27 May, 2020

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Time To Start Naming Names

By Emil van der Poorten

Emil van der Poorten

Emil van der Poorten

In the so-called democracies where one doesn’t simply bump-off one’s adversaries or “disappear” them in vehicles of varying hues, it is fashionable to refer to politics as a “blood sport.”

However, one of the quirks of Sri Lankan journalism appears to be a predilection to studiously avoid naming names. I suppose this can be justified as yet another manifestation of “2500 Years of Sinhala Buddhist Civilization.” Can’t think of any other explanation for this abject fear of treading on the toes of those who, despite “regime change” and the alleged “return of the rule of law” continue unscathed in their pursuit of personal aggrandizement at public expense. Can you?

The man piloting one of the newer top-of-the-line Mercedes Benz’s who must have an unrivalled knowledge of the powdered/preserved milk trade as it issues from New Zealand is one of these. His virtually unrivalled history of kow-kowing to the Rajapaksa regime inclusive of his role in the conduct of the post-mortems into the execution-style slayings of the Action Contre Le Faim employees at Mutur as documented by Prof. Rajan Hoole have been too well documented by that independent and fearless historian of “the conflict” to require repetition here.

The fact that he headed up, with great acceptance by his Minister, a Health Ministry distinguished by the level of corruption prevailing in it at the time is simply a matter of record.

A change in authority to the man who is now our President, Maithripala Sirisena (during the Rajapaksa Regime’s rule), saw our worthy depart for shores across the Palk Strait to serve in a hard-currency-paying international agency which chose not to renew his contract for reasons not in the public domain.

Since the Rajapaksa Regime continued in power in dear old Lanka, job opportunities were not lacking for those with easy entrée into their foetid halls of infamy. Back he comes, to a stupendous salary with an international dairy giant with a less than savoury reputation, inclusive of some rather strange dealings in the supply of less-than-pristine milk product to Sri Lanka in the not-so-distant past.

You don’t get paid those kinds of emoluments for simply being able to distinguish between the reproductive organs of a stud bull and the udder of a cow. The reasons lay elsewhere: In the places usual in such circumstances – primarily ready access to the powerful

All well and good one could say and that with the change to “good governance” at the beginning of 2015 such flotsam and jetsam would find themselves back on the job market.

Not so.

Here he comes again to head up the Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital, appointed by a Minister whose every utterance seems to divest him of yet more of the very limited grey matter originally bestowed upon him by his maker of which, by some miracle, a smidgen still resides in his cranium.

Here, despite it being a diversion from the main narrative in this case is one: he makes a loud policy proclamation that the fee structure of private hospitals in Sri Lanka will be subjected to close scrutiny once he returns from medical treatment in SINGAPORE! His primary responsibility, in the event that it slips by unnoticed, is to the public health sector in Sri Lanka which, if truth be told, is in worse than shambles. Oh, well, perhaps, as the head of Sri Lanka’s Public Health Service he was upset at the fact that he felt compelled to seek private health care in Singapore because he felt that the local equivalent’s charges were exorbitant. Can’t think of any other reason. In any event, it must be nice to have such choices which are certainly not available to us lesser Sri Lankans!

Having had “up close and personal” contact with the “gentleman” heading up Sri Jayewardenepura in the matter of what amounted to serious medical incompetence if not malpractice bordering on the criminal and, despite personal telephone calls to me, his hospital has, to all intents and purposes, “deep-sixed” the matter despite nearly half a year having elapsed. It must be admitted however, that this kind of conduct has to be considered as up-grading in the matter of treating the general public as some variety of faecal matter and MUST be rewarded. I’d also suggest you check the ‘web for this individual’s credentials in the matter of the treatment (preceded by dire threat) under the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, of the four doctors who were stranded at Nanthikadal with the refugees and Tamil Tigers during the final days of the war.

Then you have the diminutive genius who probably earned his spurs by blocking off the general public’s access to news reported internationally on the Sri Lankan scene by simply joining his mentor’s public receiving/broadcasting facilities, ensuring unanimity in the matter of preventing our LEGAL RIGHT TO INFORMATION ABOUT OUR OWN COUNTRY.

One would, at least have expected a whimper of opprobrium with the ensconcing of the Maithri/Ranil circus.

Not so.

The man becomes visible again when the organization he heads more than drags its feet in the matter of providing the law-enforcement agencies with documentation of the electronic communications associated with the brutal torture and execution of rugger-player Wasim Thajudeen whose fatal sin/crime appears to have been too close association with a part of the female circle around what was, until recently, Sri Lanka’s Royal Family.

