13 December, 2017

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Uncertainty About Gotabaya Puts Gintota On The Back Burner

By Mass  L. Usuf

Mass Usuf

The talk of the town is about the possible arrest of Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa former Defence Secretary for alleged misappropriation of State property. This news has been blowing hot and cold the past few weeks. 

The allegations as reported in the media pertains to the construction of the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum and Memorial in Medamulana. According to Police investigation the museum and memorial was built allegedly using funds amounting to Rs. 90 million from the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation. The funds of the Land Reclamation and Development Corporation which were under the purview of the Ministry of Defence during the tenure of Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa as Defence Secretary, had been deposited to the Rajapaksa Foundation for this purpose. The project had been named ‘Weeraketiya Scheme’.

‘Mada Gahanawa’

On 07 January 2016 speaking to media Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that if he had engaged in acts of corruption, it would not take even a year to figure it out adding that he is being summoned to such inquiries in order to exact political revenge. The Former Defence Secretary clearly stated that he has not earned a single cent in an illegal manner.

The list of other allegations includes the MiG aircraft deal, Avant Garde, Prison killings, white van crimes and so on. Gotabaya’s take on all of these is that this is an exercise of ‘mada gahanawa’ mudslinging and political revenge. His sincere supporters feel that this is an instance of letting down a hero who ended the menace of terrorism in the country.  For the political opportunists diagnosed with ‘verbal diarrhoea’, there cannot be a greater chance to be in the limelight.  Jumping on to the bandwagon of the opinion tide are some of the other folks in the saffron robe.

In the matrix of the various claims, there is a fine line that demarcates mudslinging and political revenge from the rule of law. One can be acknowledged as a great patriot or a war hero or with any other accolade however, under the rule of law everyone is subjected to the maxim ‘nemo est supra legis’ (no one is above the law).

To be fair by all sides, the constitution in no uncertain terms guarantees in Article 13 (5):

“Every person shall be presumed innocent until he is proved guilty”.

At this stage, the public sentiment of good character evidence is absolutely irrelevant to the law. At the same time, to make threats and instigate protest actions would tantamount to obstruction of the course of justice. Therefore, any attempt to scuttle the process of justice by whipping up public emotions even before the trials begins would mean undermining democracy and the democratic institutions especially, the judiciary.

The charges are, as some charge, trumped up charges. The truth is out there to be proven either way. In criminal cases, the accused is absolutely innocent until the charges against that person are proven by the prosecution beyond reasonable doubt.

Billy Boy

Following the recent communal riots in Gintota in November 2017, the question often asked by the insecure Muslim minority is what measures are being taken to prevent another Gintota or Aluthgama?

The timing of this question may not be appropriate. The dominating issue is the imminent arrest speculatively hovering in the air.  In addition, all are engaged in resolving the inter and intra turmoil between and within the major political actors.  However, the timing of a tweet by President Maithripala Sirisena, currently on a tour of South Korea makes an interesting read, in context.  He tweeted on 28 November 2017 as follows:

“I became the President of my country to ensure that we have one Sri Lanka where everybody can co-exist with mutual trust and work towards our own progress and prosperity.”

Responding to the tweet was Billy Boy, who said:

“Sir, I really admire your effort. But there are several areas where injustice happening to the Sri Lankan minority communities. I’m from Gintota and I have lost my hopes about Sri Lanka’s independency anymore after the tragic incident happened in Gintota.”

Billy Boy’s response is in fact, representative of what is voiced by the victims and the fearful residents of Gintota. The government has miserably failed in its fundamental duty of providing security for the minorities. The dilly-dallying attitude of the government in reining in the unsocial and criminal elements masquerading as the saviours of the Sinhalese people is becoming too obvious. The content of the Presidential tweet does not in any way have any context vis a vis the prevailing ground situation. Mere hyperbolic statements devoid of sincerity is indicative of how far racism has gripped this island nation. 

Courting Disaster

The ethno-racial conflict in our country is no more covert nor can it be dismissed as sporadic incidents. The intention of the forces of evil and all those who morally and materially support them have been clearly manifested. Such deep seated prejudiced on many occasions have also been violently demonstrated. Dangerously, it continues unabated thereby, holding a quarter of the entire population of 21 million in an anxious state of uncertainty and insecurity. To procrastinate the resolution of this burning ethnic issue or to pay mere superficial lip service without seriousness will only allow it to fester. The more it is allowed to dwell in its status quo, this country will be courting nothing but disaster and a bleak future for its people.

