27 May, 2020

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When Crisis Becomes Critical

By Rajan Philips

Rajan Philips

Believe it or not, South Korea is going ahead with its parliamentary elections on April 15, and the Covid-19 response of the Moon Jae-in government is dominating the campaign. Like Sri Lanka, South Korea also has a presidential parliamentary system and the governing (liberal) Democratic Party of President Moon Jae-in is predicted to retain control of its parliamentary majority. Public opinion went against the government early on during the campaign when President Moon was reluctant to ban travel from China. But it has since turned in favour of the government, which now has easily the best record in the world in the fight against the global pandemic. The unemulated secret of South Korea’s achievement is its mass testing and loads of data. They are the only preventative weapons against the novel coronavirus until a therapy or a vaccine is found.  

Sri Lanka after foot dragging at the highest levels found courage in its Election Commission to cancel the April 25 elections soon after nominations closed on March 19. The country has since been under a national curfew to prevent widespread transmission of the virus. Elections are not expected to be held any time soon and indications are that the Supreme Court might be asked to show a way out if elections have to be postponed for more than three months after dissolution. Unlike South Koreans, Sri Lankans will have to wait to give their verdict on the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. For now, even diehard UNPers are palpably relieved that it is Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and not their disastrous Sirisena-Wickremesinghe duo, who is at the helm in the island’s fight against Covid-19. 

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is assuredly in power for five years, with or without the SLPP winning the parliamentary election. And no matter if it wins two-thirds big, a simple majority, or the highest number in a hung assembly. The question though is how long can the current quarantining of parliament continue? Things could have been made a lot easier if the President’s dissolution gazette was rescinded and nominations were not accepted. And the old parliament could have continued till August to complete its full term. 

Instead, the government’s political calculations led to going ahead with the nominations to take advantage of the elephantine split in the old but by no means grand United National Party. Until decision-making on the election landed on the Elections Commission when the nomination process closed, the government was gung-ho on having the election and hoping to ride the viral wave to a two-thirds majority. The best laid SLPP plans were brought to nought by a virus far deadlier than mice. And postponing the elections, however belatedly, became the best independent executive decision ever made under the 1978 Constitution.  

Admittedly, there is nothing much the old parliament can do in the current fight against the coronavirus. Equally, there is likely no one in the country with the appetite to see any of the dissolved MPs (with all due respect to the few good among the rotten many) resurrected to political life. Although, many of the old bandicoots will reemerge after the elections as almost all of them stand nominated by party apparatchiks regardless of their disqualifications; or, in fact, because of their disqualifications. Nonetheless, parliament as an institution is a great deal more than the sum of its members and it cannot be indefinitely quarantined. 

While parliament’s involvement is not directly needed in the fight to contain the coronavirus, its role is essential to give the sanction of legality to executive and administrative actions, and the direct vote of approval by parliament is a fundamental requirement to authorize the government’s expenditures and economic and humanitarian responses during the current shutdown. And it is not necessary to summon the entire parliament into a continuous session. As has been done in many countries during the current crisis, the Sri Lankan parliament can be recalled from time to time and inviting only the requisite minimum number of MPs who would be proportionately selected by the different political parties.     

The longer the country gets used to being without its parliament, greater will be the prospect of parliament becoming a redundant disposable. Already self-serving individuals are beginning to question the need for parliament, to envisage a future soft dictatorship without a bothersome legislature, and to suggest that Sri Lanka has accidently stumbled on a Singaporean style government and must keep it that way. These are aspirations similar to the advices that Maithripala Sirisena was given and for acting on which he paid dearly and politically. 

Government is god

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is considered to be too smart to fall wholesale for such supplicant entreaties like his predecessor. But there have been more than retail problems. The most important are the legitimate, indeed humane questions about the impacts the constantly extended curfews are having on the people and disabling them from getting their basic necessities of life. The government has responded through a large (constitutionally questionable) cabinet-size Task Force under Basil Rajapaksa, but the question is how long this arrangement is to go on, because there is no quick end in sight in the fight against the coronavirus.  

