Stop bickering and get together to develop this great country-Sri Lanka.
Posted on August 8th, 2010

By Charles.S.Perera

Lot of people have taken exception to the blame worthy  behaviour of  Mr.Mervyn Silva.  Many question why despite his irritating behaviour  the President continues to keep him in the cabinet. The President may have his own reasons, perhaps he thinks it is safe to  keep him in the Cabinet  rather than let him loose outside without ministerial responsibility.

 There are those who think that he should be “kicked” out of the cabinet, to avoid Sri Lanka being the laughing stock of the West.  This is a flimsy excuse, as it really does not matter now what the West would think of Sri Lanka with or without Mervyn Silva in the cabinet.  The governments of the West have worst erratic Ministers  than Mervyn Silva . 

 If the West is watching Sri Lanka to commend it for its good actions and good behaviour, and condemn it for bad, they would have rose as one to applaud Sri Lanka for its incomparable feat of  eliminating  terrorism .  But have they ?  No, they have instead  rose up as  one to condemn Sri Lanka and accuse it as a war criminal just for eliminating terrorism.   Therefore, it does not really matter whether the West is laughing at us or not for our irritating ridicules of  an eccentric  Minister.

 The Minister in question should be sympathised for the way he expressed his anger over a government servant who had neglected his duty in view of  the gravity of the situation Sri Lanka is facing  with dengue fever that has taken a  large number of lives.  Mervyn Silva’s act was perhaps  to bring to the notice of the public the importance of  doing their duty correctly  when the lives of the people are stake.   

 But there are Parliamentarians more condemnable than the Minister Mervyn Silva in the august assembly who are  not just jesters or jokers but buffoons, and clowns whose appropriate place is a  circus  for children.  They are certainly the ones who should tickle the laughter glands of the Western Sri Lanka Watchers.

 Mangala Samaraweera finally realised that he could neither fool the people, nor himself by being the leader of a one-man political party called SLFP (M), and joined the UNP announcing that he is a principled politician, and as such he has no alternative but to join the UNP. 

 Some would say  it was a case of “savour” grapes .  He had been holding on,  hoping that some disgruntled members from the President Mahinda Rajapakse’s SLFP will jump on to his side, that not forth coming, the other alternative left for  him was either to join the UNP or jump in to the “Beira Lake”. He had chosen the former.

 Mangala Samaraweera has no principles, even if he shouts from roof tops in Colombo or Matara if one speaks of the same “principles” Mangala Samaraweera is  speaking about.  He left the SLFP, because he was removed from his portfolio of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.  He left hoping that the President might  call him back, and that having not happened, he started a wild  campaign against the President Mahinda Rajapakse first accusing him of having “bribed”  the terrorist leader Prabhakaran. 

 Having failed to antagonised the people against the President with that accusation, he started the second campaign against the President Mahinda Rajapakse accusing him of floating a Rajapakse and  Family Company, which has taken over the  government.  That too failed to appeal to the people to go against the President.

 Instead the people replied to Mangala Samaraweera’s  second accusation by electing the President.Mahinda Rajapakse for a second term with a thumping majority.  But that accusation, was swallowed  by  another buffoon who fell for it, and added his own “spice” calling the President a Dictator, floating a family company.

 Ranil Wickramasinghe continues his harangue against the Rajapakse Government , when every one around wants him to step down from leadership of UNP.  If he has any principles he should have resigned from his leadership of the  UNP long time ago. 

 Mangala Samaraweera who has now joined the UNP, does not want  Ranil Wickramasinghe removed from the UNP, for his own personal reasons.  It is obvious having just joined the UNP because of Ranil Wickramasinghe, he would not know what his place in UNP would be without  Ranil as its leader.

 Karu Jayasooriya seems to have the same problem.  If  Sajith Premadasa becomes the UNP leader what would be his position ?  In order not to be in doubt he too claims that this is not the time to change the UNP leadership.

 Are these people really patriotic and love the country so much that they want to  send  Mahinda Rajapakse and family to Beliatta?  Or are they looking after their own interests ?

 If they come into power what more can they do, other than what the President Mahinda Rajapakse had done, and is continuing to do ?   Of course they will want to disband the ” Rajapakse and   Family Company”.   But what  better proposition have they ?

 Is that not sheer madness to do away with a President and his Government, that  had carried out  from the outset what they had promised to do ? 

 Governing is not easy, as criticising  it from out side of it.  Once  those critics come back into power, they will undo all that had been done and reorganise things their way, which would not be  for the benefit of the country.

 Even the worst of critics of the President Mahinda Rajapakse and his government  cannot deny that they have done a wonderful work to steer the country on to the correct path of development, and the country  is now showing every sign of being able to rise above its status of a  developing country.

