By Shyamon Jayasinghe –
“In the country I live (Australia), a year ago the port of Darwin was given on lease to China and nobody raised a cry-because Parliamentarians here are cognitively superior to the ones in Sri Lanka.”
It is hard to find many examples in political exits at high levels that wear the bearings of being lame-legged, dull, and unexciting. I have met this gentleman, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, while he was in Melbourne about two years ago and I have been impressed by his extraordinary clarity of mind, fluent word-flow, and relaxed delivery all of which bundled together made Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe (WR) a most agreeable political personality-rather rare among the whole lot of rotten guys in Parliament today. WR had something of the class of the old brigade represented by Colvin R De Silva, NM Perera, Leslie Goonawrdena etc. On the other hand, he lacked something crucial for integrity that those gentleman – par-excellence did possess.
What an anticlimax to roll out of the team charge! I can see some antecedents that led WR to take this hurried step. The Sarath Fonseka elevation and the Rajitha Senaratne annoyance had been among the uppermost in Wijeyadasa’s neocortex. However, a mature mind would know how to emotionally manage oneself against obstacles like that. Politics is a long waiting game and only individuals who have the qualities of resilience can get on top of the situation. Ranil Wickremesinghe comes to my mind as just an illustration of that behavioural principle. It is sad that WR lacked that and that he succumbed to his hapless situation.
What an inglorious capitulation! Not in keeping with the high quality of this man. He said one thing and then said another that left his audience wondering whether WR was groping for excuses.
The Hambantota issue was the immediate cause. WR simply should have apologised on this instead of trying to defend himself with the poor brief. Having acceded to the Hambatota cabinet decision, WR tried to back out urging it was a sell-out. He, clearly, becomes guilty of violating cabinet responsibility. There is no defence possible there. Second, Hambantota was no “sell-out,” at all. It had been a lease and such leases are common strategies that governments all over the world do adopt given the failure of better options. In the country I live (Australia), a year ago the port of Darwin was given on lease to China and nobody raised a cry-because Parliamentarians here are cognitively superior to the ones in Sri Lanka. Darwin was an economic strategy. Likewise, one can see that Hambantota was one such. First, how are we to payback the massive loan debt? WR sheds crocodile tears for the people but does he want the people to pay for these loans? Second, China has a better prospect of managing the port profitably than we can ever have. China could manage that and the surrounding region and ensure significant trickle -down- flows in employment and income to the Hambantota people. WR says there isn’t a difference between a lease and a sell-out. There is, as the buyback of a lease is bound to be more cost-effective.
As a matter of legal fact, no property belonging to a country sold to a party of another country can ever represent an irrevocable sell-out for the simple reason that the country of location has the option of acquiring the block of land. The block may be sold but not the country and the block ultimately belongs to the country of its location.
Former Minister Wijeyadasa seems to be rejecting any idea of privatising land belonging to the government and he deems such act as a “sell out of national assets.” This, again, isn’t so. Lee Kuan Yew privatised large blocks and gave them out for development to the private entrepreneurs and the latter did a marvellous job-bringing in enormous trickle effects to the economy of Singapore. In Sri Lanka, we have large blocks of vacant and unused land belonging to the CGR and CTB. It is a wise policy to privatise them for suitable investment projects. WR says he stopped CTB land given once on this basis. Wasn’t that a foolish act?
The unexplained and inordinate delay of finalising court cases of those of the previous regime suspected of theft, abuse, and murder had also been a sore point especially among the UNP Working Committee and the population-at-large. True, the Minister of Justice cannot be held fully responsible. On the other hand, WR never made one submission that explains the issues with regard to the delays-some of them obvious instances. The perception had been that WR acted as a barrier. WR’s speeches in parliament a year-or-so ago defending one accused, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and the Avant Garde man, Senadhipathy, did not go down well. They were insensitive moves on his part. Pictures of WR and Senapdhipathy enjoying each other’s private company went viral on social media. Wijedasa Rajapakse should have been more sensitised and empathetic to such moves. He should have acted proactive. That is political skill.
