Rizana – Another Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry Failure
Posted on January 15th, 2013

Shenali Waduge

 Rizana Nafeek a Sri Lankan national from Muttur was beheaded according to Saudi Arabian law on 9 January 2013 having been found guilty of killing a 4 month baby while serving as a domestic in Saudi Arabia in 2005. The appeals for her release were many “”…” from both local and international. Yet, it is the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry and its Mission in Saudi Arabia that must be held accountable and an inquiry must take place to review where the mistakes took place and how best these can be addressed to avoid such incidents from taking place in the future .

 Where did Rizana go wrong?

For starters Rizana came from a poor Muslim family. She wanted to chip in to do her bit for the family. Did that really necessitate to forge documents and travel abroad? Doctoring public documents is a criminal offence. That she altered her age to read as 21 when she was only 17 at the time of departure cannot constitute blame on the Saudi Arabian Government. Human Rights organizations can object in view of her real age but Saudi Government cannot be faulted because her passport gave her age as 21. Rizana, her parents and the Muslim agent who doctored her documents are to blame.

 Moreover, she did not go through the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau. Could she not have begun helping her family by becoming employed as a domestic in a home in Colombo? Are domestics now not paid more than Rs.10,000 exclusive of food, lodging and clothing given? Moreover, one is able to at least see one’s children, attend a funeral or even run home for any emergency “”…” one cannot do any of the kind when living as a domestic overseas!

 Rizana was just one among 1.8m Sri Lankans working overseas “”…” of this 45% are females. She was not the first to be beheaded and is unlikely to be the last also. If we do not want to see such incidents take place “”…” we need to seriously address this issue and problems always have solutions so long as there is passion to solve it.

 The stories of Sri Lanka’s imported women being battered, raped, abused, tortured, humiliated and even put to death has never reduced the number of women desiring to go abroad or made officials to reconsider other avenues of generating income as the social implications of a mother’s departure overseas has resulted in too many shocking news affecting Sri Lanka. Why do we knowingly want to send our women to be physically and mentally abused and treated as slaves? There is little point in blaming the other country because we are knowingly continuing to send women to be treated this way. The welfare of these women should matter more than the billions of remittances that these housemaids send home. We had plenty of time as a country since open economy to create skilled workers for overseas assignments rather than depend on labor remittances and have to deal with women who return home in coffins or without arms and limbs and then to deal with children being raped by their fathers.

 Be that as it may the crime committed by Rizana was in 2005. We are all well aware of the Saudi Sharia Laws “”…” we know how rigid they are and we know the consequences and how infidels (non-Muslims) are treated according to Sharia laws. Therefore, Saudi laws remain internal and nothing that Saudi will agree to change and nothing that can be changed. Having said that we are also aware that the killing of a baby constituted a crime categorized under Qisas: Eye-for-an-eye retaliatory punishments “”…” the family of the baby could choose between demanding death or granting clemency in return for diyya or blood money by the perpetrator. The family had however refused blood money. However, there are plenty of cases of blood money being accepted.

 Now, we come to the question of how many trips have the foreign minister and other officials being making since 2005 for Rizana’s release spending millions and not one of them cared to visit the parents of the “murdered” child in whose sole hands laid the decision of whether Rizana could live or die?

 When it was well aware that ONLY the parents of the child could reverse the decision why did the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry not explore this avenue further?

 When we have a mission in Saudi Arabia well aware of how Sharia laws take place and the likelihoods of punishment why did not a single official have the brainwave to meet the parents and do a little PR on them and explain the poverty of Rizana’s family “”…” certainly not to have told the mother that according to Sharia she should be breast feeding her baby and not giving the bottle! A visit or two to the home of the baby may have at least helped far more than the tamasha’s, statements and trips which have been of little use and another burden to the tax payer. Did it need to be given executive orders for foreign ministry officials to think of these simple tactics they could have adopted IF they were serious about doing something to get Rizana released.

 Then we move on to the family of Rizana. She left to go overseas to change the economic status quo of her family living in a hut. That was in 2005. In 2013 as media hurried to interview the grieving parents “”…” they remain in the same hut. Rizana’s case hit global news as far back as in 2007. When mosques are coming up all over Sri Lanka like mushrooms, when money is thrown to somehow push for Sharia laws to be implemented in Sri Lanka, when rigid extremism of Islam is appearing to signal danger signs for the country “”…” could they not hand a few lakhs to make a home for these people? Why did fellow Muslims fail to look after their own? Similarly when all took to the streets simply because of a film that no one had seen was said to insult Islam”¦ why did they not protest against Rizana’s beheading”¦ a lot of hypocrisies all round.

 However, coming down to the Foreign Ministry “”…” it behoved this external affairs line Ministry to have handled the situation far better than mere talk which has become the hallmark of its role. It has left the Saudi’s angered by the negative media coverage and for all we know the Ministry may end up compromising Sri Lanka to make up for their gaffes. We were surprised at the quick reaction by Sri Lanka to the execution by recalling the Sri Lankan envoy in Saudi but it didn’t take 2 days to be told that a new envoy is being sent “”…” are we to laugh or cry!

