14 June, 2024

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The International Priority To Be Heeded

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

The stock market boomed after the much awaited domestic debt restructuring programme (DDR), but the national economy continues to be in deep trouble. It does not seem to have the productive capacity and the general population does not have the purchasing power to lift itself out of the doldrums. Even those at the top end of the production chain, the owners of factories, are lamenting the lack of consumer demand for their goods and services. People do not have the money to purchase their output. Examples are given of three lorries per day leaving the factory whereas 60 went out prior to the economic collapse. Or of factories that have laid off 50 of their 200 employees. The newspaper delivery man said that the sale of the state-owned newspapers by him has slumped. He explained that offices used to buy them and said 15 of the 18 offices he distributed them to in the neigbourhood had closed.

The government is doing its best to meet international requirements for economic revival. The international community can make the difference in terms of a major inflow of resources that can kick start the economy. The IMF’s approval is the international standard from which other possible international economic partners get their assurance. By engaging in the DDR process Sri Lanka has begun the arduous journey of meeting the IMF-set economic targets. The IMF sets the targets for economic sustainability, be it by increasing tax revenue or decreasing the budget deficit by a recommended percentage. It is the Sri Lankan government that is expected to decide how it will meet those targets. The government has chosen a path that attempts to deflect the costs away from the corporate sector and its supporters without an attempt being made to recover stolen assets.

One of the main casualties of the restructuring process is the social welfare programme that successive governments sustained over the previous decades. Aswesuma seeks to provide benefits to two million poor and vulnerable families. LIRNEasia’s national survey has shown that four million individuals have fallen into poverty since 2019, and that seven million people are living in poverty at present. It can be anticipated therefore that the selection process will and has caused enormous strife, as there is dispute at the local level about who should be a beneficiary and who should not. Another major casualty has been the EPF/ETF pensions. The taxing of the pension funds and the reduction in the interest they will receive is causing less pain at the present time, but it will surely cause pain later on when those who retire find that the money they receive does not go very far.

Volatile Situation

President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s achievement is that he has been able to lead a government that is composed of ruling party members who were and possibly remain his political opponents. He is getting them to pass laws that will lead to economic restructuring that is causing pain to the majority of people. Opposition and SJB leader Sajith Premadasa has pointed out that the EPF pension fund would lose as much as 12 trillion rupees (USD39 billion) by 2038. Citing a report by economic think tank Verite Research he said “When the heads of the EPF and the ETF were questioned by the Public Finance Committee it was found that this government had not consulted them before introducing the DDO plan. No government body has assessed the losses to be borne by the workers. The Verite Research in its assessment says that the amount would be more than 12 trillion rupees.”

The ruling party members would be aware of the economic discontent among the masses of people who cannot make ends meet. Public opinion polls show that the government, and the president in particular, are gaining in popularity, but it also shows that the overall popularity level continues to be low. The approval rating of the government doubled to 21 percent in June 2023 from the 10 percent that was recorded in both February 2023 and October 2022, according to the latest round of the Gallup style ‘Mood of the Nation’ poll of Verité Research. This may explain the government’s determination not to conduct the local government elections that are now four months overdue and to postpone elections infefintely. These are disturbing signs of a movement towards unsustainable autocracy if the provincial elections are not held any longer and if the local polls are also postponed indefinitely.

In these circumstances, the polarization between the government and opposition is likely to grow. The government is passing new laws and seeking to pass controversial ones such as resurrecting the local government authorities in lieu of holding fresh elections, restricting media freedom and expanding the scope of anti-terrorist laws, using its majority in parliament. However, this majority was elected in a different time before the collapse of the economy. Now that the government’s popularity is only at the 20 percent level it can be seen that the masses of people will not be supportive of what the government is doing. This creates a potentially volatile situation in a country that has been long accustomed to changing unpopular governments at elections. It is not reasonable to expect the people to remain patient forever, it could well lead to another Aragalaya.