Much has been reported about the positive side of Avant Garde. The newly appointed Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Sinnaiah, released some key information in an interview to the Ceylon Daily News today (24/8/17). The Navy Commander stated that the Avant Garde was originally a concept of the Sri Lanka Navy and he explained how the Navy ran that profitably while it was given away to the private company headed by Senadhipathy. Now, there you are: A ‘national asset,’ sold to a private firm! Navy Commander also points out how the decline in profits now after the re-takeover is due to the fact that some of the activities were separated out of the Navy. Said the Navy Commander: “The Avant Garde operation is just a theory. This was a Naval operation and plan. You have to be very clear that Onboard Security Operations (OBS) was brought up by the Navy at the end of the war. After the war when the SL Navy went to various countries, especially the UN, they asked us whether we were capable of going out there and defeating the Somali pirates because we were the most robust small boat fighting team in the world. The SL Navy is ranked No. 1 as the most experienced and robust teams.”
However, the real slump of the former Minister’s defence came when he shifted from defence to attack mode by stating that his dismissal was done to cloak the “bond scandal.” The insinuation is that Ranil Wickremesinghe would also get caught. This ‘forecast.’ of a case that is sub-juice isn’t right. Furthermore, all we have up to now is the COPE investigation report and that exonerates the Prime Minister over this issue. COPE even states that had Arjun Mahendran followed the PM’s advice this problem would not have arisen. Besides, on his own admission in his defence statement he had no authority over court investigations. How, then, could he have authority over the Presidential Commission?
*The writer can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
K. Anaga / August 24, 2017
‘Vice Admiral Sinnaiah released some information….’ It may not be trusted as he is a TAMIL. Ha! Ha
nimal fernando / August 24, 2017
“the port of Darwin was given on lease to China”
Try telling that to the Lankans! …………. and these are the same people who didn’t even say hmm when Mahinda gave a part of the port-city to the Chinese freehold. We would have had our very own Guantanamo Bay, few meters from our capital Colombo.
The appointment of the Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Sinnaiah should be unreservedly commended for giving a man his proper place ………… irrespective of all the claptrap, true to form in Lanka, that usually gets thrown in from all quarters in these matters ………….
Amarasiri / August 25, 2017
Through the grape vine, bulath vine, vettila vine….
Wijedasa 22nd night made a request to the president to grant him an opportunity to resign . When president inquired about this request from the P.M., the latter told him , the grace period given to Wijedasa had ended. In fact the letter from the P.M. requesting the president to sack Wijedasa was held back until 22nd evening because of the grace period , and until it was over . Wijedasa was granted that period to enable him to make his requests , but he did not make use of that , P.M. explained to the president .
Sadly Wijedasa Rajapakse lost both his ministerial portfolios not only for dilly dallying with the criminal cases after abjectly surrendering to bribes from the culprits but also because he was misled by a foolish soothsayer (woman) who told him he has Raja yoga ( luck of Kings ) . Thereby he only proved he is a confirmed imbecile and clown who deserves only the title ‘ modern moron cum two legged mutt’ and not ministerial portfolios.
Perhaps Wijedasa, and the soothsayer (woman) did not know that there was going to be a Total Eclipse of the Sun falling on the other side of the Earth he was standing on, in America….. Blind leading the blind..
Justice & Fairplay / August 25, 2017
At the end of the day it appears very much a cultural issue… of language , race and religion all inter-twined.
Our people know little but talk a lot whilst knowing little. They are also gullible in the extreme. Anyone dressed in a sarong earns “more belief” from the populace than a man in a shirt and trouser. This follows the unspoken belief that the former is a true son of this soil whilst the latter is an imposter; likely an agent of another outside force. To egg such beliefs on, there are plenty among the saffron clad gentry who will pour flammable fluid just to fan the flames.
Our people will remain gullible because there is no real plan to “educate” them. With so many ministries thrown about, it is a shame there is no separate ministry for Information. Or is there? I wouldn’t know. What I do know is that if there is one such, it is highly ineffective.
No one believes politicians anymore so it is a waste of time for them to speak on these national issues from the roof tops. But there is still some chance if an attempt is made to rope in respected professionals in a continuous discussion on national issues ON ALL CHANNELS during prime time. This includes primarily, the ITN and Rupavahini, both of which have to be completely overhauled.
One look at the sheer crap that is forced upon us during prime time should convince anybody of the glorious opportunities missed………..
nimal fernando / August 25, 2017
J & F,
“Anyone dressed in a sarong earns “more belief” from the populace than a man in a shirt and trouser.”
That baffles me too; no end.
Shenal / August 25, 2017
First off did the aussies ever objected to development of Darwin port? What we have here in Sri Lanka are the people who once ridiculed the very idea of the Htota port just because it was inaugrated by Mahinda and then selling it to the Chinese just to show that the port is unprofitable.
