Wanni in Beijing, China – In Singapore, as a Transit Passenger


Monday, July 17, 2000

Leaving China was very difficult because I loved this strange land a lot. When we got into the bus to come to the airport, beautiful drizzle started falling making Beijing more beautiful.

With a lot of warm experiences got on board to come back to my country after accomplishing my first ever tour abroad. I had a golden opportunity of seeing the beauty of In Singapore on my way back to Sri Lanka. We were given a free bus ride and a boat ride by the airport. I was amazed to hear that then Singapore President, Mr. Lee Kwan Yu, had taken Sri Lanka as a role model to develop Singapore to the today’s standard. Ironically, after 2- 3 decades, now we take Singapore as our role model. We have gone backward due to dirty politics whereas Singapore has gone forward by miles ahead of us due to the leadership of a good visionary like Mr. Lee Kwan Yu.

After enjoying the Tour of Singapore, I came back to Sri Lanka. The following day I went back to my village to see my sweet Horizon kids. I had a lot to share with the kids. After all, I’m going to see the round faces which I am familiar with.


One thought on “Wanni in Beijing, China – In Singapore, as a Transit Passenger

  1. Lee Kwan Yew is not the president but the former prime minister. This is why he took Sri Lanka as a sample.

    The common Sinhalese, Tamils etc are all good people. The problem in Sri Lanka starts from the fake leaders who are malayalee like Mahina, CBK,SWRD and Tamil mudali chetty from India like Ranil, JWRD. Mahinda hides his Christian name Percy. Solomon Wesley Ridgeway Dias is no Sinhala name who introduced the Sinhala only act.

    The fake leaders wanted power. They and their forefathers were Christians so that they would benefit. Why did SWRD not give away his 1200 hectares of estate before he joined politics. How did such wealth come to them.

    The Tamils Hindus worked hard and they did use the advantage they got from English education to rise up the ladder. However English is not the mother tongue of the Tamils. Hence when they took it up and succeeded, don’t blame them. The fake Sinhalese leaders who prostituted themselves could not bear this and use the ignorance of the Sinhalese masses to benefit and they are still looting Sri Lanka.

    In Malaysia, before the British left, most Jaffna Tamils used to dominate the government service. Top officials to the kings were also Jaffna Tamils. Fake Malays who were Indian Muslim, Indonesian like Bugis lied and brought Malay as the official language. The Chinese who were businessmen did not have a good grasp of English during colonial times. However when Malay was adopted as the official language, they started do better then the Malays in Malay. This forced the government to have 2 grading curves for Malays and Non-Malays and they introduced standardization. Malaysia have a 1983 style riot in 1969 between the Malays and Chinese.

    The removal of Jaffna Tamils who were mostly government servants resulted in them moving to the private sector. This resulted in some becoming businessmen. The richest person in Malaysia and the builder of the tallest building in the world at one time is Ananda Krishnan. He is the son of Jaffna Tamils. It’s called PETRONAS Towers because the Malay government took a share as they did not want a significant icon like that to be having a Non-Malay name. Today Ananda Krishnan is buying Sri Lankan Telecoms and Power.

    In Singapore Tamil is one of the Official Languages. So Tamil is in all forms like Malay, Chinese and English. When Singapore’s first Prime Minister visited Sri Lanka, he wanted Singapore to be like Sri Lanka. 25 years later Jayewardene wanted Sri Lanka to be like Singapore. This shows the decline.

    The Jaffna Tamils dominated the government and government services in Singapore. Rajaretnam was the country first Foreign minister and the PM’s right hand man. After the first riots between the Chinese and Malays, he wrote a pledge. It reads as

    We the citizens of Singapore,
    Pledge ourselves as one united people,
    Regardless of Race, Language or Religion,
    To build a democratic society,
    Based on Justice and Equality,
    So as to achieve peace prosperity and Happiness.

    All students in Singapore need to recite this everyday. He was also responsible for bringing Prima which is the sole supplier of Flour in Sri Lanka today.

    JYM Plllai is the man behind Singapore Airline, the number one in the world. Concurrently he was the head of the Development Bank of Singapore (one of Asia’s largest today). Now he is the chairman of Singapore Stock Exchange which is aiming to be Asia’s best.

    Dr Vijayretnam is the man behind Singapore Airport and Seaport which both were at many times number 1 in the world.

    SS Retnam who studied in Hartley and whose grandfather set up the Hindu college was the first to do Sex change and Test tube baby procedures in Asia.

    The first Acting commissioner of police, High commissioners to Malaysia and Britain, Speaker of House, Election Commissioner, Top lawyers, Judges, Doctors, Engineers and many others were Jaffna Tamils. The first opposition MP after independence was a Jaffna Tamil. His son today is the youngest president of the law society (a society dominated by Chinese lawyers today and the post is by elections)

    The Chinese who were also not fluent in English before independence, picked it up and hold most of the senior post. However Jaffna Tamils due to their hard work still hold top positions like the present prime ministers right hand man Tharman is a Jaffna Tamil. He acts on behalf of the PM as the defacto central banker.

    Intelligence has nothing to do with race. It has all to do with hard work. The Chinese is Singapore have no special mark scheme to go into University or racial Quotas. The fields once dominated by Jaffna Tamils and other Indians today are held by Chinese. They came up because of working hard. That’s how you come up in life. That’s how Japan recovered after the First World War and how Singapore overtook Sri Lanka.


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