"If the struggle against the SAITM continues in the same manner, the only option left is to topple the government. I have decided to commit my last phase of life to win this battle", former Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) chairman Prof. Carlo Fonseka said yesterday.
He said that he had confidentially referred a letter to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa when he was in power forewarning the current crisis over South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).
Speaking to the media outside the Welikada Prison after visitng Medical Faculty Students' Action Committee Convener Ryan Jayalath who is currently in remand custody, Prof. Fonseka said he had referred this letter to former president Rajapaksa after he was appointed SLMC chairman in 2012.
“The SAITM which was established in 2009, later changed its name for ‘medicine’ from ‘management’. At that time, I felt that the SAITM would negatively affect the health sector of the country. Therefore, I referred a confidential letter to Mr. Rajapaksa,” he added.
He said that Mr. Rajapaksa upon receiving the letter, had directed the issue to former higher education minister S.B. Dissanayake and had directed Prof. Fonseka to monitor its proceedings. He also said that Mr. Rajapaksa had then reacted in a justifiable manner to the letter sent by him.
He said that he had taken every possible step to avoid the functioning of the SAITM in this manner since the beginning and added that he was never afraid of Mr. Rajapaksa during the period of former government; “Mr. Rajapaska has dealt with me in a kind manner. He would never go against any decisions of mine,” he added. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)
delusional Saturday, 2 September 2017 12:38
Topple the government??? The most he can do is vote against it.
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GH Saturday, 2 September 2017 21:10
No! chance, people's voting rights confiscated. Good example seems delaying LG and PC poll, sans any reason but an EXTREME AFRAID.
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ananda Saturday, 2 September 2017 12:45
Mshinda would have taken your advise and taken a decision then without talking bullshit. via DM Android App
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Achini Saturday, 2 September 2017 13:08
So you sent a letter on 2012 and you were working with MR until 2015 and could't find a solution neitherNow you want this government to solve this immediately what a shame to be a former Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) chairman Prof. Carlo Fonsekabottom line was you were nervous to protest in that time because you knew that you and GMAO will be vanished with a white van
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ceylon Saturday, 2 September 2017 13:11
after that invite the biggest theif to be president.he is now too old and showing crazyness. via DM Android App
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Raz Saturday, 2 September 2017 13:16
Now comes the the most powerful person who is threatening he will topple the government. Please tell us whom are you planning install as the next President & PM . MAY be WJ as the President & MR as PM via DM Android App
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AjithZ Saturday, 2 September 2017 13:37
With all the due respect to you, why can't you help the government to formalize the necessary standards and allow SAITM to continue as a private medical college? If you can do that think this issue will be resolved and all will see that you are not biased or with political agendas.
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Love Sir Lanka Saturday, 2 September 2017 13:42
We are with you. To produce doctors from farmers' sons and to stop produce from politicians' sons.
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Channa Saturday, 2 September 2017 13:46
Dear Prof Carlo , Thank you for your explanation . You did excellent job to keep the quality and standard of medical education and medical profession . Unfortunately common people don't have any idea about impending danger as they follow their uneducated politicians . I'm waiting to see idiotic comments which will appear here soon .
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channa Saturday, 2 September 2017 19:50
Feel sorry for you Kadmin . Its you and your family will see the crooked doctors in future
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Jonny Saturday, 2 September 2017 13:52
Why a confidential letter?? You knew what would have happened to you if you had behaved as now. Admit you did not have the balls to say it out in the open. I may agree that SAITAM has its faults but hate hypocrites more.
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sy Saturday, 2 September 2017 14:02
How can this guy topple a govt ?
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Sumanasiri Saturday, 2 September 2017 14:39
Get all the doctors to the streets. People will follow them.
