40 ministers will lose jobs in Sri Lanka

  • 23 Mar 2010 18:55:02 GMT

    Amen...!

  • 23 Mar 2010 19:08:30 GMT

    This is an excellent news. I hope the President will keep his word. Also, appoint capable people who will not be tempted by money and the lure of foreign trips (that serve no real purposes).

    All the new ministers should declare the assets and promise not to hire their relatives in key posts - especially if they are not qualified for those positions.

  • 23 Mar 2010 19:12:13 GMT

    While the `traditional political leaders` from the North and those who came to prominence because of the LTTE, are still harping on Federalism, Vaddukottai Resolution, Sinhala Colonization, etc., the new Sri Lankan Tamil leaders from the East are busy with rebuilding and reconstructing what was lost. Moreover, they are laying a strong foundation for economic growth in the future. They are working with the government (not against it).

    If not for the likes of Hon. Governor Chandrasiri and other like-minded public servants (Tamil and Sinhala), the North would be in utter chaos now. That would have been music to the ears of members of Tamil Diaspora who are behind the TNG and GTF movements. I don`t even know if two separate factions are behind this. But, I do know that these people have not given up on their goal of creating a separate Tamil State for `Eelam Tamils`. The irony is here that the majority of Tamils in Sri Lanka are busy with mending their lives and moving forward. Many youngsters do not even know what Vaddukottai Resolution is. The GOSL is spending a lot of money and committing resources to improve the standard of education in the North & East. A lot of Canadian Tamils are now making trips to Sri Lanka to see their relatives and hometowns (and yes, some will see the country like they never did before).

  • 23 Mar 2010 19:21:19 GMT

    Hopefully MR may have enough control over his MPs to implement this reduced cabinet policy. Otherwise they may jump to otherside.

  • 23 Mar 2010 19:30:49 GMT

    Pawan,

    Please read what I wrote in the last page of the last thread:

    [http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2010/3/55055_34.html?CH11269364165830EN1 ]

    Reducing the cabinet size is a good step in the right direction. But, more importantly, this culture of political corruption must be brought to an end. There is no excuse now - the war ended almost an year ago. Thugs who attack civilians or damage private property (and then go free - thanks to political patronage) should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the Law. Police personnel who act like the King`s Minions should be dismissed from the service. They should be re-taught on their duties to the civil society. There should be a Hotline to call and report on civil servants who demand bribes to do what they are alreay paid to do (by the People).

    All incoming MP`s should declare their assets.

  • 23 Mar 2010 19:35:16 GMT

    Yarlan,

    guess we have to take things a bit easy, not to expect miracles all at once. it will take time to improve the system.

  • 23 Mar 2010 19:57:56 GMT

    Pawan,

    [it will take time to improve the system.]

    How long? One year? A decade? Sri Lanka is a small country with issues such as political corruption that can be brought under control, if there is a willingness by the President. Only the President can do it because he does not have to face the election again. Only his party does.

    I would not expect that from the prospective MP`s and ministers themselves. Because, they have no motive for change. Why promise to change something when you are trying to get that position (i.e., MP, Minister, etc) as a doorway for opportunities to enrich himself and his relatives?

    Corruption is the no. 1 impediment in Sri Lanka`s quest to become a developed nation. When we had the war, that was the no. 1 reason. So, this issue must be faced head-on. Corrupt politicians do not put their country first when they deliberate on matters of importance to Sri Lanka. They put their bank account first. They see a bungalow. A house with a car port. And their mistress. If you wait for another ten years for changes to come, then more people will leave Sri Lanka for good. Including many of the best minds whose education was paid for by the tax payers in the first place. Along the way, more men and women will work as laborers and house maids in other countries. How can a person of conscience keep allowing this injustice to take place? And still call himself an elected representative of the society?

  • 23 Mar 2010 20:08:07 GMT

    Yarlan,

    just stating the obvious, it would take time for humans to shed bad habits. otherwise if we can change the things for the better in a fortnight I am all for it.

    Politicians are geniuses to find excuses to not to carry out their promises.

  • 23 Mar 2010 20:09:57 GMT

    One of my issues with MR regime will be gone with this move. Very positive move.

    Friends and family circle is however here to stay. Eitherway, I applaud this positive move. Very good for the country.

  • 23 Mar 2010 20:17:59 GMT

    [Hopefully MR may have enough control over his MPs to implement this reduced cabinet policy. Otherwise they may jump to otherside.]

    What Otherside ?? Last time I saw the other side, RW was busy stuffing it up you know who`s Arse :(((

    Anyway.. This is extremely good news.. Bring it on MR. You got a nation to re-build !!