29 September, 2020

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Should Muslims Vote For The UPFA Or Even The ‘UPFA Muslims’?

By Aman Faris

None of the Muslim leaders of yore like T.B. Jayah or Badi-ud-Din Mahmud or Dr. Khaleel would have ever imagined that there would ever be a situation where there would be no Muslim representation from the UNP in parliament from the Colombo district. But that’s exactly what has happened. They had cultivated their political philosophy and fined tuned it as time went by or when new situations demanded course corrections hoping the coming generations would follow their examples. But as matters stand today, the fact remains that there are no Muslims from the UNP from the Colombo district in parliament.

Minister of Justice Rauff Hakeem

Minister of Justice Rauff Hakeem

The reason for this is not because the UNP did not have Muslim candidates in the fray, but because they were so hopeless and stained with corruption or with stigmas like being more close to casinos than mosques that the disgusted Muslim decided to vote for candidates from other communities. Two of those who gained quite a lot form this situation were Wijedasa Rajapaksa and Ravi Karunanayake. As a matter of fact Mufti Rizvie the head of the All Ceylon Jamayathul Ulema (ACJU) openly supported a SLFP non Muslim politician who had crossed over from the UNP facing the harsh criticism of the governing ‘UPFA Muslims’ as well as from Muslims among the opposition. Whether the mufti’s stand was right or wrong is a different matter. The fact remains he shouldn’t have dabbled in politics. One thing is sure, nobody can accuse Muslims of voting on the basis of religious identity never mind the status of the candidate. By and large Muslims have identified themselves with the UNP and the proclivity stands still even to this day.

Rizvi mufthi’s stand in open support of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime did not prevent his (Rajapaksa’s) supporters from attacking mosques or carrying slanderous campaigns against Muslims. Muslims remember with shock and sadness how a procession led by a Buddhist monk carried an ‘effigy’ of Allah with a pig’s picture. The police stood by and did sweet nothing. Neither did the president or his government.

Why should Muslims vote for the UPFA?

Over the years the UPFA, or its main component the SLFP, has always banked on xenophobia to garner the votes of the Sinhala people seeing that they are in the majority and the way to success and power is to kindle the latent racial tendencies prevalent among some Sinhalese. S.W.R.D Bandaranaike started it all by starting his racial politics that favored the Sinhalese Buddhist over and above other communities in Sri Lanka, especially the Tamils.

In recent times Muslims have seen a shrine in Anuradhapura been destroyed by a mob led by Buddhist priests. Once again the police reduced themselves to spectators as did the government.

In the east Muslim lands have been expropriated by the government without even a by your leave. During the Provincial Council elections there the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) led by Rauf Hakeem cited these incidents and generally gave the impression to the voters that the party would quit the government because of its racist policies if it won a substantial number of seats.   Other communities including sections of Sinhalese Buddhists fed up with the regime had upped their expectations and had banked their hopes on Rauf Hakeem and his party. Would the party, they wondered, become a national party as its late leader M.H.M. Ashraf had said it would. The SLMC won a considerable amount of seats, beating even the government of which it is a part. But Rauf Hakeem did a volte face, much to the anguish of all those who thought they saw a national leader emerging in him. Remember Rauf Hakeem is a minister in Mahinda Rajapaksa’s largest cabinet in the world and continues to be one. This election too he has decided to contest separately. We can expect the same gyrations from him once again giving false hopes to the people who continue to suffer the exorbitant costs of living and watching the government members and their relatives revel in ill gotten opulence. Some of their children enjoy night races in the city and while they are at it the roads to and in the city are closed for the plebeians like you and I.

Memories are short in these ‘breaking news’ days. News has a shelf life now. But how can Muslims or anybody else forget the ‘Grease Yakkas’ that terrorized Muslim areas all over the country? And that too during the Ramadan season? The government did not lift a finger to inquire into the terror unleashed by the ‘Grease Yakkas”. How could it when it is public knowledge the ‘Grease Yakkas’ were military men, their own ‘war heroes’?

Can Muslims forget the attacks on Muslim owned establishments like the attack on ‘Fashion Bug’? Can Muslims forget how the case was buried when the owners were asked to ‘withdraw’ the case against the Buddhist monks who lead and indeed carried out attacks of violence? This was a police case and under no circumstances can the victim of violence can forgive or withdraw the case under the law.