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citizen Saturday, 2 September 2017 19:15
"The Internationale unites the human race" or so they thought in 1917 but Carl failed and ran to UNP London. It is about govt. not about MBBS. Visions imagined are leaking too late
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Jonny Saturday, 2 September 2017 14:13
Don't imagine that the shine on you head is from a halo and would fool the public. You, sarath N silva and GL Peiris are good specimens for research on how intelligent brains turn to shit and start spewing crap with age.
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Hemantha Saturday, 2 September 2017 14:16
Finally, he's talking sense.
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Sumangala Saturday, 2 September 2017 14:19
Strange but true. While one Fonseka is trying to betray the nation, another is trying to save it.
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sas Saturday, 2 September 2017 14:31
Toppling governments? It seems this professor has many hidden agendas than protecting the so called free education.
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Fonseka Saturday, 2 September 2017 14:34
There are private medical schools and schools charge money for medical education in other countries (both developed and developing countries). Do you mean Sri Lanka cannot have such schools? Can introduce proper regulation for SAITM? I am an academic and Accounting and Financial speacialist. I know that SAITM has changed it name legally (Accoding to the corporate Law).
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Rahula Saturday, 2 September 2017 14:37
Unless the clergy unites there will be many dangers to the nation
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Nirmal Fernandi Saturday, 2 September 2017 14:49
To everyone who commented here, why not we all write a confidential letter to prof cc: FB community
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Dee Saturday, 2 September 2017 14:53
Live a life. Now that you are retired. And pray that you only wrote a 'confidential' letter and not protests like today. If you protested at that time, you would not be living to give statements today.
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Dhammika Saturday, 2 September 2017 15:29
So now Prof . Carlo wants to act like a DICTATOR . See this country is a democracy AND why cant the Govt . hold both private and govt. medical students exams at the same time , same day . Of course govt medical students must be given preference when govt medical doctor intake is announced . The rest can find enough and more employment overseas . SO WHY WORRY . Make every one happy.
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Jerry Saturday, 2 September 2017 15:29
Carlo you are a well known opportunist who buttered your bread on both sides.Its sycophants / serpents like you that this country is in one mess.i
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Marx Saturday, 2 September 2017 19:54
Who cares what you felt about SAITM in 2012? If you had registered SAITM MBBS legally approved doctors according to the Court verdict of January 31st 2017, there would have been law and order and RJ out of jail. But you had to create chaos first so you could be the rescuing superhero. Don't you know that time and tide wait for no man. Justice comes from a higher order way above your "toppling capacity"
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janaka Saturday, 2 September 2017 20:08
Arrest him immediately for making such statement Topple the government. Who the hell is he. ??? Will he talk if MR was the President. By now he would have vanished
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Ranjit Saturday, 2 September 2017 20:12
Sir, thank you for all your faithful services to our Nation.Please don't get involved in our 'dirty politics' as you willlose all credibility that you have earned here and aboard.
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Dalu Banda Saturday, 2 September 2017 20:46
Some people as a habit of over estimating themselves. Prof. Carlo in his elderly age is not an exception.
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surasena Saturday, 2 September 2017 21:07
Yeah, he toppled the previous government for creating the SAITM
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Aristotle Saturday, 2 September 2017 21:44
This is the outcome when some people are given too much of respect and prominence merely they bear titles like Prof., Dr. PC, 'Athi pujya' etc.
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ceylon Sunday, 3 September 2017 15:53
this funny proffessor making people laugh. via DM Android App
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gema Sunday, 3 September 2017 21:21
What was he doing all these years as Chairman of SLMC without regulating or bringing improvements at Saitam and putting those children's lives in danger? Being in his dotage, not to take him serious. He is now searching for cheap publicity and to be a "weeraya". Disgraceful man with jealousy.
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gamini Monday, 4 September 2017 09:24
why did you not topple MR govt. for creating SAITM
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thilak Monday, 4 September 2017 09:24
how much did MR pay you to topple this Govt.? Is this the job of the SLMC???
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joshua Monday, 4 September 2017 12:02
how can you topple the Govt. Million of people are behind the government. You can topple yourself down a cliff.
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