Open letter to President and Prime Minister Upcoming
'Prevent corrupt candidates from nominations'
This letter is a request from a citizen who believes in a political
philosophy and a resulting culture, which disfavours party politics and
upholds the progress of the country above all else.
My honest feeling is that the victory we achieved on January 8, under
your leadership, is a remarkable collective political victory of all Sri
Lankans. As a sportsman and a member of the Cricket World Cup winning
team in 1996, I am proud to have become a stakeholder of that political
victory as well.
I served as a frontline combatant against the authoritarian rule and
family- based politics of the Rajapaksa's, ignoring personal benefits
and even ignoring the threats on my life; I put my country's welfare
before my own. The great joy and enthusiasm I experienced at the victory
secured on January 8 is far more than what I experienced on the day Sri
Lanka gained victory at the 1996 Cricket World Cup.
President and Prime Minister, the memories of the defeated regime are
of resentment and of a apprehension.
One family, through their narcissistic and immoral rule, has enjoyed
our national resources without limit or control.
Their will was to consume all the existing resources up to the limits
of the sky, the earth and the ocean of the motherland. The will of the
family suppressed the will of all Sri Lankans.
Pressure and frustration
The country was paralysed by many forms of fear and violence, even
though the war on terror had ended. Personally, as a member of the
parliament, I experienced tremendous amount of pressure and frustration
during that time of political rule.
On reflecting on the situation of the general public during the
period, it is evident that the stress and violence the past regime
unleashed upon the general public was severe and consequently had
reached a tipping point both for the oppressor and the oppressed by the
time of the elections.
On December 1 at Viharamahadevi Park, we signed a collective
agreement which pledged an end to this dark age, prompting a positive
future not only for us but also for the generations to come with the
support and participation of various political parties and civil society
collectives, disregarding all internal contradictions.
Coincidentally, December 1 is my birthday. It was remarkable that I
had the opportunity to lay the foundation for the Maithri era that
gathered different political parties and movements on one platform for
one cause and for one challenge on a day that is very close to my heart.
Honourable President and Prime Minister, on January 8 we established
a milestone of a beginning of an ideal era in the history of Sri Lankan
politics. There is yet on the one hand the great task of rebuilding the
country, which has misdirected by family rule and family business. One
the other hand, there is also the great challenge of the political
parties and movements working together. We must also not forgot that
there are political conspiracies and manoeuvres, as expected, to
paralyse our march forward and to bring back 'the family' into the
The distress I have right now is that the partners and masterminds of
that ongoing conspiracy are not outside but amongst us. The henchmen who
became the back scratchers of the defeated regime, casino owners who
looted and misused public money openly, heroine and ethanol dealers,
black market dealers and deal makers are now changing their moves. Now
disguised in new outfits, their attempt is to get close to you and to
continue their same manipulative behaviour. I kindly as you not to be
deceived by them. The real call of the hour is to view the situation
with a discerning eye, leading us to make right choices.
In my view the upcoming election is critical in many ways. I believe
more than all the other factors, the upcoming election is crucial for
the future of our country. The entire future of the January 8 victory
can be determined by the results of the upcoming election.
I kindly request you not to permit nominations for casino/betting
centre owners, gambling agents, heroine-ethanol and black market dealers
and other fraudulent persons for the upcoming election.
Furthermore, on the foundation of the same argument, I kindly request
you not to grant nominations for opportunistic and corrupt persons who
cross over from major parties when they are not able to secure
nominations, in their own parties.
I honestly believe Mr President, that you as the Chairperson of the
Sri Lanka Freedom Party, and Mr Prime Minister, you as the leader of the
United National Party, are capable of standing this request favourably.
Mr President and Mr Prime Minister, remarkably for the first time in
Sri Lankan political history, today both of you are able to move all
parties and people in the North and the South towards one destined
objective. Even though both of you belong to two different political
parties and ideologies, today you are able to make decisions
collectively; important issues have been resolved as a result of this
key alliance, understanding and leadership.
Accordingly, I kindly request you to make decisions and to take
action on the matter I have emphasized.
For the betterment of the country, both of you have been given the
honourable duty of restricting opportunists and corrupt individuals from
entering into the country's political sphere. I believe it is meaningful
to introduce criteria and guidelines for the process of permitting
nominations, which cover all political parties.
Today, we must not ask people to select "good" people as politicians,
but provide the opportunity for people to select the "best" people from
good candidates. That duty is mainly entrusted personally, to the good
reasoning powers of the two of you and dependent upon the power vested
in your supreme designations. I believe that in the upcoming
parliamentary election this would be one of the best ways to defeat the
opportunists and corrupt persons.
Finally, I kindly request you not to let the victory and opportunity
we achieved on 8th January be diminished and wasted. I strongly believe
that this step will sustain and add true meaning to the victory of the
common people and pave way to a civilised constructive political culture
that would ensure a great future to our motherland.
May the Triple Gem