Opinion and Issues,Letters to the Editor

Caught in a lobbying maze, Sri Lankan leaders need to stand tall

Views - 162 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

By Patrick De Silva Balanced legislation in terms of policy for both trade and political concerns are essential to ensure rational and sustainable advancement. These require extended dialogue that is all-encompassing and transparent, which in turn w


The Singapore-Sri Lanka FTA

Views - 17 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

I refer to the comments made by Wasantha Samarasinghe in another newspaper of 19 August. He opposes it because it could destroy the free industrial enterprises we have in our country. I am afraid he is right. It is true that our future lies with int


Politicians are hired representatives of the people

Views - 83 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

I am spurred by D .Weeratunga’s letter focusing on the mandate given to politicians by the people. He has quite forthrightly highlighted several home truths about our existing political administration system. It implies that politicians are no more


Ad hoc ratios and bonus seats for PC elections: Why?

Views - 104 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

It is reported in the press that the Delimitation Commission has proposed to introduce a 50:50 ratio and increase the number


Kerawalapitiya LNG plant tender exposes deterioration in the political system

Views - 82 Friday, 13 July 2018 00:00

I write to you regarding the article published on the above tender.


Beyond platitudes and misinformation

Views - 193 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

Nilantha Ilangamuwa’s recent opinion piece (‘When Trump dumped the UN Human Rights Council’) is inundated with inaccuracies, misguided notions, banalities and oversimplifications. It’s infeasible to address all of them in a single letter. Ila


A simple and low cost method for holding PC elections

Views - 76 Monday, 25 June 2018 00:00

It is reported in the press that notwithstanding a difference of opinion that has arisen at a party leaders’ meeting regarding the forthcoming Provincial Council (PC) elections, it has been decided to revert to the ‘Preference Voting’ (PV) syst


Provide solutions, not distractions

Views - 44 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00

Every day seems filled with uproar about the state of the economy, the unpredictable hike in fuel prices, escalating taxation


SLT billing for internet connection – A swindle?

Views - 163 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00

Today most Sri Lankan customers use SLT for their internet connection. Being connected to the world is vital to function


To the spineless Government: Wake up or perish

Views - 104 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

The UNP’s formidable team (JRJ, Gamini, Ronnie and, in addition, Lalith, Ranil and Premadasa) in the ’80s won the confidence of the world


COO, CMC and Land Registry

Views - 74 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

My father purchased a house (approx. two perches) in 2010. The assessment number is 273/6S4, Ferguson’s Road,


Transparency and bribes

Views - 49 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

With reference to the letter written by Mohamed Zaharain (19 May). The writer’s observation on municipal garbage collectors


Response to the open letter to the Mayor of Colombo by Citizen Fernando

Views - 151 Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

I was prompted to send this response to the open letter addressed to the Colombo Mayor by Citizen Fernando which was published in Daily FT on 19 May.


Is transparent daylight bribery part of good governance?

Views - 60 Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:00

It was around 8 a.m. a few days ago when I got stuck in the traffic on Galle Road, I saw a garbage cart (with quite lot of bags with trash surrounding it) parked in front of a lane – there wasn’t a name board for this lane – ri


High rise buildings and the overall negative impact

Views - 56 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

There is a boom in the construction industry in our country and quite a large number of multi-storied buildings are coming up overnight all over the place within the city as well as outside. Even in small ‘wattes’ (gardens) one can see single hou


FlySmiles gets kudos

Views - 53 Wednesday, 2 May 2018 00:00

I am pleased to report that FlySmiles dealt with the issue I reported in a letter published by Daily FT on 24 April and contacted


Flysmiles not so smiley

Views - 88 Tuesday, 24 April 2018 00:00

FlySmiles is celebrating its 10th anniversary with promotions. I would urge them to celebrate by improving existing systems.


Restructure political and media culture in Sri Lanka

Views - 68 Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:00

We are led to believe that the present political drama is in part, a creation of the lopsided and skewed media culture that we now witness.  In general, the present day media are accustomed to highlighting and blowing all the negative issues out of


Dr. Nihal Jayawickrama rebuts Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Views - 280 Wednesday, 4 April 2018 00:00

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, in his column published in Daily FT of 2 April, refers to me as “the constitutional pundit, writing from Eton


Dengue-prone CMC public toilet

Views - 65 Friday, 16 March 2018 00:00

The public toilet located in Gemunu Lane, Awwal Zaviya has not been in use for a long time. This toilet was to be brought


SLPA record profits good example for other state entities

Views - 66 Monday, 12 March 2018 00:00

It was indeed very refreshing and heartening to read in the print media that the Minister of Ports and Shipping, Mahinda Samarasinghe, stated that the profit made by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) hit a fantastic figure of Rs. 13.2 billion for


Racial hatred

Views - 80 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:00

It is indeed shocking that simple citizens should gang up and commit atrocities of arson, looting and criminally manhandling


A sincere plea to the peace-loving and tolerant majority of Sri Lankans

Views - 76 Thursday, 8 March 2018 00:00

The violence that we are seeing now is a result of frustrations that have been built-up over time tipping over. All that was required was a trigger to bring the economically disenfranchised Sinhala youth onto the roads. These youths are frustrated be


No Constitutional provision for No Confidence Motion against Prime Minister

Views - 222 Wednesday, 7 March 2018 00:00

Article 48(2) provides for a No Confidence Motion against the Government and not the Prime Minister, or if Parliament


Demolish unutilised municipal toilets

Views - 33 Thursday, 1 March 2018 00:00

There are municipal public toilets located on about two perches land inside the garden ‘atay (8th) watta’ in Maligakanda Road, Colombo 10, which are no more in use with the water supply being disconnected. This place has become an eyesore with g


Property development projects causing grave danger to city dwellers

Views - 47 Tuesday, 27 February 2018 00:00

The rapid growth of multi story apartments and high-rise offices around the city in a haphazard and unplanned manner, have caused untold hardships to countless citizens in the recent past. You only have to drive down a road and witness the strange si


Whither LG elections?

Views - 47 Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:00

It is becoming overwhelmingly clear that politicisation has ruined the achievement of the key objectives of an LG election. For example, in the process of garnering votes, one party was solely exploiting the image of its charismatic political leader;


Oh what a circus! Oh what a show!

Views - 146 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

When we, the voter, trudged our way to the polling booth on that fateful Saturday, did we ever realise that we were electing


Common sense is not so common!

Views - 81 Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:01

In our blessed island of Sri Lanka, non-adherence to road rules causing traffic congestions and accidents have always made it to the headlines of the news bulletins of print, radio and TV. During the past year, the Government has taken a few measures


Mission of Election Commission needs to be revisited

Views - 23 Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:00

In response to my captioned letter that appeared in the press, a highly-acclaimed senior citizen of the country sent me the following comment. “I agree totally. The trouble for us is that the places of voting are inaccessible to people of our ages.


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Poignant pondering on a patriarch

Monday, 22 April 2019

Almost five months have gone. It is with a profound sense of sadness that we experienced the demise of our veteran teacher, respected author, legal luminary, an accomplished ambassador, an eminent public servant and an amazing human being, Dr. Wickre


Enemies of democracy – Part I Demand for a strongman to rule the country

Monday, 22 April 2019

I posed the following question to a group of university students recently: ‘Do you desire to have a strongman to rule Sri Lanka today?’ The students, made up of both genders in the age group of 25 to 35, chorused the answer in the affirmative. Wh


The sad demise of Jet Airways

Monday, 22 April 2019

Jet Airways of India, once the premier full-service carrier of the sub-continent, has ceased operations. “Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and auth


No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch


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