GOTABAYA, MAHINDA AND BASIL RAJAPAKSA KINDLY LISTEN TO THE VOICE OF A CONCERNED MUSLIM.
Posted on November 14th, 2019

By Noor Nizam – Convener The Muslim Voice” –  November 14th., 2019.

The present presidential elections should have the freethinking participation of all Sri Lankans, by the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers and others The Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabaya Rajapaksa (the SLPP Presidential candidate) and Basil Rajapaksa have stated that they want the minority votes added to the majority votes when winning this presidency.

Every community has its strengths and weakness. Every community has members who support the various political ideologies. They also support different political parties. For what do they do all these? To get the legitimate share of their RIGHTS and to contribute the best towards their motherland with civic contentiousness.

Sri Lanka is a Nation of mostly peasants, farmers, workers, teachers and small-time traders. Some communities, due to the British divide and rule, political governance and administration from 1812 to 1956, have benefited educationally and career-wise. Since 1956, the majority of Sinhalese have seen tremendous changes in their political and socio-economic development, with much progress in education and professionalism. They are 72% of the population, but penalized by the British and foreign colonization had led them to their plight. The Muslims who comprise 8% of the population have been a sidelined community in the political annals of Sri Lanka, until 1981 and then in 1986 when the SLMC entered the national political arena of Sri Lanka. Since 1946, the elite of the community benefited the best until a change happened in the early 1960 tees with the late Hon. Badiuddin Mahmud becoming the Minister of Education, under the late Hon. Sirimavo R.D.Bandaranaike as the PM.

History has been repeated since then, where the elite, especially those in Colombo, has benefited the best in all avenues of political influence and sharing the spoils of the elections. The worst affected being the Muslims, especially those of the North and Eastern provinces and the denial of the Muslim Factor.

In the political drama of the Presidential Elections of January 2019 which is happening, again it was the elite (both politically and financially) that have the lobbying power to have their shots. Those governing/controlling the minority parties have shown their colors either to HE. Mahinda Rajapaksa/Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa (SLPP) or NDF candidate Sajith Premadasa, like the peacock” spreading the feathers to gain the benefits of mating. But it is the VOTES” of the members of the communities that they will be trading for future benefits for themselves. This is a special phenomenon in the Muslim Community in the political playing field of Sri Lanka and especially these days.

The Rajapaksa brothers should not be carried away by these sweet talk” of some of the Muslim leaders gathered around them at this hour. The Muslims really want to support HE. Mahinda Rajapaksa and  VOTE for Gotabaya Rajapaksa, but the SLPP campaign team lead by Basil Rajapaksa has done a wonderful job to break the unseen fence around them in this campaign and reach out to the 300,000 Muslim voters in the North and East that could support them, directly. You have taken a firm stand on this. It is a few hours left now and you will see the benefits of it on the 17th.,/18th., of November 2019.

The ordinary Muslim voters, are waiting to assure you that they want to vote for you. According to an analysis The Muslim Voice” has done, evidence can be arrived at that at least 38% of the Muslim Vote bank, including the new vote additions in the Muslim community, who voted against Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2015 will vote Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the November 16th., 2019 Presidential Elections, Insha Allah. They will do this because – the Muslim Vote Bank has decided to act on their own and not be misled by “OPINION CREATORS”. They will vote Gotabaya/SLPP/Pottuwa as retaliation towards the Muslim politicians, Political Parties and civil society organizations who have hoodwinked the Muslim Vote Bank for their personal gains throughout and especially since January 8th., 2015. They also hope to vote by “NECESSITY” to please the majority community that they also are partners of the victory of the majority and the Maha Sanga or as an investment for their safety because of fear, and this is a REALITY” not a weakness, a move towards reconciliation.

Call out or reach out to the Muslim VOTERS and talk to them directly Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa after your VICTORY” Insha Allah. They have built a new TRUST” in you, Mahinda Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa. They need assurances from you, not through deceptive, hoodwinking opportunistic Muslim politicians, brokers or agents on the resolution to the Muslim Factor, Land issues in the East, Socio-Economic and Social development matters, Employment, Education, Religious security, Madrasa education, MMDA and the general Security of the Nation as an UNDIVIDED COUNTRY, our MAATHROBOOMIYA which we all Sri Lanka love and have a duty to protect.  

