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The Next Revolution Must Come 

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

What’s wrong? Everybody with some concern for the country asks this question. Strangely, the Joint Opposition (JO), which is in the habit of crying “foul” for every move taken by the government is dead silent.

Probably this silence lets the cat out of the bag. The demand for super luxury cars would have been triggered by the JO’s former buddies who are now shamelessly in government enjoying cabinet portfolios. These guys are adept at playing hide and seek with Maitri and running into nooks and corners like rats. Recently, we had one of them demanding that Gota should be made SLFP Vice President or some such thing! This MP is disengaged from any notion of social justice-a perfect self server.

Maybe the strange luxury car deal was part of a bribe to get the backing of these corrupt-prone former official lackeys of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mahinda built a Parliamentary support block by virtually franchising corruption among MPs. Like vultures, this cabal would get into seats of power (even as a ‘Supervising MP,” ) and look around for their prey. The prey is money – convertible – extracted from the impoverished nation of Sri Lankans who are direct and indirect taxpayers. Every institution was plundered and the plunder skilfully hidden away. Even monks in Parliament were bribed with luxury cars.Maithripala

In Sri Lanka, a posh car is the symbol that one has “arrived.” Actually luxury high-powered cars are an anomaly in a country like Sri Lanka where road conditions cannot accomodate them. Where can one drive at 280 Km/hour?

On the other hand, any outside observer of the Indian Parliament would see top Ministers going about in the Indian-made Ambassador or Fiat. The same observer in Sri Lanka will see our ordinary MPs,with their necks and waists fattened, going about in luxury cars. During the former regime these fellows would get the meek and humble cops to forcefully move out crowds of poor pedestrians away to have the paths for these MPs to cleared. When VIP Ministers like Gota came pedestrians had to face the nearest wall and show their backs.

Under Yahapalanaya the luxury car craze unfortunately continues unabated although we haven’t yet come to the stage of moving the commoner to run a mile when the MPs are on the car-run.
This time Rs 1200 million has been set apart by special legislation! What a national emergency this car shortage has been!

Our University students should do their protesting against this kind of obscenity instead of shouting about student leaders who are guilty of violating the laws of the land in a brutal ragging process. How wonky our values have gone off shape!

I have a theory, namely, that if the car facility is shrunk into Indian proportions much fewer blokes would find a Parliamentary career attractive. This, together with the checks and balances set up by way of Independent Commissions would make life pretty nasty and gloomy for our politico rats.

But why, again, I ask does Yahapalanaya do this? The most benign interpretation is that yahapalanaya leaders, Maitri and Ranil, have realised that to achieve the final goal of the yahapalana nibbana they have to resort to corruption themselves. This is due to the simple statistic that the government does not get enough numbers in Parliament at the last general Elections. Maybe the recent special legislation was to motivate the cross-overs to vote against the no-confidence motion. By this token, the next controversial legislation may require another inducement.

To be honest, yahapalanaya is still on track in many areas of governance. But more honest leadership and backbone muscle is called for. It seems the forces of evil are ready to engulf the forces of good within this government. The duality in leadership may also be a tricky problem. It is time for Professor Sarath Wijeysooriya to muster his forces and start the next stage in the revolution that was achieved on January 8th. The big offenders of the previous regime are still at large going about in confidence. Bassy’s wide smile is good for a Signal toothpaste advertisement. The mobilisation of the civilian population is very important. Professor Wijeysooriya impressed his TV viewers during election time with his brilliant presentations. He needs more backing by well-meaning citizens. For the next revolution (Eelanga Satana) must come!

*The writer can be contacted at sjturaus@optusnet.com.au

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    Sri lankan voters are similar to Nero fiddling while Rome was burning.

    The serene land is burning from the volatile mixture of corrupt politics, natural disasters, impotent leadership, firebrand religious views, incompetent political management, hoodwinking, you name it you can find it and still the voters are dilly dallying in finding a solution.

    When the voter casts his ballot he is stepping from the frying pan to the fire and in spite of getting burnt severely and not learning a lesson what does he do ???????? waits for the next election to get himself burnt again. What do you call these type of people ?????

    ” Fools!!!!!, ignorant, uneducated, brainless, numbskulled, stupid damn fools. “

    Can you have sympathy for them ????? No ! you cannot.
    Why !!!!! because they know they from birth to death they will be robbed and cheated, hoodwinked and cajoled, promised and persuaded, intimidated and threatened, laughed at and booed etc etc.

    They need lessons from the arab spring, but then there are many differences between arabs and sri lankans.
    Arabs are warriors and lankans cowards.

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    “The Next Revolution Must Come” “What’s wrong?””
    “”To be honest, yahapalanaya is still on track in many areas of governance.””