Required Cooperation

The prevailing situation in France is a warning of what can happen in Sri Lanka unless economic hardships facing the people are speedily mitigated. France has been experiencing a wave of riots and looting since a police officer shot and killed a 17-year-old boy of Algerian origin, after a car. The incident sparked outrage and protests among people who accused the police of racism and brutality. The unrest soon spread to other cities across the country, including Paris, where rioters clashed with the police, set fire to cars and buildings, and ransacked shops and businesses. More than 3,000 people have been arrested so far, and the damage is estimated at over USD 1 billion. Many of the rioters are young people who feel marginalized and hopeless in a country where the police are accused of using excessive force and targeting minorities.

The problem in Sri Lanka at the present time is that the government does not have the economic resources to distribute as social welfare to mitigate the economic dislocations caused by job losses and the fallen value of the rupee. The World Bank estimates are that the national economy which shrank by more than seven percent last year will continue its downward spiral by a further fall of three percent this year. The resurrection of more than 8000 local government councilors from dissolved local authorities in lieu of elections, as proposed by the government, will be outrageous to people who have lost their jobs and are teetering on the brink of economic survival. It will be a reminder of the Aragalaya’s uncompleted mission of sending the rogues home and effecting a system change.

At a recent public event, President Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized the importance of avoiding misleading arguments and instead urged the entire opposition, led by the opposition leader, to join the government in addressing the country’s challenges. There is one area in which the opposition can and must support the president and that is in resolving the ethnic conflict and reaching the goal of national reconciliation. Such a success will have the potential to mobilise international support on a large scale. The president has demonstrated commendable courage and vision in this area. Resolving this problem will unify the country and translate into renewed international confidence in Sri Lanka’s future and the economic investments that can flow in as a result instead of another downward spiral like with the economy.

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  • 11
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    Ranil Wickremesinghe is a puppet leading a government of his political opponents. There has to be a puppeteer!
    “There is one area in which the opposition can and must support the president and that is in resolving the ethnic conflict and reaching the goal of national reconciliation”.
    Jehan, Be real.
    Is Ranil for national reconciliation. From where do you get that idea? Are you setting a trap for Ranil!

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      Dr. Perera, how wrong you are! The beggar’s wound of religious and
      Ethnic Conflict” is being promoted by the international community or NATO led West in Sri Lanka as all over the world. This is to distract from Economic Rights in Sri Lanka or France and around the world because the Global Financial System is corrupt to the Core.

      The Economic Crisis has brought together and United all Sri Lankan communities, but the West and its funded NGO’s continues to talk nonsense about ethnic and religious conflict resolution as a panacea for the country’s wors!
      This is in order to divide and distract from the lack of ECONOMIC RIGHTS and Economic Justice in the IMF – Paris Club debt DDR operation and the Western HR discourse! The West is a mess with war in Ukraine so that International Community wants to turn the rest into a mess too!
      Wake up and Smell the Toast JP!

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        Dinuk,
        You are truly enjoying the fun, aren’t you.
        Your catch phrase, ‘beggar’s wound ‘, tells it all!
        Where were you when the NATO led West got into the heads of SWRD and JR?
        Ouch, you’ve missed a lot of gala time, haven’t you.
        Don’t worry; you will get a lot more fresh opportunities in our island paradise. It is just a matter of time!

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    Come on Jehan, didn’t Ranil with less than 1 % approval ( few thousand votes ) become President. Whatever the research may say . . . . . . . have an election anytime in Sorry Lanka, you will have least deserved, getting millions of racist SB votes. Rumor is senile Kakka / Mina has taken a long leave planning his come back. It’s all about buying power and numbers , ask DJ. ( by the way where is Uditha ???? ) . Ranil may return but not without prop up.

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      chiv

      Champika too wants to contest presidential polls. So does My3. Both been to the North to test the waters. By now both should have reviewed their political journey in the past. Both shamelessly saying to the Tamil speaking people being Sinhala/Buddhist racists, anti democratic, war mongers, ….. don’t expect anything different now from those who live off and thrive from promoting and sustaining competitive racism, first among the “ME” first society, ………….. however make sure you vote for us, we can perform miracles.

