21 November, 2019

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Muslim Parliamentarians Sold Muslim Community For Positions & Perks

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

In one of the most shameful and disgusting developments, all Muslim cabinet ministers, deputy ministers and state ministers who resigned from their portfolios recently, were sworn in before President Mithripala Sirisena  this week.

Earlier the ministers, deputy ministers and state ministers resigned from their portfolios to provide space to carry out independent investigations into the Easter Sunday attacks. However, as expected, they accepted their portfolios even before an independent investigation was completed.

This was not something unexpected. Their so called resignation was only to hoodwink the community. They were shameless actors in the drama orchestrated by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to suit his agenda. 

They were clinging on to the very Maithri-Ranil government which was responsible for the persecution of Muslims since the Eastern Sunday massacre on April 21.

This has been their tradition especially those belonging to Sri Lanka Muslim Congress which came with the slogan of unity but remain divided into more than half a dozen parties. Their so called religious slogan disappeared at birth.

From the very inception the Muslim community has declared that it has nothing to do with the Easter Sunday carnage. Cardinal Malcom Ranith has repeatedly described locals involved as misguided youths stating international forces were behind these bombings. 

Both President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe who failed to prevent the carnage, refused to discuss who these international forces were. Instead adopted diversionary tactics keeping the country occupied with a senseless and devastating anti-Muslim campaign.   

Three months later today it is becoming clear that this campaign is a well-planned conspiracy aimed at destroying the Muslim community. This involves the government and opposition combined, racist monks, racist media, racist bureaucracy, and racist businessmen. It was so comprehensive that the very foundation of more than a thousand year old Muslim community was destroyed within 20 minutes of bombing. 

President Sirisena declared emergency and deployed troops to search Muslim owned premises including mosques. Search operations became nightmare for Muslim families and hundreds were taken to custody on flimsy grounds and detained for weeks with reports of ill treatment.   

Dismissing the religious sentiments of Muslims, troops entered mosques and many other places with boots accompanied by sniper dogs during the Holy Month of Ramadan fast. 

President Sirisena swiftly banned face cover- burqa and niqaf.

Organized racist thugs were given free hand to commit violence against Muslims in the North East and Kurunegala district especially Minuwangoda. According to report President Sirisena was aware of the attacks on May 13.Instead of deploying troops and preventing the attacks he left the island to China in the morning leaving the disarmed and helpless Muslims to face well equipped killers.

Muslim houses, business establishments, hotels and other such places were burnt during curfew hours while an innocent fasting Muslim was chopped to death and another battered Muslim man was dragged in the street to hospital where he died. Most of the attackers were freed on bail and a notorious thug known for his violence against Muslims in Digana last year was garlanded and taken in procession.

Sinhala lawyers refused to appear for Muslims taken into custody, doctors refused to treat Muslim women insisting that they remove their head scarves, Muslim shops were boycotted, a pradeshiya sabah chairman prevented Muslim from trading in the market and some temples began advising Buddhists not to deal with Muslims and this ostracization continues unabated.

One columnist pointed out that “Life has become a nightmare in their ordinary day to day living and virtually changed every aspect of life in the island’s Muslim population. Harassment, discrimination and a well-orchestrated hate campaign has been taking shape in the public domain, demonizing, alienating and fostering a besieged mentality towards Muslims. He added that racism has found a new meaning in Sri Lanka. And everything Muslims are being targeted.There is total harassment of Muslims in public places, buses and trains, taxis and even in work places.

Every Muslim man, woman and even children, were treated with suspicion, hatred and bitterness almost everywhere. Not only hospital security but even shops and super markets force Muslim women to remove traditional shawls.

Summing up the plight of Muslims in an article under the title “unmasking anomalies; trail of terrorism in Sri Lanka” columnist S.M.M. Bazeer had this to state;

It is highly distressing that the entire Muslim population in Sri Lanka is under siege and subject to enormous challenges to conduct their day to day affairs.  Every morning is dawned with stories of harassment and attacks inflicted on the Muslims by majority community. The tardiness and inefficiencies of the armed forces and the police in controlling attacks on the Muslims, their properties and Mosques are seen by the victims as a deliberate act of connivance. Muslims are vetted everywhere, whether it’s public or private institutions, treated with excessive suspicion and looked upon as suspects or potential suicide bomber. 

