16 April, 2024

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The Missing Ingredients To Come Out Of The Economic Rut 

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

Slowly but surely the ruling party is beginning to reassert itself. An indication is the removal of Prof GL Peiris from the chairmanship of the ruling party and replacing him with a Buddhist monk which gives a clear indication that the party intends to stay true to its nationalist roots. In the aftermath of the economic collapse last year Prof Peiris has been one of the few members from the SLPP to have adopted a reformist role. He was also one of the few members of the SLPP to vote for a reformist party member, Dullas Alahapperuma, to become the president of the country at the parliamentary election for the president. Unlike President Ranil Wickremesinghe who came in from the opposition, Dullas Alahapperuma would have had a bigger base of reformist support from within the ruling party which could have been used as leverage for a change in the system that had led to the collapse of the economy.

The battle cry of the protest movement that swept away former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his government from the seats of power in the middle of last year was for a system change. This was a political and moral position that was concretised in the slogans that demanded that the incumbent president Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the 225 MPs go home. “Go home Gota” was a slogan that spanned the length and breadth of the country even if many people did not know what was being meant by “system change.” It was an implied call for fresh elections that would give rise to a new government with new members with a people’s mandate. Other top slogans of that time was the bid to get corruption outlawed in view of the damage it had done.

Unfortunately, none of the constructive demands of the protest movement for elections and for accountability have come to pass. There have neither been local elections to give any idea of the present mandate of the people nor has there been the slightest practice of accountability or restraint in the practice of corruption. The issue of corruption has come into the open again on the issue of the nitric acid carrying container ship, the X-Press Pearl, which caught fire in Sri Lankan seas causing immense destruction to the environment and livelihood of the fishing community.

As reported in the media Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has already made a disturbing revelation regarding the transfer of US $ 250 million to the foreign account of a Sri Lankan as a bribe to obstruct the legal process related to X-Press Pearl disaster, and directed the police to initiate investigations into it. However, the minister has failed to name the Sri Lankan involved and will await further details from the probe. The indications are that the USD 7 billion compensation would be a mirage only. No one would be charged for negligence as in many cases.

Accountability Absent 

The continuing tragedy of the present time, which was articulated by the now suppressed protest movement, is that there is no accountability for those in positions of power. The imposing of discipline on those lower in the rungs is to be seen in the manner in which the government is dealing with the economic crisis. The government’s agreement with the IMF has been at the cost of high taxes and job cuts imposed on the masses of people. The costs of this economic restructuring is falling heavily if not disproportionately on those who are middle class and below. Fixed income earners are particularly affected as they bear a double burden in being taxed at higher levels at a time when the cost of living has soared. It is these tax monies that will go to repay the enormous debts incurred by white elephant projects such as the national airline and Mattala, the airport in the area of a wildlife sanctuary.

The government’s clarion call for the restructuring and sale of state-owned enterprises is being projected as evidence of the statesmanship and vision of the political leaders. The public service is vastly overstaffed and government managed businesses are making gigantic losses. But it is unfair and immoral to place the blame on the workers who were employed there in large numbers to satisfy the patronage-needs of political leaders. The political debate has been turned on its head. It is not about holding those political leaders accountable for the economic crimes of mismanagement they have perpetrated, but on the workers they hired who voted for them in gratitude, that there are too many of them now and they are overpaid in relation to the work they do.

The other missing dimension in the current debate about restructuring the economy and getting it out of the rut is the absence of any effort to ensure accountability for past economic mismanagement and corruption, indeed for the looting that took place in the economy. The government has not held those political leaders accountable. Instead, it has shown solicitude for sufferings and pain of mind suffered when their houses were attacked and burned during the height of the protests. Such solicitude can be appreciated, but it needs to be consistent across the board. The different treatment given to politicians as compared to ordinary citizens would rankle within those large numbers of citizens who lost their properties too, during the war, terrorism and riots of the past, but only received meager compensation if at all from successive governments.

Realisable Dream 

The government’s unwillingness, perhaps inability, to deal with the issues of corruption goes back to its roots. The government, and president, continue to be beholden to the majority in parliament for their continuation. The tragedy is that this governmental approach will doom Sri Lanka to the shallows, where it has been languishing for at least four decades. The government needs to form a coalition with the opposition members in parliament to ensure accountability and reform if it is genuine about it. Some government members have started to talk about forming a national government. If this is to be done, it should be based on clear objectives, including pursuing corruption cases, and should be an effort at genuine power sharing. The desire to stay on in power must not take precedence over dealing with corruption and holding those guilty of crimes accountable.

