Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Sri Lanka is a Police State

 How happy were the people of Sri Lanka before the 8th January, 2015.    Of course there are those who are never happy and for them nothing is good unless  the government brings down prices so that they can  satisfy their hungry stomachs  and the cost of living  is satisfactorily low.   The terrorists were eliminated five years ago and now there is considerable peace, and a sense of security. 

Therefore for those who constantly think of  cost of  food items, and   wants prices of essential commodities brought down,   that  terrible past is now not important, it was just the past and best be  forgotten along with those who had made it possible and the others that gave their lives to bring them that peace and security they now enjoy.

Now there is an opposition prepared to attack that great man President Mahinda  Rajapakse who was electorally defeated, and his Ministers and all those closely or distantly connected to him.  There had never been a consortium of an opposition political parties  like the UNP, JVP,JHU,TNA and SLMC in the past history of Sri Lanka, nor in the world against any government.

President Mahinda Rajapakse is a great leader and an uncrowned King of the people and for those 58 percent of the Sinhala Buddhist voters he still  remains the one and only great political  leader of the people of  Sri Lanka to emerge this century despite  all the effort by the opposition UNP, JVP, JHU,TNA to prove otherwise by mudslinging, making allegation of corruption, theft, crimes and what  you name it these opposition MPS  have an allegation against it as committed by that great leader Mahinda Rajapakse or some one connected to him.

Recently Ranjan Ramanayake  a most undisciplined, impolite and crude Deputy Minister of the Police State of Sri Lanka even raided a Buddhist Meditation Centre because it is  said to have been used by  the peoples’  leader Mahinda Rajapakse for his Meditation retreats,  this Deputy Minister a Christian thought it too clean and luxurious to be a meditation centre. 

Investigation by this police state is now underway as to who constructed the  meditation centre ? How many people worked to construct it ?  Whether government vehicles were used for transport of material etc.?

Since the departure of the President Mahinda Rjapakse- the departure which the majority of the people at least the Sinhala Buddhists very much regret , such investigations by police , Ministers and JVP  barging into private lands and homes have not ceased.

Yes, Sri Lanka is no more what it had been for the last ten years, it is now a Police State.  It appears that every Minister of this Police State of Ranil Wickramasinge has to make at least one accusation against the  President Mahinda Rajapakse or any one closely or distantly connected to him every day for 100 days. 

They began by making Sri Lanka a Police State of the UNP,JVP and JHU by Setting up a National Executive Committee without any legal right and completely outside the Constitution. The head of the investigations is Anura Kumara Dissanayake the leader of the  JVP.  JVP has opened a Crime Section in their Party to facilitate interrogations and  make accusations of Bribery and Corruption. 

This Police State has taken over the media under its control, the former President Mahinda Rajapakse or any one connected to him is debarred from the TV, Radio or Press, not allowing them to defend themselves against false allegations being heaped against them.

This Police State of Sri Lanka has taken the Law into its own hands , it has even superceded  the Parliament of Sri Lanka to sack the Chief Justice, appoint  a previously impeached Chief Justice and allow her to retire and appointed another Chief Justice.  All that with a swift stroke from the Presidential pen.   

The President of the BASL a lawless group of lawyers has been appointed as a Chairman of the Board of Investments in Sri Lanka  by the President surely  to compensate him for the role he had played in allowing the President and Prime Minister to sack the Chief Justice Mohan Peiris.  Maitripala Sirisena did not want to take his Oath as President  before the Chief Justice Mohan Pieris , but under Judge Sripavan because he was a Tamil.

The  act of the Police State illegally  usurping the powers of the Parliament  makes null and void the sacking of the Chief Justice Mohan Peiris,  reinstating the impeached CJ Shirani Bandaranayake and appointing  new Chief Justice K.Sripavan.

Every one of the Ministers of this Police State bent on making allegations for bribery and corruption against the previous government has not done any thing for the benefit of the people who elected a new President seeking  a difference (venasa). 