      They both will produce more of the same.
      As usual nimal is sitting on the fence and SJ is dreaming for a Long March from Colombo to Beijing, armed with Red Book, …….

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        NV
        “CHAMPIKA too wants to CONTEST PRESIDENTIAL polls. SO DOES MY3. Both been to the North to test the waters”
        That’s no secret as they know without a slight nudge from the North, none of the Sinhalese candidates have a ‘groping’ Chance of SUCCESS in attaining high office!!! Not now, but even with the first, when he was to be elected as PM, thereafter to be anointed as Executive President, “who was all Powerful who can do anything, except change a Man to Woman”!!!???
        HE HAD HIS FRONTMEN TO HELP AND SEEK NORTHERN VOTE – 4/5TH MAJORITY AT HUSTINGS!!!???
        He was not privy in 1970’s that experiments were being carried out to do so medically with surgery!?
        JRJ was the ‘Leader Outstanding’, enlightened every mortal politician, in Sri Lanka in path they are following now, without explicitly appearing to be training these current ‘INFIDELS’, to be accused as Guilty of the offence of TREACHERY!!!
        THE PRESIDENCY IS IN PLACE, WOULD BE STEREOTYPE, PROTECT IF VOTE COUNT ISN’T 50% + 1, CRUCIAL, AS THEY THEN SEEK ‘RUN-OFF’
        Difference in South, ¼ bottle of Gal, Biryani, 5000 Rupees
        The North offer 13th “A”+ to the gullible voters!!! Worked – 67 Years!!??

  • 8
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    The best way for the EPF to protect itself …….. is to pay a % of its income as Kappan (protection money) to the pols, the government functionaries and the rest who have control of/over it.

    It has to be Kappan ……… if you pay the crooks a legitimate fee – like the management fee in most mutual/hedge funds – they won’t like it. ….. The Lankan psyche is such, it has to feel it has scammed/tricked someone ……. to feel happy and fulfilled.

    Starting from the president down …….. Ranil is in his element when he feels he has tricked the nation/people or someone ………. but ultimately, like every time before ……. the game ends with just one cuckold: himself. …… Wanna bet?


    Native, you are on the couch, next.


    Won’t say who Jehan is scamming ……. if ye don’t know by now ye never will.

    One way or another, we are heading towards a nation filled with happy and fulfilled citizens. ……. From the president down.

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      nimal fernando

      I understand G L Pieris is no longer Namal Baby’s Child Minder.
      Would you like to replace him, as Namal looks and sounds like he is lost, lost during Vesak celebrations.

      When Namal Baby makes it to the top, you can count on him for loads of things.

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        Native,

        Forget Namal and GL and all those losers …… that’s the past: yesterday’s news ….. focus on more important and weighty stuff

        When we are trying to get a nice tan ……. why do most Lankans want to get white/fair?

        You have more serious concerns! ……… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGEpkAoaFcc …….. some Lankan blondes ……. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBLkjNiRmqo

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          Nimal,
          “Forget Namal and GL and all those losers …”
          You underestimate the Lankan voter. Derana will arrange for Namal to find another Sacred Tooth (bringing the total to around 72) and get him to install it in Kurindimalai. Don’t you think he’ll get more votes than his uncle?

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            OC,

            If Namal …… and the Rajapakses have a resurgence; a new political-life/relevance ……. it won’t be due to Derana ……….. but due to Ranil!

            Sad but true!

            Hope, it won’t cause disharmony between you and Ramona!! :))))

            The old Honda will be jumping over the moon!

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              Nimal,
              If you lived here, you would have seen the droves of gullibles queuing up to see Derana’s Snake Relics at the Kelani Vihara. I did.

