President should fast track reforms and the fight against corruptions


Pallewatte Gamaralalage Maithripala Yapa Sirisena is a politician from the North Central Province is the current President of Sri Lanka, who does not belong to the country political elite and was not born great, but as in Shakespearian doctrine “In my stars I am above thee; but be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them” – Malvolio in ‘Twelfth Night’, achieved greatness and greatness, to a certain extent was thrust upon him by the multi-religious, multi-ethnic and plural population of the country in 2015.

Further as the head of the government, President serves as both a public figurehead and the actual highest-ranking political leader who oversees the executive branch and officially represents the national unity and legitimacy of the sovereign state. Though at the time of independence in 1948 a well-conceived first constitution was put in place, a common view was then floating in the air that the country needs to aim to be a pluralist society, in which no one community can lay claim to territory as theirs, pushing others to second place in recognition of its multi-religious, multi-ethnic and plural nature; that was reflected in the city of Colombo. Sadly, all this changed for other reasons with time all those views got blown away, as the then rulers began working outside the first constitution and then in time was replaced with a republican constitution that by removing all the clauses intended to protect the minority communities was biased towards the majority community. For further reading visit Northern Breeze @

Now time is ripe for the President to move in to take necessary actions against the wrongdoers mentioned in the Bond Issue Scam commission report and appoint other commissions necessary to inquire into bond sales from 2008 to 2015 and to catch others engaged in frauds and corruptions to clean up the legislature to rid of corrupt legislators; then proceed to clean the nationwide government machinery. Most importantly the President needs to shift gear to fast track the constitutional reforms to come up with a New Constitution and address the civil war related humanitarian issues left dormant.  For only by governing the country as a whole can the President successfully govern the whole country.