What came first the chicken or the egg? Who came first the politician or the Sri Lankan elector/electorate/voter/dependent?
I may be stating the obvious to my Sri Lankan readers, but to those who are not aware, the Sri Lankan electorate EXPECTS the following from a politician, if they ever even hope to give their vote to him or in very rare occasion to her.
1 Supply their toilet facilities
2 Supply roofing sheets
3 Supply the electrical connection to the home
4 Give a loan to help them over a tough period
5 Visit all manner of relatives if they are in the hospital
6 Attend the funeral of even a distant relative
7 Get their child into a school of their choice
8 Pave the road to their home
9 Provide a job to their husband and then the children!
10 At least a Bank or Government job is most preferred
11 Intervene when arrested for drunk driving or other driving offence
12 Put an advertisement in the paper to publicize their vocation
13 Provide items for a shop she just opened as part of self employment
14 Sign the marriage register as a Godforsaken early auspicious time
15 Pay cost of a grandchild going to Singapore for a gymnastic competition
16 Speak to a Foreign employment agent about getting a job overseas
What a relief, at least today there was no request by a mother for him to marry her daughter as the politician is single and eminently eligible.
The above were just a few personal requests, some by supposedly die hard party supporters over the last 24 hours (we have no proof that at the polling booth they did in fact cast their secret ballot for the party! Let alone the individual)
I will note the community related requests in a later blog entry. A few months on the job and I could provide a list of at least 1000 different requests.
All these requests above are from a politician in the opposition, who will himself have to suck up to the government politicians to get some of these done for the constituents, who in turn will want the favor returned when he is in Government.
How can we brake this cycle of dependency? Can we make people understand they must take responsibility for their lives, and not go running to a politician when their husband slaps her in the face, hoping he can solve the domestic dispute too.
REMEMBER PROVIDING SOME OR ALL OF THESE DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE VOTE, IN FACT VOTES CAN BE LOST BY THOSE NOT RECEIVING THE GOODIES BEING JEALOUS OF THOSE WHO DID.