 It is welcome to have academics who can speak intellectually and quote history etc.. but what good is that if there is no action, if there is no change and if there are no significant results for the country. It is time to seriously revamp the Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs “”…” the root of all the present ills the country faced did lead to its head!

 

 


30 Responses to “Rizana – Another Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry Failure”

  1. sena Says:

    what is the point of blaming the foreign ministry officials? Haven’t you heard the saying “beggars have no choice” which the Saudi officials can relate to Sri Lanka. More appropriate question regarding the relevance of academics is their impact (rather lack of it) on the economy after more than eighty years of higher education in Sri Lanka. Together with politicians they shamelessly consume the productivity of blue collar workers like these housemaids and even more blatantly assign themselves the privileges like duty free goods. They could not care less to what happen to the country or to the dignity of women so long as their lifestyles are maintained on the shoulders of their fellow less educated poor country people.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    “When it was well aware that ONLY the parents of the child could reverse the decision why did the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry not explore this avenue further?”

    1. I don’t think any country would allow this.

    2. Look from the dead child’s parents’ point. Woud they like to be disturbed by anyone on the matter after their tragic loss?

    3. Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry, labour ministry, Islamic ministry, justice ministry, etc. tried very hard to get her sentence converted to a life in prison. But failed.

    4. The fault is 100% on the barbairc Sharia law. Rizana is not alone. She is among 80 others beheaded in Saudi WITHOUT a proper trial.

    5. “why did they not protest against Rizana’s beheading”

    Rizana’s parents got 2,000,000/= from a Saudi princess after the beheading!!!

    Her parents sent their child to work for barbarians when she was 17!! They KNEW her age. They are happy with the money. This is child abuse.

    Her parents MUST face punishment for KNOWINGLY allowing child labour.

  3. One Lanka Says:

    ‘Too little, too late’ was done by the Sri Lankan authorities. This brave girl sacrificed her youth and life for the betterment of her poverty stricken family.She was only 17,a minor who would not have a clue what to do in an emergency situation.Total negligence of the mother of the baby who projected her anger towards Rizana.

    Rizana’s mother says that she was made to eat her meals in a toilet bowl. She was collecting her prison allowance to buy sweets and clothes to her siblings.

    She is a Sri Lankan and I am amazed by the lack of protest by the Muslim community. Some Muslims say justice was done. This is what was told by the Muttur priest. Non Muslim Sri Lankans have shown more sympathy.
    Yes the government appointed another envoy almost immediately and who is fooling who.

    The fact is that Sri Lankan migrants to middle east bring so much foreign exchange, as such the governments will do nothing to stop this slavery. We hear all the horror stories every so often but poor women do not understand the risks they are taking by going to these lands.

    You very correctly point out that one can make 10,000 rupees a month by working as a domestic help in Sri Lanka. It appears that our women do not want to work as a servant in Sri Lanka but happy to be a slave in a desert.Those women work for 15 hours washing toilets etc for a mere 15,000 rupees. It is high time that these ladies are educated on the inhuman conditions of these countries.

  4. sena Says:

    “your comment is awaiting moderation” is selectively applied. – So I request the hosts to remove their claim of allowing free exchange of ideas

  5. Nanda Says:

    Is Shenali is saying,
    1. Rizana (aged 17 but officially 21) planned and killed a baby ?
    2. Rizana changed the age in the travel doc ?
    3. Riznza did not want want to work in Colombo as a slave ?

    Out of these questions the first one should be proven with zero doubt under modern law, because it carries death penalty.

    I agree with Lorenzo the root of the fault is 100% on the barbairc Sharia law. Even if Shenali’s approach is the most practicable, this root cause should have been faught to death, since it is a huge service for humanity. Even if Saudi’s got angry and killed her, that is appropriate line of action – not run away from the proble.

  6. Muhandiram Says:

    Correct,but Shenalees Islamophobia fever persistence to be cured.

  7. rohanana Says:

    Rizana Nafeek Sacrificial Lamb Promoted by Unscrupulous Agent, Executed By Sharia Law of Allah the Merciful
    Posted on January 13th, 2013

    Prof. Hudson McLean

    There are many open and unanswered questions which are highlighted by this tragic execution of a young Sri Lankan Overseas Expatriate Worker-;

    1: Exercise stricter control of Overseas Expatriate Worker and the Employment Agencies..

    2: Apply & Control Fees which can be levied by the Agencies

    3: Control the issue of Passports by stricter verification

    4: Register of all workers at the local Sri Lankan Consulate upon arrival.

    5: Passports if necessary to be held by the employer, should be held only by the Sri Lanka Authority, since the Ownership of the Passport is the Property of the Sri Lankan Government.

    Said that, there are highly disturbing questions based on the treatment of Overseas Expatiate Workers (OEW) by the employers of mainly Arab Muslim countries.

