18 September, 2021

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The writing Is On The Wall And We Are Blissfully Engaged In Petty Politics

By C.V. Wigneswaran

Justice C.V. Wigneswaran MP

Honourable Speaker!

It is with a heavy heart that I rise to speak on the Central Bank Report 2020. We are at the threshold of erasing our unblemished record with regard to Debt Repayment. If we Default on any loan it is likely to trigger cross-default across all our loans. That as you can imagine, Sir, would be an unmitigated disaster. All our debtors would want us to settle our full liabilities immediately. Our cost of borrowing would increase beyond measure. We simply would not be able to borrow any more. Unless we become a vassal State to a country such as China we simply will not be able to exist. We are bringing out gold coins to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party. Already many institutions have only Chinese name boards – no Sinhala, no Tamil and not even English. So perhaps preparation is already afoot to make us a distant province of China in anticipation of where we are heading! Have we forgotten what this means in terms of geo politics? Do we want to cut our nose to spite the face?

One particularly troubling matter is our inability to meet our recurring expenditure through government revenues. The taxation policy that was introduced in 2020 significantly reduced Government revenue in terms of taxation. While this was no doubt beneficial to the ordinary citizen the cost of living that has burst through the roof has more than off-set any benefit from the changed policy in taxation. The result is that the Government coffers remain constantly under pressure with no economic growth. So the problem is we cannot even generate enough revenue to meet our loan obligations and effect the payment of Salaries. This means that the Government cannot even maintain the status quo without resorting to further borrowing. Not only have we been caught in the debt trap, but it looks like we don’t even want to get out of it talking only politics to get one over each other.

Recently Honourable  Kehelia Rambukwela told the Press that the Sri Lankan Government has paid one billion dollars as loan repayment. He was proud of it. But he has forgotten to tell us as to when the balance 34 billion would be paid!

Be that as it may, I am told Letters of Credit have been refused to certain institutions due to paucity of dollars. Our Reserves have gone down to perilous levels? We may not be able to import petrol or diesel. I think it was Dr. W. Dahanayake who came to Parliament by Bullock Cart long ago when Petrol prices went up. That was due to a price hike. But the present situation is much worse. There will be no petrol nor diesel even if you could afford to buy.

We have been printing paper money recently at levels previously unheard of – setting daily, weekly and monthly records. Our currency is being propped up by artificial and extra legal means.   The writing is on the wall and we are blissfully engaged in petty politics – even in respect of the most vulnerable groups.

Where have we brought our citizens to? We are prepared to play the fiddle like Nero while the flames of hunger, debt and despair ravage our fellow citizens.

The fertilizer imports were stopped saying we must go for organic fertilizers locally. Noble idea no doubt. But such stoppage was not to save the people from chemical fertilizers. It was to save our dollars that the decision was taken, but like everything else packaged in nationalist terms.  Where is the scientific basis for such a decision? Which institution recommended such decision in such drastic terms to the Government? Which is the Government organization that recommended such a dramatic shift overnight without any transitional period? Were studies conducted?  Were projections made on the yields that will be expected with the introduction of the decision not to import chemical fertilizers? I am given to understand that the Government is considering importing rice from countries which use the same chemical fertilizers. That means the Government stopped the import of chemical fertilizers not due to their concern towards its citizens but due to paucity of dollars. In any event what steps have the Government taken to ensure a free flow of organic fertilizers? Would it not take at least three to four years for the earth to get used to organic fertilizers after using inorganic fertilizers for so long? Meanwhile will not production come down drastically? At the very least, is it not possible for this Government to tell its citizens the truth?  Must everything be viewed through the lens of politics even at this perilous juncture in history?

If I have to refer to the situation in the Northern Province the stoppage of fertilizer imports is going to have a long term negative effect on our economy. Already our Provincial GDP contribution in 2019 was 4.7% only. So many years of war has had a deleterious effect on our economy. Added to that the continuation of the occupation by the Military of the Northern Province has had a negative effect on our performance. Adding to the farmers’ woes is the Military doing agriculture in the North and East. This affects the locals since the Military is able to produce agricultural products cheaply with the several benefits they enjoy while the farmer finds it difficult to produce and market their goods. In any event no proper planning has been done to find markets for our local produce. I hope the new Minister of Agriculture would take effective steps for the farmers in the North to market their goods. The Northern economy is almost in a stagnant state. Honourable Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who speaks our language too, will no doubt help to alleviate the precarious state into which our farmers have fallen.

