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Wholesale Corruption Continues, Public Funds Are Freely Expended On Ostentatious But Manifestly Worthless Schemes – Bala To Mahinda

“We have to point out that your Government has manifestly failed to make good the promise of a better life for the people of this country, that you made at the Presidential election held on January 26, 2010, following the complete military defeat of the LTTE in the previous year. On the contrary, you have now declared that the new system of electricity tariffs had to be imposed in order to avoid a collapse of this country’s economy! In seems, therefore, that you require the masses of the working people to make up for the ‘losses’ of 150 billion rupees by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and the Ceylon Electricity Board, that the Resident Representative of the IMF has declared to be ‘hidden in the balance sheets of the Bank of Ceylon and the Peoples’ Bank’, and not shown in the central government budget.  Your Cabinet Ministers and other supporters of your Presidential regime, however, continue to sing the praises of ‘Mahinda Chintana’, from which they derive all kinds of benefits.”Bala Tampoe, General Secretary of the General Worker’s Union (CMU) wrote to the President yesterday. 

Bala

In his letter he said; “Even if your assessment of the present crisis in the economy is correct, our Union considers that there is no justification whatsoever for the imposition of the new electricity tariffs on the working people, to make up for your Government’s incapacity to resolve the economic crisis, for which it is largely responsible, while mismanagement and wholesale corruption continues to prevail in State corporations and in all kinds of State enterprises and projects, and public funds are freely expended on ostentatious but manifestly worthless schemes.”

We publish below the letters in full;

The President Mahinda Rajapakse

Office of the President

Colombo.

 

Dear Mr. President,

CMU STRIKE IN PROTEST AGAINST IMPOSITION OF INCREASED ELECTRICITY TARIFFS

We wish to inform you that the members of branches of our Union in industrial and commercial establishments will strike today, in solidarity with the members of a group of several other unions that have informed our Union of their joint decision to strike today. Their and our strikes will be in protest against the new system of electricity tariffs, imposed as from 20th April last, and as revised. The strikes will also be in support of the common demand for the complete withdrawal of the greatly increased tariffs, having regard to the unbearably heavy impact that they will have upon the living costs of the masses of the working people of this country.

We have to point out that your Government has manifestly failed to make good the promise of a better life for the people of this country, that you made at the Presidential election held on 26th January 2010, following the complete military defeat of the LTTE in the previous year. On the contrary, you have now declared that the new system of electricity tariffs had to be imposed in order to avoid a collapse of this country’s economy! In seems, therefore, that you require the masses of the working people to make up for the “losses” of 150 billion rupees by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and the Ceylon Electricity Board, that the Resident Representative of the IMF has declared to be “hidden in the balance sheets of the Bank of Ceylon and the Peoples’ Bank”, and not shown in the central government budget.  Your Cabinet Ministers and other supporters of your Presidential regime, however, continue to sing the praises of “Mahinda Chintana”, from which they derive all kinds of benefits.

Even if your assessment of the present crisis in the economy is correct, our Union considers that there is no justification whatsoever for the imposition of the new electricity tariffs on the working people, to make up for your Government’s incapacity to resolve the economic crisis, for which it is largely responsible, while mismanagement and wholesale corruption continues to prevail in State corporations and in all kinds of State enterprises and projects, and public funds are freely expended on ostentatious but manifestly worthless schemes.

We maintain that state subsidies for essential public services are necessary to maintain mass living standards at socially acceptable levels, and to compensate for fluctuations in world market prices of petroleum, which is essential for the supply of electricity and transport at moderate costs.  At the same time, our Union stands firmly opposed to subsidizing manifest corruption and mismanagement in the two state corporations directly responsible for their supply, by making the working people to pay for their losses by increases in electricity tariffs and transport costs.

Since you know that our Union is a completely independent and democratic organization of workers, with a proud history of struggle in the defense of the rights and living standards of the working people of our country, we think it would be well advised for you to consider what we have stated herein, in the context of the present situation in this country. We accordingly enclose herewith a copy of a resolution adopted by the 32nd Delegates’ Conference of our Union on 8th December 2012 in that regard, for your consideration.

