30 October, 2020

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SLMC & Leadership: ‘Policy Of Something Is Better Than Nothing’

By Rushdy Nizar Getaberiya

Rushdy Nizar Getaberiya

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.

Hakeem

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.

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    It may be viable to East but not the rest of Island. Practically I prefer that Muslims in the rest of Srilanka should be part of main poltical parties. It does not matter which party you belong if that party serve the county and serve your communty in equality . That is what matter in our countries. Look at political system of most Muslim countries. It is in mere mess. So it does not matter which party you come from any national party if they secure interest of all

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    A very confused article written by an even equally confused man. Perhaps his name stands testimony to the state of his confused mind. Its full of contradictions. In the first place, one begins to wonder what a Getaberiya is doing in an unholy alliance with a Rushdy Nizar. Is he the best advocate to cast any opinion on the current state of the SLMC. At first he praises Ashraff and then in the next breath he blames him for his egocentric I, My attitude. Then he says that ” the idea at the rear crafting the SLMC (what the heck is that?)could be welcomed by every Muslim and perhaps much-admired by many likeminded Muslims although opposed by considerable number within the Muslims itself.” Oh boy, now Iam myself more confused than Confucius himself. He then rants on to say that Azath Sallys recent attempts at raising community concerns resulted in his custody because of a lack of unity among the Muslims. Nowhere does expound that Azaths own attempts at gaining personal glory at the expense of his community did not have the blessings of the Muslims for obvious reasons. He then blames Hakeeem for self-centric party decisions based on personal gain.However, he bemoans Hakeems inability to uphold community based decisions with fervour because of the threat of the Azath Sally type of reprisals against him. He then again blames the other Muslim leaders for not supporting Hakeem against rising extremism. He finally winds up calling for the Muslims who hired Hakeem to now fire him. So, what is his final solution? Being a Muslim myself, Im no admirer of Hakeem nor of any of the other so-called Muslim leaders who kiss hands and bums and wax eloquent for perks and personal glory. And boy, dont we have plenty of them masquerading to support Muslim causes for their personal gain? Fortunately, the Muslims are not a naive breed and are aware of these displays of bogus community leadership.One thing must be said about Hakeem however and that is that of all the fake leaders, (himself included), he tolerates no indiscipline among his party members. Did he not long ago reprimand a few of his party members who flouted party discipline at a recent by-election in the East? And Risarth Bathdeen is no standard bearer for the Muslims either though he earns this writers praise, perhaps because he does not hide his animosity for Hakeem. Articles of this sort crafted with personal agendas do not have a place in decent civil readership and CT should instal censorship standards not only to cover the quality of their language but also their content. Zindabad to all those so-called leaders fighting to prostrate themselves for personal wealth and perks at the expense of the Muslim comunity about which they damn well care two hoots anyway.

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      “GETABERIYA” INDICATES CASTE.

      THOSE WHO BEAT THE “GETABERA” DRUM.

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    “London (CNN) — A man thought to be a serving British soldier was killed by two armed men in a frenzied attack on a London street Wednesday, in what the government is treating as a suspected act of terrorism.

    Witnesses told of a gruesome scene in which the man was hit by a car, then hacked with cleavers and his body dumped in the middle of the road in Woolwich, southeast London.

    The two suspects in the killing were injured in a confrontation with police and have been taken to two hospitals, where they are being treated.

    CNN affiliate ITN aired a video showing a man with bloody hands and holding a meat cleaver, who says, “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you.””

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    I don’t give a shit to SLMC. It’s leader and the other MPs who sell us – the Muslims. They are corrupt and power hungry stooges of Got, Mara & Co. At out expense they enjoy the positions and perks. We Muslims should throw out these no good useless rascals. Where are these maroons when BBS and it’s associates attacking us from all the sides. What their government doing – nothing but they in bed with the regime and making merry.

    I’m throwing a challenge to them – if they are real Muslims and believe in Allah, let them leave the government immediately, at this instant, to teach them a lesson for what they are doing for the Muslims. I,m certain they wouldn’t have the stomachs and guts for this.