I have time and again advised my Sinhala friends on both sides of the Parliament that they should take us, the Tamils, into confidence, solve our problems and invite investments from our diaspora. Our brethren abroad including our Sinhalese brethren would gladly bring in enough foreign currency to tide over the calamitous situation we are in. But our Sinhala politicians are like the moths wanting to run into the burning light and burn themselves out. They are prepared to trust the Chinese but not the Tamils!

Let me again appeal to the saner sections of our Sri Lankan Sinhala Buddhist intelligentsia to consider closing ranks with the Tamils and Muslims and allow copious flow of capital into the Country to tide over the serious foreign exchange problem we are facing today. This is the time to come together to save this Country. I thank you.                      

*In Parliament debate on the Central Bank 2020 Report on 3/8/2021 in the afternoon

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    While I give credit to this writer / speaker for his analysis in general, he has proposed something that not even the most ignorant investor will dare do now. That is to ask the “diaspora” to send Sri Lanka hard currencies! The way the country is going down the toilet, no one’s money is safe. The parasitic ruling class will gobble up any such “investments” before any debts are paid or production facilitated. So, on that score he is way off the mark..!

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    A very sensible speech. Kudos to you, Sir.

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      “Unless we become a vassal State to a country such as China we simply will not be able to exist.”
      That might be a very good idea, since we have proven ourselves unable to govern ourselves. Let the Chinese/Indians/Bangladeshis run the country. We can talk about our glorious culture.

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        OC
        Being a vassal to China is a nightmare for CVW. (Mere friendship frightens many here.)
        Being a vassal to India is his sweet dream.
        Being a vassal to the US is all right but for Sumanthiran having an edge over him.
        But being a vassal to Bangladesh?
        Do not confuse the poor man.

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          Eagle,
          Try saying something new, without using. “Para Demalu imported by the Dutch” or “Sinhalayo who ruled the north”
          Go buy yourself a new record.

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    A very penetrating elucidation on the dire straits the country doesn’t have the wisdom to overcome. One of the wisest Tamil poets said, those who are knowledgeable foresee what is forthcoming. In a different Kural couplet he points out that where there is maladministration vocations get mixed up. That’s how we have soldiers doing agriculture and military managing health services not to mention Foreign Affairs.

    About fertilizers and agro-chemicals may it be known that some 28 of the world’s wealthiest countries in OECD, provide both producer subsidy and consumer subsidy. A critical application of the subsidy enhances the value to enable continued payments. Let Sri Lanka watch for the residual fertilizer of past years to get sapped for two years and then for disastrous production outcomes to be lamented about by 2023.

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      Momentous20,
      “That’s how we have soldiers doing agriculture and military managing health services not to mention Foreign Affairs.”
      —-
      At the time they were expected to work as soldiers, they did and eliminated Tamil terrorists. What they do after fulfilling their duties is none of your business.

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        Eagle,
        “At the time they were expected to work as soldiers, they did and eliminated Tamil terrorists. What they do after fulfilling their duties is none of your business”
        So, sh.t collectors from Canada can also play doctor if they collect enough sh.t?

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    “Already many institutions have only Chinese name boards – no Sinhala, no Tamil and not even English. So perhaps preparation is already afoot to make us a distant province of China”

    Ah! What’s the matter? Far away China is fine ……it’s our own Tamils and the Muslims we don’t want to have our and their own land.

    We beat the Tamils, No! We are happy as Larry!

    If the Chinese in China get our land we are fine ….. but if the Tamils and the Muslims get the land they are born and live in ……. then it’s against our Buddhism.

    Now, let me go to the Bo Tree and pray to the organically fed tree ……… to let the Chinese take our land and protect it from the Tamils.

    • 19
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      nimal fernando

      “……… to let the Chinese take our land and protect it from the Tamils.”

      SJ will be the happiest person on Earth.