 

Yours faithfully,

THE CEYLON MERCANTILE, INDUSTRIAL

AND GENERAL WORKERS’ UNION (CMU)

General Secretary

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THE CEYLON MERCANTILE, INDUSTRIAL AND GENERAL WORKERS’ UNION (CMU)

32ND DELEGATES’ CONFERENCE – 7TH  &  8TH DECEMBER 2012

Resolution adopted by the Delegates’ Conference:

The CMU 32nd Delegates’ Conference takes note of the following features of the situation in which the Union is today:-

The situation is one of increasing social unrest throughout the country under Mahinda Rajapakse’s Executive Presidency, two years after it was extended for a further six-year period in November 2010, and 3 ½  years after the LTTE was completely defeated militarily and destroyed by the State forces in May 2009.

The steep war-time increase in inflation, and the resulting increase in the cost of living continues, with increasing hardships for the working people, and strikes or threats of strikes on pay demands, mostly in the public sector,.

The recently ended and unprecedented general strike of academic staffs in all the country’s universities, for 3 full months, was on a demand for increased salaries. At the same time focused national attention on the crisis in State education with a demand for the State to provide adequate funds for free education at all levels. This crisis has been further illustrated by a token strike of teachers in State schools, mainly on pay demands.

The burden of coping with the high cost of living is aggravated for millions of working parents by their having to sacrifice considerable portions of their incomes to provide for the education of their children. They are constrained to meet demands of school authorities in State schools for contributions to supplement inadequate State funding for buildings, equipment and extra-curricular activities. This makes a mockery of so-called Free State Education.

Likewise, the ‘free’ Health Services in overcrowded State hospitals require purchase of medicines and drugs for patients for whom they are prescribed. This is an additional burden on working people.

This Delegates’ Conference further notes with grave concern that the Government has failed so far to take any effective action to prevent the spread of severe kidney diseases particularly in the North Central & Eastern Provinces, due to contamination of the water supplies of the people by poisonous chemicals in pesticides and fertilizers use for agricultural purposes.

State road transport services are now supplemented to a substantial extent by private bus services and tens of thousands of three-wheel taxis, throughout the country, during the daytime. These services are woefully inadequate outside urban areas even then. Workers are seriously handicapped in relation to transport after working overtime, or for recreational activities or trade union and other social activities due to lack of transport after nightfall.

The Mahinda Rajapakse regime shows little regard for the hardships of the working people, though social unrest is increasing in this situation. Greatly enlarged ‘Security Services’ are at its command, to suppress mass protests by armed force, whenever the Regime so requires. The President also has political control of Parliament, in addition to his control of the Armed Services, with more than a two-thirds majority of members of Parliament, completely subservient to him. Most of them are Ministers or Deputy Ministers, with the privileges and profits they derive from serving him in those capacities.

This has enabled President Rajapakse to make legislation as he wants, including amendments to the Constitution, like the infamous 18th Amendment. That has rendered him and his family members and collaborators impervious to public and even international criticism, as he has thereby removed even the limited checks on the powers and privileges of the Executive Presidency, under the Constitution that JR Jayawardene made, using the huge majority that the UNP won under his leadership in the General Election of 1977.

Control of the State media and intimidation of editors and even murders of journalists in the private media have served the Mahinda Rajapakse regime to keep most of the population in ignorance of its misdeeds and misrule, or to mislead them as to whatever opposition manifests itself in that regard. The State media are also used continually to paint rosy pictures of much publicised schemes for infra-structure development, that are financed by huge foreign loans – to cover up the worsening working and living conditions of the majority of the people.

What cannot be easily covered up is the increase in all kinds of violent crime, like murder, rape and robbery, with increasing numbers of criminal gangs linked with or under the protection of powerful politicians. Huge frauds in public institutions, and increasing sale of drugs, even to school children, are crimes committed in that connection, that are revealed by news of arrests and prosecutions of those involved.

