Posted on November 18th, 2015

Malin Abeyatunge

The following letter written by me as far back as 6 September,2011 published in Lankaweb stands still valid even today (18/11/2015)and hence reproducing it. TNA continues to demand revoke of the PTA and amnesty for the hardcore LTTE terrorists and the present government appears to be very complacent in acceding to their demands due to pressure from the UNHCR and to appease the Tamil Diaspora compromising the NATIONAL SECURITY.   In this reproduced letter, I stated  In fact, we should further pass laws similar to the PATRIOTIC ACT of the USA government for check and monitor so that another terrorist group like LTTE will not emerge in Sri Lanka ever again.”

I wish to add one more fact that while keeping the PTA, we should adopt a similar act like the USA PARTRIOTIC ACT to run concurrently for security and safety of our country.

Posted on September 6th, 2011

Malin Abeyatunge

Sri Lanka is not a fantasy island the TNA seems to think. We have a strong president elected twice with an absolute majority in the Parliament where no one can dictate terms to the Government and for that matter definitely not TNA who represents only a small percentage of the Tamil population in the North and East.

The LTTE proxy TNA has made two demands on the governments and they are (i) that the government should immediately revoke the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and (ii) grant a general amnesty to all the political prisoners and the detained ex-LTTE cadres. Suffice to reiterate the fact that no sooner the Darusman report was emerged, TNA immediately accepted and endorsed fully the findings of the biased Darusman Report thus damaging the reconciliation process the Govt has undertaken. Now they are looking for a scapegoat to scuttle the Governments reconciliation attempts and has come out with the above demands. It appears that TNA’s demands come as some sort of threat to the government and what if the Govt takes no notice of their threat? Do they want to go back to LTTE era? Though TNA who is not the sole representative of the Tamils as claimed by the other Tamil political parties (albeit TNA claims they are like the dead Prabhakaran claimed ) , they act as so by trying to dictate to terms to the Government.?

TNA says as reported that PTA in operation is an hindrance to the reconciliation process. I cannot fathom how reconciliation process would hinder with PTA in operation as long as one obeys the rule of law in the country. PTA is not applicable not only to North and East or Tamils, it applies to whole of Sri Lanka irrespective of ethnicity. Unfortunately, the successive Governments have been naive for not suspending them from Parliament sittings when they were speaking and supporting LTTE openly in and out of the Parliament. The Govt therefore should not bow down to TNAs threats and lift the PTA at this juncture which would bring the country back to square one.

The demand to revoke the PTA comes from two political quarters one from the TNA the unchallenged proxy of LTTE and the other from the JVP an insurgent group at one stage. If these two parties don’t have an iota of intention to start another insurgency against the state, why do they fear of PTA? With the ex-LTTE cadres released (some rehabilitated and some not), can we rule out that TNA(like TULF used Prabhakaran in the past) would not use them to revive LTTE ideology through terrorism at a latter stage against the state.

The other demand by TNA to give amnesty to the political prisoners and ex LTTE cadres is hilarious. Firstly, the hardcore LTTE cadres under arrest or to be charged are not political prisoners but raw terrorists and criminals. They may have some stage involved in killing innocent civilians, destroying and bombing public structures, planting land mines and claymore mines and attacking civilian targets using suicide bombers etc. Imagine a set of terrorists given amnesty and they end up forming another terrorist outfit like LTTE. We should not forget that LTTE started with a rag tag gang with handful of criminals which finally became the most notorious and brutal terrorist outfit in the world. What guarantee that given amnesty to the hard core ex-LTTE terrorists that they will lead a normal civil life or that they will not form another terrorist outfit to continue what is left by LTTE. Already we see criminals operating in the East and North just as much as the underworld in the South mostly manned by deserters from the forces. How are we going to deal with these criminals without PTA now that the Emergency Regulations have been withdrawn by the Government? Specially with the LTTE rump becoming hyper active than ever before to carve out a separate monolithic state for Tamils in Sri Lanka with the blessings of some countries in the western world including Australia, and that is exactly what TNA is now clamoring for. As the US State Department reveals in its latest country report (2010), that the LTTEs overseas network is still intact despite its defeat at the hands of the Sri Lankan military in 2009 is a matter to be concerned.

JVP knows that their political life is in the last stages of survival and the death is imitable as they are unable muster any support from the ordinary Southerners as was in the past. Their demand to revoke the PTA may have some ulterior motive. Who knows that they will go underground as in the past to create chaos and calamity and launch another insurgency. Some may think that the writer may be living in a fantasy world but can’t it be a possibility?

Saturday Island editorial raised a very pertinent question. It says though Al Qaeda number one and two were killed, the US Patriotic Act has been extended by Barrack Obama till 2015. Similarly, though the LTTE is militarily defeated, there remnants are still alive both here and overseas.