      • 9
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        To …….. all the Lankan intellectuals. :))


        When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful
        A miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical
        And all the birds in the trees, well they’d be singing so happily
        Oh joyfully, playfully watching me

        But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible
        Logical, oh responsible, practical
        And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable
        Oh clinical, oh intellectual, cynical

        There are times when all the world’s asleep
        The questions run too deep
        For such a simple man
        Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
        I know it sounds absurd
        Please tell me who I am — Supertramp

      • 10
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        SJ also will be very happy and elated if they beat and destroy, all other Thamizh, other than himself.

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    “Already many institutions have only Chinese name boards – no Sinhala, no Tamil and not even English.”
    I think that the writer should provide a list for our benefit.

    • 21
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      Wigneswaran
      They are prepared to trust the Chinese but not the Tamils!
      ———–
      They would sooner sink the island into the ocean than
      let tamils live in peace and prosper.

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        All Tamil speaking people scattered across the island must unite and demand a SEPARATE Homeland.

        Soma

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          90% of the Thamizh speaking people scattered across the island are Indian origin and Muslims not the indigenous Eezham Thamizh. The north and East is their ancient homeland, where they are in a majority and any Thamizh speaking person in welcome to live in peace and as equal citizens. Thamizh are forced to live in Chingkalla areas, due to actions of the Sri Lankan government and the occupying armed forces, who make life hell for them in their own areas and do deliberately do not provide them with any form of employment, so that they are forced to leave. Now even their agricultural land is now being forcibly taken away from them by the armed forces . If Chingkallams want the Seruvila and Amparai electortes in the east, where they had illegally settled Chingkallams on ethnically cleansed Thamizh lands, the Thamizh will also want NuwaraEliya , Puttalam and the city of Colombo(Kolumbu the original Thamizh name for the city) to be part of their homeland too, What is good for the Chingkallams is good is also good for the Thamizh.

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              Eagle
              Try saying something new, other than “Para Demalu imported by the Dutch” or “Sinhalayo who ruled the north”

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            Pandi K
            That is your definition of ‘Tamils ‘ in respect of a ‘political solution ‘
            Good.
            Has TNA explicitly declared that they represent only the interests of Hindu / Christian community in Jaffna?

            Soma

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              Definition of Thamizh
              1: A Dravidian language of Thamizh Nadu state, India, and of northern and eastern Sri Lanka
              2: a ThamiZh-speaking person or a descendant of Thamizh -speaking ancestors.
              This means the indigenous Eezham Thamizh of NE Sri Lanka or Illankai meaning resplendent of shinning in Thamizh. Indian origin Thamizh and Thullukans or Thamizh or Thamizh speaking Muslims.
              Thamizh Eezham the northern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka the ancient historical homeland of the Eezham or Sri Lankan Thamizh, where they had lived and ruled themselves for most of their history, as a separate nation from the Chingkallams, until European colonization,. It is the land of the Eezham Thamizh, however all Thamizh and even Chingkallams who want to live there are welcome, to live there as equal citizens, in peace and harmony. Satisfied Choma or do I have to keep on repeating my self again and again. As like Eagle Blind Thaatha and the rotten pear Ravi and the Jester from London, who has now mysteriously disappeared( Most probably will return or has returned under a different identity to spit out his Thamizh hating venom), you keep on repeating the same bullshit and lies and demand the same answers again and again, as if you are brain damaged.

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                Pundi K.
                Great.
                At last I have found a Tamil on CT who agrees with my definition of ‘Tamils’.
                “All Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion or the date of arrival. (Some are as ancient as the Sinhalese, some arrived during the Dutch and others during the British. Some practise Hinduism, some Christianity and others Islam)”.
                Now, to your knowledge has anyone ever proposed a ‘political solution ‘ which encompasses at least 90% of Tamils?