The problem is also equally about people’s income when virtually all non-agricultural activities are closed. There have been a number of fiscal and financial initiatives but nothing to compensate for the loss of daily, weekly and monthly incomes of working people in the informal and formal sectors of the economy. The  idea to release 20% of EPF savings prematurely among 2.5 million workers, is lamebrained at every level, and thankfully it seems to have been severely ignored by the Central Bank and the President’s economic advisers. 

The government has extremely limited fiscal room to maneuver, due in no small measure to the ill-advised rescinding of traditional tax collections. It has mounting debt repayment problems and the balance of payment crisis is only going to get worse and worser (to use Muhammed Ali’s poetic license). But the government is also the only provider God to whom working people can turn for money when they are rendered moneyless by a government lock out to prevent the virus spread. If the (government) god were to fail, people will be justified in spelling it backward to damn the government.  

These are totally unprecedented times when a crisis has indeed become critical, belying Sir Francis de Zoysa’s old adage that “in Ceylon, no crisis ever becomes critical.” In such times, it would make utmost sense for the government to divert whatever cashflow it can garner from debt moratoriums, international grants, and savings due to rock bottom oil prices (even though sales revenues will also drop due to falling demand) – to first keep paying government employees; second, to supplement private sector employers to keep their employees on payroll and pay them the government’s supplement and whatever they (employers) can top it with; and third (not in an order of importance) to provide direct financial support to informal sector workers estimated to number nearly half the country’s population. The alternative would be mass starvation.    

Giving money to the people through work (or during lockdowns) is more efficient than rationing food supply and other basic necessities. Amartya Sen found that out in his study of the 1943 Bengal famine that killed between two and three million Bengalis. No society deserves to relive those miseries. Practically every western government with the exception of the US is supplementing up to 75% or higher, the wage bills of private businesses to ward off layoffs and disruption of employment contracts during the current crisis. And these governments are creating money as they go, just like a god, to help their workers to make ends meet. The spectre of inflation can wait. A positive outcome of all of this could be the establishment of a universal basic income in every country. 

Sri Lanka should do its mite to move in that direction by starting to look after the incomes of its people now caught in a necessary shutdown by their government. There is no denying or diminishing the challenge at hand. There will be plenty of detail devils to be sorted out to provide financial assistance to the informal sector workers, a majority of whom may not have a bank account or a documented form of income. That exercise alone will require additional human resources and new job opportunities in what is akin to a war economy. 

So, there is a lot more to be done besides waiting for the virus to disappear under a national curfew. When the curfew is lifted, to paraphrase what the Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch told fellow Americans, the virus won’t remember that it was under a curfew. It will, as is its wont, resume spreading relentlessly. The global and local pictures are becoming grimmer every week. In its global sweep, the novel coronavirus has moved the epicenter of the pandemic from east to west. The Americans are bracing for the worst, from temperate New York to hot and humid New Orleans. Sri Lanka is waiting under a curfew. God only knows what awaits India when Modi ends his Janata curfew, which he is now promising to do in stages. And only the South Koreans are going to the polls.   

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    I thank the author for this well designed article. We have to worry about how long this lock out has to last and how our people are going to survive this twin disaster of lock out and the Covid 19. GOD only (GOVERNMENT) can save our souls. A real test for GR.to show his colors.

