If I were the President?

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  • ra Friday, 26 June 2015 06:18 PM

    If I were president of Sri Lanka, would do the following:I will distance myself from those who face accusation of corruption, war crimes, extra judicial killings, and white van abductionsI will get rid of gangs from Sri Lanka that exists among both Tamils and Singhalese I will eliminate corruptions. To do so I will set up a tip line where people can call and inform anonymously I will improve the living standard of Sri Lankans regardless of where they live or what their ethnic or religionI will be honest; I will say what I do and do what I saidI will find an honest solutions to ethnic problem and make sure that Tamils and Singhalese understand each other with mutual respect. To do so, I will set a time lineI will keep my religious beliefs in private and I will visit any religion privately without any media I will build a prosperous Sri Lanka where all Sri Lankans can live with peace, with respect to each other, and without fear

    Sunilb Wednesday, 24 June 2015 07:25 PM

    01. I will ask MR to come to a discussion alone, only MR and MS.
    02. Request him to support to win the party.
    03. MR can hold campaign in Sinhalese majority area and MS should hold the campaign in North and East.
    04. MR should support but not accept any parliamentary seat.
    05. Then dissolve parliament. This should do immediately. No time to pass.

    Cicero Friday, 26 June 2015 08:45 AM

    There is not going to be any agreement on 20A. Further it may need a referendum.Dissolve parliament ASAP and end the uncertainty that is affecting the country.There is nothing to be gained by extending its life.Let the new parliament issue a White Paper on 20 A and have a proper discussion with all stakeholders. If MMR is to be implemented, it must have two ballot papers.Take the SLFP to the polls on my terms and let MR do what he wants.Form a National Government after the poll.Clean the country of corruption.Implement 19A.

    M.C.M.Zarook Saturday, 27 June 2015 09:56 PM

    For a layman to get into the shoes of Professional politician is difficult. Convince MR having reached the pinnacle of post and position should voluntarily keep away. It is immoral and unethical for him to stage a come back. Peace among all communities is a sine qua non for prosperity. Hence give top priority for peace. I will reduce the cabinet to 30 of which 25 will be expert in their respective field - paper qualification plus experience. No defeated candidates will be appointed to any post or positions. Dual citizens can only vote, cannot canvass, contest or hold office. Place especial emphasis on Ministry of Foreign affairs, National Development and Education.Candidates coming forward be vetted thoroughly, for their qualifications, public behavior and conduct. Minimum qualification should be a pass in A/L.Meritocracy should be the criteria for appointment. Convince MR to convert Mattala Air Port in to MR International University.

    Lanka Watch Thursday, 25 June 2015 05:59 AM

    If I were the President today :-1. I will get all the party leaders to agree to take up 20A immediately after the elections to solve it and call for election.2.form a national govt. with all parties included for 1st five years and once necessary people friendly legislation are passed , revert back to party system.3. Ensure court cases against the people indicted for corruption and thuggery are speeded up under a minister and culprits are either put behind bars or released 4.during the five years all minority problems are to be settled amicably with all citizens enjoying their . freedoms.5. will contest the second term to ensure country is back to normal with all citizens are happy.

    Sara Friday, 26 June 2015 08:47 AM

    After making a blunders of:a. Stabbing MR in the back. - Not at all SWRD system cannot compare.b. Joining RW, CBK, SF, JVP - never had any idea as to how he could continue with them in the long run.c. Not strong enough to lead a political party. - good as a General Secretary.d. No other choice, but to retire from politics. Lest he will face utter humiliation should MR become PM led by his gang. Further more the blame will lye on him for destroying the SLFP

    Mallawa Friday, 26 June 2015 01:22 PM

    Run away from this social-political culture, Put the country FIRST, not my dying political party. Stand with people, tell them everything I know about how the politics cheat the country. Request them to stand uproot this social-political culture from Sri Lanka

    MAJ Friday, 26 June 2015 01:28 PM

    First of all rescue this country and people from dirty politics!

    Lanka Watch Thursday, 25 June 2015 07:08 AM

    I totally agree with you on all points and you may add as 6th condition that that minority problems should be solved for good during the periodnational govt.is in power.

