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Sri Lanka is planning to spend $150 million USD to launch a satellite. This money goes to a British company. In the same way, most of the millions spent on the Mihin Lanka airline go to lease foreign airplanes and buy foreign fuel. Our rulers will have vanity projects, but I don’t get why they can’t waste the money here. Spend the money on scholarships for aeronautical engineers or pilots here. Or try to build a home-grown plane or rocket here (things that probably won’t work). Just create jobs and opportunities for Sri Lankan people, and waste the money in our own economy.
I am not averse to vanity projects. From the pyramids to Olympic stadiums, they happen. Very often the investments burden nations, though some pay off handsomely over a thousand or so years. What I don’t get about Sri Lankan vanity, however, is that it’s basically ghetto fabulous. We buy German cars and Eastern European airplanes. We pay British companies for white label satellites. It’s like someone coming out of Compton and buying Cristal and Swiss watches. It does nothing for our own communities.
Rappers make their money and if they want to make rich white people richer that’s their business. The Sri Lankan government, however, is spending our money on random foreign stuff which they think is cool. Mahinda has an aviary fetish so he named an airline after himself and wants to launch a satellite. Mihin Lanka has lost billions of Rupees and keeps swallowing state funds. He nationalized Sri Lankan Airlines after they booted his entourage from a flight and now that is suffering. And now they want to start a vanity space program.
This may be ghetto fabulous for the modern third world rule, but it does nothing for the taxpayers of Sri Lanka. It doesn’t create jobs, infrastructure, or even cool stuff for our kids to look at. Build a giant statue of yourself, write your name visible from space, have a Mahinda zeppelin circling the country, I don’t care. Just do it here, and waste the money here. Giving Sri Lankan taxpayer money to other countries to satisfy the President’s ego is just dumb.