The port city was built on a Chinese loan and the then government chose to handover part of the land in liu for the payment for the development. So what do you suggest that we take no initiative to develop the country but wallowing in the dark saying there are huge debt crisis.
Amarasiri / August 24, 2017
” Second, Hambantota was no “sell-out,” at all. It had been a lease and such leases are common strategies that governments all over the world do adopt given the failure of better options. In the country I live (Australia), a year ago the port of Darwin was given on lease to China and nobody raised a cry-because Parliamentarians here are cognitively superior to the ones in Sri Lanka. Darwin was an economic strategy. Likewise, one can see that Hambantota was one such. First, how are we to payback the massive loan debt? WR sheds crocodile tears for the people but does he want the people to pay for these loans? Second, China has a better prospect of managing the port profitably than we can ever have. China could manage that and the surrounding region and ensure significant trickle -down- flows in employment and income to the Hambantota people. WR says there isn’t a difference between a lease and a sell-out. There is, as the buyback of a lease is bound to be more cost-effective.”
The average IQ of Para-Sri Lanans is 79, whereas the average IQ of Para-Australians is around 100. Wijedasa Rajapaksa and Mahinda Rajapaksa probably know that. So, both are playing to an audience who average IQ is below 79, and there are close to 10 million Paras who fall into that category, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho occupied by thew Paras from Bharat, India, Damba-Diva.
So, is thee any surprise here? After all well over 50% of the Paras believe that the Sun goes around the Earth, and believe in Astrology. Does Wijedasa Rajapaksa believe that? After all the day Wijedasa was sacked, there was a Total Eclipse of the Sun across the whole continental United states.
Mama Sinhalam / August 26, 2017
The joke is that when the Irish migrated to Australia, the IQ levels of both countries went up simultaneously. Why does Shaman give Australia as an example. They have plenty of land to sell. First they sold to the Japanese. Now they sell to the Chinese. The land is not theirs anyway. It belonged to the poor aboriginals.
Justice & Fairplay / August 25, 2017
Vice Admiral Sinniah appears a fine advertisement for a Naval Officer; one whom we all could be proud of. We – Sinhalese should be doubly proud that he is a Tamil, even though his race is an absolute non-issue.
One day I hope, this land will be given leadership by a non-Sinhalese and that is the day we could proudly say we are truly Sri Lankan. The faster we get there would signify this country’s liberation from bonds which are all self-created..
Thengai Srinivasan / August 24, 2017
The introduction of religious passion into politics is the end of honest politics, and the introduction of politics into religion is the prostitution of true religion.
Dealdasa was kicked out by Medamulana Mahinda and thrown out by Ranil.
Well Done UNP backbenchers!
Berty Gunathilaka / August 24, 2017
He started attacking Anura Kumara Dissanayaka
Then it was Field marshal Sarath Fonseka
Then it was Sandaruwan senadheera
Then it was Prof Sarath Wijesuriya
Then it was Dr. Rajitha Senaratne
Then it was Ajith Perera
Now it is Foot Note Kalliya
How come he is not attacking anybody from JO, or SLFP.?
Kumaran / August 24, 2017
I recall an incident I witnessed in 1956, during the famous General Elections of that year, when the UNP under the Late illustrious Sir John was defeated by SWRD. SWRD had garnered the support of the “Sangha” and stirred the passions of “Sinhala-Buddhists”. It was the general consensus of all within the ruling party and the right thinking people including main-stream Sinhalese who were Buddhist that this is the most dangerous area to which SWRD is dragging the nation.
One evening, I was in the Kandy Bogambara grounds with friends with whom we were playing a rugger match. (We were teenage students then) There was a political meeting and Sir John was passing the place when he heard a man in yellow robes speak abusively of what the latter believed. Sir John got off the car, walked up to the stage and gave this man a thundering slap making him run like a rabbit with hoots following him!!
Can anyone in their right mind give me ONE thing good that came from the three Banadaranayake leaders??!! All the problems we now have were started by SWRD, carried on by Mrs. B, and CBK made matters worse. Tell me ONE good thing that has come to this nation because of their policies?
