.

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      BBS REP,

      but people go after him and his squads even today why ?

      Are these people born sick ?

      Or, it lies on the SINHALES genetics ?
      Did you listen to the latest audio passed by that presumably sodomite- Dayashan who was arrested last week. He confirmed in that audion no BBS or any other Sangayas made efforts to get him release from Jail but only his wife.
      On very day he was arrested, BBS rabid Ghanasara had all guts to challenge that he would fight for getting his boy released ?
      I think almost everyone is being cheated by these racist men in sanga costumes.
      They just get caught by Rajapakshe extremists and their tricks…. they would nnot even serve to their own people – how can they to have saved the country from anyone.
      I now believe it was the collectivity eleminated Ltte terror, nothign else. Sarath Fonseka should be very right in all means providing his versions. All those should be the trutful information.

      Yamapalanaa will not be easy so long the kind of hypocrites are the majority in this country. So long these men remain so, Rajaapskhe will have his lead among the ppunnakku eating folks.

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    Dear Mr.Mahinda Rajapakse.

    Please let the public knows who prepared this text for you. As a person who closely associated you, I know that you don’t have an iota of intelligence in constitution making.Who ever prepared this text had conveniently omitted to mention about why the 18th amendments was introduced. Was it for the benefit of the people or personally help your personal ego to be in power for ever? Best thing is not to publish articles under your name about the subjects that you don’t know.

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    Without slinging mud, Can we discuss the recommendations please?

    Are they good? Don’t think so, Why does this small country need this much of governments,
    Tax Payers? Do we have enough money pay these scum bags all the privileges?

    Devolve the administration so people do not need to come to Colombo to get a passport!

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    Gee, how your English has improved!!! how much did you pay the writer for using your name? CT, please do not waste space and time publishing crap from clowns and idiots. The forum to discuss these matters is parliament, not websites but obviously the learned leader does not have the knowledge or ability to do this in parliament, so he has to hide under the cloak of GLP to again mislead and sabotage the people of SL.

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