Vietnamese people are so united and think like one nation …
Posted on August 28th, 2018

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

වියට්නාම – ලංකා වෙළෙඳාම ඩොලර් බිලියනයක් දක්වා ඉහළ නැංවීමට අවධානය    27 08 2018  – 20:20  – 153 views  – රුවන් කාශ්‍යපශ්‍රී ලංකාව සහ වියට්නාමය අතර ද්විපාර්ශ්වික වෙළෙඳාම 2020 වන විට අමෙරිකානු ඩොලර් බිලියනයක් දක්වා ඉහළ නැංවීම සඳහා නිරන්තර සාකච්ඡා සහ සැලසුම් ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමේ අවශ්‍යතාවය පිළිබඳව දෙරටේ අවධානය යොමුව තිබේ.ශ්‍රී ලංකා අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා සහ වියට්නාමයේ නියෝජ්‍ය අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය සහ විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය ෆාම් බින් මින් මහතා අතර පැවැති සාකච්ඡාවේදී මේ පිළිබඳව අවධානය යොමුවිය.

When the Prime Minister presented the National Export Strategy ( NES) he mentioned how Vietnam overtook Sri Lanka in a short span in the field of Export Earning .

My colleague who is doing business in Vietnam tells me that permission to start a export business is so fast and efficient, He blends perfume in Vietnam and brings then to Sri Lanka as the Ethyl Alcohol is freely available and cheap .

Vietnamese do not  consume hard liquor much  hence Ethyl Alcohol is hardly used but they consume lot of beer .

( This may be the reason why Mangala wanted Sri Lankan to be beer loving nation !)

During my days in Soviet Union I was studying for a first degree in Petroleum Resources Exploration in the Moscow State University. We had so many small made Vietnamese students who were always moving together as a team .Lack of English knowledge has limited much conversation until they were fluent in Russian language. ( some spoke French as it was a French Colony)

All of them had a photo of Ho Chi Min in the room

They hardly had wild parties with Vodka like liquor-loving Sri Lankans, and also quite studious .I was living in a new apartment block on the 11th floor and right above my room, there were some Vietnamese students .

One day I kept hearing a noise from the up stair room in the night, and the noise was so irritating and disturbing.

I ran upstairs and opened their door and found that two/ three small made viet-boys were playing with a steel disc  ( from a dumb bell),rotating it on the wooden floor and let it go .The disc kept rotating spirally for few minutes generating an annoying noise and fell flat on the floor.

I shouted at them and asked them to stop the annoying action and came down cursing.

After few minutes   they started the same noise .

I was furious and ran upstairs and dashed opened the door.

Alas !!, a bucket  was kept on the top of the door ,which poured onto me as soon as  I opened the door and soaked me with ice cold water !

There were none in the room.

They say that Vietkongs were quite skilled in deceiving Americans ,who were enticed to come to war front into firing line to get executed .

After that I never bothered them.

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

4 Responses to “Vietnamese people are so united and think like one nation …”

  1. aloy Says:

    Dr. Sarath,
    Can anybody just barge in to someone else’s room?. There appear to be a hole in this story. BTW, are you in these little peoples’ land right now?. We know our PM ( and perhaps his entourage) is there.

  2. Christie Says:

    Thanks Sarath.

    Having had worked with and having Vietnamese friends I agree with you. They help each other and look after each other like Indians.

    But like Indian they do not consider others as low cast and treat you as equals.

  3. Charles Says:

    Sarath, if we had a normal Tamil Community without a separatist agenda we could have made Sri Lanka a greater country and a Nation than any other in Asia. Rajapakses were able to make the country cleaner than India. Rajapakses gave Sri Lanka what it lacked, peace,security and unity. Everything was spoilt by the Tamil politicians. They will continue to do so until we get a strong government which can say no to Tamil Politicians.

    Yahapalanay if it continues for some more time that would be the end of Sri Lanka we knew before 8th January,2015.

  4. Randeniyage Says:

    We need a huge tank of water in the parliament. That will unite Sinhalese. No need to unite ISIS and Tamil Nadu folk.

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