26 September, 2020

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Thugs Inside Parliament

By Rajeewa Jayaweera

Rajeewa Jayaweera

Given herewith are the age groups of the 225 specimens in the House by the Diyawanna we call Members of Parliament, elected people’s representatives, and some less generous terms.

A total of 32% belongs to the over 60 categories. 21% are between 60 and 70 years old. The highest number, 33%, belongs to the 50-60 group.

The Head of State is aged 67, Mahinda Rajapaksa 73 and Ranil Wickremesinghe 69 years.

In our culture, it is said, elders need to be respected regardless of their conduct. A counter-narrative to which this writer contribute is, respect needs to be earned and not be demanded.

Words fail to describe the recent fracas inside Parliament now doing the rounds in social media both locally and globally, involving MPs from both sides of the divide. They were heard using foul language. They exchanged insults and blows. At least two of them were brandishing objects which looked very similar to knives. Chili powder mixed with water was thrown at some MPs. State property was damaged, and the Speaker threatened, all inside Parliament, the home of one of the three arms of the state and also responsible for passing legislation for the country.    

Any person observing the free for all cannot be blamed for calling our MPs imbeciles.

Both Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ranil Wickremesinghe need be condemned. They are both politicians who have been in politics for over 50 years and have held various events to celebrate as such. Both departed from Parliament when their minions started causing mayhem instead of calling on their party hacks to take their seats and reining them in.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya too deserves to be condemned. He is eventually responsible for administration within Parliament. 

The toxic climate and ugly mood in the political front on that fateful day warranted additional preventive measures. MPs entering Parliament should have been body frisked which would have prevented knife like objects, chili powder and whatever other unacceptable material from being brought into Parliament. Bringing in sniffer dogs subsequently is akin to shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.

MP’s behavior that day (and on many other days) amounted to sheer thuggery. That is to be expected. There are dozens of MPs who at some time or other have been involved in brewing and selling illicit liquor (Kassippu), bribe taking, snatching gold chains from women, rapists, etc. Then there are the types who have bought into respectability such as one who got himself hospitalized and circumcised to avoid having to appear in court and went on to hold an important office in Parliament. There is another hailing from a well-known and respected political family who threatened to kill a foreigner for not holding back an aircraft belonging to a foreign carrier until he was ready to emplane. It required the intervention of a foreign embassy to put the matter to rest.  The list goes on.

By giving party nomination to such persons, both Rajapaksa and Wickremesinghe endorses such boorish behavior.

Such being the disposition of our elected representatives, what are the chances of the younger generations growing up to be law-abiding citizens, especially in a society they are required to respect elders regardless of their conduct and resulting in also emulating them?

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  • 5
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    M&S pit his personal interest above national interest

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    Rajiva Sahodaraya, our CRIMINAL parliamentarians are the most diverse in the world. It is Asia’s Wanathamulla (ලංකාව, ආසියාවේ වනාතමුල්ල). What don’t we have? Murders, contract killers, drug lords, dope dealers, moonshiners, illicit ethanol traders, smugglers, robbers, rapists, extortionist, pimps, prostitutes, pedophiles, torturers, rogues in Buddhist robes, Sill reddhi horra’s, kidnappers, racketeers, counterfeiters, fraudsters, arsonist, chain snatches, pick pockets, underworld thugs and Mafia (Rajapaksha family, Sri Lanka cricket) and organized crime bosses and more. Look at even those who claim to have PhD’s and professor titles in front of their names and their behaviour. Is this the best we can come up with to send to parliament? Even a prison is too good for these heinous criminals. Sri Lanka is crushed into mustard powder (ලංකාවට අබ සරණයි)! There is no future here for us or our children.

    • 4
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      Rajiva,
      Politicians need to win elections. Dumb voters vote for thugs like Prasanna Ranaweera , Thewarapperuma or Vermin Silva .
      Universal franchise should be abolished . Prospective MP’s should pass an exam and voters too MUST pass an exam to have the right to vote. That is the only solution.

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        old codger

        ” Prospective MP’s should pass an exam and voters too MUST pass an exam to have the right to vote. That is the only solution.”

        Could you tell me

        Who is going to set the question papers?
        Who is going to mark them?
        How would you prevent papers leaking before the exam day?
        How would you prevent hired men/women substituting for the actual candidate?

        Please remember one can buy anything and everything in this land, however it costs according to its utility.

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          Native,
          “Who is going to set the question papers?
          Who is going to mark them?”
          That’s easy. We will get our old bosses in the form of City & Guilds to set and mark papers.

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            old codger

            Brilliant idea.
            Are you inviting your old colonial masters to invade, occupy and rule this island once again?

            The several single handed Generals ready to repel any such invasion, even Sirisena said on Monday
            “there is a need for a solution for the issue of the retirement of Army officers in an age where they can best serve the country as highly skilled persons with knowledge, understanding, and experiences without limits. He said as the Commander-in-Chief, he is ready to provide solutions to the issue… …….”

            Did he mean he is willing to send his Tri Forces to fight the enemy?

            we shall fight on the seas and oceans,
            we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be,
            we shall fight on the beaches,
            we shall fight on the landing grounds,
            we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
            we shall fight in the hills; ……………………….

            Or did he mean we shall hide behind women folks?

        • 0
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          Remember how Namal Baby passed his Law Exams in a Private Room?

