Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Big Fat Mamas in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs are MASS MURDERERS – Why no mention in the Budget debate on 9th Dec?
Yesterday’s budget debate on the vote on the Ministry of Women’s and Children’s Affairs talked about everything to do with women, but not about the actual goings on in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs itself, leading to murder. It is not just about he money allocated to the Ministry, it is whether the Ministry itself has a capable administrative structure to carry out the duties of the Govt. that are assigned to the Ministry, and it is in this context that I make these serious allegations.
None of the participants in the debate SAID ANYTHING we do not know. It was just the good old boring stuff, as to why we must protect our women and children. No real stirring stuff from either side. The UNP was represented by a phalanx of women in the form of Rosy, Thalatha, Anoma and Chandrani. The Govt. has NO equivalent and should be ashamed of themselves as they only have a sycophant in the form of Pavithradevi who is really in want of good **** to straighten her up to see sense in her particular department. Poor Sumedha who did have the job is now only in charge of a tiny department of distributing the MPs Photocopiers when it is time to, and car permits and that sort of stuff. Tissa Karaliyadda the Minister is so ineffective that he is worse than incompetent as HE DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO TACKLE THE BATTLEAXES IN HIS MINISTRY.
So to get to the point, the biggest problem with the Ministry, who have a huge responsibility to safeguard the rights of women and children in Sri Lanka that form 70% of the population, is that the Big Fat Mamas in the Ministry in the form of the various secretaries DO NOT ALLOW the Ministry to be effective as their incompetence will be shown to the world and stand out!!
So what do I mean? Just to take one of many similar examples, UNICEF Sri Lanka have spent a lot of money and done various studies on Children related issues of concern, and have put forward proposals to the Ministry along with the funding on how it should be implemented. These Fat Mamas have shelved them, as they are too incompetent to implement, not knowing one end of the pencil from the other. They are political appointees who have NO IDEA what their job entails and so by not implementing they have become “mass murderers.” YES MASS MURDERERS
WHY? One is guilty of crimes of commission and of omission. It is the latter murder they are guilty of. If they implement the numerous recommendations of UNICEF and other bodies, the deaths of many children, mothers and women in general can be avoided along with suicide of women. I therefore accuse you and you know who you are, of these 100’s of deaths. It is time someone axed them!!
It is time for an investigative team to (from say the Media) to get to the bottom of this revelation and point the finger at the incompetents and name and shame them, so they resign and allow the very capable people to take over and implement all the hundreds of recommendations that are just lying in shelves due to the bloody mindedness of bureaucrats who have deliberately shelved them, as they prefer to highlight their ignorance by NOT WORKING.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
WE MUST determine if it is the Government’s duty to authorize prices for essentials! Free market will not result in shortages, and may reduce prices.
Taking the milk powder issue as an example, the large distributors of Milk Powder have asked for an increase in the retail price of powder by Rs250/Kg. That works out to more than Rs100 per 400g pack, an absolutely humongous increase. They are playing a game of poker with the Govt. with heads you win! tails you win also!
Apparently with this increase they have created a shortage in the market, and today, a consignment of Rs80M worth of Milk Powder was discovered in a warehouse, with the Govt. maintaining it was purposely hidden from the Consumer. It would be interesting to see the outcome of this as the Consumer Authority seized this. Does it mean they confiscated this?
Have they released it to the market, and received payment for it? There are unanswered questions here, and as usual the public are misled as to the mechanics of the raid, and the real outcome of this detection. Johnston Fernando’s Ministry of Consumer Affairs claims it to be one of their successes. Doe the proceeds from this go to Johnston?
This lack of accountability as to what happens to the milk powder once seized is part of the conspiracy that is never questioned nor answered.
It could have been a set up deliberately to give Johnston some publicity, with the owner of the powder then being able to claim a LOSS in his books and then pay NO tax in his company as it is a definite loss of stock.
Then he shares the proceeds with Johnny and both become rich from the deal, all the time the Govt. in the form of lost tax, (the whole value of the seized powder will be set off against profits!) and both Johnny and Owner share the spoils. Great way for him to curry favor with Johnny and for him not to lose any money either, as he retains what he would have paid in tax from the proceeds.
In this way the people of Sri Lanka instead of believing that they have been saved from the errant trader have actually been fleeced, with loss of taxation to the treasury.
This is an example of how the people of Sri Lanka are being fooled by wily and unscrupulous business men and Governing politicians.
So LOOK OUT!!! What you hear is not all that it is made out to be, it is completely the reverse.
Sri Lanka as a country has the most devious people in the world, when it comes to benefiting from the ignorance of the people. The Politicians, as of now it is the Government of the day is out to take us for a right royal ride, and the population permits it with overwhelming votes.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
A brilliant constable, Weligama Liyanarachchige Sunil, who joined the STF and then later transferred to the Prevention of Corruption Unit of Matara Police Division, was brutally murdered in his bed along with his wife, Apsara by a gang of at least four, one of whom was identified as Katayam Chinthaka a neighbor and an underworld gangster.
