MP Thewarapperuma shatters Sison’s dreams
Certain countries in the West have already begun their rounds with
lavish and expert funding for a regime change. Knowing only too well
that it would be hard to challenge the popularity of President Mahinda
Rajapaksa, certain elements in the West have resorted to various other
Surveys by three Western missions here have disclosed that President
Rajapaksa would easily win the next Presidential election which is
likely to be held next year. Greatly disturbed by the outcome of their
surveys, these missions are now adopting various tactics.
Ever since the plans for an early Presidential election were
speculated in political circles, lavish funding has filled the coffers
of certain NGOs which are notorious for sinister anti-Government and
anti-Sri Lanka campaigns. Making the best use of these NGO goons who are
greedy for money, certain INGOs are spearheading these campaigns under
the direction of certain Western missions in Colombo.
Meanwhile, Kalutara District UNP parliamentarian Palitha
Thewarapperuma has evaded a Western trap by putting country before self.
The MP was in the news after he was assaulted by unruly mobs during
recent unfortunate incidents in Aluthgama and Beruwala.
The US Ambassador in Sri Lanka Michele J. Sison showed her
unbelievable concern for Opposition parliamentarians in Sri Lanka when
she called Thewarapperuma last week. A surprise call from the US Embassy
in Colombo made Thewarapperuma to think twice. Ambassador Sison came on
line and requested a one-to-one meeting with the MP on Thursday.
...consults Ranil before meeting Sison
Before meeting the US Ambassador, Palitha Thewarapperuma consulted
his party leader – Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. While giving
the green light, Ranil cautioned how he should face the meeting. MP
Thewarapperuma knew exactly what was on store though he responded to her
Sison fired the first question soon after welcoming the MP on
Thursday morning. “What happened in Beruwala and Aluthgama?”
“It wasn’t a communal problem between the Sinhalese and Muslims. It
was a job of extremist looters. That was clear though some try to
project it as communal riots,” he said, much to the disappointment by
the US Ambassador.
It was obvious that all questions fired by Ambassador Sison were
pointed at one particular target and to use the MP’s evidence to paint a
dismal picture of the country.
Despite being an Opposition MP, Thewarapperuma did not wish to play
the role of a traitor by betraying the motherland.
“Did you intervene because there was a political problem?,” was
Sison’s second question.
“There was no political problem at all. I intervened to protect
people. The Sinhalese and Muslims in the area have voted for me. I went
there to assist those people,” the MP replied.
“Is there a threat to your life?” she asked but Thewarapperuma
replied in the negative and said that he is safe in the country.
“In case you encounter problems and face life threats, please speak
to us. We will take care of you,” Sison promised.
At the same time, she has asked certain other questions to ascertain
the possibility of the MP joining Government ranks, which was none of
“Will you quit the UNP?” she asked. “Never! I created a name for
myself in politics through the UNP. Hence, I would never desert the
party and crossover to another political party,” he replied.
She had even inquired whether the MP faced threats from the
Government but Thewarapperuma said “no” firmly. But Sison offered
political asylum to Thewarapperuma in case he faces threats in the
Ambassador Sision has said that the US will welcome all efforts made
by Sri Lankan politicians to change the negative image that had been
created in the minds of international community that the majority
Sinhalese were harassing the minorities. The UNP MP informed the US
envoy that nearly 26 houses of Sinhalese had also been damaged in the
clashes. Thewarapperuma told Sison that over 95 percent of the Sinhalese
reject extremism and only a handful were engaged in extremist acts.
Ranil admits UNP’s failure in 1983
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe last week admitted that the
then UNP government did not take adequate action to prevent racial riots
in July 1983.
“There were shortcomings on the part of the UNP government of 1983 as
it did not take adequate action to prevent Black July 1983 and the same
mistake should not be repeated,” he said addressing a meeting of
religious leaders and heads of civil society at the parliamentary
complex last week.
Ranil said the issues between the Sinhalese and the Muslims should be
ended though discussion and that the government should provide adequate
But the fact that Ranil had conveniently forgotten was that he too
had been a powerful Cabinet Minister during that Jayewardene regime and
held collective responsibility.
The Most Venerable Girambe Ananda Anunayaka Thera, who also addressed
the meeting, stressed the need for the preservation of peace and
goodwill between the Muslims and the Sinhalese.
The Venerable Thinyawala Palitha Thera highlighted the fact that the
Sinhalese and the Muslims suffered as a result of the clashes created by
some interested groups.
Ajith begs for Mangala’s arrest
Politicians often use arrests and remanding as blessings in disguise
to get petty political mileage. Especially the bankrupt politicians who
have no takers think that they could resurrect their political careers
if they get arrested so that they could show the handcuffs to television
cameras and get undue political mileage.
