Contributions of Muslim Countries to Sri Lanka
Posted on January 24th, 2013

NIZAMUDEEN ABDUL CAREEM ABU DHABI UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

We know that a swallow does nor make a summer. But unchecked, unhindered the swallow can swallow the peace and harmony of any country. No nation under the sun could develope or progress with communal disharmony , and hate mongering. It is time The Government of Sri Lanka take this Hate Muslim campaign seriously. Please read below the contributions made by Muslim countries to Sri Lanka.

 Kuwait.

A Loan Agreement was signed today in Colombo between the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development whereby the Fund will provide a loan to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in the amount of Kuwaiti Dinars 3 Million (Equivalent to about US$ 10.2 million) for financing the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka Development Project (Phase 1″B”)

The Loan Agreement was signed by Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Planning on behalf of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, on behalf of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, whereas Mr. Hesham Al-Waqayan, Deputy Director General signed the Loan Agreement on behalf of Kuwait Fund.

The total cost of the project is estimated at about Sri Lanka Rupees 1.483 Billion (equivalent to about KD. 3.965 million) of which the equivalent of about KD. 2.499 Million

Saudi Arabia.

Saudi gives Rs 5,332M for Kaluganga project.

Saudi Arabia will fund Saudi Riyal 172 million (Rs. 5,332 million) for the construction of a dam in Sri Lanka, which will be the highest grant offered to the island since 1981.

A four-member delegation headed by Agriculture Development and Agrarian Services Ministry Secretary A. Amarasekera arrived here Sunday to prepare the draft agreement which would include the technical details of the project. The agreement will be signed in Colombo. “This is the seventh financial facility offered by the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) for infrastructure development in the country,” SFD Project Director Abdullah Al Shedokhi told the Daily News.

Upgrading Road Net work.

Saudi Kingdom has offered financial aid worth SR225 million for the upgrading of road networks in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (srƒÆ’-¾”…” lƒÆ’†’¤ng`kƒÆ’-°ƒ¢-¾‚¢) [Sinhalese,=resplendent land], formerly Ceylon, ancient Taprobane, officially Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, island republic (2005 est. pop. .

The draft agreement for the financial assistance was finalized in Riyadh on Monday during a meeting between the Vice Chairman of the Saudi Fund For Development (SFD SFD Single Family Dwelling
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During his visit to Riyadh, Dr. Jayasundera also had discussions with Deputy Finance Minister Dr. Hamad Al-Bazei at the latter’s office in Riyadh. Sri Lankan Ambassador Ahmed A. Jawad also took part in the discussions.

Epilepsy and diagnosis hospital in Colombo, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka.

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….. Click the link for more information., the Sri Lankan government completed a 2.25 billion Sri Lankan rupee The rupee (Sinhala: ƒÆ’‚ ¶»ƒÆ’‚ ·”‚ƒÆ’‚ ¶´ƒÆ’‚ ·”‘ƒÆ’‚ ¶ºƒÆ’‚ ¶½ , Tamil: ƒÆ’‚ ®°ƒÆ’‚ ¯”…¡ƒÆ’‚ ®ªƒÆ’‚ ®¾ƒÆ’‚ ®¯ƒÆ’‚ ¯) is the currency of Sri Lanka, divided into 100 cents. The currency code is LKR. epilepsy and diagnosis hospital in Colombo, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka. It has already completed a neurological trauma hospital in Colombo, followed by the construction of 1,000 houses for tsunami victims in the island. SFD had given an additional grant of 330 million rupees for the development of health facilities at the neurological trauma hospital.

Longest Bridge in Sri Lanka.

Three years ago, the Kingdom gave 440 million rupees for the construction of the longest bridge in the island and widening of a highway in the island. The bridge linked the eastern town of Trincomalee with Kinniya, a village located some 300 km away from the Sri Lankan capital.

Trinco – Batti Highway.

The Trincomalee-Batticaloa highway was also widened with the funds allocated under the agreement. So far, SFD has given more than SR1.2 billion for various projects in the country.

Mahaweli Ganga Development Project System B in 1981

SFD had provided Sri Lanka with financial assistance on three previous occasions. It offered SR99.9 million for the second stage of the Water Supply and Sewage project and gave SR48.1 million for the Mahaweli Ganga Development Project System B in 1981.

Iran.

Technical and engineering Service.

Iran has supported technical and engineering services in Sri Lanka to the extent of US$ 520 million, Iranian Commerce Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari has said on Monday.

Ghazanfari has told Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris that Teheran is ready to further boost economic cooperation with Sri Lanka during a meeting between the two ministers on the sidelines of the 9th Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), the Iranian News Agency, IRNA reported.

Oil Import

Iran is Sri Lanka’s largest aid donor and currently the major crude oil supplier. In April 2008, Iran began work in several infrastructure development projects in Sri Lanka under a US$ 1.5 billion loan to the country.

Uma Oya Power Plant.

Iranian President during his visit to Sri Lanka in September agreed to provide financial assistance to several development projects including the Uma Oya 450 MW power plant project at a cost of US$ 450-500 million.

LNG terminal at Mirissa.

