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Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka said that the current political culture replicated Ali Baba and his 40 thieves, with middle level politicians following their leaders.

“Now the rogues in this country are the middle level politicians, and it very clearly seems like Ali Baba and his 40 thieves. I saw in the newspapers an article in which one politician had said that they should always take advice from the Mahanayakes of this country. But during the time that we were incarcerated, and there was suppression these very Mahanayakes had written to those responsible against it but to no avail. These top level politicians preach but don’t practice. It is like the crab leader who walks astray telling the small crabs to walk straight” he said.

Speaking to the Media outside the Supreme Court Complex in Hulftsdorp Foneska said that many people in the country face much worse problems than what he is currently subjected to. (ISA)

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  • Ranjith Wednesday, 18 July 2012 01:45 AM

    Mad man go home

    citizen junior Wednesday, 18 July 2012 01:57 AM

    You have a few alibabas, like Arjuna and Alles, but not even 40 to follow

    Navin Wednesday, 18 July 2012 02:08 AM

    It's 'Ali Baba and THE forty thieves', not 'HIS forty thieves.' In the story, the thieves come to rob Ali Baba and he kills them.

    nicky karunarathna Wednesday, 18 July 2012 02:03 AM

    Country is developing in the very fast space, not witness before. Roads, Railway tracks, Railway stocks, hotels and new enterprises coming after 30-40 years of stagnation. When comparing to countries like Japan, South Korea and Vietnam - those peole waited over 50 years without this type of unpatriotic jealous guys without throwing the spoke in the wheel until their countries are developed.So please don't upset this trend because you do not have power to taste. There must be weeknesses, but give this present regime after winning the unwinnable war to put SL on the right track

    Rohana Casturi Wednesday, 18 July 2012 02:05 AM

    ROC - Ali Baba never had 40 thieves. He was a pious man. Read the story again.

    Rohana Casturi Wednesday, 18 July 2012 02:23 AM

    #ROC
    You have made a big mistake. Alibaba never had40 thieves. He was a pious man who accidentally found the cave. Read the story again.

    Haudakala Kalawadda Wednesday, 18 July 2012 07:57 AM

    I was there with some times that what Danuuna still missing. Also hided dollers are found. now i am a good boy.

    Wijebahu Wednesday, 18 July 2012 02:17 AM

    Leslie, this cannot be true at all, he would not have gone against the government if he was a thief. all thives are with the government rigt now inorder to avoid prosecution.

    balandor Wednesday, 18 July 2012 02:34 AM

    Seems SF does not know Alibab & 40 thieves story...

    Fazli Wednesday, 18 July 2012 02:53 AM

    I just wonder what would have been SF position had he been still with the Govt. Known devils are better than unknown angels.

    Pandula Wednesday, 18 July 2012 08:00 AM

    All the guyes in political arena like you said .But remember you
    also in the same way.Don't throw stones while in glass house.Sri Lankan Professionals already rejected you.

    ind Wednesday, 18 July 2012 03:11 AM

    When in opposition everybody is very clean, brave, honest.....

    ind Wednesday, 18 July 2012 03:19 AM

    No, he has skipped top level politicians ! Strengthening MR hands very close.

    Wara Wednesday, 18 July 2012 03:20 AM

    SF is not the ideal person to speak about that.

    Ind Wednesday, 18 July 2012 03:21 AM

    Where is Danuna ?? Hidden money in his mothers safe ??

    KINGASANGA Wednesday, 18 July 2012 03:11 AM

    Mr.SF, remember "Ali Baba" is a story. forget a about imaginations & giving examples. do things as past it's better than making comments all the time.
    one thing also to your consideration, you also the one of the small crab of so called "Crab leader".

    Matalan Wednesday, 18 July 2012 03:19 AM

    Yeah right! How long can you keep blaming the opposition while milking the country dry?

    mjm Wednesday, 18 July 2012 08:22 AM

    hehe..maybe you are one of the 40 thieves...

    prasanna Wednesday, 18 July 2012 08:29 AM

    SF has lot more to learn about politics and has to go a long journey. But, now no time. You begin your politics very late and there are no serious political issues to deal with.

    Sagara Disanayaka Wednesday, 18 July 2012 03:35 AM

    Tsunami money.Now Greece investment

    prasanna Wednesday, 18 July 2012 08:34 AM

    calistus jayathilaka is another one of Alibabas

    Saman Wednesday, 18 July 2012 03:35 AM

    Yes Sir. What ever you say, Sir!

    Naufer Wednesday, 18 July 2012 03:36 AM

    I agree with Navin.

    Saradial Wednesday, 18 July 2012 08:53 AM

    I have seen most politicos try to show they are smart and talk about even they doesn't know "Ali Baba and the 40 thieves" story is good example. Most of them understood this story wrongly. better find a kid and ask what the story says.