    Many OEW from poor countries such as Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Malaysia have been brutally and inhumanely assaulted by their Arab, predominantly Muslim masters.

    Burning with cigarettes, boiling water, driving nails into the body, starvation, gang rape by the male community, and many other sordid crimes are being committed, as we read this letter.

    I was a witness with two other European business partners, in Kuwait, when we were at a 21st birthday party thrown by the grandson of the then Ruler, a gaggle of beautiful young girls were brought in by several limousines.. The party over-flowing with Moet et Chandon, Black Label, Campari and a host if alcoholic beverages, served by tame Pakistani, Egyptian lackeys. The party was held at a desert mansion about 30 minutes drive from the City of Kuwait.

    Drinki, dancing, whoring flourished without any limits, when one of my Western friends started dancing with one Egyptian girls. I was informed that the girls are “the property of the Sheikh and Reserved” for his close friends. Within seconds, the girl with my friend was pulled away by two lackeys and slung into the pool, on the instructions of the Prince.

    After she swam out of the pool, dried and changed herself, the intoxicated girl returned to my friend’s arms. In a flash, several of the friends of the young Prince, pulled her off and slung her back into the pool. There was a loud “Thud”, Her head had split on hitting against the concrete, the pool went red with her blood.

    There was laughter, whilst the music and drinking continued. Several drivers came with a few sheets, wrapped the body and drove into the desert night.

    These girls were brought illegally, from Egypt, Jordon, Lebanon, without any Immigration control and they were expendable.

    One might ask-;

    1: Are there different Laws according to Sharia, for the Rich and the Rest?

    2: Is Allah the Merciful a big farce?

    3: Why is cruelty so blatant in Arab Muslim countries against the poor helpless workers?

    4: Why do the respective governments in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE allow such cruelty, specially Fuelled and Promoted by the Ruling Royal families?

    5: What action should the governments in labour supplier countries take in order to prevent such Abuse, Cruelty and Torture?

    At least the Government of Sri Lanka, led by HE President Mahinda Rajapaksa had the back-bone to protest which many other leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singhe hid his face beneath his turban.

    Hope the sacrifice of Rizana Nafeek was not in vain, and may help future workers to obtain humane justice in the Arab Muslim Middle East, InShallah!

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    4 Responses to “Rizana Nafeek Sacrificial Lamb Promoted by Unscrupulous Agent, Executed By Sharia Law of Allah the Merciful”
    Nanda Says:
    January 13th, 2013 at 4:46 am
    Saudi Hooligons having Eid Mubarak with this poor girls’s flesh.
    Flesh eating bugs should be eliminated from this world.

    Lorenzo Says:
    January 13th, 2013 at 1:29 pm
    “(CNN) — Saudi Arabia on Sunday defended its execution of a Sri Lankan maid for the death of an infant in her care and hit back at international criticism of last week’s beheading.

    “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia categorically rejects any interference in its affairs or in the provisions of its judiciary under any justifications,” a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency read.

    Human rights groups and the Sri Lankan government had lobbied for leniency in the case of Rizana Nafeek, who was convicted of killing her employers’ son in 2005. The family said she strangled the boy, Kayed bin Nayef bin Jazyan al-Otaibi, after being asked to bottle-feed him, but Nafeek said the infant accidentally choked on milk.”

    This is a very SAD situation.

    2 humans have died over the incident.
    Fathima Rizana Nafeek
    Kayed bin Nayef bin Jazyan al-Otaibi

    2 Allah worshipers have died!! Apparently killed by Allah worshipers. The religion of peace!!!

    Nalliah Thayabharan Says:
    January 13th, 2013 at 9:35 pm
    Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy that has no written criminal code and where court rulings are based on judges’ interpretation of Islamic sharia law. The punishment is always beheading for anyone found guilty of witchcraft.

    Saudi Arabia has a criminal justice system based on a hardline and literal form of Sharia law due to Wahhabi Islam being the official state religion.

    The death penalty can be imposed for a wide range of offences including murder, rape, armed robbery, repeated drug use, apostasy, adultery, witchcraft and sorcery and can be carried out by beheading with a sword, stoning or firing squad, followed by crucifixion.

    The death penalty can be imposed under the three categories of criminal offence in Sharia:

    Hudud: fixed Quranic punishments for specific crimes. Hudud crimes which can result in the death penalty include apostasy, adultery, and sodomy.

    Qisas: eye-for-an-eye retaliatory punishments. Qisas crimes include murder.Families of someone murdered can choose between demanding the death penalty or granting clemency in return for a payment of diyya, or blood money, by the perpetrator. There has been a growing trend of exorbitant blood-money demands, for example a sum of $11 million was reported as being recently demanded in exchange for clemency.

    Tazir: a general category, including crimes defined by national regulations some of which can be punished by death, such as drug trafficking.

