HEALTH PROFESSIONALS RIDING THEIR BIKE IN THE GAP?
02 July 2022
TWENTY SECOND AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION BILL Ordered to be published by the Minister of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reforms PRINTED AT THE DEPARTMENT OF GOVERNMENT PRINTING, SRI LANKA TO BE PURCHASED AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS BUREAU, COLOMBO 5 Price : Rs. 72.00 Postage : Rs. 35.00 to amend the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
A quick read confirmed that the changes were largely to go back to Parliamentary system away from the Presidential system. I could not identify with the amended constitutional after the proposed changes. To me, structures are important in any institution. Most of us begin with family structures. Positions are different parts of the structure. Laws connect those different parts.
Within a Constitutional structure there are fundamental founding positions. In a simple family structure – they are the Mother and Father. In the traditional structure father represented the family to wider world and mother quietly empowered the whole family through self-sacrifice. Those who sacrifice at personal level – for the common good of all – are the mothers. It is the duty of all those who are so empowered, to respect the mother – as we do with the queen.
In Sri Lanka, those who forewent earned benefits, including due to discrimination – are the mothers. Those who represented their respective local institutions on the basis of the whole group of believers– are the fathers. To the extent both are true to the respective positions – the system would work on the basis of Natural powers.
Given that the President of Sri Lanka holds the Father position, the Prime Minister is the mother who empowers the whole Parliamentary structure.
The proposed amendments include the following:
[Article 44 of the Constitution is hereby amended as follows:–
(1) in paragraph (1) of that Article– (a) by the substitution, for the words “in consultation with the Prime Minister, where he considers such consultation to be necessary-” of the words “on the advice of the Prime Minister-”;
In other words this confirms that the Prime Minister is the Mother who unites the family/nation.
It is now the duty of the citizens to vote for the father in Presidential elections and for the mother in Parliamentary elections. In a strange way the current leadership confirms this picture.
This did not happen merely by voting process. It happened due to belief based Opposition by citizens at their respective levels. Democracy is based on belief of the Citizen. Autocracy is based on belief of the government. In the new Sri Lankan structure President needs to be autocratic and the Prime Minister needs to be Democratic.
As per the Morning’s report headed ‘Health professionals’ group seeks referendum on Constitutional changes :
[The National Movement of Health Professionals (NMHP) has launched a public petition requesting a referendum to introduce nine fundamental changes to the Constitution.
Many of these are already in the Fundamental Rights section of the existing Constitution. They are Articles 10 – 17 in the current Constitution. The rest are largely Political. This includes ‘Buddhism Foremost’ – Article 9 ‘Sinhala Official Language’ Article 18 (1). Fundamental Rights section is about protecting the Sovereignty of the individual and therefore the Nation. It is also the Equal Opportunity Section of the Constitution.
I do not know whether it is in the ‘Fundamental Rights’ section of the Australian Constitution. But to the extent I believe I am Australian and I believed that the discrimination was Race based, I exercised my rights. The rest happened naturally. That is the way of Belief.