                Soma

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                  Soma,

                  First of all, humanity did not originate in Sri Lanka. Therefore, the forefather/ancestor of every citizen of Sri Lanka irrespective of the ethnicity, religion or language/culture is an immigrant (from outside). Since Sinhala as an ethnicity is found only in Sri Lanka, it is believed that Sinhala was created in Sri Lanka. On the other hand, Tamil is found in both South India and North Sri Lanka, is believed to be from the sub-continent.
                  A homeland (also called fatherland/motherland) is a state, region or territory that is closely identified with a particular ethnic group that had lived there from ancient times. In simple terms, it is the land of birth that a group of people love to the degree that they call it home.
                  The ground reality as everybody had seen and still seeing is that the Sri Lankan Tamils have a very clearly defined Tamil speaking territory (just like the Indian Tamils have Tamil Nadu), their historic habitat (formally Jaffna kingdom) in the North & East of Sri Lanka where they lived for several centuries as a separate nation with their own language, religion and culture. The 13th century Sinhala Nampota recognizes it as Demala-Pattanama and Demala-Gam-bim.
                  Continued…

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                    The Sri Lankan Tamils are not just a minority, they are a minority with a separate territory in which they are a majority and they call this separate territory their homeland. The North & East of Sri Lanka has nothing what so ever to do with Sinhala where as it has everything to do with Tamil from the time of human settlement. Only in 1833, the British united the Tamil North to the Sinhala South as a unitery state making Tamils a minority.
                    During Dutugemunu’s period, his father King Kavantissa warns Dutugemunu not to invade Rajarata (Northern territory), the land of the Damilas, stating that ‘the land on this side of the river (Southern territory) is enough’ (Refer Mahavamsa Chapter XXIV).
                    When Chempaha Perumal aka Sapumal Kumaraya (Bhuvanekabahu VI) was ruling the Jaffna Kingdom (much before the Portuguese arrived), he built the premier shrine of Tamil worship – the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil of Lord Murukan in the heart of the Jaffna kingdom (he did not build any Buddhist temple).
                    Even Dr. Colvin R de Silva in 1956 recognized the two nations in the country (Sinhalese & Tamils) when he said, “one language two nations, two languages one nation”.

                    Continued…

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                      The Arabs who speak the Arabic language have occupied several countries in the Mid-East region but they all call themselves Arabs. Similarly, the Tamils have occupied and live in both South India and North & East Sri Lanka (South Asian region) from ancient period just like the Arabs.
                      With the above facts, it is very foolish to argue that, just because the Sinhalese are unique to Sri Lanka and or just because they are the majority in the country, the entire Sri Lanka belongs only to the Sinhalese (Sinhala country), whereas just because Tamils are found in more than one country and or just because they are less in number (minority), they cannot claim ownership.
                      Let us all live happily in a united (not unitary) Sri Lanka.

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      I thought China would have already sent you the list to gloat.

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        Must have got lost in the post.
        Can you please get me the list.

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    Stop using the term ‘honourable’ when addressing politicians.
    The term ‘satanic demon’ would be more appropriate.

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      H
      In parliament it has been customary to refer to people as Hon member for xxx etc rather than names. That helps polite discussion.
      Nobody is obliged to call anyone honourable or venerable in normal life.
      *
      “The term ‘satanic demon’ would be more appropriate.”
      Will your recommendation apply to the author of the article as well?

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    isnt this the same guy who writes about Tamils Buddhists who created the country talking about playing politics.

    Anyway something positive even though there is no action is better than nothing.

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      a14455
      isnt this the same guy who writes about Tamils Buddhists
      ——————-
      There are buddhist ruins all across tamil nadu in india. Does that mean TN state was also sinhala? Maybe the lankan archaeology task force should go over there and try land grabbing activities there too.

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        humble bumble

        Tamil Nadu was always part of India and there are no Sinhalese claiming it. It is only these fools in Sri Lanka who reinvent history for their own foolish purposes.

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          A1445,
          “Tamil Nadu was always part of India “
          Really?

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        H
        Much is to blame in Tamil nationalist attitudes.
        Saivam & Tamil identity was pushed too far. It took a while to accommodate Christian Tamil identity as part of the scheme of things. Muslims have long been denied a place of regard. (Then caste and regionalism still uphold parochial attitudes. View a few comments on these pages for evidence.)
        That Buddhism thrived among all Tamils up to the 6th or 7th Century alongside Jainism is recorded in history.
        Buddhism was a force to reckon even in the 10th Century. The great debate conducted in Tamil in Pandiya country between Saivaism and Buddhism had Buddhist participants from this country.
        *
        The little dagobas in the North of this country are akin to those in Taminadu, more than any to the North of Tamilnadu or the rest of Sri Lanka. Part of the reason could be that the religion was a popular mass based religion without wealthy patronage.
        Tamil possessed three of the most significant Buddhist epics in India. Tamil ethics owe more to Buddhism and Jainism than Saivaism or Vaisahnavaism.
        But the Buddhist aspect of Tamil cultural identity was all along downplayed by the Tamil elite, thus propping up the models of Sinhala Buddhism and Tamil Saivaism.
        Tamil nationalist parochialism and Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism are equally to blame for the forfeiture of Tamil Buddhist identity.

