Open letter to Sri Lankan voters - Presidential election 2010
As an expatriate Sri Lankan who has been involved in various
activities personally and through Sri Lankan organisations in Canada and
USA in fighting against Tiger Terrorists false propaganda campaign for
more than 20 years, I am writing this article to express my independent
views on the upcoming Presidential election.
I am somewhat shocked and dismayed by the fact that the great victory
of defeating world’s most brutal, dangerous and inhumane terrorist
organisation by the current political leadership has forgotten by my
fellow Sri Lankans.
How can Sri Lankan people have already forgotten the period of 30
years of destruction of daily life when Tiger terrorists attacked
country’s economic targets and their brutal suicide bombings and
shootings at public transit systems, public and political rallies and
festivals and killings of so many political and military leaders and
basically paralyzing the entire country as a whole?
To me, it is more obvious that Sri Lankans have forgotten that it is
the current political leadership along with the Military Forces has won
Shouldn’t we grateful and indebted to the current political
leadership and the military leadership for winning this war without
bending their knees to the international pressure and intimidations?
If my fellow Sri Lankan citizens still remember the suffering we
faced with this brutal terrorism for the last 30 years, I cannot
understand why Sri Lankan people and some opportunistic and selfish
politicians are rallying around against President Rajapaksa to deny
another term and supporting another candidate. Do they think President
Rajapaksa doesn’t deserve to be the President of this country for
another 4-5 years of his life to serve this country, develop the
infrastructure and economy which needed much boost after wining the war?
For the last 20 years, I have witnessed how American Presidents and
Canadian Prime Ministers elect and deject from there offices. One
extraordinarily event I have seen in US Presidential elections is
re-electing George W. Bush Jr. For a second term by American people
regardless what he has done in Iraq.
After a careful review, I believe, one of the main reasons why Bush
was re-elected for the second term as the US President by American
people, regardless his unpopularity, is his courage and determination in
fighting against terrorism after 9/11 and his patriotism.
American people are very patriotic and they want to respect him as
the Commander in Chief for his service to the country when it was under
attack and probably they didn’t want to demoralize the US troops either.
Remembering these political events, I am shocked to see that Sri
Lankan people quickly turned their back towards a President who brought
the country, a terror-free, peaceful society that we all can be proud
of, regardless of our political, religious and ethic differences.
It is even more shocking and frustrating to see the former Army
Commander who fought under the same commander in chief is contesting
against him just to take revenge while discrediting the entire country
and tarnishing the image. Any international recognition and respect that
we earned after winning the war is died down by this Opposition
If all Sri Lankans remember the 30 years of brutal terror in the
country, and if we are patriotic citizens who love this country, they
should vote and re-elect Mahinda Rajapaksa as same as American people
have re-elected Geroge Bush Jr a few years ago.
If we and our Opposition political parties are real patriots we
should have unanimously given him a second term to eliminate the
international Tiger network completely and to continue his development
No one can deny that President Rajapaksa is a leader with a vision
and his commitment to develop the country including much-needed
infrastructure and war devastated North and East regions while
countering international influences on our domestic affairs.
Some of the Sri Lankans who have forgotten this important achievement
of President Rajapaksa’s short time in office want to see Ex. Army
Commander General Sarath Fonseka as the next President of the country
because they think the current Government is corrupted and/or Fonseka is
an Anandian or he is a common candidate for UNP and JVP.
So these things are the most important criteria for them to elect the
next President of our country while the country is still under
international pressure after winning the war? One important thing that
Sri Lankans living in the country may not know is even after President
Rajapaksa and his Government have defeated the Tigers militarily, they
are still continuing their Eelam struggle at full pace internationally.
Having seen their recent activities in Canada, Australia and European
countries and their false propaganda campaign against Sri Lankan Forces,
the Government as well as against Sinhalese, they are day by day getting
organised to form their so called Transnational Eelam Government.
If any Sri Lankan and Sri Lankan politicians ignore the fact that the
international Tiger leaders including Rudrakumaran, an American Citizen
and their Western allies are rallying around Western politicians and UN
to get their attention and the support for their Transnational Eelam
government, that will be a great underestimation and a mistake.
The UN is also taken to a ride by the Western supporters of Tigers
and working against Sri Lanka and more sympathetic towards Tigers and
their false propaganda including the British Channel 4 video.
In this regard, how could educated and intelligent Sri Lankans forgot
that this Government is their very best to fight the enemy in the
Western countries and to counter their allegations, interventions and
finger pointing? If there is a regime change at this crucial time,
Tigers in the West will be the only people benefitting and not the
people who voted against President Rajapaksa.
Only if this President and the Government can stay in power for at
least for another term they can continue the fight against this
international Tiger network to completely eliminate the LTTE and send
the final message that there wouldn’t be any Eelam even in their dreams.
President Rajapaksa has proven this already by arresting and bringing
K. Pathmanathan to Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, this Government’s development
program including infrastructure development, Uthuru Vasanathaya and
other economic development programs in the country are encouraging and
As a leader with integrity, courage and determination, President
Mahinda Rajapaksa really deserves another term to serve this country as
the best President over other candidates.
Having family members in politics and public offices is nothing new
to Sri Lanka or to other countries. Former President J.F. Kennedy’s
family is still in US politics and they are not corrupted politicians.
Anyway, the politicians who are contesting against President Rajapaksa
are not corrupted and were not corrupted in the past?
As an expatriate Sri Lankan who has agreed with so many patriotic
expatriate Sri Lankans in California, USA, on the Presidency of Mahinda
Rajapaksa, I appeal to all Sri Lankans who remember the unforgettable
service he has done to our country mainly saving us from three decades
of terrorism, to re-elect him as the country’s next President for
another term which he and all peace loving Sri Lankans regardless of
party politics deserve as well.
I have no doubt that he is the only leader who has the courage to
defeat LTTE’s international uprising, West’s human right allegation and
other harassments to save our country and its heroic forces.
He helped us and guided the country to provide a peaceful path for
our children’s future. It is the right time and our duty to extend our
hands to give him the strength and the blessings of the Triple Gem to
re-elect him to save this country from the international Tigers and