    A conviction requires proof in one of three ways. The first is an uncoerced confession. Alternatively, the testimony of two male witnesses can convict, unless it is a hudud crime, in which case a confession is also required. Lastly, an affirmation or denial by oath can be required. Giving an oath is taken particularly seriously in a religious society such as Saudi Arabia’s, and a refusal to take an oath will be taken as an admission of guilt.

    Saudi authorities beheaded eight Bangladeshi workers who were found guilty of robbing and killing an Egyptian man in October of 2011. This cruel practice by far exceeded the code of Hammurabi’s severe punishment, “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”.

    Saudi Arabia employs about 8 to 10 million expatriates, the overwhelming majority of whom are imported from poverty-stricken Asian countries and are willing to accept any compensation under severe, often inhumane conditions. The rest are technocrats who come to perform jobs the Saudis lack the proper training to undertake. This is due to a poor school system dominated by the religious establishment, which is opposed to non-religious education. In addition, the regime continues to emphasize nomadic and religious teachings and traditions such as King Abdullah’s brainchild, the lavish Al-Janadriyah annual nomadic festivals, and Defense Minister Prince Salman’s favorite project, memorization of the Qur’an, in which he personally pays cash prizes (“from his hard earned personal income”). The religious establishment, the long arm of the system, continues to issue fatawi against reformers and critics of the system’s anti-democratic policies and practices.

    It has become customary to associate the Saudis with terrorism attacks anywhere in the world and for good reason; Saudi youth are the most readily available to be recruited by terrorists’ organizations to die for Islam. This is due to Saudis’ ubiquitous religious indoctrination in schools, mosques and the government’s tightly controlled media. Whether terror attacks take place in Iraq, Chechnya, Bosnia, Pakistan, Lebanon, North Africa, Afghanistan, Yemen, Indonesia, the Philippines, Europe or in the US, Saudi nationals and/or money are most likely to be involved in one form or another. Saudi youth are raised and taught to mistrust non-Muslims and consider them enemy until they submit to Allah’s will and abide by the Shariah law which rejects non-sectarian laws as interpreted by a religious establishment that is appointed by and shares power with the Saudi ruling family.

    Spread of Wahhabism throughout the world has been exponentially intensified under King Abdullah more than under any of his predecessors. Threatened by developing domestic and regional challenges King Abdullah implored the monarchs of the smaller Gulf States to ‘move beyond the stage of cooperation and into the stage of unity in a single entity’, which translates to a formal union dominated by the Saudi ruling family.

    King Abdullah’s had invited the two remaining autocratic Arab kings of Morocco and Jordan to join the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) even though they are geographically distant from the Gulf. Based on their historical experience, the overlords of these smaller Gulf Arab States consider the Saudi royals to be condescending, too rigid, heavy-handed, and confrontational. In addition, the rulers of the smaller States see the Saudi policies as a menace to their “live and let live” strategies, not only within their heterogeneous societies, but also with Iran, with whom they share borders and beneficial relations. The recent transition of power from the ailing and aging Saudi King Abdullah to two well-known pugnacious Princes, Naif and Salman, is more likely to lessen instead of increase cooperation, let alone create unity among the autocracies of the Gulf.

    Furthermore, the ruling dynasties of the smaller Gulf States can afford to reject the ambitious Saudi plan to form a “single entity’ which they know would be dominated by the Saudi ruling family and its Wahhabi ideology. In the early 1990s, the West began to shift its military presence from Saudi Arabia to the smaller Gulf States; as time passed, the West found these rulers more responsive to Western needs than the Saudis. The gradual shift of Western dependence from the Saudi ruling family to the rulers of the smaller States has diminished Saudi influence in the region and has rendered obsolete the smaller Gulf States’ need for Saudi protection.

    The failure to unite the Gulf Arab States rulers “in a single entity” under their control are more likely to increase the Saudi rulers’ reliance on domestic oppression and intense use of religion to promote their self-interest. However, pursuing these policies will increase the Saudi people’s discontent, which will to domestic strife and regional isolation, eventually hastening the fall of the Saudi monarchy to the very forces they are trying to escape.

