Our Irremissible Duty To Protect Sri Lanka From Plunging Into An Abyss

by Zulkifli Nazim

George Orwell wrote : Quote “The president is a nationalist, which is not at all the same thing as a patriot. A nationalist encourages us to be our worst, and then tells us that we are the best. A nationalist, “although endlessly brooding on power, victory, defeat, revenge,” he tends to be “uninterested in what happens in the real world.” Unquote

Now that the change has come and the dignity of the constitution restored Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe and his ministers must take things more seriously and be very alert.  

Our analyses of the present situation is that the new government under Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe must accept and focus on the fact that:

The available evidence does not demonstrate a strong link either between trust in people, generalized trust in others and trust in state institutions.

Bureaucrats and judges also need to have considerable discretion. The more they can be trusted to fulfill their roles willingly, the fewer the resources needed to monitor and discipline them, and the more discretion they can be given.

The key requirement here is for trust based on the reliability and trustworthiness of public officials.

One needs to consider the trustworthiness and honesty of elected politicians and other political actors, of bureaucrats up and down the civil service, and of the judiciary.

Untrustworthy elected officials and bureaucrats are frequently corrupt.

They substitute private benefits for public responsibility. If officials are generally untrustworthy, ordinary people and businesses may believe that the only way to get what they need is through a payoff.

Furthermore, if most officials are known to be corrupt, people may seek things to which they are not entitled, such as tax breaks or waivers of costly regulations. Officials, in turn, may create extra rules, regulations, and contracting opportunities in order to profit personally.

Politicians may demand payoffs in return for passing laws or issuing regulations, and they may even threaten to promulgate restrictive laws if not paid to desist. Corruption is a coping strategy for citizens facing untrustworthy, dishonest officials.

It certainly is also a part of a conscious private-wealth-maximization strategy orchestrated by these same officials.

Corruption is a coping strategy for citizens facing untrustworthy, dishonest officials, but it may also be part of a conscious private-wealth-maximization strategy orchestrated by these same officials.

Paradoxically, a deeply corrupt regime usually operates with a high degree of reciprocal, affect-based trust. Because bribers and those who are being bribed or accept bribes, are operating outside the law, they need to trust each other in order to maintain their relationships.

They may design schemes that minimize the possibilities of betrayal, such as making payments only when corrupt services are delivered, or that limit the costs of betrayal, such as the use of middlemen. Nevertheless, the risks that one side will betray the other can be substantial so that links based on kinship or friendship can be important ways to lower the risk.

The corrupt official is an untrustworthy and dishonest agent of the public interest but a trustworthy friend and relative.

Based on the above analyses Mr. Wickremesinghe should take this opportunity to tackle the head of state institutions who had been appointed during the Rajapaksa regime and are still holding positions. Until these men and women are removed from office and a new system broached, no good can arise. There are also certain dangerous deviants and sick perverts appointed by Maithripala as well, entrenched in state departments, corporations and boards.  These people too must be removed forthwith, without any delay.

They should take all necessary and emergency not to allow the opposition, whatever their hue may be, to brow-beat them which we have seen happening for the past three-and-a-half years involving walk-outs, protests and strikes and abandoning their duties and are on the road causing great harassment and hassle, causing intense annoyance and tormenting the public at their whim and fancy, thereby causing instability in the country;  all engineered and orchestrated by those who oppose the governance of Ranil Wickremesinghe and we all know, the entire country knows that all those involved in angry disturbances and disorderliness are those who have really, well and truly, robbed the country blind, murdered, kidnapped, abducted caused utter chaos and mayhem.  They are those who are devoid of ethics.  Tyranny and brutality was the order of the day.

Deterrent punishments should be meted out, swiftly, without any fear or favour to these criminals.

Mr. Maithripala Sirisena’s coup on 26th October 2018 has really exposed him as a villain who does everything and anything with ulterior motives and full of hatred and vindictiveness. Vengefulness and malevolent desire for revenge. 

Everything what Mr. Wickremesinghe and his hard-working members contributed to the welfare of the people and the country had always been broadcast with a touch of resentment, insults and open aggressiveness by both Maithripala Sirisena, Mahinda Rajapaksa and their deplorable, debauched, ignominious and disgraceful supporters, who reduced the country to the lowest of the low and reduced the country to a “pariah” state - outcaste state in the eyes of the world.

Mr. Wickremesinghe and the members of his government, must ensure the non-recurrence of any of these deadly and destructive events.

No one should forget the grave statement Mr. Sirisena made, which was not in accordance with the political procedural rules enshrined in the constitution of Sri Lanka:

vis-à-vis :  After plunging the country in to a turmoil when the lawfully constituted parliament was dissolved and the legal Prime Minister Mr. Wickremesinghe was replaced by the unlawful appointment of Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and the proclamation by the President that even if the 225 Member Parliament wants Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister, he will never allow it.  And One Person and one person only, President Maithripala Sirisena, was holding Sri Lanka hostage.

This criminal action proves beyond any reasonable doubt, that so long as Maithripala is in control he will always be a spoke in the wheel and deliberately do everything and anything to spoil all their plans – A person who cannot be trusted whatever skin he may wrap himself up in trying to cover his real identity.

Every action and speech, from the time he took over as president, has always been lies and perversion of the truth and he has proved that he lacks integrity. He, without any hesitation whatsoever – blatantly, wantonly and deliberately violated the very constitution which he is bound to uphold and has incriminated himself, irrevocably.  He committed major blunder after blunder.

To add insult to injury, Maithripala Sirisena kept on appointing to the cabinet, ministers, a gang that have criminal accusations and court cases against them – Actually appointing A bunch maggots wallowing in filth to responsible positions.

Finally, the incumbent president, therefore, has to be charged with offences and misdemeanors committed while holding public office, thereby making his position as President of the country, totally invalid and unlawful.  If he has any decency left in him, he will resign, voluntarily.  If not has to be impeached or pressurized to resign.

Ponder on the words of wisdom by ― Lysander Spooner

“Those who are capable of tyranny are capable of perjury to sustain it.” 

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