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The Fonseka Revelations And Presidential Palpitations

logo-insight_politics_newA day in politics is long. A month? Sri Lanka is set for a blockbuster, rib bruising battle during the next 40 plus days. The battle lines are clearly drawn and irrespective of who wins the next presidential election Sri Lanka will emerge as a deeply divided nation… politically.

Gen. Sarath Fonseka, Ranil Wickremesinghe and Mahinda Rajapaksa

Gen. Sarath Fonseka, Ranil Wickremesinghe and Mahinda Rajapaksa

The LTTE is defeated though the Tamil problem remains. The war is over but the economy is tottering. Corruption is yet rampant. Lawlessness and crime are on the increase. The emergence of nationalism after the defeat of the LTTE has not brought the desired economic, social wellbeing or reconciliation amongst Sri  Lankans.

Sarath Kongahage and Mangala Samaraweera

Sarath Kongahage and Mangala Samaraweera

Despite a couple of years to the credit of the incumbent to address these problems, an election was called. The race is now on between the two front runners, both using the nationalistic theme to muster the Sinhala majority vote. The importance of the greater split amongst this vote bank appears to contain the winning formula. The country will elect a president who the majority would consider is the better “patriot” by assessing the merits of the campaigns up to January 26, 2010. But the law will allow him to rule for six years.

Leading up to Gen Sarath Fonseka’s appearance in the political firmament President Rajapaksa was on a roller coaster ride of popularity amongst the majority community. Though the President said that “there are no minorities” amongst the population, 300,000 Tamils were confined to camps. It was the international community and certain sections of the media that were interested in them being resettled in their natural habitats as early as possible.

Victory hype

Of course the government had the luxury of having the majority community on a high after the famous victory over the LTTE and hence the IDP issue was not too much of a “political” bother for President Rajapaksa. The international community was marketed at best as interfering and the section of media espousing the release of IDPs as non patriots. This was soon to wither when Gen Sarath Fonseka stripped his uniform to don civilian attire and hurl his hat into the political arena. The majority community was confused. Two from the same stables with like credentials were pitted against each other.
The nomination day turned out to be the drama that was to be expected. 22 are running for presidency and most of them are simply shadow candidates of President Rajapaksa or Gen. Sarath Fonseka merely forwarded to enhance the legal presence of polling agents and counting staff. They would also be entitled to air time on national radio and TV at which stage it would become clear as to which of these candidates are in fact using the system to prop up President Rajapaksa or Gen Sarath Fonseka.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will address 33 public meetings having begun at Sri Maha Bodhiya and  Gen Sarath Fonseka having started from Kandy will address 36. Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe will address public rallies from December 26.

Cross-overs galore

The criss crossing of parliamentarians and other politicians will continue unabated showing how weak the fundamentals are within the system though the J.R. Jayewardene constitution envisaged a party first model. Johnston Fernando and Indika Bandaranayake crossed over to the government and were promptly rewarded with ministries. With a burgeoning cabinet of ministers already burdening the exchequer this was the last nail in the coffin. Sadly the opposition has not been able to capitalise on this issue.
The week started on a sensational tone: Sarath Fonseka gave an exclusive interview to this newspaper and it was this story that kept the entire country talking all week only interrupted by the handing in of nominations. On our website it attracted an unprecedented 1,214 comments with many times more than that in hits. What the former General claimed was sensational – that the Defence Secretary had ordered the killing of all LTTEers – that surrenders were not acceptable.

It created a furor of the most grave proportions. The government was aghast that Fonseka made such claims. The country was divided – should Fonseka be saying these things, especially if they were true then they were operational matters and should he be saying this.

Said same thing

Well, most everybody had forgotten that the General had said as much last July – in a speech made in Ambalangoda when he was being feted by his old school. At that speech he did not make the allegation that his orders emanated from the Defence Secretary – but he certainly made the statement that LTTE cadres were killed in the process of surrendering. His claims made in July found its way into the report commissioned by the US Congress and it was one of the points highlighted by the US in their quest to have an investigation into war crimes.

What needs to be said at this juncture however is that the General to his credit refused to refute the lead story in The Sunday Leader last week, despite intense pressures from his alliance partners to do  so.  At a hurriedly summoned meeting one hour before he was to meet the press he insisted “I cannot and will not deny the story,” he told The Sunday Leader. At this meeting were  Mangala Samaraweera, Tiran Alles, Anura Kumara Dissanayake and Vijitha Herath.

However, the General’s team of alliance partners was strongly of the view that the story would entail a serious political fall-out for him when the campaign proper kicked off. After much arguing and debate, the General in consultation with his political alliance agreed that he would issue a ‘clarification’ of what exactly happened on the ground. “It will not be a denial but a clarification,” he said.

This clarification he requested we carry in our newspaper this week.  Which we have done on page one as agreed.

