Posted on May 17th, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

I am quite sure that various people wait for a  change of subject minster depend on a vested interest .Higher Education Minister is not in good terms with University Students including medical students .They may be breaking coconuts expecting a change .Health minister is also in logger head with Doctors and GMOA.They may be attending various places of God with offerings expecting changes .Finance Minister is not in good terms with bankers and customs and they may also be hoping for a change . Ports Minister may have some issues with senior ministers due to controversial statements made by him.He is also a candidate for a change

It looks like all the ministers listed above are from UNP and there may not be any minister from SLFP who may have any worries .UNP may be worried that powerful ministries held by UNP may be the only ministers who may be changed .That may be the reason why they are protesting against any changes .

People are expecting changes of all the ministers and make all of them retire and president  hand over all the positions to younger MP’s and give a new look to the cabinet.

I personally do not have any personal agenda ,but I would like General to take over as the role of Red Adair to save the country from JVP,GMOA and JO !

Red Adair

Sri Lanka needs a Red Adair to resurrect troubled state enterprises ?
Posted on February 14th, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera


Red Adair

Swashbuckling troubleshooter renowned for taming huge oil-well fires, heading a business that carried out more than 1,000 missions

 The oil-well troubleshooter Paul N Red” Adair, who has died aged 89, was a swashbuckling 20th-century hero, portrayed fittingly on screen by John Wayne, and he probably did more than any other person single-handedly to preserve the environment. The fires he extinguished were so enormous that they threatened to be dangerous contributors to global warming, or the potential causes of intercontinental air pollution disasters. His greatest feat came when he was in his seventies – confronting 117 gigantic oil-well infernos that dominated the horizon in Kuwait, the legacy of Saddam Hussein’s departing Iraqi troops after the first Gulf war. Adair and his crews finished putting out the fires in nine months, as opposed to the five years first envisaged, without a single casualty, and indeed the 5ft 7in boss maintained that none of his employees had ever suffered a serious injury while firefighting.

As well as a charismatic risk taker, Adair was an astute businessman, creating various enterprises throughout his life. As well as pioneering semi-submersible firefighting vessels and the design of oil derricks deployed in the North Sea, he also contributed to the technical advancement of various marine firefighting boats and water guns


We all have seen that many state enterprises in Sri Lanka have failed and co-op reports suggest that we either have to liquidate them or resurrect them by down sizing .If you liquidate them and pay VRS people will suffer ,We need to install good honest trouble shooters /fire fighter to make these enterprises much more efficient and profit oriented .During my peak days of carrier ,I have taken over one state institution and later a private company which were in the red and managed to resurrect by getting the full cooperation from staff ,managers and the political leadership  It may be difficult to set established parameters for  resurrection . What we need is improving time keeping ,monitoring the entrusted tasks and overload the workers and managers with more work .It is better than terminate excess staff .

Prime minister has initiated a task force for PPP ( Private public Partnership Program ) to resurrect the state enterprises .Though it is a good move ,it is quite difficult to implement because of yahaplanaya Concept where leftist parties and some opportunistic fractions of the society try to either disturb the peace or go for legal action.
The word FR (fundamental rights)   has become a bane as lawyers use that concept to block any PPP program.

Government should select few efficient, honest and ruthless ( to a certain extent ) Sri Lankans with no political affiliation and entrust the resurrection the organization within two years .

I am sure that we have many Sri Lankans from Private Sector who can take over this daunting task and kill the fires”

Dr Sarath Obeysekera


  1. ranjit Says:

    Foul mouthed habitual unpopular person like Vel vidane cannot be a person like red adair. Your dream will not come true Doc. If you appoint this guy for a post like that to tame Yamapalanaya opponents government will get more unpopular for sure. Majority of the people in this country oppose this current Yamapalanaya government today for ignoring what they promised during election time and for continues aggression and intimidation against their opponents. Vel vidane is not the answer but mutual discussion with all concerned parties to solve the problems facing both sides with a better understanding and to benefit all citizens alike. We don’t have Red Adair’s here in our country except power hungry, money hungry Ungreatful individuals who will do any dirty thing to keep their power and glory. Yamapalakayo made us powerless and weak. They haven’t done anything to be proud of except selling our nation and allowing minorities to play hell with our religion,land and culture. These Yahapalanaya traitors should be punished for all the crimes they do in daylight and brought them to justice if you need to make real Yahapalanaya in this country.

  2. Ananda-USA Says:


    Yamapalana NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) process at work!

    Don’t change UNP portfolios: Ranil tells MS, CBK
    2017-05-19 03:23:18

    Amid speculation of a Cabinet reshuffle, UNP sources said yesterday party leader and Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe had informed President Maithripala Sirisena and former president Chandrika Kumaratunga that the portfolios assigned to the UNP should not be changed.

    In such a scenario, any reshuffle, will only apply to portfolios held by Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members. According to media reports the UNP MPs Bandulalal Bandarigoda and Asoka Priyanatha have expressed views opposing any reshuffling of portfolios currently assigned to the UNP.

    Sources said, the UNP leader had at his meeting with the President and the former president highlighted the need to give ample time to the ministers to produce results. He is reported to have said a reshuffle could be considered six months later if necessary.

    The 19th Amendment to the Constitution states that it is mandatory for the President to consult the Prime Minister when appointing Cabinet ministers. (Kelum Bandara)

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