Posts Tagged ‘president’

Criminality rewarded?

October 16, 2012

It seems like ages since I last wrote anything on here, and while lots of reasons have contributed to that fact, this is an attempt to break through the silence.

I was reading through the headlines today and came across an article that had me stumped for a while. I momentarily wondered if my comprehension skills had taken an abrupt downward spin, but on re-reading the article, I found out to my dismay that my initial impression was right.

According to this article the former Chief Justice, someone who I in my naivete expect to uphold even the smallest of laws, claims that the only reason the President of our country is in the seat of power is due to the CJ letting him off on a charge of embezzlement!

What really stunned me was the reason given by the former CJ for this unheard of action. Apparently, he was allowed to walk away scot free in the hope that he would protect the rights of others in the future!

Now maybe this makes total sense to some people, after all it did seem to do so to the former CJ at the time, but to naive old me it seems to overturn everything that i was taught about right and wrong. From the days I was toddling along in snot nosed abandon, it was drilled into me that punishment would be meted out to the wrongdoer and that we could safely lean upon the fact that nothing good would result from criminal conduct.

But lo and behold it seems that the highest authority in the land, the supreme court, in which all Sri Lankans place their trust to uphold justice and fair-play, have a totally different take on life. A take in which criminals should not be punished, but rather set free and rewarded with the opportunity to attain the highest of positions of power in the land.

Now correct me if I’m wrong here, but then shouldn’t this statement alone give any criminal who was convicted during the former CJ’s time the grounds to appeal his or her sentencing? After all, aren’t they also entitled to the same viewpoint, that they too could turn out to be wonderful protectors of humanity if only given the chance?

It seems in one sweeping gesture, the former CJ has re-written the laws governing not just Sri Lanka, but the civilized world in general. Not only that, but he also seems to have provided the justice system with the perfect solution to over crowding in the prison system, simply have all courts to rule innocent on any criminal case and send the offenders home with a pat on the back and a word of encouragement to become champions of human rights from that day forward!

I don’t know if there are any laws in place to hold the former CJ in criminal breach of trust for admitting to such an action, but I would love to see some sort of action taken against this man who has very obviously played favourites, re-written the laws and let down the whole criminal justice system of this country.

Well maybe I should keep a paper cutting of the said article in my wallet so that the next time I’m hauled up before a judge on some charge, I can have my lawyer plead for dismissal on the grounds that I would from now on become knight in shining armour who would go around on a white charger righting the wrongs of the world and bringing smiles to the faces of all and sundry, and maybe even become President of this wonderful country called Sri Lanka.

Or maybe such judicial munificence is only reserved for a very privileged few…

 

None so blind as those who will not see

April 29, 2009

With the present war situation seemingly drawing to a close, more and more people are focusing on the plight of the IDP’s and how we can help them. This is definitely a cause that warrants all of our involvement. We need to be doing our utmost at this time for these people.

But what really gets to me, is seeing the continued protests by certain elements of the Tamil Diaspora around the world. They continue to wave the LTTE flag, block roads and even use their kids to hold posters with gruesome images. All in the vain attempt to call on the international community to save the LTTE and their sociopath leader!

It simply boggles my mind as to how these people cannot see what’s happening to the innocent Tamils of the North and East because of the continued armed militancy of the LTTE. They have ample evidence at their fingertips of how bad the situation is for the people still being held hostage by the LTTE and yet they continue to scream and shout about how the LTTE is the sole voice of representation for the Tamil people!

I wonder when, if ever, these elements will finally accept that a mistake was made by them in supporting a megalomaniac who wanted to be elevated to the status of a god. Maybe it’s just that they don’t want to admit to themselves how badly they were fooled by the ‘Sun God’ who was willing to sacrifice thousands of innocents just to achieve his personal dreams.

On the other hand, I was having a little chat with a colleague in office, and was once again amazed at the blindness displayed by him. Of course, this time around the blindness was directed towards the corruption and abuse of power that’s rampant in the ruling powers that be!

He was absolutely adamant in his opinion that the present leaders and their allies in power can do no wrong. Even when confronted with the numerous stunts pulled by the now infamous Doctor politico and his son, the recent shooting incidents that happened during the PC elections, his reaction was just to smirk annoyingly and brush them off as simply nothing compared to what others used to do when in power. Once again even with ample evidence of corruption and abuse available at his fingertips, this person simply refused to accept any truth in such allegations.

I find myself asking the question, was the line ‘none so blind as he who will not see’ written many ages ago with us Sri Lankans in mind?

Isn’t it high time we Sri Lankans, both resident and diaspora, stopped behaving like the fabled frog in the well and opened our eyes to what’s actually going on? Maybe the day we can achieve that as a country is when we’ll actually have a future to pass on to our kids.

Until then, I think the line stands as a one line description of most Sri Lankans, whatever race they may be…