Disclaimer: I'm not a supporter of any party. Just a normal average Sri Lankan citizen who thinks rationally.
As General Elections are closing by, I would like get some hints/pointers which helps the people to think of before voting. May be they should ask these questions to the politicians who ask to vote them or Members of Parliament(MP) who say they represent you.
- Where do you(MP/Politician) get your health care? Ever waited in the queues of the government hospitals just like your voters? Or do you go to private hospitals or some big hospital in Singapore or European/American countries?
- How many times have you traveled in the public transport for work like majority of the workers? If he/she has been a deputy minister / state minister / finance minister, why did you have 7 / 9 vehicles where as only one can be used for official work at a time. What do you do with the rest?
- Where is your kids studying? Local government schools & universities like kids of majority of the voters! OR international universities in some foreign country?
- Being the Member of Parliament, how many hours a week / month you allocated talk to the people who voted. How many days you were actually in the district / village or community you came from? If you can run around and visit each home just before the elections and still do your work, why didnt you allocate half a day per week to talk with people earlier?
- Being the member of Parliament, What are the projects you executed, completed during your tenure?
If you don't use public transport, public health service, educate your kids government schools, etc how can you be able understand what majority of Sri Lankans are going through? how can you be people representative?
May be following stories give us some more idea what a closest to ideal leader / people representative would be like.
- Once Dr. Abdul Khalam's relatives and friends from his native village came to see him and Delhi when he was President. He didnt order any of those cars in his presidential palace(Rashtrapati Bhavan) to take them to show around the city. Instead he booked a bus and paid his money. They stayed for a week. Once they left he paid the expenditure for them in his own Presidential palace. He was strict not to spend public/government money for his private use. #Role_model_President.#compared to the politicians/MPs we have who spend for family extravagantly in public money.
- President Kalam has given up all his life savings and salaries to a trust he founded named PURA (Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas - a fund that works towards providing urban amenities to rural population) when he knew he is going to be next President & government will be taking care of his expenses for rest of his life. #Role_model_President #Whereas our politicians bribe/corrupt more fill their own pockets.
- Who did President Kalam invite as the “Presidential Guests” to Kerela’s Raj Bhavan during his first visit to Kerela after becoming the President? 1. A road side cobbler2. Owner of a very small hotel
- Once during an event, Dr. Kalam refused to sit on a chair that was designated for him – because the chair was larger in size than the other chairs where other top university officials supposed to sit. Nothing else is needed to learn his humbleness and he never considered himself above others.
- Once, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam rejected the suggestion to put broken glass on the wall of a building that needed protection. Why? Because broken glass would be harmful for birds! #Amazing_human_being
- Supposed to attend a college event as the Chief Guest, APJ once surprised the students of the event’s organising committee by visiting them late in the night. He came without any security officials to meet them and he said, he wanted to see REAL hardworking people. #Inspiration #RealPeople'sLeader
- Soon after it was declared that Dr. Kalam would be the next President, he visited a modest school to deliver a speech. His security detail was minimal, and he didn’t mind taking control of the situation when the power went off. #humble
If you don't vote, you don't have right to complain that government and public systems are corrupted. It is also important to know how to vote correctly. Following statistics might tell you why.
- 2004 General Elections: Total turnout - 9,797,680 (75.96%), Rejected Votes - 534,948
- 2010 General Elections: Total turnout - 8,630,689 (61.26%), Rejected Votes - 596,972
It's a pity more than five hundred thousand votes in each general elections getting rejected in a country where we boast literacy rate is 95%. And not to mention 5.5 million voters never bother to vote in 2010 elections.
Also spend some time find out who is worth voting for. Do not just vote for your favourite party blindly. Read, discuss & critically evaluate what each candidate's credibility.
Vote with conscious to save your butts