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Sri Lanka Government and 13th Amendment

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It has been a pleasure to read the 100 days implementation program by the new regime, 2015, in a country that practices, bribery, corruption, thuggery, gang warfare, religious conflicts, racial and regional ethnicity conflicts.


Citizens of Sri Lanka should appreciate and welcome the changes. The change has been change of governance, may be, in agreement with some western influence and manipulation, because of their falcon formation, defence/offence strategy. It is expected that the current regime will not genuflect down, and implement whatever is thrown onto them from the west and India.


The President and the Prime Minister should remember that the LTTE was originally formed, and declared by the Tamils with the blessings and support of ITAK, on the 22nd day of May 1972, on which day, the country became a self-governing republic with a Head of State (late Srimavo).


Today US has allowed an illegal Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) to operate, and brainwash some ignorant Tamil expats, who have no interest in the development of the N&E, but sprint for absolute power. Does it mean that US is threatening SL to agree to their terms by allowing TGTE to operate freely in the US soil?
The ITAK secretary Mavai Senathirajah is a known separatist who has been campaigning for absolute power and secession in the past. In the early 2000, TNA was a part of LTTE, commanded to heed the instruction of Vellupillai Prabakaran, the leader of LTTE.


To date Tamils in the N&E carry that approach to secession, and their own governance. They have forgotten the past, of how they survived, financially, economically, technically with limited or nil resources in the North.


Without import, and coupon mode foodstuff, most lower and middle class Tamils could not have survived, educated their children and got employment. It could be clearly understood that we Tamils still have not got the perception that a region can become autonomous only if has natural resources and generates adequate income.


On receiving independence, Tamils should have joined the governance and developed the N&E. e.g. Water is a resource required for agriculture. All Tamils ran out of Jaffna and Batticaloa to find employment in the South. SJV Chelvanayaka(m), a Malaysian born, lived and completed his education in Colombo and became a fanatic politician to fight for Federalism. Did he perform an economical, technical, and political analysis prior to the formation and declaration of the FP? His relative Ponnambalam Ramanathan wanted lower caste Tamils not to have voting and educational rights. How is it possible for such an arrogant racial, caste oriented group of Tamils to be empowered with governing rights?


100 Days’ Program

The 100 days’ work program is not a new action plan in the world. Hon Tony Abbot, PM of Australia put forward such a plan in 2013.
Sri Lankan 100 days’ work program strongly focuses on authoritarianism and retribution of their opponents. Could we assume that Sri Lankans have a time lag in understanding politics and governance?


JR Jayewardene was elected in 1977 and in 1978 changed the constitution and became an executive president. It has taken 37 years for politicians and people to understand about the presidential system.


If people voted for change of the system, what did the Tamils vote for? Did they vote for anti-Mahinda Rajapaksa propaganda or vote for Tamil Eelam, assuming that Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe will grant self-governing autonomy leading to secession?


According to the 100 days’ program, the process will begin of modifying the authoritarian powers of the executive presidential system through a Public Service Commission, an Elections Commission, a Commission against Bribery and Corruption and a Human Rights Commission. This will be via a 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which will be presented to Parliament and passed as swiftly as possible. This is most welcome and the forum who prepared the program should be congratulated.


The Human Rights Commission (HRC) should be empowered to address and punish those who are implicated in child labour, caste discrimination, regional and religious discrimination. The 19th amendment shall detail out clearly, the human rights violations that can be addressed and punished by the HRC.


Meanwhile a Code of Conduct will be introduced for observation by all representatives of the People (January 22). An ethical Code of Conduct will be introduced legally for all representatives of the People (February 2). The word “Observation” does not mean anything. If found guilty by the appropriate commission, the representative, irrespective of their position, should be removed from politics. Any citizen should have the rights to report such corrupt practice of representatives to the appropriate commission(s). By the phrase “legally” in the 2nd February action plan it is assumed that an act will be passed. Then why should the 22nd January state the word, “observation”. The 2nd February should suffice for the “code of ethics”.


Meanwhile, the 100 days’ program does not address removing “Thesavalamai Law” which was introduced by Dutch as maneuvered by the Elite Tamils in 1707. Do Tamils want a separate law for them? Are we not Sri Lankan? All Sri Lankans should be governed by one law. There should be no separate law for Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese (Kandyan & Others), which clearly advocates ethnic supremacy. All males should have only one legal or illegal wife (not four).


On 29th January; - A Vote on Account will be introduced in Parliament to implement special measures to provide relief to the people by reducing the rising Cost of Living.
On 30th January; - Salaries will be raised and direct and indirect taxes on necessary goods and services will be reduced.