    Nalliah Thayabharan Says:
    January 13th, 2013 at 9:39 pm
    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s inhumane acts are very disgusting. One concerns me about the West’s role in bringing liberty because if their own allies like Saudi Arabia can’t be changed then how can Afghanistan or any other nation be changed. West painted Gaddafi as a human rights abuser. Gaddafi is a 100 times better than Saudi Arabia’s monarch. Yet, the West never says a word to criticize the abuses in Saudi Arabia but in Libya it was an uproar.
    As long as Saudi Arabia kneels to NATO, then human rights violations don’t ‘exist’, if the Kingdom decides to make one move against NATO, then it would be labelled like Gaddafi and invaded.
    Western hypocrisy and double standards of United Nations just stink! Saudi Arabia is a close ally of the US/UK because of oil and arms deals but at the same time it is the most repressive nation on earth, ruled by an undemocratic, autocratic monarchy. It is OK to do business with Saudi Arabia but countries like Iraq, Libya and Syria are targeted because of an alleged deficit of democracy. What a joke!
    In 2003, Western media played a leading role in making the case for US/UK invasion of Iraq; as a result, we have over a million dead Iraqis, a ruined nation and no democracy in Iraq but as far as western media is concerned the mission is done well in Iraq- and the media in the West moved on to elsewhere. Now came Libya – regime change there brought in hundred of thousands dead – ruined nation and no democracy; Now is Syria’s turn to experience Western regime change and all that comes with its: ruined nations and millions of dead people. But now Saudi Arabia is part of the Western regime change agenda in Syria and if this happened– we will have millions dead, ruined nation and no democracy. Now the Saudi Arabia is leading the sinister agenda of arming terrorists against Syria.
    A Sri Lankan woman is currently facing decapitation by sword on a witchcraft charge in Saudi Arabia. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is nothing more than modern day barbaric country. Migrant workers are victims of harsh, psychotic and evil Saudi Arabians. They will be executed in crimes that most of them didn’t committed like the act of self defense only protecting themselves against the monstrous and brutal Arabians.

    rohanana Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    January 15th, 2013 at 11:31 pm
    The funny thing is that some Muslims are trying to put the blame on Saudis for this act and not accept this practice and other practices of Muslims according to Islam is wrong, outdated and really bad for the human kind especially for women. They forget that these were taught by an illiterate man who could not read or write and also heard the voices of God which is the first sign of Schizophrenia (worse incurable Mental Illness – there are millions who hear and talk to God in Psychiatric hospitals in the world including in Muslims countries like him). He is a man who has killed many and also would have charged as a child molester in today’s world. If Allah is so powerful I like to ask those Muslims why that Allah is not stopping these Barbaric acts, why is Allah not punishing those who are breaking his word and bring disgrace to Allah. That is the least Allah can do I suppose. I am yet to see that. Allah can dry out all the oil wells in Saudi as Muslims reckon that Allah has given those to Muslims. Allah could have stopped this girl’s suffering and beheading if Allah was so powerful, after all Allah created these bastards and the girl, and Allah should have the power to stop it. I am confused? Those educated Muslims who supposed to preach about Islam should know the answer, and in your answer please quote from the Koran as I have one, so I can check it out to verify. Why is that Allah is not punishing those Muslims (they pray 5 times a day) who do illegal things in Sri Lanka, who build Mosques illegally, sell drugs etc.?

  8. Ceylonese Says:

    POSTED AS RECEIVED – A TRUE PATRIOT OF CEYLON

    Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2013 10:54:40 +0530
    Subject: Subject : All Sinhalese to read
    From: [email protected]

