Sri Lanka

A Restricted Self-Serving Assemblage Run Govt And Politics

Jan 9, 2017

Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke had said “The world will not wait for us”. Yet, our institutions are weak, imperfect and badly managed. The staff is poorly motivated. They are continually under-paid, less trained and therefore incompetent. As a result, the ‘good governance’ had taken a back seat.  

In Canada, integrity is considered important for parliamentarians. They are required by law to “maintain public confidence and trust in the integrity of parliamentarians” and to “place the public interest ahead of private interest”. UN insists that democratic institutions need to be strengthened to achieve sustainable development.  

Our politicos during the last few decades, having captured power, deceived the masses. Abused powers to advance their narrow interests. They had ensured that the laws, institutions established for the prevention of corruption are muzzled. They have engaged themselves in egregious levels of corruption. They have diverted state funds for personal benefit and outwitted the donors. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan once said “Good governance is perhaps the single most important factor in eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development”. It is only in a democracy that people can be empowered to demand and shape better policies, express grievances, seek justice from abuse and hold leaders to account.  

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Daily Mirror, January 9, 2017 

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