    LongLeg Thursday, 19 July 2012 03:26 AM

    but Ali Baba takes the Theives's money - this is something the public does not get.

    buffaloa citizen Wednesday, 18 July 2012 08:45 AM

    How do you know these cases are true in the first place? In country where the law and order is non existant, and where the brothers are able to manipulate the judiciary and even the once honest and educated are bowing down to these criminals, all for the sake of the soup they lavishly ladle, the onorous is to harrass all who are on the otherside. Remember, either you join the patriot or you are a traitor.

    Saradial Wednesday, 18 July 2012 08:58 AM

    We have at least 226 ( 1 + 225) thieves and 20 Million Ali babas (general public)

    Duchee Wednesday, 18 July 2012 09:09 AM

    He went against gvt because he was badly power hungry. that's the reason

    terror Tuesday, 17 July 2012 02:43 PM

    Yeah....The opposition is Alibaba and 40 idiots.

    RuwanL Wednesday, 18 July 2012 09:15 AM

    SF has got his wires crossed. The Ali Bab story goes like this!
    Ali Baba, a poor woodcutter finds a cave full of gold, hidden there by thieves. He tells his brother who goes to look but is caught in the cave by the thieves. The brother tells the leader Ali Baba has been taking the gold from the cave. The leader plans to kill Ali Baba and his brother and the 40 thieves go to Ali Baba’s house where they hide in big oil jars in Ali Baba’s garden. Ali Baba’s daughter overhears them talking in the jars and saves her family.
    Ali Baba is a hero according to the story!

    Desilva Tuesday, 17 July 2012 03:18 PM

    Sir I totally agree

    Richardson Tuesday, 17 July 2012 03:15 PM

    Yes,Sir. You hit the nail right in the head.

    rukmal Tuesday, 17 July 2012 03:11 PM

    True sir,we salute your vision and the bravery!

    Hettiarachchi Tuesday, 17 July 2012 03:16 PM

    Over the past few years Sri Lanka has become a land of crime and corruption. No signs that the situation becomes better.

    Samarakoon Tuesday, 17 July 2012 03:34 PM

    Well said sir. Hope all the opposition parties will unite and stand with one voice to to change this corrupt administration and bring peace, hope and relief to people.

    Duchee Wednesday, 18 July 2012 09:28 AM

    Exactly so,..Ali baba is a Hero.

    Kondeybendapucheena Tuesday, 17 July 2012 03:35 PM

    you were with them till 2010

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 17 July 2012 04:09 PM

    Very true, but Ali Baba became notorious with only 40 thieves but the modern day Ali Babas have thousands of thieves all over the place.

    Roy Tuesday, 17 July 2012 04:14 PM

    That was when Alibaba was a thottha baba .The thieves are promoted to highway robbers.

    Dammika Wednesday, 18 July 2012 04:08 PM

    we can understand you,you are rude & you should kill yourself, don't worry, you never be able to win an election, we know how you are clean,,

    Leslie Tuesday, 17 July 2012 04:54 PM

    sarath fonseka you are the biggest thief and cheat who made millions in commissions with your son in law. we know you are not a word you say we beleive. Your a gallery man.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 18 July 2012 04:52 AM

    Those who talk of Danuna's hidden money are so ignorant and stupid that they are scared of talking about millions of undeclared foreign currency found in Sri Lankan Chairman's house which is still to be accounted for. Why this double standard?

    Nari Sabry Wednesday, 18 July 2012 04:56 AM

    If SF only swallowed his pride and listened to Ali Baba,he would now be the 41st thief.

    Nimal Tuesday, 17 July 2012 05:28 PM

    SF...You were with the so called 'Ali baba &40" but did not he realise these at that time......YOU ARE LIKE A TUBE LIGHT.... Sorry we cannot be with you.....

    Sampath Wednesday, 18 July 2012 10:09 AM

    How 1 + 225 thieves?

    Roi Tuesday, 17 July 2012 05:53 PM

    Mr. Fonseka is politically very imature.

    Ben Hurling Tuesday, 17 July 2012 06:01 PM

    You mean Ranil's UNP opposition?

    Russell J. Tuesday, 17 July 2012 06:01 PM

    U mean to say u are very clean person...before accusing others think about u and yr close family members....,

    Ben Hurling Tuesday, 17 July 2012 06:02 PM

    General SF has a backbone made of steel.

    His message is slowly getting through to the public, n.

    General SF must take extreme good care of his health and security.

    His leadership is vital to the opposition and the nation at this stage in our history.

    andrewpitugala Wednesday, 18 July 2012 05:31 AM

    SF has referred to the Alibaba and 40 thieves in Government, in fact very much more than 40. There are the UNP Aliya and baba's by their foolish internal disentions and inaction allowing Alibaba and his thieves to get away with it.

    Sam Tuesday, 17 July 2012 06:07 PM

    Great Sir, Go ahead.

