Rathna B. Ekanayake, a sinhala writer, writing an article on Election Promises, in Divayina, Sinhala daily, on October 13, 2005, had the following strong message to the politicians on behalf of the ordinary public. This is basically a literal translation of sections of the last two paragraphs of Ekanayake’s article.
“We live as slaves of the politicians of this country. [They] come to the people only at the elections and misleading them, get their vote, and then return to their thrones to reign as kings. …It has become characteristic of modern democracy [for the politicians] to legislate for their own benefit and oppress the people as slaves.
Even though we live as slaves of the politicians of this country, it is the absolute duty of the adult generation to create the space for at least our children to live in this country in freedom. Therefore, we need to carefully scrutinize the political promises presented by each political party. We need to reflect upon whether they are getting ready to develop the country? Or to further vandalize whatever little left over?”