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    President and his advisors are ignorant and arrogant. They are trying their best save few possible Cronoa victims kill.all the.poor people over anlongernperiod of time by hunger and MLS nutrition.
    They only know.how to conduct war without witness and the same manner they are trying to kill innocent civilians by starvation and malnutrition nutrition
    Instead putting the whole country under curfew, they should have done contact tracing and tested all those contacts. They should have quarantined the visitors. Without doing any one of those, Millitary idiotz are imposing curfews. Which is not followed strictly. People are on the road mainly for food. If.you give.money to.police you can get anything you want
    Already companies have started shedding employees and.cut very high percentage of Salary. On top of these Prices are rising.for dry foods by 20 to 30 percent
    We given the country to a war criminal and a thief and arrogant idiot and his clan

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    When the going gets Tough, the Tough gets going. But is He? It is not easy as shooting Unarmed or Disappearing.

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      Gamini I wish RW were President. He would appoint a commission, go back to sleep, and all would be well.

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    First of all, It is wrong to compare SOUTH KOREANS and srilankens. South korea is a developed country where even rich europeans compete with them today and their products today while srilankens stay arguing not being able to move an inch towards the progress. Even at this critical phase where almost anyone regardless of race, religion or other factors could get infected by the virus and leave the life, people specially, the extremist forces being together so called sivuru wearing patriots make every effort to be above the other. THat is wht we obeserve being out of the country.
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    They talk high today, being able to control it to some extent, but Nepal and Vietnam have also been doing with their resources though the former is even poorer than srilanka.
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    Yet today,
    Nepal with 29 Mio of current population – has managed not to have any deaths due to COVID 19
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    Vietnam with 100 mio of current population – not a single person died by COVID 19
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    But our people with 22 Mio, make big talks to have managed it.. even if they are not aware of the danger before us in next weeks,
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    I believe there are lot more numbers hidden today…. may be some of them have been known to the police by now…
    Those who returned from Italy but went missing .. or AUTHORITIES let them free for some hidden reasons should still be investigated.
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    They cut their neck by their own, not being able to know the danger before them. I think … the clusters of the infected will have to be emerged in the next days.. for sure.

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    It is a greater pratfall of the govt run by BROTHER DUO, not to have taken due steps at the beginning. Dr Janapriya and Dr Sankrarligmum both proved that there had been no proper controlls on the passengers arriving in the country as of early March 2020.
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    THeir total ignorance on not having been strick will cost the nation to lose their lovely ones.

    Not having the least regarding ICU s to cover if the BELLCURVE would speed up in next days… only the sake of KATTADIYAS mythos and pirth CHANTING of racial pingutharayas will remain as the only options.
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    sad sorry Lanka, the curse of a nation one of the biggest beggars on this blessed planet have now by their own doings/seekings have become by their own merits the leading pariah pauper who is always on its all fours cajoling and pleading for money, money and more money.
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    when they receive loan sharks similar at mouth-watering rates of high interest they the politicians now the criminally corrupt rajapuka family rule the roost liberally by taking these funds as petty cash
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    I was chatting with a kind blindly loyal to the utmost son of sad, sorry corruption oozing Lanka. He was on his knees, moaning that there are no funds to purchase drugs and import the essentials for the meager living off the malnourished penniless citizens of this bankrupt beggar of a low-class colony.
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    the by the seconded getting wider arses, out of shape uncouth rajapuka clan along with their merry band of sakkili petty cheats who are by around the clock all 24 hours of the day are making hay while the sun shines on tall of their ample backsides.?
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    at least now with this coronavirus curse all the politicians along with the other criminal salli hora moguls should band together and try to be os sincere assistant to the beleaguered plague-carrying poorest of the poor hapless citizens who for no choice of theirs have to mark their presence in this at present corrupt hora salli vile island which 64 years ago was a treat to live in.
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    as for the likes of me, by the graces of the various gods, we can bask in the sunshine in the democratic freedom given developed nations where we live in absolute bliss and happiness right around all 24 hours of the day.
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    cheers, R. J.

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    “the Sri Lankan parliament can be recalled from time to time and inviting only the requisite minimum number of MPs who would be proportionately selected by the different political parties.”
    There is no provision for this selective recall.