UNP MP Ajith P. Perera said that the government should arrest
Samaraweera if he had divulged State secrets or made a false statement
with regard to recent incidents in Aluthgama and Beruwela.
“There is no point in accusing Samaraweera. If he had made a false
statement or divulged State secrets, he should have been arrested,”
Perera was quoted as saying.
He said Mangala had not divulged any State secrets as he had only
named a few officers attached to the defense fraternity and
Perera said that everyone, who had followed current affairs, is aware
that the persons whose names were mentioned by his colleague were
involved in the defence sector.
At a recent media conference, Mangala alleged that some officers whom
he named were involved in the recent clashes in Aluthgama and Beruwela.
Perera had contradicted his own statement. While claiming that
Mangala had not divulged any State secrets, he has openly admitted that
the Matara District MP had named a few officers attached to the defense
fraternity and intelligence services. Isn’t that a betrayal of the
Security Forces and divulging of State intelligence secrets?
President in the Maldives, Seychelles
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is due to complete his four-day state
visit to the Maldives and Seychelles today. The President arrived in
Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in Male in Wednesday evening, along
with First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa, on the first leg of
his State visit.
Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and First Lady
Fathimath Ibrahim warmly welcomed President Rajapaksa and the First
President Rajapaksa was accorded a 21-gun salute by the National
Defence Force of the Maldives. The national anthems of Sri Lanka and the
Maldives were played followed by a guard of honour. The welcoming
ceremony comprised of cultural items performed by students. President
Rajapaksa and the delegation then proceeded to the President’s Office in
Male with a cultural procession which attracted the Sri Lankan leader.
During his stay in the Maldives, President Rajapaksa held bilateral
discussions with the Maldivian President and also called on former
President of Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Official discussions between
the two countries were also held after which Sri Lanka and the Maldives
signed bilateral agreements on health and investment. The Maldivian
President hosted a state banquet in honour of the visiting Sri Lankan
On the second leg of his state visit, President Rajapaksa accompanied
by First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, arrived at the Pointe la Rue
International Airport on Friday afternoon.The President was received at
the airport by Seychelles President James A. Michel, Vice President
Danny Faure, Sri Lankan envoy for Seychelles Rajatha Piyathissa and
Seychelles Consul General Errol Fonseka.
The President held bilateral talks with his Seychelles counterpart
yesterday. The two countries entered into a number of agreements.
President Rajapaksa also opened the new Sri Lankan Embassy in Victoria
External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, Higher Education
Minister S.B. Dissanayake, External Affairs Ministry Monitoring MP Sajin
Vass Gunawardena, Parliamentarians A.H.M. Azwer, Udith Lokubandara,
Lohan Ratwatte, Ranjith de Soysa, Tenuka Vidanagamage and Secretary to
the President Lalith Weeratunga accompanied the President.
Chandrika pokes her finger into Aluthgama
All former Executive Presidents, sans one lady, had exemplary
retirements without making any political comments during their
Even when the things were going out of control during the tenure of
President R. Premadasa, his predecessor J.R. Jayewardene, with all he
immense political experience, did not utter a word. JR let Premadasa
handle things his own way and refrained from meddling in State affairs
as a retired President.
But former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga is notorious
for making political remarks often, though hardly anyone takes her
seriously. Issuing a statement on the incidents in Aluthgama, Chandrika
had said the law enforcement authorities had failed to deal with the
Chandrika had said she was appalled by initial reports that the
violence was orchestrated after a public meeting and a provocative march
by violent extremists who pursued narrow, personal goals, in the name of
Though Chandrika is now shedding crocodile tears, it is fresh in
people’s minds how thousands of Security Forces personnel had perished
overnight due to the inefficiency of her regime. Several Army camps were
overrun by the LTTE within hours, taking the lives of thousands of brave
High Court reinstates Galle Mayor
Galle High Court Judge, K.B.K. Hirimburegama on Thursday issued a
writ order, revoking the decision taken by Southern Province Chief
Minister Shan Wijaya Lal de Silva to remove former Galle Mayor Methsiri
de Silva from his position and council membership.
The High Court Judge issued the writ order after considering the
petition submitted by the ousted mayor of Galle Municipal Council
Methsiri de Silva.
The petitioner sought a court order to revoke the gazette
notification of January 19, 2013 issued by the Chief Minister removing
him from the mayoralty and the membership of the Galle Municipal
Delivering the judgement, Justice Hirimburegama said the chief
minister had no authority to remove a municipal member on charges of
misdeeds committed during the tenure of a previous council and when a
new council is established after an election.