In the breach

Mangala Samaraweera launched his Dare To Dream blog amidst a lot of style in typical Mangala fashion. The former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva took the opportunity to remind all and sundry that the President was in breach of a number of constitutional provisions including the appointment of his successor. The star of the event though was the darling of the collective opposition, Sarath Fonseka. Certainly General  Fonseka could not have chosen a better media man than Samaraweera himself.
The credit for engineering the calling of this election must go to Mangala Samaraweera and Ranil Wickremesinghe. Out of virtually nothing they both managed to create palpitations within the presidential camp and bring to the foreground various issues but the ones that got the most prominence were on the Executive Presidency and corruption.

However, for all the allegations the opposition has not come up with any specifics against the President himself in terms of corruption. Not a single case against Mahinda Rajapaksa has been highlighted. Plenty of allegations have been levelled against the President but in the end they have been little more than rhetoric and contradictions.
For instance, the opposition levelled claims that the former Australian High Commission site in Colombo was purchased by Mahinda Rajapaksa only to switch track and lay the claim that it was Namal Rajapaksa after all.  More recently in Wattala the charge was that the purchaser of this property was Mahinda Rajapaksa. In fact though, the property was purchased by Dhammika Perera, businessman extraordinaire and the BOI Chief to boot – where Perera is said to be building his personal residence.

Lack of resolve

What has become apparent with this opposition is a lack of resolve to see through these charges of corruption to a conclusion. The opposition – and this is not merely the UNP but the JVP too — have sought the sanctity of parliamentary privilege to highlight their allegations but have done significantly little to bring matters to a conclusion, by resorting to legal action.
In that respect Vasudeva Nanayakkara has backed his claims up by engaging and initiating legal action to correct what he said was manifestly corrupt. But Vasudeva too has not brought a single allegation to court against any politician and therein lies the rub.

The Kandy launch of Gen Sarath Fonseka’s campaign saw massive crowds and the President’s first outing too was equally well attended. Now that the race is on more would unfold in the days to follow. Last week’s lead article was well received by the government and some senior politicians took time to thank this newspaper and also followed up by reproducing the front page as election campaign boosting material for President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Yet other quarters from the same camp were hastily getting ready to file action against this newspaper. Right hand does not know what the left hand does it seems. More would unfold within the next week in this political box office drama. What it portends for Sri Lanka doesn’t seem to matter other than which side wins.

61 Comments for “The Fonseka Revelations And Presidential Palpitations”

  1. Neil.C.Wijeratne

    What is needed is a change.We need to change the people in Power, the system in operation and the various political issues that are presently not being addressed in the propoer order.We need to establish rule of law and bring about a change that would ensure that justice and fairplay is maintained.Too many affairs are controlled and adjudicated by the Presidency. The system is bound to lead to more and more corruption rather than welfare of the people.If there is denial of rule of law and human rights by conferring power once again on an individual or a Governing group that has not indicated the willingness to execute those amendments that were essentially for the benefit of the people.,the peoples power must be brought back to force.It is in thwe interest of democracy that we should change.

    • Mins

      Same useless cry. ‘Change’. This is ridiculous US mentality. But what has obama changed so far.

      You may change anything that is not good. Do not think of changing good things. Present President will be in power until 2017.

      • rattie

        US , US , US, seems like all are against US policies…..ho ho what a joke… while you guys are bn fooled,, in case of some defeat Defence secretary will also run to US to live…what a joke…????mey serama oylawa gonata andanawa…i have a question. waradilawath US lottery eka dinuwoth oya US walata banina aya pack karagena yanney nadda??????? President sinhalen US ekata baninawa,,,english walin hondha kiyanawa..ingreesi danney nathi apey wahensela hari jolly………

      • True Lion

        Hey Mins,

        Current goverment has uneducated fools just like you .

        In US thre are 40 million people live with out having healthcare insurance, Obama just passed a bill to remade health care system, coverage for abortion and federal subsidies for lower and middle-income families who would be required to purchase insurance.

        Don’t you think that is a CHANGE ?

  2. Deshapriya Karunaratne

    well said neil,we need a really big change,the idiots who are in power,thinks this is thier inheritence.The Big mafia who creat son aganist his mother,who gave the schol to study in uk and look after her son……….
    Law………?Human rights…………….?welfare………..?Mafia family never wont to
    implement essentiality for the benefit of the people and country.people are not stupid in the stream,I do hope we will have a efficient,responsible and
    uncorrupt.human president (Major General Sarath Fonseka) who did what he said.I really want to see how these idiots Mahinda,Gota,Basil and company
    are doing.

