Posted on October 29th, 2019

By Noor Nizam – Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP Stalwart and Convener – The Muslim Voice”, October 29th., 2019.  


During the Presidential Elections and general elections of 2010, 20% of the total Muslim votes were polled in favour of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the UPFA. In the 2005 presidential elections, the Muslims played a major role in the victory of Mahinda Rajapaksa, it was reported.

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. Today, for some reason, there is only one Muslim elected representation in the SLFP/ Mathri pela”, Hon. Fowzi and NONE in the Ekkabadde Vipaksaya” (the Mahinda Rajapaksa group) a political force of nearly 51 SLFP/UPFA elected” parliamentarians. Therefore the Muslims do not have a political voice. 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. In the aftermath of the Aluthgama/Beruwela incidents, the decision taken by the Muslims to steer clear from these politicians and to take their own political moves was the most appropriate. But the Yahapalana government has betrayed the Muslim Community by still NOT making the probe on the violence of Aluthgama and Beruwela which happened as a result of the communal racist actions of the so-called nationalist Buddhist clergy organization and Sinhalese groups, which is suspected to have taken place with the connivance of a Rajapaksa family member, OR is the Yahapalana government was trying to cover-up the involvements of a prominent former Mahinda Government Minister of the UNFGG’s in the Kalutara District at the 2015, and left the country on the eve of the violence? Rumours say it was Dr. Rajitha Seneratne the most “violent opponent of Gotabaya” in the presidentail campaign 2019. 

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 and his brother now – a would be next President of Sri Lanka as Attorney-at-Law Ali Sabri had stated/states. The rest we have to leave to God AllMighty Allah. Therefore the decisions for the Muslims to support Gotabaya Rajapaksa fits correctly to the thinking of the late Muslim political leader at that time – late T.B. Jaya. Attorney-at-Law Ali Sabry had highlighted the need for the Muslim voters to think in the same manner and take the advice given by the late Muslim Politician Dr. T.B. Jaya that “The Muslims should NOT put all their eggs in one basket”, is what is appropriate for the present times, Insha Allah. Muslims should look for Muslim politicians with the “ROLE MODEL” of persons like 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) in National/Local Politics, Insha Allah.

This is also what The Muslim Voice” was also advocating, since June 14, 2014, Insha Allah. This is what “THE MUSLIM VOICE” was striving to do from the wilderness of the Muslim political arena, Insha Allah. 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 safe guard 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. THE STATEMENT MADE BY ATTORNEY-AT-LAW ALI SABRY –  ambanaikku kidaikkum” Ambanakata hambuwei” HAS TO BE SEEN AS A “METAPHORIC” STATEMENT. IT WAS NOT A STATEMENT OF PROBABLE THREAT BY THE SLPP/SLFP OR MAHINDA PELA,  Insha Allah.

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