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        NV, OC,
        .
        Please let me know what you make of AKD’s video on “Temple Monks and Their Sex Crimes”. `

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPsrOEGkyOo

        This is very important. Why on earth so called CLEAN of the nation AKD is scared to call a spade a spade in public ?

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          LM,
          AKD is first and foremost a politician. He talks about society being indisciplined, but doesn’t want us to remember that the JVP itself contributed, with its two bloody insurrections.
          AKD the politician is afraid to attack powerful corrupt monks openly, because it will cost him votes.He is just as hypocritical as the monks.

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            LM,
            Everyone knows that there is not enough money to maintain the medical scanners in state hospitals, but the Defence Secretary is busy restoring the Dighavapi ruins. Does AKD say one word about this?

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              OC,
              .
              Whenever we raise the questions of this nature , AKD S spokesperson from UVA province stays mum why ?
              Perhaps his job is only to add the links of the videos for his public rallies? 😩😩😩😩😩

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                Perhaps his job is only to add the links of the videos for AKD public rallies? 😩😩😩😩😩.
                .
                Perhaps, SM is hired by AKD?

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            leelagemalli

            I totally agree with old codger, for AKD, JVP, and NPP three things are sacred. Saffronistas, the armed forces and Article 9 of Sri Lankan constitution.

            I listened to his speech for about 7 minutes, the usual criticism of rulers, …. that this and other. We want to hear something new, something about the future and how he is going to change course, …. how would he tackle the unruly saffron mob, the armed forces, and how he going to redraft constitution, democratise and restructure the state and the nation.

            Above all how would he convince our mate nimal to believe in democracy, rule of law, justice, …. progress, …. rather than believing in Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabaharan and his methods ……

            One more thing he never talks about what the party is going to do about the armed forces which committed war crimes and crime against humanity, and curtail their excesses, set up a genuine Truth and Reconciliation Commission, heal the wounds, …. to find truth (between 1971 and 2009).

            Did he ever condemn army officers attending Vihares New and Old (especially in North and East) in their Uniforms? My Elders tell me as far as they know they could not remember an occasion when Army men in Uniform laying “Corner-stone for Construction of New ‘Stupa” or climbing up the ladder and placing spire , …..

            Increasing close relationship between Saffron Brigades and Armed forces should be worrying to the people of this island especially to AKD and his old guards.

            nimal is all for it.
            Maybe being a nihilist himself, nimal has no objection.

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              Dear NV and all other rational thinkers.
              .
              Thank you NV, I really appreciate your comments. Now I want the Sinhala man to come with his answers – I hope he will take time to leave his part before the deadline for this article.

              Our estranged commeter Sinhala man,, like AKD or his various promoters did not dare to answer my questions till today, I have been repeating them for the past 6 months. However, the Sinhalese man is more interested in gossip than giving constructive answers to our serious questions.


              How can the JVP led NPP be associated with the Sangha criminals in this country who are the biggest headache no matter what good measures are taken for the good of the people?
              He does not say a single word because then he will lose some votes.

              Will AKD’s device be ALANDINs wonder lamp after the next election?
              .
              How will the Janata Vimukthi Peramuna-led NPP bring dollars into the country, assuming they are elected by popular vote next time? If he would be able to do it only by cutting all the wasteful allocations, it will be a joke.
              .
              How will JVP led NPP deal with minority issues and 13 A plus etc and with international community? AKD is eager to point fingers at others, but he has not provided us with answers to these crucial questions.

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              “being a nihilist”

              Optimistic Nihilism, or Existential Nihilism. ——-> Since there is no imposed purpose, we get to choose our own. :))

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                nimal fernando

                “we get to choose our own”

                Is this merely a philosophical nihilism?
                Perhaps karmic nihilism?

                Please don’t get me wrong, I just drops names like Dayan, nothing else.
                Biden and his merchants of death (the military industrial complex) seem very busy planning to bring down USA. What are you planning to do, return to Sri Lanka?

