Chinese companies gave money to Rajapaksa, that is the most-discussed topic these days. Rajapaksa’s rivals, including the government, are calling these trasnactions ransoms taken by Rajapaksa while Rajapaksa’s supporters call these donations.
However, the society is convicned that Rajapaksa have accepted moneyfrom Chinese companies.
When Rajapaksa accepted donations in millions, ministers, parliamentarians and heads of state institutions, accepted donations in lakhs. Provincial politicians and their supporters accepted donations in thousands.
Recently, journalists spoke to Mervin Silva, who was a close acquaintance of Mahinda Rajapaksa when he served as the President. His responses were interesting.
Mervin had not directly commented on whether Mahinda accepted money from China or not. He had said, “If we accept it, it’s a ransom – if his brothers or sons accept it, then it’s a donation.” He is implying that Rajapaksa did accept ransoms.
Mervin Silva is a person who strongly supported Rajapaksa’s scams, corruptions and crimes. Rajapaksa provided Mervin Silva with the protection and assistance he needed. Although Rajapaksa does not want him today, back then Mervin was a powerful person. He was above the police and the court.
With that backing, Mervin freely extorted ransoms. When he was the Kelaniya seat organizer, he did not let any businessman beat him. The fact that Mervin earns lakhs of rupees each month from a Vishnu Dewalaya he started, is not a secret.
The only advice Mahinda Rajapaksa gave to him was ‘shut your mouth and do your business… if you get caught, we are finished, too.’ Mervin acted as an obedient follower, so he could carry out all his unlawful work with no problem whatsoever.