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    The dissolved Parliament was a costly white elephant and it served for nothing. One sitting costs a few million Rupees and it is considered a waste of our hard-earned money.
    After the next election, people expect a decent set of law makers who could make far-reaching changes to the existing system. It won’t be the best but it will be better than the existing lot.
    I hope the Corona issue would be brought under control within the coming weeks. In the meantime, people should co-operate with the caretaker government patiently, and think of what they could do creatively and positively! Gardening is a good option if people have at least a small plot of land. According to many people the government headed by President GR is doing a commendable job. For some vegies, pots are better than plots.
    This is not the time to rock the boat since we are in the midst of a Tsunami. There is nobody to help you from the outside world because the so-called developed world is more desperate than the developing world.
    US president has said if the US can stop at 100,000 deaths, they would be doing a ‘good’ job. Canada is struggling to get N95 surgical masks but president Trump has banned exporting them to Canada. Death toll in the US, Italy, and Spain gives us a grim picture and in those countries nobody speaks about changing governments! This is not the time to talk about whether to bury or cremate the dead according to certain religious beliefs but to act together to get out of the mess! However, the ball seems to be in the citizens’ court!

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    I do not think testing of a whole country would work because It is said that there are ASYMTOMATIC CAREERS in the society. That is they carry the virus but do not show symptoms. Irrelevant to this discussion is that Singapore and Taiwan are the least affected. Some how they suspected something like this and got ready for this. I read, Last October 2019, USA and UK claimed that they were the best prepared for a Pandemic. Yet British Royalty, Boris Johnson the PM, Health Secretary and the chief Medical Officer all went to self Isolation. The British Parliament sat even during the WW II like situations. Yet they can not sit this time.
    Anyway, after this strict isolation situation govt have some idea about it, after that General elections should go ahead. Colombo Towers, suspicious communities in those affected areas and Senior citizens residing centers like places should be careful. I think Army can have mobile polling stations in front of those buildings. That can be continued even in highly populated Colombo suburbs if needed.
    It is impossible to stop the Political Parties bickering saying, that the election should be postponed until August 20 or later. Yet, they them selves may start complaining at that time again if some little mistake happens.
    So, it is like a war. Take a calculated risk. Ask help from citizens. Anyway, WEAK ELDERLY AND THE PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS are the most affected. Others even if exposed may develop body immunity. Even then the fatality rate is lower than that of AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT which can be 100%.

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      LIARs . Gotha downwards

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    So far, Sri Lanka is lucky. At the right time, even the crooked are not there. Otherwise, they would allow citizens to die and they would hide. Sri Lanka has only physical distancing. Here it is SIX FEET OR TWO METERS. But, it says, Covid-19 aerosols can stay alive upto three hours in air. So, govt has to take that into consideration may need to make face masks compulsory. That is extra precaution. Most health officers are not saying that not recommending. . The reason may be, manufacturing has gone overseas and face masks are no where to be found. Probably, they do not want political controversies in this middle.

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    COVID 19 ; third deserter following Tsunami and War. Thankfully, Health Professionals are in command. Security forces and Police are aggressively following trails of Doctors. Many thanks for their readiness, as they are rewarded by the Public. Tax-Payers who funded Education, and Training past years are well rewarded.

    The country has a new Leadership. People seems more comfortable relying on PRESIDENT. He should translate this faith to do things differently and honorably, by having Professionals in the Front.

    But, the ground looks diffused. A Committee has been appointed. It is humongous and the numbers itself limits its efficiency and ability to act. Surely, the peers can get lost more in interacting/ communicating/ sharing ideas than building strategies. Are we returning to Family/Friend-First Approach?

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      The government has to do three important things in the short term:

      1.A wage subsidy or a reimbursement of salaries to keep the private sector employees on the pay roll. Government sector employees are paid by the tax payer without any interruption.
      2.Safeguard the banks and finance companies. You cannot ask the borrowers not to pay interest for 6 months but ask the financial institutions to keep paying their depositors. Hence the interest lost from borrowers should be reimbursed by the government to banks and finance companies on a monthly basis.
      3.Provide daily wage earners a voucher and not cash to buy essentials.

