By Noor Nizam, Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP Stalwart and Convener – The Muslim Voice.
There was NO need for Yahapalana Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Parliamentarians to go to UK and campaign the Sri Lanka Britons to vote in favour of PM Cameron's support for UK to stay in the EU. Sri Lanka has violated the Covenants of International Law and International Relations. No doubt we are having a Foreign Ministry that is malfunctioning and Sri Lankan diplomats posted abroad doing "sweet all nothing" and enjoying the perks provided, educating their children abroad and now trying to gather support from the Sri Lankan diaspora to celebrate a "SRI LANKA DAY" on the 17th., of August 2016, as instructed by the FM in all the capitals in the world. Britons voting to EXIT from the EU is a great blessing to make the political situation in Sri Lanka more stable.
The victory to the “EXIT BRITON” group and political peoples forces in the UK to defeat UK’s PM David Cameron should be considered politically in the domestic arena in Sri Lanka as a VICTORY for the Mahinda Rajapaksa group or the “EKAABADDA VIPAKSAYA” and the lovers of Mahinda Rajapaksa and the MAATHRUBOOMIYA who have been tormented by the EU, David Cameron and the PRO-LTTE political R2R factors of the International community, since the commencement of the separatist war in Sri Lanka in 1983 and intensified after the defeat of the LTTE in May 2009. As the saying goes – “Anugta Korade Thamanta Paladei” – Cameroon has been cursed by the God, now to suffer the same feelings and emotions of what Mahinda Rajapaksa went through at the defeat in the Presidential Elections in 2015 (in a Sri Lankan context). Cameron’s defeat should also be considered a defeat (in the same context) for President Maithripala Sirisena and PM Ranil Wickremasinghe, because they (the Yahapalana government) sent a battery of Sri Lanka parliamentarians and Ministers supporting the Yahapalana government, both from the UNP and SLFP/UPFA parliamentarians who were not in the Mahinda Rajapaksa “EKAABADDA VIPAKSAYA” to campaign Sri Lanka domiciled in the UK who had the right to vote in this referendum, during the run-up to yesterday’s elections/REFERUNDUM to support PM Cameron.
A weekend newspaper last week listed the following parliamentarians of the Yahapalana government who had visited Britain to urge British citizens of Sri Lankan origin to support PM David Cameron to vote to remain within the union. The name list went as follows: Minister Harin Fernando, Deputy Minister Harsha de Silva, former UNP MP Rosy Senanayake, Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera, Minister Susil Premajayantha and State Minister Dilan Perera. This battery of Sri Lankan politicians have been fully backed and financed from Sri Lankan taxpayers money by the Yahapalan government at a time when the poor citizens in Sri Lanka were burdened with a 15 % VAT TAX on all and every trade, consumer and service provisions in addition to an exorbitant cost of living rise in the economy and deficiencies in government budgetary management that was plaguing the poor ordinary citizens after the defeat of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government in January 2015. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s march forward to power back again and the popularity of the “EKAABADDA VIPAKSAYA” (in the Sri Lankan context) will gain momentum in the coming week and months.