By Kusal Perera
On 11 July 2010, the Sinhala edition of Sunday “Lakbima” reported that minister of Heritage and Cultural Affairs, Ms. Pavithra Wanniarachchi appointed the Public Performance Board (PPB), better known as the "Censor Board" and advised them to be “honest and independent”.
No qualms about the ministerial advice or request, though one could have strong and hard reservations on some of the names in the list of appointees, as members of the PPB.
Right on top is the name, Mohan Samaranayake.
Samaranayake has the habit of keeping his official position with the Colombo UN office very much under played, when it comes to enjoying local “State” patronage. He took self pride in making comments and sitting in programmes to canvas support for both Chandrika and Mahinda regimes, in his own vile and stupid way. His political allegiance or stooging to this Rajapaksa regime is now proved beyond doubt with this appointment to the PPB.
With this appointment, there is a huge issue on his loyalty and credibility now, as the “Communication Officer” of the UN office in Colombo. He is a paid employee of the UN office. He has been that for over 12 years, as far as I know.
Can a paid employee of UN, serve this government on a Statutory Board ? What of ethics and morals ? What of conflict of interest ?
Samaranayake is quoted in many news wires over the Weerawansa fast against the UN Secretary General and his advisory panel on Sri Lanka. Where will his loyalty, his allegiance be ? With the UN or with the Rajapaksa regime ?
This is how independent and credible Samaranayake is -
The Inner City Press said -
UNITED NATIONS, July 7 -- A day after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was burned in effigy in Sri Lanka, on his way into the UN Security Council, he stopped to greet the Press. Inevitably, Inner City Press asked him what he was going to do about the taking hostage of UN staff in Colombo and the closure of the UN facility today.
There it is. The UN facility in Colombo was closed due to Weerawansa's fast and the protest that threatened to keep the staff as hostage.
What does Samaranayake tell the “Nation” news paper of July 11?
He (Samaranayake) emphasised that the closure of the UNDP Regional Office in Colombo had nothing to do with the death fast.
He is both, stooging for the government and misinforming the public, a serious lapse in his responsibility as the Communication Officer of the UN Colombo office. Samaranayake has either to work for the UN Colombo office, where he is a paid employee, or resign and start his own “laundrymart” for the Rajapaksa government.
Either way, this is the type that can not be trusted and the Ministerial advice for honesty and independence........well, why bother about rhetoric by politicians ? They know well, how best their stooges perform for public consumption.