The economic mismanagement, looting and Ponzi schemes whereby successive governments borrow to repay old loans needs to change if Sri Lanka is to take off into the rapid economic growth its people yearn for. It is not the people who should be blamed but the leaders who are dishonest and corrupt, and who continue to be so. The leading think-tank Verite Research has highlighted that while the government has fulfilled 25 percent of the IMF’s conditions that can be tracked, it has failed to fulfil its commitments to accountability and transparency. It noted that timely progress on the IMF programme has two benefits. First, there are the material benefits that can result from many of the actions. Second, it can improve confidence in Sri Lanka’s governance, which then helps negotiations to restructure the burden of past debt and speed up the path to future economic recovery.

When Sri Lanka regained its independence after 450 years of colonial rule and the exploitation that came with that rule, it was one of the economic leaders in the whole of Asia with the potential to become the “Switzerland of the East.” In the 1970s, Sri Lanka was a third world leader in every aspect that counted, ensuring social welfare to its people, non-alignment in foreign policy, and was one of the first countries in the developing South Asian region to liberalise its economy. However, the illegal sand mining that goes on unabated, loss of land and forests, lack of development in the fisheries and agriculture sector, among others, has brought about the reverse. The hope must be that the natural resources that the country has been endowed with, and the natural capacities of its people which are demonstrated in the success they notch up in other countries to which they emigrate, will enable a speedy catch up for all the lost years. The missing ingredients so far are honesty, transparency and the desire to take everyone, north and south, rich and poor, on this journey.

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    “The Missing Ingredients To Come Out Of The Economic Rut”

    We need more ministers. Will good ol’ Ranil be able to find some?

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      nimal fernando

      “We need more ministers. Will good ol’ Ranil be able to find some?”
      -.
      Then of course we need to build more roads.
      Please read:
      All roads lead to politicians’ houses
      https://www.dailymirror.lk/top_story/All-roads-lead-to-politicians-houses/155-258120

      By the way today’s news
      “Colombo seeks New Delhi’s help in evacuating Sri Lankans in Sudan
      Forty one Sri Lankans are currently in Sudan, according to Foreign Minister Ali Sabry.”
      https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/colombo-seeks-new-delhis-help-in-evacuating-sri-lankans-in-sudan

      Why haven’t our Surgeon General Savendra and Kamala sent their Air Force, Navy (remember the navy destroyed 12 LTTE ships away from this island), STF, Army, …. saffron brigade, ….. to mount a refugees rescue operation as they did in 2009 (Vanni)?

      You should encourage Dinesh to become more self sufficient rely on our resources (350,000) and less on Modi’s army.

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        Native,
        “Why haven’t our Surgeon General Savendra and Kamala sent their Air Force, Navy “
        Get real, Native. They’ve used up their QR codes while turning back Covid refugees from India. And, they’re not sure that the crews might decide to stay in Sudan.

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          old codger

          I am wondering if we can accept the following statement by one of our leading war crime denier Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona:
          “Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona addressing the Traditional Chinese Medicine Conference, elaborated on Sri Lanka’s traditional medicine and said that this tradition has a history of more than 3,000 years”
          https://www.dailynews.lk/2023/04/26/

          Now beware of our friend nimal fernando will be the first person to support all cranky statements/behaviour by our politicians and officials.
          Since this statement was issued in China, I wonder what SJ’s reaction is going to be.

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            Native,
            I am usually inclined to take anything that the Australian contortionist Palitha Kohona says, with a large pinch of salt, but in this case , he must have read something somewhere.
            Here is a link that shows that Neanderthals used a plant precursor of aspirin 45000 years ago.
            https://cosmosmagazine.com/science/biology/neanderthals-used-aspirins-ancestor/#:~:text=A%20Neanderthal%20skull%2C%20showing%20teeth,clues%20about%20diet%20and%20medication.&text=Ancient%20DNA%20scraped%20from%20Neanderthal,in%20Aspirin%20%E2%80%93%20found%20on%20teeth.

