19 November, 2018

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Working With Women Is Difficult – Sri Lanka’s Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa

Women taking the lead sometimes obstructs work in progress, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa said.

The Speaker made these remarks when the Women’s parliamentary group met at the Parliamentary Complex today under the chairmanship of Minister Sumedha Jayasena.

“This is not something I am saying. When women take the lead there is a tendency to not listen to anyone else. It is like this in a lot of places. It becomes difficult to work. If a woman is in charge of a District Secretariat or Divisional Secretariat or any other high office, they have a tendency to exert their authority over that place. So because of that, sometimes justice is not done,” Speaker Rajapaksa said.

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    He has misstated.. what he should have told is: “Women in position do not listen to wrong advice or wrong requests and definitely not where they are requested to do the wrong thing”. Shirani is a good example. The speaker is only a puppet in the hands of the President, this was proven in him listening to the President’s requests and appointing all sorts of Parliamentary Select Committees, that too with members who will support the regimes views. What legitimacy has the speaker got to talk about women when he himself is a “yes sir no sir three bags full sir” person?

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      This guy is an ex-Ralahamy with a JPUM (Junior Pass Unable to pass any Major exam). Whatever he states has to be taken with a pail of salt and not with a pinch of salt!

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        Ex-Ralahamy or Ex-Policeman? Whatever it may be, he is said to have “un-official” access to women who are not “liberal”. As he is said to have enjoyed uninterrupted access to “imprisoned” women, he may be finding difficult to access liberal women at high positions, who command but not yield easily.

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        Oh no.
        He may have tried something else. and got kiked out.

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        Mike:
        You are WRONG. “JPUM” means “Junior pucked,unable matriculate.”
        In any event, what do you expect from the oldest of a family of violent morons?

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          Thanks for correcting me. I shall stick to it in future comments.

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        TODAY^S REGIME HAS NO SUCH LIKE NORMS OR SELECTION CRITERIA THAT THE CANDIDATES SHOULD BRING AS MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS MARKED IN THE GAZETTE NOTIFICATIONS. BEST QUALIFICATIONS ARE TO COMPLY WITH RULERS^ SO CALLED PRINCIPLES.EXCEPT FEW CANDIDATES, ALMOST OVER 90% OF CURRENT PARLIAMENT AND PUBLIC SECTOR ARE EITHER WITHOUT REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS OR NO QUALIFICATIONS BUT VIT B ARE APPOINTED TO THE GOVT POSTS. THIS HAS BEEN GETTING CLEAR SINCE THE WAR IS OVER – AND LOOKING AT THE THE APPOINTEES TO FOREIGN MISSIONS SINCE THEN ARE MAINLY FROM FORMER ARMY PERSONNELS. Srilankens in general are NOT stupid though easily manipulative to see that police and army personnel in general dont need to have Olevels when entering to those positions. And also it is a fact that during the war times, a larger number of candidates without any qualifications were appointed as army, navy and air force personnels.

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      while im in no way supportive of the decision to kick her out, you must admit that Shirani WAS a yes-woman and a top-class henchman until things got too hot even for her…

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        Women can generally be put into 6-categories, if viewed from the “point of the Speaker Chamal Rajapaksha.
        a) Accessible women;
        b) Inaccessible women;
        c) Submissive women;
        d) Commanding women;
        e) Demanding women;
        f) Inactive women.

        With KP’s criteria there can be “Yes” women and “No” women. However Yes and No do not mean positive and negative if viewed from the context suggested by KP.

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      Women’s groups should ask Chamal Rajapassa to resign and get out! He should have been impeached for the illegal removal of the CJ. He is a national disgrace to make such remarks without any statistical evidence.
      Though women are over 50 percent of the population, there are less that five percent in the Diya-wenna parliament of uneducated thugs, criminals, thieves and morons who sadly comprise Sri Lanka’s parliament.
      What an uneducated moron like the rest of his brothers this Chamal Rajapassa is! It is corrupt and criminal MALE politicians and thugs in the particularly in the Rajapassa circle who have screwed up Lanka and now they say that women are difficult to work with – when women are rarely given a chance by the sexist and men who are constantly fighting and killing one another for power and money.

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      Under this man entire democracy come down to knee. CJ impeachment totally shame to entire country.Even today a single parliamentarian never had the right to stand as democracy member.He is the most lower grade speaker in the history of Sri lanka. Poor Ranil team no spine to bring the no confidential motion to him. Because Ranil is the weakest leader in the UNP history & well paid.Entire country is waiting to see the respectable & professional member from Rajapakse family.

