Kos kola kolam of thoththa baba govt.
Posted on January 26th, 2017

Editorial The Island

Co-Cabinet Spokesman, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne addressing the media on Wednesday, tore into a high-up in the Agricultural Department for suggesting that the public eat croton and kos kola (jak leaves) as food substitutes; he said if he had been the Minister of Agriculture he would have got that official to consume kos kola without recommending it to others. We believe that before shoving kos kola down anyone else’s throat, the government ministers, Senaratne included, should partake of it in sufficient quantities if they think they can ‘fool all the people all the time’.

Senaratne had the audacity to claim that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had attended a recent tyre factory launching ceremony in Horana without any knowledge of the background of its owner! And, in the same breath, he added, on being questioned by a journalist, that the PM had got to know the businessman for what he really was—a frontman for the Rajapaksas—only on the morning of the day of the ceremony and a no-show at the event would have amounted to an act of discourtesy! He blamed some ministers for having misled the PM, but refused to name them. He seems to have taken people for suckers.

One is intrigued. Even if the PM had been informed of the track record of the entrepreneur concerned only one hour before the event at issue, he should have decided against attending it and told the public the reason for his decision.

It is hard to believe that the PM had been in the dark about the background of the Horana investor, who had been accused by his own government of having purchased shares of foreign hotels for the former ruling clan. President Maithripala Sirisena, also, claims from time to time, that he is not aware of certain issues. Are we to gather from the Cabinet Spokesman’s tall stories about the Horana factory that we are being ruled by a bunch of thoththa babas or babes in arms?

The dental surgeon turned Health Minister, pretending that what he was telling the media was the ‘tooth’, the whole ‘tooth’ and nothing but the ‘tooth’, went on to claim the Horana entrepreneur was investing the Rajapaksas’ money in his factory. If so, it is a blatant act of money laundering. Why hasn’t the FCID arrested him? Who is shielding him? The ministers who ‘misled the PM’ on behalf of Rajapaksas’ ‘frontman’ must also be arrested for aiding and abetting the crime!

Asked by a journalist why Arjun Aloysius of Perpetual Treasuries fame had not been arrested for the Central Bank bond scams, Senaratne gave a yanne-koheda-malle-pol (totally irrelevant) answer. Aloysius had been a friend of Namal Rajapaksa, Senaratne claimed. If so, then that is all the more reason why the incumbent regime antipathetic towards the Rajapaksas should have him arrested forthwith. Does the government think the masses are as stupid as kos kola-eating goats to buy into its cock-and-bull stories?

If there are corrupt elements in the garb of ministers as Senaratne has told the media then the entire Cabinet must be made to pay for that. Sprint legend, Usain Bolt, will lose one of his Olympic gold medals because a team mate in Jamaica’s gold winning quartet has tested positive for a banned substance. That is what collective responsibility is all about.

How can the government call itself a yahapalana administration while having corrupt ministers within its ranks?

If the thoththa baba regime has no answers to media queries and/or lacks ministers to defend it in a convincing manner, it had better cancel the weekly post-Cabinet briefings without letting its spokesmen make facetious remarks and cut pathetic figures in the process besides wasting journalists’ valuable time.

Even the rib-ticklingly hilarious Charlie Chaplin shows have more gravitas and send across more meaningful messages than kos kola kolam aka the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government’s media briefings.

* Kolam is a form of non-ritualistic folk theatre in Sri Lanka.

2 Responses to “Kos kola kolam of thoththa baba govt.”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    Trusting thoththa babas, Indeed!

    The LUNATICS have taken charge of the MENTAL ASYLUM!

    First the Bond Scam, then the Hoaxwagen fiasco, and now a TIRE factory debacle! Will it ever end? It is like the Keystone Kops show of old American TV!

    It was recently reported that a Yamapalanaya Minister had inadvertently blurted out that by the time the Yamapalanaya is ousted, that the country will be TOTALLY BANKRUPT!

    Is this the only intelligent man in the Yamapalana KALLIYA? Does he KNOW MORE than he is TELLING?

  2. Kumari Says:

    The LUNATICS have taken charge of the MENTAL ASYLUM! – Ananda, Very True.

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