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Muslim Council Wants More From Ranil

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka has today urged the leader of the United National Party to nominate at least three candidates to the districts of Kandy and Colombo, Two each for the districts of Kalutara, Kurunegala, Puttalam.

Ranil and HakeemWriting to the UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Muslim Council has today said; “This will ensure that the majority of the Muslim votes in these areas will be cast in favour of the United National Party.”

We publish below the letter in full;

July 8th 2015

Hon. Ranil Wickremesinge

Prime Minister and leader of the United National Party,

No. 400, Siri kotha

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Dear Hon. Prime Minister

RE: REPRESENTATION OF MUSLIMS IN THE UNP

The Muslim communities have been loyal supporters and have been voting the United National Party overwhelmingly for decades. There is much concern amongst the community that their representation within the UNP has been reduced. This is mainly because the UNP is supposed to have made a decision to field only two Muslim candidates in predominantly Muslim dominated areas.

Sir, you are well aware, the Muslim representation has been higher in the districts of Kandy, Colombo in previous governments. We are concerned that independent groups may come forward from the Muslim community and the Muslim vote could get further fragmented, thereby reducing the chances of even two members being elected from these districts.

As such, we kindly urge you to kindly nominate at least three candidates to the districts of Kandy and Colombo, Two each for the districts of Kalutara, Kurunegala, Puttalam, etc. This will ensure that the majority of the Muslim votes in these areas will be cast in favour of the United National Party.

We thank you for your kind consideration and look forward to working with your future government.

Yours sincerely
N M Ameen
President

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  • 10
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    Don’t worry, Ranil will certainly provide any amount of vacancies, cutting down sinhalese. He is an enemy of Sinhalese and a friend of minorities.

  • 5
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    Was this letter hand delivered by Kabir Hashim and Mustapha?
    Surely they would have!

  • 12
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    All communities should be represented at least in proportion to their population. However, Muslim parties should be careful in their demands to avoid misunderstanding by the Sinhalese.

    • 11
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      Look at the provocative headline that CT gives this letter. Now CT has become a sensational news carrier and with that head lines the comments would be different.

    • 6
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      Thondaman and Hakeem want more of their representatives in Parliament so they can jump from side to side. They are never loyal to the party they contest with.

  • 10
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    In the good old days Muslims like ACS Hameed got elected from the majority Sinhala Buddhist vote. Similarly Sinhalese Politicians were voted in by both Tamils and Muslims. Thanks to Communalism things have changed. This was mainly due to some of the Corrupt Sinhala Politicians playing the Sinhala Buddhist card like MR did with his Chinthanaya.

    • 8
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      Gamini,

      Sure, “Corrupt Sinhala Politicians” have played a large role. However, do not discount racists & religious extremists in minorities either. Just as vicious opportunists.

      Politicians seeking election purely based on their racial & religious affliations are bound to set this country on fire. Once again. Sooner or later.

      Cheers!

      • 5
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        Ben Hurling

        “Sure, “Corrupt Sinhala Politicians” have played a large role. However, do not discount racists & religious extremists in minorities either.”

        You mean VP for electing MR twice and winning the war for him. You are right. VP was only one out of nearly 1.5 Million.

        Do you think VP was a racist? He was more of a mass murderer/psychopath than a racist. He killed all irrespective of race, religion or region. His Thamil Eelam was an excuse to see river of blood, all day every day.

        Gota is no different to VP.

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    I have heard stories to the effect that Srilanka will be more or less a Muslim country by 2050!

    The deft moves by them over the years when the focus was on the Sinhala-Tamil issue has yielded substantial progress in all spheres.
    The Principal Towns are in their hands.

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      Don’t worry, those are and will remain just ‘stories’, just like Darwin’s theory of evolution, which will remain just that, ‘a theory’ for the rest of humanity. Nothing to prove there is any ‘truth’. Not with a majority 70% Buddhists and 9.8% Muslims, and with a healthy fertility rate of 2.4 children born to every women, which is the latest statistic. If they refuse to abort their fetus and stop using contraceptives to avoid childbirth like others do, then the existing ratio should not change by much. So just stop blaming others for your own miscarriages.

