Korean government launches Sinhala e-services
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Seoul celebrated the launch of the e-People service in Sinhala on 21st December 2012. The Korean Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) offers an online web service named e-People, Korea’s major online communication channel between the government and the people, which gathers civil complaints, petitions and suggestions for the Korean government. With the addition of an online petition and discussion portal in the Sinhala language, the ACRC hopes to help Sri Lankans residing in Korea to submit complaints and comments to the government in their native language.
This act is a significant way forward to minimize barriers to communication between the government and citizens, especially for the 23,000 Sri Lankans living in Korea who may feel language as an issue that prevents them from articulating their opinions and concerns. Earlier, issues and concerns may have remain unresolved or had to go through a complicated procedure due to language barriers.
Ambassador Tissa Wijeratne mentioned that “during my one and half years as an ambassador, I have lent an ear to stories of Sri Lankan workers…today’s launching of the Sinhala language service will be a great advantage, especially for Sri Lankans migrant workers in Korea to submit their grievances to the Korean Government authorities in their mother tongue, which will promote understanding and trust.”
The e-People service will further build a more open and friendly society between the Korean government and Sri Lankans and strengthen the relations between the two countries. The ACRC Chairman Lee Sung-bo at the Ceremony stated that “We pledge to make consistent efforts to build clean and transparent nation in which everyone has equal rights and opportunities…I hope this will improve the brotherly relationship between the two nations.”
Civil petitions or complaints can be filed by logging on to the e-People website (
) and clicking on the Sri Lankan flag icon.
Multiculturalism – who is really benefiting?
Let’s first set something’s straight. Today the West enjoys coming up with theories and terminologies for how people of the world should function according to its formats. They issue blueprints for how nations should live. The West needs to be reminded that it was the West that began slavery, created white and non-white mentality from which discrimination, racism, and ethnic tensions originated. The West introduced inequality by way of formulating economic systems that divided people into haves and have nots and now wanting to tap further into the skills and unskilled of migrants to boost their economy they come up with the term multiculturalism which they use in other nations to forward their western agendas that eventually lead to the doctrine of R2P and foreign invasion if that nation has the resources the West desires. Another curse has been the theory of multiculturalism has changed the demographics of the world and posed a new set of challenges that nations and governments now have to deal with.
Was there really any need to have a buzzword called “multiculturalism”? Were people of diverse national, linguistic, religious and cultural backgrounds not living together already?
Certainly the West has made good from multiculturalism. Migrants have been encouraged to make a second home not for any love of “multiculturalism” and if more whites were not lazy enough not to depend on staying at home and living off benefits the influx of “foreigners” would not have occurred. Multiculturalism was advanced to encourage people to make a second home – people who were prepared to work hard and be paid lower wages and perks for the same job that a white would have had to be paid more. The statistics don’t lie – in 2002, migrants added £2.5 billion to the UK economy. Migrants account for one in eight of UK’s working population and is likely to boost economic output by £6 billion.