    Dear all,
    First, I would like to introduce myself that I am Hiran Gunaratne, Colombo Sri Lanka.
    The aim of this mail is to express my views on mails I received from ‘[email protected]’ which is influencing to create racism among our Sri Lankan communities. I believe that my views would bring some result on the matter I am trying to express.
    The whole purpose of this mail is to make you’ll to understand on very important matter which is harming us and making all of us as indecent Sri Lankan. Therefore, I kindly request all of you’ll to read this mail completely and if you wish you can share your views with me.
    As you’ll know we are just trying to stand ourselves as a nation after a bitterest experience of a terrible war of thirty years. The net result is, we lost thousand of good people in this country by destroying our wealth and increasing anger amongst our communities.
    Now I will come to the subject what I need to discuss with you’ll. Why are we trying to start again a similar era hurting Muslims and Tamils? If you look at us as three communities Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslims are the only three set of people living in this country. Our history reminds us living together in harmony. That is why we are representing one national flag for one country. Unfortunately our younger generation is totally misguided by opportunists and politicians for their survival.
    I am pleading, what we are trying do is nothing but fulfilling our dirty politicians and opportunists ideas. And as a good Sinhalese community we try to deteriorating our self by contributing for these evil acts of few uneducated individuals. In every society we can see good and bad people living. But we cannot blame the entire community. To handle bad action there is a legal system in our country.
    Apart from our Sinhalese community, Tamils and Muslims we cannot reject. They are our Sri Lankan. They do not belong any other country. If you look at, Malaysia, 60% Muslims, 20% Chinese- Buddhist and 20% Tamils. Have you’ll ever heard any ethnic problems there? See how much they are developed than us and enjoy the life. The reason is, they do everything together and respecting each other and they enjoy good life. Take Singapore, 50% Chinese, 25% Muslims, 25% Tamils. Still they respect each other’s and do well in every area. The secret is that both countries are totally against discrimination and racialism. And they respect each other identity, religion, language, culture etc. They believe the success is only if you join together as human being.
    If you’ll think of war we faced, who helped us financially? Not India or China. They are only trying to grab our country. China and India not given us anything free. If they give 10 rupees they make sure to take 100 rupees from us. China gave arms to us during war time on huge money. India the same. Today India is trying grab all the good lands in Colombo for what we are suppose to pay them as loan what taken. China is taking all the good projects in our country. And they are trying to split us again with their rivals.
    The only countries helped us and still helping us are the Middle East countries. Not a single so call America and any European countries helped us substantially. All of us remember when UN went against us on humanitarian issues, all America and Europe countries voted against us. Ok, that is all right, what about India? Our close friend. India did not vote favor of us. Only Malaysia, Iran, Russia and other Middle-East countries voted us on favor.
    Today, what is our export? It is totally destroyed. Who’s responsible? Our politicians. Because of poor foreign policies and relationships and bad administration. How are we getting our foreign currency to pay back loans and our politicians to go around the world and spend million of dollars. It’s only from the salaries of our people go and work in Middle East countries. Otherwise, from where are we getting foreign currency? If Middle East countries stop our workers, that is the end of our labour export. That is the only export we have right now. All Europe, America, Japan and Australia are tightening their immigration rules to stop our people going to those countries. Only Middle-East countries are open for us to go and work and send money home.
    Next, who give us oil for longer credit and on low price? If oil is stop what is our plight. Only middles east countries give us oil on concession price. Iran is contributing the large part of it. I think you must know that recently Iran donated us two billion rupees of money that we are supposed to pay them on oil. They donated us that money without taking back.
    Pakistan is the only country who gave us technology during war. Their expertise knowledge in wars and experience shared with us to win the war. Not America and any European country. What did India give us to win the war?
    Who buys our tea? Majority is Middle-East countries. India and Bangladesh captured the European market.
    Think positively, has any Middle-East country forced us on anything like India, China and European?
    We are a small country without technological power. We need to have good friends around us for us to survive in these global arenas. And no powerful country would help us other than these countries I mentioned above.
    Your mails against Muslims and Tamils are receiving to most Sri Lankan abroad and other nations around the world. They all are rejecting your act as we are an uncivilised country. We are not opened minded and we still holding unpopular and unwanted differences amongst our people
    Because we are lack of enlightenment, we try to show anger and jealousy over Muslims, Tamils or anybody, see how much wrong we are doing within our Sinhalese community. So many killings, many rape cases, unjust is everywhere, politicians put us against each other, our wealth is only amongst few families, see our legal system which is more than hundred year old and not serving for innocents. Analyse our education system, it has totally destroyed. Look at our health system; it is only a big talk. What has happened to our farmers? Why are they suicide? What are we eating? Do our majority eat at least good one meal a day? All take-away. How can we bring a healthy society in the future? All will be sick people with malnutrition. The net result is, we would not have good thinkers in our society,

    Muslims good at business because their religious leader, Prophet Mohammed led his life as a trader. And they go in that way. Tamils give more priority for education, hardworking and in that they are successful. We as Sinhalese blame the government from the day we got our degree from the university because government is responsible for providing us jobs. Whereas Muslims and Tamil, start at least collecting bottles and papers to start their living. And that way they become good business peoples. Don’t forget they have come up in hard way. What do we do? Without thinking on any innovative way, blaming the government that they don’t give jobs for us. Or we are jealous over successful people whether Muslims, Tamil or Sinhalese by wasting our time talking gossip around us.
    Don’t forget we need the international whether we like it or not. All our good and bad acts are watch by them very closely.
    Are we really raising our voice against the unjust happening in this country? No, we only know to do everything behind the back. (Not all, please)
    Please, I am repeating don’t take me wrong. This is the truth. And I kindly beg from you’ll to think about truth of this.
    We believe in Buddhism as our faith, but are we practising the same way? We break the main five principles every day. Can we call us as good Buddhists? No, we believe in multiple faiths like many gods. Aren’t we using our Buddhism for advantages in life? Whereas Muslims and Tamils are live with their religions to some extent. How much of liquor production in this country? It is getting doubled every year. Who drink this liquor? Only Sinhalese 95% of it. Who destroy Buddhist temples and Buddha statues? Who kills Buddhist monks? Is it Tamils or Muslims? NO we who do that. So, can we call Buddhist? See how much of unknown killing happening in this country? How much rape cases happening daily? Is our media favour of us? No, they are in the pocket of our politicians.
    – Talk to your inner mind (please, only those who are guilty)
    So, can’t we raise our voice against our own wrong doings? Why we jealous over petty thing of other communities? Can Muslims and Tamils get rid of from this country by pointing one finger at them while our three fingers pointing at us? (Please, those who know history they know what I mean) NO, they are our part of community. We need to go together than spreading these ethnically violent emails around the country and in abroad. In the international picture we have no place to stand because of our own dirty attitudes of some. We are famous in our hospitality. Is it only for foreigner? Why can’t we have that now within us? Like our parents and grandparents did?
    I beg you thousands times, please stop such emails that you’ll spreading against our own part of communities. That only create unrest, unpleasantness and finally we are digging our own grave by showing our barbaric qualities to the world. We destroy our own soul, character, families, society and country. Finally we are totally living against our faith.
    We will try to learn business from Muslims, we will try to learn hardworking from Tamils. Muslims and Tamil want to go together. But we who trying to spread anger amongst them. (Not all our Sinhalese, but few under political agendas, true Sinhalese are peaceful and good human beings) Just because they are good at hardworking and business we should not raise our voice and have jealousy over them. We should be happy to have such people in our society. We must mix our capabilities and talents to the economy of this country to develop as one nation. Otherwise we will continue to split and finally nobody would be successful.
    I am not forgetting that, still our country’s society there are many good people living in and out of the country. I respect all of them. They are much opened minded, Understanding good human being.
    Also many good private organizations are there in our country try to treat everyone equally.
    At the same time sad to mention, certain private organization also executing hidden agenda on racism.
    Not forgetting to admire our Christian community who always choose to be very moderate.

