Ranil is worse for SL than COVID-19
Posted on July 20th, 2020

By Prof. Tissa Vitarana Courtesy Ceylon Today

The general opinion in the country, including among many UNPers, is that the present SLFPA Government, with the leadership provided by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, has effectively controlled the first wave of the COVID-19 epidemic, and that this would not have been the outcome under a UNP Government, specially if it was headed by Ranil Wickremesinghe. (The occurrence of two or more waves of increased cases is due to people not observing the health rule when the restrictions are relaxed. The magnitude of the wave depends primarily on human error and secondarily on appropriate government action).

This is because of the miserable performance of the UNP Government that was headed by Ranil in the five years since 2015, among one of the worst in Sri Lanka’s history. Instead of ‘Yahapalanaya,’ the outcome was a ‘(dushta) vindictive palanaya,’ widespread corruption topped by the colossal Central Bank fraud, prices of food and other goods soared so that some people had only one meal a day, poverty (40 per cent), the rich/poor gap and malnutrition increased, patients died due to the lack of medicines in government hospitals and high prices in private pharmacies, national assets were underpriced and sold cheap to foreigners, very little new development, real unemployment rose, household debt and national debt reached highest levels. It was evident from the results of the elections, both Presidential and Local Government, that the people have clearly rejected Ranil and the UNP, and warned to completely eliminate them at this General Election. 

Controlling the disease

It is this incompetent, disgraced leader who is now, without any expertise, trying to pontificate on what should be done to prevent the emerging second COVID-19 wave. As if no one knew about it, he states that the WHO had laid down four steps to control the disease, ‘testing, tracing, isolating and treatment.’ He adds we did not implement any of them,” meaning not himself, but the SLFPA Government. 

This incorrect brash statement may be pardonable in a schoolboy, but not in a former PM. It was because all these WHO directives were properly done under the SLFPA Government that Sri Lanka has only about 2,500 cases and a mere 11 deaths. This is a figure for COVID-19 control that is superior to that of a large majority of both developed and developing countries. When each test costs about Rs 6,000, and the Government has done 125,000 tests (total cost of Rs 750 million), the cost is substantial. 

There is no doubt that random testing of large statistically -significant samples of the total population is ideal to detect community spread. This is feasible for rich countries, but with our limited resources we need to be selective. I suggested to the President that the best option would be to test all those presenting with COVID-19 like symptoms in the so called safe or unaffected districts, and this was done. The contact tracing and isolation are about the best I have seen anywhere in the world in my 25 years of work as a member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Virus Diseases to WHO, Geneva. When global figures for death rates is around 5 per cent, Sri Lanka’s figure of 0.5 per cent speaks very well for our treatment. With such a record, I have the fullest confidence that under the leadership of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the present and future PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka can bring under control the second COVID-19 wave before long.

But, it needs the support of all the people. They must be disciplined and cooperative. Certainly not creating doubts in the minds of people and generating unwarranted fears and panic, as Ranil Wickremesinghe is doing. This will result in the breakdown of the health rules – that of maintaining at least one, but better 2, metres, between people, wearing face masks properly, and frequent hand washing. In a leaflet, I have explained how these ensure each one’s safety and also help to get rid of the virus from Sri Lanka, as the virus cannot survive or multiply outside our bodies. 

It dies on its own within a matter of hours. It is clear that a campaign to postpone the 5 August General Election led by Ranil is underway, and an irresponsible attempt is being made to destroy the people’s confidence in the Government’s ability to control it in the hope that the people will not observe the health rules, thereby helping to spread the virus and aggravate the epidemic, so that the General Election cannot be held. Even if it is held, the voter turnout will be low due to the low key election campaign amidst the many restrictions imposed by the Election Commission, both necessary and unnecessary. This could be used to question the international credibility of the Government, so that pressure can be exerted on it by the USA.

