South Asian journalists win demand for visa free travel

  • 15 Apr 2007 14:52:59 GMT


    The only thing the government can do to make the situation better for Sri Lankans who travel abroad is to develop the country to a extent and create such an environemnt in which the countries population is not inclined to migrate. The reason why our government has opened up its borders to foreigners and why foreigners keep tight security on their borders boils down to simple suppply and demand.

  • 16 Apr 2007 02:51:08 GMT

    `I was not thinking of migration. I was interested only in fair play. With all the problems in the country there are people who come back to live in Sri Lanka. I was thinking of people who visit India for pilgrimages and other countries to visit their kith and kin`

  • 16 Apr 2007 03:26:58 GMT

    [I really cannot understand why the Sri Lankan Government does not insist that the Sri Lankans are treated the same way as they treat foreigners.]

    Sri Lanka badly needs foreign tourists. So we are in NO position to lay down rules. Even worse is that we, I believe the only nation in the world, have to go through a humiliating finger printing process to get any visa to the UK or USA. Has this humiliation stopped any Sri Lankan from queuing up early in the morning in front of the UK and US embassies? NO. Has any one made any protest to these embassies? Sadly no. I had the disgusting experience of watching on TV Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Finance Minister then, quite SHAMELESSLY offering himself to be finger printed at the UK High Commission. Couldn`t he have point blankly refused to be finger printed? NO, he DIGRACEFULLY used this as a photo opportunity.

    I hate to be personal and use offensive language. But as a Sri Lankan, I am infuriated that we are being humiliated so brazenly and our politicians care two hoots. Come to think of it, if our politicians acted responsibly, wouldn`t Singapore be competing with us today?

  • 16 Apr 2007 03:29:13 GMT


    Beggars cannot be choosers! Add to that, who is the SL politician who has even an atom of self respect?

  • 16 Apr 2007 05:51:58 GMT

    Can demand But?????

    In the past we had free travel for SL passport holders

    Tamils led by LTTE is responsible for us to loose this privilege

    Some Tamils ever undress to their underwear to stop deportation from UK

    No point in demanding to have any hope we must at first get rid of LTTE menace

  • 16 Apr 2007 05:54:33 GMT


    Agreed. But then, why should this country have an over supply of crooked politicians who have perfected the art of hoodwinking the people and taking them for a ride day after day? Why are the people routinely electing them and placing them in positions of power? Haven`t the people yet learnt that these crooks will only make their lives more miserable than before despite the rosy promises made? Is there any future for this country if this trend continues? What is the solution?

  • 16 Apr 2007 14:53:00 GMT


    It was Sir Winston Churchill who said a Nation gets the Leaders that they deserve. The majority in SL are now self centered people who support a candidate at an election for personal gain. ie very often jobs are promised, electricity for housing is promised etc etc. Its only a few people who vote for a party or a candidate whom they think are capable of doing some kind of national service quite apart from personal gain. Most of the candidates who seek election are people who are seeking to feather their own nests and live an easy life of luxury with the interests of the country put far behind. They are master craftsmen at deception and are easily able to hoodwink foolish voters. The result is what we see.

    One way of preventing or discouraging undesireables entering politics is to do away with the unprecedented perks ( not seen anywhere in the developed world) that are on offer for Parliamentarians as was the case before 1977. That way people genuinely interested in working for the benefit of the country will come forward and the perks will not be the attraction.

    The next item that should go away is the Proportional Representation (Manaapa) system of election which has resulted in no accountability which was there before 1978. Today in an electorate the voter does not know whom to go to complain about shortcomings. There are many MPs representing the electorate but there is no One to take responsibility. Previously if the local MP had neglected his electorate he would be kicked out at the next election. Not any more. Unprecedented election violence is also attributable to the perks and the PR system as now it has become very competative and lucrative!

    These I see as evils that have to be done away with to solve the corruption, hoodwinking and tomfoolery resorted to by the village thug and racketeer to seek entry to parliament.

  • 16 Apr 2007 17:37:11 GMT


    Do you agree with what Winstn Churchill said? If so, your remedy doesn`t tackle the root cause which is the people themselves who don`t deserve any better leaders than they have got. Shouldn`t the people be made deserving better leadership before the changes are made to the system? How do we do that?