One of the gang Sumith Priyadarshana (an ex-commando of the Sri Lanka Army) was arrested and admitted involvement in the murder. The police reported he was shot dead when attacking the police when they were taken to show where the arms were hidden. Then today, two more of the suspects were reported killed in the early hours of the morning, when they jumped into the Denagama river, whilst trying to escape from Police custody! The police said the two suspects jumped into the river after they were taken to a hideout in search of weapons said to have been hidden by them!!!!
The heinous crime of the double killing must be properly solved and accused found guilty, and punished to the full extent of the law. It is a capital crime and if guilty warrant the death sentence.
What actually happened I cannot say for certain but follows a typical pattern put out by the police. I wish they could be a little bit more imaginative on how they describe the killings!
The standard explanation when police kill suspects is to say they were shot whilst struggling with the police when taken to show where the weapons were hidden.
Why do the police kill suspects? Sri Lankans do not make a hue and cry about it as murderers get their just deserts and that is part of the karuma of living, paying the price for our sins. This punitive justice is what we are known the world over for and is part of why there is a case in the HR courts and why the world is also after us.
The more sinister reason though is that the big Kahuna behind the drug peddling and murders is free or will not face justice and the lord of the Drug Peddling in the South gets Police protection. Why? There is no trial to point out who and why the killing took place, as the suspects are now dead! period. The police killer gets killed by the police, and that is all they want.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Yesterday's Budget seminar at the Kingsbury Hotel, where the Whos who of Colombo were present, was a total and unadulterated non event. It is embarrassing to even hear the Big Boys being so sycophantic, if it was true! They only think about their survival, without thinking about the Country's survival. In short the budget was ZILCH!
No mention was made about the benefit that this country receives from over US$10B from remittances of workers, as that figure is grossly discounted in official figures. The Growth rate is purely attributable to this and NOTHING in the budget will add to that growth which is already discounted. If we had NO budget the growth will be higher.
If anyone including Koshi Mathai of the IMF continue to say this is a great budget they are all eating out of the Govt. gravy train and don’t want to rock it. Yes even that paragon of virtue Koshi, who seems to want to live here forever, as it is just too good to leave. Nowhere in the world in future, will he be called to address so many important gatherings, and no where will he ever feel so important, so why not praise your hosts? Just good sense, if it want for the fact that the public are taken for a ride. The IMF is being scammed by this person.
The budget is a rich man’s budget where even the rumor of a WEALTH TAX did not materialize, as it was shot down before it even made it to the Speech by whom BUT THE VERY WEALTHY. So they paid the Govt. back handsomely by PRAISING this budget. So it is dog eat dog, or let us all share the spoils! I hear behind closed doors they argued furiously that it would be a disincentive to investment, and will encourage capital flight. THERE IS NO BASIS FOR THAT.
Let us list some of the glaring issues.
1 The percent of public expenditure paid out of direct income taxes is one of the lowest in the world. The RICH MUST be brought into the income tax bracket even if they are not charged a wealth tax. It is easily done, we know who the 50,000 who do not pay taxes are, they don't even have a tax file, but they travel in Rs30M + cars and sport utes.
2 The indirect tax burden on the poor on basic food stuffs, (Rs30 on a Kg of Sugar) is the highest in the world, making our poor Sri Lankans one of the highest consumption taxed people on earth. The man who earns and spends 75% of his Rs 20,000 monthly income (US$150) on food for his family and mobile phone pays 15% of this gross in taxes.
3 The estimates of Revenue from Taxes is way off the mark, and they always play a ruse to overestimate this to appear to keep within their borrowing limits.
4 The corruption cost built into the infrastructure element of the Capital Expenditure is way too high, and so 20% of the Capital Expenditure is wasted, and not put into the project itself if it was transparent. (If only this could be added to Education!)
5 The interest on Public Debt, mainly foreign borrowings is way too high. I can renegotiate them at interest rates as much as 50% less, if corruption is not involved in seeking these loans. This will save at least Rs150B a year in interest alone!!
6 It is a national disgrace to spend and allocate so much money to Sri Lankan and Mihin airlines, when we will not be able to compete with the hundreds of aircraft that the Gulf Countries are now ordering, and so will have in use in the next 10 years. There are cheaper ways to fly.
7 There is NO effort to use renewable energy resources, starting with NO duty on 100% electric cars and reduced duty on hybrids. Accordingly there is no corresponding tax on high polluters like 3 wheelers, that can reduce air pollution by leaps, and save lives, and make this country a ecologically sound state.
