The phenomenal economic success of China during the last few decades and the economic path followed by Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore makes one question the suitability of the Western model of democracy for the developing world.
China is about to overtake the US economy as the largest economy in the world and the quality of life in China has improved beyond all expectations.
Third world countries like Sri Lanka are still immersed in poverty after more than half a century of so-called democracy in operation. The multipolar systems tend to polarise the population based on community, religion etc., and the politicians make use of these polarisations to come to power, as we have witnessed in this country. Singapore is a good example where the education, professional experiences etc. are the criteria on which the politicians are selected.
Another glaring shortcoming in the present system is that terms of government that last only five or six years; this time duration is not sufficient for those in power to achieve anything economically significant for the country. If the masses are made to go through hardships in expectation of better times, the system allows the opposition to gain advantage of this fact to vilify the ruling party, as it happened in Sri Lanka in the seventies when Dr. N. M. Perera as the minister of finance introduced some stringent measures in expectation of a better future. However, it did not pay off as the Opposition took the opportunity to blame the government for the hardships the masses were subjected to and gain the political advantage thereof. The result was that UNP gained a landslide victory at the following elections. Ironically, what UNP did first after coming to power was to revalue the rupee in spite of protests from NM. What followed in politics and finances of this country since is history to contemplate on.
I invite all professional bodies in this country to get together and propose a system which can overcome glaring short comings of the present system of governance.
As a cynic said, politics is the only profession in Sri Lanka which does not require any educational or professional qualifications to enter. This was well illustrated in a cartoon published in a daily newspaper some years back, where an irate politician parent whilst going through his sons bad school report reprimands his son angrily, “what do you expect to do when you grow up with bad reports like this.” The son calmly replies, “I will become a politician like you.”
Nelum Kuluna poses danger to aircraft
The top of Nelum Kuluna (Lotus Tower) stands 350 above sea level in the heart of Colombo City, as the air navigators of old would say, sticking out like a ’sore thumb’. It has to be lit up in accordance with the Aircraft Obstacle Lighting recommendations contained in Annex 14 of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Convention originally signed by Ceylon in 1944.
A free-standing tower of that height is required by international law to be lit up not only at night with red lights, but also with high visibility white strobe lights during the day.
Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be on always during the day. The authorities concerned must realise that the strobe lighting during the day is not for beauty but for air safety, especially these days, when the air quality and visibility are low during the day.
Have those in charge of the tower been briefed properly on the legal requirement and the use of proper lighting? In case of an accident, this certainly will have implications on insurance claims.
I wonder whether the ‘Regulator’, Civil Aviation Authority Sri Lanka would like to comment.
If not rectified, it will be just a matter of time an aircraft will be impaled by the Nelum Kuluna.
I M Nervy (Aviator)
Simple questions to Sirisena and Gotabaya
If Sirisena had not been informed of the plans to explode bombs on 21st of April 2019, as he has claimed, shouldn’t he have taken immediate action to call for explanation from Nilantha Jayawardena, then head of State Intelligent Service (SIS), who had been notified several times about the impending attack by the Indian intelligence.
Sirisena and Jayawardena should be prosecuted for allowing a mass murder to take place. Further Sirisena should be made to explain his famous uttering, “I will reveal everything, if somebody tries to implicate me”.
Why did Gotabaya, who announced his candidature for presidency almost immediately after the Easter Sunday attack and promised to punish those who were involved in it, pay no attention to Nilantha Jayawardena’s failure in taking necessary action with regard to information he received, instead he was given a promotion?
President Ranil Wickremesinghe at a meeting with USAID Administrator Samantha Power on September 11, 2022 had said that Scotland Yard had been requested to review the reports and reach a final conclusion on claims that there was a hidden hand behind the bombings.
We do not need Scotland Yard, just get an honest set of Sri Lankan police officers to question Nilantha, Sirisena and Gotabaya to find the “hidden hand behind the bombings”
Open letter to Sirisena
Y you were in Singapore when the Easter Sunday attacks took place. You claimed that you had not been informed of the intelligence received by your intelligence officers. However, the Supreme Court has ordered you to pay Rs 100M as compensation to the victims of the terror attacks. The reasons for the decision are stated in the judgement.
Acting on a claim that there was a conspiracy to assassinate you and former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya you caused the interdiction and arrest of DIG Nalaka Silva, who was held in custody without bail for a long time.
In his testimony to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, Silva said that he had been interdicted while plans were in place to arrest Zaharan.
Due to the arrest of DIG Silva, Zaharan escaped arrest. Silva was never charged. Zaharan continued with his plans and the rest is history.
After the SC order you have been claiming that you have no money to pay the Rs 100M as compensation. You are asking for public help to pay compensation to Easter carnage victims. You even accepted some money collected by a person called Sudaththa Tilakasiri, who begged from people.
You have said publicly that you submitted your asset declarations. I suggest that you sell all your assets declared in the declarations before asking for funds from the public.
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