  3. Dr.Haren De Alwis (Australia)

    What is needed is change . But the change we need is not to appoint a ‘school boy’ type shady political character Gen.Fonseka neither the most corrupted regime ever, UNP. The Change we need is to re-elect Rajapaksha with majority parliament powers to carry on his economic development agenda swiftly and reduce the corruption. Keep in mind that President Rajapaksha did the un-thinkable by destroying the LTTE from this nation on his first term while at the same time maintaining a better economic growth than the previous Chandrika’s regime. I have no doubt he will lay the foundations to steer this country towards economic prosperity on his second term. For the first time ever I’m coming to Sri Lanka to cast my vote for Mahinda Rajapaska.

    • Dr.De Alwis,
      If you think the General is a school boy well good on him because he won the war for all of us who stayed back in Sri Lanka. If you think that the UNP was the most corrupt government ever then dear doctor you have been away too long; read the newspapers every day and see what the royal family is being accused and are they denying it? No!

      You seem to forget the family moto is ‘API VENUWEN API’ and this is what every single citizen in this country is disgusted and shamed of.
      They wanted all the people of this country to tighten their belts and not complain about the cost of food while ‘they’ seem to be putting on baggy trousers to eat more.

      • Henry Warnakukasuriya

        Fonseka has made a wrong assumption when he decided to join hands with the forces that were acting against Sri Lanka.

        His recent statement to a Sunday newspaper, in which he accused Sri Lankan soldiers of killing surrendered LTTE cadres, is the first omen of his failure in politics. Fonseka gained popularity for his involvement in the successful humanitarian operation that brought the end to the three decades of bloodshed.

        Perhaps he did not perceive the fact that his popularity was nothing but a result of an effective propaganda mechanism carried out by the Defence Ministry. Image building of the key personnel involved in the operation was one of the main strategies adopted by the Ministry of Defence in its attempt to rally public support for the war effort.

        Unfortunately, for General Fonseka, the popularity was too much for his little mind to deal with. Apparently, he might have thought his popularity as a war hero would be enough for him to win a presidential election. Now, it is too late for him to realise that he has become a pawn of a sinister campaign that sought to destroy our nation.

        All discerning citizens in this country know in their hearts and minds that the allegation about killing surrendered LTTE cadres is a canard. There is nothing new about it. It perfectly fits with the hateful propaganda carried out by the anti Sri Lankan forces throughout Sri Lanka ’s struggle against terrorism. The newspaper that gave publicity to this canard is also known to the public for its complicity with the anti Sri Lanka campaign. It has delivered hundreds of similar “explosive” canards before. Yet, all of them “exploded at hand” no sooner than delivered.

        What General Fonseka has added to this lie is his finger pointing at Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and General Shavendra Silva. His jealousy over General Silva’s popularity and the personal grudge he has with Secretary Defence has only added new flavour to the same old lie.

        On the other hand, the blame game is something that General Fonseka has been always very good at. During the war, when troops faced heavy casualties, he used to blame the navy for letting LTTE bring heavy weapons to the country. Later, it was revealed by KP, that the LTTE could not bring a single arms shipment to the country during last three years. Also during the final phase of the war, he was trying to spread a story in media that the LTTE leader might have fled the country by sea when he became suspicious of troops’ ability to find the terror chief. However, when troops finally found Prabhakaran, he announced it grandiosely on TV but without a word of thanks the Navy. So much so for the integrity of a man who claim to have “singlehandedly” winning a war?

        General Fonseka’s desperate attempt to eat his own words now has certainly no value. He has already stirred the hornets’ nest. All peace merchants, bogus human rights activists, and the likes that lost their business with the end of the war have been given a new opportunity to avenge Sri Lankan soldiers. The forces wanting to see Sri Lanka an unstable nation are charged with fresh energy to pursue their sinister aim. The patriotic forces that fought day and night with the anti Sri Lankan campaign have to redo what they have done during the last three years of the humanitarian operation. All because of a myopic and power hungry individual who is apparently ready to betray anything to achieve selfish objectives.

        As for General Fonseka, he would certainly have to repent for his myopic behaviour in the near future. He seems to be overly obsessed with his skewed logic that he can run up to the presidency of the country with the support of his new political friends; the same set of people who worked against him.

        For the rest of the people who are forced to suffer from Fonseka’s myopia, it is high time to come to an agreement with the reality.

        * Can a former army chief who could not even cooperate with his fellow navy commander be expected to bridge the gap between two different ideologies such as of the UNP and JVP?

        * Can a person who could not be satisfied even with powers of the Defence Secretary be expected to shed the immense powers of the Executive Presidency if he could ever grab that power?

        * Can a person who was not ready to share the credit of the victory with the others who made great contributions be expected to share the political power with the rest?

        * Can a person who chose to team up with the corrupt at the outset of his political career be expected to eliminate corruption in the country later?

        * If by any chance, he was involved with attacking and murdering journalists who wrote against him, can he be expected to establish democracy in the country?