8 There is NO serious effort to encourage ORGANIC agriculture, like direct subsidies for this and reduction in the Fertilizer subsidy still further that contributes to CKDU. The Rs1B allocated to safe water is NOT enough, too little too late and will not reverse the current impending disaster, of 50,000 seriously ill kidney patients within a four years.
9 Encourage off shore and on shore wind turbines and scrapping Sampur should have been a cornerstone of the Budget if we are serious about energy conservation, reduction in pollution, and ecologically at the forefront.
10 The Tax (increase by 25%) on all telecommunication bills, will affect everyone in the Country, with the poorest again bearing the tax proportionately more (meaning regressive) with no counter to it!
11 There is NO COL (cost of living) allowances for pensioners, govt. servants, or any other lower paid people in as much as any increase bears any resemblance to the cost of living. The small amounts granted do not scratch the surface.
12 MOST importantly there is NO INVESTMENT in Education over and above allocations to pay the existing teachers’ salaries. This is the most IMPORTANT infrastructural investment that is needed to enhance the KNOWLEDGE economy. Education has a long lead time, which if not spent now will take years for Sri Lanka to achieve knowledge supremacy. Foreign Tertiary establishments are NOT sufficient to fill the gap, which is most acute at the Montessori, and Primary levels to change our thinking, from followers to thinkers!
13 Silly tools like tax holidays for getting a stock market quotation WILL NOT improve the CSE. Only a forced sell down of shares to increase the public float, will make any difference to the foreign investment in our Stock Market.
14 A serious look at transfer pricing by multinationals is now the order of the day, as way too much untaxed profits are disappearing due to the ignorance of our Inland Revenue and Customs Authorities who are INTELLECTUALLY UNABLE to grasp this concept. With SL now seen as a growing economy they (MNCs) will not leave or threaten as they did in the past. It is the connivance of our people that permit this today.
15 NO Clear assurances of the rule of law have been made to encourage FDI, which is the only real requirement for long term FDI knowing your money is safe from being forcibly taken over. The track record of this Govt. is poor, and the legal system corrupt, so it is only the high risk gamblers like the Packers who will invest.
This is just a few points that were obvious to me in the few minutes I took to type this up. I am sure you can add to this list.
Take heed to what I say as we are only too ready to accept the spin that comes out of Temple Trees. It is all hogwash and we had better be prepared for the downfall.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
SM Chandresena – now a Cabinet Minister again, as his brother SM Ranjith is the Chief Minister of the North Central Province – breaking their own rules again!
There is one law for the Presidential sycophants and another for the rest. The Prime Minister DM Jayaratne was unable to get his son who obtained the largest preferential votes in the Central Province to become the Chief Minister due to this rule that was just broken.
Let us not forget that SM Chandresena resigned his Cabinet post just because his brother was made the Chief Minister. So now the Berty Premalal family will be incensed at a further erosion of their power in Anuradhapura.
In short this is a simple assertion of Presidential power at its ultimate show. Further consolidating one man rule in Sri Lanka, however one would like to put a spin on the proceedings for hoodwinking purposes. With Shashindra Rajapakse at the helm in Uva Province, are we to see another Rajapakse emerge in the Western Province sidelining the Ranatunges to history too? It will not be long before we have an answer to that too, a truly vice like grip on the nation.
Friday, November 22, 2013
The aptly named HLD Mahindapala in his sycophantic piece on the increased standing in the world that MR (not Sri Lanka) received after CHOGM ended his piece in the Daily Mirror of Wednesday Nov 20th with the words in the above caption.
Frankly if he has any brains he should have said that Headlines, be they be positive or negative DO NOT determine…… So he ended with a non phrase that is not even appropriate to justify the whole article which was in defense of the President with a converse attack on the British Prime Minister.
I don’t understand why they take so much umbrage what a UK PM who has been in office for a few years, and actually been in politics for a few more, when compared with a politician who has been in Politics for nigh on 40 years and power of various sorts for at least 25 of them, says. I am frankly amazed he is making the same comparison!
If he is then it really seems that MR has more skeletons under his cupboard than Cameron. After all lets us face it, if it is individual to individual it is MR who has more allegations that Cameron, and therefore it hits where it hurts, when you cannot reflect the same allegation, and then resort to Sri Lanka vs UK.
It is MR and a few others who are responsible to adequately answer the allegations, and NOT the Country Sri Lanka. Mahindapala just does not get that fact. SO it is NOT Sri Lanka that is facing the criticism, it is President Mahinda Rajapakse who has to face the music in the end along with a few who did his bidding. Truth hurts and there is a payback time one day.