While we are at it, can we ask Muslims if they can forget the ‘halaal’ issue that caused so much heartburn among Muslims? So much so, there was talk of ‘teaching Muslims a lesson’ now that the ‘great lion race’ had defeated the Tamils. It was time to subjugate Muslims to serve as servants to Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism. The talk then was the UPFA government created the halaal controversy to divert attention from the core issues confronting the nation. And now the UPFA governments’ spin doctors, like Rajpal Abeynaike of the Daily News, are crying that the ‘Suddhas’ are at it again at Geneva. So give your vote to the savior of the race and the defender of the faith, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, so as to give him the strength he needs to defeat yet another ‘international conspiracy’ against the only Sinhala Buddhist country in the world and also to convey the message that it’s alright to commit war crimes as long as the victims are from the ‘other’ communities. If the victims were from the Sinhala Buddhists, as virtually all of them were in 1989/90 violence, our President Mahinda Rajapaksa did a bolt to Geneva to betray the country to the international community!

More recently the government, on the request of its Bodu Bala Sena demolished buildings at the site of Daftar Jailani in Balangoda. Sure there are Muslims who do not acknowledge such shrines, but they must realise that an attack on one is an attack on all. A leading prominent ‘UPFA/SLFP Muslim’ said that this would be done only over his dead body. He’s still alive and very much with the government.

As if this is not enough of conviction for Muslims they must bear in mind the plight of the chief prelate of the Mahiyangana Mahaweli Aramya Venerable Watareka Vijitha Thera who had complained to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) of death by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) because he spoke of Muslims as being a part and parcel of the country at an Iftar ceremony at a mosque in his area. The HRCSL rejected his complaint and even the police seem to negligent of their duties.

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    Majority of Sinhala Buddhists are racists or willingly support to the racist agenda of eliminating other races or religions to create a mono ethnic, mono religious island of Sri Lanka. It is sad Muslim political leaders collaborate with those political agenda of the Sinhalese. They cannot open their mouth because they sold muslim community to get their chair in the parliament and get personal benefits to them. Unless Muslim community revolt against these corrupted politics of Muslim leadership they will have to face same elimination (genocide) as Tamils.

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      There is only one man who laid the foundation for Bodu Bala Sena, Sinhala Ravaya, Ravana Balaya, and all other Sinhala-Buddhist Racist/fanatic organizations (including JHU) in Sri Lanka that is engaged in Anti-Muslim/Christian Hate campaigns and attacks on Mosques and Churches. It is none other than Gangodawila Soma Thero who suddenly appeared from nowhere (or rather from Australia in 1996).

      Through his Hate speeches/sermons during the late 1990s against the Muslims and Christians in Sri Lanka, he brainwashed the Sinhala-Buddhists (especially in the villages) by preaching that the real enemies of Sinhala-Buddhists are nobody but Muslims & Christians. He also carried out a campaign to root out misconceptions entertained by all Sinhala-Buddhists with regard to the worship of Hindu deities. He had a huge number of followers in Sri Lanka. Even Gota is one of his brainwashed followers. They would have started a Religious war against Muslims & Christians in late 1990s itself if there was no LTTE. The moment LTTE was crushed, they immediately started their next program to crush the Muslims & Christians.

      At that time, the SLMC minister Ashraf was very bold and was smart enough to challenge Gangodawila Soma Thero on behalf of the Muslims. Today we have spineless puppets as Muslim politicians who are good for nothing. The Muslim community should teach these bastards a good lesson by sending them home for good.

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        Watch on youtube, debate between Ashraf vs Gangodawila Soma Thero

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkDmEUJ99Z4

        Conspiracy theory says Ashraf was killed for this.

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        Best thing WOULD be Hakeem to break away paving way others to follow him. I have no doubt, there are enough young muslim leaders that have talents to lead their communities. I love the way Sumanthiran lead his community. Alas, young muslims would learn nothing from Azwer, Hakeem or others in spot light today. They are made LAP DOGS of MR. These personalities should reawake and see the best for their communities. Right at the moment, with all kind of intimidations, publicly exercised by MR thugs, how can Muslims, JHU or others stay this mum ?

        UFPTA coalition is the root cause for all the problems that the nation faces today.

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          Whatever the Koran says in one place, it contradicts in another place. No wonder Muslims put a round hat. He can tilt it the way he wants. Hakim too follows suit. I wouldn’t blame him for he reaps the best out of every situation.

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            Could you give an authentic example from the Quran,.without bullshitting.

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        Mohommed, It is not the Ven.Soma thero who first woke up the sleeping Sinhalese from their slumber. It was late Anagarika Dharmapala. The truth he told becoming a reality today. You and the rest very much like Sinhalese to stay deaf and dumb while muslims and tamils do whatever they want to reradicate Sinhala nation.

