RESPONSE TO FORMER PRESIDENT MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA’S STATEMENT ON MUSLIMS AND TAMILS TALKING TO THE “JOINT OPPOSITION”.
Posted on November 4th, 2016
By Noor Nizam, Convener – “The Muslim Voice”. November 4th., 2016.
The late T.B. Jaya said that “the Muslims should not put all their eggs in one basket”. Will the Muslims do this now?, Insha Allah.
It was reported in the popular Tamil website for Muslims – the www.jaffnamuslims.com that, at a meeting held this week at the residence of MP Prasana Ranathunge situated in Udugampola in the Gampha district, the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa had made a statement to the effect that the Tamils and the Muslims are talking to the “Joint Opposition Group” to extend their support in the future political activities of the “Joint Opposition Group”. While stating that the “Yahapalana government” is continuously making allegations against the “Joint Opposition Group” and the SLFP MP’s, local government politicians and the SLFP supporters at the grass level who are supporting the JO, that they are supporting campaigns that are harming the Tamil and Muslim communities, Mahinda Rajapaksa vehemently has opposed them as false propagander undertaken by the “Yahapalana Government” and the UNP. It is time up that the Muslim Community in Sri Lanka should take serious note of what former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said at the above meeting.
It is time up that a NEW POLITICAL FORCE that will be honest and sincere, to stand up and defend the Muslim Community politically and otherwise, especially from among the YOUTH, and safeguard the DIGNITY of our community has to emerge from within the Sri Lanka Muslim Community to face any new election in the coming future, Insha Allah.
It is true that we have allowed the affairs of our community to be taken control of unscrupulous, dishonest, deceptive, self-motivated, selfish, corrupt and manipulating Muslim politicians, Muslim political party leaders, Ulema and Media personnel, that has led our community to be considered as a 2nd., class community in Sri Lanka. In politics, we are considered as the “community of political naanaas who turn the way their Fez Cap turns” to support any political party that comes to power for the personal gains of the political leaders of the Muslim parties. The Muslim politicians have hoodwinked and betrayed the Muslim Community wholesale. We need to think with our “heads” NOT our “hearts”, Insha Allah. Politically analyzing the Muslim Community of Sri Lanka, we may be a community of around 1.97 million persons (Ummah) by population, but as a political power, WE ARE A POWER TO OURSELVES, you should realize, Insha Allah. That is the representation of our COMMUNITY and “The Muslim Voice” is a VOICE from among that Community, Alhamdulillah. We have a Muslim Vote bank of nearly 600,000(maybe more) in the 26 districts and 9 provinces of Sri Lanka. If we are UNITED as a Muslim political Force, we can achieve what late T.B. Jaya, S.L. Naina Marikkar, Cassim Ismail, Cassim Umar, Mactan Ismail, Ash Sheik Mohamedu Fazi, S.N. Ismail, L.M. Sapur, M.K. Saldin, N.H.M. Abdul Cader, Makan Makar and A.R. Razcik (later referred to as Sir Razick Fareed) achieved during their times in Nation Building, Independence, MUSLIM-Sinhala UNITY and National/Local Politics, Insha Allah.
The late T.B. Jaya said that “the Muslims should not put all their eggs in one basket”. What did this mean? It meant that the Muslims should be represented in both the National Sinhala political parties. If the above great Muslims Leaders would have lived today, they would have just DECLARED that what “THE MUSLIM VOICE” is ADVOCATING POLITICALLY is the appropriate move for the present times, Insha Allah. Mahinda might have been a bad example of a leader for the Muslims, between 2010 and 2015, but we cannot discard him as a political power. IT IS TIME UP THAT THE MUSLIMS SHOULD ALSO JOIN THIS POLITICAL FORCE NOW, Insha Allah.The rest we have to leave to God AllMighty Allah.