By Barbara Seneviratne –
It is pity that for the first time in the history of Sri Lanka the general public had to witness a son of president being taken to prison not for a simple truant but for a major crime.
The public is aware that President Mahinda Rajapaksa‘s sons were a handful to manage, but they were unheard of at the early stages of Mahinda’s political activities. Then how come that these two sons got so prominently exposed and Namal had problems about his law exams?
No sooner he was an organizer and later he was in a position to dictate terms, very senior officers of the Central Bank were threatened that if they cannot carry out his orders they will be sacked. In fact one honest senior officer resigned as Namal considered himself to be above other MPs and Ministers so much so that when he walked in to Parliament the SLFP members stood up. This shows the caliber of these MPs.
Taking the question of Yoshitha, a youngster who managed to obtain only 2 credit passes was not only able to enter the Sri Lanka Navy but he was able to enter prestigious naval institutions in London and Ukraine which cost the country millions of rupees.
This is the cost to train one child while there are many hospitals, schools, roads that need attention. However one do not know if these qualifications was of any use to country as apparently it seams he has qualified to forge documents and is involved in money laundering with five others. One of these is well known for corrupt dealings while in the National TV.
The question is how a Naval officer become a chairman to an organization even it is in the family? Well its a job for the authorities of the Navy.
Namal and Yoshitha are carbon copies of Mahinda Rajapakasa. Unlike other fathers Mahinda Rajapaksa ruined the future of his sons due to greed for power, wealth which he never had. Actually the real culprit is the Executive Presidency as we see today even though certain executive powers are done with yet nepotism has taken hold. Due to the executive powers Mahinda enjoyed and promoted looting thuggery, crimes, rapists, grabbed state lands and brought about the economic recession. He eternally talks about winning the war, what good has it done to general public. While there is no terrorists we are loaded with Sinhala thugs and so called monks.
Mahinda’s only concern was to rule this land until death. He gave no thought as at how or what would become of his sons. They got used to a wealthy life style, they could kill as they want, they could sack senior officers at a will and in fact no one could be above them.
But now we see what has happened, both the father and mother are so short sighted they had only seeked wealth and power, hell with the country and the children. Both Namal and Yoshitha brought disgrace to their College, S. Thomas College Mount Lavinia.
This is also a lesson for the present corrupt ministers, MPs and state officials. Watch out those who came by the back door will not have a second chance and Prime Minister, we know that you are shrewd and cunning like your uncle JR Jayewardene, but do not try to hoodwink the masses, We could see you are trying your best to get rid of the President or to corner him, it is also Mahinda’s dream, you are in touch with him through certain others. give up under hand dealings and be an honest man who love the country Like the former Prime minster of Malaysia.