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              Native,
              On a different matter, have you seen this interview in which Karunanidhi’s daughter proclaims she’s an atheist?
              https://youtu.be/ArUWHxwuCgQ

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                old codger

                “On a different matter, have you seen this interview in which Karunanidhi’s daughter proclaims she’s an atheist?”

                I did see this interview some months ago.
                I am told her mother is a devout Hindu.
                Mus be filthy rich like Rajapaksas.

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                  Native,

                  Have you ever worked in your life? …….. Or are you like Ranil; never worked?

                  Forget layabout deadbeat politicians and learn work-ethics ……. https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1989-12-18-mn-410-story.html :))

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                    Nimal,
                    I don’t know if Native sells carpets, or how many grandchildren he has, but have you ever seen him take a vacation?

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                  Native
                  At least as rich as Rocket Rohitha. But better educated.

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                    old codger

                    “At least as rich as Rocket Rohitha”

                    Rocket Rohitha in a class of his own.
                    Do you think Chinese would let Karunanidhi’s daughter visit their rocket assembly area unless of course China’s man in Sri Lanka pulls some strings?

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                  “Mus be filthy rich like Rajapaksas.”
                  Glad that I did not say it— had I, there would have been strong defence of the daughter of a daylight robber.

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                    “had I, there would have been strong defence of the daughter of a daylight robber.”

                    What a load of garbage.
                    I suggest you take regular portions of Ginseng which among other things is said to improve cognitive function.

                    It is not my business or cup of tea to defend corrupt, rich or those who politically involved. Simply I am not a b***s carrier to Mao or Banda.

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                    “It is not my business or cup of tea to defend etc.”
                    Really? Oh, so it is simply pastime to defend some shady characters.

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    If the Police and the Judiciary act according to the laws of the land without manipulating the laws to satisfy politicians most of the issues in SL will be settled in no time. Unfortunately, even today the court decision to protect Deshabandu Tenekoon is a classic example where the courts are protecting a person against whom there are not only complaints but also video evidence that he was one of the main actors in facilitating the attack on protestors at Galle Face, which resulted in setting fire to MPs homes including Ranil’s.

    Buddhism in Sri Lanka appears to be the worst kind of Buddhism interpreted by the sanga. Why I say this is – as we see now there is a Buddhist Monk who is the Chair Person of a political party SLPP where there are murderers, paga kings, rapists, chain snatchers, kappam guys, and drug lords form the party. Even a nurses union is headed by a Buddhist monk. Did Lord Buddha preach this? Yes, traditionally Buddhist Monks in the past advised the kings and that was limited to “advice” and not becoming the rulers. Unless this sad state is rectified by the sleeping Mahanayakes with strict rulings for the Sanga not to be part and parcel of political parties and organizations other than providing guidance and advice, Buddhism in Sri Lanka would be the worst form of Buddhism in the world.

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      The crisis that engulfed the entire country during the year 2022 was not merely due to wrong polices followed by GOTA during his short presidency, but due to systemic crises where many systems that were in existence was so weak that corrupt politicians and their stooges could manipulate to accommodate their evil designs.
      Mis-governance, mismanagement, corruption and nepotism could all be traced to the result of systemic failures.
      There is no half way in a struggle of this nature, total victory should have been the motto, there is no half way or intervals!

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      Buddhist1,
      Sadly, but surely, this scenario has developed over a period of time, 60 years, by the masses ignoring the incursion on the thin line of demarcation, separating, providing advice and leading to be directly involved in political process, further accentuated, more prominently since the Monks became elected representatives!
      The separation of Politics, Governance and Religious affairs merged during the period, seamlessly!!!
      With that came the provision of luxury vehicles to the heads of Religious sects (Mahanayaka’s) as the lower order Monks in the sect being afforded Luxury vehicles, in view of their becoming MP’s whose privilege and accompanied subsistence included ‘Luxury Benz’ vehicles every new term (5 years – parliamentary term), in order to facilitate their visits to the electorate they represent!!!
      PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION (PR) system of JRJ, converted the constituency of elected MP’s, from approximately 100 to 175 square Miles to 100 to 1000 Square Miles (Multi-member District representation depending on constituency), which was heavy burden on MP’s travelling costs and expectation of private vehicle use for electorate/constituency work!!! It may be better to revert to smaller constituency than district basis in future!!
      SL is devoid of separation of powers/responsibilities – Religion, Executive, Legislature, and Judiciary!
      TOTAL MESS!!??