Iran has also agreed to set up a LNG terminal at Mirissa coastal town with a fishing harbour in Southern Province. The facilities at Sapugaskanda Oil refinery is to be augmented with Iranian technical and financial assistance.

Rural Electrification,

Sri Lanka last year signed a US$ 106 million agreement with an Iranian firm to provide electricity to roughly 1,000 villages in Sri Lanka.

Iran becomes Sri Lanka’s top lender.

Iran has emerged as Sri Lanka’s biggest donor this year, knocking Japan from the position of being the war-torn island’s main benefactor, the finance ministry said on Monday. In the five months to May this year, the war-torn island has received USD 1.05 billion in foreign aid, of which project loans accounted for 959 million and grants for 90 million, the treasury said in its mid-year fiscal report

Pakistan.

In May 2000, President Musharraf of Pakistan supplied millions of dollars of much-needed weapons to the Sri Lankan government, when separatist Tamil Tiger rebels were about to recapture their former capital of Jaffna.[10] In August 2006, suspected LTTE rebels attempted to assassinate Pakistan’s ambassador to Sri Lanka, Bashir Wali Mohamed, with a claymore mine in Colombo. Mohamed was not hurt but seven others died.[11] In May 2008, Lt. Gen Sarath Fonseka of the Sri Lanka Army held talks with his Pakistan Army counterparts regarding the sale of military equipment, weapons and ammunition. The sale of 22 Al-Khalid MBTs to the Sri Lanka Army was finalized during these talks in a deal worth over US$100 million.[12]

Libya

Following President Mahinda Rajapakasa’s successful State visit to Libya from 8th – 10th April, 2009, the Libyan government will give US $ 500 million as a financial co-operation package for development projects in Sri Lanka. The Libyan government will also assist in granting development assistance for the Hambantota Airport, infrastructure development projects in the North and Eastern Provinces, development of highways, communiations and tourism.

Ahmed Tea

Ahmed Tea Company has offered to construct an untra modern cancer hospital

at a cost of Rs.2,100 Million.

Ultra- Nationalsim threatens economy.

*A very dangerous trend, says business chamber (Todays Island)

January 21, 2013, 8:42 pm

Muslim businessmen and corporate leaders expressed concern and disappointment over being targeted by the radical group “ƒ”¹…”Bodu Bala Sena’, warning that it would have an adverse impact on the economy as the country struggles to mobilise both domestic and foreign investment while business chambers decried growing ultra-nationalistic sentiments in the country, putting the very foundations of the economy at risk.

The Bodu Bala Sena last weekend carried out a vociferous picketing campaign outside clothing retail chain Nolimit’s outlet in Maharagama, alleging that complementary sweets given to customers were laced with chemicals inducing impotency.

Sources told The Island that the sweets were manufactured by a popular local confectioner, not controlled by Muslims.

“Businesses run by Muslims have increasingly come under various smear campaigns in the recent past. The allegations, such as the sweets, are baseless and designed to create doubt in the minds of consumers. We are interested in doing business, not religion nor race. We serve people from all walks of life, race and creed. They trust us and keep coming to us because of our products and services,” one Muslim businessman said not wanting to be named.

“The spread of false information by certain groups with vested interests are shrugged off by many our clients. Many of our non-Muslim clients have expressed disappointment and disgust over the latest trend and they are with us. We hope the government would do something about this because it could lead to something far worse. The fear psychosis that some people are trying to create about the Muslims would only hurt the peace that was won in 2009, and have a negative impact on the economy,” he said.

Another businessman, not wanting to named, said business came naturally to many Muslims. “What I mean to say is this, we work very hard and this is why we are successful.”

From street vendors, to corner shops, retail giants and diversified listed corporates, the country’s Muslim community has made its mark in the country’s economy.

“Our economy depends on oil exports from the Muslim world, and if not for their credit lines where would we have been? West Asia is also fond of our tea. This government cannot and should not lay back and watch what is happening. The consequences would be too severe for all communities if things are allowed to go out of hand.”

Another corporate leader said it would not be in the best interests of Muslim-owned businesses to press charges against those spreading rumours and false information. “This would only aggravate the matter. But the government should step in and play a more active role. Protect the peace; be fair by all; that is all the government should do,” he said not wanting to be named.

Business Chamber of Commerce Secretary General Jagath Savanadasa says ultra-nationalistic impulsive behaviour would hurt the entire country, not just its economy. “This kind of behaviour is very bad. We should, together, uplift the country’s economy and not bring it down by creating enmity. Even during the worst of times during the decades long conflict there was no enmity between Sinhala and Tamil businesses, so it is shocking that the Muslim community is being targeted.

“We should maintain healthy relationships with the Muslim community in Sri Lanka because we are all, after all, Sri Lankans. If there are any accusations against this community it must be examined first before ultra-nationalistic impulsive behaviour gets the better of us. This would also send bad signals to the international community. We trade heavily with the Muslim world and how can we survive without them? A little nationalism is good, but ultra-nationalism is a very dangerous thing and would do a lot of harm. It is saddening to note the merging trends. We can only hope sanity would prevail,” Savanadasa said.