Ad / August 25, 2017
Exactly. Life is only for a limited time. Outside this time no one exists, whether Pope, Allah or Buddha. We are living at time ‘t’ , not at t+1 or t-1. One has to understand to live happily at time t with ethical ideas and not poisoned with religion and caste or race.
soma / August 24, 2017
Avant Guard was a case of PRIVATIZATION which the writer much commends as a sensible policy. Socialists argue that it is great evil. If the then Defence Ministry is convicted of this charge a future government will hold the present UNP liable for many such acts. At that stage several companies contested to win the business and this company named Avant Guard succeeded. What must be investigated is whether there was any undue favouritism involved in this privatization process and if Gotabaya Rajapaksa had any involvement.
The rest is all political sensalization.
Barking Fish / August 24, 2017
The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has decided to initiate legal proceedings against Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake for allegedly making defamatory comments against lawyers.
Addressing the media at a press conference this afternoon, BASL Deputy President M. U. M. Ali Sabry said Ramanayake’s comments that the ‘majority’ of judges and lawyers in Sri Lanka were corrupt amounted to contempt of court.
He said if Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake had any knowledge of judges or lawyers who were corrupt he could go to the Police, the Judicial Services Commission, the Bribery Commission without making comments in public.
Speaking to reporters outside the Temple Trees on August 21 Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake accused former Justice and Buddhasasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe of protecting his ‘clients’ and said the majority of lawyers in Sri Lanka were corrupt.
Most BASL Members are Rajapaksa henchaiyas. That bugger Ali Sabry is in Mahindas payroll
mugalan / August 25, 2017
What Ramanayake said was that the majority of the lawyers and Judges are corrupt.
He did not say all the lawyers and Judges are corrupt. It is a figure of speech! .
If you open any daily paper you get news about corrupt judges.and lawyers. When you read news like that on daily basis, any layman would presume majority are corrupt.
Re corrupt lawyers to find them you need not go too far .Go to Parliament. How many lawyers cum MPS are involved in corruption.and out on bail
Even 2560 years ago Lord Buddha , while analyzing the dreams of King Kosala preached , that after 2500 years their will beset of people indulge in litigation(akin to Lawyers today) is like a Horse eating from both ends.Take money from his client and opponents.If the cap fits any corrupt lawyer could wear it
Thengai Srinivasan / August 24, 2017
We now live in a Country where Doctors destroy health
Lawyers destroy Justice
Universities destroy knowledge
The press destroys information
Religion destroy morals
anonymous / August 24, 2017
Well said, but, thankfully, I do not.
Mallaiyuran / August 24, 2017
For my part, “voters destroying democracy” in exchange vote for Biryani and arrack.
Ramza / August 24, 2017
The writer introduces WR as a genius first, then he goes on to prove WR’s foolishness ,theft he performed with diffrent sources, unwitty policies, bogus showing off with twisted toung and more discredits he has rightly engraved on Wijaydasa Rajapakesha which he deserves but most SriLanks will disagree with the first introductions…
Perriamama / August 24, 2017
The lengths to which this guy will go to whitewash Ranil and the UNP ……..kind of like our Dayan J!
Sri-Krish / August 24, 2017
Port of Darwin, Whether it is sale or lease, the most important thing is that it is part of One Road One Belt Chinese initiative
It is a controversial deal with wider geopolitical considerations.
Sri lanka a small independant country unintentionally being drawn into global conflict.
Money is the root of many evils. International relations should be carefully handled in order to reap maximum benefit without harming the long term interests of the country.
thondamannay / August 24, 2017
port of Darwin was given on lease to China and nobody raised a cry
Shameless jayasinghe, do not compare apples & oranges.
Do not compare outback Darwin with that of Hambantota.
Travis Sinnaiah should get about his Naval work and not in cross talk or trying counter every to dick & harry.
Sinnaiah should be focused on the job and improvements.
other matters must leave it to the politicians. That is how a good commander get about his work.
Jimsofty / August 24, 2017
Shyamon Jayasingh: you continues to write as an very dishonest and biased individual. How about there was something else being cooking behind before this. Now, the new minister, the woman has come she says, Bond sacms were happening even before. So, you can understand what wil; happen. ————–Every Politician who have being accused for fradulent or criminal activities they should step down. If you check news report, every one politician is taking the need to attend the parliament as an excuse to ppst pone the case. On the otherhand, you know how Ranil wickramsinghe increased the allowance for attending the parliament. So, the govt is corrupt from the president to prime minister to lower down. Because, those two help corruptions. On the other hand people like you, many, support those corruptions simply because of party politicss.