      Also, Increase the number of tests done to fight the virus. Quarantine process of the government is good but testing is a must.

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        Phllips: The GMOA and WHO fake experts are funded by big pharmaceutical companies and not be be trusted. Check this link: After the virus a global vaccination program.

        http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2020/03/after-lockdown-global-coronavirus.html

        WHO and GMOA are working with the emergent dictatorship in Sri Lanka and Indian – WHO having SHAMELESSLY congratulated Modi and Gota for the curfew lockdown to prevent herd immunity so that everyone can be injected with a vaccine that will bring big bucks to big drug companies..

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      Coronavirus doesn’t kill Dravidians. Look at the numbers.

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        Dravidian: BCG vaccination and hot and humid weather is the reason why South Asian and other tropical belt countries have not been affected by the Covid 19. There is a great deal of research and evidence on this fact.
        But WHO and GMOA is hiding this evidence and promoting the Panic narrative and curfews to destroy the economy of these countries.
        The Covid Panic has destroyed the Asian economies as intended by the US deep state that released the Covid 19 bio-weapon to attack Asian economies and peoples – to make America great again.

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      Rajan Philips

      RE: When Crisis Becomes Critical

      1. “The unemulated secret of South Korea’s achievement is its mass testing and loads of data. They are the only preventative weapons against the novel coronavirus until a therapy or a vaccine is found. “

      2. “For now, even diehard UNPers are palpably relieved that it is Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and not their disastrous Sirisena-Wickremesinghe duo, who is at the helm in the island’s fight against Covid-19. “

      3. “The best laid SLPP plans were brought to nought by a virus far deadlier than mice.”

      Thanks for your evidence-based article. All Sri Lanka, mean measured IQ 79, has to do is what South Korea, mean measured IQ 106, did.

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/derana-tv-chathuras-double-standards-exposed-citizens-enraged-over-racist-slurs-of-derana-tv-anchor/

      The Corona virus is very egalitarian. Even though the Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhists” who follow a distorted and Buddha insulting version of Buddhism , called Buddha-Agama, imbibed with envy, distrust and racism, against their fellow citizens, and trying to blame the Muslims for the spread of the Corona virus, that was first bought in by the Chinese, and spread to others by the Chinese, the Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhist” racists have started finger pointing towards the Muslims, who have nothing to do with it.

      If one needs to point fingers, point it to the Chinese State, and WHO, both of whom dropped the ball. The average has very little to do with it, other than being infected and transmitting to others. Trump sarcastically called it the Chinese virus.

      The Corona virus falls into the corona virus category.

      Coronaviruses are named for the crown-like spikes on their surface
      Human coronaviruses were first identified in the mid-1960s. The seven coronaviruses that can infect people.

      It the Para-Sinhala Para-‘Buddhists”, want to point fingers, they should do that to, the Chinese and the Europeans., not Muslims.

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    Comrade Xi will ensure Prez Nande has enough dough to import Dhall and Mackeral to feed the majority just like way the Prez and his gallant Army is doing now.

    Kotte Crooks are now trying every which way to wriggle back in to Parliament.
    And have those same powers like Drive in Defenders, Ask STF and Police to guard them.
    And go around interfering in the good work our Armed Forces Police TV Stations and a myriad of other Good Samaritan Organizations are doing, not only to prevent the Corona, but also to feed the starving who are forced to stay home.

    Look at the Dudes who are making these desperate calls to come back to Kotte?.

    I hope Prez Nandasena wouldn’t buy that Bull of enlisting those Crooks again to help the fight against Corona. even his bro Mahinda comes to him with their offers..

    I hope good people like Ali Sabry find a way to get around any Legal issues.
    Because with our courts anything is possible, regardless of any dangers from Corona to our inhabitants. and their Nation.