        * Above all, can a man who is ready to betray the very same people who once helped him so dearly for own advantage, be expected establish good governance in the country?

        The answers to the above questions are something that all citizens of this country must find carefully. In reality, the forces that supported General Fonseka’s defection; do not wish him to win the election. What they want is to avenge the country that ran against the wind and achieved peace and stability, when they wanted her to be fighting a war forever. It is not the question of S. Fonseka winning an election, but the damage he can do to the country during his election campaign. This is what he has already begun.

        US President John.F. Kennedy once said “For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie-deliberate, contrived and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Mythology distracts us everywhere.” It is the time for all Sri Lankan citizens to come to terms with the reality. Lies, untruths and half truths are less dangerous as long as we are with the realty but not with the myth. The decision is with us whether to risk the country’s future; whether we become another Iraq or a Singapore

        • Y.Nanayakkara

          It is a great article. Thank you

        • Sirik

          This comment is a gem among heaps and heaps of garbage.

        • Dilshan

          It is GOOD to join the ONE Good Person rathar than 1000 Bad People.

          Sarath Fonseka is a GOOD Man; Honest Man; Conscious Man;

          He did the RIght Thing.

        • Sam

          This is a very honest assessment of the ground realities that forced SF to contest the presidential election. He has already become a puppet of the JVP and the UNP. But by chance if he wins, he will show his true colours by taking the country towards military dictatorship. If Sri Lankans prefer to have a Zia-Ul_Haq type regime (including hanging of Ali-Butto), elect SF to presidency.

        • Lalith

          Excellent comment with out any political bias

        • Dilshan

          Mahinda is having a Pure Domocratic Rule.

      • Nilwakke

        SF is one of the war heros but in politics he is less than a school boy. He demonstrated his inability to deal with civil society and media during past few months. His speach at Ambalangoda and interview with Sunday Leader are examples.

    • Eddi

      @ Dr De Alwis……………..U R right………….I think u said what I wanted to say……..I have never voted myself but, I’m looking forward for this election. Just to remind U and all others, same type of allegation were leveled against the Mr. Rajapakse during the last presidential election. But, nobody was capable to prove any. Mr. Rajapakse then also just he ignored those and just went with his campaign. Sri lankans are ungrateful in a way also with very short sighted minds. But, at least majority is not like that. I’m not a fan of politics, but in the front of all this drama of amateur politicians he is a giant. who delivered success. I’m more than happy abt the economy. He managed it perfectly under the given condition though I won’t agree with all of his moves. At least he deserve a second chance. I have great reservation about General’s morality. How ethical for him to say things he have done and to run against his own commender in chief. That says something abt his personality for me in a negative way…………..That’s my view, If anyone don’t agree, I can’t help it……………I say what my heart say.

    • Eddi

      @ Dr De Alwis……………..U R right………….I think u said what I wanted to say……..I have never voted myself but, I’m looking forward for this election. Just to remind U and all others, same type of allegation were leveled against the Mr. Rajapakse during the last presidential election. But, nobody was capable to prove any. Mr. Rajapakse then also just he ignored those and just went with his campaign. Sri lankans are ungrateful in a way also with very short sighted minds. But, at least majority is not like that. I’m not a fan of politics, but in the front of all this drama of amateur politicians he is a giant. who delivered success. I’m more than happy abt the economy. He managed it perfectly under the given condition though I won’t agree with all of his moves. At least he deserve a second chance. I have great reservation about General’s morality. How ethical for him to say things he have done and to run against his own commander in chief. That says something abt his personality for me in a negative way…………..That’s my view, If anyone don’t agree, I can’t help it……………I say what my heart say.

    • San

      Hope president has accepted that he can’t develop the country as he has finished his first term by sparing two years. He has another two years to create “Better Future” but having realised that he can’t do it he is trying to take people in to ride by going for presidential election. Election campaign reflects that its targets merely the betterment of Rajapaksha Family . Mahinda is not the only president who tries to eradicate the war. He won the war as a consequense of what other leaders have been doing over the last two decades. All we need is a Leader with solid vision who can drive the country for better future. Sarath will win and eradicate the Mafia……Ranil and Somawansa will back him to make the best of the Best for All Sri Lankan

      • Lalith

        san, Pl. read the above coments. Both some and ranil are bankcrupt political jokers. Did you watch that ‘henagahapan’. vedio

    • Dr , could you explain why MR wants to gamble with two years of his presidency calling a premature election? The publiic gave the mandate and rest their confidence in him at all the local elections held during the past ten fifteen months.He gambles not only with his tenure but 6 billion public money which could have easily been spent on developing the country. If we are to vote him he must say why he wanted to go for an early election.This is the question everybody should ask from MR as well as themselves before they vote for MR if at all they are going to do so. We are a gullible nation who were idiotic enough to go in procession to see
      “BUDURAS” ( halo ) from “BOLPILIMA” and “GALPILIMA” buddhist statues made of sheer clay ! It is a nation taken for ride by the infamous rouge DOLUKANDE HAMUDURUWO. Please use your education to enlighten this gullible nation on matters of tthis nature so that they will have the wisdom to decide whether to vote for MR or SF