    Think as an individual. Don’t get trap with politician’s tricks for short victories. Think of our future that if all three communities live together in harmony only we can enjoy good life in this country. Unfortunately most of our Buddhist leaders are also behind this materialistic world. Therefore, we can’t expect any good from them. (Only very few Buddhist monks are good but they don’t come to public, because they know what Buddha taught us).
    We will STOP Jealousy!!! Live by the true faith and values in this short span of life.

    Cheers and thanking you for kind consideration
    Hiran

    [email protected]

  9. aloy Says:

    hirang,
    You seem not to understand what really happens in Malaysia and Singapore. We treat minorities much better than these two countries do. Malaysian Tamils condemn SL all the time. Do they have the same opportunities as SL’s tamils in terms of University entrance and job opprtunities?.
    Minorities in SL have lost respect as they try to play tricks at every opportunity given to them. They did it from the time Brits left us untill today. Look at the Law College entrance exam results.
    Ceylonese,
    Do not call our country Ceylon any more. This shows you are not for reconcilation.

  10. Nanda Says:

    Ceylonese,

    “They are our Sri Lankan. They do not belong any other country. If you look at, Malaysia, 60% Muslims, 20% Chinese- Buddhist and 20% Tamils. Have you’ll ever heard any ethnic problems there?”

    What nonsence ? Malaysia has huge ethnic problems. talk to a Malaysiaa chinese and worse, a Malaysian indian and especialy to one from Saba or Sarawk ! It is only that the malysian government is tough on troblemakers like you, unlike srilkana you are too free to call yourself “Ceylonese”. Before trying show you are a gentlemen, learn to speak truth.

  11. Nanda Says:

    Rizana’s mother refusec to accept merderous Saudi dirty money !
    A true Lankan mother billion times better person than “Ceylonese” !, and better than most Sinhala people.

  12. Lorenzo Says:

    “Apart from our Sinhalese community, Tamils and Muslims we cannot reject. They are our Sri Lankan. They do not belong any other country.”

    A stupid thing to generalize.

    If they dress like bloody Arabs they are NOT SL but Arabic.

    If they watch Tamil Madu movies and talk in Tamil Madu language, they are NOT SL but Indian.

  13. Lorenzo Says:

    Sri Lankans don’t eat halal dirt!!!

    Only Arabs eat that.

  14. Christie Says:

    What we see in this case is the poverty among the Sinhalese and Moors and their only choice due to the recent history of Ceylon.

    We should refrain from having a go at another religion or the laws of a State. Islam is the second after Christianity in the world practiced by almost quarter of the world population.

    I am grateful to the Islamic countries for providing employment for our brothers and sisters who are unfotunate and never had the same opportunities back home.

    What opportunities did these poor have before the Middle East employment. Menikes, Bandas, Somas from villages were the domestic servants with the Sinhala middle clas and Indian (include Tamils) house holds. It was a status symbol to have a domestic servant. They started when they are 7 or eight years old. What they got was food and a mat to sleep. When the father came to see them and for wages they were just given the fares to go back. They were sexsually abused by the men and the young men of the house hold and their friends and relatives. Most of these villagers were the people who lost their land to the plantation sector.

    Then comes what do most of us do when in the West. Mainly manual jobs like our folks in Islamic countries.

    May Rezana be in peace.

  15. Voice123 Says:

    Lorenzo, dont you think that white dress that Mahinda Rajapaksa wears is the same as the white dress some Arabs wear? Only difference is the head dress. If MR puts a tea towel and elastic band on his head, he will look the same as them. MR and SWRD’s white dress is certainly not Sri Lankan either.

  16. Lorenzo Says:

    Voice,

    You can’t be serious!

    The dress worn by SWRD, Premadasa, MR is called the “Sri Lankan/Sinhala NATIONAL dress”. The dress worn by Arabs is a barbaric executioner’s dress. You can see at least 2 videos in this regard in the internet. It is more suitable for desert conditions while the SL dress is suitable for SL climate.

    Arabic female dress is also an executioner’s dress (“gon billah”).

    SL dresses are very similar to Indian dresses.

    But the birthday suit of SWRD, Pirapaharan (PBUH) and Prophet Mohammad got to be the same!!

