Response sent to the SBS and ABC TV in Australia regarding bogus Asylum Seekers
Posted on October 16th, 2009

Asoka Subhawickrama North Strathfield

Dear Chief of Staff,

I watched your yesterday’s (Thursday 15 October 2009) 6:30 pm News coverage of the Sri Lankan asylum seekers who are now detained in Indonesia. I urge you to take the following comments into consideration in any future coverage of similar issues:

1. You gave extensive coverage to what the asylum seekers wanted to say,interviewing their adult spokesman and the young girl.

2. Then you topped it up with an interview with the so called Tamil community spokesperson, Sam Pari. She, although living in Australia, spoke of killings, rapes and other atrocities committed against Tamils in Sri Lanka. You may or may not be aware that Sam Pari was the person who led all those disruptive demonstrations, sit-ins and “hunger strikes” in Sydney and Canberra in a vain attempt by the Tamil Tiger agents in Australia to save their leaders in the last hours of the war in Sri Lanka. Her support for the asylum seekers proves that they have the full blessing of the Tamil Tigers.

3. Other than mentioning that the Sri Lankan High Commissioner, who has refuted similar allegations in the past, was not available for comment, SBS did not give an opportunity for any party to defend the good name of Sri Lanka which was badly tarnished through lies concocted by the asylum seekers and Sam Pari. If the High Commissioner was not available you should have balanced your story by giving equal time for a Sri Lankan community leader to speak and expose the lies doled out by the others.

Why only invite “Tamil community” spokespersons?

4. You may or may not be aware that these asylum seekers have constant mobile phone contact with the Tamil Tiger agents here. They are continually coached on everything happening here, from what our politicians say to what our media portray. For example, first they threatened to blow up the boat. Then when the Tamil Tiger agents here observed that the public opinion turned against allowing the Afghans who made similar threats, the asylum seekers retracted their threat and said they wouldnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t blow up and that they didnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t come to die!

5. You may or may not have observed (but having born and lived in Sri Lanka, we surely did) that the adult spokesman and the young girl did not have the slightest Sri Lankan Tamil accent. Their mastery of the English language was also extremely surprising. If they came from Jaffna, as they declared, there is no way they can speak such articulate English with an accent completely alien to Sri Lankans. Most probably they had spent long years in a Western country appealing against court verdicts disallowing them refugee status.

6. You may not have realized that the international Tamil Tiger establishment is a sophisticated machine that would use any ruse to generate funds. People smuggling and then milking them once they are settled in their host countries is one of the important income avenues of the Tigers.

7. Also, Tamil Tigers are experts in publicity generating stunts. They use any such publicity to denigrate Sri Lanka. You may remember the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-hunger strikesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ that were staged by the so called Tamil Community in Sydney, Parramatta and Canberra. Did anyone of those ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-hunger strikersƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ really become sick? No. Please read the appended article from The Daily Mail in UK. It is excellent proof that the Tamil Tigers are taking the developed countries, the media and even the security establishments for a ride.

Finally, once again I urge you to balance your news items. If you need someone to speak on behalf of Sri Lanka, or the Sri Lankan community in Australia, please contact me on the avenues below. I am the founder of the Society for Peace, Unity and human Rights for Sri Lanka (SPUR) that have been in the forefront in exposing Tamil Tiger misinformation for the past 15 years. I have been interviewed by Australian print and electronic media including Dateline and SBS news in the past.


Asoka Subhawickrama

*Hunger striker’s ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚£7m Big Mac: Tamil who cost London a fortune in policing was sneaking in fast-food*


One Response to “Response sent to the SBS and ABC TV in Australia regarding bogus Asylum Seekers”


    Dear Asoka,
    I am deeply saddened by the events happening even after the defeat of the Tigers. They lie to the bone, and we try to defend. But these gullible westerners believe these bastards. What do we do to change this situation? There must be a way to do it. All this time we have tried to tell the West of the reality and Tigers including the Tamils come back with more lie. Can we try keeping quite for a change?? It might work!

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