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    [Stop using the term ‘honourable’ when addressing politicians.]

    it is indeed a huge joke. Better to use the term Your Hora MP or Your Hora Minister may be suitable. How dare anyone can call these guys as honorable. 90 % are absolute clowns. I feel sorry for the people who work under them who have to address them as sir or your excellency? Just see the clown Jhonston Fernando for example and he is is minster. Then the A’Pura tuition master an absolute clown. What a shame and what a tragedy to live under these clowns.

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    I must say CVW makes better sense when he speaks as a Sri Lankan — as he does here — than when he puts his Tamil nationalist hat on!

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    For seven decades, we have had ethnic politics. The Sinhala leaders have misled their people while they personally profited by stealing state funds. If we recover corrupt money, we can get a lot to tide over our difficulties. There is procedure for this in India. Why not in Sri Lanka as well. 6.9 million voted because they hate Tamils and Muslims. It does not say much for the electorate. Unless the Sinhalaya can crawl out of the Mahavamsa mud hole, there is no hope for the country. The monks in their benz cars will not let that happen. Why not let the Tamils and Muslims go their way so that they can earn for the whole country?

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      Cicero,
      “6.9 million voted because they hate Tamils and Muslims.”
      ===
      What do you expect after massacring Sinhala men, women, children and even unborn babies using suicide bombers, claymore bombs, AK47s and chemical weapons?

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      Cicero,
      (1) “There is procedure for this in India. Why not in Sri Lanka as well?”
      Good question. No answer be forthcoming from the Intelligentsia of the splendid, resplendent, thrice blessed isle. May be in the ‘never never’.
      (2) “6.9 million voted because they hate Tamils and Muslims.”
      That was a foregone conclusion from 1956, 1970 and 1977. The present, is proof of this malady. Well, the electors are intelligent (whether limited or not is a moot point or 1/3 bottle of Gal A and Bath parcel inducement works magic for the day)
      Whatever, the cause, this has sadly sealed the fate of FDI, by foreigners, SL diaspora, whether Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims or any other shade in this country, until the Sri Lankans crawl out of the mud hole they have dug themselves into – thinking it would save them the day. Conversely, it’s getting bad by the day and hour.
      Investment in Tin Fish, may sustain for few day/months – due respect to OC. Not 2024.
      I hate to think how people are suffering and sustaining. What they have to endure to see the end of this tunnel, another dozen months, and the escalating nature of despair.
      ‘Think before Leaping’

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    When essential items are restricted supposedly to save foreign exchange four of Rajapaksa men lead by Namal went to Japan to view Olympics. When questioned in Parliament Namal gave the excuse his ticket was purchased by State Minister Roshan Ranasinghe ?? Does it really matter. When no other heads of country visited Japan, our ministers were there on tax payers money , having fun. Thanks to those 7 million retards. Namal further went on to provide excuse for others stating he and Roshan were there as part of Sports Ministry officials and other two went on some other official business , as planned they met in Lankan Embassy to greet each other over a drink???? Very Funny indeed.

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      Chiv,
      Good reading.
      In other world democracies, if one is tarnished with any suspicion of misdemeanour, they are “finished”. It would be hard case for re-election. Normally, those people “fade” away.
      Not Sri Lanka – their stature becomes enhanced.
      In 1970’s they tried Neil Armstrong to bring rice from the moon! MR was in the government as the youngest MP ever elected up to then and I am sure he would vouch for it. Jog his memory if 50 years has marred his memory. Or is he as PM using what he learnt under Sirimavo B and FRDB to overcome the present crisis lack of foreign earnings in dollars.
      Now it is LPG, petrol and fertiliser! Do voters ever learn from history? History was taken off the syllabus after the 1970 insurrection by then education minister Badi-ud-din Mahmud, so that the students of young tender age are not exposed to the violence!
      Is the subject History off the school curriculum even now?
      In this country, thrice blessed Sinhala Buddhist majority, that becomes a plus point it seems, due to cash splash and splendour of throw a ways including almanacs and calendars with mesmerising faces! They thrive to say the least.