    Ziggy Biggy, Biggy Wiggy, Biggy,
    Booty, Pooty, Ziggy, Ziggy,)))

    Fool me one time shame on you,
    Fool me twice, can’t put the blame on you,
    Fool me three times, fuck the peace signs,
    Load the chopper, let it rain on you Moron.

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    90 Million for Ammata Digital Harin. 70 Million for Nattanamiya . 70 Million each for Rajitha and Son . Goonathilleke, Rajan Ramanayaka, SB Dissanayaka,and Bananana man.

    Plus a whole host of others totaling 96, according to my Elders..

    Not forgetting the LKR 700 Million for the big one, Batalanada Ranil..

    Are these JO members?.

    Is this dude on something?…

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      Sumanasekara,

      Whether it was the previous government or this one, Sri Lankan politicians are
      a corrupt lot in general.

      But you are a disgusting hypocrite. Let us hear from you some condemnation of
      the Medamulana mee harakas as well…then maybe you can be taken seriously.

      But of course we know that you are a biased and unprincipled individual

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        Lankans like this [Edited out] seem to be unable to face the truth of the Yahapalana fraud.

        Now they think limiting freedom if expression is the solution to their woes!

        What is next? White vans or Defenders?

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          Premjit,

          If it’s not clear to you, let me clarify.
          To me MR regime was corrupt, current regime
          is also leaving a lot to be desired.
          I don’t side with anyone or condone the wrongs of anyone,
          unlike the hypocritical Sumanasekara

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe

    RE: The Next Revolution Must Come

    1. //”Strangely, the Joint Opposition (JO), which is in the habit of crying “foul” for every move taken by the government is dead silent.”//

    2. //”The demand for super luxury cars would have been triggered by the JO’s former buddies who are now shamelessly in government enjoying cabinet portfolios. These guys are adept at playing hide and seek with Maitri and running into nooks and corners like rats. “//

    3. //”Mahinda built a Parliamentary support block by virtually franchising corruption among MPs.”//

    4. //”The prey is money – convertible – extracted from the impoverished nation of Sri Lankans who are direct and indirect taxpayers. Every institution was plundered and the plunder skilfully hidden away. Even monks in Parliament were bribed with luxury cars.”//

    5. //”This time Rs 1200 million has been set apart by special legislation! What a national emergency this car shortage has been!”//

    6. //”But why, again, I ask does Yahapalanaya do this? The most benign interpretation is that yahapalanaya leaders, Maitri and Ranil, have realised that to achieve the final goal of the yahapalana nibbana they have to resort to corruption themselves. This is due to the simple statistic that the government does not get enough numbers in Parliament at the last general Elections.”//

    7. //”To be honest, yahapalanaya is still on track in many areas of governance. But more honest leadership and backbone muscle is called for. It seems the forces of evil are ready to engulf the forces of good within this government. The duality in leadership may also be a tricky problem.”//

    Thanks for the Summary.

    Can they make Sarath Fonseka, Chief of staff, and start dealing with the culprits one by one? After all, he is qualified to be President.

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      The problem is Sarath Fonseka is also in the line to pick up a luxury vehicle. It is amazing how they justify having a luxury car to serve the people.

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    Brilliant once again,Shyamon. What is happening now is a stealthy counter-revolution

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    bring back JVP to remove these parasites from mother lanka we need 1987 – 1989, killing season again

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    The writer, who was a senior bureaucrat in this country, sought to compare Sri Lanka and India. The essence of average Sri Lankan mentality is easy going opulent life style as opposed to Indian mentality. India was solidly built on “Made in India” from Mahathma Gandhi times. You want a product, however hitech, it is made in India. There are motorable roads in India, all made of compacted sand and I am told that yyou could travel at 60 kilo meters per hour. It also must be brought to the notice that every Indian way of doing things may not be suited here.

    The car deal so to say is only the tip of the ice-berg. The basic mentality of Sri Lanka or India for most of those in power is to make hay while the sun shines. People now talk how simple they were even if there father was a Minister and so forth. But what are they doing now with an advertising agency purchased on a property which is in an expensive residential area? If one publicity network, which came out of the blue, is now accused of money laundering, why not another be established on the same lines?

    Yes! Power corrupts! But a watchful media can always put an impending wrong to right like what was done in the car deal.

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    Dk the JVP is playing a napunsaka role. What they say helps the conspirators against Yahapalana. JVO has no future

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    What Commonsense states is correct. WE need a fearless and watchful media. Since no white vans media people need not fear now.

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      “”WE need a fearless and watchful media. “”

      and the majority write fiction because they don’t need to run.
      Accusations that end up by the wayside more often than not.

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe, Another revolution and a change in the ethics of the parliamentarian? Are you joking.Do you think that this country will ever produce such selfless politicians at all?Any day soon? Do not be silly Mr jayasinghe it will never happen.

