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Sampanthan And Sumanthiran Exposed Muslim MPs Political Bankruptcy

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

Political bankruptcy of Muslim parliamentarians was exposed by the Tamil National Alliance leader R Sampanthan and the TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran when they raised the issue of growing disastrous hate Muslim campaign in the parliament.

As it is well known that there has been a wave of well planned attacks on the political, religious, cultural, economic life of Muslims in Sri Lanka. This campaign which started early last year with the destruction of a more than 400 year old Muslim shrine in Anuradhapura continues unabated with growing intensity.

Then came the attack on Dambulla Mosque followed by attacks on other mosques, threat to Muslim owned business establishments, calling Sinhalese to boycott Muslim business establishments, doctor trying to sterilize Muslim women in government hospital ,principal at Sinhalese school forcing Muslim children to kneel down and worship  teachers,   demonstrations carrying   photos of pigs with Allah’s name   in Arabic  on it, arson attack  led by monks on the Muslim owned textile  outlet Fashion Bug and many more.

The shameful state of affairs is such that racist hooligans even attacked Muslim women wearing traditional hijab.

This disastrous and disgraceful ethno religious fascism has been unleashed by a handful of people who call themselves Buddhist monks and claim to preach Buddha’s message of peace and harmony. They also claim that these atrocities against Muslims have been done to save Buddhism and the Sinhalese community.

In many public meetings including the one at Kandy these monks openly incited Sinhalese against Muslims and even went to the extent of asking Sinhalese to boycott Muslim businesses .In Kurunegala those who purchased from Muslims shops were attacked with rotten eggs.

Growing senseless hate Muslim campaign and the failure of law enforcement authorities to take them to task have driven terror into the minds of Muslims who, living scattered in small groups amidst Sinhalese, spend sleepless nights.

All this vandalism had taken place under the watchful eyes of the police which is suppose to bring   culprits to book and protect victims to ensure law and order. However in the case of these racist groups’ hooliganism police remained spectators while victims’ suffered humiliation with no one to turn to. The situation continues to deteriorate day by day with hooliganism riding high to the embarrassment of mainstream peace loving Buddhists whose minds have been being poisoned against the Muslims.

The situation is so precarious that Ven. Galkande Dhammananda Thero, a lecturer, Department of history, University of Kelaniya, told the website Colombo Telegraph that;“I think as a monk that the social/political problems that we are facing in our country has to be solved amicably through dialogues which we have repeatedly failed from the independence. Now we are again on the eve of another round of violence. I fear any time a ‘black July’ will repeat and this time it is against Muslims”

The failure on the part of the government to contain these  fascist elements,  suppose to have been trained by Israel’s intelligence agent Mossad known for killing Muslims worldwide and funded by Israel , Norway and America to  carry out  their global agenda against Islam and Muslim, had sent shivers into the spine of the island’s peaceful Muslim community.

Under such circumstance the island’s Muslim community naturally expects their representatives in the parliament to raise their problem .However they have turned blind eye. They fear that by raising the life and death issue of the Muslim community they would antagonize the power that be and would jeopardize their positions and perks.

So between the community’s interest and their position they opt for the latter. Some even go to the extent of saying that they all have skeletons in their cupboards and thus prefer not to antagonize the government by speaking against these BBS racist elements.

As a result these Muslim parliamentarians remain some of the most discredit lot and it is highly unlikely that they could face the community. In fact some are even talking in terms of ostracizing them from the community.

In the midst the Muslim community appreciates with great sense of gratitude TNA parliamentarians R Sampanthan and Sumanthiran for raising the agony the community has been undergoing for almost a year and half

Raising the issue in the parliament TNA parliamentary group leader R Sampanthan had this to state on 9 April 2013;

I wish to make a statement on a most grave issue of national concern, relating to the safety, security and wellbeing of   Muslims of this island. The Muslims   have been historical inhabitants of this island, and have contributed immensely to its development for many centuries. They have their own unique customs and traditions; food and dress; and are devout adherents of a very great religion. As the cultural benefactors of the Islamic Golden Age which spanned the 8th to the 13th centuries, the Muslims  of Sri Lanka have scaled the heights of the whole range of human endeavor – from art and music, to medicine and law, and science, enterprise, academics and so on.

Today however, the purveyors of hate are unleashing a bitter and spiteful campaign against the Muslims. I do not need to recount the many acts of mob violence that have taken place in the last few months. Muslim women who choose to wear conservative religious dress have been molested and abused by strangers in broad daylight.