In the rush Prime Minister Wickremesinghe announced that madrasas will be brought under Education Ministry, Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act will be amended to increase the age of marriage to 18 and Sharia University will not be allowed. 

Interfering further into the religious life of the community the government ordered mosques to   submit copies of sermons given within their premises.  

The ongoing campaign is so vicious that a Muslim company which provided daily free meals to around 3000 – breakfast-lunch and dinner- to cancer hospital patients and visitors cancelled this generosity due to adverse comments. 

In this tense atmosphere, tearing apart the communities, came the shocking call by Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thera, the incumbent Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter, for stoning to death of Muslims and urging Sinhala Buddhists to refrain from frequenting Muslim-owned shops and consuming food offered by Muslims. The Chief Prelate also asked Sinhalese Buddhists not to go to Muslim owned shops, and not to eat the food they offer as Muslims don’t love Sinhalese.

 Meanwhile the Easter Sunday carnage also brought in the United States – European and Israeli war mongers’ Islamophobia to the island in full force, pushing Muslims to the wall, tearing apart communities causing political chaos and economic collapse.  

In the wake of this tragedy the mainstream media unleashed a full scale campaign demonizing Islam and describing the entire Muslim community as terrorists. This campaign which could be described as “Media Terrorism” went on in full force for three long weeks during which the security forces emptied Muslims houses of even kitchen knives under   search operations during emergence rule and curfew. 

The coverage blatantly provoked non-Muslims against the Muslim community. 

 Racist media campaign, accusing Dr Mohamed Shafi of Kurunegala hospital of blocking the fallopian tubes of Sinhalese mothers, had all the ingredients to create another July 83 type carnage. However when the case against Dr.  Mohamed Shafi was taken up for hearing at the Kurunegala Magistrate’s Court, Criminal Investigations Department, CID, said the investigations carried out so far had not proved that Dr. Mohammed Shafi had blocked the fallopian tubes of mothers, amassed wealth in illegal manner or had maintained links with a terrorist organization

He was later released on conditional bail.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says that she is disturbed by reports of anti-Muslim attacks and recent statements by some religious leaders inciting violence.

On the whole communities are failing apart and the country is sinking under the weight of deepening political crisis, economic and social collapse.

Maithri-Ranil government has ended up as a disaster for the country. It was in under this circumstance that parliamentarians who call themselves Muslims were sworn in this week.

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    They are a shameless bunch. They did and said nothing when the BBS terrorized Muslims, and some were even killed as a result, but the greed for power and money, have made them betray their own people, at a time when the majority is discriminating and targeting them. The biggest betrayal.

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      Right on! Muslim politicians are the worst scum of the earth of all the corrupt politicians except Bondscam Ranil and his US citizen Rajapaksa friends, who and have sold out Sri Lankan Islam to the Saudi Wahabi project to destroy Islam.

      Hisbullah and Rishad took funds from Saudi to implement the US project to turn Lanka into a military base and air craft carrier. The Willpattu land grab is in fact to set up a US air strip and air-sea logisitcs hub after SOFA and MCC compact are signed. US wants all the coastal lands of Lanka for its project on the East and East coasts, now that China has Hambantota
      Signing SOFA and MCC would be like Sri Lanka committing collective Suicide as the Army Commander has rightly said.

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        Muslim politicians have sold Sri Lankan Muslims for American and Saudi Dollars.
        These corrupt Muslim politicians know full well that the ISIS was set up and is owned and operated by the US Special Operations Forces (SOF) who staged the Easter massacre. But none of these greedy Muslim politicians, like the greedy Sinhala and Tamil politicians including deadwood like CBK, and Sira and the US citizen Rajapaksa brothers and US puppet Bondscam Ranil ewill open their mouths and say that it is the US that was behind the Easter carnage and it is hence against the US rather than Muslims that the Buddhist monks and JVP should protest – Outside the US embassy and demand that Alina Teblitz GET OUT of Sri Lanka and the US embassy be closed down
        Rather, these corrupt politicians keep their mouths shut about the US staging the Economic Terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday, and they let innocent Muslims be attacked by SInhala extremists.
        Time to get rid of all the Muslim politicians and a new generations of Youth Leaders take over in all parties.