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    Generally the Muslim populace is not in need of any special treatment. If they are given the rights and opportunities as guaranteed by the constitution it would be adequate. Having said that, they need someone to speak on their behalf in case of special problems and difficulties. This is where the SLMC has failed to address the problems of their community. Their activities are rarely heard of. Meanwhile their ministers and mp’s seem to be enjoying all the perks and benefits accorded by the govt. As per his recent statement he doesn’t want to create problems for the govt.

    It is to the credit of Muslim MP’s in the govt that they work for the country in a progressive manner while at the same time looking after their constituencies. Rauf Hakeem is from Colombo / Kandy but has hardly done anything for the community. We don’t hear any other voices of the SLMC other than Hakeem? The SLMC seems to be a liability to the community as it prevents others from representing the community.

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      It is because of this back licking Ministers and MP’S create problems for Muslims like Assath. If they had the gut and will to speak and show adequate resistance, this govt would not cause unwanted harassment to Muslim community. Prey to Allah to save the community from so called leaders who sell it for their personal benefit.

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    A timely article well articulating the plight of the Muslim community in the hands of their own party. Although, I am totally against communal politics and the SLMC in particular from the inception, the late Mr Ashraff cannot be altogether faulted for creating the SLMC which is by default, as I am made to understand due to strong opposition by the then Muslim leaders of the two main national parties, for Mr Ashraff playing a role for the Muslim community in the two main national parties. I totally agree with the writers view on the present leader and the party which has turned out to be a monster for the Muslim community.

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    Hakeem is there not destabilize the government but to strengthen the hand of Rajapakse government. Obviously Rajapakses are very famous to support the helpers at the expense of any obstacle. Put the community and public to the bin after all when I scratch their back, they will scratch mine. Otherwise they will thrash my back so easy and self beneficial way should be his answer

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    Is’nt it time for the Muslims of Sri Lanka to wake up and reclaim their identity and values from the likes of Rauff Hakim, SLMC and Jamiah tul Ulema? It has been proven beyond any reasonable doubt that everyone of these people and entities have pursued their enrichment at the expense of the Muslim community.

    If honesty, justice and intention are some of the cornerstones of Islamic values – Its about time Muslims tested themselves, instead of judging the rest of us, all the time!

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    If you want to support MR support Hakeem, support? Better you support presidents hand kissing ALAVI. If you want to oppose President, well think of parties opposing the government. Leaders of Ashroffs calibre is not there for your community anymore. So don’t support MUSLIMS who are ready to get sold out for their personal benefits.

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    Not only Hakeem even Late Ashraff is still living he would have had the same situation now. Let’s not blame the minority parties! Let’s all blame the main opposition for current situation!
    Why blame Hakeem? Tell me which minister or parliamentarian has the power or influence in the current political arena? Except Rajapakshas who has the power? None!
    In the shadow of military rule we are all powerless creatures!

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      Hakeem is the man who helped the MR govt to turn upside down independent commissions in Sri Lanka. He is another person who wants MR to go for the third term. Now of course MR HAS PUT THE MUSLIM community to hand cuff status. All this for his ministerial perks. IF YOU EAT ROT MOUTH SMELLS. Don’t get hurt when people complain about your stinky mouth.

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    Mr. Ilyas don’t try to clean Hakim and blame the opposition. Didn’t Hakim stab the opposition and the voters by crossing over and giving wide powers to the government which in your words is in the shadow of military rule?

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    This present Leader who is selling the Muslim’s rights and he wanted only to Enjoy with all the benefits from the government.who selling the Religion for his Monkey politics and pushing all the Muslim’s on the fire.

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    TO CLEAN HAKIM,-QUITE A BIG JOB.YOU HAVE TO PUT HIM THROUGH FIRE.

    FOR THE THINGS HE HAS DONE AND SOLD THE COMMUNITY HE WILL END UP
    IN THE “BAR-B-Q”

    ALONG WITH HIS TEAM OF COURSE!!!!

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