                When you decide to return make sure you bring loads of drugs (medicine, not the Columbian stuff) from Canada for your own use, tanker full of Gas and oil, ……. loads of unadulterated Democracy or at least principles of democracy, ….. omit Second Amendment and western hypocrisy, capital punishment, rednecks (we have plenty, in case Americans run out of them we can send/ export our most stupid ones, starting with 225, ….. bring ship loads of optimism, secularism, confidence, liberalism, … leave out “In God We Trust” and “God save the King”, …..

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              NV,
              1. “Above all how would he convince our mate Nimal to believe in democracy, rule of law, justice… progress… rather than believing in Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabhakaran and his methods ……?
              2. One more thing he never talks about what the party is going to do about the armed forces which committed war crimes and crime against humanity, and curtail their excesses, set up a genuine Truth and Reconciliation Commission, heal the wounds… to find truth (between 1971 and 2009).”

              A. Nimal, to best of my belief, enviously embracing “democracy, rule of law, justice… progress for everlasting prosperity”, though that isn’t being evident in comments!!! He may, have reasons – cover true intentions – One being ENTICE contra-comments!!!???
              B. AKD/JVP/NPP after year multitude of Rallies, July 2022 todate, nothing on HR aspect of ACCOUNTABILITY!!! It’s abundantly clear, DO anything!!?? Does now, would lose vote of Armed forces and SB’s!!!?? Presidential – December/January 2024, NO! Can’t DO!!? Prospect Accountability LOST!!??? unless he does it post-election, which may result in and Aragalaya much worse than 2022!!!?? It would have been better to do that before than after the election!!??
              So, THRICE BLESSED SL have “testing times”, forward, add, ‘ADMIXTURE’ – UNCERTAINTY – GOVERNANCE, “NEW HANDS”!!!???

  • 12
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    Dear Jehan,

    I hated you back then, you were only dancing to Rajapaksa’s verse: but today, I see something dramatically different in your articles. I also hated Malinda Seneviratne and Dayan Jayathilaka.

    That’s a good point. Misleading public statements can have dire and dire consequences for our nation, –
    . Gone are the days of MEDAMULANA dogs, there were times when the head of the UN Human Rights Council (a woman) was attacked by an “ignorant ex-minister’s marriage proposal” publicly.
    All this was repeatedly highlighted in the international media. It worked to marginalize Sri Lanka in the world, allowing ONLY to deal with Belarus which is unknown to Western Europe yet, and Swaziland, another hell in poverty stricken Africa. Remember?

    Our people are not grateful, it is in their blood. Some educated fools like the Sinhalese man do not even care about the negative qualities of our people. He instead attacks me and others thinking that we are promoting RANILism.
    .

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    The writer has dealt with EPF/ETF and how the fund would be affected after the already-announced Government strategy of restructuring the total domestic debt. Whatever the explanations that are offered by the Governor of the Central Bank, EPF/ETF would incur a loss with the announced interest rate cuts from the present 14% to 9%. This rate cut has not been given to all other “Personal Lenders” who hold Bond and Securities. Further, the CB has “Threatened” the fund to elect between the interest rate cut or a 30% Tax payment on the income. The question, therefore, is: Why is this disparity between the EPF/ETF and the “Private Investors” who hold Bonds and Securities?

    The IMF has laid down two major strategies to the Government: (1) Bring down the total debt to 95% of the GDP by 2030 from the present 128%. (2) Bring the Gross National Financial needs to 13.5%. Can these targets be achieved? NO. To achieve these the Government has to increase the GDP substantially and cut down the Government Expenditure. Already we are told the DGP in the first quarter of this year has fallen to (2023 from Jan. to April) -11%. Where are the Economic Growth Plans to achieve those strategies? Nothing. This subject has been discussed at length and I would link you to:

    col3negoriginal.lk/page/show?video_id=307304 This is programe called “MAWATHA” aired on 6-07-23.

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      It’s good, the lapsed old “revolutionaries” are presenting a more substantive economic discussion …… https://www.col3negoriginal.lk/page/show?video_id=307304 ….. (complete link)

      If not, diehard Ranil supporters like Sinhala_Man will dance the devil-dance in Bandarawela with other Ranilists like Native …….