Unprecedented corruption and luxury life-styles of capitalists and their henchmen, and even criminals, go hand in hand, in sharp contrast to poverty and misery amongst the working people. This is evident not only amongst the Tamil-speaking (Tamil and Muslim) people  living in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, who are still subject to military occupation and repression, but also amongst the predominantly Sinhala-speaking majority of the population in the rest of the country.

It is necessary for our Union to deal with the problems and issues that confront our members and the working people generally in this situation. This requires a proper understanding of its economic and political realities. It is also necessary that the Union’s leadership and its Branch leaderships should explain the true character of the Rajapakse Regime to the Union’s membership. The current thinly-veiled attack on the judiciary, and even open disregard of the Supreme Court, by the Government’s supporters in and outside Parliament, are striking evidence of the ending of all semblance of democratic rule in this country. This is being done in the name of the people.

This Delegates’ Conference accordingly resolves to collaborate with other workers’ organisations and sections of the working people, as well as other social groups that see the need to build a mass movement in defence of the human and democratic rights of our people, as well as their living standards, in the present situation.

Sgd: Bala Tampoe

General Secretary

No.3, 22nd Lane 3.

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21st May 2013

 

Mr. Lalith Weeratunga

Secretary to the President

Presidential Secretariat

Colombo.

 

Dear Sir,

CMU STRIKE IN PROTEST AGAINST  IMPOSITION OF INCREASED ELECTRICITY TARIFFS

We enclose herewith a letter of date, addressed to President Mahinda Rajapakse, on the above subject, with an attached copy of a resolution adopted by the 32nd Delegates’ Conference of our Union on 8th December 2012, for submission to the President.

We shall be glad if you will kindly acknowledge receipt of this letter and the enclosures, and act accordingly, as you have been good enough to do previously.

Yours faithfully.

THE CEYLON MERCANTILE, INDUSTRIAL

AND GENERAL WORKERS’ UNION (CMU)General Secretary

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    What is the point Mr Thampoe, your letter and the Resolutions to the President will end up like all the other letters and protests to him….in the W.P.B. There must be thousands.
    He is past caring what you or anybody else protests about. He has the Power, the Might,the Ability, the Capacity, the Support, to do as he pleases when he pleases, and he will go on doing it.Corruption, Bribery, Nepotism, Hooliganism, Thuggery, Injustice, Decaying Society,Murder, and Killings,will all thrive, resulting in the rise of every type of social ill, including the unbearable cost of living,and the rise in the Suicide rate, as Adults find it impossible to fend for their children. This IS aN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION for any country to be in. We have seen it happen in HISTORY in many countries the world over, and there was always only one way that such a situation was overcome. Sri Lankan people have still not matured to that extent. You saw what happened yesterday (21st of May). We are still floundering around, as the crux of the problems have not hit those who matter,HARD ENOUGH.People are frightened, there is an absence of a strong Opposition, a strong Leader to oppose and rally the people to rise against this corrupt regime, and till that happens we will go on like this. God help us.

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      Yes, such regimes will go on but not for ever. The demise could be sudden. Ghadafi, Hosni Mubarak, etc. are examples. The C. M. U. and Bala have, as usual, expressed their views without mincing words. Bala, even in this old age of his, maintains his unshaken principles. The workers who have now started agitating have Bala’s example to follow if they are to make headway in their struggle.

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        my dear lady what on earth is the matter with you,you are such a pessimist,do you think that a seasoned veteran trade unionist like bala thampoe would join a protest if he thought that there was no point in it.it is people like you that strengthen the hand of rajapakse.
        take my advice get off your high horse and participate and also encourage others to do so.