    • True Lion

      Dr. Haren De Alwis,
      I really don’t understand how you became a doctor ? Are you related to our Dr : Mervin Silva ? ha ha ha

  4. Milith Jay

    “both using the nationalistic theme to muster the Sinhala majority vote”
    Is there anything wrong with that?
    If George Bush sought the Christian far right vote and John Howard of Australia sought the Red neck white vote based on anti-immigration to win their respective elections what’s wrong with SL candidates seeking the Sinhalese Buddhist vote?
    Get real guys, elections are dirty whichever way you look at it unless you want a Chinese style system.

  5. Satina Junaid

    Dr. Haren we do need a change but not to bring back the most corrupt govt back to power with MR at the helm. MR and his family have amassed more wealth and property under (different names) than any others in this country. MR and or all other leaders were given the mandate to rout terrorism from this country. It is not MR alone that did it and it is not his family that got killed, injured or maimed at the war front. Remember Gen Fonseka suffered severaly on several ocassions. During Chandrik’s era too orders went out but do not forget the many debacles and the set backs that the armed forces faced at that time and the 1000s of carders killed. We needed a Commander like the General to lead his men. MR came to power with all good intentions but once having tasted it he too changed to the worse. Buying over all the oppostion members and trying to fatten MRs vote base is cheating the public. It is very obvious to all if there were free and fair elections who would win. I personally feel because this government with its family cronism & corruption and considering the past regimes and their track records – it would be better that we have a sort of semi millitiary govt. with all the commissions in place and 100% privatisation of the state run media. MR never intended to implement the most important commissions which would have done him a lot of good in the long run.

  6. The man who took an oath when accepting the office of the President has broken it by flouting the 13th and 17th amendments of the Constitution. He has side- tracked these for his own advantage. The oath has been broken. Should a man who has broken an oath he had taken be trusted? Should he be voted in again? I think he should be booted out! Along with him his whole family and “pandan karayas”

  7. Bandara Atapattu

    What we need at this moment is surely not change.

    After so many turbulent and bloody years, what we need is some PEACE
    to prevail in the country. Now that the armed conflict is no more, what we need is some political stability to prevail, so that the slow journey towards some amount of prosperity can continue without much hindrance. Stability and continuity should be the key words.

    The last thing that we need now is a political turmoil, in which the politicians are preoccupied in safeguarding their positions and backstabbing their opponents and having no time to address the current burning issues of the country.

    Frankly, I prefer to give MR a chance than to SF, as I see SF as a person lacking in principals and could get as low as RW to reach his selfish goals. Further in this political world of dog-eat-dog, MR has a better chance of surviving than a political greenhorn like SF.

    MR is no angle either, but how committed and determined he could be
    was amply shown, the way he conducted and concluded the war. It’s this energy and determination of his that I’m willing to bank on, for him to redirect this energy and to address the other social and economic issues of the country.

    MR is for me the lesser evil, o I’ll opt for him.

    The General’s last minute decision to contest the Presidential
    Election was driven solely due to personal frustrations and clashes with the Rajapakshes. Surely not the best r easons for such a decision and not a qualification to hold that post. Besides, the folks that he has now joined with to achieve his goals, are fundamentally different than him. All of them might be
    prepared to shed their differences until January 23rd. but these differences are bound to surface immediately afterwards.

    SF can’t be that naive not to know that he is used as a pawn and he surely has his own plans to deal with them, if get elected. Many frictions are pre-programmed in this coalition and lots of sparks are bound to fly. And we the common man is going to get scorched.

    And in meanwhile MR & Co will be cooking up their mischief to destabilise the SF+RW coalition and they too can get to very lows and we will be the eventual victims

    In my eyes, this boils down only to one thing: It’s we the voters who
    will be eventually the victims. All these years, the politicians have manipulated us voters and it’s happening again now. And once again we take sides to promote our favourites, showing them our unreserved blind loyalty. Most of us are either not aware or take it for granted, the damage this causes us – the poor voters.I think this time we have to get smarter and manipulate the
    politicians to get our job done.

    Why not stick to MR and see how he performs in an environment free of
    an armed conflict. Let’s give him the chance and if he doesn’t perform to our expectations, let’s send him to oblivion at the next elections.

    • blue eyes

      I agree with you wholeheartedly Mr. Bandara. Your views are so sensible and I wish that others in this country will think like you. I agree with you 100% and sincerely hope that we will all not have to suffer due to a bunch of foolish people bringing in the wrong man. Sf is not a politician and I doubt will ever be one. My vote is for MR and no matter whatever alegations people may make against him – he is still the better of the two evils (I hope I am right).

