‘Wife is my keeper’ says SB
Sunday Punch (Sunday Times)
Oh lucky man! How happy and loaded S.B. Dissanayake must be this Sunday to know that he doesn’t have to count his rupees and cents but only his blessings to make ends meet. And that is purely because his wife slips ‘something’ in his pocket each morning to see him comfortably through the day.
And as for the monthly salary he gets for being a minister of the government paid for by the people of this country, why, he doesn’t give a tuppence or toss for it. He never even opens the pay packet; neither does he look at the figure totted up in his pay sheet – simply because he has no time to bother about such ‘small’ trifles.
MINISTER SB: Wife gives ‘something’ to help him make it through the day
Addressing a news conference recently, he told the media personnel, “We only get small salaries and I don’t even know the amount. My wife puts some money to my pocket every day and that’s what I spend. I don’t look at the pay sheet. I simply don’t have time to even look at it. There no need for me to look at it. My wife takes care of all those things.”
Wife takes care of all those things?
Nay, if he is the honest bloke he says he is, and has no other undeclared income, and he says he has none, he should remember that it’s the public of this country who puts the money into his wife’s handbag that takes care of that ‘something’ in his hip pocket. And that he should be more appreciative of the public’s contribution to keep him in the lolly and in the style he is accustomed to, not forgetting the luxury vehicles he says he cannot do without for the comfort and well being of his body, rather than mocking it in contempt by saying he does not care even to find out how much the public sacrifice is.
Or else, in the face of such crass unappreciativeness and gross ingratitude, the public will have no alternative but to draw the conclusion that they are throwing pearls before swine and, come 2020, send him back to dwell in his Hanguranketa luxury mansion and enjoy the kingly treasure he once claimed he found buried on that property.
‘Your wishes, my commands’: What phantom CJ told President Sirisena
MOHAN PEIRIS: Why the president made him the Phantom of the court
President Sirisena revealed on Thursday some stunning stuff about former Chief Justice Mohan Peiris and the unbecoming level he went to retain his position as the nation’s Chief Justice.
Whilst addressing a public meeting at Warakapola, he said: “The day after I was elected as president, the then Chief Justice Mohan Peiris came to meet me at 10.00 pm and told me not to remove him from his post. He said he would deliver his judgments according to my wishes. I told him there was no intention of removing him from his post and told him to leave my residence,”
“But he returned the next day and begged me not to remove him from his post, he said.
Then I realised how these people had been in the habit of giving judgments to suit the previous regime. Therefore, I decided to remove him from his post at once, using my executive powers for the first time.”
Mohan Peiris was not only removed from his post but his entire tenure on the bench as Chief Justice was declared by the new government as null and void. He became Phantom CJ of Hulftsdorp who had not served justice but, like a grateful genie released from its bottle, had carried out every Rajapaksa wish cravenly in gratitude. Sirisena, as his first executive act on becoming president, not only stuffed him back to the bottle but threw the bottle into the sea to sink into the depths of oblivion.
Two months before the 2015 presidential election, the then President Rajapaksa canvassed the opinion of the Supreme Court as to whether he was eligible, despite the 18 amendment which removed his ineligibility, to contest for the third time the presidential election. Peiris’ opinion which was delivered to him has never been revealed to the nation on the grounds of privilege and confidentiality.
But what did he opine? Did he caution Rajapaksa against it? Or did he, as the sycophant he was then, give him the Supreme Court ‘all clear’ to take the plunge without fear of legal rocks below the water?
Perhaps the Right to Information Law which was officially made accessible to the public on Friday may now offer a way to find out what the Phantom judge held in his last important judgment. Not only for its academic interest. But to determine whether it was Mahinda’s astrologer Sumanadasa with his prediction or Mahinda’s Chief Justice Mohan with his opinion who gave the former president the dead rope to bungy jump from his presidential steeple without delay. That neither starry planets nor legal precedents stood in the way of his leap to defeat.