Attitude Towards Rohingya

Can the government’s attitude towards the Rohingya crisis be taken as an indicator to conclude if a repetition of Gintota or Aluthgama will be prevented? 

Almost all world leaders and other Western powers –  UK, US, France, Canada and Australia etc. had criticised and condemned the inhuman assault against the Rohingya people in the Rakhine Province of Burma (Myanmar) by the military and armed vigilantes. Theresa May announced that UK would be suspending the training of the Burmese military by the Ministry of Defence “until this issue is resolved”.

The sights of infants plucked from the hands of the mother being thrown into fire; narrations on the rape of women in the presence of the father, brother, husband; the beheading of the old, women, children; the scenes of macabre death and destruction shook the conscience of the people of the world. The United Nations secretary-general had warned that the operations which have made 500,000 people refugees, could verge on ethnic cleansing.

Outright Condemnations

Among the critics were the UN Human Rights Council, Pope John Paul II, The United Nations secretary-general, António Guterres, Human Rights Watch, Nobel peace prize laureate Malala Yousafzai

and Nobel Laurette South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu who wrote, “I am now elderly, decrepit and formally retired, but breaking my vow to remain silent on public affairs out of profound sadness about the plight of the Muslim minority in your country, the Rohingya.”

In the light of the rising international criticism and the tepid response by the Myanmar government, many reputed institutions worldwide were reconsidering the withdrawal or suspension of honours or awards conferred on Aung San Suu Kyi. Unison, the country’s second largest trade union, announced that it is to suspend Suu Kyi’s honorary membership. Bristol University, one of a string of universities that awarded honorary degrees to the Burmese leader was reviewing its award in light of accusations of brutal mistreatment of the Rohingya. The London School of Economics student union said it would be stripping the former political prisoner of her honorary presidency. Oxford councillors have announced that they may reconsider the freedom of the city of Oxford awarded to Aung San Suu Kyi.

Cold Shoulder

Neither the Sri Lankan President nor the Prime Minister considered it befitting to issue a single statement against Aung San Suu Kyi and her government expressing concern on the humanitarian catastrophe.  Neither did the leader of the Opposition, Mr. Sambandan, who represent a people who suffered similar circumtances nor the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Strangely, President Sirisena was swift in issuing statements of condolences or condemnations on other world events. Presidential message to Vladimir Putin, the Russian President condemning the St. Petersburg metro attack.  Condolence message to François Hollande, the French President on terror attack in Nice on the French National Day. Message to Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina condemning the terrorist act and hostage taking in the Diplomatic conclave in Dhaka, Bangladesh etc.

Would it be naïve to expect anything from this President and from this Prime Minister or, put together, the government that would guarantee the safety, security and protection of its people, especially, the minorities totalling to more than 5 million?

I am reminded of President Sirisena’s tweet above:

“I became the President of my country to ensure that we have one Sri Lanka where everybody can co-exist with mutual trust and work towards our own progress and prosperity.”

Hyperbolic or, in earnest?

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    Yesh yesh yesh…….The whole world should not talk about anything other than injustices done to the innocent innocent Muslims.

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      Myanmar Is Right, The US Is Wrong
      Does an oncologist apologize for curing cancer?
      EMMANUEL SPRAGUER November 30, 2017

      Americans do not need to accept their own displacement and conquest by invading Islamic or Latino hordes, and neither do the native people of Myanmar. If Burmese Buddhists wish to tolerate certain minority groups like christians in their midst, which they in fact do, because they have no qualms with their presence, all the better, but they need not accept the presence of peoples that hate them or who are nothing but a burden on their nation’s finances or social stability. Burmese Buddhists deserve their own nation and territory and so too do whites.

      It is not wrong to drive Islam from your lands. Morally it is right, it is good, and it is a boon to actual human progress. It is long past due that white Westerners learned the lessons of their ancestors. The laws of nature haven’t changed. Islam wants to spread. It wants power, it wants resources, it wants territory, it wants your daughter’s womb. In that way, Islam is far more rational than modern leftism. And none of this is hyperbole. The Burmese people and their government recognize the Islamic threat for what it is. And it is a very serious threat, and its effects on the rest of society will be significant whether all Muslims are radical fundamentalists or not. The Burmese people have not been rendered fools by political correctness and Cultural Marxist brainwashing. They are not ready to go quietly into that good night. They are not willing to watch their nation become Southeast Pakistan. So they’re doing something about it.

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        Niro,

        Very interesting piece of writing.

        I also like the Chinese “solution” to this Muslim problem. Ban Friday evening gatherings, ban Muslim names for new born children like Muhammad, Akmed etc.