    • nak

      exactly, but unfortunately colour blind people can see only their choice of colour. some call it democracy!

  8. Ravi C Sam

    Now People seems to be looking for… CHANGE ….and …HOPE …for better governance as well as eradicate poverty and to lift those who have become broke due to poor economic situations due to many reasons that made many financial institutions to collapse. And at last people are looking for…. PROGRESS. …… Does Sri Lanka needs an empire rule or Nepotist Rule or Feudalistic rule or an Aristocratic rule or …..a Democratic rule without ..meritocrazy or ……………a Democratic rule with meritocrazy in selecting Ministers and Officers for administrative services and all other services of the state.

    • SxRxKxMxRx

      Sweet dreams….Ravi.
      For you to change, there is country. For saving the country vote for Mahinda.

  9. Bala Sunderam

    The danger , Mr Bandara Attapattu is if MR is elcted he will use his power and force to frurther corrupt all his henchmen around. He cannot contest the election after two teams. Only way you can send the President to oblivion is by electing SF. If not bring MR back for a second term after that. There is no doubt corruption is rampant. MR is not but all around his making money while the sun is shining . How did the Golden Key ( credit card ) company collapse? Ask Mrs . Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, She is in a better position along with some big names for pulling out money. Who bought 50 prefabricated bridges for the Colombo ( Kottawa) – Matara higway ? What are they collapsing in front of the villagers who have no idea in big city ‘money making’. These are the majority who will decisively vote in the coming Presidentiial election. God bless Sri Lanka . Learn a lesson or two from politics in Pakistan.
    First a the winning President must declare in advance ;
    1. That he will abolish or dilute the current ( President’s power) system.
    2. All expenditure is channeled through the parliamentary system. No fake PRESIDENT’S FUND as it is now. The profit from the lotteries board go to the President Fund. We know in the recent history how a former lady president misused funds to send children of her inner circle for overseas studies.
    3. The LAKE house newspapers are privatised.
    4. Press freedom is exercised. ( by barring the state media from attending a meeting SF has already shown he can break promises.
    HISTORY TELLS US THAT ALL SEEKING POWER IN SRI LANKA PROMISES ‘HEAVEN’ TO THE VOTERS AND MAKE ‘HELL ‘ AFTER BEEN ELECTED.
    5. THE PEOPLE EXPECT COMPLETE TRANSPARECY IN GOVERNACE OF THE COUNTRY.
    IF NOT THIS IS ANOTHER RIDE IN THE SAME CIRCUS ‘MERRY GO ROUND’..

  10. Bala Sunderam

    The danger , Mr Bandara Attapattu is if MR is elcted he will use his power and force to frurther corrupt all his henchmen around. He cannot contest the election after two terms. Only way you can send the President to oblivion is by electing SF. If not bring MR back for a second term after that. There is no doubt corruption is rampant. MR is not but all around is making money while the sun is shining . How did the Golden Key ( credit card ) company collapse? Ask Mrs . Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, She is in a better position along with some big names for pulling out money. Who bought 50 prefabricated bridges for the Colombo ( Kottawa) – Matara higway ? Why are they collapsing in front of the villagers who have no idea in big city ‘money making’ done by politicians. These are the same majority who will decisively vote in the coming Presidentiial election. God bless Sri Lanka . Learn a lesson or two from politics in Pakistan.
    First the winning President must declare in advance ;
    1. That he will abolish or dilute the current ( President’s power) system.
    2. All expenditure is channeled through the parliamentary system. No fake PRESIDENT’S FUND as it is now. The profit from the lotteries board go to the President Fund. We know in the recent history how a former lady president misused funds to send children of her inner circle for overseas studies out of this fund
    3. The LAKE house newspapers are privatised.
    4. Press freedom is exercised. ( by barring the state media from attending a meeting SF has already shown he can break promises.)
    HISTORY TELLS US THAT ALL SEEKING POWER IN SRI LANKA PROMISES ‘HEAVEN’ TO THE VOTERS AND MAKE ‘HELL ‘ AFTER BEEN ELECTED.
    5. THE PEOPLE EXPECT COMPLETE TRANSPARECY IN GOVERNACE OF THE COUNTRY.
    IF NOT THIS IS ANOTHER RIDE IN THE SAME CIRCUS ‘MERRY GO ROUND’..
    I feel sorry for the ordinary people of all races in the country.

