21 May, 2022


Historic Betrayal Of SLMC & ACMC

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

It appears, according to a news report that the leaders of SLMC, ACMC and DPF during a meeting with President Sirisena to discuss constitutional reforms have “reneged on their promise to back the ongoing efforts to abolish the executive presidency”. Unless these leaders prove the report wrong, their turncoat behaviour tantamount to a betrayal of historic proportion as far as the Muslim community is concerned. Muslim politicians, with rare exceptions, are best known for their opportunistic behaviour. Yet, this act overtakes all previous ones in notoriety. One does not know what personal gains have been promised by the president to these guys. As far as the future of the community is concerned executive presidency will spell disaster when it falls into the hands of a madman or madwoman as warned by Dr. N. M. Perera, one of the brilliant and farsighted political thinkers the country ever produced.          

Do these parvenus, masquerading as leaders of Muslims, know why the executive presidency with proportional representation was introduced in the first place by JR, who, after elevating himself to that position, became the ‘midwife’ of not a revolution, as leftists used to predict, but an ethnic pogrom, which plunged the country into a civil war? The country is still reeling under the economic and human disasters ensued from this foolish war. JR disliked two outcomes in particular of the previous Westminster model. Firstly, a virtual stranglehold that left parties like L.S.S.P and C.P had in the parliament because of their balancing power, and secondly, a decisive voting strength Muslims commanded in about thirty-two electorates, according to a study by Professor A. J. Wilson. Through the executive presidency he wanted get rid of the power of leftists and with them any voice of sanity in the parliament, and with proportional representation he wanted to electorally disenfranchise the Muslims. JR was so audacious with his newly acquired constitutional power that in one instance, even asked the Muslim MPs in his government to resign and get out if they did not support his decision to invite Israel to open its embassy in Colombo. 

Soon after the JR constitution was introduced, when progressive forces within the majority Sinhalese and the Tamil minority began agitating to tear up that constitution, Muslims, instead of joining that movement, took a suicidal path under Ashraf and formed an ethnic party of their own. The tragic consequences of this move, which has worsened inter-ethnic relations between Muslims and Tamils on the one hand and Muslims and Sinhalese on the other, is now public knowledge. How corrupt, nepotistic and dictatorial that the executive presidency of Mahinda Rajapakse operated between 2009 and 2015 in particular, and how economically ruinous and politically scandalous that it became under Sirisena is now history. This is hard evidence strengthening the case for its abolition altogether.       

At last, with JVP taking a lead, supported by TNA and other progressive elements in other parties there is a fresh move to abolish this presidential system. This should be a relief to the Muslim community and even to upcountry Tamils. SLMC and ACMC having declared earlier that they would support that move has now become turncoats. DPF has also joined these turncoats. What made these opportunists to cross fence? Obviously, President Sirisena, dreaming that he would be the joint SLPP-SLFP candidate at the next Presidential Election, must have promised something personally very attractive for the leaders of these two rumps of a political party to change minds. When Gotabaya Rajapaksa topples Sirisena as the preferred JO nominee and gets elected as the new executive president it will be too late for these opportunists to change their minds again. I am sure they will be too eager to fall on GR’s feet begging for positions and perks. Why are they mortgaging the community for personal gains?  

This demonstrates further how acephalous Muslim politics has become. All but one of the Muslim parliamentarians who are now claiming to be members of SLMC and ACMC entered parliament through the UNP door. They knew then that their rumps would have been wiped out by Muslim voters had they dared to contest under their respective party labels. As ministers they, their families and cronies have done extremely well in terms of amassing economic and financial fortunes, while poverty, unemployment and homelessness keep majority of Muslims excruciatingly depressed. Nepotism and avarice rule SLMC and ACMC.  

Even earlier generations of Muslim politicians behaved blatantly opportunistic when it came to party affiliation. At least they did it to win more favours to their community under any regime that ruled the nation. Very few of them were as flagrantly corrupt as the bulk of the current crop of Muslim politicians. Can any of these new bunch list out what they have achieved so far to improve the living conditions of the Muslim community? Any improvement thus achieved is not because of these politicians but in spite of them. It is better for the community to be represented by a patriotic, caring and enlightened Sinhalese or Tamil than by unscrupulous and self-seeking Muslim parliamentarians. It is time the community looks for a new generation of patriotic and farsighted Muslim leadership.       

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  • 1

    Dr. Ameer Ali,

    Thanks for the article.

    The Muslim politicians are opportunistic politicians First and Muslims second NOT representing the community.

    Just look at the many Sinhala politicians as well, how they were fighting to get ministerial positions. Sirisena, Ranil and Mahinda know that.

    Agree that Ashroff’s forming of the SLMC was a disaster for the community as well as the proportional representation, district representation and Not electoral representation for the Muslims and the country.

    We also know how they sold out the women and MMDA reforms for political reasoms, not ethical reasons.

    So, Sirisena wants to keep the Executive Presidency for self-interest reasons, and ALL the Muslim politicians along with SOME Sinhala positions want to Support Sirisena.