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      They dont go against UNCIVILIZED men in their bunch instead trying attack women.

      As recently clearly shown by an article published by CT – how that most uncivilized MP (Kumara ?) attacked Rosi senanayke with all these powerful big boys watching it happening… These men from Hambantota are suffering from all forms of inferior complex not being able to get on with any powerful women in and out the country. Germany^s Angela Merkel ^s politics have been very successful – with reduction significant numbers in unemployed rates since she became to BKanzerlin. And even CBK managed hold it control within the margine of law and order in her first term of the office. Paving the way JVPers to join the parliament democracy and creating better enviroment for lanken youth following a most dangerous insurgency in which over 50k youth of the country went missing.

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    What a disgraceful sexist!! So I suppose his Honor thinks that the men who lead the country are doing a splendid job! When the leaders of this country are so ignorant, arrogant and blatantly sexist what hope is there for gender equality, justice or progress.

    He says “If a woman is in charge of a District Secretariat or Divisional Secretariat or any other high office, they have a tendency to exert their authority over that place. So because of that, sometimes justice is not done.” Does he seriously think justice is done the way he and his brothers are running the show now?

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      Soni

      “What a disgraceful sexist!! “

      He is a male chauvinist pig

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        N V;

        “Working With Women Is Difficult”

        Any body who says this is, may have got a good kick on his ASS or On His Groin.

        [at home or some other beef stall]

        And Still Got the Pain .

        JUST IMAGINE HOW DID HE FEEL it.

        I cant stop my Laugh.

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          JULAMPITIYE AMARAYA

          “Any body who says this is, may have got a good kick on his ASS or On His Groin.”

          Do you think groin is much better than their bump.

          Sri Lankan man’s brain is situated between the two.

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            We fogot Something, dont we?????.

            “Working With Women Is Difficult “– Sri Lanka’s Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa.
            That is why, His Brother Sent the CHIEF JUSTICE
            HON MRS Bandaranayake Home,
            sacking her from the post.

            They Tried , But At last,
            they said that Those GRAPES ARE BITTER.

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    This former policeman would be aware of how women who visit police stations to make complaints,or because of having been summoned which they dared not disobey,are treated in police stations.
    No woman dares to visit a police station alone.
    Now he is in an environment where all his actions are watched,and where he has to be tolerant and polite.
    Must be very stressful for him!

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    This Wikipedia entry explains it all:

    Shirani Bandaranayake … was impeached by Parliament and then removed from office by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in January 2013. The impeachment followed a series of rulings against the government by the Supreme Court… Bandaranayake was replaced as chief justice by former Attorney General Mohan Peiris. Peiris is considered to be an ally of President Rajapaksa and his appointment is seen by critics as further consolidation of power by the president and his family.

    Peiris is considered to be an ally of President Rajapaksa and his appointment is seen by critics as further consolidation of power by the president and his family.

    >>>> consolidation of power by the president and his family <<<<

    I'm sorry – I'm not from Sri Lanka, but what is the speaker's last name again?

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    I hope this guy was misquoted. If not this statment is not only sexist but also stupid in a country where we had two ladies lead Mother and Daughter at that. Can he honestly say those govt. were more corrupt than that of his brothers. Under their leadership did so many criminals get nomination to represent the people.

    “When women take the lead there is a tendency to not listen to anyone else. It is like this in a lot of places. It becomes difficult to work.”

    Get a big mirror call your brothers too and stand in front.

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    “high office, they have a tendency to exert their authority over that place. So because of that, sometimes justice is not done,”

    —-

    is he talking of the Rajapakshe’s,especially Gota.If he is referring to his three brothers then instead of “sometimes justice is not done” he should change it to “most of the time”.

    Does he not realise that when he keeps women out of high positions he is halving the pool of talented and capable people.With already the pool of talent reduced considerably by overseas migration,further depletion because of such outdated theories spells no good for the future of this country with its patriarchal society.Take a cue from the tamils who have a matriarchal society and are doing quite well all over the world even competing effectively with westerners.

    It is high time people with such attitudes resigned and allowed the younger generation to take over otherwise they will take the country backwards not forwards and we will become an uncompetitive nation.

    Hasn’t this man heard of the word meritocracy.he has not heard of that because if not for his brother he would not be holding the current position which i presume he considers a high office not fit for women but very suitable for nepotism.

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      Shankar @,

      It is just they cant get on with meritocrats.