    Matthews Sunday, 28 June 2015 06:47 PM

    I will make Mahinda Rajapaksa Prime minister and let him develop the country as he did when he was the president

    Katie Friday, 26 June 2015 08:59 AM

    If I were the President?Good survey done by Daily Mirror which details can be passed on to the President Maithripala so that he too knows what the public think.

    Sri Lankan Saturday, 27 June 2015 11:31 PM

    At least many have great ideas, ha, ha!!!!

    saumya jeevani Thursday, 25 June 2015 07:23 AM

    if i were the president of SriLanka, first of all i will make sure and convince my people that they all are safe under my government no matter what their political party is, even though i knew, not all of them are going to trust my word, i will convince them with good intentions, and very immediately i will start doing all the development projects which gives more benefits to my country and make my country more beautiful than ever. the most important thing is i command my ministers, stop blaming the previous rulers, stop spreading rumors and talk to people with a grate vision and lift up their mind where it leads to have more peace in each other not the hate. my people need a great leader who can convince people that they can do and become the change what they are looking for. and i will change education system which children can learn more about life rather than lessons. to make my country a better one i will not hesitate to use my power where it is necessary. if i know what im doing

    DSD Wednesday, 24 June 2015 07:41 PM

    Explain to the public why the alleged drug kingpins are still at large

    Justin Keppetiyagama Friday, 26 June 2015 01:52 PM

    I will restructure the entire cabinetCabinet of ministers will be limited to 49.It should include at least one MP representing each district of the country.There will not be deputy minsters or state minsters. All the other MPs will be appointed as Non-Cabinet Electoral Level Executive MnistersCabinet Minsters will be empowered to decide only policy matters relating to his subject.Execution of such policies to the the extent they are applicable to electorate should be done by the respective electoral level non-cabinet ministers.Parliament wlll not be dissolved tlll the end of ts full periodMatters not applicable to electorates should be executed by the relevant cabinet minister

    S. Matthews Sunday, 28 June 2015 06:54 PM

    I will appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as new PM and allow him to develop the country since he is the only one capable of doing it.

    Canadian Friday, 26 June 2015 09:10 AM

    i will eliminate all former president corrupt MP and punished them public to know good governance work

    S. Matthews Sunday, 28 June 2015 07:00 PM

    I will appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa new PM and allow him to finish the task of developing the country.

    jojosri Wednesday, 24 June 2015 08:09 PM

    1. zero tolerance to corruption, as countries doing well has this policy2. Amnesty to all politicians until every penny is paid back to the country, if not 1 year prison sentence or more useful 6 months community service. No one is above law including MS3. I will promote police who work with honesty and integrity, as countries doing well is the ones who always uphold law4. No place for illiterates to become mayors, people with the right qualification only5.Major shakeup in justice system as current system is a mockery6. Equal rights to all citizens of Sri lanka7. Buddhism to be upheld, but every Saturdays would be a working day on the Poya week, as Sri Lanka has too many public holidays8. Major shakeup in small business as it is the back bone of any country9.Eradicate poverty as much as possible10. Major shake up in taxation system11. Major shake up in health system

    Tissa Wednesday, 24 June 2015 08:36 PM

    1. I will ensure that Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, and political parties forget ALL the past incidents, forgive each other, and look into a future with new hope.2. Create a powerful commission with international observers to ensure that no corruption, injustice happen in the future.3. Create tough law to prevent crime, corruption, bribary, etc. Zero tolerance.4. With international support create a free legal assistance to those who need to take legal action to protect their fundamental rights.5. Massive developments in both industry, agricuture, and other sectors ensuring job creation.6. Create a national development plan and ask UNP, SLFP, etc to contest election on how they implement it - so that people will select the right people.7. Lift the minimum poverty level ensuring all citizens have essential basic needs.8. Ensure that all people have equal rights irrespective of their race, religion, language, religion etc both legally and socially by appropriate mechanisms.

    renu Thursday, 25 June 2015 01:06 PM

    All Rajapakses who robbed the country along with the Clan must be prosecuted and then Dissolve parliament for a fresh mandate from People

    cristo Friday, 26 June 2015 03:20 PM

    I would set up an independant medical department that would assess the health of those remanded to ensure that none can avoid the rigour of detainment purely by getting a fearful or friendly doctor to write a sick note . Look how many ministers and sons have used this old ploy to avoid discomfort .if you are guilty however much money you have should be worthless in the face of the law

