Sri Lankan Politics – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Zulkifli Nazim

Countries all over the world have their assortment of citizens – the good, the bad and the ugly. The “ugly” here refers to the demeanour, deportment and behavioural attitudes of certain individuals.

It is the shared psychological attributes of humankind that are assumed to be shared by all human beings -The good, the bad and the ugly, will support , praise and vote for their respective counterparts; and this is what we have seen in this 2015 General Elections in Sri Lanka. A complete hotchpotch of a motley assortment of political candidates who have been selected and elected to represent the people in our legislative assembly.

The United National Party, their representatives and their supporters have gone through formidable opposition in achieving what they have accomplished today. There are also good people and statesmen material from other political parties as well, who have been elected in this parliamentary election. It now becomes the imperative duty, obligation and responsibility of His Excellency, The President, Maithripala Sirisena, as well the Honourable Prime Minister, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe to see that this victory bears fruit – This Victory is a meaningful triumph on the road to Good Governance.

We have seen in the past decade or so, the elected Members of Parliament, who were supposed to improve the economic growth of a country and its people – agriculturally, industrially, educationally, utility of natural resources, etc, had totally misinterpreted, misconceived and misconstrued that they were elected for the purpose of improving their own personal economy and wealth.
We all know how those abominations tried with all their power to pass the blame of all their crimes, usurpations and violations on to the temporary government and its ministers nominated by the President in January this year and carried out their accusations and false propaganda relentlessly.

We have also seen the results of this 2015 election that some of those who have been well-known for indulging in their own appetites, desires, selfishness, greed, covetousness and avarice have been re-elected and are now in Parliament.
It is indeed bewildering and has struck all of us dumb with amazement as to how certain low calibre individuals disgustingly dirty, imprisoned for murder, characterized by obscenity and filthy mouths were able to receive over a couple of 100,000 votes and more? It is a logical conclusion that certain numbers on the voters’ list had been pointed out to innocent and illiterate people and were asked to place their cross on them and and those people who voted were totally unaware as to whom they were voting for.

It is also blatantly quite clownish, to note that the former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has issued a statement to the effect that he has come to rectify certain issues and serve the people. He could not and did not implement anything decent, legal or just when he was in power. This statement he has made now is laughable indeed.

So all in all, it, therefore, becomes an arduous, formidable and laborious task for the President and Prime Minister to weed out the undesirables and appoint good, dedicated, devoted and committed members to forge ahead for a better future for all the people of Sri Lanka. We know it is no picnic, we know it is hard, burdensome and demanding; it is like getting blood out of a stone – nevertheless it is an absolutely necessary task, indispensable and vitally necessary.

Everybody whether within the parliament or without, are well aware of those culprits who were in the previous regime and who misbehaved with total indecency and impropriety in every conceivable and inconceivable manner within the august premises. They should be kept on a tight leash and such improper and inappropriate behaviour should be severely punished, and the punishment should be deterrent, so that nobody else would repeat the offense.

The Most Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero, had repeatedly enlightened the people, on a daily basis, that the people who will be chosen for the establishment of good governance has to be free of all blemish, free from evil and guilt. Under no circumstances, should those who are under investigation by the FCID, the Bribery Commission and any and all Law Enforcement Agencies – special, local or state Criminal Investigation Divisions, should be even considered for any position. They should be delegated and assigned as the proverbial back-benchers.

Such a goal cannot be effective without leaders who have dedicated themselves to fight corruption.
In addition, the President and the Prime Minister must see that sacrifices must be made by the elected members of parliament. The Vehicles and security personnel provided to MPs in Sri Lanka have put to shame the Security provided to Emperors of the world. This facility should be discontinued immediately – what they need for their protection, if at all they need protection, will be a couple of armed constables to accompany them on official visits in their own vehicle.
The wastage of food, which consumes a large part of the economy, in the parliamentary complex should be terminated. The members should be made to bring their own meals – only beverages (non-alcoholic) drinks should be served – for this operation, a decent canteen would be more than sufficient. Just to mention a few.

All the government departments, corporations, boards and public offices including the judicature are entrenched with corrupt officials – they should be identified and stubbed out, uprooted and replaced with non-corrupt individuals, otherwise, they will never allow the government to function under the slogan of “Good Governance”. They will always be an impediment and a hindrance for the progress and implementation of Good Governance.

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