Jimsofty / August 24, 2017
Sri lanka got loans and built the harbour and it is located along the most busy sea routs in the world. they leased it for 99 years.——————they could have restructuress Avant guard in order to get more profits to the govt., instead harassing it…………Only mistake they di dnot have Good administrative practices and used weapons taken from LTTE without taking those weapons to a inventory. but, the Central bank which ws under Ranil, robbed with the help of the singaporean citizen appointed by Ranil himself.
Non PhD / August 24, 2017
I’m glad you made ShymonJ ‘s 2 dimensional view of Darwin Port issue into a 3 dimensional one with ” Port of Darwin, Whether it is sale or lease, the most important thing is that it is part of One Road One Belt Chinese initiative
It is a controversial deal with wider geopolitical considerations.
.Sri lanka a small independant country unintentionally being drawn into global conflict.”
I hope SJ appreciate that.
Also I agree with Ramza about your introduction of WR.
SJ , how can you compare WR to that of the pre 1969 LSSP comrades .
If SJ does not agree let’s ask former comrade David Kumar.
May be SJ should have compared WR to post 1972 comrades like Tissa, Vasudeva , Dinesh and the likes in his introduction.
K.Pillai / August 24, 2017
Shyamon paragraph 1: “……….I have met this gentleman, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, while he was in Melbourne about two years ago and I have been impressed by his extraordinary clarity of mind,………..”.
The Sunday Island of 20 August attributes the following statements personally delivered off WR’s personal mouth
“The Buddhist leaders and others should decide on an alternative political leadership.”
“When I speak about the problems faced by the Sinhala Buddhist majority, they call me a racist, they say I am a ‘gothrikaya’ (a tribal), but when minorities talk about their issues, they are patriots.”
Clarity of mind my foot! Extraordinary clarity of mind my my my foot!!!
Lion / August 24, 2017
Sri Lankan people who live in AUS…UK.. all want to establish systems of those countries in Sri Lanka… They all walk that extra mile to criticize ..look down or run down poor people ..Buddhist clergy of this Country.
Though the people live in their newly adopted or acquired affluent culture, one inherent Sri Lankan quality have not changed ..;
That is …BASHING THEIR MOTHER…restarining the desire to say in Sinhala..?
The favorite sport of Shaymon Jayasinghe…
Lankan No 1 / August 25, 2017
What a joke is this?
Sri Lanka needs to come out of narrow minded mentality.. sorry to say that some of Sinhalese politicians are narrow minded ..
Economic crisis would have been avoid if they have inclusive politics …treat all.communtieis equally and take maximum of benefit from each communities .
This does not happen now ..
Look how many rich people of Sri Lankan origin live abroad now . But most of them do not do any good for Sri lanka. Why ?.
Had each one got Sri Lanka a/c Sri Lanka would not need to suffer ..some Sinhalese politicians want to eat whole cake do not want to share it with any one..
WR is like that .
Not fitting for justice ministry
Hate minority communities
He should be behind bars for inciting violence ?
How could we expect peace.
Now we have peace .
But what mechanism we have to sustain it ?
We have failed on it?
We should not let another LTTE come?
So please maintain peace in Sri Lanka.
It is possible only by inclusive politics ?
Minorities should be given equal rights
K A Sumanasekera / August 25, 2017
Walasmulla Rajapaksa has a real PhD, unlike Dr Ranil’s which came from Melbourne……WR donated LKR 50 Million to Maharagama Cancer Hospital………. Unlike Jaamanne’s Yahapalana Lot, WR has not taken LKR 34 Million from the Tax payers by selling his Yahapalana Car Permit……Neither he has asked Aloysious for a free Digs in a Colombo Postcode…….He is the only dude who can save the Sinhala Buddhist inhabitant population from being pushed back to the ” luxuries ” of the 1900s Rule by the Colonials and their Brown Boys…… which Emil Aiiya and the Lot always reminisce …………… .No wonder uncle Shaymon wants WR to cow down to Tommiya, Ajii, Senasinghe, Lot and allow Dr Ranil to change the Constitution and give Sambandan the Federal State ……………….