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        Not only meritocrats,they find it difficult to work with women because they are male chauvinistic pigs.From the time they were born in this patriarchal society they see the way the womenfolk in their homes are treated by the men,so when they grow up and go to work and when they realise they can’t treat them like that in the workplace they get damn wild and start saying it is difficult to work with them.You heard the outburst from gota when frederica called.It was his way of telling how dare you a woman,call me to tell that i have done something wrong.It is mindboggling for them that a woman could have the audacity to call and talk to them like that because they have seen them being treated like doormats in their homes when they were kids.

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    the speaker has spoken the unspeakable

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      This indicates the quality of the current day speaker for country^s parliament. It is the just they have no precedence rating to any core issues. It is like people expect from skilled workers to deliver professional tasks. The situation should be unbearable to powerful female leaders like Rossy Senanayake in the parliament.

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    Hmm may be that’s why some of the most peaceful and prosperous Scandinavian countries have a large number of female law makers . what an idiot

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    He must have made this observation after seeing the threat from Mrs. Vass Gunawardene to expose the first family.

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      Remember, how they treated CJ Dr. SB in PSC discussion sessions ?

      These buggers are literally uneducated rascals. They have that in their blood. This morning I asked myself why chief GOVT whip Dinesh Gunawardena also needs to cover the british murder case by saying ” that the gf of the murdered british man was not raped” – how dare he express anything about the facts since the relevant DNA test is being delayed by the authorities.
      http://www.ceylontoday.lk/16-37444-news-detail-khuram-shaikhs-partner-was-not-raped.html
      Family of murdered UK citizen has raised the question why it takes to reveal the results of the DNA test for such a long time like 18 months.

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    The whole Rajapakse family are against human rights. It is shame those women parliamentarian’s from this government and equal rights campaigners still remain with them. They all should resign.

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      You mean Malani, Geetha, Anarkali – you think they will ever leave voluntarily ?

      If they had any shame, they should not have entered the parliament. What is their contribution ? How qualified are they to hold such a post ? They know very well their contribution is zero just like the rest of the men folks.

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        Dont talk rubbish,

        They all are contributing and serving them verywell.

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        You left out Paba, Hitlerpaksha’s favourite?

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    No,no! We have all misunderstood the poor old guy. What he really said was that men like to please women, so they never disagree with them. What an oaf!

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    the good for nothing farmer is referring to the ex-chief justice who the brothers & company illegally impeached and sent home as well as the ex president CBK and the human rights commissioner navnetahn pillay

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    All of you have got it wrong. He is speaking after his experience when he held the Ministry of Ports. Who ran that Ministry? No one else other than his own “wife”. That “affair” became so intolerable, MR himself had to fight it out at Madamulana. That is how he was “promoted” to a post of no “value added” to the family.

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    Ko K A SUMANASEKARA ( LEELA OF LEE POTTER) on this article,he might even say that our hon speaker chamal rajapakse is coached by sambandan on TNA (LEELA HAS A CRUSH ON HIM) to say this haahhahahaha

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    Oh! Oh!! Where is this joker Jimsofty? No comments from him!

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      I understand he has embraced Islam and is fasting during the current month of Ramadan??

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    lol…thats funny but true at times .

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    “Working With Women Is Difficult – Sri Lanka’s Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa”

    Honorable Speaker,

    stop speaking, try Viagra women may respond better.

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    I feel women particularly should ignore these comments. This only makes that MCP popular

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    No men that is not the case. Seeya was trying to hit on some dudettes and they started to sing [Edited out] so naturally seeya is balked by such female audacity

    We are sorry, the comment language in English – CT

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    Here you go…another big discussion and gender issue. I am writing this to …

    May be ladies and gentlemen
    May be ladies who have leaderships and braveries
    May be ladies who have backbone
    May be women who think progressive thinkers
    May be gender ideologists and gender advocates
    May be broadminded and progressive women
    May be ladies who fight for gender and equal opportunity researchers
    May be women studies specialists
    May be women politicians who have backbone
    May be mothers who have strong vision to their daughters
    May be fathers who have robust dream to their daughters

    Do not just waste your time; show your fake anger, or writing few unrealistic words in public media like this. I am sure by tomorrow this discussion and your unrealistic words and anger will be history and I am 100% sure you will watch Mahela Jayawardena’s batting or Malinga’s balling or will go to Namal Rajapakse’s meeting and cheering him. So forget about whatever Chamal R. said here. It is another insignificant drama. It is perfectly Ok in Sri Lanka.