The word “sleaze” hardly begins to describe the conduct of this kind of individual.

THE REAL QUESTION THOUGH IS “WHAT THE HELL, EVEN MINIMALLY, IS THE MR2 (MAITHRIPALA/RANIL) ENTOURAGE DOING ABOUT THIS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE STATE OF AFFAIRS.” CAN’T THEY AT, LEAST TAKE ACTION, AGAINST THE RAJAPAKSA MINNOWS IF THEY CONSIDER THE PRIMARY CULPRITS TOO BIG FOR THEIR PUNY NETS?Or is there a more obvious reason, far closer to home, for what is going/not going on?

(More about the minnows will follow in the weeks to come because even if they aren’t the real problem they are symptomatic of it)

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    Emil says, “However, one of the quirks of Sri Lankan journalism appears to be a predilection to studiously avoid naming names”

    I for one would like Emil to practice what he preaches, instead of rambling on and on in parables. His story will be all the more readable then.

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      Exactly!

      After promising to name names, the kenahila carries on, “The man piloting one of the newer top-of-the-line Mercedes Benz’s who must have an unrivalled knowledge of the powdered/preserved milk trade as it issues from New Zealand is one of these.”

      How the fruck are we to know who this man “piloting a Benz” is, if you don’t tell us?

      Are you so ball-less to keep threatening but never to carry out the threat?

      Reminded of the 2500 year old Sinhala civilisational saying about trying to do an intimate act with the balls, hiding the real appendage!

      Humbug.

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        Yes, Indeed please practice what you preach, Emil, and let us know the name of the individual in the milking business!

        You are quite right that it is time for the political CULTURE OF IMPUNITY for WAR CRIMES AND FINANCIAL CRIMES to end and for the politicians involved in dirty deal to be tried quickly and put behind bars.

        Their houses need to be searched and computers ceased to track down overseas bank accounts of those who looted Lanka.

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          Oh tes, all the rocks at Galagedara will need to be rolled over to see the funds coming from foreign embassies for subversion.

          Evidence of the CULTURE OF CONSPIRACY and HISTORICAL CRIME OF LAND THEFT will come to light from under the rocks at Galagedara.

          Culprits need to be jailed with the hardened criminals so that ‘they’ could funish the antipatriotic agents of the international mafia.

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            WoD:
            I’ve heard of Grimm’s Fairy Tales but this is a new one – Grim Fairy Tales.
            Do you think that some kind of pseudonym gives you cover for absolute and complete fabrications?
            Oh, well, what can you expect from anyone who has to HIDE under some rock of a pseudonym to spout this kind of garbage?
            Ever heard of water and its relation to a duck’s back?

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    So what about the names that need naming, Emil?

    Who is this guy you don’t name???

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      Good on you Emil,

      You can start by naming some of the Fifth Column operatives with commission from foreign embassies in Sri Lanka.

      We know this a easy task for yoy, and we are certain that you know a few!
      Come on, come clean.

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      Nameless:
      Ever try using google searches using Jayewardenepura General Hospital? you might be surprised at how successful you are. Or would that upset the row of red herrings that you and your buddies seek to trail in the effort to divert attention from the parasites of Sri Lankan society?

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        Emil,
        I have great respect for you as a journalist who brings to the fore stories that public need to know. But this article of yours is so full of parables and parables, that it is so confusing.
        Please write something simple and straight forward with the names so that the uninformed public like me can understand exactly what’s going on!

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    Emil van der Poorten

    RE:Time To Start Naming Names

    //”However, one of the quirks of Sri Lankan journalism appears to be a predilection to studiously avoid naming names. I suppose this can be justified as yet another manifestation of “2500 Years of Sinhala Buddhist Civilization.”//

    //”One would, at least have expected a whimper of opprobrium with the ensconcing of the Maithri/Ranil circus.”//

    //”Not so.”//

    Why?

    They both are Paras, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, That shows.

    Yes. It is time To Start Naming Names, call a spade a spade, and a duck a duck and a Para, a Para, a Crook, a Crook etc.

    Yes, unless you name them correctly, people will not know.

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    Emil describes prsent regime as MR2 where MR stands for Maithripala and Ranil, the digit 2 denoting to desciminate MR for Mahinda Rajapakse.

    Incidentally it is MR who says there are two governments and not one government and the leader of the present Government is not clear. to that extent Emil seems to concur with MR.

    But in my opinion the MR2 Diarchy, instead of the MR Monarchy, is better because it has provided some checks and balances. Where MY3 is excessive RW has diluted it (specific incidents not well known) and vice-versa (Bond Mahendran’s case).

