‘Academics trying Indonesia-style plot’
The strike of university academics is an indirect plot to engineer a
regime change. It is similar to what happened in Indonesia where the
Suharto’s government was ousted, State Intelligence Service reports
At the executive meetings of the Federation of University Teachers’
Association (FUTA), priority is given to demands that would place the
government in economic difficulty rather than discussing their genuine
requirements. These are the same tactics followed by the Indonesian
rebels that eventually led to Suharto’s ouster in 1998, sources said.
“The government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa obtained a massive
vote base which no party has obtained. Hence, the latest strategy is to
weaken the President and government through large scale protests.
“This way, they plan to effect a regime change as in Indonesia,”
One academic directly mentioned that they should do anything to
defeat President Rajapaksa.
According to state intelligence service sources some powerful persons
have also agreed assistance to make FUTA’s project a success.
FUTA has presented number of demands to the government and these
demands are not implemented in any university throughout the world. They
are requesting a rental fee for houses while attending to universities
from their own homes and special allowance for two children to study in
private schools. But they are always talking against private
universities as well.
These things are shameless and unfair, Higher Education Minister S B
Sri Lanka has allocated a huge sum for the education sector more than
in other countries. It is 1.87 percent out of the GDP but lecturers are
requesting a six percent allocation which is untenable, the minister
Most lecturers have understood that these demands are unfair, he