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        nimal fernand: Thank you for giving that correct link. I think everyone must give serious consideration to the views expressed especially by the economic analysis given to bring home the dangers that are faced by the nation. Most of the FACTS (Data) are hidden and a rosy picture is presented toward that mythical “2048” to hoodwink the masses for non-other than for political survival by the very same set of “CRIMINALS” who are accountable and answerable to the present state of affairs.

        Thank you again.

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          Simon,
          .
          “Everyone knows that there is not enough money to maintain the medical scanners in state hospitals, but the Defence Secretary is busy restoring the Dighavapi ruins. Does AKD say one word about this”.
          .
          Your thoughts may be important us to see it better.
          .
          Thank u 😀

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            LM: “Does AKD say one word about this”? Please ask AKD.

            When did you decide I am the spokesman for AKD?

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              Simon,
              Very good question, though must admit, though didn’t declare in words!!!??? Now stand corrected!!??

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              Simon,
              .
              Read it again and get back yo us I only said that ur opinion is important to us in this regard.
              Thank u
              LM

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      Dear Simon,
      .
      We’re now going to have a census of population , housing, etc. The gazette has been issued two days ago, on the 10th of July 2023. No money for elections, which had already been budgeted for, but money is available for these non-urgent purposes.
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9HVEVtHyLM
      .
      This is a 27-minute discussion in Sinhalese. As Jehan Perera says, “The problem in Sri Lanka at the present time is that the government does not have the economic resources …………………”.
      .
      Also further contradictions are highlighted regarding expenditure on emoluments to some 8,000 odd local government representatives, whose term is now over, but are to be re-appointed.
      .
      Let the economics pundits work it out.

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        1
        Among all the other presidents in the world at this time, I think the role of the current interim president of Sri Lanka is the most decisive. Those power greedy Rajapaksa’s can kill him to take power again. I dont think I am subjective on this, I have spoken with various walks of life of people during my short stay in my home country a week ago.

        This is a truly dangerous situation. I think we know how murderous Rajapkshes are. In the post war, they have killed various opponenets in media and civil society. No court cases on them. Judges and lawyers are deaf and blind as have been over the decades.

        Authorities over to you, at least today please expose more of them.
        Danger before incumbent president can be similar to tha tof nikaraguan president or the like.
        People should be very sensitive on understanding the dangerous situation.

        Would our people ever realize near to the danger ?

        Looking at the thinking nature of Deepthi De Silva living in UK, other expats in europe and other rich countries, I think our people are born idiots.

        with that being the reality, why on earth we should hurry for holding elections, not having passed any law reforms during this this interim period. Besides, what brought us the recent election outcomes ?


        tbc

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          2


          JVP may be dreaming that turnout would be in favour of them defeating all other party sympathies, but I am not sure of the people and their subconscious mindset

          The naive JVPs who have no knowledge of external politics have little knowledge except to accuse everyone but themselves. Wimal Weeraswansa’s piece like Padikkama abused Rajaksha’s idea to confirm their opinion and mislead the very same audience. Today, AKD uses the same tactics, reaching out to the conscience of gullible common people. I feel VERY sorry for the people. Btw, AKD does not seem to differentiate SEX CRIMES of FAKE MONKS compared to that of lay people. That means he is scared of SINHALA-BUDDHISNT MONKS and their mafia entwined in this society.

          If one stands against this opinion, he or she must be either totally ignoants or mentally ill.

          Current situation in our island nation is similar to a terminally ill mother being admitted to the intensive care unit, but the lack of support from other specialists makes the patient sicker. That’s why even the die-hards of Pohottuwa are biting their nails in front of me today “What happened” as I questioned, what happened to their hopes? …what happened to the man they dreamed of being the real one to deliver????

          tbc

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            3
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gGQQ2sEQCk

            All arrows are pointed at the current president, but he is using his brain to move forward though on a snail walk. Sirasa explains last night’s ” SATANA” program. The NPP representative was left behind as he could not answer the questions properly. How WOULD the NPP rain dollars to Sri Lankan economy?

