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Waiting for title deeds
Residents of the Good Hope Apartments paid in full the amount for
apartments they purchased and are residing there since 2006.
The developer Joseph Gunalan Thiyagarajah of Kawdana Gardens Dehiwala
and officials promised to give the title deeds as soon as possible. Now
it is 2016, we are still asking help from the CMC UDA and the CMA
authorities but to no avail. There’s no hope that we will be given our
title deeds in the near future. It’s a waiting game.
No steps whatsoever are being held to hold inquiries against this
culprit who is ignoring the rights of owners.
We thought the Yahapalana Government, which was voted into power
would assist us to get our title deeds but upto now nothing has been
It is now upto the Housing Ministry and the Minister in charge to do
the needful and bring the culprits - the so- called developer and his
officials to justice.
The latest trend is for lawyers attempting to get the title deeds
from this developer for cash but we have paid in full for ouir
apartments and this included the cost of the title deeds. Why should we
pay the lawyers to get the deeds? We earnestly request President
Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to look
into this matter. We, the apartment owners, have been waiting for so
long - ten years to be exact!
Washing dirty linen in public
Flog them, flay them, screamed the righteous, ably-led by the head of
the Yahapalana administration. Hot on his heels came one of the former
head’s staunchest tub thumpers demanding the whip treatment too. Not to
be outdone, the leader of the BBS joined the clamour. And, whose heads
were they all baying for? The heads of the organisers of the musical
show featuring an iconic international singer!
It is hardly the fault of the organisers (nor the singer himself for
that matter), that a woolly-headed bimbo threw a bra at her idol. This
behaviour is normally a part of musical shows performed in the West.
If our young women decide to ape the West (why is it always women,
one never hears of young men throwing their underwear in this fashion?)
must it necessarily be the ‘duty’ of the leaders of the land to correct
To get back to this flagellation business, OK, let’s go for it, but
with a proviso!
The treatment must be extended to much more serious transgressions
such as looting the public purse, defrauding business partners, inciting
racial tension, defender abductions, bribery and corruption and of
course, nepotism. Would that not send a powerful message to the people
ruining the country’s morals? Why are our leaders getting their
priorities consistently wrong? The public are left dumbfounded.
This whole business points to a huge attempt to draw our attention
away from the more serious offences taking place in the country, with
abductions and the like.
The chaotic web of lies and deceit that our current set of
politicians are weaving is fooling nobody. The public sees the nakedness
behind this ‘ Holier than thou’ attitude.
So, come on and start doing some constructive work to reduce the
burden placed on the masses. Their patience is running out. If you do
not pay attention to this, you may soon be voted out of office by an
Leave the dirty bra to the dhoby wallah!
Ainsley de Silva