Is the item focused on relief for lower and middle income earners? If this is the case, has the regime addressed the mode of revenue accrual to cover these costs? Where is the “Opportunity Cost” accrued from?


On 5th February; - Special Commissions will be appointed to investigate allegations of massive corruption in the preceding period. This is a case of retribution and avenging opponents. Yes devastating corruptions have to be investigated. However, the investigation shall not be limited to, from 2005 to 2015, but shouldn’t the investigations be from 1970 to 2015 or even before those periods? Is it not true that previous ministers and politicians were corrupt in the UNP and SLFP regime prior to 2005?


ITEMS NOT ADDRESSED IN THE 100 DAYS’ PROGRAM
Risk No1-Cost

Sri Lankans are aware that the 13th amendment and the nine Provincial Councils are a burden to them because of the huge cost of managing the PCs. The recurrent expenditure for 2009 was Rs 111.366 billion. Do we know the cost for the 2009-2014 periods?

How do we fund governing the PCs? How does GOSL plan to generate funds for this additional liability?

Risk No.2- Corruption Proliferation

a) We talk of bribery and corruption. With the nine PCs, bribery and corruption will increase to nine times.

b) How could the government fund travel and other expenses of PC Councilors?

c) The political differences, ideological differences, personal conflicts, power avidity, may unfold and spread-out to the parliament.

d) Already we know about the physical fights in the NPC house.
GOSL, do you think you could control the nine PCs from Colombo, either yourself or through a Governor?

Risk No.3- Racial Supremacy

Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce has made an announcement in Seithy, that people who are not from the Northern Province will not be allowed to settle in the North. Isn’t this a demoralizing racial statement?

Approximately 49% of Tamils are domiciled in the South. Such a statement may foster the belief that either Bathiudeen is racist, or the N&E (TNA) have a strategic ethnic cleansing program. How will the forthcoming HRC of SL address Bathiudeen’s statement? Could Bathiudeen be subject to political reprimand or atonement?

(Any Sri Lankan should have the rights to live anywhere in Sri Lanka!)
Risk No.4- Threat to National Security

If the government is not prepared to abolish the 13h amendment and do away with the PCs, due to lack of democratic votes, and if the government considers granting “Police” and “Land” powers, the strategic threat to NATIONAL SECURITY may emerge as follows:

a) Tamils are waiting until powers are granted, for them to build their own political make-up under their strategic plan.

b) No Sinhalese may be allowed to; settle/resettle in the N&E, build Buddhist temples, have Sinhala medium in schools, thus making N&E a pure Tamil settler region.

c) Over a period it could happen and subsequently Tamils may resurrect the secession program with the UN; claiming Tamil areas and the Tamil Eelam concept.
GOSL should understand and accept the fact, undoubtedly, and comprehensively that there is no Tamil area separately in the island. All are equal and should be able to live, study, and propagate their religion in Sri Lanka anywhere.
If such a threat to national security surfaces over a horizon of 5-15 years, what would the government do? The 100 days’ programme does not address and stress on 6th amendment.

I wish to refer to a letter written to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Ref: http://nrnmind.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/open-letter-to-unhrc-from-kanthar-p.html
CONCLUSION

GOSL;

a) It could be stressed that the only position that does not require a job specification is to become a “Politician”. Anyone can become a politician in a third world country. Could it be possible to formulate a plan for job specification, either directly or through a commission?

b) Could the credentials of current and past politicians be verified and confirmed for criminal activities, and those be removed from politics?

c) What are the credentials of Mervyn Silva and Sajin de Vass Gunawardena?

d) Does Sri Lanka need people like the above?

e) The only organisation in Sri Lanka free of bribery and corruption is presumed to be the University and the University academics. Why doesn’t the GOSL draw academics from each of the Universities, and form a non-executive, Consultative Council to provide advice on matters concerning governance, democracy, freedom, constitutional reforms, and human rights etc. Although Universities should not get involved in politics, we are proposing consultation and not executive committees. Why not use the resources available in Sri Lanka rather than paying large sum to foreign Consultants.

f) Why don’t all politicians read and understand the Constitution of the land?

g) Current regime shall give serious consideration to removing/limiting powers to the Provincial Councils.

h) Provincial Councils should be advised to manage with whatever they have been granted.

i) India should mind her own political business, as they are the largest Human Rights violator in the world. SL is a republic and can manage her own activities and does not need any advice from Indians. India should advise her politicians not to make statements against SL, as it is construed violation against international norms of discrediting and invading into a sovereign republic, and causing a national security threat.

j) 6th amendment shall be observed and applied to all violators.


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