The Sunday Leader

Namal’s Tharunyata Hetak Beats Them All

By Raisa Wickrematunge

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s eldest son Namal’s Tharunyata Hetak has spent a staggering Rs. 119 million on election propaganda promoting his father for the upcoming presidential election.

This was revealed by the Programme for the Protection of Public Resources, (PPPR) which operates within Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), in its second report released last week.

According to the report, Tharunyata Hetak, which is owned by two of the President’s sons, reserved 4,616 TV spots and 2,245 radio slots.  “The advertisements were exclusively promoting incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa,” according to the PPPR.

The exact total cost came to a whopping Rs. 118,599,400. This amount was separate from the slots reserved by the UPFA itself.  The advertisements were roughly 15-30 seconds in duration, according to a TISL representative. In addition, it was revealed that the spots reserved by Tharunyata Hetak included prime time slots.

175 Comments for “Namal’s Tharunyata Hetak Beats Them All”

  1. Dilshan

    China is forcing Mahinda to get rid of Buddhist Monks and bring Confusias Monks to Lanka. China is REJECTING all Indian Imports including Buddhism. China is forcing Buddhist Monks to become Confusicous Monks. China is helpoing Lanka for developing Harbours and Road for China’s use against India(‘s war).

    Sarath is a very bad news for China; Good news for USA and big headache for India.

    • Ameba

      Every one knows the reality in all real situations, Sri Lankans should be lead by some one who can lead them, not some one who can mislead them. We know what china and usa better than u did, u ‘ll c soon.

    • Santy

      The Defense Secretary, violating election regulations, has disposed a ‘royal charter’ that depicts qualities of Mr. Mahinda Rajapaske to all Buddhist temples in the island through Divisional Secretaries.

      The Divisional Secretaries have been sent the ‘charter’ and they have been directed to distribute it among all temples within their division. However, several Divisional Secretaries have objected to the move and rejected distributing the ‘charter.’

    • Sri lankan

      Speaking at an election rally at Medawachchiya Town on 21st before huge crowds , Presidential candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka stated , for the first time in Sri Lanka ‘s history , the armed Forces are also being politicized by the President which does not augur well for the country, its security and for the Forces.
      Earlier , no Leader of the country ever indulged in using the Armed forces for their political campaigns . But, the present President is using his relatives and other officers uninterruptedly for his campaigns. This is most deplorable and is a bad example he is setting .

      After the 26th , when the people overthrow this moribund rule , the use of Govt. lackeys and stooges for violence , murders and lawless acts will be put a full stop. I will see to it that an environment of peace and prosperity is created where all citizens can live without fear or panic at the hands of any gangs and goons , he emphasized.

    • GS

      Govt. rejecting salary increases for workers before election announcement, now promising it is an election gundu

  2. Sanjeeva

    What about SF’s campaign propaganda ? is it possible to explain how he monopolizes the prime time slots as well?
    FYI – its not the governments money MR is spending.

    • abcd

      No its publicly squandered money, ill gotten wealth, if this is not common sense to the blind sinhalese idiots, then its not suprising as well

    • hey guys y NORWAY spend this much to SF? also Y Sunday leader helps to their previous EDITORS KILLER ?????????????

    • Sri lankan

      General SF:
      Speaking at an election rally at Medawachchiya Town on 21st before huge crowds , Presidential candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka stated , for the first time in Sri Lanka ‘s history , the armed Forces are also being politicized by the President which does not augur well for the country, its security and for the Forces.
      Earlier , no Leader of the country ever indulged in using the Armed forces for their political campaigns . But, the present President is using his relatives and other officers uninterruptedly for his campaigns. This is most deplorable and is a bad example he is setting .

      After the 26th , when the people overthrow this moribund rule , the use of Govt. lackeys and stooges for violence , murders and lawless acts will be put a full stop. I will see to it that an environment of peace and prosperity is created where all citizens can live without fear or panic at the hands of any gangs and goons , he emphasized.

  3. Prasanna

    SF HAS CREATED HISTORY BY WIPING OUT THE TERRORISM IN THE COUNTRY.
    MR & HIS FAMILY HAS CREATED HISTORY BY WIPING OUT (OR RATHER STEALING) THE WEALTH OF THE COUNTRY.

    • Well said Prasanna.
      ‘MR and his WHOLE FILTHY FAMILY is a filthy CURSE to Sri Lanka and its People.
      How one man and his cursed tribe can rob, plunder and cheat from the country is just un-imaginable.
      Curse these Rajapakse Paraiahs for what they have done and robbed from the country.

  4. General Alcazar

    I agree with you SIr. This means that the great feat of General Fonseka is subjugated by all the ills unleashed by the MR (MENTALLY RETARDED) – Mothers Rajjuruwo. Short and sweat:

    We will be HISTORY in absence of a regime CHANGE!

