17 April, 2024


Treacherous Sell-Out Of Democracy & Betrayal Of The Muslim Community 

By Latheef  Farook

Latheef Farook

Democratic forces from all three communities – Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims – in the island are seething with anger at the six Muslim parliamentarians who voted in favour and enabled the government to obtain the required two third majority to pass the draft Bill of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.

A total of 156 MPs voted in favour of the draft Bill while 65 MPs voted against it. If not for these six votes of what many Muslims described as sell outs, the amendment would not have got a comfortable two third majority. 

Thus they were fully responsible for what the democratic forces consider as the shameful betrayal of democracy and freedom, bound to affect the country and their own bankrupt community which send them to Parliament.

Of the six Muslims who voted in favour, four were from Rauf Hakeem’s congress and two from Rishard Bathiudeen’s splinter group. They include Nazeer Ahmed, Feisal Cassim, HMM Harees and MS Thowfeek from Rauf Hakeem’s camp and Raheem and Ishak Rahuman from Rishard Badurdeen’s splinter group.

Now the question is whether these MPS could vote in favor of the amendment without the consent of their leaders-Rauf Hakeem and Rishard Bathiudeen. It appears both Rauf Hakeem and Rishard struck secret deals as they always do and hoodwinked the community and the country perhaps for reason better known to them.

The two were masters in the art of striking deals and betraying the community for positions and perks .However in this issue they sold the community and the country for generations to come. Only the future will tell the outcome especially with a president who represents the Sinhala Buddhist interest in power.

Known for striking deals and betraying the community for positions and perks many in the community, sandwiched between corrupt Muslim politicians and equally controversial religious leaders, said this has been their tradition since the demise of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader the late M H M Ashraff.

For example ministers, deputy ministers and state ministers resigned from their portfolios in the wake of Easter Sunday massacre on April 21, 2019 to provide for what they said as 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.  

The SLMC was the outcome of the racist politics of the majority community from the time of independence and the racist arrogance of late President JR Jayewrdene who dismissed the Muslims when they opposed bringing Israelis here saying “well if the Muslims wanted to remain with the government they can do so .Otherwise they could leave“. He told this to a delegation led by respected Muslim leader Dr M.C.M.Kaleel who was then the Chairman of the president UNP.

This unfortunate situation continued after Ashraff’s death as many started striking individual deals and support the government in power often for petty benefits abandoning moral principles, policies and the community.

However the 20th Amendment to the Constitution is an issue which strikes at the very root of democracy, peoples’ freedom and the rights which the community and the country as a whole enjoy.

These MPs were aware how the entire Muslim community was persecuted for no valid reasons by racist elements now in power ever since the end of the ethnic war in May 2019. Knowing this very well how could these MPs vote for this amendment which would give undue powers to the very same forces which persecuted Muslims.

The immediate response of many knowledgeable Muslims that emerged was perhaps both Rauf Hakeem and Rishard Bathiudeen, may have struck deals with the government for reasons better known to them and the people  and allowed their MPs to vote in favour.

Respected Muslim scholar and well known columnist Professor Abdul Cadre Lebbe Ameer Ali from Australia who made an all-out effort all the way from Australia to persuade Muslim parliamentarians not to vote in favour said “I am at a loss to understand. Do Muslims need enemies when they have their own leaders who are oblivious to what is happening to their community and blindly support GR.?

As we all know this is a Sinhala Buddhist government, like the violent anti-Muslim RSS front BJP government in India, with their own hostile agenda to minorities; Hindus, Christians and Muslims alike. They are quite open about it and also ruthless in implementing their agenda. 

One could forgive these Muslim parliamentarians had they voted in favour of the government on another issue. The question is how could they vote to make a president all powerful as his agenda is hostile towards minority communities.

These MPS will be fully responsible for any measures that will be taken by the president or his government using the additional powers given under the 20th Amendment to further harass, harm or deprive the rights of the minorities.

This government has not shown any respect towards the feelings of the Muslim community since assuming office. For example refusing to allow the religious burial of Muslim corona victims and threatening to ban cow slaughter, the poor man’s meet without banning atrocious pig slaughter etc.

