That presidential appeal

  • 16 Apr 2007 09:22:55 GMT

    `Do not consume alcoholic beverages as it has disastrous consequences but it`s perfectly alright to kidnap, kill, deceive and generally be corrupt in any manner and fashion anyone can think of`. That is Sri Lanka today!

  • 16 Apr 2007 09:58:34 GMT

    That presidential Approch. Lee Kuan Yew, 1998

    Lee Kuan Yew: the Man and His Ideas is the title of a book published in Singapore in 1998. Written by three Straits Times journalists Han Fook Kwang Warren Fernandez and Sumiko Tan, the book carries fresh interviews with Lee Kuan Yew on the events that shaped his life and the way he governed Singapore.

    Now in his graying years - he is 74 now - the founding father of Singapore is regarded as virtually a national institution at home. In transforming a busy ramshackle port city on a resourceless island into a prosperous multi-lingual nation, he created a model for other developing countries. He left the premiership in 1990 and assumed the role of, senior minister, but wields as much prestige and influence today as he did while holding office, a distinction rarely earned by any politician in any other country.

    In talking of Sri Lanka, this is what Lee Kuan Yew says: -

    `We have got to live with the consequences of our actions and we are responsible for our own people and we take the right decisions for them. You look at the old Philippines. The old Ceylon. The old East Pakistan and several others. I have been to these countries and places. When 1 went to Colombo for the first time in 1956 it was a better city than Singapore because Singapore had three and a half years of Japanese occupation and Colombo was the centre or HQ of Mountbatten`s Southeast Asia command.

    And they had sterling reserves. They had two Universities. Before the war, a thick layer of educated talent So if you believe what American liberals or British liberals used to say, then it ought to have flourished. But it didn`t.

    One-man one-vote led to the domination of the Sinhalese majority over the minority Tamils who were the active and intelligent fellows who worked hard and got themselves penalised. And English was out. They were educated in English. Sinhalese was in. They got quotas in two universities and now they have become fanatical Tigers. And the country will never be put together again.

    Somebody should have told them - change the system, loosen up, or break off. And looking back, I think the Tunku was wise. (The reference is to Tunku Abdul Rahman the Malaysian Prime Minister under whose rule Singapore separated from Malaysia).

    I offered a loosening up of the system. He said: `Clean cut, go your way`. Had we stayed in, and I look at Colombo and Ceylon, I mean changing names, sometimes maybe you deceive the gods, but I don`t think you are deceiving the people who live in them. It makes no great difference to the tragedy that is being enacted.

    They failed because they had weak or wrong leaders `.

  • 16 Apr 2007 12:27:31 GMT

    Better understand the seriousness before it gets too late, no one can change lifestyle overnight, and politicians should know this very well.

    Government and its pundits should adopt measures to keep alcohol away from children to start the fight against alcohol.

  • 16 Apr 2007 16:10:45 GMT

    Tend to agree with WHATREALLYHAP, that restricting liquor sales on holidays has failed in many countries, which of course is no excuse for not trying to find a way to reduce consumption.

    The drama in this country is that, unlike in many Western countries where people consume mostly lighter alcohol beverages like beer or wine, her it?s really the hard stuff, which sells best. I still remember a statistic of approx. 15 years ago where Sri Lanka was listed in the world?s top 3 most alcoholic countries (not in terms of volumes, but in terms of alcohol content). My guess is that this hasn?t changed much in recent years.

  • 17 Apr 2007 02:45:17 GMT

    This is called Singhala Buddhist Hypocrisy!

    365 days a year animals can be slaughtered except on Full moon days. There is no restriction for humans being killed as such , any time any day policy applies.

    365 days, alcohol can be sold except on Full Moon days. Now it is stretched in to Singhala /Demala New year festival too.

    Mahinda Chinthanaya looks like the Katunayake air force base security, full of holes.

  • 17 Apr 2007 03:16:11 GMT

    Hi Magha, how r you Bro?

    See I still love to read your postings.. When we all carefully read thru the postings on LNP, anybody can see a clear SINGLE FACT.

    That is.. Sri Lanka never had the right leaders for last 60 years from its indipendance. Every one who sits on the President`s seat will do the same `biz` over & over...

  • 17 Apr 2007 11:16:16 GMT

    [This is called Singhala Buddhist Hypocrisy!

    365 days a year animals can be slaughtered except on Full moon days. There is no restriction for humans being killed as such , any time any day policy applies. ]

    Magha, You have a point. True Buddhists wants all 365 days to be free from all such unfortunate activities. But in this greedy world don`t you think it is only thanks to full moon days we at least have twelve days of official ban on liqueur and animal (except Tiger) slaughter ?

  • 17 Apr 2007 13:56:47 GMT

    Sunawij,

    Long time no see brother, where were you?

    You are very right ,when it comes to leadership Sri Lanka is a desert despite the beautiful fauna and flora it has. We have only temporary leaders but not leaders with a 21st century vision. We have a long way to go.

  • 17 Apr 2007 14:11:20 GMT

    [True Buddhists wants all 365 days to be free from all such unfortunate activities. But in this greedy world don`t you think it is only thanks to full moon days we at least have twelve days of official ban on liqueur and animal (except Tiger) slaughter ?]

    rswkv,

    When there are only a tiny fraction of Buddhists in Sri Lanka and rest are Singhala Buddhists , the Buddhists can have their full moon days and Aluth Avurudu alcohol free but let Singhala Buddhist enjoy what they have been doing for centuries. It is not the alcohol what has ruined and ruining the country but hypocrisy, so MR should stop selling hypocrisy to Public .

  • 17 Apr 2007 19:29:41 GMT

    [Those who suffered most due to the drunkenness of men, he said, were their wives and children. How true! But, we don`t think those frustrated tipplers took kindly to his appeal. They were gnashing their teeth and the President was lucky that he appeared on TV. Else, they would have seized the presidential killjoy by the saataka and made mince meat of him!]

    No offense to men, but alcohol consumption among most of the SL men are too much. and poor wives, kids and mothers are the innocent victims of their addiction. Men should be more responsible and consume alcohol moderately.

    By the way, why do men in SL drink too much??

    gg