        The Muslims who had good relation with Sinhalese in the past although there were few incidents. This relationship shattered by the Libiyan Leader Gadaffi who arrived here in 1976 for the Non-Alighned Summit meeting. He was the man who gave ideology to muslim leaders and Moulavi’s that he would like to this country become a muslim country one day. If he alive today and visit Katthankudy,Akkaraipattu or Sammanthurai area, he must be very happy and would say to Hakkeem and Hassen Ali and the rest, Hey guys you did a good job within last 4 decades, I feel like I’m walking in a street of an Arabic country. But this is not enough I’ll pump you more money and when next time I visit I want a muslim church in front of a Dalada Maligawa,in front of Ruwanveli Saya, Kelaniya,Gangaramaya,Bellanwila,Seruwila temple etc… And also another mosque in front of President’s house. I don’t care how much it will cost. Buy the old British embassy building if there is no land there. He might further says, I’ll talk to my Arab bretheren’s and find a way to give financial assistance to muslim families who have more than five children.

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          You are pouring out, bull-shit, out of a cow’s arse. That too a cow suffering from hoof and mouth disease

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        The late Ven. Soma Thero was an overestimated half-wit. In his debate with the late Ashraff on the National Anthem the priest
        held the wrong view no country in the world sings its Anthem
        in more than one language. There may be several but South Africa is one whose Anthem has a place for several languages in the Union. He said the Indian Anthem is sung in Hindi. No. It is sung in Bengali – the language of its creator Pundit Rabindranath Thakkur.

        The ethnic question here has reached the stage it has largely due to demagogues, ignorance and misunderstanding of historical events.

        Backlash

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      ajith, u r a [Edited out]

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      Aman Faris,

      Expose the facts of Sinhala Mahanama Buddist Racism and Imaginations and show that it is NOT Buddhism.

      Show that the Sinhala are para like the Tamils, as far as the native Veddah are concerned.

      The Tamils generally call the Sinhala (Mahanama Monk) Buddhists, racists. Now both, Sinhala and Tamil, have data to support each other’s assertion. This may explain why there are hardly any Tamil Buddhists in Lanka, whereas in India, every state has a few percent Buddhists ( non-Mahanama Buddhists). This is truly the curse of Lanka, that prevents in forming an egalitarian society. The other is the separation of Church, Temple. Mosque and State.

      The Tamils chasing the Sinhala and Muslims (Tamil speaking) from Jaffna and the Northern Province, factual data, can be interpreted as Tamils are racists. The word para, para-deshi, probably means foreigner or stranger, who does not belong to the land.

      So, para-Demala means foreign Tamil, as opposed to Demala, Tamil. So let us see who the para-deshis are in Lanka. They are commonly known as Kalla-Thoni, or Illegal-Boats.

      So who are the Para-Deshis, the Kalla-Thonis and Illegal Boat People in Lanka. The land of Lanka belongs to the Native Veddahs. They walked across the land bridge when the sea levels were low. They are the true natives of Lanka. Everybody else is a Para-Deshi, the Kalla-Thonis and Illegal Boat People Kallathoni or Illegal.

      This list includes
      1. The Para-Bengalis , (the Para-Sinhala)
      2. The Para-Kalingas, (the Para-Sinhala)
      3. The Para-Orissans ( the Para-Sinhala)
      4. The Para-Tamils (Para-Demalas)
      5. The Para-Malayalams ( The Para-Karavas)
      6. The Para-Yonas and the Para-Muslims, Para-Arabs and Para-Persians. 7. The Para-Portugese(Parangi) and the Para-Kaapiris.
      9. The Para-Dutch(Parangi)
      10. The Para-Malays
      11. The Para-English
      12. The Para-Chinese and the other Kallathonis, the Illegals.

      They all should get back to their Native Lands and leave Lanka to the Native Vedda who are not Para.

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      Are you saying that LTTE and their proxies TNA have been generous towards Muslims?

  • 14
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    The Muslim community should throw out all the present day Muslim politicians, except genuine ones like Azad Sally and form a united front like Tamils have done to protect their rights.

    The Muslim Congress is hijacked by selfish, corrupt fellows.

    Get rid of all the selfish corrupt ones hanging on to the regime like leeches.

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      Azad Sally honest? I did’t know that !!

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        He is honest to himself; Only.

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      Azath Sally may be intimidated during his arrest. Since then he has been in silent mode. He sounded as if he was different to Hakeem and the like but today his long silence changed the view dramatically.

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    Even if BBS take Alla on the back of a pig with racist morons Hakeem would be happy to be a Minister and Minister of no Justice to minorities, whether ethnic or religious. Can you find a better person to be a classic example for THAMBIGE THOPPIYA.