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    Rajeewa Jayaweera

    “MP’s behavior that day (and on many other days) amounted to sheer thuggery.”

    This must be your Eureka moment.
    Congratulations.
    However it is disappointing see an absence of comparative analysis of MP’s behaviour say with India.Very disappointing indeed.
    Look how Indians are influencing our MPs even without a bridge over Palk Strait.

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      Dear Proteugal Tamil NAtive Vedda: If sinhala buddhuists did not come from anywhere and there are evidence to say that they were in Sinhale (MandaDeppa, LankaDeepa) even 135,000 years ago, what do you. Balangada Miniha – do you know him. what he he talk Sinhala or Tamil ?

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        This Balangoda man ancestry is something new put forward by that idiotic racist archaeologist Raj Somadeva which is now being parroted by other racists. To prove that Sinhalese descended from Balangoda man, the DNA in skeletal remains must match with present day Sinhalese. Stone and iron tools found in Balangoda is similar to those found in Africa showing that Balangoda man migrated from Africa. First Sinhalese said that they were Aryans and when DNA of Sinhalese did not have typical genetic marker, they started Bengali origin theory and when it was found that Bengali genetic input in Tamils (29%) is higher than in Sinhalese (26%), now they have come out with this crap. Though Sinhalese have 9% and Tamils have 6% genetic input from Veddhas, the genetic composition of Veddhas is different from Sinhalese or Tamils. How can Sinhalese whose core genetic material is south Indian, could have descended from Balangoda man whose DNA is similar to Veddhas and Adhivasis of Tamil Nadu. Original people of Sri Lanka are dark skinned with afro hair and anyone who does not fit into this criteria is a descendant of a foreigner. Sinhala ethnic group evolved from Tamil ethnic group with input from other south Indians and Bengalis, which corroborates with the DNA findings. Sinhala script is borrowed from Malayalam and is in use only after the 8th century AD. Kuveni’s people, Vijaya’s gangsters and Pandyan brides spoke the same language which is Tamil or some form of Tamil, and Sinhala language was non existent at that time Any Sinhala racist who contests this finding must have his DNA tested and charged for hate campaign.

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    The world power have cannot interfere in internal affairs but they have set agreement and business strategy in sri lanka. due to present party tension involved such is a loop hole to say or approach it has a duty to intervene. But when, where and how is lesson to ponder.

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    Rajeewa Jayaweera
    “MP’s behavior that day (and on many other days) amounted to sheer thuggery.”

    Good mannered Buddhists – pardon me for saying this.

    It all comes down to how Buddhism is preached and practised in Sri Lanka.

  • 2
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    We, lay-Lankans are as ashamed as Rajeewa Jayaweera over the recent fracas by lawmaker-“Thugs Inside Parliament”. MS, MR, RW, Speaker Karu J could not have prevented it.
    Outside Parliament, thuggery is the order of the day.
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    How did this thuggery take root and flourish?
    Remember the politicians creating and exploiting the language/religion-divide. Pogroms were used on dissenters. For obvious reasons, the thugs were not prosecuted.
    The thugs got more and more daring. Some of the thugs entered parliament. This led to the growth of the culture of corruption/nepotism/impunity. Thugs are used to achieve certain political ends.
    .
    Elimination of such unbecoming behaviour must come from inside.

  • 1
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    The next article should be with Educational Qualifications!

    CT really needs to give a breakup (party-wise) on a list of MP’s with age and qualifications.

  • 1
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    It will also be interesting to find out what parties the 18 ministers in the 30-40 bracket lie.

    Ironically even JVP who is portrayed as a “Youth Movement” is led by people like AKD who is 50 and VH, also 50. However though, major respect to their actions in the recent days. (emphasis on recent days)

  • 1
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    Rajeewa there are more outside the parliament like DJ and ?????. This is regression of Lankan politics since INDEPENDENCE. What you saw has happened in various shapes and sizes in the past and you and the fake media had no qualms then. It will continue in future as long people like you (pseudo patriots electing pseudo nationalist) are around. So please cut to the chase. Try some thing different.

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    Dude for your information MR and RW together have more than 100 political years between them. Add the the rest of the shit heads and you have the answer right there.

  • 1
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    Dude for your information MR and RW together have more than 100 political years between them. Add the rest of the shit heads and “EUREKA” you have the answer right there.

  • 3
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    Compare “Chili powder mixed with water was thrown at some MPs.”
    with this.
    “Last night’s toll of the dead is 3318 and of the injured more than 4000. It was a barrage of artillery, mortar, multi-barrel shelling and cluster bombs, weapons which Sri Lankan government denies using on the civilians in the no fire zone. The cries of woes and agony of the babies and children, the women and the elderly fill the air that was polluted by poisonous and unhealthy gases and pierced the hearts of fathers and mothers, of elders and peasants of old men and women of all walks of life. I am not unaware that this letter would arouse the wrath of the Sri Lankan government which will resort to the revenge by killing me.“
    On 10th May 2009, a Catholic priest inside the war zone, Father Francis, wrote to the Pope in Rome describing what he was experiencing.

  • 2
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    Some of the past education ministers advice or punishment/jailed term is given to the university students for thuggery act now those ministers are in performing the same in parliament by evidence why it is not practice what you reach, Experience is strength and to show survivor ship to the future youngster, In future youngsters will show to the world that we can provide more intelligent than the present parliamentarian

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