    Just an example is how the former Best Finance Minster of Dr Rani avoided his arrest for nearly two weeks from the Court Arrest Warrant .
    And got the Warrant nullified by the same Courts.

    I nearly puked when I saw him sitting in front of the new PM Rajapaksa , offering their services and help to President Nandasena..

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      K.A. Sumanasekera,
      Puke is a mild word to use and I do not think that there is a word in any language to express the nauseating feeling one gets when one sees the unmasked face of the Bond Thief, the Penthouse Ravi, occupying a front seat as you have referred.

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    Well written and arguments are sound and logical. More power.
    Theodore

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    Well written and arguments are sound and logical. More power. Your article expands our understanding of what is going on.
    Theodore

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      Theo,
      Whether the article is good or bad, the mentality of politicians are not going to change. Their focus is not about Corona or people suffering. Their focus is power and family dictatorship. Srilanka is a poor country. Worldwide economic disaster due to corona is real. Any disturbance whether it is religious or racial or economic will bring the country under military dictatorship which will lead to more sufferings.

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      Done under a real name or a bogus name, self aggrandizement is crap !

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    Corona virus and its effects was discussed in parliament in February but action needed was ignored it was discussed in parliament regarding shutting down airport locking down the country in detail unfortunately no action was taken at that time around dissolving parliament and general elections were more important now the whole nation have to face the consequences of leadership and power hungry politics when are we learning from our mistakes past rulers have made many mistakes and the people have to suffer and go through all the sufferings the present leadership is not better than them .

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      Ranjit,
      Be patient and think before you puke,
      By dissolving parliament, Prez GR saved several billions of rupees for the nation’s coffers within last few months. Imagine, 40 million rupees just per one single sitting and 25 sittings will save 1 billion.
      Two villagers in their loin cloths were talking to each other about the same question:
      “How Prez Gota find out money to give away to the poor Rs 5000.00 per family and Rs 10,000.00 for some eligible seniors (those over 100 years old)?”
      “Easy; he dissolved parliament on time and saved a lot”.
      “He cut the staff of his office and saved.”
      “He reduced the salaries of big chairpersons, directors, big shots, and save a lot”
      “His photo is not to be seen anywhere either”
      Then the other said:
      “He has no much security either. Yes, I think he saved us a lot of money”.
      Ranjit, you may say a lot against this conversation; you may call me many names; but that’s the reality and that’s the common feeling of many Sri Lankans living in Sri Lanka today!

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    This is not a time to think about budget deficits or the debt to GDP ratio or the position in your balance of payments account or worry about the current account deficit. Flood the markets with free cash, lower the interest rates to zero and inject the stimulus into the system.
    The current generation in school and the current youth will pay for the current economic stimulus with higher taxes over the next 30-40 years when all of us are happily resting six feet underground!!

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    It is good that Gota and not Bondsman and Patholaya are in power at this time. He can take the necessary decisions and implement them. It is however not nice that he should have appointed his brother to a humongous commission of people who know as little as Basil about controlling the virus.
    During this period, there are things that could be done.
    1. Return the country to a semi-agricultural economy so that there is food sufficiency. Food security will become a problem as climate change bites. In farming areas like the one where I live, it has been easier to cope with the curfew.
    2. Ensure that the young are gainfully employed ( not driving autos in Colombo)
    3. Pressure of overcrowding in cities is reduced.
    4. Reform the universities. Make most of them fee paying at least for the rich with loans for the poor. This settles ragging problems and ensures that those who pay will do relevant courses.
    5. The country does not become too dependent on tourism as it takes one bomb and one virus to wipe out the economy.
    6. An independent foreign policy, not overdependent on China, is pursued. The debts are onerous and should be renegotiated.
    7. Solve the ethnic issue through asymmetric autonomy . Devolve power to the provinces in a more significant manner.
    Gota has yet another opportunity to bring about change. One after the war was missed.