    • ruwan

      payya thama

      • Gajaman

        “Payya” wage thamai ubalay da’genna uranney?
        Aney Harrako! Ubalay Rajjuruwan’te yanne wenneth e’kittuwata thama. I’dha “A” akura thoge “Payya” idiriyata. Rajun yanne’th ohey thama. A + “PAYYA” = APAYYA.
        :)

        • Mudiyanse

          Gajayo ubata mathakada mama mudiyanse
          Mahinda apata Rajuruweki lakdese
          SF ane danne nahane mahawase
          Mahinda ape Dutugamuya lakdese

      • Lionheart

        Shows your mentality and education!!!!!

    • Harsha

      To raise again as sri lankan’s we very badly need regime change. Need of the hour regime change.

  5. Wasanthi Perera

    I would like to see you put an article in the papar about how SF find money to reserve time his adds.

    • fonny

      Anay yanna Wasanthi pissu katha kiyanna nethuwa.

    • Ganikah Vurthiya

      Wasanthi, ubah Maha Rajunge veysiyek’dha? Ubbattah arun salli keeyak dunnadha Ganika wru’thiyata? Aney pala Vaisiyo yanna!

      Rajjuruwo Umbhata Kiyanney “HONEY”,
      Thopii ugen urala, hoorala ganney “MONEY”
      Ubahlata api kiyanne Ganikavan- nohoth playboy “BUNNY”
      Pala vaisiyo yanna! umbalahta mewa FUNNY
      Apata me’ Renna- Raajjuruwo pannagann’e onna in a HURRY!
      Naddah Fonny? Mungey Ammalata Hamminennah!
      :)

      • Wasanthi Perera

        Please use behaved language and this shows what kind of poeple vote for SF. We now realize who he is around with. Its real disaster to see if you all be with SF hoe he could do his promises. You your words are this roude your act will be …, nowords!

        • Prabhat

          Wasanthi,
          you dont worry about crackpots above. but about main presidential candidates, i can say like this. it’s like Tsunami and “river Flood”. both of them are approching disasters. but flood will make less damages, less lives than a Tsunami. so friends which one is your choice? just think yourself and vote. not because of someones saying. i refer flood as MR & Co.

    • manjula

      Its not the point to talk about how SF finds his money. It is to understand with your underdeveloped brain the wastge this MR and company is doing to the country.

      What a pathetic comment. Gannunge mole hadimite tharam kinyanne aththe thami.

  6. [...] find it hard to stay here. Mahinda’s family is deeply involved with the campaign, Namal especially, and there are thousands of hangers-on who depend on him for their jobs, security and prosperity. [...]

  7. KW

    Ok. Let’s cut to the point.
    What would you do if you are the president or a minister in a developing country like Sri Lanka?

    Don’t you think you will help you family and friends? Anyone will do and everyone has done it.

    SF has done it. MR, Ranil and even JVP guys have done it. Even in Sri Lankan private sector companies you get commissons, favour family and friends. So what do you expect?

    Everyone said they will eliminate corruption and finish war if elected. Only MR, Gota, SF found the way to end the war. What else you expect? SF to finish corruption when people like Mangala, Ravi, Ranil around. even SF’s son in law is involved.

    Where in the world you don’t have corruption?
    Grow up guys.. Joke or what?

    • Dixon

      We are all grown up and thus, will vote WISELY because we have hope that our vote will be counted with honesty. Those of you who are yet to “Grow-up” and trapped in a primitive society, may use some advise from those who are more matured by rephrasing your question to “where in the world do you have corruption in this magnititude like in Sri lanka where the perpetrators go free?
      This to me will be more an appropriate question from a more matured and civilized person. Seems you have not grown up. You seem to be shrouded with an over-growth of curly hair from down there that may be entangling and mangling your brains. If this is so, I suggest you use your own razor blades and petrol bombs that you know best to use on yourself than using it on others for this purpose to clear the way for personal growth and prosperity putting your country before yourself.

      • SP

        Most SF supporters are very well educated about “down there”, I have noticed that’s all they can come up with. Is it all about “private body parts” that is important to SF supporters. That tells me who this guy is!

  8. Tiran Allas

    CAN YOU PROVE THESE FACTS BY SHOWING US THE LEGITIMATE SCANNED DOCUMENTS…

    Without those YOU NOTHING BUT A SCRACH IN OUR ASSES…!!!

    • The LEADER

      If your government is “legitimate”, then we will have the proof beyond reasonable doubt. Can you prove yours is a legitimate government and that you are not an “ass” you claim to be? You may need some critical thinking skills to see beyond the visors for your asinine mentality. We suggest you seek immediate medical help for your “scratch” because we live in dangerous times and such “scratches” may have impacted your thinking in sensitive places that can be detrimental to your health and mental well being.