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        M, do you really believe that in other world democracies, if one is tarnished with any suspicion of misdemeanour, they are “finished”?
        People suspected of ordering mass killings are ruling India and the Philippines.
        A corrupt daughter of a very corrupt former President (now in jail) almost got elected in Peru.
        France took much longer since the end of the rule of former presidents to try them for corruption.
        We are bad, but have good company.

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    Thank you Honourable C.V. Wigneswaran for an inspiring speech!

    It resonates with many who desire Sri Lanka to succeed.

    Recently, I heard (no evidence to support it!) that Sri Lankans who have NRFC accounts are no longer able to take their funds out. Apparently, this was triggered by many Sri Lankans attempted get their funds out – essentially a run on NRFC deposits.
    What is very interesting is that MPs want duty free cars in the midst of a calamity. The politicians have ransacked Sri Lanka.
    In such a context, I wonder if those who are resident abroad would even contemplate sending funds to Sri Lanka.
    One of my colleagues suggested that even with a modest USD 5000/- per family, there is potential for 25 billion to be raised with Sri Lankans who are resident all over the world.

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      Sunil,
      The latest rules for NRFC accounts are, no withdrawals in cash except as rupees, and a cap of 10,000 USD on withdrawals.
      I have an NRFC myself, but I am betting more on tinned fish than USD. It has doubled in price in 3 years, is difficult to steal, and , unlike USD, you can eat it if you don’t sell it. 1000 tins should do fine for now.

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        OC
        Watch out.
        There is an expiry date on tinned fish.
        You have to move it fast, unless you can fiddle the expiry date.

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          Pause and think before investing in tinned fish, OC — remember what happened to those who invested in tulips?

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            S.J, SAV,
            I checked. Tinned fish is good for 3 years. What will have to be fiddled is the price.
            Should do better than an FD at least!

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              OC
              I only cautioned you.
              It is fine as long as you have done the sums and maintain a diary.

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        OC,
        Thanks for the information.
        Now I know that the rumors are true!
        How Sri Lanka has squandered all petrodollars that Middle East employees have sent?
        I also heard that a new ‘business’ was created to force Sri Lankans employed in the Middle East to pay fees to an agent to come back home. Is that true?
        This also reminds me of ‘clever businessmen’ who imported medical refuse from the UK to Sri Lanka. Wonder if you know what happened to the investigation.
        What I fail to understand is why the voters are so ignorant!!

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          Sunil,
          “I also heard that a new ‘business’ was created to force Sri Lankans employed in the Middle East to pay fees to an agent to come back home. Is that true?”
          Absolutely. In the first place, they weren’t allowed to return, even when Arab governments offered to fly them out free. Then a procedure was set up where they had to buy over-priced tickets from designated agents. Quarantine was in particular hotels, and arranged by the notorious Avant Garde. Such a shameful episode, which never got the publicity it deserved.

          https://economynext.com/thousands-of-migrant-workers-stranded-in-the-gulf-states-79779/

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            OC,
            Thanks.
            No government will treat its citizens in such a manner!

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          SA
          It is not ignorance, but want of choice.
          The system will not allow a decent choice.
          Even if it does, the dice are loaded against the chosen lot.
          We have to think outside the box.

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            SJ,
            Voters had a choice by way of JVP.
            It is JR who destroyed the democratic system with the Presidential system.
            Yes, resources needed for an election campaign are enormous.
            Wonder if there are motivated people with energy to fight back.

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              Sunil,
              “Wonder if there are motivated people with energy to fight back.”
              By the time you figure out what’s happening, you’re too old to do anything about it.

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              SA
              The JVP blew it in 2005.

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    “The writing Is On The Wall And We Are Blissfully Engaged In Petty Politics”
    So reads the heading.
    Has anyone stopped to wonder what kind of politics that CVW is engaged in?