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    This man Mr Jayasinghe should be given a gold medal for subverting the truth . He is a shameless propagandist for the Yamapalanaya government.
    How audaceous for him to absolve the [Edited out] chief, Ranil who orchestrated another coup by bribing the corrupt unpp and SLFP MPs by awarding ministerial posts to 97 of them. Who appointed Sarath Fonseka who garnered just 500 votes in colombo district a nondescript ministerial post ,sanctioned 7 billion Rupees to import a super luxury car, and furthermore provide him office space costing 1.5 billion a year.
    Ican see how much Mr Jayasinghe cares about the country.

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    According to reliable source, Treasury has already approved and released the money for the purchase of vehicles before it was presented in Parliament.

  • 0
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    The next revolution will come from within the UNP when the General Elections come up. UNP will oust the SLFP corrupt band wagon

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      wishful thinking,they denied, happy nations..
      from after premadasa the land has only got poorer.
      when the land gets poorer its the left wing that wins.
      can you see where you are in now and thats the best for a rotten right.

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    Mr Jayasinghe [Edited out]
    Amended constitutiion stipulates that the cabinet should be limited to 25.Look at Minister John who struggles to coin two meaningful words. He is accused of misappropriation of public property, thuggery and nepotism . Complaints have been made to police,bribery commission and FCID. but none of of them have been recorded. Mr John carries on regardless with guaranteed security from the almighty from Colombo 7.
    Not far from there, another UNP stalwart who enjoys American style hunting was handed over task of protection of Wildlife. and he is roaming free with his fire arms.
    First thing Sirisena did after assuming office was to appoint his unemployed unqualified brothers the head of government owned Telecom.
    [Edited out]

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    [Edited out]

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    Ranil Wickramsinghe cannot find any educate qualified person to replace senior officials sacked after change of government.
    All are his close circle of friends or relatives from Colombo Seven- Bribary commissioner, Governor of Central Bank, Chairman of Bhumiputha bank, Sri LAanka Air line,Attorney Generals Dept. Even the commissions appointed by him to investigate malpractices with in his government are his Colmo seven friends and prominent members of NGOs.
    The CT allows unrestricted space for vitriolic filth of Yamapalanaya propagandists. Ieernestly request CT Editor to abandon the sinking ship

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    Bianca I work in the treasury. What you say is not true. Not a cent has been released

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      You may work in the treasury. But Peons and tea-boys would not know anything about funds transfers.

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    Isn’t Sumansekera some kind of a Professor? Shame on the academic clan. Shows how much down the drain Mara led Sri Lanka

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    Sadly, very sadly, I agree Shyamon. The next revolution has to come.

    Ranil and Mythri *the President) should have shown zero tolerance towards corruption and nepotism. They did not. They could have, but did not. So they let slip a golden opportunity; right at the start.

    How much more gallant would our Prime Minister have been, had he risen up in parliament and proclaimed that the new car skit is OFF, and that decency and conscience does not allow the parliament to approve this junket, given the recent calamities.

    He would have been Prime Minister for life.

    His continued silence towards the CB Governor’s misdeeds is an embarrassment to every person who had so much hope in ushering in this new government.

    Sadly, very sadly, the only recourse does appear to be another Revolution, and if that happens, this lot has a lot to answer.

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    I did some idle calculation. Let’s suppose the average middle class wage earner’s take home pay is Rs. 50,000 a month. In a year he would have earned say Rs. 650,000 give or take Rs 10,000 including an annual bonus. In a thirty year working life that works out to say Rs. 20 million. To be generous add another 10 million for increments, inflation etc. So at the end of a 30 year career he has earned 30 million. By experience, the savings on this would be a mere pittance given the cost of living in any urban area. Let alone buying a new vehicle he will be lucky to own and run a used vehicle

    By contrast we have a set of half educated clowns, bandits, thugs and nincompoops, the professional politicians – (with excuses to the handful of educated, decent, honest, hardworking MPs) Within one year of being elected, these shameless twits are clamoring to purchase vehicles, each worth Rs. 30 million to 70 million upwards to ‘serve the people’. …….

    And how does the hardworking wage earner ‘serve the people’ ? By traveling in jam packed, ramshackle, buses and trains. And to boot he is asked to pay extra VAT on essentials since the finances of the country are in a bad way.!

    My foot ! We are asked to pay extra taxes to finance the utterly profligate life styles of these dumb, insensitive, pompous asses !

    We must not allow these shameless nitwits to hoodwink us. Let us organize ourselves even as we did, to throw the Rajapakse regime out, to resist this horrendous abuse of public funds.

    To the Barricades Citizen !

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    Well said, Niran

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    How do we choose MPs with the Welfare of our Country at Heart?

    W Dahanayake was one of them! Where are the others?

    All our Current MPs seem to have a Bottomless Pocket!

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