A word of caution about Tamil translators
Posted on August 25th, 2010

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

 25 August 2010
 
The Editor (Letters)
THE OTTAWA CITIZEN
 
Sir:
 
Here is a true story that Martin Collacott and Peter Showler should make note of.   I would be concerned and be cautious of the Tamil translators who are helping the 492 illegal Tamil migrants who surfaced on the shores of British Columbia.
 
In the mid-80s when the Tamils were harass and charging the Sri Lanka High Commissioner Bull Weeratunga saying that he was “torturer” as he was a Commander of the Army in Jaffna during the late 70s when theTamil Tigers started killing the Sinhalese and chasing them out of the Jaffna peninsula.
 
An Ottawa TV station flew in Pararajasekaram (Baby Para) from Paris as a witness of these chargers.  At a press conference chaired by the Tamil Roman Catholic priest Philip Ratnapala  which was at 10:00 one Monday morning  at the Holiday Inn on Queen Street which I attended, I walked out of  the room in disgust after about 40 minutes as I felt that the translators were manipulating the Tamil story so that the news reporters really heard the story that the Tamil organization was concocting for them to hear to prove their charge against High Commissioner Bull Weeratunga.
 
On the Wednesday I met a reporter from the Canadian Press at his request  for lunch at a Japanese Restaurant on Kent Street in Ottawa to discuss the Bull Weeratunga affair,   During the conversation I asked him, ” Did you guys ever figure out why the translator translated a two sentence question by a reporter which was answered by Baby Para in three or four Tamil sentences, with about 20 to 25 English sentences in the translation for your ears?
 
Here is the response that I got from the Canadian Press reporter. “Funny you mentioned that, after the Press conference in Ottawa, Baby Para had a press conference in Toronto that evening..  We sent our most senior reporter to cover this press conference.  We got a call from our reporter from Toronto saying that let’s forget this press conference as I found out that the Tamil translator did not speak a single word of Tamil.  If necessary, I can mention the name of the reporter that I had lunch with to check the veracity of this story.
 
Let’s be vigilant of these scam artists who are jumping the queue to get into Canada as refugees, and of course  as to what has been translated by the translators.
 
Asoka Weerasinghe

2 Responses to “A word of caution about Tamil translators”

  1. Raj Says:

    Thanks Asoka. Good story.

  2. PRIYAN WIJEYERATNE Says:

    Is it our friends again? Tamils will never say we had enough from Sinhalese. What do we do? Nothing. They can go to Canada !!

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