Rally-round the Muslims under one umbrella was most likely the founding philosophy of SLMC. The idea at the rear crafting the SLMC could be welcomed by every Muslim and perhaps much-admired by many likeminded Muslims although opposed by considerable number within the Muslims itself. Late SLMC leader’s initiative has to be appreciated, but, “I am Ashraff & Muslim congress is mine”, this had hoodwinked the entire political organization as a whole. His sudden demise was not him alone but completely erased the entire Muslims HOPE whom just excited to experience a political solution for long standing discrimination as a minority living in a majority non Muslim country. He was a prominent minority political leader who had enough courage and ability to convince the Muslims and major political parties such like SLFP and UNP. I am extremely saddened at this moment about the SLMC, its members and followers, as to why, the said organization has become merely a profit making administrative center for handpicked members. More like a politically well-organized mafia faction making self-centric decisions rather based on community-centric interests.
The SLMC current leadership is merely a marionette and his political activities are limited only for certain powerful government ministers and pays a serious attention towards the orders given by them. Every his political move has been noticed by the party supporters and other Muslim mass in the island. It’s awfully pathetic to say the leadership has no courage to stand alone or to play any constructive role for those who elected him. There are cracks within the party and leadership though it’s covered with see-through white curtain, the shadow explains thoroughly as internal politics has become worse than outside dealing. Once a commanding political party now has fallen apart with no hope, how to regain the lost weight from the current political environment. The leadership hunger has buried Muslim rights and other benefits completely and put people hopeless.
Unlike the former leader, SLMC now has no influence and bargaining power or pull out any favors; this has the case with other Muslim Ministers and MP’s in the parliament who would not stand for the benefit of the community, which is very unfortunate. Recent anger, extremism over dominating Muslims and forceful intervention of influential extremist groups disturbing the peaceful coexistence has been continuously occurred and Muslims and its affluence being destroyed in the day light at times with the presence of spectator armed forces with no action taken at no point to prevent such cruelties could be the ideal example. One must not forget former deputy mayor Azath Salley’s effort on raising voice against the extremism and ended up in custody because of no UNITY among Muslims. Had he supported by other Muslim leaders possibly a political solution could have achieved.
Government MP Rishad Badurdin has taken the responsibility to do everything in his caliber to work with the government to strengthen his constituency further, whilst the hypocrite Hakeem being a Minister of Justice is unable to provide justice to his own people, leave aside the international outcry on various serious legal issues. Being the Justice Minister he is accountable to the countries law and order situation, and to maintain the peace and stability.
After the demise of M H M Ashraff, the SLMC continued to face serious consequences and failed to prove the party has the influence to convince governments. Under Rauf Hakeem, there is no full-fledged command which could be accepted by its members or SLMC parliamentarians rather they heavily influenced or bought by the ruling party for personal benefits, power and perks. Internal rift within the party and its responses towards people have become a comic. The esteem and reliance on the party, people kept have drastically damaged and party is getting scrawny in every next day.
It is Muslims of Sri Lanka hired him, therefore, it’s the time for him to be fired by the very same people who elected him since he is failed to fulfill the promises.