PEO TV has removed well known Islamic Scholar Zakir Naik’s Peace TV though Muslims are third most important community, but provided special channels to Israel, despite its crime records, and to evangelical Christians.

A Sinhalese friend of mine, a constitutional lawyer whom I meet regularly at Wellawatta Kinross beach said the day after the 20th amendment was passed-Latheef. I am sorry to say those six Muslim MPs who voted in favour of the amendment only proved the allegations made by many, of Muslims’ credibility.

I was speechless and defenseless. Under the circumstance the Muslim community in general and the civil society in particular should wake up and join hands with average Sinhalese who believe in communal harmony and peace. Unfortunately the community refuses to wake up to its own fate.

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  • 9

    “Treacherous Sell-Out Of Democracy & Betrayal Of The Muslim Community “

    The so called Muslim leaders and journalist were shedding crocodile tears on the 30th anniversary of the expulsion of Muslim from the NE .

    Now the Muslim traitor MPs have sold the entire country, not just the Muslims, to a dictator.
    30 years on from today they wont have any democratic right to shed any tears!

    I will let you make your own judgements about VP expelling Muslims!!

    • 4

      “expulsion of Muslim from the NE “
      Muslim sellout is a known fact. I don’t think I am out of line to say that its in their blood . Knowing their past and current behavior I think LTTE took the best option without physically harming them.

  • 13

    I am not a racist, but I was taken aback when I saw the names of SJB MPs, that too most of them Muslims voting as a group to support 20A. Unfortunately, these “Political Prostitution” of these Muslim MPs will in the coming days and years will turn those Non-Muslims especially Sinhalese who were sympathetic towards the Muslims against this community. These “Political Prostitutes” have made the worst decision of their political life and have put the plight of Muslims in a more precarious situation.

    The first major political error of Sajith as the leader of SJB was to appoint Dayana Gamage “Political Prostitute” as the “Pinata Seat” MP to the Parliament. This was in violation of the pre-nomination promise Sajith gave Mano Ganeshan and Rauff Hakeem. May be Rauff too was pissed off about this and he orchestrated this while voting against 20A – getting other party MPs to vote for 20A. I am saying this only because Hakeem has still not kicked out the MPs from his party who voted for 20A unlike what Sajith and Mano have done. My hats off to Mano Ganeshan who did not even take 24 hours to kick his MP out of the party.

  • 5

    the appropriate title of the article is Treacherous Sell-Out Of Democracy By The Muslim Community (MPs)

  • 9

    Maybe Gota made a deal with them that he won’t go ahead with measures like the ban on cow slaughter, or the abolition of the MMDA if they vote for him. Maybe Gota the Godfather made an offer they couldn’t refuse. Because otherwise they could end up like Dr. Shafi or the lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah. The funny thing is though Gota has sworn that he’ll terminate organized crime, his behaviour is just like an underworld mobster. The Muslim MP’s have acted exactly like what small-time gangsters do when threatened by a Mafia kingpin: JOIN HIM.

  • 2

    All these jumpers are of eastern province back ground.. (So called Matta Marakala) and Ali Sabri, Bakir Marker are southern Muslims. The main difference is that the Southern Muslims are more educated, live in separate houses as single families (rather than communal living like several families in one large house) and children have gone to CMB schools such as Royal/STC/Perters/Wesly and married to open and liberal women, and know how to live in a multi-ethnic enviornment.

    The power of Eastern Muslims is now being curtailed as these southern Muslims realized after Zaharan how much power was concentrated and controlled by these Eastern Muslims over the whole community and over the ACJU.

    But what this has shown is that so called Brotherhood of the faith was sold for some cash !!

  • 1

    Political Prostitution has been redefined by these Muslim MPP from the Eastern Province.
    The Rajapakses will have the last laugh!

  • 1

    If anyone expected anything different from these skull caps , then it is on you. Such low life politicians and parties have been the face of this community. They claim this as “living in harmony” what is actually a parasitic opportunism. The history will always remember them as such.

  • 1

    Did you actually think they cared for Thaj, Dr. Shaffi ,Hijaaz or for that matter Richard ????? What they may not be aware is their turn, too will come just like Richard.

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