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          Corrupt Muslim politicians keep their mouths shut about the US and Saudi staging the Economic Terrorism attacks on Easter Sunday, and they let innocent Muslims be attacked by SInhala extremists, because these greedy Muslim politicians are addicted to US and Saudi $$$$ and in the pay of CIA
          These dirty politicians are part of the Saudi Wahabi -US Economic Terrorism plot with US puppet Bondscam Ranil to de-stabilize Sri Lanka and set up US bases, land and ocean grab and have US Special Operation Forces run the country.

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    Mr. Latheef,

    “Their so called resignation was only to hoodwink the community. They were shameless actors in the drama orchestrated by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to suit his agenda”

    What else did you expect from a Muslim? Policy, principles, honesty? Best is trash the actors with their director, and vote for a honest non-Muslim who talks for everybody’s rights.

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      ONCE AGAIN “THE MUSLIM VOICE” WISHES TO THANK SENIOR JOURNALIST MR. LATEEF FAROOK TO EXPOSE THE DECEPTION OF OUR SO-CALLED MUSLIM POLITICIANS. Muslims in Sri Lanka do NOT have a voice – a POLITICAL VOICE for that purpose. The SLMC is dead. The ACMC is busy making money, the Muslim politicians stooging the UNP are ONLY interested in their personal benefits. The ungrateful Muslim politicians who benefited the most from Mahinda Rajapaksa, Basil Rajapaksa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa are now stooging the Yahapalana government and enjoying their best with their kith and kin and henchaiyas, by selling the VOTE BANK of the Muslims who have been deceived lock-stock-and-barrel. The Muslim Civil Society and Muslim Media organizations in Sri Lanka land their leaders will stage dramas by releasing “press statements” because all of them have been well taken care by the Yahapalana government and the foreign interests who are giving them large amounts of funding to keep their mouth shut. Like what happened in Aluthgama and Beruwela, Maharagama and Dambulla, they all will COVER up the TRUTH and the Muslims will be told a “LONG STORY. The ungrateful Muslim politicians who benefited the most from Mahinda Rajapaksa, Basil Rajapaksa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa are now stooging the Yahapalana government and enjoying their best with their kith and kin and henchaiyas, by selling the VOTE BANK of the Muslims who have been deceived lock-stock-and-barrel.

  • 7
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    Resigned Muslim ministers accepted portfolios again – Sri Lankan Muslim politics in a nutshell!

  • 2
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    The minster put themself for investigation and cleared it then they joined all those who investigate high class investigators they got a extra certificate and president request. They cannot be very adamant, whatever the country president prime minister present stand we have to listen People are complicated. behavior towards one another is strange. So this was good opportunities to investigate that.
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  • 8
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    Muslim Parliamentarians sold Muslim Community and some of the Tamil Parliamentarians sold their own community, but the Sinhala Buddhist Parliamentarians did not sell any community but the whole country. That is Lanka in nutshell.

  • 4
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    Dear Latheef,

    With all due respect to you, what else do you expect from the parliamentarians.

    They cannot wait till all the Muslim woes can be resolved, to take up positions. You think there will be any day, the Singhalese rulers and the majority community will accommodate all our requests and allow us to live peacefully, in this Snghlaese Nation, you must be day dreaming.

    I think the MP’s did their bit, at the heat of the moment and rightfully took up positions at the appropriate time, including after the release of Dr.Shafee.

    I am not saying we have achieved all what we aspire for, but we need to live with these problems for the rest our lives in the serendipity.

    Let us be pragmatic and practical in our analysis.

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    Muslims had no problems under Mahinda. All these problems began with Sirisena/Ranil coalition government. If Muslims want to live in peace, they will elect Gothabaya at the next election.

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    SL politicians, irrespective of their race or religion, belong to the same self serving category. It’s not about serving the community but serving for themselves & the gullible voting public is taken up with this charade.

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    Its not just the Muslim parliamentarians who have sold their community for money and perks. The Sinhalese, Tamil, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian parliamentarians are no different. Kuveni’s curse eh?

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    Politicians cheat people. This is very common in Srilanka. Muslim politicians are not exceptions. It now looks like that the recent bomb blast is a drama operated by Sinhala & Muslim Politicians. It was carefully planned to not to affect both Sinhala and Muslim communities in general. Muslim politicians benefitted, SLPP benefitted, UNP benefitted.