YOU HAVE A VERY GOOD AND DEDICATED TEAM COMPRISING UNDERSTANDING MUSLIM PERSONALITIES LIKE ATTORNEY-AT-LAW ALI SABY – PC WORKING WITH VIYATHMAGA AND ELIYA” ORGANIZATIONS WHO HAVE PROVEN THEIR DEBUT IN THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN. YOU ALSO HAVE A SET OF YOUNG MUSLIM LOCAL GOVERNMENT POLITICIANS IN BERUWELA, ALUTHGAMA AND KALUTARA WHO HAVE STOOD FIRM WITH THE SLPP. IT IS BETTER FOR YOU TO ENGAGE THEM IN YOUR REACH-OUT TO THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY IN THE NEXT CAMPAIGN FOR THE GENERAL ELECTIONS IN 2020. THE SUGGESTION OF SETTING-UP THE MUSLIM ADMINISTRATION COUNCIL” WIL BE A BIG RELIEF TO THE MUSLIMS IF YOU WILL REALLY SET IT UP. DO NOT TRUST THE DECEPTIVE AND HOODWINKING” ONE OR TWO MINISTERS AND GOVERNOR WHO HAVE JOINED YOU NOW FOR THEY WILL BE WITH YOU FOR THEIR POLITICAL SAFETY AND PERSONAL POLITICAL GAINS, NOT FOR THE INTEREST OF THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY AT LARGE.

If you do not do this, it may cost the SLPP or its alliance 300,000 to 350,000 Muslim votes, at the next general elections in 2020 and your Muslim agents or brokers will not be the losers. It will be the Muslim Community at large and you, as there are chances that the Muslim Vote Bank is drifting away from the SLMC, ACMC, NATIONAL CONGRESS and the NATIONAL FRONT FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE towards the JVP or newly formed Muslim Parties. You will have won the Presidential election, but without the block vote of a major minority community – the Muslim of Sri Lanka, you may lose forming a majority member government in 2020.

The Muslim Voice” has been at the forefront from around February 2015 lobbying for the Mahinda Rajapaksa, Mahinda Pela”, The Joint Opposition” and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna since its formation of the SLPP in November 2016 till to date. The focus was on the Tamil speaking Muslim Vote Bank. The mode of lobbying and campaigning was the use of the print, internet, and social media avenues. The Muslim Voice” has published nearly 1500 rebuttals” and comments” to support the SLPP and your presidential campaign. Though The Muslim Voice” was slammed by the anti-Mahinda”, anti-Mahinda pela”, the joint opposition”, anti-SLPP and the Gotabaya Rajapaksa presidential election campaign by the deceptive and hoodwinking Muslim leaders, even with threats of legal action, reporting to the law-enforcing authorities and intimidations, The Muslim Voice” which has a large following, did not deter in its sincere campaign to support the Mahinda/Basil and Gotabaya political camp.

IT IS WITH THIS LEGITIMATE RIGHT THAT THE MUSLIM VOICE” IS MAKING THIS KIND REQUEST TO YOU TO CALL OUT OR REACH OUT TO THE MUSLIMS VOTERS AND TALK TO THEM DIRECTLY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA. AFTER YOU’RE VICTORY” on November 14th., 2019, Insha Allah.                                          

About the writer.

The writer is a longstanding political and Peace activist who has been a Senior Party supporter since 1969 and district Organizer of the SLFP, Trincomalee District for many years. He was a very close confidant of the late Hon. Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike and later HE. Mahinda Rajapaksa. In the 2010 Presidential election campaign, the writer co-headed the Muslim Propaganda Unit under Hon. Basil Rajapaksa at Temple Trees which campaigned to harness the Muslim votes. At that elections 20% of the Muslim Vote Bank voted Mahinda Rajapaksa, to become the President even when the SLMC and some Muslim groups worked for Sarath Fonseka. The agenda for Peace in Sri Lanka, the concerns of the Muslim Factor and defending the sovereignty and integrity of Sri Lanka against all anti-Sri Lanka fronts abroad have been his primary engagements. Being a Tamil speaking minority Muslim, he is also very much concerned about the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. He vehemently supports the candidature of HE. Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the forthcoming presidential elections. Member, Viyathmaga, Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP/SLPP Stalwart and former District Organizer, SLFP, Trincomalee District & Former Press and Media Officer to HE Mahinda Rajapaksa – Presidential Secretariat 2011 – 2015.

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