Change vs Status Quo
Lasting peace and stability:
The voters of Sri Lanka will certainly deliver their verdict on the
Presidential election on January 26, 2010 in a democratic and discreet
manner, answering the issue that had been raised by the challenger who
demands “Change” in indecent haste and unbridled hate, against the
incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa who valiantly restored the “Status
Quo” that Sri Lankans now enjoy since about May 19, 2009, having
realized a long lasting dream of peace and tranquillity that the country
had been deprived of for over three decades.
Mahinda Rajapaksa, the trusted leader
The unkindest cut of all is that the challenger who endeavours to
“throw a spanner in the works” and despoil the hopes of Sri Lankans
continuing to enjoying lasting peace and stability leading the nation to
development and progress, is none other than a former member of the
incumbent President’s administration, a retired Army General Sarath
Fonseka who contests the Presidential election as an independent
candidate under a symbol of his choice but claims that he has the
support of certain opposition political parties viz : the UNP, the JVP,
the TNA and other individuals and members of political parties who have
crossed over to the Opposition.
What is more reprehensible on the part of the challenger, apart from
being guilty of an act of gross ingratitude towards President Mahinda
Rajapaksa his former benefactor are his baseless allegations of
corruption and nepotism raised against the President he served
faithfully till he was moved out from the post of Army Commander that
evidently roused his bile to become vindictive and aggressive.
The Retired General Fonseka in his written political manifesto
entitled “Deshaye Veera Senpathy Devena Meheyuma Arambay” appeals to all
political parties in the country to join forces with him to save the
country from the corrupt family rule that he had not observed or
complained of till his removal from the post he held by appointment made
by the President himself whom he now vows to eject from political
It is not surprising that the UNP that had for a greater length of
time, after independence, enjoyed the privilege and power to rule the
country but consequent to the repeated defeats suffered at the elections
under the leadership of the Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe,
followed by defections of senior party members and internal squabbles
over leadership of the party has unashamedly agreed to sacrifice its own
identity and standing in the country under the symbol of the elephant
(that is reputed to be an animal that never forgets) to join hands with
their erstwhile political rival and adversary the JVP that was
responsible for slaying UNP stalwarts as well as UNP youth who opposed
But now talks of saving democracy that is allegedly disappearing
under the current administration while in the same breath participating
in a democratic election called by the incumbent President Himself at
the behest of the UNP and JVP that repeatedly challenged him in the name
of democracy to hold an election. But when the President decides
democratically to hold the election blame him that he has done so for
his political advantage.
It is not a rhetorical question! Why should he not do so being the
experienced and clever politician that he is?
Any reasonable and prudent citizen of Sri Lanka will now testify and
confirm that after the eradication of the LTTE scourge that plagued the
country through the years causing death and destruction the people can
now move about freely in any part of the country without fear: That the
time is opportune to add strength to the arm of President Mahinda
Rajapaksa to complete the good work undertaken to develop the country to
compete with the rest of the world.
In the premises it is most reprehensible and untrue for leading
spokesmen at TV discussions on behalf of the main contender General
Fonseka to keep on repeating publicly that the people now are living in
fear of death and that there is no democracy or freedom of the mass
media both print and electronic and referring repeatedly to the slaying
of the Editor of the Sunday Leader over an year ago that is still under
investigation while the mass media is being blatantly abused by certain
Opposition politicians and rabble rousers for political mileage and
character assassination or to pay off private grudges and blame it on
the Government of the day.
It is evident that up to this moment the allegations against the
incumbent President remain as mere allegations only without foundation
or corroboration and does not stand the test of scrutiny and must
necessarily be rejected as frivolous and vexatious.
On the other hand documentary evidence has been adduced by those who
alleged an illegal arms deal by the Retired General; such evidence has
been subject to scrutiny in the Parliament by members of the Opposition.
Outside Parliament such evidence has been subject to careful scrutiny
publicly on a TV program by the conductor of a TV broadcast who cited
chapter and verse in support of the defence and affirmatively pointed
the finger at the Government and concluded the program by flashing on
view the proceedings in Parliament showing a Member of Parliament who
manifestly concluded his speech by asserting “if the charges are true
why has not the Government taken action against him.” Thus leaving the
viewers of the TV program to draw their own reasonable conclusions on
While the incumbent President as the leader of the recognized front
of political parties contesting the Presidential election has placed
before the country an election manifesto entitled Mahinda Chintana-Idiri
dakma that is a continuation of his development work already undertaken
after ridding the country of the LTTE terrorism.
The main contender Retired General Fonseka has tendered his political
manifesto entitled “Believable-Change” under his election symbol ‘Swan’.
This document apart from the personal promises made by the candidate
himself that he hopes to implement on assumption of office does not
place before the country a comprehensive political or economic policy or
development program of the country to which the other political parties
claiming to support him have agreed.
In the circumstances the wiser choice for the electors to make is to
re-affirm their faith and confidence in the known leader who restored
the status quo -lasting peace and stability of their Motherland and
reject the challenge for change towards an unknown destiny.