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      Mr Retort:

      A very funny name you have chosen. But you jibe against the Thambiya reveals your communal brand and character. Anyway, do you know who is wearing the THAMBIGE THOPPIYA today? Its the Moda Sinhalaya. Just ask Karu Jayasuriya and he will tell you. You know how many Kavun loving fools joined him on crossing over to the UFPA. His own son-in law is still on the other side, waiting for the dregs thrown his way to turn to that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Now the Thambiya has no more thoppiyas to wear. its all stolen by the Moda Sinhalayas. Heh, heh…..

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        Well said – Thambiys’s thoppi is in the head of the politicians who crossed over. Look at Jasiri- he poured venom at the Rajapases and now he is singing for rajapakses.
        Can anyone has a count on how many cross overs.

        Cap fits those who crossed over. High time you all stopped talking of the Thambiyage Thoppiya ………

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    Our Muslim Ministers are only interested in their own pockets. As long as they have been given plum jobs and perks by the govt they will support anything against the community, however high-handed it may be. Where were their voices when the Dafter Jailani and other mosques were demolished. Where were they when muslim businesses were attacked and where were they when the BBs and other communalists organised demonstrations agaist the slaughter of cattle for food. People like Paisa Must Appah, Wretched Bathdeen, Donkey Azwer, Rough Hack Him, Kelavi Mowlana, Pou-See and others simply dont care about the community but only come around for the muslim votes. Where were they when the Udatalawinna massacres of muslim youths carrying ballot boxes by that murderous father and his thuggish sons took place not long ago.Where were their voices when the innocent housemaid was beheaded by the Saudis? Not a whimper was heard but some of those named here had the gall to use the free govt trips to Saudi to dutifully perform Omrah for their own salvation on the pretext of pleading with the Saudi authorities for the release of the poor girl.This is the extent of hypocracy among our so called muslim ‘leaders’ of today. And mind you, they will cut one anothers throats just to be in the forefront recognised as ‘leaders’ of the community. And you want to compare them with people like TB Jayah? Bah!.These are the new brand of Muslim leaders who are only interested in making as much money for themselves on the shoulders of the community they pretend to represent.

    • 3
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      Why should people vote based on religion?

  • 7
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    Nari Sabry – They are Muslim Zionists ,working with Sinhalese Zionist to
    support the evils of The Zionists .

    A Muslim name does not mean you are a Muslim , how many of you Muslims are aware that .

    Faizer Mustafa and Mohamed Muzamail are actaully strong atheist ? they are both no different from salman Rusdie , and Rauf the poor bugger has left some evidence in the wrong hands of his naughty ,naughty things ,otherwise I think he is a bit better than these two buggers ,he was well fixed .

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      It is my understanding that Hitlerpassa has the “Kumari File” under his constructive control!

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    Thiru only comment with real Logic ,but most Muslims are lame ,and too arrogant they wont support Azad Sally , besides Muslims are very busy these days (chopping pork on the back of the pig) , if any one looks into the history of Muslims , it was always very easy to destroy Muslims , use them to destroy their own people.

    All you need is few tools ,one is to find a few moda Muslims who have some personal grudge against their own Muslim ,just like what they did to Rauf and My own mustafa and bingo they will do the slaughtering themselves ,otherwise money .. or just find some guys who do not want their own kind to prosper (this you will find a lot among the Muslim modayas)

    Sri Lankan Muslims are very stupid ,,, today there is a huge secret campaign against them to rob them left right and center and still they do not believe it.

    Poor buggars most of them have become poppers expect a few working and helping politicians and Sinhalese racist groups to destroy their own kind these buggers are jokers .

    Poor Azad Sally ..

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      Muslims have an effective strategy and will be enforced at the right time. Still water runs deep. They are a force to reckon. Sinhala Zionists will meet their destruction sooner than expected. Historically Muslims fight back only when all options run out.

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    Vote for Al Qaeda instead!

  • 5
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    Compared to Muslims in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Syria, etc. Muslims in SL are extremely lucky!!

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    Why shoukd there be any Muslims in the UNP? We vote for them and then they betray the voters and join the Government, Well you can’t trust them all right. So, the UNP is better off without them.

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      Yes- well said. Dont vote for Muslims, particularly Marrikkar. he will be like Sri Ranga who would do what Maharajah wants them to do. Just imagine Maharaja fielding 3 candidates in the three parties. Its Maharaja who killed the UNP by showing and further dividing the divided UNP. They pretend to be UNPers but they work for the regime and they have their own agenda.

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    In UK all mosques have been attacked at least once since 9/11.

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      They should have been wiped off the face of this earth according to most middle east.