The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) Secretary General E. M. Wijestillake said, “The chamber supports businesses of all communities, Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim, and we would stand by all our constituencies.” He did not wish to elaborate owing to the sensitive nature of the problem engulfing the country.

6 Responses to “Contributions of Muslim Countries to Sri Lanka”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    ALL their loans/aid goes to MUSLIMS ONLY!!

    It is better not to accept their help.

    1. “Kuwaiti Dinars 3 Million (Equivalent to about US$ 10.2 million) for financing the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka Development Project ”

    South Eastern University has ONLY MUSLIMS!!

    2. “Saudi Arabia will fund Saudi Riyal 172 million (Rs. 5,332 million) for the construction of a dam in Sri Lanka, which will be the highest grant offered to the island since 1981.”

    This is old news. It NEVER happened. It will be used to settle ONLY MUSLIMS which is worse than not having a dam(n).

    3. “Longest Bridge in Sri Lanka.

    The bridge linked the eastern town of Trincomalee with Kinniya”

    Connecting Muslim-ONLY villages!!

    4. “Iran is Sri Lanka’s largest aid donor and currently the major crude oil supplier.”

    WRONG! China is the largest aid donor and in 2012 SL STOPPED ALL oil imports from Iran!

    5. Uma Oya Power Plant, LNG terminal at Mirissa, Rural Electrification.

    NONE of this happened as sanctions hit Iran which led to Iran calcelling ALL aid to SL.

    6. “In May 2000, President Musharraf of Pakistan supplied millions of dollars of much-needed weapons to the Sri Lankan government”

    WRONG! Defective Pakistani supplies made at this time led to the debacle at Elephant Pass. Sri Lanka DROPPED Pakistan and selected China and Israel instead.

    “The sale of 22 Al-Khalid MBTs to the Sri Lanka Army was finalized during these talks in a deal worth over US$100 million”

    This shows the lack of knowledge of the writer. SL NEVER purchsed ANY Al-Khalid tanks!! This corrupt deal was cancelled by Gotabhaya Rajapaksha.

    7. “Ahmed Tea Company has offered to construct an untra modern cancer hospital at a cost of Rs.2,100 Million.”

    It never happened. Isn’t it?

    8. Saudi and Iran finance Wahabi terrorism in SL.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    “The Bodu Bala Sena last weekend carried out a vociferous picketing campaign outside clothing retail chain Nolimit’s outlet in Maharagama, alleging that complementary sweets given to customers were laced with chemicals inducing impotency.”

    This is TRUE. It was scientifically found out they contain those chemicals.

    Some Muslims FREELY give away sweets in trains to Sinhalese and Tamils coated with chemicals inducing impotency. Their target is to reduce Sinhala and Tamil population growth while rapidly growing their population. Their ultimate target is to convert SL into another Saudi.

    Govt. has to do something about it before they affect halal food!!

  3. Nanda Says:

    To construct ULTRA MODERN CANCER HOSPITAL with $ 18 million is a joke.
    This money will buy only 20 luxury cars. How to build a hospital.
    Is this hospital going to be in Potovil ?

    The writer is a Islamist from Saudi Arabia.

  4. Leela Says:

    NIZAMUDEEN ABDUL CAREEM
    I believe, we Sri Lankan have no qualms in accepting grants or loans from any country so long as there are no strings attached to it. However, majority people and the government are mature enough to understand that all donors do have their own aims and goals. Therefore, if donors attach strings to undermine our sovereignty, like Westerners tried to do with their GSP plus, we shall simply drop it like a hot brick.

    Sri Lanka no longer needs to beg from any one. We have come a long way in a few years. If Muslims here think we Buddhists will accept Islamic terrorism like Wahabism or tricks like Halal in exchange for ‘AID’ of their bigoted masters, they are sadly mistaken.

    Having said that, we must also emphasize that there is no ‘Hate Muslim campaign’ or hate any-other community campaign in Sri Lanka. That is imaginations of anti-government NGO gangs. What is going on right now is a reality check.

    Remember! Hakkim said recently in Kalmune that President Rajapksa should defeat “yellow robe terrorism.” Of the three things, that Buddhist venerates most, Monks or ‘Yellow robe’ is third on the list. Buddhists were matured and hence had not taken to streets. What if, a Buddhist or Hindu minister demanded the Koran be defeated in Bangladesh or Pakistan? Muslims there would have killed him instantly.

    So, Muslims must take a cue from Egypt. Coptic Christians in Egypt who has a longer history than majority Muslims there cannot demand equal rights in their new constitution. Needless to say then, Muslim in Sri Lanka must be sensitive to history, traditions and values of the majority just as the minorities in all Muslim majority countries.
    Leela

  5. Voice123 Says:

    Aid with strings attached is for beggars. We must NOT accept such aid. Learn from the example of Rizana’s parents.

  6. Fran Diaz Says:

    PREVENTION of Cancer is better than building Cancer Hospitals, any day ! Clean Water, Air & Food, basic health care, etc. is best preventative care for any disease.

    PREVENTIVE CARE is best for anything Negative for Sri Lanka People.

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