to stop playing games
By Random Access Memory (RAM)
Remember when we were kids. Our parents insisted
we finished play time when dusk set in, wash ourselves and take
to our school books. More darkness than at dusk has set in on the
Sri Lankan polity and the economy right now.
parliament which sat for four times since the formation of the new
government is about to get a citation in the Guinness Book of World
Records, with three brawls happening at three of the sittings.
country is waiting with bated breath for a statement of economic
policy directions and the sittings at the well, where it needs to
be discussed, have been postponed by almost a month. The line up
of legislation pending approval must surely be getting long.
is true that the executive can up to an extent, carry out the affairs
of state, under the all encompassing constitution we have in place.
It is also true that the stock market may not truly reflect the
state of the economy or the state of the well-being of the people
of this country, as rightfully stated by several, before and during
the election campaign. But 'little things' like brawls in parliament,
disunity, appointment of persons of disrepute to positions of reckoning,
demoralisation of good persons in key positions and the ensuing
instability, certainly does. It hurts not only the international
image of the country but also impacts on the day-to-day lives of
us all, ordinary folk who crave for stability and good sense to
prevail, so we can go about doing the little things we do, in a
the elections, business leaders and professionals joined other civil
society organisations to ensure a free and fair election and free
also of the alarming levels of violence we have seen in the recent
past. The result is that of a very satisfactory score card, with
the conduct of many, being exemplary during and immediately after
what we see happening within the parliament, with elections to positions
conducted as if they were badly refereed soccer games with unruly
crowds as spectators, is nowhere near the decorum one expects of
a house whose incumbents' conduct must be a model for the whole
nation. Outside the wells of those chambers, there are other games
played and some of them are played pretty badly as well.
is time we realised that when one has to wash dirty linen, that
it must not be done in public with banner headlines in newspapers,
for the simple fact that it becomes a bad story for potential investors
and for the economy as a whole.
transparency and meritocracy we certainly need, but not unfolded
in the form of that of a bull in a china shop. It is time that these
'leaders' who seem to behave worse than some spoilt kids, are firmly
reminded that whatever actions they take that result in creating
negativity in the eyes of the world and the people of this country,
to be bad news for the country, the wellbeing of her people and
that of future generations.
wonders if what we see happening, to be a mirroring of what ails
our body polity as a whole. A polity and system that throws at us,
'leaders' we richly deserve. If that be the case, it is time for
us all, to look straight in the mirror, take stock and more importantly,
is perhaps time for civil society leaders to play the role our parents
played, when we continued to play games, beyond the fall of dusk.
What we do not need is more disunity, more discord and more mayhem.
We do not need to create 'Rajyas' where polarisation of groups is
thought to be the way forward.
we need is positive thoughts and action to unify those divided and
polarised. We need good sense to prevail and good positive vibes
to be transmitted to the people of Sri Lanka, as well as the international
time has come once again for civil society leaders, professionals,
chambers of commerce, business groupings, NGOs and all sensible
citizens to work together to drive some sound sense into our 'leaders'.
They may need to be reprimanded and firmly reminded that it is time
that they stopped playing games and worked in unity to serve the
needs of our motherland and her people.