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    one of the most important missing ingredient in Sri Lanka is Peoples’s inability to understand the politics of our politicians. Even though hundreds of evidence is available to them about their politicians and the culture of corruption, they don’t bother about it. Even though a minister told that £250 million was transferred to some one he is not prepared to tell who is the one received the money. Some years back Former President Sirisena and Mahinda joined to make Mahinda as PM and when it was delayed to show 113 MPs majority, Sirisena said there is a delay in making deals with MPs. But again and again they forget and vote them.

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      (Part I)
      Ajith,
      Apologies for not responding to your query, “Struggle —————Easter Bombing—– NPC” of 23rd April!
      I am taking the liberty of answering it herein:
      Mahila,
      1. I am not talking about the current practice or current constitutional rights. Ranil was nominated as a Member of Parliament by UNP which had only eligibility to nominate ONE MP to Parliament.
      YES. That is correct!!
      2. He was appointed as Prime Minister because of his MP position. YES. That is correct too.
      3. Then he was an acting President because of his Prime Minister Position. That is according to the provisions in the constitution, he was enabled as Actg. President as GR was going Overseas Leave! There should be a responsible person in acting position to meet with any exigency that may arise, in the country, politically, economically or National Security – HoS and CiC of armed forces!!?? This is the significant matter that “Sorrysena” Maithri didn’t do when he went to Thirupathy and shopping for wedding of his off spring to Singapore and on the sly informed the Tri Forces commanders not to follow instructions or attend meetings requested by RW!!! That part became evident
      (TBC)

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      (Part II)
      As the Commanders didn’t respond and avoided, meeting called Post Easter BB! By RW?
      4. He (RW) is NOW the duly elected Executive President of SL, elected by provisions in the SL Constitution, in respect of a situation arising, where the incumbent President of SL is “Incapacitated”, or absent from the state for medical, Personal Leave reasons or Official/Personal overseas travel in his capacity as HOS, to discharge the duties of the Office of President
      5. This is the same functional arrangement in many states (UK-PM, OZ-PM, India-PM) and nothing sinister about it.
      6. He is not elected by the people, TRUE!! How does, “one elect a Replacement or Stand-in President by the people voting at an election???!!?? By the time that person is elected (Min 2-3 weeks) and sworn into position, whatever disaster due to happen, has happened and finished??? What exactly happened on Easter Sunday, Mayhem, because MS DIDN’T UPHOLD THE PROVISIONS OF THE SL CONSTITUTION and then blame all and Sundry, except himself!!!
      7. WHAT’S THE USE OF THE REPLACEMENT PRESIDENT OR STAND-IN PRESIDENT THEN??? To “WRITE THE HISTORY, APPOINT COMMISSION & REPORT GATHERS DUST in President’s House”!!!???
      (TBC)

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      (Part III)
      8. He contested to President because of his MP position. NO, Think anyone who is an eligible SL voter could stand for election as “Replacement President” for the residual term of GR until 2024, but nominations must be made in this case by a recognised Political party!!!?
      9. The catch is the Political parties would want their Nominee instead of an Outsider??? Why would they unless there wasn’t any suitable candidates within their Party!!
      10. Among Parliament MP HE BECAME ELIGIBLE FOR ACTG POSITION (for 30 days) AND ELECTION THEREAFETR (3-4 weeks) as Replacement president for the residual Term of GR’s Presidency ending December 2024!
      Nomination as UNP National List MP:
      There was 1 slot for UNP, and RW is the Leader of the UNP!!! Whom do you think, UNP would nominate, under the circumstances!!! It is FUTILE to think it could be anyone else?? If he has not been a nominated by UNP, then it means, the party has lost confidence in him and anyway there wasn’t anyone else eligible within ‘EARSHOT’!!!!
      Cannot understand why all the parties “debating CYNICALLY about, as “there is no way he is legitimate without Presidential Elections and become President”!!???
      (TBC)

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      (Part IV)
      Then D B Wijetunghe too wasn’t an eligible and legitimate president in 1994??? Sirimavo, then opposition leader endorsed DBW’s appointment under those tragic circumstances!!!?? Our president before JRJ, was all elected by the Parliament members SITTING as an “ELECTORAL COLLEGE”!!!
      After all, parliament members are elected by the people to exercise their Sovereign Right – ONE OF THEM IS ELECTING THE HOS OF SRI LANKA IN THIS INSTANCE, due to an EXIGENCY!!! LIMIT OF TIME!!?
      Half the guys still debating are those ignorant of past procedures and the critical language – English – and the other half don’t understand History, including “Memory Loss”!!!
      Or MERE SKULDUGGERY!!!?? SELF SERVING, TO DENY Ranil W, THE POSITION, FOR THEM TO GAIN!!!??