        well done bala more strength to you and the cmu

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          but very late – any reason? A look at this list which was within
          CMU knowledge did not bring out any action, but now that a common
          opposition is in the making, CMU does not want to miss the bus – this may be one good reason for this letter:
          Hedging deal
          Robbed and wasted amount Rs. 230,000 M 230 B
          Air Lanka
          Wasted and robbed amount Rs. 10,000 M 10 B
          Mihin Air
          Wasted and robbed amount Rs. 5,000 M 5 B
          Mig Deal
          Robbed amount Rs 4,00M 0.4 B
          Weerawila Air Port
          Wasted amount Rs 500M 0.5 B
          VAT Scam
          Robbed amount Rs. 35,000 M 35 B
          Safari Park
          Wasted amount Rs. 16,000 M 16 B
          Kerawalapitiya
          Robbed amount Rs. 23,000 M 23 B
          Uma Oya project
          Robbed amount Rs. 28,000 M 28 B
          Computers for divisional
          Robbed amount Rs. 1,200 M 1.2 B
          Purchase of Gantry
          Cranes total amount robbed Rs. 24,150 M 24 B
          Fly over contracts
          Total amount robbed Rs. 3,500 M 3.5 B
          Kerawalapitiya (Additional Losses)
          Robbed amount Rs 25,550M 25.5B
          Road Development in
          North amount robbed Rs. 28,000 M 28 B
          Rs. 430,300 M 430.3 B

          Source – Posted by transCurrents on January 3, 2010 editor@transcurrents.com

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        Sri Lanka lost 30 years to LTTE terror.

        How many years to dismanlte the emerging Rajapassa dictatorship?

        Gaddafi was there for 40 years. Mubarak 30 years, I think.

        How unlucky can this country be? To waste time in this manner.

        Lack of intelligent, selfless, brave leadership from the opposition is a majaor problem.

        PS: I salute Bala’s service to Sri Lanka. His letter may not change the mind of the dictator. You cannot blame Bala for that. He has done his bit for Sri Lanka.

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          Ben Hurling

          “Sri Lanka lost 30 years to LTTE terror.”

          This island lost 65 years to Sinhala/Buddhist due to its complacency.

          “How many years to dismanlte the emerging Rajapassa dictatorship?”

          It could take place any time depending on the design and urgency of International Community. The regime can speed up the process if they chose to exit sooner.

          “Lack of intelligent, selfless, brave leadership from the opposition is a majaor problem.”

          Don’t blame the leaders do blame the stupid masses who first elected the clan and continue to put up with its atrocities. Oh by the way they elected the opposition too.

          “His letter may not change the mind of the dictator.”

          Remember Ananda Sangarees correspondences to MR before and after the war.

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            You elders might be right. After all.

            “Stupid” might just be the correct adjective.

            PS: “Stupid” political establishment including MR ignore repeated letters by Anandasangaree’s words of wisdom. But at their own peril.

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            Native Vedda,

            “..Oh by the way they elected the opposition too..”

            Excellent and exceptional wisdom shown here by you! No one shed light on it before you did!

            Sorry, I used to attack you earlier!

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              So you say that that country is stupid. Rehabilitation or a humanetarian operation. Or is it too late. “What do you do with the problem like Sri Lanka ….”

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        Mohamed Marzook

        The old codger is at it again.

        He is qualified to be a Veddah elder.

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      THE TIGRESS OF KILINOCHCHI,

      We all have witnessed your cunt-less brevity! Just get lost! You do have an iota of knowledge what an opposition or its leader means! We all saw what your pathetic killer maniac Praba did to Tamils! Now that’s the kind of “Strong Opposition” and “strong leader” that you want but ultimately timidly got lost in the lagoon wearing a loin-cloth! What this country needs today is exactly the kind of leader and leadership that Ranil provides us-democratic, pragmatic, grassroot based, recognized by the civilized, educated and the world leaders and bodies! Just understand it and go for it!

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        Sumedha

        No doubt Ranil will be zillion times better than “Talented Mr. VP”.

        However, I would utterly dispute Ranils democratic credentials. Based on the way UNP is run.

        He might be better than VP and MR. But, I do not think Sri Lanka would achieve the dramatic break she needs by replacing MR with Ranil.

        PS: What has Ranil done so far to get to the bottom of Matale mass graves? Just an example. Nothing much will chanage by replacing SLFP with UNP.

