Good governance started with bad precedent – Former CJ
Posted on May 27th, 2015

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Former Chief Justice of Sri Lanka Sarath N. Silva says that good governance cannot be established in a country within just 100 days and that it will never exist under jungle law.

The theme of the government elected on January 8 was to implement good governance in 100 days. If good governance can be implemented in 100 days, the world’s political history is an absolute lie, he said.

Good governance cannot be created even within a lifetime,” he said, speaking at an event in Colombo on Tuesday.

Silva further said that he regretfully” voted for Maithripala Sirisena who was elected as President on January 08, because he saw the risks. But I am against Mahinda Rajapaksa contesting for the third time.”

Good governance started with bad precedent - Former CJ

He stated that the most important aspect of good governance is for governance existing according to the law. Good governance will never exist under jungle law.”

The former Chief Justice said he had asked how the President appointed a Prime Minister when there was already a Prime Minister serving.

He said that as soon as he was sworn in the President had signed a letter sacking the Prime Minster and put that letter inside a file. Only after that was the new Prime Minister appointed.

So, good governance started with setting of a bad precedent,” he said.

5 Responses to “Good governance started with bad precedent – Former CJ”

  1. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    DEAR FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE, SARATH N SILVA !!!

    MY NAME WILL RING A BELL, IF YOU REMINISCE YOUR FELICITATION DAY, AS PRESIDENT COURT OF APPEAL.

    APPRECIATE YOUR PREVENTING A FURTHER TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE. EIGHTEEN YEARS WAS BAD ENOUGH.

    BLESSINGS OF THE NOBLE TRIPLE GEM IN ALL YOUR ENDEAVOURS. REGARDS.

  2. Metteyya_Brahmana Says:

    While no one can argue against the need for more ‘good governance’, we must understand how that issue gained prominence in the last election cycle. It was the former US Ambassador in Colombo that kept harping on ‘good governance’ in the two-year run-up to the election – it was prominently placed in nearly ALL of her public speeches regarding Sri Lanka, almost like a broken record: “good governance, rule of law, democracy, media freedom”; repeat, “good governance, rule of law, democracy, media freedom”; repeat,…. What was hidden in the mantra was the US frustration with not being able to control the former government and the desire to do so to contain China’s growing influence in the region.

    This is the same broken record we heard in Libya, Egypt, and Yemen by the US and the Soros NGOs (Human Rights Watch, Transparency International, International Crisis Group, and Open Society Foundation), and we see the sorry result in those countries, in which the only real change is there is now someone leading the country that the US controls. There is no semblance of any of the good governance principles in any of these places, and more remarkably is the SILENCE regarding good governance after the US gets its favored leader in place.

    Fast forward to Sri Lanka, and we are not hearing a peep out of the US Embassy concerning ‘good governance’ even though it is obvious to all, including the former Chief Justice Silva, that there has not been any meaningful improvement in ‘good governance’ with the new government. All we have seen is a leader favored by the US (Ranil) take charge, all of the Chinese investments in the country stopped, and that’s it! Sounds like a political COUP to me, not ‘good governance’.

  3. Kumari Says:

    I have no objection to third, fourth or fifth term presidency. All these terms are voted in by the people. The present comedy act was rejectedby the people for 29 times and grab power through a chain of lies showing a poster boy. Is this called Yahapalanaya or Democracy?

  4. Lorenzo Says:

    SHAMELESS LTTE govt.’s GESTAPO FCID illegally remands and harasses SASHI weerawansa and SHIRANTHI Rajapaksha.

    Shame on the YAPA(LA)NAYA govt.

    Even JR, MR, DB, CBK or Premathasan didn’t do such shitt of punishing wives of politicians.

    This is the LOWEST level govt. we ever had.

    WHEN this YAPA(LA)NAYA govt. loses the election, the new govt. will NOT grill PUSHPA Sirisena and MAITHREE Wickramasingha.

    Shame on you Maru Sira. You worship temples with hands above your head but your head is FULL of HATRED. Or is it your goddess CBK who is feeding you HATRED.

  5. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    LORENZO !! HOW HIGH HIS HANDS GO OVER HIS HEAD, THE LORDS ABOVE KNOW THAT HE IS A BACK STABBER. THERE WILL BE NO ELECTIONS FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS. SO I HEARD.

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