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Justice delayed is justice denied

Why are the murderers of Wasim Thajudeen not exposed and condign punishment not given? It is clear to any average mind that evidence has been swept under the carpet to save those who master-minded this murder most foul.

People were made to believe that the police were capable of unravelling any complicated manipulation and come up with facts. The victim was a star class ruggerite whose life was snatched away in the prime of his life. He was the centre of attraction on and off the field, and was a threat to every opposing side. He was a star who made spectators from both sides to stand and applaud him for his style of playing. He gave an outstanding leadership to his Club and gave Rugby the style and the grit that every player on the field must display that spectators will revel in seeing.

When no less a person than a former former President said that Wasim Thajudeen died because he crashed when he was speeding at 175KM per hour at Park Road, Colombo 5, it seems impossible to believe considering the spot his car was in. Needless to say, it is a shame to attribute all sorts of reasons to this so-called accident when his body was on the passenger seat and not on the driver’s seat.

It is far cry from responsibility for civic-minded citizens to be silent without screaming for justice. With the people who have been implicated, it is obvious that turning a cold blooded murder into an accident is an opportunity for people to twist the evidence to suit their personal agenda.

It is about time that old Thomians, every Rugby playing Club, every other sportsman, relatives and friends and the Muslims must come out from their deep slumber and demand justice. We must cease to be a barbaric nation and fight for our birthright that no one has the right to take another man’s life just because they are in exalted positions.

The President, the Prime Minister, the Ministers and MPs in the Government and the Opposition have adopted a deafening silence about this gruesome murder. If there are no opposing forces, soon will come the day when this once beautiful country will be a hell-hole for present and future generations.

All civic-minded people must ask for justice for the murder of Wasim Thajudeen without delay. The Judiciary must request the law enforcement authorities to resolve the murder case. There is no greater force than people’s power.

K. Senewiratne

 


Dimuth should be severely reprimanded

The public was shocked to hear that Sri Lankan cricket captain Dimuth Karunaratne was under the influence of liquor driving in the early hours of the day and knocked a three-wheeler. Of late, driving in Colombo has been a nightmare with some of the rich and powerful thinking they own the roads and law of the country.

I get reminded of an event 100 years ago. One of the famous Saravanamuttu brothers was playing for St Thomas. A few days before the Royal-Thomian cricket encounter, he was found smoking a cigarette during practice. He was immediately dropped and could not play the match, despite his father Dr. Saravanamuttu, the family physician of young SWRD Bandaranaike, was on the Board of Governors of S Thomas.

We have to emulate that sense of discipline if our country wants to progress. If leaders and role models set bad examples or precedents, how could the public be expected to follow the law.

I hope the authorities will take action on Dimuth despite an apology by him. He is an adult and holds a responsible position. He should conduct himself in the most dignified way.

A concerned citizen

 


Official apathy

Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration Shelton Ranaraja and I, at a seminar of Ethnic Committee of Sri Lanka for the advancement of Science on August 8, 2003 called on public officials to maintain the minimum standards of fairness and accountability. Public officials should be open and give reasons for their discretion.

Public Officials are reluctant to admit mistakes.

An official of a Department was well aware of a mistake, but he had taken no step to rectify it, despite successive appeals by the aggrieved officer over five years. Unnecessary delay and loss of income could have been avoided, had the authorities adopted a more sympathetic attitude towards the officer.

The Ombudsman has the duty to consider all evidence produced by the parties at an inquiry. “Judging” means searching for the truth and ignoring the untruth. Giving a false statement is an offence under Section 20 of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration Act No. 17 of 1981.

My grievance from 1984 was recommended for redress and relief and accepted by the Secretary, Ministry of Health on August 19, 2002, but the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs ignored it.

A newspaper article on December 18, 2011 stated, “This Ombudsman had the wisdom of the great leader: Rebounds to our cultural heritage and wisdom at a time when the high and mighty and the rank and file have scant regard for justice and fair play. He was a rare human who dared to speak and act truthfully and justly.

Greek Philosopher Diogenes on a quest to find an honest man walked into the Athenian Market at 12 noon with a lantern and said that he is searching for an honest man. He would have stumbled on him and said with the loudest approbation, “you are the man I am looking for and embraced him most fondly. Now he is in Elysium where he rightly belongs.

M. Chandran,
Kandy

 


Check mafia

There is a mafia in the sectors of electricity, health, revenue collection, excise and customs.

Billions of government money is stolen by some officers. Recently senior politicians accepted this position, but they are unable to stop this menace.

Leaders such as Ronald Reagan in the USA, Margaret Thatcher in the UK and Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore eradicated the mafia in their countries.

We want tough and honest leaders to develop the country. We are waiting to see who, how and when it can be stopped.

We want a brave leader who can do these changes.

W. Dharmadasa

 


Dream President

“Most people have dreamed of a President who is devoid of vices for the next five-year term. The person contesting the Presidency must be a patriot immune to nepotism while performing his duties even as a member of a Pradeshiya Sabha.

He should be educated, fluent in languages, experienced in social work and must belong to a prestigious family. He should not get involved in any treacherous activities. His hands need not be stained with blood. He should be an even-minded person committed to his job even in the most trying circumstances. His character and conduct must be above reproach. He must work with the people in a heterogeneous society such as ours.

He should possess ‘Love for the motherland’ and devotion to national unity. He should identify himself with the ideal, ‘work is worship’. As the head of the nation, he should be humble in thought, work and deed and tolerate the view-points of others and also adhere to truth and speak always truth.

His vision should be ‘non-violence throughout his life’. It is obligatory on him to ‘maintain simplicity, good conduct and spirit of service in personal life.’ The most essential for every leader is ‘respect for all religious faiths’.

Dharma Kaviraj

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