    Malaka Wednesday, 24 June 2015 04:51 PM

    I will firm stand on things...

    mubarak hassan Wednesday, 24 June 2015 09:25 PM

    immediately dissolve the parliament and call for fresh general election under the existing system.no nominations to any MP with any proved or unproved charge. nominations only for candidates with minimum 4 passes at GCE AL and cabinet will only be a consultative supreme committee comprising highly qualified MPs of all parties in the parliament. the number shall be 10 headed by the PM .deputy ministers will be selected with much operational educations and or work experience to carryout orders of the supreme committee. approval for budgets, payments, contracts, development project will be through AG after being checked by a qualified working committee comprising civil servants ( SLAS ). form a committee headed by the commissioner of elections with the participation of all party leader to design a better election system with opportunity to all communities and parties to play a role. order the implementation of all commissions and give them the freedom to do justice .retire on time.

    yasmin Monday, 29 June 2015 06:59 AM

    I will opt for everlasting peace in the country. Try my utmost to make all beings happy, visit all corners of the country obtain the views of the people, eradicate poverty as much as possible, try not to create disharmony among all communities since they are all citizens of my country. I shall do my best to be a very simple President.

    Fedup Wednesday, 24 June 2015 09:32 PM

    I will resign as the President because I am not capable of running this country.

    Sri Lankan Monday, 29 June 2015 07:11 AM

    You mean DEVELOP the RAJS and make the COUNTRY go bankrupt?

    Sisira Wednesday, 24 June 2015 09:35 PM

    1. Dissolve parliament immediately and allow people to decide and form a new government.2. Give nominations only for qualified, experienced, genuine politicians. No nomination to R factor and all corrupt politicians.3. After forming new govt. convert the parliament to a National Govt and appoint only 25 Ministers.4. From the day first appoint a committee to form the best suitable new constitution for the country. I will not give the authority to politicians to form the new constitution. Because it belongs to the people and not to politicians. They only have to rule the country according to the constitution formed by people.5. Address all issues in the country and develop the country while taking all measures to establish democracy in the country..

    W.N.B. poddalgoda Friday, 26 June 2015 04:08 PM

    1 Pass the 20th amendment 2 Have free

    Nakkiran Friday, 26 June 2015 09:26 PM

    Why He eliminate Rajapaksa company ?.which reason ? must do right now. all think.

    dulan de silva Monday, 29 June 2015 08:06 AM

    IF I WAS PRESIDENT SIRISENA I will resign from the Chairmanship of SLFP to manage affairs of state and to bring political parties together . Important work that I will focus on are:1. Bring about proper governance with removal of excessive powers still remaining with the Executive President office 2. Fully implement 19A including ensuring of proper functioning of the independent commissions.3.Change the electoral system from Manape to a first past the post system (20A) 4. Bring national reconciliation by addressing the key issues faced by Tamils and other minorities including reduction of land controlled by forces in North East and giving them to landless people and who owned them .5. Ensure that legal system works to punish those who are guilty of illegal killings during the ethnic clash including 16 INGO staff who were killed and the 5 youth killed in Trincomalee6. Take serious action against all politicians/officials who were corrupt 7.Introduce systems and procedures

    Thiagan Sunday, 28 June 2015 10:48 AM

    Please permit me initially to thank you for your earnest desire to find a just, equitable and effective solution. As we know a full grown and world renowned leader cannot be born immediately. My solution is obvious and simple in theory; unfortunately as we all know the complications arise in practice. If I were the President, I will first pray and ask God to guide me on a path of Absolute Truth, Justice, Equality and the Absolute Determination to guide me to build a Society and Country which will be honored among all countries on earth. Obviously to achieve such an end, the first step will be to build a hard core team in which no corruption, no manipulation, no falsehood can be found. Each person in this core group will take an oath that he or she will stick to the above principals and commitments. This group will establish an international oversight group who will guide this team of incorruptible men and women to guide a carefully evaluated group of chosen Ministers who will be clear

    Piumi Thursday, 25 June 2015 02:55 PM

    1. Be v careful of friends around me who try to put my country in trouble again.

    siva Friday, 26 June 2015 10:16 AM

    1. I dissolve the Parliment2. Call for general Election and form new Government with new faces3.Resolve the National Problems4.Welcome more foriegn investment to the country5. Think about the 20th amendment

    Trinesh Friday, 26 June 2015 10:35 AM

    Current daily deaths from accidents in Sri Lanka are higher than the war time deaths. I will Start the War Against Accidents and minimize the accidents by implementing simple rule. Drivers should drive in their lane. Motor cycles and tuk tuks should be driven only on extreme left land if there are two or more lanes in one side. Big tippers should travel only below 40KMPH and arrest them if they pass that limit.