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  12. AJ

    The LTTE problem is over but not tamils issue is still same . Untill you resolve the tamils issues , any president will live on that without developing the country.
    Reconciliation and reconstruction are imporatant,.
    MR cannt do that any more.Simple question why did they killed Lasatha.
    Gota know who killed seems then as a Defence Secretary he should ask the police to arrest them. What a counrty is SL.
    War crimes are war crimes not to be proud of it.Srilankan Army did the same thing to JVP and JVP did the same.How many JVP criminals, Karuna criminals,
    Mervin , Devandtha plus undr world working in SL.
    This counrty has no chance of moving forward. They dont reconginse a leader like Ranil because he corrupt free and not a criminal.
    AJ Sydney

    • nak

      Hay AJ,
      You seem doing okay in Sydney. why dont you be there without poking in to things you dont know and leave it to people who are concerned with it. your last line shows that you have been born and bred in sydney and you have never been anywhere near Sri lanka.

  13. Ravi R

    whilst I agree we do not need the circus of an election right now and what the country needs is some sort of stability, why are we having this election two years ahead of time? I say to you it’s God’s will! Pity the the poor astrologer who MR consulted. We need spending on roads,railways,education,hospitals unfortunately if MR and his hambantota mafia remain in power helped by the disgraceful JVP and the gutless Tamil stooges from the North and East as well the gutless culprits from the up-country there will be more of the same.

    They will squander yet another generation’s future on palatial mansions,fast cars,planes and boats, and private foreign education for their offsprings.

    So while we do’nt need God has given this great opportunity and we have to exercise to eliminate those who line their pockets. General Fonseka is not a politician,is not a polished speaker and probably not going to be any good at all on diplomatic niceities, but let’s stop the gravy train and get some decent people in to parliament (probably an oxymoron) and hope for the best!

    I think GF is the only one who can stop MR, apart from MR himself. People of Sri Lanka, lets make the most of this opportunity.

  14. MUZAMMIL

    When our cricket team won the world cup,it was Arjuna who was hailed a hero
    and not the sports minister or the president.And Arjuna claimed it was a team
    effort.The country was in celebration,fine, this is sport.Is war sport? Can any
    one celebrate war victory,over one’s own people, on a national level? LTTE was ruthless,no argument about it.But does it qualify our leaders to dance
    on the street head on heel? Can anyone claim this war had not been moving
    for over thirty years and suddenly got activated only under MR? Is it not foul play to participate only at the final part of the game of a relay and claim the whole
    credit? Well, after all this drum drum are we still not confused? All I can smell
    is,MR and SF both are on the floor to tunes that are not theirs.
    Ever since MR came to power,most of his valuable time has been largely lost trying to please everyone embracing him and antoganise everybody else, that
    includes opponents inside and outside the country.It’s quite obvious that he
    was trying to create a circle of men who will only agree with him and for this,
    easiest way forward was to corrupt the rebellious MPs of other parties with
    offer of ministries and where necessary,other perks and luxuries.Who can
    challenge this in what court of justice? There are actions that clearly mounts to utter corruption and treachery in the eyes of even ordinary people,but the law does have it’s own loopholes and law makers don’t fail to use them to the
    maximum.So,there are allegations and that’s all any one can do.You can not go to courts and that doesn’t mean the end.The case is now with the people and they are the court of justice.In brief,it’s obvious he’s more worried about himself and those around him and his actions against other democratic and dissenting bodies show signs of nepotism and despotism.Well,if people still want him,it’s their choice.There is a chance for change with a person so far not tested by people’s trust.Many things can happen with him in power.

  15. Ravi R

    Mr.Sheriff, I agree currently JVP is opposing MR, but it won’t be long before they waver from their original ideals again and start their horse trading. I also forgot to mention the JHU clowns, who supposedly gave up everything to follow in Lord Buddah’s footsteps are now driving around in fancy cars, agin gutless clowns with no moral principles. Leave the politics to politicians and get on with the praying or else give up the praying and become politicians. The two “p”s should not be mixed! At the end of the day almost all politicians are filling their coffers while depriving citizens of their basic rights as human beings and the ability live peacefully wherever they choose.

    Sri Lanka is a complete basket case right now and it need’nt be one. Give people their basic rights back all the time instead of bribing them during elections!

  16. Dilshan

    Sarath Fonseka already looks like a President.

  17. Randy Mathew

    The MR brothers are not from a good family and are a disgrace to humanity. It is in the interest of the voters to kick these arrogant, corrupt, incompetent and racist politicians out of power. Surely the Sri Lankans deserve better.

    • Citizen

      Hey Randy,

      “arrogant, corrupt, incompetent and racist politicians” unfortunately those are kind of leaders people look up to, if any one talks about a decent life for all communities then they are branded as traitors ..

    • Prianta

      Hey Randy,

      What is your definition of a good family? Senanayake, Bandaranaike or Wickramasinghe?

