Moment of truth for JVP
Posted on September 4th, 2016

Editorial Courtesy The Island


The ruling pigs—in the Orwellian sense—under any government are more equal than other animals in kapati suit in this country. They enjoy legal impunity.

The present administration consists of self-proclaimed messiahs who secured a popular mandate to savour power again by promising to eliminate bribery and corruption and restore the rule of law and democracy among other things. But, the special police units and the obnoxiously politicised CID are not called in to probe the corrupt deals of the government grandees close to the powers that be. Instead, committees of pro-government elements are appointed to investigate allegations against them. Committees for government crooks and Gestapo for their Opposition counterparts!

When the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), under the chairmanship of JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti, undertook to probe the bond scams involving the then Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran it was thought that the watch dog committee would get to the bottom of it. But, sadly, the government is making a despicable attempt to muddy the water and frighten the officials who have the courage to reveal the truth into submission. We are informed that it has decided to prevent the independent Central Bank officials from being summoned before the COPE again to clear the air vis-à-vis attempts at obfuscation; only the newly appointed incumbent CB Governor, who is not quite au fait with how the bond heist, as it were, was carried out, will be summoned hereafter, we are told. This is tantamount to the suppression of evidence!

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya is reported to have said he would open COPE proceedings to the media. If that pledge is honoured the press should be able to hear not only the CB Governor’s version of the bond scam at issue but also the testimonies of other officials who have said and are willing to say again what the government does not want to hear. Besides, the onus is on the Speaker to ensure that the officials who testify before the COPE are not insulted by its members. When the then Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake had to suffer indignities at the hands of some arrogant UPFA members of the Parliamentary Select Committee which prepared the grounds for her ‘impeachment’ the UNP raised hell—and rightly so. Regrettably, those who pretended to be great democrats at that time are resorting to the same despicable strong arm tactics today to cover up a mega racket.

As for the bond scams the COPE is only scratching the surface of the problem. There is evidence that many questionable bond deals have been carried out since this government came to power promising good governance last year. Strangely, the Joint Opposition (JO) does not flog this issue the way it should. It is running around like a headless chicken instead of educating the public on the corrupt practices of the present government. It has also failed to remain argus-eyed to prevent Bills inimical to the national interest being brought in and call for judicial review thereof. JO members are only adept at staging what may be described as kindergarten protests in the well of Parliament and dog and pony shows elsewhere.

It is popularly believed that one can cleanse oneself of all the sins committed throughout one’s life by worshiping at the Kelaniya temple once. Similarly, the Rathu Sahodarayas will be able to absolve themselves of all their political sins, which have been dogging them for decades, if they defy political pressure from the highest echelons of government in probing the bond scams.

A rare opportunity has presented itself for the JVP to shore up its crumbling image and regain lost ground. It must ensure that the racketeers who caused a loss of billions of rupees to the state coffers through bond rackets won’t go scot free. Will it take the tide at the flood or let its political voyage be bound in shallows and miseries?

4 Responses to “Moment of truth for JVP”

  1. plumblossom Says:

    The prima factory has been provided a ten per recent tax break by this treacherous UNP government. This amounts to 135,000 million rupees. We wonder how much of this ended up funding the UNP election campaigns? This vast amount of money, 135,000 million rupees could have been used to purchase rice at Rs.50 per kilogramme minimum from all rice farmers.

    Meanwhile, while Thailand, Burma etc. eats rice, even their presidents eat rice, our idiotic Sinhala people’s rice consumption in kilogrammes per annum has gone down. Instead Sinhala people’s wheat consumption per kilogramme per annum has gone up. We are today spending vast amounts of foreign exchange purchasing wheat making US farmers happy and the prima company rich while we keep consuming wheat. All the while our Sri Lankan rice farmers are suffering due to reduction of rice consumption.

    We should urge the treacherous UNP Government to reinstate the ten per cent tax on wheat and bring on a programme to increase rice consumption in the country. However this US imperialist worshipping subservient government will do no such thing.

  2. Christie Says:

    JVP is the Indian Empire’s Sinhala terrorist arm.

  3. Nimal Says:

    Not correct and they have never being an Indian agent and they openly opposed they Indian occupation.They must rightfully go after our corrupt politicians and the corrupt officials.They also must try to change the corrupt system in the government.It’s ok though many are called and few are chosen.Our corrupt and their cronies fear them.

  4. raviu Says:

    @Nimal, Please don’t waste your time. Christie is not a human but a machine. It does what it program to do. Have you read anything else this machine spits out?

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