    Suramya Saturday, 27 June 2015 04:29 PM

    I would ban racism and jail for life and confiscate all property of all rabble rouses making hate speeches or attempting to create communal unrest and racial disharmony .All Racists are Terrorists.Racism will not be allowed to raise its ugly head and ruin Sri Lanka.There will be communal harmony in the country and all races will live as one family. There will be no Terrorism and Sri Lanka will become a peaceful country to live in. With no communal unrest and disharmony We will become a developed nation like Singapore where Racism is banned and all communities live in peace.Racists and Terrorists are backed by hidden hands and arms dealers who plan to destabilize or destroy a peaceful nation.I will make Sri Lanka a better place to live in and do my best to make all Sri Lankans happy,

    Katie Monday, 29 June 2015 09:39 AM

    I will get rid of dirty politics and not let people like MR ever step into the PMship

    JJ Wednesday, 24 June 2015 06:15 PM

    1. I will dissolve parliament and go for an election.
    2. I will create a caretaker government consisting of eminent personnel who have the necessary credentials both in terms of education and experience to govern the country until the next parliament is sworn in.
    3. I will use my presidential powers vested in me to create regulations via the judiciary as to who should be qualified to be nominated by any party. (Minimum qualifications, age, and whether they have past convictions in a court of law)
    4. Have the election under the old preferential voting system, appoint a national government and pass electoral reforms, establish a fully functional constitutional council and independent commissions (Police, Bribery etc) with the new parliament.
    5. Have the provincial councils election under the new election laws.6. Govern for 2 years, dissolve parliament and hold fresh elections under the amended election laws in order to elect a government of choice of the people. (SLFP, UNP, JVP

    freddy Friday, 26 June 2015 05:10 PM

    MS is a good man, MR is a good leader. If both can work together the country will benefit. But tough decision, so let the elections begin and let the people decide.

    neilpriyath Wednesday, 24 June 2015 06:21 PM

    Give up SLFP chairmanship after nomination. No active politics thereafter but will be firmed. synergies to support to pass 20A with civil society and spend the term in such a way that successor also will be compelled to follow the same. After that spend the life as DB.

    Marikar Monday, 29 June 2015 01:45 PM

    I would abolish the Rent Act and let the Owners develop their property, and give a better look to the City and allover the country.At present the Rent Act prevents the Owner from developing their property and the Tenants enjoy all the privileges and pay a VERY NOMINAL RENT, even not enough to exist for a day.

    Suck Mathew Monday, 29 June 2015 09:47 AM

    MR distroyed Sri lanka with one man show

    rita Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:16 AM

    1. I will dissolve the the current Cabinet of all parties and appoint new PM and Ministers of integrity and efficiency to run the country until the end of the term of this parliament.2. Convene an all party meeting and seek their support to pass and appoint and enforce with immediate effect the Electoral reform bill, National constitution council, All independent commissions,right to information act, hate crime act, Public Interest litigation act, and making special provision to prevent and instantly punish abuse, misuse , of government finance, resources and privileges and to make Permanent Secretaries of Ministries not transferable by Ministers according to their whims and fancies and Creating only thirty Ministries and their locations permanently fixed without being able to move here and there.Special provisions shall be made in the Administrative machinery to make people friendly service.Doing away with Provincial Councils and establishment of Dist. council will be mooted.

    Asha Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:26 AM

    1.Restructure the education system in schools giving prominence to the English language. Convert the free university education system to a subsidized 50:50 basis and bring in laws to prevent strikes and intense ragging by students.2.Curtail the mushrooming of tuition centers island-wide and enforce laws to prevent individuals charging high tuition fees, and making education a business. 2.Restructure the Health sector enforcing laws to bring in quality drugs to the country. CDDA should not be a place for bribes to register drugs that do not meet the required health standards.3.Bring in laws to curb the dumping of garbage at roadways and public places. 4.Bring in laws to prevent demanding of high donations from parents for school admissions in Government, semi-government and private schools.