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      PigMalion, The fault is with us. Our women find it much more fun to be with the quarter less. There must be some reason for it. The only way to prevent Sri Lanka becoming a Muslim state is for all of us to shed a quarter and pose the challenge to our Thambi’s. On the other hand, we also need to drop our drink every evening and use that to get some proper aphrodisiac like good ghee biryani everyday. A tall order indeed. Who cares about our women getting laid, as long as we have our shot of arro . There is another option, we can vote Mahinda and ask him to ration a 1/4 bottle everyday to all Sri Lankans. We can befriend the Thambis and get their 1/4 too

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      This is Islamophobia created by interested people for their survival and growth. For example in 1985 when the Hela Urumaya first came into politics they said that there is jihad in the east. Racism is the easiest and possible way to come to power in this part since it was championed by SWRD in 1956. But unfortunately even in this era still Sinhalese are gullibly believing in those bullshits because they live in infidelity

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    Without a doubt sufficient numbers in Muslim representation in Parliament is necessary to thwart any ‘bulldozing’ of legislature that would reduce or even eliminate minority rights to live as equals in this country, and also to contribute collectively and effectively towards building consensus on national issues. With real time threats looming from from ultra-nationalistic forces like BBS and RB to annihilate and erase Muslim identity, values and culture, it would be wiser to have strength in numbers and a saner counsel to take meaningful steps at the highest level, than be sorry and helpless without proper and sufficient Muslim representation. We need to be wiser and act safer, not be foolish and sorrier through lessons learned from past mistakes. This goal is common and goes for all minority communities living in the country.

  • 1
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    The electorate is badly divided on communal lines. Eastern province is a striking example, one sinhala mp elected in TNA crossed over to the ruling party, so with a member elected on SLMC ticket. Racism (Is the word apt in Sri Lanka, every one is same in appearance?) is prevalent in all the provinces. Nation wide election on a national list would short list prime ministerial aspirants mostly cabinet ministers served all island lest they be indulged in communal or parochial inciting. Then only we won’t say they are over represented eg. if a member served well to all communities and elected, how to disqualify him because he is a muslim? If that is true communal representation can be made into a law which was rejected by courts many times, placements in education jobs etc. One preference less to Ranil means he is not going to lose! Percentage wise every district one will be ahead, all vie for premiership, is it possible for a non-buddhist?

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    Yes, Pygmalion, the German government has said by 2050, the Muslims would be the majority in their country, and in most of the Europe as well.

    • 2
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      Yes, @siri, now Greece is Somalia!

  • 1
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    Muslim Council

    Please talk to Mahinda and bid your demands.

    He will give you more than Ranil.

    He wants you.

  • 2
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    Politician from hell spreading the germ of racism in the country. People should not vote base on the race but base on the best candidates of their choice. Based on the rationale provided by the Muslim Council, we have to do everything in racial-line and the results are further separation among us instead of working for a common goal as Sri Lankans. This is a good recipe to separate the people apart and create more problems than we need in the country. It is a very good approach for the survival of the politicians but not good for the country and the people. I hope people are smarter and make good choices than listening dump politicians.

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      Citizen A, you over simply the voting patterns. Yes, there were good people who should elected to parliament on their merit, but the polarisation started with JR Jayawardene’s PR system. That has led to Buddhists voting for their own and the minorities voting for themselves. It is important that a mechanism is worked out for representation based on the ethnic proportions. The national list was introduced to accomodate intellectuals and under represented communities, but today it is reserved for the funders or bootlicker, So, we need drastic changes and I feel a national government under Maithri and Ranil could be the best solution

  • 4
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    Apprentice Abraham said the other day that the Vellala TNA will have 20 seats in the new Parliament.

    Because they are planning to score even in non Vellala areas of the Island by fielding candidates in Gampaha, Hatton and even the Elite & Anglican Turf Colombo which is held by the UNP Christian Faction.

    SLMC , after milking the UPFA Govt for good 5 years, joined Yahapalanaya to increase the yield.

    The leader of the Wahabis, Mr Hakeen even mentioned about contesting on a joint Ticket with the UNP.

    But he pulled out to go on his own .

    And he is sure to score well.

    Now the Muslim Congress is demanding 5 or 6 seats on a UNP ticket.

    They will score too, because Minorities are not like our Majority.,

    Now the question is which minority will hold the balance of power?.
    .
    Or will it be a totally TNA UNP CF, SLMC, Baththudeen & Assath Sally Government to rule the majority?…

  • 6
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    If the UNP loses will these muslims remain with them as loyal party members ?

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  • 3
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    who are these jokers to demand things?
    [Edited out]

  • 4
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    Does the MCSL believe that it is in the best interest of Muslim Voters to vote only for Muslim Candidates ?
    Can the MCSL identify at least one instance where having Muslim Representatives in Parliament has benefited the Muslim Community during the past 10 years ? (Apart from the opportunity to attend annual Ifthars at Temple Trees for well-to-do Muslims ?)
    Has the MCSL already forgotten the ‘speed’ and ‘force’ with which the then Muslim MP’s responded to the tragic events at Aluthgama in June 2014,thinking not of themselves (and their Parliamentary pensions) but of the Muslim Community ?
    Does the MCSL not realize that by advocating a ‘Muslims for Muslims’ line during National Elections, they are only contributing towards the widening and deepening of the growing chasm between the Muslims and the Majority Community ?
    Has it not occurred to the MCSL that the better way forward would be to demand that all National Political Parties (specifically the UNP and SLFP) must ensure that their candidates are men and women of standing and integrity, who would stand up for the rights of all voters irrespective of caste, race or religion ?