Local economic crisis

Ranil then claims that the continuing epidemic will lead to a local economic crisis and that it will take ten years for the economy to bounce back. The saviour of the country and the people will be none other than Ranil Wickremesinghe and the UNP, as he claims his Uncle J.R. Jayewardene did in 1977. 

But both claims are faulty, because the problems faced by the Centre Left governments then and today are not local ones, but the result of international crises – the massive triple fuel, food and economic crises of 1973 and the global economic, social and health crisis of today. Ranil adds, why wait ten years? Defeat this Government now and let the magician Ranil save Sri Lanka from the COVID-19 epidemic and solve all the economic problems. 

But, the economic problems arise from the strong action taken to control the spread of COVID-19 including lockdowns and curfews. His implied criticism is that the Government has failed to take strong action when necessary. But he seems to forget that such action is a principal factor in aggravating the economic downturn. At this point of time, DGHS Dr. Jasinghe, who has hitherto led the health interventions successfully, states that the situation is not bad enough yet to call for extreme measures. The political leaders must act on the scientific advice given. Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is pressing panic buttons to exaggerate the magnitude of the COVID-19 epidemic, is trying to get an overreaction that will aggravate the virus problem and thereby the economic problems, so that the cacophony for putting off the elections indefinitely led by him will be the final outcome. 

The actions of Ranil in Sri Lanka pose a greater problem to the country than COVID-19 itself. The best course of action for the people of Sri Lanka is to ensure that the UNP, led by Ranil, is soundly defeated at the forthcoming election, which must be held on time, so that the Government can get a strong majority, to also defeat the COVID-19 crisis. But the economic and viral crises are of global origin and the ultimate solution is an international one. Sri Lankans must not fall into the American-led trap being laid by Ranil, to make us believe his frog in the well presentation of the problems that face our country.

4 Responses to “Ranil is worse for SL than COVID-19”

  1. Gunasinghe Says:

    Well said Professor. When I see him talking on TV I laugh in my rear end. Looks like a fool. No brain at all.

  2. Gunasinghe Says:

    Well said Professor. When I see him talking on TV I laugh in my rear end. He Looks like a fool. No brain at all.

  3. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Anti Sinhalese, anti Sri Lanka, anti Buddhist traitor alugosuwa (to Sinhalese Buddhists only) thambi mudiyanselage
    jr@ was the first covid 19. Then traitor alugosuwa (to Sinhalese Buddhists only) lk porisada R@ was the second
    Covid19. Then traitor alugosuwa (to Sinhalese Buddhists only) die hard card catholic token Buddhist mega thief
    mega thakkadiya bay gal karaya mass murderer Batalande wa(n)dakaya Pol Pot r@ni_leech wickrama Sinhala
    killer is the third Covid19. Batalande wa(n)dakaya’s catholic wolf in Buddhsit clothing disguise gave the perfect
    cover for the traitor low life to irreparable damage to Sri Lanka, Sinhalese race and Buddhism during the last 40

    Don a national dress and raise pirith nool clad right hand (even though wandakaya hasn’t been seen any Buddhist
    temple) and Sinhala modayas will believe every word traitor low life utters. It massacred 60,000+ Sinhalese
    Buddhist jaathidhrohee vermins’ party aka jvpers with its catholic police top brass and catholic top deshapaluwas.
    To this day, Sinhala modayas don’t know why catholic controlled traitor UNPatriotic_rats aka GooandPee never
    wanted to kill the real terras, traitor chief’s catholic buddy barrel man hitler mala paharan’s catholic tigers of
    tamil drealam. Batalande wa(n)dakaya gave all the support to estalish a catholic country in the N&E with its
    CFA 2005 saying the terras were invincible. MR came, so called invincible terras were running for their lives.
    Wa(n)dakaya even grassed the Millennium City intelligent officers to the catholic tigers of tamil drealam bullet
    to expedite the drealam project. That’s how GooandPee fought the real terras.
    Bheeshana samaya – 60,000+, Sinhalese Buddhists massacred – Sinhalese cull !
    Catholic tigers of tamil drealam – 100,000+, mainly Sinhalese Buddhists, were sacrificed. Sinhalese cull 2.
    Still supporting GooandPee? Must have had a postman of a different kind just before you were born?