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        Mahila,
        Thanks for your respone. Once again I am clear the all happened may be right according to the current constitution which was produced for the needs of the politicians and political parties. The country produced two constitutions, one was produced by SLFP and Other was UNP. But Is it morally right?

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          Ajith,
          Agreed.
          Legally, it is right and we are agreed.
          Morality, abounds to the ‘Deliverance of greater good for greater Mass (because in this realm, it’s not possible to deliver such to ‘One and All’, without exception) of the People’, in my view!!!
          If that is the case, the important question to be answered is, DO WE HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE???
          And HAVE ALL OTHERS EXPLORED and EHXHAUSTED!!!!
          The chances of such occurrence is very low or Marginal, if you take world-wide incidents; especially, people in Power DECAMPING!!!??
          Please don’t tell me this is normal in Bolivia, Chile, Africa etc.
          EXCEPTION IS THE WORD FOR THAT phenomenon!!!???
          SL only twice, of which one was a result of terrorist suicide Bomb attack!!!???
          What would you imagine, if SL didn’t have this alternate process in place, then!? CHAOS UNLIMITED!?
          Better, have “something in place than nothing”, atleast until future innovation & ‘BEST PRACTICE’!!??

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      Ajith,
      What about the current Minister of Agriculture, in 2010-14 something else under MR, imploring Voters not to vote MS or Yahapalanya, to Power!?
      The reason for that request was – The current people in power have already made their money, being in Power, so they need not resort to making Money for themselves!!! If you vote for Yahapalanya, then they have to start making money and the inflation would rise further!!!
      So vote for the incumbent government w/o change so that they will not make Money!!!???
      What strategy and Erudition, Knowledge and understanding of worldly affairs!!! Agriculture is ‘BOOMING’!! He is negotiating, wants to export ‘Rilaw’ Monkeys for Chinese Wet markets!!! Brains +!!!

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    The Missing Ingredients To Come Out Of The Economic Rut: Honesty, brain & intelligence, Educated politicians, culture & civilization, shame feeling if have committed crimes……………………….

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    Before Sri Lanka gets out economic rut it needs to get out of:
    Political and ethical rot in the leaders,
    Religious rot of the Buddhist Hierarchy,
    Moral rot in the society including Sinhala Buddhist supremacy,
    Corruption in all walks of life in the society from the top to bottom
    Entitlement mentality of the citizens.

    It is a tall order to change the mindsets of the stakeholders.

    So Sri Lanka will muddle through as country for decades to come.

    Allah save Sri Lanka!

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    ” Dullas Alahapperuma would have had a bigger base of reformist support from within the ruling party…”
    One wonders why he secured far fewer votes from this group of ‘reformist supporters’ in the SLPP than from the main opposition party, which was almost unanimous in its support for him.
    *
    BTW, what is the reformist agenda that the writer has in mind?

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    Only NGO jokers know the way forward !

    The NGO accounts must be made available to the pubic.

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      Deepthi,
      “Only NGO jokers know the way forward !
      The NGO accounts must be made available to the pubic.”

      What exactly do you have in Mind!!??? Please elaborate!!???

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      Professor D.S.
      Why don’t you try to train your thinking nature ?You have to keep shooting the messenger ?God gave you 5 senses, however you use them for better vision …or ?

      We have reached an era where increasing number of people understand that none other than BP who is at the root of Sri Lanka’s various problems, but the man who said ” APE HAMUDURUWANE…in every second para of his public speech”.

      Refining our understanding will bring us closer to progress… don’t you think so? Our people imbued with your nature must agree with a full rehab program …. and then only will the result be like a dream.

      According to me, the 94 government put Wijeweera’s family in a camp, and the Rajapaksas should also be kept away from human society for life.

      No mercy or anything should be done against this decision
      .If there is any major crime in this society that is not related to Rajapaksa,? I bet you.

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      deepthi^silva

      “The NGO accounts must be made available to the pubic.”

