Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the LLRC.
So Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa (probably the second most powerful man in Sri Lanka) wanted a puppy. This puppy was to be flown down personally from Geneva by one Capt. Wijesinghe, aboard a commercial SriLankan Airlines flight. There was a question as to whether this meant changing planes (and offloading passengers) which the Editor of The Sunday Leader called to clarify. What emerged, however, was an embarrassing and kinda scary tirade. I don’t know the facts of the puppy story, but Gota’s reaction and foul language is way out of line. Either don’t pick up the phone or be civil. This type of tirade is an embarrassment from a public official.
FJ: Mr. Rajapaksa I am calling you again because I have now been told that Mr. …….. spoke with you this morning and you had said you were not aware that the management at SriLankan were changing a plane resulting in a loss of 56 passengers in order to accommodate Capt. Praveen Wijesinghe to bring down a puppy dog for you…
GR: I warned you yesterday not to speak with me. If these pilots are idiots to change a plane for this… that is not my fault. I was doing this the right way – but these pilots are fighting among themselves. And you shit journalists listen to them. They are f……g idiots… This is not my fault.
FJ: True. But the fact is a decision like this was taken and later changed when pressure was brought on the management by senior pilots…
GR: That is not correct! I have since checked and there was no such decision.
FJ: There definitely was. However since you have promised to take action I have decided to hold the story but I want you to know that I am not doing so because you threatened me yesterday…
GR: Yes I threatened you. Your type of journalists are pigs who eat shit! Pigs who eat shit! Shit, Shit Shit journalists!!! Ninety percent of the people in this country hate you! They hate you!!! You come for a function where I am and I will tell people this is the Editor of The Sunday Leader and ninety percent there will show that they hate you.
FJ: I don’t think so.
GR: You don’t? That is your ego!! You are a shit, shit journalist. A f…..g shit. A pig who eats shit! I will go to courts!!! I will not withdraw the case on the MIG deal – this is how you wrote…
FJ: I had nothing to do with that story so I cannot comment.
GR: But I will put you in jail! You shit journalist trying to split this country – trying to show otherwise from true Sinhala Buddhists!! You are helped by the US Ambassador, NGOs and Paikiasothy – they pay you!!!
FJ: I wish.
GR: You pig that eats shit!!! You shit shit dirty f…..g journalist!!!
FJ: I hope you can hear yourself Mr. Rajapaksa.
GR: People will kill you!!! People hate you!!! They will kill you!!!
FJ: On your directive?
GR: What?? No. Not mine. But they will kill you – you dirty f…..g shit journalist. (Gota Goes Beserk)
I mean, WTF. Who talks like that, and who in their right mind talks that way to journalists. The attitude of ‘you will get killed’ is also terrifying, especially from one who’s supposed to ensure our security. And all over a puppy.