Agnos / August 25, 2017
I particularly recall the time when the Rajapaksa regime impeached then Chief Justice, Shirani Bandaranayake, and replaced her with Mohan Peiris, Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha was the head of the BASL and made a lot of noises in support of the lady. He said the BASL lawyers would boycott the supreme court. Then he had some sort of a deal with the Rajapaksas and suddenly went quiet about it; the BASL went back to business as usual. I knew then that WR was not to be trusted. The pictures on CT showing him on vacation in the US with the Avant Garde people simply reinforced this lack of trust.
Once part of the new regime, he also made much about his Sinhala-Buddhist nationalist credentials, often drawing heavy praise from those aligned with the Rajapaksas, such as Dayan Jayatilleka. This created much suspicion about his links to the Rajapaksas.
So his ouster came rather late; now that it is finally done, the question is whether the new justice minister will show results quickly.
K A Sumanasekera / August 25, 2017
Looks like the Bells now Toll for Dr Ranil’s Aalsatian Tommiya ……….Yahapalana suckers must be gutted…..They haven’t had time to have a proper Climax ……..Best quip is from none other than a Yahapalanan Minister UNP Thevere……….Here is what Thevere said about Tomiya………”.Uge. Hakke Budhu Rass ….. Bade Dada mus” …..Can anyone help with the translation………..Analyst, Mike , Berty ??// Where is NV?………
Vichara / August 25, 2017
“dismissal was done to cloak the “bond scandal.”
That is the absolute truth. The key UNP MPs who cried for WR’s blood were also from the “footnote” clique. Let us wait for further revelations, provided the Commission and the AG is allowed a free hand.
By the way what is period of lease of the Darwin port?
Truth Seeker / August 25, 2017
Saimon, as usual is cheering Ranil’s corruption from the sidelines. There is no secret that they wanted dumb Thalatha as Justice Minister to order AG’s not to bring the real culprit behind the bond scam, Ranil P.U.K.A to book. But wait, De Livera and Kodagoda are not going to bend so easily. So Saimon Saparamadus will have to lick their own back sides when that happens.
Prasad / August 25, 2017
There was a gentleman in the USA. People described him as classy, educated, calm, energetic most of all he was described as an upcoming model politician from the Republican Party. His name was Theodore Robert Bundy.
Freeda / August 25, 2017
Hi time you stop licking Ranil’s back side.
Freeda / August 25, 2017
I live there too. Sometimes worse things happens there too.
Sugath / August 25, 2017
SJ states thus”In the country I live (Australia), a year ago the port of Darwin was given on lease to China and nobody raised a cry-because Parliamentarians here are cognitively superior to the ones in Sri Lanka”
SJ does not know that the Federal Govt of “the country where he lives” has not agreed with the Darwin lease. They at least appear to be cognitively superior to SJ and the State which did the deal. Pl read the foll. press report.
By political reporter Eliza Borrello
Updated 18 Mar 2016, 6:56am
Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has announced a tightening of the nation’s foreign investment rules in the wake of the controversial “sale” of the Port of Darwin to a Chinese company.
From the end of the month, the Foreign Investment Review Board will need to approve the sale of critical infrastructure belonging to the states and territories, such as airports and ports, to private companies.
The rules will apply to any critical asset worth more than $250 million.
Mama Sinhalam / August 26, 2017
Apart from the “sacking” of the clown, there are two messages in Shaman’s article. One is that the Hambantota transaction is a lease. This is misleading. A lease for a long or short time is still an alienation of land for the designated period. Any two bit lawyer will tell you that.
The second is privatisation. This is a neoliberal mantra that has lost its shine in the West. Privatisation in the UK has meant that individuals become richer by using public infrastructure to run public monopolies at enormous profits. Singapore is not an example. The large amount of housing is provided by the Housing Development Board and utilities for it are supplied by the Public Utilities Board. Both are state corporations as is most business in Singapore, run sometimes as private corporations (Singapore Airlines, DBS Bank etc.) but with a heavy government presence on their Boards.
The Darwin lease is not a done deal yet. Let Shaman not mislead the people sitting in an alien land of lotus eaters. If he wants to support this government that is okay but do so on the basis of facts.
Michael Sonnadara / August 26, 2017
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Shyamon Jayasinghe / August 26, 2017
TO SUGATH. Australia is a federal government and Darwin belongs to a quasi -federal state called Northern Territory that comes under a federal structure. The 99- year lease was awarded to a Chinese-owned Company called Landbridge by NT. In view of security considerations, there were initial questions raised by the Australian government and Washington. That has now been settled. The report you cite is outdated.