    Robin Shah Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:34 AM

    First of all As a President I will take practical steps so that I am in a governable situation. Today the foremost problem facing me is that i am unable to run the government efficiently because of Rajapakse factor, the nuisance he is creating, and the sabotage activities he is doing due to greed for power. I will take a leaf from J R Jayewardene, who established a Presidential commission and stripped the civic powers of the opposition figure. He did it even when there was no nuisance or bad behaviour of srima. Therefore an urgent powerful commission with summary trial everyday will be held and rajapakse and his clans will be kept busy with that.Then i will declare elections and for a new government with SLFP faction fully supportive of me and allies including UNP and form a broad based government as promised in my election manifesta. I will see that i am not tempted by those who want to deviate from this agenda.Under the new government Yahapalana will continue.

    Citizenbg Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:46 AM

    NorthEast only? HE is President of SL. Majority of NE for TNA. 20 years of PA

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    Sikuru Wednesday, 24 June 2015 07:06 PM

    De-politicize education and create an independent authorities to take care of Education and State owned companies. Give more powers and Resources to the FCID to hunt corrupt politicians and after its doen dissolve it and create a permanent anti-corruption authority.Have good international relations with everyone and attract FDI

    Dr Ian Fernandopulle MD/PhD USA Saturday, 27 June 2015 07:43 PM

    I left the country in the heights of civil uprising in 1984 and have been a keen observer of politics in Sri Lanka. The following issues should be addressed to win the hearts and minds of its people. 1. Have strict laws in place to stamp out corruption at every level of governance from the president to the ordinary public servant, bribes and kick back should be dealt with severe consequences with fines and long jail sentences. 2. No body should be above the law and the legal system should not be influence by corrupt politicians 3. All public projects should be transparent and public information for inspection by the voters with public opinion polls on controversial projects.4. Secular government with separation church and state5. Establish a federal system of government much like the US system where minority autonomy under a federal system.6. Make science, research and development a high priority with the establishment of a government body that oversee and grants for R

    patriot Wednesday, 24 June 2015 07:10 PM

    Not pleasing everybody which is the failure of MR. Must have policy or else will fail like MR. Easy come easy go.

    Nimal Perera Thursday, 25 June 2015 11:09 AM

    If I were the president,1.Since the country has been ruined by the Politicians, I would further reduce the No: of Parliamentary Seats to less than 200 and limit the cabinet to 20 , introduce new Electoral system without effecting the minority Parties, do away with the Provincial Council System, and strengthen the position of the District Secretary and Local government System. The country will prosper if the no: of Politicians are less.2.Immediately remove the back-up Vehicles of the politicians which has become a nuisance to the public. 3.Introduce the Educational Qualifications to become an MP, Minister and the publish CVs of those who are contesting at the election. Singapore all the Ministers are holders of Master’s Degrees. 4.Prioritize all the immediate requirements of the Country. New air ports, towers, Port Cities are not priorities hence allocating funds for that will be a waste. Immediate requirements are improving of Road network and Railway system, solving of garbage issue, reducing of cost of electricity generation, bringing down cost of living, encourage and granting facilities to increase the production and the productivity of the country from which the income will get increased. There are many such short comings in the country5.Immediately introduce the capital Punishment as the criminal activities are getting out of control. 6.Immediately ban the cutting of trees and clearing of forests, filling up of marshy lands, removing and cutting earth from mountains / hilly areas which has become severe threat to the environment. 7.Introduce transparency systems for all the spending of the Government.

    navin Saturday, 27 June 2015 08:36 PM

    Dissolve Parliament and hold elections. After new Parliament is constituted abolish all income taxes (corporate and personal). The shortfall in revenue could be offset by increasing the VAT rate. Privatize loss making, inefficient and corrupt government institutions. Establish a credible power sharing mechanism for North Province. Abolish rest of the Provincial Councils.

    teni Thursday, 25 June 2015 04:43 PM

    Instantly I will take necessary actions to prevent drugs liquor and other alcoholic disasters. Next find out all the public money thieves and sentence. No matter to shopping with general public if there nothing any treat to me. introduce a revision of constitution enabling only to enter parliament graduated,

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