As long as the active LTTE rump among the Tamil Diaspora continues to destabilize Sri Lanka through their international political connections, through print and electronic media bought with their funds like Killing Fields and Channel 4, the government should not repeal the PTA. In fact, we should further pass laws similar to the PATRIOTIC ACT of the USA government for check and monitor so that another terrorist group like LTTE will not emerge in Sri Lanka ever again.

May be PTA can be revoked in a couple of years time, when the State is fully convinced that there will not be any terrorist threat from the remnants of LTTE or any other terrorist outfit and until the activities of LTTE rump among the Tamil Diaspora becomes futile.


  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Maru Sira became president thanks to the TNA.

    Now the loser feels INDEBTED to TNA.

    PTA must never be revoked. PTA must continue as long as Tamils exist. Fullstop.

  2. Sarath W Says:

    White flags or not, I am glad the LTTE leadership including the ‘top dog’ fad Prabha was wiped out in May 2009. Otherwise these corrupt traitors would have released them to please their masters in the West, the diaspora and India.

  3. Dilrook Says:

    I tend to agree with the comment by Sarath W. Sri Lanka is at peace today thanks to the ruthless elimination of the political and military leadership of the LTTE. It may be under legitimate warfare or it may be war crimes; doesn’t matter as far as peace goes. Had the LTTE leadership survived, there would be Paris style terror attacks today following the possible release of terrorists to appease the reconciliation camp.

    Right or wrong, Sri Lanka must protect the men who eliminated the LTTE leadership on or around 17 and 18 May 2009. Without these acts, the entire war effort would have been futile.

    However, attempts are made to frame these brave men who did these heroic acts. One such attempt is to say no war crimes were committed until May 16, 2009 but calling for further investigations for acts thereafter. These moves are aimed at saving politicians at the expense of soldiers and must be defeated. A very difficult path lies ahead for patriots with difficult choices to be made on the war crimes issue. They will be divided between long term national interests and political affiliations. Gratefulness will have opposing meanings – politicians or soldiers. It is the duty of the government to protect soldiers and the good name of the military.

  4. Independent Says:

    It doen’t matter right or wrong Lankaweb write is as right.
    This is how Sri Lanka has been developped. Right or wrong , the follwoing is a busniness providing employment to X numer.

    Girls picked up for prostitution from probation homes
    November 18, 2015, 9:58 pm

    By Suranga Dilhan

    A raid on a brothel at Bassrock area in Gampola has unraveled a criminal cartel that obtained girls for prostitution from children’s homes under the Probation and Child Care Services Department.

    Sleuths of the Gampola police who raided the brothel several times in the past always found that the sex workers there were below 20 years. The police in a bid to find out how the brothel owner managed to have a continuous supply of women below 20, launched a separate investigation.

    The investigation uncovered that the brothel owners had a network of persons who paid visits to probation homes around the country and became legal guardians of the girls who turned 18. The young women were then forced into prostitution, according to the police.

    The underage girls found guilty of various offences or victims of sexual abuse without parents or guardians are directed to the probation homes by the courts. According to the provisions and procedures, any Sri Lankan could become a guardian of a war once she turns 18 and take her away with her consent. The cartel of operatives had made use of this provision, the police said.

    An 18-year-old arrested from the brothel has told police that she is from Embilipitiya area and on becoming a legal adult the manager of the brothel had taken her from the probation home. The manager was from Dehiattakandiya area, police said.

    The manager had charged Rs. 3,000 per visit and paid the girl Rs. 1,000 per customer.

    On the day the police raided the brothel, the victim had earned Rs. 15,000 for the brothel, police said.

    The girl and the manager would be produced before Gampola Magistrate Upul Rajakaruna, police said adding that they would conduct further investigations to nab the other members of the cartel.

    The raid was conducted under the instructions of Gampola SSP Gamini Perera, ASP Chulani Weeraratne, HQI Yapa Bandara and supervision of the Anti Vice Squad OIC CI Wickramasinghe WSI Hashara by PS 32874 Jayawardena, PC 36314 Pathamkumara, PC 45789 Asela, PS 76584 Bandara, and PC 77029 Rajagala.

  5. Fran Diaz Says:

    PTA must stay. Other Laws preventing terrorism must be added on with the least amount of infringement on citizens’ rights.

    Only people who want to de-stabilise the country would want the PTA removed. Are Tamil Leaders patriotic to Lanka ? To whom do they owe allegiance to ? The Vadukoddai Resolution (1976) is still not officially revoked. Does this mean that Tamil folk have a RIGHT to violence & terrorism ?

    Since Independence (1948), the JVP & the LTTE have de-stabilised Lanka. The JVP appears reformed and the LTTE removed at great cost to the Nation. Repeat : but are the Tamil Leaders patriotic ?

    Lanka cannot solve the Tamil Dalit problem of Tamil Nadu for some 15 Million Tamil Dalits. Neither can Separatism in Lanka solve Cold War (real or imaginary) problems. Tamil Separatism is to PRETEND to solve both.

  6. SA Kumar Says:

    VP & co PROXY TNA not TNA proxy VP & co !!!

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