Today Muslims live in fear; anxious and hurt by the invective surrounding them. As fellow minorities, the Tamil people feel the pain, the insecurity, the fear and the anxiety of our Muslim brothers and sisters. The relationship between the Tamils and Muslims has always been close – sometimes strained and to our perpetual shame, though very rarely, even violent and cruel – but always close. Our people are too closely intertwined for one to think that it can survive the fate of the other. We are connected to each other just as we are connected to the Sinhalese, the Malays and the Burghers; but the bonds of a common language and home cannot be broken easily. And so, when our Muslim brothers and sisters are harmed on the street; or attacked by mobs; or have their Mosques vandalized; we cannot unconcerned spectators.

Mr. Speaker, as Leader of the Tamil National Alliance, I demand that the violence against the Muslims cease now. I demand an end to the repulsive hate speech that we hear every day. I demand an end to the collusion of the state in this campaign of hate. We are conscious that the vast majority of the Sinhalese Buddhist people do not condone such actions and that they would very much wish to live in peace and harmony paying due respect to the rights of other Peoples. As victims of the worst atrocities, we the Tamils have demanded that the country and the world heed our call for accountability, justice and the guarantee of non-recurrence.

We wish to emphasize that the enforcement of law and order, and ensuring the safety and security of all Peoples including Muslims is primarily the responsibility of the State. Recent events have shown that the State has not discharged this responsibility in a manner beyond reproach.

We therefore call upon the government to refrain from acts of partisanship and discharge its constitutional duty be ensuring that equal protection of the law be afforded to all Peoples in this country including the Muslim People.

Earlier parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran, who is also prominent Sri Lankan Tamil human rights lawyer, raised this very same issue citing various incidents in the parliament

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress which came with the slogan of Islam, Shariah and unity, but divided into more than half a dozen when they were individually and collectively lured to join the government abandoned the very community they came to protect and promote. By their silence they are helping racists to attack the island’s   impoverished and helpless Muslim community.

However displaying absolute treachery a Muslim parliamentarian  who, perhaps living in another planet, had stated that the island’s Muslims are living in peace. Another Muslim parliamentarian, according to many in the Muslim community, was used to threaten Fashion Bug owner to withdraw his case against the mob who, including monks, attacked his store at Pepiliyana in the presence of police and caused millions of rupees worth of damage besides mental agony. In doing so these parliamentarians not only betray their community but also encourage racist elements to continue their hate campaign against Muslims.

The lowest level to which the Muslim parliamentarians could descend to sell their community to safeguard their position was explained in an article by well known columnist Dharisha Bastians in an article on Dafther Jailani April 10 2013;

Last Friday 5 April 2013 while the Pakistan Foreign Secretary, Jalil Abbas Jilani was in Colombo for bilateral consultations, the Pakistani mission in Colombo arranged a special meeting for the official with key Muslim politicians and the community’s representatives to discuss the recent developments. Interestingly, the meeting was scheduled prior to Secretary Jailani’s meeting with Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

For several hours at the residence of Western Province Governor Alawi Moulana, Muslim representatives, including Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem and A.H.M. Azwer and other non-politicians briefed the Pakistani Foreign Secretary about the ground situation relating to Muslims in Sri Lanka. Minister Hakeem, who spoke first chose to be measured in his statements, but nonetheless highlighted the threats that Muslims were facing in the country due to the meteoric rise of Sinhala Buddhist hardline groups.

Soon afterwards, Azwer who rose to speak rubbished the claims that Muslims were facing harassment. He said all communities were living peacefully in the country and said the incidents being reported were merely rumors.

The visiting Pakistani official was briefed on the various incidents of Muslim harassment being reported, including the damage to the Korans in several mosques, the man-handling and verbal abuse directed at Muslim women wearing Hijab and campaigns calling on the Sinhalese to refrain from renting office or house space to Muslims. While appreciating the role Pakistan played in getting Sri Lanka the support of several Islamic nations at the UNHRC in Geneva last month, the Muslim representatives urged the visiting official that Islamabad also had a responsibility to remind the Government of Sri Lanka that the rights of the Muslim community in Sri Lanka must be protected.

