Home / Opinion and Issues/ Should Ravi resign; also Malik and Kabir? A Response

Should Ravi resign; also Malik and Kabir? A Response

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:01

I read with great interest the well-argued article written by Banker in the Financial Times, my favourite daily paper, titled, ‘Should Ravi resign?’ 

Ravi K is a businessman, he would have done business with the devil to make money. When he became Minister he should have got advised properly to run his affairs. However that was not the case it seems. 

Donald Trump is also a classic case in point. People who build businesses find it difficult to leave their empires in the hands of others for many reasons. This is what happened to Ravi. Sadly the man lied to get out of a fix with terrible consequences to him and his party. 

The UNP has had many more Ravi Karunanayake type Ministers in the past. So it is nothing new for the UNP. For the SLFP it was Basil, the man who abandoned properties. 

Kabir Hashim has been in the sidelines, he needs to be ignored. It is businessman Malik Samarawickrama who needs to be investigated. There are so many allegations against him. So this is the best time for him to come clean. He can no longer hide behind the Prime Minister and drag him down – enough is enough. 

I earnestly request the Commission to do the following:

A) Check the telephone records of Samarawickrama, Karunanayake and Mahendran. You will get all the answers the Commission needs to do your job. Show that you can stand up for justice.

b) The Minister in charge of the CB was the PM. Get him to the Commission. Ravi K or Malik S could not have done it on their own.

c) Under oath ask the BOC Chief who gave the order to release Rs. 10 billion to Perpetual. 

d) Ask the State funds (SLIC, EPF, ETF and NSB) as to who asked them to buy the 30-year bonds from Perpetual.

d) See the payment records of Perpetual Treasuries

e) Under oath ask Malik S and Ravi K if they have foreign accounts in their names, partners or companies. Most likely if they have must be in Dubai, Singapore or Hong Kong. 

There will rest all the answers you want. You could put an end to this circus and bring back dignity to our institutions. 

Davinda Dissa

Share This Article


Today's Columnists

Is Iran a threat to global peace?

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The aim of this article is to explore Iran’s nuclear program and its consequences throughout the world. Iran one of the nuclear power countries in the Middle East, which has brought very grave concern to the US.

Maldives forcefully voices plight of small island states at climate change conference

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The plight of small island states was forcefully voiced by Maldivian Minister for Environment and Energy Thoriq Ibrahim at the 23rd Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP23) being held in Bonn, Germany.

The Blue Green Budget of the Unity Government

Friday, 17 November 2017

The Budget proposals of the Unity Government under the theme ‘Blue Green Budget’ for the fiscal year 2018 are expected to support the achievement of medium-term targets such as Per Capita Income of $ 5,000

Starship budgets and the “Bicycle Brigade”

Friday, 17 November 2017

One has only to read the wide and varied responses to Budget 2018 (B18) to realise how fissured our society is.

Columnists More