  • 1

    Muslim politicians do not do politics ..
    they do business ?
    consider 22 of them except a few most of them came into politics to make money..
    Sinhalese politicians bought them for money..
    so sad Sri Lankan politics

  • 2

    As usual couldn’t agree more. The coming general election is going to be the funeral for the SLMC& ALMC.oh!, Muslim community wake up and save our motherland

  • 2

    “Historic Betrayal Of SLMC & ACMC”

    Dr. Ameer Ali, we usually don’t trust anyone from eastern province, including you – sorry.

    • 3

      M. Sajjad,

      Don’t use a wide brush. Dr. Amer Ali is a Gem.

      So you want to trust the Ulama from the rest of the country, who claim to represent the community, wants to scuttle the MMDA reforms, keep women as slaves, chattel,. intellectually inferior and rape 2-year old girls legally, citing the Quran and Hadith?

      Do you know many of them are Quack Ulama?

      God help the Sri Lankan Muslim women and girls, to have the same rights as the non-Muslim women.

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        “So you want to trust the Ulama from the rest of the country(?)” – No.

        If you think it is Ulama or MMDA that keep women inferior, you still have a long way to understand the real culprits. Find it.

        “rape 2-year old girls legally” – something f’ing new for me. Can you tell us more about?

      • 2


        “God help the Sri Lankan Muslim women and girls, to have the same rights as the non-Muslim women.”

        Amarasiri, how many more rights the non-Muslim women in Sri Lanka have? Out of all those rights, how many do the non-Muslim women really have the freedom to enjoy? Do those rights really help the non-Muslim women fight a male-dominated society? Fact is, Muslim women suffer from male-domination in the form of religion as well as SL culture, where the non-Muslim women suffer from a single factor.

        Regardless, suffering from cancer or diabetics, person is a patient.

  • 3

    All these guys, Hakeem, Rishard, Mano are selling their innocent supporters to get positions and money for themselves. Hakeem expressed his support for Sira after even the postal voting. He was negotiating a fat purse (started with 350 and finally settled for 225). Rishard came early but having negotiated the Ministries he gets- same ministries and corporations he had under MR. Mano of course is a fool. Diga does not understand these things, so Mano gives him “intellectual” leadership. These guys are no different to Thonda. They all supported MR to abolish the 17th Amendment and bring the 18th Amendment. They supported MR to impeach Shirani CJ.

  • 4

    If the change of heart by the SLMC and ACMC is a result of any DEAL with the President MS, according to latest developments, MS has NO chance of being the SLFP/SLPP joint candidate with Gota being all but confirmed as the SLPP candidate. That will be the end of any DEAL with MS as he will be an also-ran should he contest under SLFP ticket.

    Surely, the SLMC/ACMC leaders KNOW that their supposed DEAL with MS is a non-starter and, when the Abolishing of the Executive Presidency comes for Voting, they will have Only ONE option, i.e. to vote in favour of the Bill.

    So, Ameer Ali, Hold your horses and Don’t lose your marbles.

  • 1

    sir, i may not go along with the ideas expressed in this article if it was written by an ordinary writter. i know very well these ideas are coming from a great scholar after deep thinking and studies so i take them seriously.

  • 1

    The Muslim leadership is much better than the Hill Country Tamil leadership and significantly worse than the N-E Tamil leadership.
    The whole parliamentary system is corrupt and such representational politics is not democratic at all.
    There is total lack of vision among the leaders of all nationalistic parties.
    TNA’s undeclared loyalty to the UNP does not make it any better than the rest.

  • 1

    This is the first time I heard under PR system, Muslims were disenfranchised. If you believe so change it to former one.

  • 2

    Aboliton or keeping the executive presidency should NOT be lloked at merely from an ethnic or Religious or even narrowly Islamo-political view alone. The true Islamic view is to take all the factors into account. This writer is urging a narrow Islamo-poltical view. This is as bad as the TNA which looks at every thing from a narrow tamil racist poiut of view

  • 0

    The open economy introduced in 1978 has corrupted all politicians and society in general.

    I am not saying that the open economy is bad.

    There should be proper checks and balances.

    Now a days who takes up politics? my opinion is those who want to better themselves not the country or their respective communities.

    Even those who started off with community mindedness are easily corrupted by the system.

    How ever there is a deep desire for a better future for Sri Lanka and the future generations.

    Among right thinking people.

    Politicians should collectively change their mindset in line with this aspiration.

    For the sake of a better future for Sri Lanaka

    And a better future for their children

    At the end of the day no one will benefit from corruption including those who embrace it.

  • 0

    Dr Ali

    Thank you for exposing the painful truth that is considered as politically incorrect.

    We are all Sri Lankans, quick to exploit opportunities. It is the culture & traditions based on religious beliefs that differentiates us & we are happy to take advantage of ethnicity & religion for our personal gain. At the end of the day, it is the poor ‘have nots’ who suffer while those who are enterprising become the ‘haves’ & enjoy the good life. Politicians in SL, maybe apart from a very few, are opportunists.

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