      • Dear Leader, one thing I agree with you is that yes, we are living in very dangerous times on the path some of us are going. There will be a greater war when/if SF wins, just wait and see. What do you think the TNL, Ranil, JVP will do. If you want others to do critical thinking, you must do it your-self first. We need to look beyond our noses!

  9. Sri lankan

    For All Srilankan

    Speaking at an election rally at Medawachchiya Town on 21st before huge crowds , Presidential candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka stated , for the first time in Sri Lanka ‘s history , the armed Forces are also being politicized by the President which does not augur well for the country, its security and for the Forces.
    Earlier , no Leader of the country ever indulged in using the Armed forces for their political campaigns . But, the present President is using his relatives and other officers uninterruptedly for his campaigns. This is most deplorable and is a bad example he is setting .

    After the 26th , when the people overthrow this moribund rule , the use of Govt. lackeys and stooges for violence , murders and lawless acts will be put a full stop. I will see to it that an environment of peace and prosperity is created where all citizens can live without fear or panic at the hands of any gangs and goons , he emphasized.

  10. Sugath

    Govt. rejecting salary increases for workers before election announcement, now promising it is an election gundu

    Wasantha Samarasinghe said , the announcement made by the Labor Minister through the print and electronic media that he has ordered the Labor Commissioner to increase salaries of the private sector is another of Govt.’s deceitful aims to hoodwink the workers.
    When the Union demanded this increase the Govt. rejected it . Now its talking of salary increase just before Presidential elections is obviously an election gundu , Samarasinghe pinpointed.

  11. Nalini

    why SF didn’t finish the war before 2005?

    • Guney

      Nalini, do you know the meaning of “WAR”? Do you really think that this “war” of ours “finished?”
      Do not be so rash and short sighted. We may have ended combat for the time being but never attempted to solve the root causes to the conflict because the Tamil people are not in the hearts of the so called power elite. If this was not so, this conflict could not have to start in the first place after 1954 and then escalated in the 80′s. I think the “war” just begun for all of us.
      My take is that SF did not finish the”war” due to geo politics that was not in favor of us and was after 9-11, Threat of Alkhaida, the Mumbai attacks, “Wired” Globalization (in the 90′s) and a Minority President and a Gentlemen called my (Man)-Mohan Singh who should be thanked profusely for their support to keep the lid on their Southern boys while brave- poor rural boys and gals called upon for duty delivered under with the rest of the forces combined under MR’s governance or the lack of it. Yes, SF could not have done it alone. If so, he would have been given the presidential crown on a platter. So, passing grade of “Simple Pass” (in the absence of reconciliation) in one department does not justify the MR failing on all other fronts in failing on economy growth, Rule of Law, Human rights and civil liberties, lack of transparency, poor governance, corruption, nepotism, favouratism, mismanagement of fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities, insolvency of nationalized companies, mismanagement of regulatory policy and policy implementation, grand larceny, embezzlement which should be consodered as failures on all other fronts tantamount to national “TREASON” .

    • Lionheart

      Because he wasn’t the commander then you stupid woman!!!!!

  12. justitia

    The Rs 119 Million was only a small fraction of the 10% of cntracts – else, from where could he get this some.

  13. Basil_Is_Mr_30%

    Basil is the worst…. he is eating and eating and eating and eating commissions like a street beggar who’s walked in to a 5 Star Hotel buffet in disguise. Chamal next.. then Mahinda & Gota, then Namal, then the Rajapakse nephews, then the Rajapakse cousins, then the Rajapakse in laws.

    Are we all stupid on the gem of an island… very soon we will have to start repaying the Chinese loans on commercial rates of interest. These A$$ holes are taking cash advances on the Sri Lankan people’s credit card.

    The people and businesses are already severely burdened by stupendously high taxes on everything… from cars to milk powder and this will only get much much worse when the loan repayments start.

  14. Ranjanbandaranayake

    The wealthy will have breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner, but the poor will continue to fend for a piece of bread just to fill their tummy each day, and hunger will continue unless this country stop this great trained politician robbing the country just to be in power and build their Empire of Rogues. For these Horas! religion is just another word in the vocabulary.
    We all are sinners but these guys are not sinners there are Meh raa teh Hathurooh ! But remember God will punish them.

  15. Lionheart

    How come a 21 years old who only has rugby as proven credentials run a campaign with 119 million??????? How????????

    This guy is the one who started player lifting from schools when he captained his school….What he is doing now is just an extension……

  16. RAJA BOORUWA

    Nalini – Are you also creeping to Temple trees after night fall.

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