    Traitor chief die hard catholic token Buddhist Batalande wa(n)dakaya is responsible for all the ills Sinhalese race,
    Sri Lanka and Buddhism facing facing today. All for a religion of convenience which don’t regard sins as sin with
    mythical gods. Wa(n)dakaya should read Darwin’s Theory of Evolution which explains how the two legged
    creatures came to be being, this book, The Tree of Life, which explains how all these other creatures, flies,
    mosquitoes etc. etc. came to be being. Or NASA’s findings which shows the earth’s size is a grain of sand in the
    vast vast universe where distances are measured in light years. If this traitor low life knows the meaning of
    a light year will never believed in mythical gods.

    What The Buddha has preached, science has proven to be true again and again. Which god will make the people
    in different colour to kill each other and the planet to be the size of a grain sand with built in volcanoes, tsunamis,
    earth quakes etc. etc. Or is it the environment make the people looking different (Darwin’s Theory). The Buddha
    preached people who sin, pay for them in the animal kingdom for 100s of 1000s of lifetimes before being
    ‘promoted’ to be two legged creatures again (Theory of Evolution?). Wa(n)dakaya going to find itself in the
    animal kingdom for 1000s of lifetimes to pay for the murders, robberies, treacheries, lies etc. etc. it has
    committed in the name of its mythical gods. People used to worship rivers, mountains, gods in the olden days
    in the absence of science. Today, in this 21st century, all the honest, literate people accept the Theory of
    Evolution to be 100% true. Wa(n)dakaya should’ve at least checked the calendar to find out it was 20th century
    when it started Buddhism wrecking spree.

    All the crimes (sins) any two legged creature can do anywhere under the sun:
    1 killing (animals included? of course only in Buddhism only)
    2 stealing
    3 sexual misconduct
    4 lying
    5 alcohol/drug abuse
    The above five is the basis for penal code in every country under the sun while refraining from them is Buddhism’s
    Five Precepts. Do we need to any more about the only true religion on the planet then? The Buddha also preached,
    health is wealth. How appropriate for a covid-scared world today?

    Buddhism disappeared from its birth place since it didn’t fit the society with animal sacrifices, caste systems etc
    and people quickly reverted back to religions of conveniences which do not regard sins as sins. Then invading
    mussies killed all the Buddhist monks and uprooted the only true religion on the planet from the birth place.
    The Buddha touched all the civilisations at the time and iran, afganisthan, pakisthan, bangladesh, malaysia and
    indoenesia used to be Buddhist countries before the fastest breeding religion aka religion of violence mussies
    got there with their baby machine wives. They quickly multiplied and multiplied and outnumbered (murdered)
    the natives and made them all mussie countries, The dirty, disgusting, subhuman trick is widely used in Sri
    Lanka with the traitor deshapaluwas like Batalande wa(n)dakaya’s support.

  4. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Anti Sinhalese, anti Buddhist, anti Sri Lanka, minority worshiping, Mother Lanka dismembering GooandPee aka
    UNPatriotic_rats treacheries. These are only some of them. These you won’t see in so called Buddhist Sri Lanka
    (on paper) where all the media are controlled by GooandPee henchmen.

    Breaking into CB with its catholic buddy maha horandran and getting away with Rs 5585, creating ever Mother
    Lanka dismembering, ever Mother Lanka hating diasporats worldwide (developed countries only of course),
    abolishing Sirima-Shasthri Pact by thambi mudiyanselage JR@ which would’ve reduced estate tamil population by
    650,000. Today they must be 3-4 millions and aspiring for a greater drealam (2019 drealam map in the presidential
    elections). Disastrous 13,13A which promoted the minorities and made Sinhalaya pariahs in their own land.
    Still GooandPee? Can’t be a Sinhalese! Postman wasn’t a Sinhalese when you were small?











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