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    “The writing Is On The Wall And We Are Blissfully Engaged In Petty Politics”
    “Has anyone stopped to wonder what kind of politics that CVW is engaged in?”
    What kind of politics you expect from CVW?
    China Friendly? India Enemy? Rajapaksa Friendly? Sajith Premadasa enemy?

    “They are prepared to trust the Chinese but not the Tamils!”
    Is it True or False?

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      “What kind of politics you expect from CVW?”
      I never expected much of him.
      *
      I raised a question that arose from the title aimed at his followers.
      Are you too embarrassed to answer?
      Sorry about that.

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        Are you too embarrassed to answer?
        Aha. I am not embarrassed to answer the question but I don’t need to answer that question because I am not a follower of any politicians or any country and it is a meaningless question. Have you embarrassed to answer my questions and give your answer to that question?

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          I only pointed to his hypocrisy.
          If you are not a follower, good for you.
          So relax.

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            I think you are confused yourself. If you never expected much from him Why you have to raise that question.

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              Think what you like.
              But relax.

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      Ajith,
      “They are prepared to trust the Chinese but not the Tamils!”
      Is it True or False?
      —-
      TRUE!
      Because Tamils wanted to break the Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo and Chinese helped to prevent that happening.

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    Tamilian diaspora or any other investor will not invest in SL (unless they want to lose their money). Everyone knows SL will rob their hard currency and repay them to China.

    Is that what you want?

    The only solution is to split the island equitably into 3 mono ethnic nations and relocate people. There will be Sinhala Only Desh, Tamil Elam and Muslim Elam. Tamilian diaspora will invest in Tamil Elam. OICs (organization of Islamic countries) will invest in Sharia law enforced Muslim Elam and China will invest in Sinhala Only Desh. All 3 will become developed countries within a decade.

    No one is willing to help the island until it is divided because no one wants their enemies to profit.

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        Eagle,
        Try saying something new, other than “Para Demalu imported by the Dutch” or “Sinhalayo who ruled the north”

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          old codger

          “Try saying something new ……”

          Please let him have the freedom to call himself as “Para Demalu imported by the Dutch” and explain to himself as to how his family arrived in this island, a form of therapy which he needs desperately.

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      Eezham is an ancient Thamizh word for the island. The island from ancient times, only had a Chingkalla and Thamizh nations . The So called Sri Lankan Muslims are recent arrivals from South India. Largely low caste Hindu converts to Islam. Now pretending to be Arab Wahhabis/Salafists and creating a lot of mayhem. Moreover most of them arrived in the island as refugees, fleeing persecution in their Indian homeland and later by the Portuguese, especially in the Thamizh areas. Fake Arab South Indian low caste converted refugees, who are ethnically Thamizh and only arrived a few centuries ago, have no right to claim and steal other peoples homeland, where they were taken pity on and given refuge. If they want an Islamic homeland in the name of Arab culture and Islam, they can pack up and move to some Gulf Arab nation and see if they ever will be accepted even there. Arabs are very racist and will not accept fake Arabs.

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    EE,

    Thanks for keeping it short.

    Please learn to reciprocate – give and take. Until all Sri Lankans learn it and divide the island equitably there will not be any peace or prosperity for the teardrop island.

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    CWV must keep quiet and watch the show.

    He is advising Sinhalese as though he was a messiah sent by god for saving Sinhalese.

    Meanwhile it is Tamils who are drowning in the genocide by Sori Sinhala Lanka.

    Meanwhile Sinhalese are rejoicing the Tamils’ genocide plight, blessed and supported by brutal evil Hindia.

    The Sinhalese think China is the best insurance for taking the Tami geocide to the finish.

    Hindia’s thinking is not much different in using China bogey to keep the remaining Tamils entertained for facilitating the Sinhalese in their digging of Tamils’ genocidal grave underneath.

    CWV is completely unaware of Hindia’s designs behind the scenes in Sori Sinhala Lanka’s debt plight. Hindia is planning to provide some form of relief.

    Evidence is in the link https://www.aljazeera.com/program/counting-the-cost/2021/7/31/its-not-just-the-pandemic-why-sri-lankas-economy-is-in-crisis

    Hindia may well have already provided part of this relief secretly.

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