TNA Parliamentarian Kajendran‚Äôs controversial statement has given
rise to distress. The statement was made over the recent air raids on
Colombo by the LTTE. Kajendran‚Äôs contention is that they will use their
maximum strength to attack and defeat the enemy.
The ‚Äėenemy‚Äô in this context must be the citizens of the Democratic
Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, for the air raids were targeted at
Kajendran‚Äôs statement is clearly in defiance of the 6th Amendment to
the Constitution which prohibits any act/statement in support of
Kajendran must have made the statement with the expectation of hiding
behind the doctrine of Parliamentary privilege which gives immunity from
legal action to Parliamentarians for their acts/statements inside the
walls of the legislature.
However, it must be noted that these are no ordinary times. Clearly
the country‚Äôs territorial integrity and the defence of the realm is
being threatened by the barbarism of the LTTE.
My honest opinion is, in such desperate times principles such as
‚ÄėPrivilege‚Äô must be given second place to ensure national security.
Clearly, there are much important issues concerning national security
that will over-ride the interests of a Parliamentarian who attempts to
justify terrorism with outrageous excuses.
The purpose of the legislature is to forward the interest of the
Republic and not to give voice to terrorism.
Hence, Parliamentary privilege should be restricted only to matters
concerning the good governance of the State and not to provide
protection for advocates of terrorism.
Further, Kajendran is elected to represent the interest of the Tamil
people and not the LTTE. No one can say that the LTTE is the
representative of the Tamil people.
It is general knowledge that the LTTE is only playing a selfish game
to satisfy its own blood thirst. Tamils on the other hand are in support
of democracy (which is clearly not the LTTE‚Äôs ball game!). If Kajendran
wants to speak for the Tamils, let him speak about the abductions and
killings of the war struck Tamils by the LTTE.
Here, one can attempt to defend Kajendran by saying he was only
exercising his right to free speech which is protected by the
Constitution as a fundamental right.
But this would be nothing more than a desperate tantrum given that
free speech cannot be ‚Äėabused‚Äô to endanger the Sovereignty of the State.
At the moment, the country is under emergency law and recently an
illustrious piece of legislation was passed to facilitate prevention of
My concern is, if these laws cannot prevent a citizen making
derogatory comments about the State challenging its authority, then the
time is ripe to adopt more stringent provisions that would put an end to
In conclusion, I emphasize that strict action should be taken against
Kajendran, even if it means taking away his civic rights and ‚Äėsacking‚Äô
him from the Parliament, for an advocate of terrorism must not be
privileged to enjoy the rights of a citizen of the Republic.
If we do not take a stand today, tomorrow there will rise 10
Kajendrans in Parliament to defend the LTTE.
A question for the citizenry: ‚ÄúIsn‚Äôt it time that we got over squash
balls and focus on issues at hand?‚ÄĚ
I myself am a resident of Toronto and was shocked at the recent
letter, because I find that it is cowardly the manner in which good
public servants of the Government are attacked.
Sri Lanka as a country and Sri Lankans as a people (all over the
world) of course have a duty to be vigilant, to make sure the truth is
not distorted and to applaud those people who work towards peace,
prosperity and a better life for all Sri Lankans.
Instead, I was disappointed to read in the recent Daily News letter
how one of my fellow Sri Lankans and Toronto residents ignorantly
slandered the outgoing Consul General in Toronto and the current High
Commissioner in Ottawa.
These career Government servants serve abroad and then return to Sri
Lanka. They get paid very little, they risk their reputations and even
their lives, to spread Sri Lanka‚Äôs good name, work tirelessly around the
clock to help expatriate Sri Lankans settle abroad, and bring trade,
business and economic stability to Sri Lankans within the country and
It is not devoted diplomats I am worried about, but lazy, communal,
sad, small-minded critics. This is why Sri Lanka hasn‚Äôt moved forward -
because critics like this hold the country back.
I am a young Sinhalese who was struggling with my family in Sri
Lanka. I legally immigrated to Canada three years ago. I now have a
steady job, am going to school part time, and am supporting my family. I
have gone to the Consulate for help and the Consul General has always
been of great assistance.
If there is one thing I have learned from the Sri Lankan community
here in Toronto, it is that they hold the recent Consul General of
Toronto in the highest of esteem because he spent four years trying to
help all Sri Lankans - Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim and Burghers -
regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion or economic status.
He created an environment in the consulate where everyone is equal,
he sponsored social activities like Sri Lanka Day where he encouraged
everyone to participate, and most importantly everything he said and did
was without prejudice or favouritism.
Some people didn‚Äôt like this correct way of doing things. I have
participated in many events put on by the Sri Lnakan Consulate General
in Toronto, and it is my view, and I know the majority of the Sri Lankan
community will agree, that the recent Consul General in Toronto is
genuine, caring of the people and a true leader.
How can we achieve peace and harmony without good Government
officials like him?
At the end of the day, if lazy, rich, ‚Äėpathetic‚Äô Toronto residents
have too much time on their hands to falsely accuse people of being LTTE
supporters or Sinhalese Fundamentalists, without any proof, want to keep
spreading hatred and divide our community, here‚Äôs a word of advice to
you: Give up your Sri Lankan Citizenship. You are not worthy of our
country, our people and our land. You do a disservice to Mother Lanka.
If I may, I‚Äôd like to leave you all with a positive quote. One that
pushes us to be united and strong, instead of being petty and ugly.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa quoted these lines in front of the UN
Let us make Peace, the goal of the present decade. Let us all unite
May all living beings be free of suffering, be healthy and be
May the blessings of the Noble Triple Gem be with you all.
A. A. PERERA ‚Äď
Canada - via email
I was disappointed that Sita did not even attempt to answer the
question in her title (Reference DN May 11). It is an indispensable tool
not only as a telephone for voice and text transmission, but also a
valuable business tool for wireless transmission of almost anything that
requires the transmission of a relatively small amount of data.
Financial transaction at ATM and EFTPOS machines, Internet access, TV
programmes, Security alerts, vehicle tracking, electricity meter
readings, remote vending machine monitoring etc to name a few.
But a tool it will be and no more. It will never replace the
fundamental principles of business, but only provide a tool to do things
fast and more efficiently.
It will be indispensable to any society that thrives to improve their
life styles. It is helping even the busiest person to spend more time
with their families and in leisure activities.
There are many organisations working towards achieving their goal of
placing a mobile phone in the hands of every human being on earth!
But beware of those FM stations and TV Channels who organise
competitions! These numbers can be a money making ploy as the charge per
call to these numbers can be significantly higher than a normal call. A
fraction of the call charge is paid to the owner of the number.
Hence, they make enough money not only to pay for prizes but to make
large profits with virtually no extra effort.
I think Sita got one thing wrong. SMS stands for Short Message
Service; not Sending Message Service. But who cares?
GEORGE MAHARAGE -
It has been revealed that Gilchrist was having a squash ball in his
gloves. Will the authorities explain to the general public whether it is
lawful to wear any exterior equipment in the gloves.
If it is unlawful, the man of the match award granted to him should
be withdrawn and the results of the match should be quashed for that
reason and inter alia for the reasons (i) when the number of overs was
reduced to 36 from 38 by the Duckworth-Lewis method, it was not informed
to the batting team, the target they are required to chase (ii) The
match was held in pitch darkness at about 6.10 p.m. Barbados time.
In addition, the match referee has admitted that an error took place.
Also the print media states that an unforgivable error by the match
officials left them red faced and embarrassed.
In all these circumstances, is it not fair to cancel the said final
match and replay it in a fair and reasonable manner.
A. C. L. -