The budget  of Ravi Karunanayake still under a legal cloud for LTTE money laundering  was passed thanks to the benevolence of the SLFP Parliamentarians has not given the promised  relief to the poor. The budget which reduced the price of kaha(kurkuma), kottamalli( coriander)  is not a people friendly budget as the UNP and JHU are trying to make out. 

Today on February 10th people complain that in shops no reductions have been made on commodities  on which the government claims to have  slashed prices. But Anura Kumara Dissanayake the Crime Investigator of the Police State is vociferous about corruption  but silent on benefits to people from the government it protects.

The Government Servants complain that they did not receive the promised increase of Salary in February .  The private sector  workers have not even been promised an increase by their patrons.  The Private sector workers say that they have been deceived by this government. People are beginning to feel that they have made a mistake in giving their vote to Maithripala Sirisena for a change (venasa)

Ravi Karunanayake the Finance Minister having failed with his allegation against Gotabhaya Rajapakse ‘s private account of  rupees eight billion, now complain 2100 files are missing in the treasury.  Curious how came with the exact number of lost files.  It may be another story like the eight billion account of Gotabhaya Rajapakse.

Police is also with the State  and seems to be working  to satisfy the people  with their  raids , arrests and interrogations  of even the wife of the former Minister of Housing  and construction as that is all  what people seek  as benefit from the government of Maitripala Sirisena they elected for the famous VENESA which has still not arrived.

Sajith Premadasa who is at last a Minister  has already engaged a British Audit Firm to investigate  his Ministry for bribery corruption by the former Minister Wimal Weerawansa  cries from the top of his voice about :

“…quelling the overwhelming corruption and financial irregularities at the Ministry and institutions under it. He has taken the initiative to personally employ the two world-famous audit firms “Ernst & Young”, and “PricewaterhouseCoopers” to carry out these audit reports and it’s been reported that this will be done without any burden to the Government of Sri Lanka which is that this will be conducted free of charge,. In that manner the audit for the ministry of housing will be conducted by “Ernst & Young”, while the audit for the Samurdhi will be handled by “PricewaterhouseCoopers”.

It would also be remarkable if he could investigate the past activities of Paskaralingam former Secretary of the Finance Ministry under his father R.Premadasa  and his right hand man. If he does he will learn that his father was also not that clean as he thinks.

 It is said that President Premadasa spent money on his projects without going through financial regulations and it was Paskaralingam who arranged every thing.

Paskaralingam is back again in Sri Lanka after eight years, staying in  Hotel Galadari in Colombo under a false name.
The Sunday Times spent weeks trying to track him down. Last week, Paskaralingam, or 'Paski' as he is known, finally relented and gave a rare interview in which he describes his present role but would not talk about the past. Citing legal advice, he declined to comment on the allegations against him or the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry into malpractices in public bodies that found him guilty of 'misuse or abuse of power' and recommended that he be deprived of his civic rights.”
Below are some of the questions he was asked and his  replies:
  • an you at least say why you didn't bother to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry?
I don't want to answer that question either. These are legal matters which have been dealt with and finally the Supreme Court had found me not guilty of whatever charges that were brought against me. So I don't like to go into the pros and cons of it.
  • The Supreme Court decision was on technical grounds?
In my opinion, legally I've been found not guilty. The Supreme Court decided not to go into the substance of it. That is a matter on which I cannot answer.
  • During the previous UNP government you were seen as a kind of a 'super-bureaucrat' who was able to cut through red tape and speed up the decision making process. And also your personal relationship with President Premadasa counted a lot. Are such personal relationships required to run the administration? Shouldn't there be a system where personalities are irrelevant and the system takes care of the decision-making?
Always, a proper system must be in place. Personal relationships and arrangements are only temporary.
  • Do you think such a system is in place now?
A system is being developed.”

Mangala Samaraweera has the best of time.  He is always abroad this time in USA trying to look where  President Mahinda Rajapakse has hidden money he had stolen.   They are also investigating banc in Seychelle for  President’s hidden money.

What a circus ?  

These are some of the fruitless activities of the Police State of Sri Lanka where people have lost their hope  for progress and a bright future they had under the former President Mahinda Rajapakse.

Do not worry my people, the Police State will not last long.


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