            After Gotabhaya was driven away from the presidency, the entire system is in chaos. This is public secret.
            Anyways, People digest it slowly. When I travelled back to this country a few weeks ago, I met people from different walks of life in Sri Lanka. Not a single person stood up against Ranil saying that there is nothing else HIM to do but to work with the rascals to save the country.

            Civilized powerful nations seem to respect it, which is why they don’t criticize it harshly even though some protesters are radically hurt by the current government. Sri Lankans do not care deeply about anything in general and are being duped by political crooks who are exploiting the stupidity of the people. Crooked politicians repeatedly say “to mislead the nation that our people are intelligent”.

            tbc

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              Although he is a lone man in his party, he is committed to working for the nation in a sinking state since his predecessor was driven out of the country on July 9 last year.
              Gota the predecessor of current president earned a higher mandate. But the mandate received in 2020 was in Parliament elected RW as the current interim president.. No matter what argument AKD-led NPP repeats, it has no right to stand against the incumbent government until the constitutional terms are over.

              How would it have reached today, assuming that the Honorable Member of Parliament, Mr. Dulles, had been elected by Parliament?

              Assuming honorable MP AKD committed to be the president, how would it change for the suffering nation today?
              All this should be discussed heartily rather than wasting time in front of us.

              It is well known by the current president and former president CBK, and the spirit of the people of this country has been infected by the Rajapaksa mantra, the Sinhala Buddhist mantra, and various racists dogmas and even today the entire people and the Sangha bridgade are dancing for the tune of MEDAMULANA dogs… The Sinhalese nationalists are reaching out to their own minorities more than the Jews.

              I am speechless about our PEOPLE’s nature…. I really dont know how you would see it.

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        What is the difference between Mahinda Rajapaksa and AKD regarding the lack of proper action regarding the damagebeing done by the Sangha criminal sin this country: ?

        Honestly, I don’t see any difference. Then tell me why some people believe that AKD will usher in a new era for this nation which has been destroyed by Sanga criminals and their subjugated followers.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPsrOEGkyOo

        AKD’s view is that we have no right to only point the finnger at sinhala buddhist monks sitting in the temple.
        Is this not politically motivated ? What is behind his public statements ?

        ….that is to dilute the pressure on them and get votes from the stupid Sinhala Buddhist voters in the upcoming elections.

        I was born a Sinhala Buddhist, but I am more or less anti-Sinhala Buddhist today. Whenever I am forced to see that politicians avoid exposing the real Sangha crimes in this country, my thoughts become violent.

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        Dear S-M: Thank you. Please listen to that video link given by “nimal fernando”. You will find what danger our country is facing now and toward that mythical year of “2048”. I have said in many of my comments how our total debt burden has increased from US$ 81 billion to US$ 91 billion by the First Quarter of 2023, without any substantial increase in our GDP and any plans to achieve a target of at least 7% increase by the year 2030 by which time our commitment to service (repayments) the debts too will fall upon us.

        If this trend (political treachery) continues with Ranil/Rajapakses combo, what hopes this country and the people will have for a future for them and generations to come? Unfortunately, without giving it serious consideration some of the learned commentators are engaged in directing personal derogatory at each other like small children in a primary class. So what to speak of our ordinary citizens who too are more concerned about getting the most out of meager available resources?

