FR J.C. PIERIS, Galle (Island)
I bring before the nation a proposal of no confidence (NC) in the present government consisting of the UNP and the SLFP. There is no point in bringing NC motions against individuals of this unity government. The Yahapalanaya government is nothing but a kleptocracy. The JO bringing a NC motion against Ravi Karunanayake (RK) is the joke of the century. It is the pot calling the kettle black. It is ludicrous. After all, when RK was installed as the Minister of Finance he had a case against him for money laundering. The case was sent back to the AG for making a small technical correction and to be sent back to the courts. RK was not declared innocent.
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Just to show how impotent this government is, take the national garbage crisis. After 32 citizens were killed by this government by allowing an enormous garbage mountain to slide on top of them, they are still only looking for other locations for garbage disposal, while every ordinary level student in this country knows what the solution to this problem is. No foreign company is ready to come and change our garbage into useful fertilizer and other products because the governing kleptocracy demands big commissions. Or take the Dengue epidemic. Didn’t we have, once upon a time, very efficient anti-malaria and anti-filaria campaigns that were successful? If they cannot manage garbage how can they manage Dengue? Their biggest achievements are selling off the country piecemeal; Kalpitiya islands, Hambantota Port, Colombo Port City, Trincomalee on the way out, and can the next be Sinharaja? And they have the gumption to crow about it!
We need a new constitution; there is no doubt about it. But the making of a new constitution cannot be put in the hands of the present lot of MPs. Ninety four of them have not even passed the ordinary level examination and the majority of them are dishonest. It is as dangerous as giving a razor blade to a monkey. Here is a good example of how they can make a mess of it. This is an excerpt from an article on the right to free education by Mr TM Premawardana translated by me.
“… the public representations committee on constitutional reforms (Lal Wijenayake [LW] committee) received requests from the people to constitutionally protect free education. The LW committee has proposed the peoples’ requests as shown below:
1. Every person has the right to education which shall be directed to full development of the human personality and the sense of its dignity and the strengthening of respect for democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms.
2. The right to a primary, secondary and tertiary education at the cost of the State.
Also, the LW committee has given as a directive principle of the State that “Free education, free health and public transport should be maintained as public services without allowing them to be subjugated to private interests that dominate the market.”
The LW committee also says: “We are of the view that the right to education should be included as a fundamental human right and should recognize Sri Lanka’s tradition of free education.”
But the proposals of the parliamentary subcommittee on fundamental rights to be included in the future constitution are contradicting the recommendations of the LW committee. The following are the recommendations of the subcommittee on education.
1. Every person has the right to education.
2. Primary and secondary education shall be compulsory and shall be provided free by the State.
3. Tertiary education shall be provided free by the State to all on the basis of capacity and equitable opportunity, which shall be progressively realized.
4. Nothing in this Article shall exclude the right of a lawful guardian of a child acting on that child’s behalf or of any adult to select an education provided by a private institution of education whether denominational or otherwise.
Accordingly, the parliamentary subcommittee on fundamental rights has rejected the first sentence of the LW committee. Thus, they have completely set aside the goal of education. The right to education has been made baseless. According to the universal declaration of human rights the goal of education is as follows.
“Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.”
Also the subcommittee has rejected the second sentence of the LW committee – The right to a primary, secondary and tertiary education at the cost of the State. By this they have cut off the very tap root of the right to free education.
Apart from those, the fourth recommendation of the subcommittee could be interpreted to mean that a lawful guardian of an adult has the right to select for that adult, an education provided by a private institution of education whether denominational or otherwise. This is a negation of the fundamental human right to freedom in the universal declaration of human rights. This could even be a recommendation to bring back the feudal system of denying an adult the freedom of choice.
In this manner they are planning to crucify the right to free education through the constitution itself, even after Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission has advised the government on the need to respect the people’s opinion and international conventions.
Therefore, I am of the opinion that this government is neither suitable nor qualified to make a new constitution. How can a set of knaves make a constitution for the honest, hard working, respectable, citizens of a sovereign state? They are utterly and openly corrupt and thoroughly inefficient. The only thing they can do is stealing from the people’s EPF fund. Even there they are inefficient, they got caught.
I am certain that many more than sixty two lakhs of our people will, with one voice, second my proposal of NC in the present UNP-UPFA government.