 We have moved our foreign policies from dependence on our former colonial masters and the West who have their own agenda for their further enrichment, keeping the developing nations under their control. 

 What are the Western Governments doing with the withdrawal of GSP+, accusing government for violation of human rights, setting up panels to investigate whether the  Armed Forces of the Government had not violated human rights in eliminating terrorism ?

 Who are our real friends ?

 Can the opposition that criticises  the President Mahinda Rajapakse and his Government guarantee our independence from the dictates of the West ?

 The President Mahinda Rajapakse  has  the correct vision of development.  If the opposition parties are real patriots, who want Sri Lanka to develop as an independent Nation , should instead of falling over each other to criticise the President and the Government, should  fall behind the  President to develop this country, to make of it a  united country without  separation of Communities, drawing what is best of each other for the common  good of every one to make our country a developed Nation in par with the West. 

 We can do it and we have the potential for that sort of development, and the present President and his government have gone a long way in the correct direction and this is not the time to change.  There are always difficulties, and  even wrong decision taken, we are human we should be able to understand  these mistakes, wrong decisions, and correct  them to overcome difficulties,  without harping on  them ad in finitum.

 The President Mahinda Rajapakse is far from being a Dictator.  These are terms used to frighten the ordinary people.  But they cannot be fooled any more. 

 When Marxism was introduced to Sri Lanka UNP went round campaigning that the left is a movement against religion, and against the countries cultural values, and the leftists call every one including the parents as comrades. 

 It had to be an intellectual politician like SWRD Bandaranayake to introduce socialism,  and recognised cultural values.  He invited the  left to join him to form a united front.  Bandaranaike  was not a racist when he wanted to make  Sinhala  the  official language, he was seeking to  break away from the bonds of colonialism, to  identify Sri Lanka as a Nation  “ƒÆ’†’  part entiƒÆ’†’¨re”. 

 He was not given a chance by the Tamil racists like Chelvanayagam and the rest.  They were trying to do what Jinnah did to India.

 SWRD Bandaranaike’s daughter Chandrika Kumaratunga, in criticising the   Government of the President Mahinda Rajapakse  becomes  a traitor to her fathers political vision. She is like Mangala Samaraweera, a person without principles , wailing the place she has lost  among the people  in Sri Lanka. She has become a tool in the hands of the west. 

 JVP too in holding onto  Sarath Fonseka has given up their  Marxist and Socialist principles.  Sarath Fonseka is the one that dragged Sri Lanka into inconceivable difficulties with all nondescript humanists, agencies, activists, and most interfering western and local  media.  Sri Lanka after the elimination of terrorists had the path open for undisturbed progress and development.  Sarath Fonseka put an end to that possibility.

 The UNP should change from its age old principles of hanging onto the tail end of Western capitalism in the name of development, and cooperate with the President and the Government  bringing in their constructive criticism to make our country a peaceful and a happy place for every one.

One Response to “Stop bickering and get together to develop this great country-Sri Lanka.”

  1. douglas Says:

    Very Strange. In posting your letter on Lanka Web on 07-08-10 you said, quote “If Andara Tradition is to be revived in Sri Lanka, the recruit should not be ……….. and least of all should not be a Minister”. Today on 08-08-10 you say, quote ” Presidnt may have his reasons, perhaps he thinks it is safer to keep him in the cabinet”. What twist in thinking? Also you say, some suggested he sould be “kiked out” and also it is a flimsy execuse to say that the west would laugh at Sri Lanka. I am the one who said he should be kiked out.

    You also reason out to say that there are moe “condemnable parliamentarians” in the west, than Mervin Silva. This is typical of Sri Lankans. Whenever they want to justify a wrong doing, the reason given is, ‘there are more than me out in the world who do wrose things. So what if I do more or less. My friend it happens even today in this dengu epidemic. Some say, never mind “it is my neighbour who died. I am OK. So live unconcerned of what is going on in the neighbourhood”.

    Please remember this is not the first occasion he brought disgrace to a great leader like HE the President. There were many instances and he was also given warnings, (according to media reports). He does’nt seem to learn to behave, leave along as a Minister, but even as an ordinary cultured, civilized citizen. I like to remind you of the saying ” when you sleep with dogs, you also awake with ticks”. That is what I fear of HE. To say the least, he should be “rehabilitated” and for that the only person I could think of is HE’s brother Gotabaya. He is very capable of this work and he has proved it to the whole world.

    If you suggest that President “perhaps thinks it is safe to keep him in the cabinet”, you are dead wrong. If President wants to be safe and for Mervin to be safe, he should get him examined by a panel of competent Doctors, psychiatrists and bring under appropriate care in a safe house like Angoda or Mulleriyawa.

    Also remember, just as much as you reminded of Andare, even “Suba and Yasa” could be re-enacted, with these type of psychopaths around ‘

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