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    It is a unique opportunity to shut the den of thieves for ever and save the purse of the taxpayer a fortune. The dumb Srilankan Electorate is clueless on how to vote intelligently and only the same old rouges will be reinstated if elections to be held.

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    Easily your best Rajan Philips. You have gauged the critical crisis.

    …….The old Parliament could have continued till August to complete its full term….
    But then this is in hindsight.
    The Rajapackse brothers never gambled for the Corona Virus.
    Also, in true style, as a knee jerk reaction President GoRa jumped the gun!
    South Korea, the land of the Samsung, could not be compared to Srilanka – A land like no other!

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    The President should not tolerate the Forces Commander who is trying to MPHOT and show the public only he is in command to defeat the COVID19 and the professionals are second in line.We see this guy trying to promote Musical Bands from the forces to play music to people in high rise buildings who are at rtimes starving and without medicines.This is like Nero fiddling with his violin when Rome was burning!!! Commander of Supreme Forces in Sri Lanka Serve the people in great humility !!!!

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    One way to mollify the disgruntled men who are forced to stay at home with absolutely nothing to do to while away the time and to reduce their stress levels, the liquor shops should be kept open intermittently, for limited periods of time. I am suffering from severe withdrawal symptoms!

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    Except for a small section of ‘Para’ people, rest are happy with the way the President, Prime Minister and Armed Forces handling the situation with experts in the field. They do not want don keys in Diyawannawa to come and ruin that. Election will cost hell of a lot money. At this juncture, that money can be used for other priority areas to strengthen the economy. The contribution from MPs is not worth for the amount of tax payers’ money that is spent for the election.

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    “South Korea’s achievement is its mass testing and loads of data” Is a reflection of the strength of the economy of that Country.
    “Things could have been made a lot easier if”- If we knew all the Ifs & Buts, the world would have been a perfect place. There are errors and omission made by Human beings and that is why they are called so. nevertheless, SL at least with the dragging acted much faster that most or all of the 01st World Countries.
    Most of the 01st World Countries does not have enough medical equipment & garbs. In USA every State is competing with each other to get supplies. Its only now Trump is considering calling in the Military.
    Credit to SL we have overtaken them on action. HENCE THIS IS NOT A TIME TO CRITICISE BUT TO OVERCOME.

    NOW ITS TIME FOR THE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT.

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      Sinkala THONDA ( MANY like you )

      Let is see what service you are doing to your country by Braodcasting your achievements.

      South Korea is another liar.
      1) “South Korea’s achievement is its mass testing and loads of data” Is a reflection of the strength of the economy of that Country.

      *** You idiot if so why hasnt SK found the Vaccine and saved the World from Calamiiy.

      2) “Things could have been made a lot easier if”- If we knew all the Ifs & Buts, the world would have been a perfect place. There are errors and omission made by Human beings and that is why they are called so. nevertheless, SL at least with the dragging acted much faster that most or all of the 01st World Countries.

      *** Where is the evidence. Sri Lnka acted in haste by bringing the Sinkala stidents without Quranteening them first in China and the on arrival. Can you tell me whe Sinkala Lanka got the testing Kits which is only available in very few countries. DID YOU MAKE it or Cheenavedi made dodgy ones which Spain sent back.

      3) Most of the 01st World Countries does not have enough medical equipment & garbs. In USA every State is competing with each other to get supplies. Its only now Trump is considering calling in the Military.
      Credit to SL we have overtaken them on action. HENCE THIS IS NOT A TIME TO CRITICISE BUT TO OVERCOME TROUBLE AHEAD
      *** Thank God you have got it man. Where did you steal it from and who stole it . Was it Sir Basil the biggest THIEF.