  • 1
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    It is high time we make some demand for and on behalf of the Community. Instead of Trying to grab the 9000 teacher assistant quota from Tamils we should have come with our request at the early stage of where the policy decision was taken.

    appointing 50,000 teacher assts with A/L was the policy of MR budget in 2014. When RW decided to do away Rada krishnan tabled a statistics and said since they have no graduates in their area they need 9000 teachers. See how they made policies for their community.

    OUR policy requests are bullshits.Providing free haj facilities to the poor (Does Islam advocate such thing)

    Ministerial posts and other benefits only. Is it for the community or the Muslim political party henchmen.

    nOW THERE IS NOT A SINGLE MUSLIM SCHOOL WHICH CAN BE CLASSIFIED AS POPULAR SCHOOL. THERE IS NO MUSLIM SCHOOL WITHOUT TEACHER SHORTAGE. The only place where Muslims of Sri Lanka over enjoy our ethnic quota is the prisoners punished for the drug related offenses. Our quota is 18 percent

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    Birth rate of muslims and others differs by 1 point viz. 3.3 and 2.3 according to the data released then how muslims will overwhelm by 2050? Will not the govt incentives to war widows alter this in next couple of years? The solution is not in sterilization but in early marriage, marital amity with less divorce rate and possible re-marriage of such women with kid(s) fertile below 40 yrs of age, if willing to marry widowers with kid(s) etc. giving less importance to wealth cutting joblessness among potent grooms sans closet gays, addicts. No boy, jobless willing to marry a nubile girl and vice versa. All these problems are there for all communities, muslims are not immune. Statistics are not static, easily reversed. House problem is also acute! Will the promotion of same sex marriages keep the ethnic ratio stable?

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      Your ideas are good. If Sinhalese feel threatened, they must encourage Sinhala Buddhist (SB) women to have more children. Incentives to the SBs would be a good initiative and it can be justified as promoting Buddhism. Instead of shouting about it and making it a communal issue, why not do something practical. Instead of complaining about darkness, please light a candle. Please give up the concept of illegitimate children and recognise them. Bring down the age of marriage and pay women to stay at home and have children. It is the working women who are unable to have a children. MR (now add MS too) and BBS can include it in the manifesto.

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    In this holy month of Ramazan I do not want to show any
    ill will on any fellow brethren or dear members of other
    communities.

    However, I should emphasize my belief. Political parties
    with religious labels do more harm to their own religion.
    They are only vehicles for the leaders and office bearers
    not to mention others to enrich themselves.

    Two classic examples are the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and
    the Bodu Bala Sena.

    It is over an year since the ugly incidents took place in
    Beruwala and the suburbs. Other than distributing dry rations
    what did the SLMC do? They remained in Mahinda Rajapaksa’s
    Government and enjoyed all the perks. It was just before the
    final days of the January 8 presidential elections that they
    left MR and supported Maithripala Sirisena.

    If they believe the Muslim community voted en masse because
    of them, they are dead wrong. The Muslims voted because of the
    dastardly attacks on them from the man with pints of blood in
    his hands – Gotabaya Rajapaksa. He manipulated those in the Bodu
    Bala Sena to attack Muslims.

    I am strongly of the view that there should be Constitutional
    Amendments to ban parties with a religious basis. That will allow
    minority parties to integreate into the mainstream political
    parties and thus blend with the majority community.

    It will take decades for Muslims to forget the atrocities carried
    out against them. MR lost because of Gotabaya mainly.

    They should think carefully and do not pin their hopes on parties
    like the SLMC. They will only be fattening the purses of Rauf Hakeem,
    Hassan Ali, Nazeer Ahamed and the like. They have done sweet nothing for the Muslims except to display their labels and hold Iftar ceremonies.

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    I was a strong SLFP supporter until the last presedential election. I voted for the swan symbol to safeguard my rights as MR could not protect me and my family as he shrugged off things as minor incidents. His brother Gotabaya dug this pit for him. The scar still remains and I am afraid to vote to Rajapakse’s going forward mainly because for security reasons. I don’t want to loose my hard earn savings in a night of horror. The Aluthgama incident cannot be forgotten. The results will be the same, let us see.

  • 0
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    One Fox is trying to over smart the other Fox – However none of the Foxes represent their own people – Voters should send both these cunning foxes into retirement – because they carry rabies virus in their mouth

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