President of the Sri Lanka-Pakistan Friendship Association Ifthikhar Aziz who commented on the situation at the meeting warned that Muslims were facing a grave situation in the country but had shown tremendous patience and conducted themselves as a mature minority in the face of threats from hard-line groups. Aziz warned however that it takes only one fool to react to the situation and make it spiral out of control. He explained that while the LTTE only represented the views of a small percentage of Tamils in their separatist claim, in the case of the Muslims, because it involved damaging insults to their religion, the entire community would get involved if matters reached boiling point and this situation had to be avoided at all costs.

Betrayed

By Saturday morning, President Rajapaksa had gotten wind of the meeting. He was aware of all those who had spoken at the meeting with the Pakistani Foreign Secretary and all the information that had been relayed. A fuming President questioned Governor Moulana as to why police entries had not been made regarding these incidents against Muslims. He said the National Intelligence Bureau was keen to investigate the issue. Although it was not certain how the information had been relayed to the President so swiftly, many members present believe that MP Azwer, who had stoically maintained there was no anti-Muslim campaign in the country, may have played Judas and repeated the proceedings of the meeting verbatim, thus concluded Dharisha Bastians

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    Well said sir

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    WHY SHOULD THE PRESIDENT BE FUMING ABOUT NO POLICE ENTRIES. ALL WHAT HAD HAPPENED IS ON VIDEO FOOTAGE AND ALL THE VIOLENCE TOOK PLACE UNDER THE VERY EYES OF THE POLICE WHO ARE ALL UNDER THE CONTROL OF HIS BELOVED BROTHER GOTA WHO IS THE PATRON OF THE BORU BANA SENA.
    ASS-WER CANNOT BE CALLED A REPRESENTATIVE OF MUSLIMS. HE HAS NEVER
    CONTESTED AN ELECTION. ASS-WERS ARE WHOM YOU CALL “POLITICAL PROSTITUTES”
    SOME POLITICAL “PIMP” PICKED HIM UP DURING PREMADASA’S TIME AND HE GOT INTO THE UNP.NOW ASSWER IS SLEEPING WITH THE RAJAPASSAS AND LICKING ALL
    “THEIR PASSAS”
    THE OTHER BUGGER WHO TALKS OF MUSLIMS IS FAIZER.AZWER PLAYED “JUDAS” SO THE NEXT THING IS FOR HIM TO HANG HIMSELF.JUDAS SOLD HIS SOUL FOR 25 “SHEKELS”.
    SUMANTHIRAN AND SAMAPANTHAN HAVE SPOKEN UP FOR MUSLIMS.THANK YOU SIRS
    OUR MUSLIM “DEALERS” SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES . THEY SHOULD HAVE LEFT “EN BLOC” WHEN THE FIRST INCIDENTS TOOK PLACE.

    THE “PREZ” SHOULD BE THANKFUL THAT MUSLIMS ACTED WITH RESPONSIBILITY AND RESTRAINT AS CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY IN SPITE OF ALL THE PROVOCATIONS.LET HIM NOT GET THE IMPRESSION THAT IT IS FEAR.
    MUSLIMS FEAR ONLY ALLAH. FIGHTING FOR ISLAM IS THE MOST NOBLE ACT.

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    The doubting Thomas’s among our midst in plenty are now attributing motives to Sambanthan’s and Sumanthiran’s. genuinely expressed concerns!

    Dr. RN

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      Goodness gracious !!!
      You for once saying something good about our Tamil peoples party ! What solar event brought about this change?

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        The sun is entering the Mesha lagna!

        Dr.RN

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    Singalese and Muslims are brothers from one mother. All this talk about communal problems is lies. Some peoples want to make unnecessary KACHHAL. Dont believe what you hear about. The trouble about Pashion Bug and No Limit is because of personal trouble like what happened to Lucky Emporium in Gampola. Ask Paiser Mustappah and he will tell what happened there.All because of business rivals from Muslim community.No trouble with Sinhala or Muslims. All lies.

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      ha haa…. Tamils too. All Sinhala mothers were from Pandya kingdom, no?

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      Yes, Mr Pazwer you are correct. They were all palse claims and palse accusations.

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    Rauff Hakim and Azwer are doing to Muslims what Thondaman Grand Father when he was living and Thondaman Grand Son did/doing to Indian origin Sri Lankan Tamils. These are community traitors. They are only interested in making money for themselves and are slaves of the regime with no self respect or dignity at all. These politicians should be kicked out by the respective communities.

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    All I can say is that the TNA politicians have matured and grown over the years. They have made their share of mistakes (my opinion) and have learned from them. Meanwhile, the other politicians have degenerated to the lowest possible levels with the exception being Mr Eran Wickramaratne and Mr Harsha de Silva who are national list MPs anyway!