    Matalan Wednesday, 18 July 2012 10:33 AM

    Shame that your statement conflicts with your name!

    roger Tuesday, 17 July 2012 06:07 PM

    what a stupid comment? how can the opposition steal when their NOT in power? ITs president MR and his idiots that are robbing this third world country you people are too dumb to realise that!

    Saradial Wednesday, 18 July 2012 10:30 AM

    In story Ali baba steals from thieves. In real scenario the man theft 4 million value watch and 4 million rupees is the Ali baba

    Siva Wednesday, 18 July 2012 05:56 AM

    totally all politicians are "ALIBABA'S"...

    puri Wednesday, 18 July 2012 05:52 AM

    SF. Yo are correct. we want to you see you during PC election campaign. please come to our area (Raja Rata)

    Suranimala Wednesday, 18 July 2012 06:05 AM

    Whenever he speaks...........his ignorance comes out!

    Samantha Wednesday, 18 July 2012 05:55 AM

    @Wijebahu, are you trying to reason with the "Gotta People"? You silly man; anyway, good luck with that.

    John Fernandez Wednesday, 18 July 2012 05:58 AM

    Very well said Navin. Thieves were Ali Baba's enemies......

    Citizen Wednesday, 18 July 2012 06:17 PM

    What a crazy country we are in. One goon is no better than the other.

    Calistus Parajayatil Wednesday, 18 July 2012 06:01 AM

    Rukie,m this is not bravery but just loose talk. SF is nothing but a loose canon.

    Calistus Parajayatil Wednesday, 18 July 2012 06:08 AM

    You said it. Thank you !

    Samantha Wednesday, 18 July 2012 06:06 AM

    One gov internet agent (GIA) goes "he was with them before" and all the other GIAs go "he was with them before". Then one GIA goes "Ali Baba didn't have 40 thieves" and all the other GIAs go "Ali Baba didn't have 40 thieves".

    Geez!!!! It is like listening to a bunch of turkey; very annoying! Hope these things are kept indoors during the rainy season, otherwise they are sure to drown themselves.

    asoka Tuesday, 17 July 2012 09:38 PM

    I cannot believe that most of the readers are agreeing with Fony. Are you guys so dumb or just follow him like a flock of lambs?

    Ind Wednesday, 18 July 2012 06:34 AM

    This was told by somebody to tell in the media. He didn't know who is Ali Baba, I guess !!

    Ind Wednesday, 18 July 2012 06:37 AM

    May be. But the difference is they don't talk about others while they have cases against them. But this man having thousands of cases, still act like clean man insulting others!

    wara Wednesday, 18 July 2012 06:38 AM

    Exactly.

    Kalu Sudda Wednesday, 18 July 2012 10:02 PM

    you are still alive?

    Saman Tuesday, 17 July 2012 10:45 PM

    Yes Sir, Whatever you say Sir.

    Rani Wednesday, 18 July 2012 06:44 AM

    Hey! when you come to power you would do the same you are not an angel that's why you trying get in to politics then it would be 41 thieves

    Ben Hurling Wednesday, 18 July 2012 10:37 PM

    You agree with Ali Baba and his thieves, if you wish.

    We support the General!

    Only SF can clean up Sri Lanka's corrupt political system.

    Gunawardena Wednesday, 18 July 2012 06:50 AM

    Dear Mr. Fonseka

    You can say all you like and complain and complain but till you took part in the election you were part of this.

    Punchi Putha Tuesday, 17 July 2012 11:38 PM

    Not one, three Alibabas

    Samantha Wednesday, 18 July 2012 06:41 AM

    Yes u are correct all our matured politicians are currupt

    Samantha Wednesday, 18 July 2012 06:43 AM

    Hey ARJUNA never rob ......

    indif Wednesday, 18 July 2012 06:46 AM

    YEP......ALL ARE CRABS INCLUDING YOU.....NOT DOING ANYTHING BUT ONLY TALKING MUCH.......DO SOMETHING TO THEN SEND THIS IDIOTS TO JAIL

    Haleem Deen Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:23 AM

    SF it it time you talk about a clear vision for Sri Lanka.Present it in a clear simple way so that the majority will back you. All the best.

    Sri Minnal Wednesday, 18 July 2012 07:11 AM

    Alibaba and his family thieves of hundreds.

    Rohan Thursday, 19 July 2012 02:01 AM

    If someone thinks that making unbearable amount of loans and start construction for the sake of commision is development then that is called ill-informed knowledge. If country is developing in a healthy rate why has SL Rs fallan to 135 from 117 within the last 6 months. The planning and execution has been done according to the whims of uneducated and self interested polititians.

    Samantha Wednesday, 18 July 2012 01:25 AM

    We thought the big problem was WAR but we realised that the big probles are CRIME and CURRUPTION If not country should go forward after WAR


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