Learn from those engineers

  • 27 Jun 2008 09:25:14 GMT

    [That is proper leadership! ]

    In Slanka, we have a government of clowns.

    That is the difference.

    That is why India is developing and we are not.

    With our 2500 years of rice growing history and over 1000 tanks and irrigation systsms, we are importing rice also from India without shame.

  • 27 Jun 2008 11:04:13 GMT

    We can see all top level government servents have been given vehicle quota and they run brand new vechicles who say srilanka going backward

  • 27 Jun 2008 11:47:11 GMT

    If there is any reasonable leadership in the country, then they must take immediate steps to handle the worsening Global Energy Crisis and reduce govt. expenditure by:

    1. All vehicles with more than 1500 CC engines must be taxed heavily. Politicians MUST pay such taxes from their pockets. Impose total ban on large engine sized SUVs etc.

    2. Alternative energy sources such as Ethanol,Solar and Wind power etc should be studied without delay.

    3. Reduce govt. expenditure by reducing the size of the cabinet from 100+ to 20 max.

    4. Party Leaderships should be elected through conventions in order to end the continuing transfer of power from one family to another. Also party leadership should expire immediately after an election.

    5. Party list should be abolished to ensure all members face the election. This is to stop altogether the entry of political thugs, through the backdoor, to governments.

    etc... etc..

  • 27 Jun 2008 21:57:44 GMT

    It`s the same everywhere in this world, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer and the governement is taken over by the rich.

    What your country missed out on for the past 60 years is a rich EDUCATED governement. An educated governement can make a difference, you have been stuck with thugs filling their (and their family and friends) pockets. Maybe you should start electing a different kind of governement, not the one with the biggest mouth or the most convenient promises (they never keep anyway), but educated people who don`t need the bribes. That is were it starts. Further more, at the moment all countries have problems, thanks to the yanks and it doesn`t look promissing for the years to come for either of them. Your inflation was extreme, became more extreme because of your war (very profitable for people in governement) and will be even more extreme because of the financial crises in the world. And don`t worry, most people in the west don`t know sh.t about the coming misfortune either. Get yourself another kind of governement, in the west they say people get the governement they deserve! And start with nuclear power, solar and wind will not do (windmills look horrible as well, so plant them offshore in the ocean)

  • 27 Jun 2008 23:44:11 GMT

    [The much maligned CEB engineers, whatever their flaws may be, deserve praise for having put the country before cars. It is hoped that others will follow the example set by those engineers to help the country overcome the present economic crisis.]

    The CEB is an independent body and needed to `show` through objectively measurable outcomes and plans - that the cars they asked for would have added value to CEB as well as how CEB would suffer by their withdrawal. CEB is not an inner budget unit for costs and benefits to be freely exchanged between programs - just because the President says so. By acting as they did in both instance - CEB engineers are losing the benefit of their independent status. This in turn translates into their recruitments/tenders which are highly theoretical on paper - indicating that in practice one would find it difficult to see evidence of that theory.

    Gaja Lakshmi Paramasivam - Australian Tamil / CEB family (niece of former GM Mr. Shanmugarajah and had the opportunity to work with another former CEB GM - Mr. E.C. Fernando

  • 28 Jun 2008 00:37:49 GMT

    The modern caste system in the south is evaluated by three things. Car, House and the Salary. It influences one from birth, marriage to death. Under this kind of a system it is likely that everyone, including politicians, work by all means towards obtaining houses and cars. It is good to have an goals in life. What is wrong is the means of obtaining it.

    Talking about means, I read the latest mode of Human Trafficking. About 40 people who have temporarily worked at News websites to obtain Journalist IDs, are claiming refugee status at foreign countries. Smart ha?

  • 28 Jun 2008 00:59:00 GMT

    [whatever their flaws may be, deserve praise for having put the country before cars]

    Talk of country before cars!

    The engineers could have have made another demand that the govt stop the import of 8 luxury Mercedes Benz cars each costing the nation Rs.26.5 million!

  • 28 Jun 2008 01:38:33 GMT

    Very good article.

    but politicians are not talking.

    RanilW is fighting for bread, fuel price etc.

    I also can not believe in Greedy Sri lanka, what made Engineers to decline Car permits.

    [ The engineers could have have made another demand that the govt stop the import of 8 luxury Mercedes Benz cars each costing the nation Rs.26.5 million!

    ]

    For whom ?

    In the west, Career, Sex and money those are the caste. A luxury Car is always a symbol of money. but there are many people who don`t want to belong to that group.

  • 28 Jun 2008 04:48:53 GMT

    [For whom ?]

    Initially for the SAARC summit and then to be used on the Presidential fleet.

  • 28 Jun 2008 07:06:05 GMT

    Populist governments (elected by the people), come into power making promises. But they are `soft` .. not very objective .. generally make false promises, to `get into power`. They are still better than dictator-ships .. of the right or the left .. which are able to act without `consulting` the public (after coming `into power`), determining what is `good` for the public, as some might say `rationally` (objectively).

    If you are lucky (as the Singaporeans were with Mr Lee Kuan Yew), you may `emerge` with new vision, and dynamism .. to face the world.

    (You could also end up with a despot who fashions a political structure to enable `family succession` .. and then you are trapped into `dis-illusion`. We see this tendency in the `set-up` of political parties .. That seems to be the way political leader-ship generally `gravitates` - if the people lose their `voice` to elect).