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    Bala Tampoe is the elder statesman among the trade unionists. He is well respected by the President and everyone related to the trade union movement.

    Bala is well aware of the declining popularity of the incumbent President. Like President J R Jayawardena, President Rajapakse had a brilliant first term. So far he appears to be following the footsteps of President Jayawardana, making unnecessary mistakes. Some of them are listed below.

    1. Not restricting the takeover act to be a once and for all piece of legislation to takeover non-performing assets. This has scared foreign investors. Sooner it is removed the better, to improve foreign investments.

    2. Removal of the Chief Justice either because she refused his dinner invitation or because she pointed out the weaknesses in the Divi Neguma Bill and suggested the manner in which the contradictions with the Constitution can be overcome. It is not too late to introduce legislation for the removal of the Chief Justice based on Latimer House principles.

    3. Allowing the economy to be adversely affected by loss making Government Owned business undertakings and transferring the burden to the low and middle income segments.

    4. Conspicuous consumption exhibited by providing high value duty free car permits to politicians and duty free imports of Lamborghinis, Rolls Royce cars, high powered motor cycles Etc.

    The strength of the President is his ability to interact with the people and understand their needs and wants. Like most leaders, he appears to be cushioned from interaction with the public by his entourage. If corrective action is not taken, his popularity will continue to decline.

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      Truth

      “If corrective action is not taken, his popularity will continue to decline.”

      Good, next time around there is a slim chance of kicking him and his entourage out of office and out of the country.

      If one wants to get out of the pit one needs to stop digging.

      Those who win elections by war glory, lose elections without it, unless of course you have an amiable Election Commissioner and a grateful legal fraternity both cajoled by a brother.

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      “President Rajapakse had a brilliant first term. So far he appears to be following the footsteps of President Jayawardana, making
      unnecessary mistakes.”

      NO NO;
      HE APPEARS TO BE FOLLOWING THE FOOTSTEPD OF HITLER, POLPOT AND JOSEPH STALIN’S BORIA’s.

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      Truth,though you mention 4 points that are valid,you have not mentioned the most important one, financial mismanagement, that is going to put him in a soup.I give below some extracts from the Ceylon Today

      [But critics argue otherwise. They say that bad decisions and mismanagement of funds by the UPFA Government had led to the present economic maladies. Ever since the government came into power in 2005, it has been spending billions of rupees on unnecessary projects that have brought no tangible returns. It is estimated that loans along with the high interest rates at which they are obtained for projects runs into millions of dollars, adding that the repayment of the same will fall on the shoulders of the people of the country, who are already reeling under a gamut of taxes imposed on them for almost every essential services and goods.

      The mega projects, all of which are concentrated in the Rajapaksa constituency, lie forlorn without generating any income. Many argue the projects will no doubt place Rajapaksa, and his home town Hambantota, prominently in history, but whether the ill-thought out projects would bring in revenue to compensate the repayments of loans obtained at high interest rates for the construction of these projects, remains to be seen.

      Failed projects

      The Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port which was built at a cost of US$ 1,300 million is to be an alternative to the Colombo Harbour. The harbour lies abandoned since its opening in 2010. Critics say that global shippers agencies are apprehensive of using the harbour which they believe does not conform to international standards.

      The Hambantota Port has fallen short of its targeted revenue, generating only Rs 132 million last year. The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) had set a target of Rs 500 – Rs 600 million in revenue but at present, the SLPA is siphoning out monies generated by the Colombo Port to service the loan borrowed from the Exim China Bank for the construction of the Hambantota Port.

      Next is the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium built at a cost of Rs 700 million in Suriyawewa, Hambantota, which was opened in 2011 for the World Cup matches. The complex, with a seating capacity of 32,000, and standing on 47 acres of land, is hardly used. Except for the two World Cup cricket matches and a few isolated matches played there, the stadium stands desolate.