Chief Minister Shan Vijaya Lal De Silva, former Southern province
local government commissioner Darshaka Pandikorala. Southern Local
government commissioner Chandima Muhandiramge, Dileke Kuddachchi
assistant L.G. Commissioner, Kelum Senevirathne (deputy mayor), M. Niyas
– former deputy mayor, Pushparani Edirisinghe- Municipal Commissioner,
M. Amarasena de Silva retired judicial officer, H.P. Piyadasa chief
investigation officer, investigation officers W.N. Rathana , Anusha
Chandani W.M. Manjula Perera,, Galle Municipality and the secretary UPFA
Susil Prema Jayantha were the respondents.
Attorneys Mahesh Madawala, Manoja Guruge and Anusha Liyanage appeared
for the petitioner instructed by Attorney Thushara Silva. Attorneys
Sanjaya Kodithuwakku and Sanath Wijewardena appeared for the respondents
with a panel of lawyers.
Maldives rejects external pressure
Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has said that
Maldives doesn’t approve external pressure over countries and said that
was why the Maldives consistently stood for Sri Lanka at international
“Our two countries have been very good neighbors for a long time. We
do not approve undue external pressure over countries. That is why the
Maldives consistently stood by Sri Lanka at international fora. We will
continue to do so shoulder to shoulder with Sri Lanka,” the Maldivian
President said during a bilateral discussion with President Mahinda
Rajapaksa at President’s Office in Malé last week.
Following the one-to-one meeting between the two presidents,
bilateral discussions between the delegations of two countries
commenced. “Our countries have been subjected to harassment and too much
foreign intervention,” the Maldivian leader said. “This should stop. For
that we must stand together.”
While noting that President Rajapaksa had visited the Maldives on
four previous occasions, President Abdul Gayoom expressed his gratitude
for the support Sri Lanka extended to his country. President Gayoom said
the Maldives intends to negotiate with member countries to empower SAARC
more. He called for Sri Lanka’s support to his country for the
membership at the UN Human Rights Council.
Rs. 200 million for reconstruction
The government, on the instructions of the President, has allocated
Rs. 200 million to reconstruct the properties and business
establishments damaged during the clashes in Aluthgama and Beruwala.
Resettlement Minister Gunarathna Weerakoon said speedy measures are
being taken to reconstruct the damaged property in the two towns and the
government has allocated Rs. 200 million for this.
“Out of the allocated funds, Rs. 150 million will be handed over to
the Army as the Army is entrusted with the rebuilding. The remaining Rs.
50 million will be given to the Kalutara District Secretary,” he said.
President Rajapaksa who visited the area on June 18 soon after his
return from Bolivia, directed Army Commander Lt. Gen. Daya Ratnayake to
take proper stock of all property damage as soon as possible and launch
a mechanism to get all the repairs done at state expense using the
skills of Tri-Service personnel.
Meanwhile, the Army began rebuilding the damaged buildings in
Aluthgama on Friday. Around 800 soldiers commenced rebuilding the
damaged and destroyed properties in the Aluthgama, Beruwala and Dharga
Town, according to Military Spokesman Brig. Ruwan Wanigasooriya.
President greets Lankan cricketers
Politicians of the Government ranks as well as in the Opposition has
something in common to celebrate last week after Sri Lanka cricket team
registered its first-ever Test series win in England. They won the
decisive second Test at Headingly off the penultimate ball on Tuesday.
On Wednesday morning, President Rajapaksa congratulated the Sri Lanka
cricket team on their first ever Test series win in England on the
previous night. The match went close to midnight on Tuesday until Sri
Lanka captured the last England wicket with a ball to spare.
“Congratulations to the Sri Lanka cricket team on the 1-0 series
victory, Sri Lanka's first multi-Test series win in England. - MR,” the
President said in a Twitter message. Several parliamentarians, including
those in the UNP and the JVP, too have greeted Anjelo Mathews and his
men on their historic achievement.
Stubborn resistance by century maker Mooen Ali (108 not out) and
James Anderson (a 55-ball duck) could not save England as they tumbled
to defeat by 100 runs to give Sri Lanka their first series win in
With match seeming to ending in a draw, paceman Shaminda Eranga
bounced the fifth ball of the last over and Anderson failed to keep it
down and Rangana Herath took the catch to fuel the celebrations. Had
victory eluded the gritty Lankans would have been a travesty of justice.
The Lankans came to England gritting their teeth to tame the British
Lions and add insult to the injury inflicted by Australia in the Ashes
series and that they did it was great.
At one stage the Lankans were looking down the barrel with England on
311 for 3 in reply to the visitors’ first innings total of 257. But that
they fought back with a brave 160 from skipper Mathews in the second
innings and buried the Lions in the dust in Headingley was great.