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        Referring to Rohingyas Niro says ~ “………The Burmese people …………..recognise the Muslim threat…………So they are doing something about it……..”.
        The ‘something’ they are doing is called genocide.
        Niro’s Aryan uncle Hitler did similar ‘something’.

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      Twentieth Century Impressions of Ceylon: Its History, People, …
      Arnold Wright – 1907
      A thousand years ago the Mahomedan invasion swept like a hurricane over the greater part of India, destroying all the old institutions ; and on the sites of the destroyed ancient greatness were built new creeds and alien faiths. But the glorious inheritance of Aryan ancestors, uncontaminated by Semitic and savage ideas, though lost to India, has been preserved by the Aryan Sinhalese in the luxuriant isle of Ceylon.

      The Ceylon gazetteer:
      Simon Casie Chitty – 1834

      No mention is made of Chilaw in the early periods of the Singhalese history, and therefore we may conclude that it was originally but an obscure village, forming part of the royal domains of the king of Madampe. In the time of Taniwella Bahoo (tamwalla Abhaya) who was the last that reigned at Madampe, an attempt was made by the Moors to form a settlement at Chilaw, and accordingly their chieftain anchored in the bay with a large fleet and army. In this however they did not succeed; for the above king, in concert with his brother Sakallawalla Abhaya, attacked them in their landing, totally routed their forces, and killed the chieftain. The Dutch took possession of Chilaw in 1756, and being confirmed in the sume by the treaty which they subsequently concluded with the court of Kandy, they retained it, with their other settlements on the Island, till 1796, when they surrendered it to the English.

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        You are a dumbest person in Sri Lanka. The Germans said they are the purest Aryan race. Some parts of Northern Iran too there are Aryan race. Does any Sinhalese looks like them to be Aryans? In Northern India you can see people having closer similarities but they were Hora Shots (illegal) of western invaders.

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    It would not happen at all .
    Why should M&s earn anger of some SLFP and Mrs Rajapakse will be happy if he is arrested.

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    Mass Usuf: Gintota was started by a muslim Politicians. what do you think, Sinhala peopole in that area should do when a muslim and muslim gangs burned down their houses and properties. As Muslim politicians started the violence it is upto muslims to talk to their politicians. YOu should address similar things happening in Sri lanka. Because the President Maitheripala Sirisena is silent on that probably he will be helped by Rishad Bathiuddin’s financeir QATAR (MY3 visitd there). It says, rishad Bathiuddin has claered all the catchment area jungles in wilpattu and has settled Muslims. Besides, the govt has establish a foreig investment zone there. rishad Bathiuddin is using that legilslation to import foreign muslims and settle them in that area. what do you think about the islamization of Sri lanka. Sri lanka is a small country. why should Sri lanka should involve in a foreign muslims problem which is funded by Saidi Arabia. why don’t you ask QATAR to look after rohingyas ?. why Sri lanka ? Are Sri lankan muslims good citizens in Sri lanka ?

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      The Pope has visited myanmar for exolt strategic direction

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    M L U.
    Good write up.
    SL political leaders are opportunists and mostly pickpockets taking the mostly gullible masses for a ride. This has been the case since independence; nothing new.
    Communal harmony and well being of the people is only a dream. It’s sad.

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    Mass L Usuf. The D A Rajapakse foundation has paid 38m to LRD. Get your facts correct. No funds from LRD are deposited in D A Rajapaksa foundation. Please dont spread lies. If you hate Gota be a man about it and say so. Dont concoct stories and publish.

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      If you ever expected Honesty from a Muslim, then that is your fault.

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    We have no right to interfere with other Government’s activities especially with another Buddhist Country. If we can kill minorities why can’t Mynamar. After all the are only following our footsteps.

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    Is it true a UNP Muslim politician started it and attacked Sinhala homes? Is this man an ISIS man or a Wahabi Jihadist?

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    Gintotta is on Back Burner…..what a stupid choice of words…you mean gas explosion caused the damages or Saffron torching

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    Absolutely, Gintota case must be flushed out the toilet not left on the back burner. We got so many National Issues to be resolved and your agitations and rumblings are not even worth the toilet paper.

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    here comes another ”rosy” painter to the rescue of the ‘islamization’ of sri lanka. whether it be Gota or anyone els.. if you do not stop your hidden agenda and expansion scheme, there will be blood

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    It is futile to expect an objective assessment of the Gintota issue as he is a one eyed Islamist who will bend and alter the truth to serve his purpose. There are many such Muslims quick to blame the Myanmar govt but not one to admit that the Rohingya leadership are terrorists.

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