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      Simon,
      I agree with you, SOLUTION is not, well balanced and even all around!!!
      One must agree with you ‘pain that is caused’, also future prospects of inhabitants of this isle!!!??
      PROBLEM is the result of HERO-WORSHIPPING/treating Politicians like DEMI-GODS!!! One must realise, that they too are HUMANS, like everybody else and are therefore FALLIBLE!!! No exception there!!!???
      Why am resorting to this verbiage!!!???
      Very well remember, in 2008/09, then HE President and ‘The Messiah’, was advised democracy, rule of law, justice… progress borrowing over MACRO-FINANCIAL AND ECONOMISTS ADVISE, the danger – Borrowing over and above accepted “Norm of BORROWING” over the LOAN/GDP RATIO!!!???
      Notwithstanding, ERUDITE AND ENLIGHTENED advise LOCALLY/OVERSEAS, ‘pooh, poohed’ as Western Imperialists, World Bank and IMF diabolical propaganda, misinformation and misguidance!!?? Proceeded with LOAN (KICK-BACK inclusive) supported – Cheer Leaders cahoots – WW, Go man Pillai (GP) Vasudeva and others!!!
      Those are the “Scaly, Self-Serving Unpatriotic, loathsome personae”, should answer & be ACCOUNTABLE!!? The TRIO, have paled into insignificance, because after committing crime they DISTANCED from MaRa to embrace OPPOSITION and to think they endorsed rectitude and make believe people to think is Incredible!
      HAPPENS only in SL!!!???
      2600+ years of CULTURED CIVILISATION Re-elected, THUMPING MAJORITY!!!??
      RESULT? EMANCIPATION!!!???

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    “President Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized the importance of avoiding misleading arguments and instead urged the entire opposition, led by the opposition leader, to join the government in addressing the country’s challenges.There is one area in which the opposition can and must support the president and that is in resolving the ethnic conflict and reaching the goal of national reconciliation.”

    President and the current government have a majority in parliament and since they passed even the IMF loan procedures without the support of oppossition and Tamil and Muslim parties why cannot he bring a bill to implement the 13th amendment in full which will get more votes from Tamil parties? First he should proof that he and his team is fully committed to resolving the ethnic problem.

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      Ajith: To my understanding, there is no need to bring a “Bill” to implement in full a provision in the Constitution. I think you are thinking of that “Carrot” of the “13th PLUS” promise by both Ranil and Rajapakses. I request you to re-read the 13th A along with the “Schedule” attached to it. I am also of the opinion that this Government or any other to come would take upon the responsibility of fully implementing the 13th A.

      The best way is to bring in a new Constitution that would solve these problems.

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        Ajith,
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        I think that the current president should convince racist leading groups in the Pohottuwa outfit to implement federalism as proposed by the CBK government. ONLY incumbent president can do so making using of the interim govt.

        No matter what anyone says or does against it, I have been in favor of federalism since day one. I once had an opportunity to discuss this with Mr. Kadiragammer in Germany.

        If federalism can work in Germany, Switzerland and many other advanced countries, why our hell created by Rajapakse thugs?

        The temple must be freed from fundamentalists. Temples are more filled with sex criminals than mosques and churches. This is is a long term taboo issue, but we have to act today.

        The facts and advantages of federalism should be fed to the people and the fear of the people should be dispelled by feeding the truth.

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        Simon,
        I agree there is a need for a new constitution with substantial changes to solve most of the problems including devolution of power and system changes. But the fact is that Ranil is trying to the put the ball on the opposition side to put the blame on them. First he should get the committement from his government. If he cannot implement 13th amendment in full how he can make a new constitution?

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          Ajith,
          There were a surfeit of Men and Women to ‘Nail the Coffin’ so to say at the drop of a hat, without Pondering the Rationale!!!??? Rightly or Wrongly, was never open for discussion!!??? One way street!????
          NOW THERE IS NONE – Man, Woman or Animal – to ‘Undo the Nail’!!?
          Always one way street attitude!!!??? Never thought of possibility, the necessity to UNDO the “MONKEY PRANKS”??????????????
          All were expecting the Grand Children to the needful!!?? The Grand children are here & now!! NO GO!!??
          We may have to wait for Great, Great, Grand children in the next millennium!!! Why Not???
          Take your time, No wonder the country is “Bunkalothu “as there isn’t any strategist!!?? Wonder Why!??

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