      Would you like a share of NGO’s income, revenue, …..?

      “Only NGO jokers know the way forward !”

      Seriously, what do you mean by NGO jokers?
      Where can I meet them?
      Well most Sri Lankaies seem to envy those who are employed by NGOs and INGOs.
      Do you know why?

      Why do Lankies call their perceived or imagined enemies JOKERS?
      Sarath Fonseka does it all the time.
      Is he being restricted by his limited vocabulary?

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      “The NGO accounts must be made available to the pubic.”

      Dear Deepthi,

      Should the NGO release their tax return to the public even if they are dedicated acolytes of ruling class politicians, who by the Appe Aanduwa’s constitution should not talk about their income publicly? Have seen women transplanting paddy grass in the fields. Do you think you can do it? Could you walk into some fields and help farmers, instead of driving the readers crazy by plowing the same ground again and again?

      Are these NGOs jokers even if they consult the rulers on the ways of how to roast Tamils, & minorities? For example, Jehan PhD wrote in CT that White Flag Murderer the New King should seek help from Load Nesby to defeat the Resolutions which called for investigation on the 2009 Genocide? Should you want his income in Euro?

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    Further to my earlier note above, once again Ranil’s idiotic appointments are coming to light. Tiran Alles, the guy who carried bribe money to Prabaharan given by Mahinda Rajapakse was appointed the minister for Police. Now even Senior Police Officers are coming out and challenging the transfers as Tiran’s transfers are only made to protect Deshabandu a crook who was ordered by the courts to be transferred out. Without acting as per the court order, Tiran is transferring all the other senior police officers in order to appoint Deshabandu as the next IGP in a few months.

    It’s time for all citizens of the country to come onto the road to stop the appointment of the crook Deshabandu who also facilitated the attack against the aragalakaru at the Galle Face.

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    I really enjoy my power over fossils like Vedda and Leela ! I have to only make a silly comment and they jump like jackasses with all kinds of heavy statements !

    Leela seizing the opportunity to tell the whole world that he is working in Europe ! ! Vedda is clearly low stuff , perhaps centuries of living an oppressed life in the North under their high castes.

    I will keep sending one liners to which two of you must responding in long harangues !

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      Professor D.S.
      .
      If my memory is correct, wasn’t it you who came to oppose us, saying that you were a doctor and that you never catch the flu or anything like that?

      Except for that Bandarawela joker, none of us revealed anything about ourselves. Why on earth are we distorting something we never said in this valuble forum?
      .
      Sri Lanka is burning, why are you men acting like you are taking drugs?

      Changing the subject, I would like everyone, including you, to watch the video below.
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErcvUzEMwR4

      I think this time F2F will have some talented panellists including Dr. Harini Amarasuriya.

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      Prof. DS,
      .
      OMG. I couldn’t read your comment correctly.
      The best thing is to go to the nearest psychiatrist. It will be a great blessing for all of us. Accessing them in the UK is no big deal: I’m well aware of this.

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        LM,
        “OMG. I couldn’t read your comment correctly”
        Belated “enlightenment” is the resultant ‘Joy and Bliss’ of incisive dissection of “Perceived Innocuous Content”, of preliminary superficial, cursory scan, makes OBLIVIOUS!!!
        LAUGHTER is the best tonic, even though a psychiatrist may be of some help, though may turn out to be ‘BORING’!!!

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      deepthi^silva

      In case if you have missed,

      “Only NGO jokers know the way forward !”

      Seriously, what do you mean by NGO jokers?
      Where can I meet them?
      Well most Sri Lankies seem to envy those who are employed by NGOs and INGOs.
      Do you know why?

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    On the surface , we were led to see and believe that Protests chased Gota away .
    Who then brought in Ranil ? No , I don’t believe , things happened that way !
    Are Srilankans so strong enough to choose what they want ? What do then
    Beggars can’t choose signify ? I think Mahinda was forced to take some bitter
    pills before things slip out of hands ! The same fate that fell on Gamini , Lalith
    and RP . This time around , at the hands of Sinhala themselves ! Casualties ,
    Gota , Mahinda , Basil and Namal ! Why worry about an ingredient that was never
    found anywhere in the whole product ? They ar busy these days with their
    habitual Monkey Business ! Oh dear , at last , the Chinese found the Right Answer !

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