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    Ivor Biggun, Nameless:
    The lack of specific names is not of my choice. Some of the publications to which I write have specifically requested that I do NOT specify the names of the individuals to whom I am making reference and I have been accordingly restrained because of the need for uniformity from one publication to the next.
    I expected however, that those who go to great lengths to “analyse” anything and everything I write for publication would be able to follow, without difficulty, the trail and to whom it leads.

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      Emil: You could always write under a pseudonym and name all the names you want to without offending those publications that you write for, couldn’t you?

      How about it? It will give you the chance to be specific, practice what you preach, expose the culprit(s) and offend no one in the process (except maybe those you name).

      A chance to kill several birds with one post!

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        Nameless,
        Emil maybe already writing under a pseudo name. It has been suggested in these revered web pages that Emil is not ‘Emil’! Whatever the case, no names, no Emil!

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        Nameless:
        I have a problem about using pseudonyms unless ABSOLUTELY essential. The obvious reason of course.
        The compromise I have attempted is provide a description that a minimal reference to the www will provide the required specificity. As for those clowns who continue to hide their identities under pseudonyms because of monumental cowardice…………….. what can I say?!

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          Sorry Emil – can’t buy that excuse. Sounds like a copout to me!

          “Monumental cowardice”?? Except that it’s ok for you when you think it’s “absolutely essential”!

          Give us a break!

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          Emil,

          “ABSOLUTELY essential” or “monumental cowardice”

          How about essential cowardice as a reason for appearing without giving my real name?

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      Emil,

      “Some of the publications to which I write have specifically requested that I do NOT specify the names of the individuals to whom I am making reference and I have been accordingly restrained because of the need for uniformity from one publication to the next.”

      Thanks for explaining this. I have been wondering why you and many others don’t identify people clearly while others do it.

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    Poor Poorty.

    When he called one of the commentators here’ “Ado”‘ I knew Poorty has lost it.

    How about starting something like a Samurdhi X to help these Elite who now live like dalits.

    Is it fair to make these one time high flying Elite suffer without basics like health care,when even Mr Pirahaparan’s LTTE Terrorists get Rana Viru pension and reparation if they have gone missing..

    Mr Poorten noi only dedicated his whole life to serve the interests of the Elite, Anglicans and the Vellalas.

    But his clan also did a marvellous job to protect the native fauna of this Mahawamsa land, which is about to become a hybrid between Mahavansa and the Tamil Diaspora..

    In recognition , Yahapalana government should do something seriously worthwhile for this ethnic minority too.

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    EvdP

    I come to the table late (pleading honourable excuse for being distracted by Rio, and travels in the land of the free and the home of the brave)

    I see that the pseudonymous brigade are frothing at the mouth goading you for not naming (and shaming). These are mostly those detached from the locale or those used to being spoon fed. As you point out, most of our living and breathing culprits are well known, and grudgingly admired for their ability to defy gravity (and being fully conversant with the facilities of the Merchants Ward.) A little ‘google-ing’ will reveal a lot but some of the readership here are lazy. What to do?

    Ignore the boo-boys, and keep chronicling Sir.

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    Hey Pooty,
    Why don’t you write another one of these rants to explain to us whats all this has to do with 2500 years of Sinhala Buddhist civilization.

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      NAK

      “Why don’t you write another one of these rants to explain to us whats all this has to do with 2500 years of Sinhala Buddhist civilization.”

      What Sinhala Buddhist civilisation you are talking about.

      Whatever it is, most of the elements came from India, the rest from Portugal, Holland, and Great Brittain.

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      NAK:
      What is this? More incomprehensible imbecilities from the same village idiot?

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        Your elders from Belgium have dumped you in the far away land of Sri Lanka to ‘civilize’ you with the 3000 (not 2500) year civilisation of that great land.

        This is according to our protocols your forefathers seem to have informed you of.

        Mulattos can’t be expected to conform fully to the protocols, but you still owe it to the tribe to effectively undrmine the society you live in.

        Those are the protocols, remember. We need to own the realm. You are a footsoldier.

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          Hymie spy:
          How about a copy of your birth certificate and that of your parents for starters in the matter of antecedents.
          Would also suggest a reference to a dictionary before you start throwing terms like “mulatto” around.
          Ah, but it is most unlikely that you’ve ever heard the expression about keeping one’s mouth shut and being considered stupid rather than opening that orifice and confirming the fact.

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      NAK:
      And here I was thinking that you had made that YOUR self-appointed task/burden!

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