The Sunday Leader + Ranil the Corrupt + Sabir Hussein the Criminal + Yellow Journalism


And so The Sunday Leader, the self-proclaimed unbowed and unafraid newspaper, continues to practise yellow journalism with misleading facts and blaring headlines, giving vent to the sexual frustrations of its malicious backers.

In an previous article I wrote how terrible Frederica Jansz, the Editor-in-Chief of this tabloid is at Maths. Now it seems that one of its “prominent” correspondents, Faraz Shauketaly, who definitely has something up his/her rectum, is not much better at it either.

Today (6th June 2010), in the newspaper’s main article titled “UNP Leader Got Rs. 48 Mn From One ‘Donor'”, using far too many words as usual to say a precious little, Faraz writes “Sensational new information obtained by The Sunday Leader show that the former Chairman of the UNP and Ranil Wickremesinghe-confidant, Malik Samarawickrema, collected on behalf of UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe a huge Rs. 48 million from one “donor”. Swedish based Sri Lankan businessman, Sabir Hussein, 50, contacted The Sunday Leader with details.”

I’m sorry, but I find this article to be the greatest creation of yellow journalism since Joseph Pulitzer first coined the term. Faraz writes “Later, Samarawickrema contacted us again to say that he was UNSURE whether Hussein indeed had a criminal record and that in fact it had to do with an issue with the Swedish authorities. IF it is the case that Hussein has a criminal record and that Samarawickrema was aware of it , it proves that Ranil Wickremesinghe had no qualms about taking huge amounts of money from criminals.” UNSURE and IF, are great words to be used in a sentece, and in the sentece before it, that calls a man corrupt for taking money from criminals, I see.

Have no doubts, I truly believe this man Sabir Hussein’s a criminal. Apparently The Sunday Leader believes so as well. Now read the rest very carefully.

Faraz writes “Hussein gave documentary evidence of one such donation he made from Sweden, and CLAIMS that it was PART of a substantial donation of approximately USD 460,000 made to the UNP. The bulk of these funds were given to the Leader of the Opposition, according to Hussein.”

Then Faraz writes “The Sunday Leader has documentary evidence which proves a transfer of USD 9000 (approximately 0.95 million rupees) in November 2001 to Penguin Sportwear Ltd. which company Samarawickrema confirmed belongs to him.”

So the documentary evidence they have (if these documents, provided by a CRIMINAL, are legitimate) only proves that this CRIMINAL gave a minor donation of approximately 0.95 million rupees to the UNP.

So the newspaper’s headline “UNP Leader Got Rs. 48 Mn From One “Donor”” is just a baseless claim by a CRIMINAL named Sabir Hussein. Yellow journalism at its best, don’t you think?

People have the right to know. They have the right to know if their opposition leader is a corrupt old man. But people also have the right to know if a newspaper, which calls itself unbowed and unafraid, of which the office is a pilgrimage site to foreign jounalists and NGO personnel, practises yellow journalism. I’m just ensuring that people get to enjoy this right.

P.S. Indi Samarajiva, the owner of Kottu, is, I believe a decent guy. He has published many of my articles on the Kottu section of the newspaper’s website in the past (I’ve never bought it. Just read it on the web). I just hope he has what it takes to publish this article as well (with minor editing). I just hope he does. But I don’t think he can. He has a better chance of sticking something up Jansz’s rectum than publishing this on that tabloid…


4 Responses to “The Sunday Leader + Ranil the Corrupt + Sabir Hussein the Criminal + Yellow Journalism”

  1. Leave my ass alone.

  2. The Sunday Leader Says:

    Why don’t you come on over to our office and say this face to face. We’ll rip you a new hole and sell your mother as a whore in Pettah.

  3. Sabir Hussein Says:

    Malik Samarawickrama has himself stated that donations were mainly given to the Leader and or its Fund Raising Committee and that these donations were almost exclusively anonymous and that no records are available save for a note of the expenses incurred by the party.

    That in itself is proof indeed that monies were received by the Leader of the UNP from time to time and that it was in fact the status quo to donate money, in cash anonymously to the Leader of the party. Mr Wickremesinghe’s intransigence and reluctance to merely acknowledge that I was a donor is manifestly galling and in my opinion reflects the true nature of the persona. Wickremesinghe by quoting a legal matter within a foreign jurisdiction attempts to cast aspersions on my integrity. Wickremesinghe being a lawyer will understand the notion that a person is not guilty until the legal process has been exhausted.

    In the 2 years leading to the General Elections of 2002 I have remitted quite legally approx USD 1.6 Million to my accounts in Sri Lanka. In this same period I have spent less than 60 days in Sri Lanka, staying always at a Colombo hotel. Even if I had spent the equivalent of USD 1,000 per night of my stays, I would have spent not more than Rs 6 Million on my personal expenses. In this same period I have withdrawn approximately Rs 50 Million in cash from my accounts from which my various expenses have been met. In the run up to the elections in 2005, I transferred even more money – an additional approx US$ 1.4 Million and withdrew over Rs 110 Million in cash for my use in Sri Lanka. My personal expenses in this additional period was approx Rs 5 Million making a total of Rs 11 Million. A simple calculation will reveal that I had over Rs 90 Million in cash “left over”. It is from these funds that donations were given to the Leader of the UNP.

    Documentary evidence is available of the transactions referred to above and I would be willing to engage Wickremesinghe for a LIVE debate perhaps on a channel over which he has some family control. Unlike Wickremesinghe, despite the fact that I am not a “public” figure, I am being open about my finances in order that a reasonable person, can make his own mind up whether I had the financial means to make these donations;

    On the contrary Wickremesinghe despite being a “public” persona, has chosen not to provide a fair and reasonable explanation to clear the air if nothing else. Even his Asset declaration made to parliament remains under these archaic rules, closed off for the public to read of his wealth and financial interests. Patently he could solve much of the speculation if he resorts to being far more transparent and releases by his own free will, a copy of his latest Asset declaration. Indeed, I may as well say, “Need I say more”.

    Mr Wickremesinghe calls for an end to the “Rajapaksa Dictatorship” when in fact, it is Wickremesinghe who is perpetuating a virtual dictatorship within the United National Party. Presidnt Rajapaksa remains where he is because he has the luxury of having the people’s mandate.

    Yours truly

    Sabir Hussein

  4. […] 11/12/2010 This was sent to me by Sabir Hussein in response to my post “The Sunday Leader + Ranil the Corrupt + Sabir Hussein the Criminal + Yellow Journalism” […]

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