      Another project is the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA), opened at the beginning of the year. Standing on 2,000 hectares of land, it was built at a cost of
      Rs 26 billion. The airport, which is 43 km from Hambantota town is close to an elephant infested jungle. Although the government is offering free landing and parking for airlines, and a 50% discount on handling fees, the concessions go abegging. Hitherto, no international airline has come forward to add Hambantota Airport as its destination. The only airline (Air Arabia) that was operating from the airport has now decided to withdraw from this month citing that it is not profitable to fly via MRIA, and therefore, not feasible to continue with flights to the country’s second international airport. As such, SriLankan Airlines has stepped into boost the activities of the airport and has daily flights from Katunayake to Mattala. It is argued that the much-needed second airport for the country has been constructed in the wrong place and at the wrong time.

      The Hambantota Sports Zone, exclusively designed for the 2018 Commonwealth Games for which Sri Lanka vied, is another let down for the government. The project, which cost Rs 15 billion, is the third largest development zone in Suriyawewa, Hambantota, close to the new international cricket stadium. Hambantota lost the right to host the Commonwealth Games to the Gold Coast in Australia. Nevertheless, it is being prepared to host the Asian Youth Sports Festival scheduled to be held in 2017. The project is expected to be completed in 2016.

      The Norochcholai Power Plant built with the honourable intention of providing cheap power to the people at minimum tariff has also become a white elephant. The plant, built at a cost of US$ 1,350 million is in a state of perpetual breakdown, and sources said the plant had broken down for the 19th time, last week. The government, which is unable to pay the loans borrowed for its construction, is considering transferring the power plant to the stakeholders (China) as a debt-equity swap.

      Another of the failed enterprises is the Mahinda Rajapaksa National Tele Cinema Park built on 235 acres in Ranminitenna, Hambantota, at a cost of Rs 2 billion. It was opened in 2010. The park was constructed with money received from taxes on foreign films and teledramas. It is said there is little or no shooting taking place at the centre despite the concessions on offer.

      Meanwhile, the Southern Expressway, running from Kottawa to Galle, too, has incurred huge losses to date. The vast expanse of 95 km stretch built at a cost of
      Rs 776 billion was expected to yield substantial income, that will cover the cost and generate profit. However, the annual revenue collected from vehicles using the highway is only Rs 1 billion, while debt service and maintenance cost is around Rs 6.5 billion, incurring a loss of Rs 5.5 billion, annually.]

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      Truth,

      “..President Rajapakse had a brilliant first term…”

      Don’t tell lies! First term? He lost it! The bugger bribed the tiger to rob the election, otherwise it is Ranil who won it!

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    Once the monthly bills start coming in and other prices of goods in the market are increased the spineless public will get energised. Strike was a partial success and things can only get worse for the regime. People like Mr Bala Tampoe are speaking up because they know the impact this will have on the working class.

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    That statement from the ONLY Lion of the Old Left was a welcome change from the rubbish that Tissa Vitarana, DEW, Philip’s son and Vaasideva keep spouting in support of a regime from whose table they are only too willing to accept (stale) crumbs!

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    As a matter of sacrifice, let the members of Parliament voluntarily agree to pay the electricity bill instead of asking us to pay their bill too. It is the taxpayer who pays for their electricity bill. Why not the members of the opposition, the left leaders create a precedent. I wonder whether they read these columns.

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    Bala didn’t mince his words – Incapacity to solve the economic problems, mismanagement and corruption of the Rajaksa regime. The man has guts to say it directly to the dictator. I salute you Bala.

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    TUT, TUT, SUMEDHA, DIDN’T YOUR MOTHER EVER TEACH YOU NOT TO USE DIRTY WORDS?
    IF SHE IS ALIVE SHE MUST BE HORRIFIED AND IF SHE IS DEAD SHE MUST BE ROLLING IN HER GRAVE TO SEE HER BELOVED SON USING DISPARAGING SMUTTY WORDS TO DESCRIBE A PART OF HER OWN ANATOMY THROUGH WHICH YOU SLIPPED, SLIDED AND OOZED OUT INTO THIS WORLD.IT BRINGS OUT YOUR BREEDING YOU KNOW.
    ON THE SUBJECT OF RANIL BEING A GOOD LEADER, EACH MAN TO HIS OWN. I WOULD CONSIDER IT TO BE A SITUATION AS FROM THE FRYING PAN INTO THE FIRE SHOULD HE EVER ASSUME LEADERSHIP OF THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE SEEN HOW HE HAS RUINED HIS OWN PARTY, AND LEAD IT FROM ONE DEFEAT TO ANOTHER WITH HIS LOPSIDED STRATEGIES.

