IMPORTANT: A Complaint
Posted on February 6th, 2010

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 .  Canada

February 6, 2010

Your Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa President of Sri Lanka

Temple Trees, Colombo Sri Lanka.

Your Excellency:

With your busy daily schedule I doubt you have time to read the local newspapers, but, however your morning briefing notes would have flagged the concerns brought to your attention and all Sri Lankans by journalist Malinda Seneviratne in his article “ƒ”¹…”Do you know how Kanneliya celebrated Independence Day, Mr. President?”

In brief, a two-bit Minister from the Southern Province had arrived for a meeting to the Kanneliya Forest Reserve facilities. Before his arrival his thuggish movers and shakes who had arrived ahead of this Minister has thrown their weight around bandying his name, got drunk, beat the hell out of the 25-year veteran Forest Ranger who had been taken to the Udugma Hospital after the beating. They had beaten a villager mercilessly who had come to the defence of this Forest Ranger. And this victim has been scared to lodge a complaint with the police or seek treatment in a hospital for his many wounds. This silence should be a concern to you as much as it concerns me.

The manhandling of Sunil Ranaweera, the Forest Ranger, doesn’t look good for the Ministry, Sri Lanka nor you as the President of our “democratic” island.

Sunil, we have been told is an excellent custodian of that patch of land and its indigenous fauna and flora, who seems to care for the land much more than that Minister and his entourage of thugs who had gone about abusing the Forest Ranger as if they were the owners of this patch of land and not visitors.

But what I gleamed reading this article was the pain that Malinda Seneviratne had gone through as a father and a passionate lover of this rich ancient kabook land that he stands on and who wants to preserve it for his children and their children. And my heart says that you too as a father and the surrogate father of all the children of Sri Lanka feels and shares Malinda’s pain.

All what had happened on February 4th isn’t nice Your Excellency. It is time that you rein in these “Umba”¦Ado”¦pado..” thuggish, arrack breath Ministers and parliamentarians who throw their weight around and read them the Riot Act. Let’s see that you put a stop to this boorish nonsense as that has no place in our much loved and cultured Sri Lanka.

The bottom line is, the Forest Ranger Sunil Ranaweera and that villager need an apology from that Minister from the South. There shouldn’t be any ifs and buts.

Your Excellency, please pass on to these boorish parliamentarians what you and I were inculcated with as youngsters at our Alma Mater, Nalanda “”…” “ƒ”¹…”Apadana Sobini Pangna’ : “Wisdom Beautifies Character.”

Yours sincerely,

Asoka Weerasinghe

2 Responses to “IMPORTANT: A Complaint”

  1. douglas Says:

    Dear Asoka – Thank you so much. You have gone another step forward to protect our mother country from the enemies within. This is very timely. Over the last so many many years this beautiful country has been plagued with such high ranking goons who have infiltrated into the political field tolerated and rewarded by the “Big Wigs” in power. At least now this has to stop. We have seen three decades of suffering ending and it is time to take note of what to do to bring that country to glory. I hope HE President will make note of your letter and take sutible steps to protect himself from the “ememy withing” much more than from outside.

    I read how you expressed conscern over the decision to demolish the Canadian Embsassy building in Colombo. I heard over the Cit FM calling tenders to demolish such a building in Matara belonging to SLBC – that too very proudly announcing the wood carvings as contents that could be removed. What has happened to our people in high positions? At least people from outside the country must now move against these devastations.

  2. Siri Says:

    Dear Mr. President. I undestand that you have to put up with thugs, crooks and imbercilles to win elections and run a successful government, but if you want to continue having our support and admiration it is time you distanced yourself from these undesirebles and put them where they belong – in jail. I believe that now the majority of the people are behind you, you can start dumping the rotten eggs from your basket. If you get the expected two thirds majority in parliment, the first Bill you should pass is to ban or outlaw members crossing over from one party to another. The people vote for the party and not the candidate in Sri Lanka. If a member wants to cross ranks or get out of a party, he should be asked to resign his seat and contest it at the next election under his new party. His old party shoud be allowed to replace him with another from the same party. This should apply equally to all candidates from all parties irrespective whether they are in the ruling party or the opposition. Taking bribes to cross party lines will be prevented by this law and anyway bribery is very difficult to prove. This will also prevent foreign governments from trying to influence our elections with their money.

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