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    Foul-mouthed Azwer described as Judas? That will be an insult on Judas. I have seen even visiting School children in Parliament
    showing their disgust at this permanent heckler’s rowdy behaviour
    in Parliament.

    Senguttuvan

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      Thus the Ombudsman bemoans with a love from Judas…..

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    Azwer is one the fools in this century. I wondered that, who has given him an opportunity in the parliament. And he has no ethics no education, he is a bloody shit. As the parliamentarians they should speak for the people of Sri Lanka not only for the community.

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    Ha, ha, ha! This Sinhala mother must be a great woman to produce those who claim to be Sinhalese, Sri Lankan Tamils and Sri Lankan Muslims. Let us all venerate her! No wonder it is said that ‘hita honda geni hemadama badin’.(The woman with a good heart is always pregnant). No wonder when the itinerant Arab vendor of clothes offered her extra three inches of the cloth.Who is the woman who will not fall for the extra three inches?

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      So, the Sinhala man was really short of three inches eh? You mean, even with everything intact the way he was born, he still could not make up for the arab traders extra three inches. No wonder then that the woman fell for him.

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    Its a shame isn’t it? The Islamic nations supported the Lanka government at many an international forum whenever this regimes deplorable human rights record came up for censure, and now that the nelsonian eye of racism has turned on the Muslims, the same Muslim countries are left to wring their hands. You sow the wind and reap the whirl wind, dontcha know?!

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    But I disagree,

    Sampanthan and Sumanthiran should not have intewrvened and tried to fish in troubled waters.

    Tamils usually engage in confrontational politics and make it difficult for a compromise.

    Whereas Muslims try to be cautious and address much more diplomatically.

    However there is a danger and Muslim leaders must be aware of the danger.

    If they fail in their attempts and if the Muslim youth who are undoubtedly watching this drama believe that their leaders are ineffective and useless they might take over the role of their
    leaders with catastrophic consequences.

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    Please forget and forgive those bad remarks on Sampanthans speech in Parliament. Those with common sence will appreciate the contents of the speech. We cannot bring peace in the country unless you understand each other.

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      Sure; The Muslims have never and will always NEVER understand the Tamils. Oil and water will never mix.

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        Muslims who lack the value of co-existence in peace with all communities will find themselves in the oblivion zone.

        O mankind! Lo! We have created you from male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. Lo! the noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is the best in conduct. Lo! Allah is Knower, Aware. (The Noble Quran 49:13)

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1shfqw_ROo#t=10m19s

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    Azwer, I hate him. When he talks, shit comes out of his mouth. He is a very dirty and vulgar man. I’m sure he would end up in the hell for Allah wouldn’t forget or forgive those who betray his Deen. Here, he is protecting and giving room for those who want to insult Allah and destroy his Deen.

    Azwer were you deaf to hear their filth about Islam and Allah in the TV?

    AZWER were you blind – illegitimate son of your mother – see them carrying pictures with the word Allah in the head of pig?

    We do not want the Pakistani Foreign Secretary to talk to these no good bunch of idiots instead go the Web see for himself all in black and white, in colours as well also in pictures, video and words for the world and all to see and prove, how this Dirty Rascal Azwer is a stupid headless fool. He always come to prominence not by good means but by licking some one ass, that’s what he his doing now for the Rajapaksa.

    Hy Azwer you have to answer for this in Mahasar and have to pay for it dearly. Allah’s curse on you and your master!!

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    Many thanks Mr.Farook for this admirable but long overdue commentary.

    Kumar David’s recent observation on the political bankruptcy of Muslim parliamentarians is very apt here:

    “Muslim politicos, including the SLMC from top to bottom, are obsessed with greed, loot and sinecures. They may be compelled to surrender their privileges and venality – but only after the community gets hit by a freight train.”

    What more can one say?

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    Excellent Analysis, Yes these idiots are the “Bane of our Community”

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    The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress came in to being, solely for their own benefit, and not for the benefit of the Muslims. All along we have been voting for Buddhist politicians, and during that time we had no problems whatsoever. The SLMC divided the Muslims by deceiving some of them. No Muslim should ever vote for them or any other synthetic Muslim politicians.

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    THE SLMC ITSELF IS DIVIDED INTO THREE. THEY REPRESENT ONLY THEMSELVES.

    “SOME LANKAN MUSLIM CLOWNS”

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