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    I have to say we are not that South Korea. We are an independent and Sovereignty country that FREE from USA military camp and without USA marine Tropes in Island.
    The sovereignty nation’s faith and destine of Sri lanka to be decided by RIGHT to VOTE…….Citizens of Lankan.
    We are line up with that Nation for a Democracy reflections. Which elected is by Voters of Right of Sovereignty exercise by Citizens of islands.Which is fundamental base of root cause of governances of Democracy accepts our majority citizens. By the way Rights Vote is sources by Will of majority of People wish . That position is unchanged.

    But lst UNP regime has indefinitely postpone all Local elections of against due dates by time to time. By intervention of UNP and that Election Commissioner denied right to vote by last 5 years.
    The Election Commission and Chairmen & TWO Membres of directors has failure to address RIGHT TO VOTE since 2015 Jan 8 to until 2019 November 16th .

    Current situation change by upside down ? Indeed under the present circumstances of Coronavirus has been absorbed by world system that all values has shifted to be invalided .

    By and large Ours urgent task has shifted to Combat Coronavirus bycore leadership of GR and MR as mode of governances .
    Is that Better People become TURN to be fit lives, so there are many possibilities for Next Election undoubtedly time to come.

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    We have been electing our representatives to parliament over many decades during each term of government we here lot of corruptions and it is getting worse , lack of discipline among the parliamentarians , no respect to each other in parliament and outside parliament when they represent their parties in political debates on television situation is getting worse.

    In this situation what is the point sending these looters and rouges again to the parliament ,it has come to a point to think whether we need a parliament we have to find solution for this crisis worse than the crisis we are facing now the corona virus, corona virus will be over soon but the current situation faced by the country and suffering people have to go through will be worse time to come with this present set of parliament members what is the point having a parliament if the people are not getting any benefit out of it.
    Time has come to change system at least for 10 years options available military rule or dictatorship ?? its up to the people to come forward and change this system.

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    When Crisis Becomes Critical

    South Korea is going ahead with Elections because it has manged to hide the scale of devastation nd few have believed.

    In Sri Lanka Gotha was praised for apparent timely action in bringing back Sinkala students I commented that his inadequare medical knowledge was there fioreveryone to see. Isaid he should have quarantined them first on China for a period and then Qurantined therm here again. From what I have read that never happened and in my view they were the source of Corona. No doubet GOSL wil now say that they were quarantined but te damage is already. Now pivking up from Kali the Quarantine period has been extended to 4 weeks. Gotha no doubt you are reading this and it is too late.
    Much more damaging for you is the Perilous state your economy is in from which you will never recover without outside help.
    Sri Lankan GDP is about 87 Billion Dollars. made up of 7,7 % Agriculture, 31% From Export 61% from Service Industry made up of Banking , Finance , Tourism and Retail Sector. I commented on where each sector is vulnerable. I have already heard that the Toursist industry is hard hit and a Directoe that I know is already facing harship.
    Gotha your track record doesnt augur well. Maithri by appointing the War Criminal Shavendra lost 750 million rupees. USA gave you $1.3 million as slap in the face and an insult and my reading is to see whether it will be accepted. Beggars cant be chosers so you accepted it because for you every dollat counts. Man more to come. People are already taking about looting from Shops to feed

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    I have just read an aericle by another Gotha Lover Shivanthe Ranasinghe in which she talks a lot of RUBBISH. While singing tbe Sonfgs of Praise which is understandable coming from a Gotha Stooge she attacks the TNA as having no Moral Right to Criticise the Government.

    Shivanhi you have gone out of your mind. Everything Gotha has done is music to Sinkalams but not for the victims.
    Can you tell me what Moral Right a CRIMINAL like Gotha has to run a Country. He lied his way to the Presidency and is still an American Citizen and in addition to all the War Crimes still committing further Crimes by Pardoning a Killer defying the Supreme Court.
    How can TNA speak againtst Gotha under Curfew. I can go on and pick holes in your argument and assertions but it will be waste of time.

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