I cannot understand why we need to go back to the 30 year war and look at all the LTTE massacres. They have been vanquished and there is no one to answer to them anymore or take to trial. Do they want to bring the GTF (Global Tamil Forum) comprising of some wanna be nobodies to account? Lets get serious here. No one denies the appalling atrocities of the LTTE. And let us hope we will never forget them. It is only the lapses of the Govt. namely on the instructions of a few that questions are sought and we went through a wholly unnecessary waste of time and energy called LLRC, when it should have been three of four who should have been called to account, answered and then resolved these allegations onc and for all and so we could have ended this in May 2009
Instead this Govt. has been cowardly and has dragged the innocent Nation through the coals for a few transgressions of a few that could be answered and resolved in a day. Surely you agree in hindsight that this would have even erased the LTTE rump forever.
Now there is some talk that we are in talks with South Africa for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Whatever for? We have not had thousands of perpetrators. The victims are for the most part dead and some of the perpetrators merely followed orders. It is the three or four who gave the orders that require the rehabilitation (poonaruththapanaya) and no one else.
Let us start with the First Citizen and once he is rehabilitated he will behave as a reformed addict would. After all we remember when he went to the UNHRC to accuse his country’s Govt. for HR violations. It would be nice to have the same man back, rehabilitated. We will have a glorious future then. Don’t accuse the opposition of treachery, if you were also guilty of the same.
I am and have been against dragging this nation through the coals for the sins of a few people who do not want to admit their faults. After all if the President followed the words he preached to us, in the final sentence of his opening address to the CHOGM, he should be the first to look into the truth and look inwards and not throw stones at others. So your own words have come back to haunt you.
It is really silly and incompetent of the Mahindapalas of this world to resort to the same errors that MR pointed out in his final sentence at throwing stones in glass houses, at Cameron who had NOTHING to gain from what he did. Mahindapala knows that the Tamil Diaspora do not vote Conservative, and are hardly likely this time round to do so, after the Cameron made for TV show. Cameron just had it in for MR and NOT SRI LANKA before he arrived and he executed his plan to perfection right the way through. We just permitted, tolerated, or even encouraged it, by throwing more obstacles in the way, and further reinforced his convictions, without doing a damned thing to reduce this enthusiasm for a show. It was merely payback time for trasing the UK, and I would too if I was the UK PM against any attack on my country. So it is just an act of patriotism of a person and nothing at all to do with the LTTE Diaspora influence. No doubt they seized on giving the evidence to payback for pompous threats that was all.
It is just in his genes to throw protocol and pomp out the window, and just followe the path he was born to. You can say Bullington, or uncouth, or uncivilized, that’s fine as he does not care a damn what others think of him.
It would have been more apt if the Mahindapala time was better spent in advising his mentor or leader to show magnanimity, inclusiveness, and statesmanship in tackling the issues that have been agreed to at the Colombo Declaration, and start with what we can do at home to implement those points. Only then will his genuine desire for reform of the current deviant system be applauded and then emulated. If you want him to be the Chair and not the Country, then what better way than show his leadership so that others might follow.
So let us take a positive step to reform the utterly decrepit hell of totalitarianism that is prevalent in SL, in case Mahindapala has not realized as a sycophant who is blind, deaf and even dumb.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Do any of you remember the containers of Baked Beans that we received as food aid at the time of the Tsunami? They were lying around with people for years! Many of the tins then even passed the use by date. That was because even if we were hungry, we refused to eat Baked Beans. I like baked beans so I had no problem, but the people despite their hunger did not want to eat it. They were cooked and so only had to be heated, and so a quick nutrition to relieve hunger.
I presume those who read this blog were not so affected, so they may not realize this little point about baked beans. Nevertheless the Govt. has decided in the budget to give 50,000Tonnes of rice stock, and I am sure they will try to palm of the red rice in their stores to WFP (The World Food Program) to send to countries which the WFP supports with food aid.
I have no problem with giving this aid, as we currently have an excess of rice which we do not appear to be able to dispose of and which we cannot export, because the rice consuming nations do not want our varieties of rice. So my question is if it is the Baked Beans saga in reverse? Will the recipient of this rice, know how to cook it and will they eat it without complaint?
If people in other countries are sufficiently hungry they will probably not mind eating this rice. It is certainly not spoilt stuff, but the way it is cooked is not always apparent to those who do not cook our rice varieties and so may put too much water, and not wash the rice first etc.
I don’t know of a country that mentions disposing of food aid in kind, in the budget unless it is an increase in the budget allocations for Aid.
Let us hope we have a whole new concept of Agriculture in Sri Lanka, not in import substitution, like growing the most useless crop known to mankind, namely potatoes that ruin the environment and cause enormous soil erosion, but educate our little children to eat smart, an learn to savor at least 20 of the 100 varieties of legumes that are grown in Sri Lanka, so we will always be able to feed out people no matter if we have a drought or flood that may affect the principal rice crop.
It is visionary, thinking outside the box leadership that we want, similar to the strategy that won the war, we must win the peace with a similar frame of mind. Let us hope the Govt. starts a new chapter chastened by the horrors of CHOGM 2103.