When one recalls the umpteen number of atrocities with their
magnitude committed by the LTTE during the past two decades, the tyranny
that they have imposed on their own people, (apart from the ethnic
cleansing they often resort to), the inhuman treatment, meted out to
innocent Tamil children, and the occasions that they have abandoned
negotiations etc., the pertinent question arises as to whether they
could be trusted.
Furthermore, the leader of the outfit, a mini Adolf Hitler, is wanted
by the Indian Government in connection with the assassination of its
Prime Minister, while carrying a 200 year jail term imposed by Sri
Under these circumstances, will this man ever join the country's
political mainstream and transform himself to a democratic leadership,
ensuring all fundamental freedoms to his people?
The situation would have been different, however, had he been in good
behaviour, at least in the recent past.
This so called leader, far from being a politician, is only bent on
destruction of life and property.
History records that such groups end up with their hierarchy killing
each other and the survivors ultimately taking cyanide.
It should therefore be abundantly clear that it is a mere waste of
time attempting to tackle him in a democratic manner through
The former President took great pains for devolution of power to
minorities ignoring the LTTE, because they were not amenable, and our
irresponsible Opposition sabotaged her efforts.
It is now up to the Leader of Opposition, who once expected to take
cover behind the International security net, to join the President in a
patriotic manner and strive to overcome the existing impasse by
devolving maximum possible power to the minorities, in consultation with
all amenable political leaders.
While permitting the LTTE to engage themselves in unharmful politics
in Government controlled areas, the Security Forces will have to ensure
that the military wing of the LTTE is securely kept at bay until such
time that the Tiger problem, which has become the sole impediment in
resolving the ethnic issue, could be finally sorted out.
G. G. J, Pita Kotte.
The limited liability companies, situated out of Colombo, should pay
income tax only to Bank of Ceylon, Metropolitan Branch, Colombo.
It is very inconvenient for those outside Colombo to go to Colombo
personally or send by post in advance all the remittances.
But, if it is delayed by even one day, they have to pay 10 per cent
penalty on every quarter payment.
Moreover, if they send the payments by post, there are instances that
the receipts were misplaced. Sometimes they have to pay twice the same
tax with additional penalty up to 50 per cent.
But at present, the Value Added Tax (VAT) payment can be made outside
Colombo to twenty Bank of Ceylon branches which are authorized to
collect the payments.
Therefore, I have made several requests to higher authorities of the
Inland Revenue to rectify this and allow the tax payment outside Colombo
Bank of Ceylon as VAT payment.
But there is no positive response.
I do hereby request from Ministry of Finance to please make it
convenient for public to pay income tax easily in their hometown.
M. S. M. UVAIS, Kandy.
The Catholic Bishops of Sri Lanka should be commended for the steps
they took to brief President regarding the blasphemous fiction 'The Da
Vinci Code' (DVC), and all Christians should thank the President for the
bold decision he took to ban the film. It is the duty of the Bishops to
safeguard the faith of the people.
They have done it effectively and therefore, even though some may
throw brickbats at the Bishops, they can rest assured that the Christian
Community is grateful to them.
Author Dan Brown admits that his 'DVC' is fiction. But, the film does
not indicate that it is fiction, and so, the viewer could come to the
wrong conclusion that this a true story.
We all know that the impact of a film is very much greater than that
of a book. Therefore, the Bishops and the President have done the right
In a letter to the Editor, S. Katthriarachchi (SK) of Paiyagala
mentions about 'the true freedom of expression'. The true freedom of
expression does not give the licence to distort the truth and write
books (produce films) that cause much pain of mind to others.
SK also criticises the Bishops by stating that they have "taken a
large step backwards" and raises the question "Is it not better to give
these believers and the youth the freedom of choice to choose whatever
belief they wish to, as they advocated in the arguments against the Bill
opposing unethical conversions".
Surely, we must give the believers and the youth the freedom of
choice to choose what they think is right. Sadly, SK has missed the
point. The book and the film 'DVC' attack the very basic belief of all
Christians (i.e. the Divinity of Christ) by cooking up a story
How can anyone classify such fiction as truth? SK should know the 'DVC'
is fiction and not the truth about Christianity.
Therefore, requesting the President to ban the film, is not 'a huge
step backwards', but the right step taken by the Bishops to safeguard
the faith of the Christians. As regards religious beliefs, it has to be
mentioned that each person has the right to come to know the teachings
of the different religions and then make a decision.
That right, as the Bishops and other Christian leaders pointed out in
their submissions against the Anti Conversion Bill, is a fundamental
human right and is totally different from the so-called right to see the
'DVC' which is a downright falsification of the Doctrine of the
Some Human Rights Activists as well as the Free Media Movement too
seem to be agitated over the move to ban the film.
Have they forgotten the rights of every human being who follows a
particular religion? Have Dan Brown and Columbia Pictures, the right to
hurt the feelings of the Christians through a fictitious story? Isn't
the distortion of a religious belief through a fictitious story (or
film) a gross violation of the rights of those who profess that
particular religion? SK asks the question "What about the freedom of the
majority who wish to see the film?" Well, what about the freedom of the
minority whose religious beliefs have been falsified through fiction?
Isn't it the so-called 'freedom of the majority' that is mainly
responsible for the present ethnic conflict which has so far claimed the
lives of more than 50,000 Sri Lankans?
Trust that SK, the FMM and the Human Rights Activists will accept the
rights of the Christians, and also have the intelligence to
differentiate between religious truths (i.e. the doctrines of religions)
and a 'cooked up' defamation of Jesus Christ whom we Christians adore as
the only true Son of God and the Saviour of all mankind.
JAYALATH SILVA, Colombo 8.
The Leader of the opposition has a big responsibility to support the
Government in power in finding a suitable solution to this on-going
brutal war where innocent people are getting killed for the sins of
dirty politicians of this country who were in power after 1956.
It is they who plunged this country into a situation as at present.
The present Government is the wish of the majority of the people of this
He should understand that is democracy and the leader of the
opposition cannot blame the people for their choice leaving aside dirty
power, hungry politics.
He should come forward and give his fullest support to the government
in power like a gentleman to solve this burning issue in view of
Kebithigollewa savage LTTE attack of innocent people including small
D. E. ABEYWEERA, Kelaniya.
'Please Mr. Minister' column on June 21 was great. DN should continue
to work more in this area to emphasize on the importance of these
values. Economic development should not be achieved at the expense of
the great cultural values that SL can be so proud of.
The role of the leaders is important to lead the people as the people
have given the mandate putting their trust and confidence.
Perhaps the minister could look to models like Japan or Singapore.
YOOSUFF ALI, via email.