By Sarath Fonseka
The new year message of Gen.Sarath Fonseka is as follows:
[file pic ~ Posters for Sarath Fonseka in Jaffna Jan 2010 - pic. indi.ca]
When the year 2010 dawned , I dreamed that by the dawn of the year 2011, the Executive Presidency shall be abolished; an all party Govt. is installed ; nepotism , corruption and violence are banished ; a just superlative Govt. is established and Sri Lanka shall be put back on the top slot of the world .But unfortunately , a wicked force which has not even an iota of love for my motherland and my people militated against it and plundered my dream.
As the new year is dawning I am within a cell of the prison. Though I know under these rulers this year too will not be a happy year and that cannot be expected , yet in keeping with the traditional greetings, I fervently wish and hope that this new year will bring each and everyone of you happiness and prosperity.
Please help me to secure my freedom which I lost simply because I came into politics to save the country from the terrorist Govt. in the same way as I saved the country from the Tigers terrorists. Please help me to get my freedom . I express my gratitude to all of you for the protests you staged, satyagrahas you performed , the political campaigns and the religious poojas you engaged in to demand my release. I thank all the religious dignitaries and political leaders who campaigned on behalf of my freedom. I am also indebted to those who had even by spoken word stood by me.
When the new year was dawning we wished that this country will flow with milk and honey. Likewise even those in thatched coconut huts hoped to have a kiribath meal with the dawn of the new year .Yet , if you look around and realize the prohibitive prices of coconuts and rice, not only those in thatched huts even those of the middle class are being denied a kiribath meal. This situation alone is testimony towards what decline and rot this country is heading one and half years after the war was won.
Yet , we who love the country and the nation , can we remain silent and watch idly? There is a maxim , without cursing the darkness , even with one lamp light your way. That is the way to come out of the darkness. Let us rally together and come out together that way while wishing that this year is a new year of hope and joy. By that struggle , if the individual who is going to get the freedom is Sarath Fonseka , then that freedom let me emphasize is not his personal freedom alone.