  17. Voice123 Says:

    Lorenzo, this so-called Sri Lanka national dress was unheard of before SWRD invented it. SWRD and the Banda family wanted to Indianise Sri Lanka with this dress.

    Comeon Christie, BACK ME UP with more facts. Krishtee ji.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, was there anybody who wore this dress earlier? Did he copy the Indian veshti-dhoti? Why copy that when we already had the sarama (sarong)? Just because the rural person wore sarama, they looked down on it? Again, Indian style caste-consciousness displayed by our Sinhala politicians. How many people do you see today on the street that wear the SWRD veshti-dhoti national dress?

    As for Sri Lankan climate, coolest dress is an amuday and traditional dress for ladies was topless, with a redda or lungi style dress. Since the British period, these dress codes are considered indecent.

  18. Voice123 Says:

    “Rizana’s mother refusec to accept merderous Saudi dirty money !”

    Well done. It shows they are people of principle. I’ll bet the Saudis were surprised they couldnt just throw money around and shut people up. It will teach them that the poor are not that easily bullied or bought over.

  19. Lorenzo Says:

    Voice,

    No.

    SL national dress is SL.

    Indian dresses are different. COMMON PEOPLE wore the dress THOUSANDS of years before SWRD wore it!! That is what makes it SL.

  20. Christie Says:

    Bandata Vettitiya andola Sinhalainta Sinhala Kawanda salli dunne kawuruwath nemei Demalui Indian karayoyi.

  21. Voice123 Says:

    Lorenzo
    “Indian dresses are different. COMMON PEOPLE wore the dress THOUSANDS of years before SWRD wore it!! That is what makes it SL.”

    Thats surprising. Im interested in learning of your historical sources? Also, how exactly is the SWRD dress different to the veshti/dhoti, apart from being all white. So are you saying thousand odd years ago ordinary Sri Lankan males were walking in the tropical sun, rain, humidity up and down hills, constructing tanks, going along the beach and through forests, toiling in the fields, running, sailing, riding, conducting business etc in long white coloured (and ONLY white coloured?) robes exactly the same as SWRD? And at the same time the ladies were going about topless? (This was not obscene in ancient Sri Lanka. This isnt something to laugh at either. Its part of our culture). The Sigiriya frescoes is a realistic depiction and an authentic source. I would much appreciate an authentic source on the SWRD dress.

  22. Voice123 Says:

    Good point Christie.

  23. Voice123 Says:

    Krishtie, dannavada Hindhi jathi minissu samaharavita “fair and lovely” cream angata dhanakota dhoti veshti pure white robes andola, suddanta gaurakaranna. Tchi, lajja nadda karayo!

  24. Voice123 Says:

    Pardon my broken Sinhala!

  25. Lorenzo Says:

    Before SWRD there were people from villages who wore that dress. It has a SINHALA NAME!!

    Don’t assume people wore the same dress for all occassions!! Different occassions suit different dresses.

    Sigiriya women were in a heram thousands of years ago of the great Sinhala king Kasiyappa. They wore dresses appropriate for the occassion!! Others who were not in that circumstance wore different dresses.

    Arabic women are simply prostitutes in THIS day and age (otherwise they would not have intimacy with MARRIED MEN)!! This applies to other women of Arabic culture in SL who also practice polygamy. They must be TREATED AS SUCH. Dresses cannot cover their true profession and lack of dignity! :))

  26. Voice123 Says:

    Lorenzo, according to Englishman Robert Knox who lived in the Kandyan Kingdom in the 1600s, the women and men were barebodied and the women had MANY HUSBANDS (polyandry). There were no gonibillas or sudu veshtidoshti karayas at all. This is the opposite of Wahabism.

  27. Nalliah Thayabharan Says:

    Rizana Nafeek’s dad had a bull cart which he used to bring firewood from the forest, to feed his family.

    LTTE confiscated his cart in the forest asked him to pay a hefty TAX to release the cart. He sold his wife’s only gold chain to pay the TAX to retrieve his cart.

    Three days later while collecting firewood, for their own use LTTE permanently confiscated his cart along with the bulls.
    Because this within two months Rizana quit her school and left for Saudi Wahhabia at the age of 17.

    SO WHO CAUSED RIZANA”S DEATH?

  28. Nanda Says:

    No one but Andylingam’s friends.
    This is just 1 case.
    LTTE has done immense damage to Lanka. Whole concept of Lingam Land should be eliminated forever, before it is to late.

  29. Lorenzo Says:

    Voice,

    I don’t think so. Can you quote the exact sentence?

  30. Lorenzo Says:

    NT,

    Interesting. So it was a JOINT attack by LTTE and Saudi Wahabiya. Same thing now happening in SL.

    She was living in Trinco. There is a possibility the tsunami affecting them as well. She left SL months after the tsunami.

    I also blame her parents. They KNEW her age and should NEVER have sent her to that barbaric country. Poverty with dignity is way better than being a servant of barbarians to be beheaded for nothing.

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