    If you think I am stupid, arrogant, overconfident, unrealistic, non-patriotic, or another male who have the same thinking mind like Chamal then be my guest.

    Or

    If you have the guts then show your real leadership, your advocacy, your braveness, your progressiveness, your research, and your specialties in next election to CHANGE people like Chamal.

    As you know your population is higher than male in Sri Lanka and you recognize your gender population is much higher than male in higher education. So you should be strong and smart in decision making. Right?

    If you consider you are much smarter than men in and out house decision-making, then show your strength in next election to Change person like Chamal

    If you think you have been undermined by Chamal (in my view it is nothing) then show you braveness to change this situation in next election

    If you think Chamal was Ex-Ralahamy not suitable for Speaker, then Change it

    If you think Chamal is junior pucked, unable matriculate, then show your vision to change this situation

    If you think Chamal is the oldest of a family of violent morons and not suitable for speaker, then change it.

    If you believe CJ’s removal is wrong then stand for right thing and change that not happening next time

    If you thin MRs’ are corrupt and criminal MALE politicians then show your guts to change it

    If you think Ranil is the weakest leader in the UNP history & well paid, then change it or ask Mithiri she know about it whether he is strong or not. I hope she is strong gender vision person

    If you think Chamal is a male chauvinist pig.. then be my guest to change it

    If you think “the whole Rajapakse family are against human rights” then be the progressive person toward human rights in next election and change it.

    So my final word for progressives ladies and gentlemen is (especially ladies) don’t waste your time and few unrealistic words in public media. Just be cool at home for cooking, washing, cleaning, take children to school. You will be taken care of. Because men know how to do business and we are good at it. You know what I’m saying.

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      So, why should we bother if the parliament^s speaker is a former police rala. He may know why the police is totally ineffective today.

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    HE SHOULD HAVE REALIZED THIS THE DAY HIS HONEYMOON ENDED
    THE SPEAKER,IS COMING OUT WITH HOME TRUTHS.
    HAVING PROBLEMS WITH SHIRANI?
    HE IS A PUPPET,- HIS PROBLEMS ARE WITHIN FAMILY.
    IF NOT!! HE MUST HAVE GOT SLIPPERED BY ROSY’S HIRUNIKAS AND THEIR KIND

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      ShiraniR is not educated person to run any kind of programs. Can you give us any good example where she has represented the country in so called programs she is reported to have been engaging with ? As some media institutions have reported – no idea them being truth or not, she is said to be running illegal gold import sales with several others from cmbo business arena.

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    On behalf of all Sri Lankan mothers, sisters and daughters I vehemently condemn the Speaker’s remark against women which not only exposes his ignorance and disrespect for our mothers/sisters in general but his lack of due decorum toward the notion of equal rights for women which are enshrined in the Sri Lanka’s Constitution. As we all know quite well, Sri Lankan women are the largest source of foreign exchange for Sri Lankan coffers as the domestic workers in the middle east remit over 5 billion dollars a tear while workers in the tea plantation contribute their hard labor to earn foreign exchange from tea exports and garment sector employees bring over 6 billion worth foreign exchange from the sale of garments to foreign countries. Then there are over 80,000 sole women bread winners who have become destitute due to war and violence. Above all, all Sri Lankans irrespective of their gender, class, region, race and political affiliations are proud of our late Woman Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike who became the first woman Prime Minister of the world. Her contribution to Sri Lanka’s progress as a nation and its image and its relations abroad are unparalleled by all standards and did a great service to the nation which continues to benefit the country and people even today almost 5 decades after her reign. Judging by all women have done to promote Sri Lanka and its governance before and after independence, I am sure all women,mothers and daughters in Sri Lanka would treat the Speaker’s pathetic remark is not only insulting and disgusting to all women and feminism as a whole, but truly represents Sri Lanka Governemt’s policy of discrimination meted out to women in particular and the ordinary working class in general.

    I humbly request all progressive women, women rights activists and all like minded people and political parties to join hands and launch a protest campaign against the Speaker ( brother of the President ) and the Government on the abusive remark made against all Sri Lankan women and the ill treatment/ insulting of women in the Parliament by non other than the custodian of the Sri Lankan Parliament and a 77 years old father coming from a southern political family which is regarded as one of the elite families to rule the country in the 21st century.

    May long live Sri Lanka and its women hood/feminism .

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    Is the Speaker aware that he is degrading his mother.

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    i suppose he would rather prefer to sleep with women rarher than working with them.

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