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    You refer to Sniper dogs? Didn’t you mean Sniffer dogs? ISIS is Islamic state of Iraq and Syria no? ISLAMIC so it means the terrorists who killed our innocent Christians were mudlim terror who had their own Quaranic and Hadith based justifications. They were NOT Christians or Hinduor Buddhists.

    So you have repeatedly failed to address the syphilitic disease called Wahabi Salafist Arab(Saudi) extremists who rape,behead, bpul alive men, womrn and child. BOKO HARAM are also such Islamic followers. They are the ones you are afraid to condemn. You are afraid to be honest.

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    typical narrow minded statement form a so called Muslim statesman/writer.
    The bigger picture is that the Sinhalese parliamentarians sold the entire country to foreigners to amass wealth for themsleves

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    ” On the whole communities are failing apart and the country is sinking under the weight of deepening political crisis, economic and social collapse. “ Is that Latheef sounds like coming direct from Bodh Gaya, enlightened? When 150,000 Tamils were murdered Latheef came here and wrote pages and pages that are patriots, so the Muslim-Sinhala Government has to deliver their prizes, soon.

    Muslim ministers said they were resigning because to prevent a riot was boiling in the pot. But Ratnam asked to Rishard to resign until the investigation is over. It was Ranil who advised Muslim ministers to resign as a union to teach Ratnam a lesson. Ranil was cooking the investigation by manipulating the PSC. He had told all Muslim ministers to take back their position, together when he say ok. But UNP ministers first took up the jobs before any progress. Ranil and Kafir fell apart on this. Now Kafir is supporting Vaalaiththodam II for EP candidature over Ranil. In seems it was Vaalaiththodam told Kafir to dispose Ranil’s PSC in the garbage can and get back the job direct from New King, Ranil’s other enemy.

    Now the stories are changed. SLMC took a different decision. The Muslim Union Ministers resignation is not about investigation on Rishard. It was not about the riots. It was not about the ones arrested on PTA, under emergency regulation. Muslim Ministers and MPs do not oppose extending Emergency, which will prolong more the arrested Muslims suspects get out. Only Tamil opposed the emergency, today, too. SLMC wanted Hakeem in the cabinet back to block any Kalmunai progress on Tamil side. Harris is still outside to keep launching protests. Ranil had called Harris two times to Kalmunai. New King has made two invitations.
    That is the Muslim Ministers game Latheef is struggling to spin.
    It is always as usual.

  • 2
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    Never believe these guys. That is the simple message. And they will buy sinhalayas for money. Money and power at any cost. What next? Joint operation against tamils? And the cycle of destruction continue. Why worry.

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    This writer is disgusting. I sometimes feel looking at his picture is he a human or another Muslim terrorist? First time in our history there were 9 suicide attacks in one day. Initial plan was to attack in all provinces. 253 unarmed civilians were killed & 500 people injured in one day. First time 46 tourists were killed. Vesak couldn’t be celebrated. Pandols were not erected. Even in war times this was not happend. Parents did not send their children to schools for 2 months. This was how Muslim terrorism is. They are not the normal people. Why this person repeatedly vomit same things. He accuse of entering soldiers to mosques. They are hiding swords & other weapons inside mosques. He says soldiers should have to remove boots before entering to mosques. But suicide bombers are freely allowed to Churches. Only Ramadan is holly. Their is still fear in Catholic schools. Today a Muslim was caught taking videos in Sabaragamuwa university.

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    Citizen

    “They are hiding swords & other weapons inside mosques.”

    ONLY swords were found in just 2 mosques out of almost 2000 mosques in the country. NO “other weapons” were found.

    Do “terrorists” use Swords to conduct attacks these days? Of what use are swords against Water Cannons, Tear Gas, Guns and Bombs that are at the disposal of the Law Enforcement Authorities?

    “Swords being found in the Mosques” is a typical example of “Media Terrorism” that the writer referred to in the article and, Surely, you are one among the thousands who have been fooled by the “Media Terrorism”.

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    We in Dhamma Deepa have created a sacred history that defines the safety of a minority race solely depends on who rules the country. What a beautiful democrazy in a chosen land by Buddha and where the first person to fly an aircraft even before Buddha. Non stop flight between Ayodya and Lankapuri in those days when even karate was not invented in rest of the world. No wonder even today we are flying so high by flying kites.

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