  18. Gamma

    What is this about “Change”. perhaps the phrase was coined for the election by the LTTE media men. What is the change you want. To SF whos has let down his comrades in arms and all those who assisted him OR is it to Mangala S who debased the entire effort by SF in particular and the forces in general OR even to Rauf Hakeem, who when the LTTE forced out Muslims within 24 hrs, stayed MUM and then signed an agreement with Velupillai P who despite the agreement went ahead and killed muslims in prayer and what else but yet did not make whisper OR is it Mano G who openly went shoulder to shoulder with VP OR the JVP with their track record…. OR….

  19. Ayanthi

    Why the hurry to have elections? why could he not have shown his capabilities in the remaining two years? I am totally skeptical.
    I have a question to ask. If any one from the UNP or SLFP were to be elected they have their own MP’s in parliament. Fonseka has no one can one member moove a motion to abolish the executive powers of the president(change or adjust ) the constitution and won’t 95% of the members vote for it?
    if this is possible is Fonseka our only chance to do away with this monstrosity?

    • Lalith

      Pawu ane oya. Ochchara bolda kellak da. Mamahithuwe ne. The fist action of SF (If he won) suspend the parliment for ever. No political part. This isd the same persion who told Sri Lanka is sinhalies country if others want to live, live in a side, no grivence

      remeber that

  20. SHM

    Now openly Sarath Fonseka has admitted that during the last days of the war he not in Sri Lanka. And the same time for giving credit for the forces for finishing off the vicious terrorists, he has damaged their reputation by openly bringing a war crime charge. Accusing his own forces killing the surrendering Tiger leaders. He has put the whole country in the shame. Now the UN is after us insisting and inquiry. Can anyone with average commonsense call this traitor a ‘war hero’? He is a ‘cut throat who framed his own men to face war crimes. Can the army alone win the war without airforce and the navy. The all important support from India and Pakistan plus the flow of arms from China all these through the political leadership of the president. Sarat did not have good relation with the airforce and the nvy, so this was coordinated by Gota. How dare this traitor can claim for eliminating the LTTE alone, while admitting that he was not in Sri Lanka during the last stages of the war. I beg all my Sri Lankan brothers and sisters please don’t hand over this country to this traitor who betrayed our beloved motherland! Please remember this when you go to cast your vote on the 26th of January. Don’t support a traitor!

  21. Kalag

    There is no Tamil problem but there was terrorist problem. Now it is solved but people like SF don’t want to move forward with economic development.
    People have to defeat people like SF and send them to political oblivian. Sadly, RW, the mastermind (but can’t win any election) will still be the leader of UNP. So there will be no credible opposition.

  22. Dilshan

    Following up on independent rapporteur for the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Philip Alston’s, request to Colombo to provide details of the killing of LTTE leaders who surrendered the arms, Inner City Press questioned,

    “given not only the UN’s role in the final days of what even it called the “bloodbath on the beach” in Sri Lanka, but especially UN chief of staff ******* Vijay Nambiar’s ******* reported role in the deadly surrenders, why Rapporteur Alston has not already demanded answers from the UN itself.”

    • Kalag

      Good example for “Why any Indian should not be trusted”.
      He got the SL Govt into trouble and the Indians are keeping quiet.

  23. Shezna

    It seems like Sunday Laader is washing MR for their own survival.

  24. R.Perera

    Having seen the spectacle unfolding in these days, If I am a Tamil, I would not vote for any of these candidates, I’d rather stay at home. Singhalese are fighting to choose the hero (as wickramabahu said Not to choose the best weeraya, but the best Maaraya). So why should Tamils vote for any of them? Has any of them ever talked about the future of Tamils or Muslims in Sri Lanka?

  25. P.L.J.B.Palipana

    Mr Muzammil,your article is very wll articulated because you are a matured person in sriLankan politics.
    P.L.J.B.palipana, P.EnSURREY,BC,CANADA

  26. Randy Mathew

    The race is on to choose another president who will continue to be like all presidents before him—arrogant, corrupt,racist, insensitive and a liar. If only the sri lankan voters had elected Ranil in 2005 as their president, SL would be in a much better position. I am no fan of SL politicians, but in Ranil, I find honesty,sincerity,non-racism and capability. The stark reality is, it is only under RW that the country can go forward. No SLFP government has performed well on the economy. It is the UNP to its credit that has always improved the economy. The accelerated Mahaveli scheme being one of many examples.

  27. Kush Uppandi

    We had the war horse as president and he did his job. Now we need a peace horse. Both Mr and SF are unsuitable but SF is less unsuitable.

  28. Will SF try Col.Karuna for killing 600 surrendered policemen in the east?
    If he says,yes, then, he got my vote!
    How on earth a traitor who killed more SF/STF/Police Forces let loose in colombo enjoying high life under the protection of the very own SF Security he once wanted to kill?
    This kind of bartering with murderers must stop. They all MUST face the law of the land and punsihed accordingly.

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