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    The President has signalled his future intentions for WPC by appointing a SB racist to head the UPFA campaign. The endorsement by UDA / MOD chief GR for Gammanpilas campaign should be taken into consideration. Hence Muslims would have a choice of either voting for UNP or SLMC. There is no doubt as to the direction that would be taken if Gammanpila is appointed as Chief Minister of the WP.

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      Are you mad after the election Hakeem would back Gamanpila. That is his way and what he has done in the past and no reason to think otherwise. For him his ministry is the most precious and what bloody nonsense is the community except for vote catching. So Hakeem, CADER, Faisal Povu Si are all in same Kanji pot trying to fish for bigger pieces for their plate.

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    F F

    The attackers of mosques in UK , US have all been brought to justice except in Sri lanka .
    All the right thinking muslims should voice against racist regime and just vote for the opposition. not that they are good but they have no choice.

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    All through the dark days of the last thirty years, the Muslims were under the impression that their tacit support for the Sinhalese would be rewarded when the forces of terrorism were defeated. That misapprehension has led to the sad disappointment that engulfs them today. The growing and unchecked ultra nationalistic forces of Sinhala-Buddhism mean one thing – a future hell for all those minorities who now share this blessed island. But let us all be fully aware of what lies ahead if true peace and respect cannot be found. Unlike the LTTE and their Diaspora/Tamilnadu support, our Muslim community has at its command a vicious network that will unleash horrific terror on Colombo and our other major cities. The carnage will make the LTTE transgressions seem like a daham-pasal outing. Muslim leaders must be mindful of the positions they take. Muslim voters should grow up and realise that there are just as many capable non-Muslim politicians who will fight for their rights. It is imperative that all the powers that be get together to put an immediate stop to the spreading cancer that threatens all of us.

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      Yes, this cancer state has been becoming to “METASTASIZED” (incurable) due to the fact that many in society paid them a blind eye all these years. In the name of war victory, they the rulers achieved their personal agendas making them corporatists to this day while sending common man a comparable situation of a poor indian man who has the chance to live their dreams by watching THEIR kind of “kitshy” hindi movies. Most of hindi movies contribute them unachievable moments.

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    The reason there is no strong Muslim in UNP is because leaders like Rauff Hakeem who “thoppi peralala” became a UPFA associated Muslim Congress member. His Father in law Kuddus was also the same, jumped from one party to another. eWhen you have people like Rauff Hakeem, Thondaman, Rambukwela, Champika Ranawaka etc in politics who are traitors to the communities that elected them, what else can some one expect from the Sri Lankan political climate?

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    We DON’T need leaders fighting for different communities or their rights, be it Sinhala, Muslim, Tamil or Christian. We need leaders who fight for WHAT IS RIGHT! The Day of Reckoning for some of the ‘high and mighty’ is not far off…

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      Spot on, Mr Fazl. That will be the day when we grow up to be one true nation.

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    Is sad the the S.L Muslims never had a strong policy. They always swayed with wind of power. When UNP is in power the Muslims will join UNP. When SLFP is in power the will jump ship. When Tigers demanded separate state and had peace talks with Ranil, Muslims cried they want to to have a deal too, as if they not happy with their status in the unitary government. They promptly joined the spying service against the Tigers in Jaffna. Eventually they were kicked out of Jaffna. They then continued as the main bulk of Army Intelligence officers against the LTTE. Now that LTTE is defeated, the government does not need their service any more. The Muslims are now helplessly watching the burning mosques, anti-halal movements and land grabbing tactics of their Sinhala-Buddhist brothers. The spineless Muslim leaders are still cringing behind Rajapakses. This reminds me of the upcountry estate workers led by the unscrupulous Thondaman. Unless you are strong no one will care about you.It is because the Northern Tamil is standing tough, that International countries are paying attention to them.

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    Ashroffs bush hair is worth 1000 times more for the Muslims than this joker Hakeem.

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      No, No; Mine is worth more. Just ask any muslim in Kandy.

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    Muslims should vote for whoever they feel is the best person to represent them , irrespective of race or religion .

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      I agree and their best bet would be Hon. Sumanthiren, M.P. for all communities.

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      Voting is a pathetic joke. Every citizen should form some sort of alliance / partnership to work for the collective good of developing the country. Trusting Politicians who have a nexus with the radical SinHella Bhikkus will further erode the country socially and economically.

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      Voting these days is similar to betting on horses. Punters study the history of the horse before placing bets and pick only those have proven record of winning. The only difference is that horses in politics, even after relegation, often have the opportunity to change the race course from national to local and also to sell themselves to other racing camps. So the best person is the best bet is always a question and an answer depending on “circumstances”.

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    Should Muslims vote? But everyone claims this is a dictatorship?

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