    THASIL, NO I AM NOT A PESSIMIST. I AM A REALIST AND I DO NOT HOLD A CANDLE FOR THIS REGIME COLLECTIVELY OR INDIVIDUALLY. YOU HAVE ONLY TO LOOK AROUND YOU AND SEE,THINK AND INTERPRET WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THIS COUNTRY. I PRESUME YOU ARE AN OPTIMIST ? GOOD FOR YOU, BUT YOU LIVE IN A FOOLS PARADISE IF YOU THINK COMRADE BALA’S LETTER IS GOING TO CHANGE ANYTHING THAT M.R. HAS IN THE PIPELINE FOR THIS COUNTRY.LIKE I SAID IT WILL FIND ITS WAY TO THE W.P.B.
    BUT THEN AGAIN YOUR ABILITY TO THINK MAY HAVE BEEN RETARDED BY HAVING GONE TO THAT SCHOOL BY THE SEA. THE SALT IN THE SEA SPRAY HAS AN ABILITY TO PRESERVE ,YOU KNOW, AND IT PRESERVES YOUR BRAIN CELLS AT THE LEVEL OF YOUR CHILDHOOD WHEN YOU ENTERED THAT SCHOOL AND DOES NOT GIVE THEM A CHANCE OF DEVELOPING. DESPITE YOUR BODY DEVELOPING, OR HAS IT, YOUR BRAIN CELLS DO NOT. HENCE YOUR INABILITY TO THINK LIKE AN ADULT AND ACT LIKE ONE.

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      So is it the salt problem. If it did so much to the school I can imagine what it has done to the island.

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    WELL WELL SUMEDHA MR. PRABA WOULD HAVE BEEN THE IDEAL LEADER FOR SRI LANKA, AS PEOPLE LIKE YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN KEPT IN YOUR PLACE, ESPECIALLY WITH MURDEROUS REGIME LIKE THE RAJAPAKSES, AND A SPINELESS COWARD LIKE RANIL WICKREMASINGHE SRI LANKA OUR MOTHERLAND IS IN DISASTER….. FOOD FOR THOUGHT….. MILLIONS SPENT ON VICTORY DAY CELEBRATIONS….. GOVERNMENT SPONSORED BBS (BORU BALU SENA)…… WHAT IS HAPPENING TO SRI LANKA A COUNTRY OF PEOPLE WITH A SMILE WHO LIVED IN HARMONY OVER THE YEARS ……. DISSENTION CREATED BY A FEW POWER HUNGRY MENTALLY RETARDED PEOPLE SUCH AS GOTHA(BHAYA) …. WHO FLED SRI LANKA DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE WAR…. BUT NOW LIVES A LIFE OF A LEECH USING THE EXECUTIVE POWERS OF HIS BROTHER…… THE ALMIGHTY GOD WILL BRING AN END TO THIS SOOON….. JUST WAIT AND SEE. GOD IS GREAT… ALL THE TIME.

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    The CMU letter is a fine example of saying what there is to say succinctly trenchantly and forcefully, being outspoken while retaining the upper hand by never being discourteous. If CT correspondents take a leaf from this we can have better and more useful discussions. I also find the short document at the end (resolution of Delegates Conf Dec. 2012) a useful reminder.

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    CMU as usual since 1964 its politics of Trade-unionism of Trostkyism. political frame work of Bala Thampo is confined to improve living conditions certain level WHITE COLORS and shouting Revolutionary slogans…he had been escape form working class long time ago.

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    Ayyo… Why are we fighting about a letter that will never be understood let alone read.

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