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SLMC abandoned Muslims for positions and perks; Isn’t it time for Muslims to reassess their politics?

Spate of latest scandals involving Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) parliamentarians and its leadership demand that the Muslim community should reassess their politics and free itself from this party which, many accuse, betrayed the community for positions and perks .

The SLMC came with the slogan of Islam and Unity. However this slogan was abandoned  since inception. Throughout it has been a one man show of its founder Late M.H.M. Ashraff, and has been known for scandals.

History of SLMC has been history of compromising community interest for positions, scandals and corruption. The latest spate of scandals involving SLMC parliamentarians and its leadership show the lowest moral depth to which they have descended to.

no pmc saitmThe Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA), the Medical Faculty Students' Union, and Inter University Students Federation are in contempt of court over their continued protests and trade union action against the judgement of the Court of Appeal on the registration of students of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) with the Sri Lanka Medical Council.

The landmark judgment delivered by the Appellate Court on Tuesday confirmed that the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) is legally eligible to grant medical degrees to its students.

uncod indepenCrucial Muslim support facilitated the process of Sri Lanka  gaining  independence from British in 1948 and help end almost four and half centuries of European colonial rule in the island.

Many still remember the leading role played by Muslims leaders such as Dr T.B.Jayah, Sir Razik Fareed, Dr M.C.M.Kaleel and Dr Badiduddin Mahmud in the constitutional reforms of this country and their enthusiastic support for the demand of the Dominion Status and   independence. They never obstructed the political progress of the country.

Article Pic 500 266අඩ ශතවසක් පුරා මෙහි පැවති යුරෝපා යටත් විජිත පාලනයෙන් පසුව සිරිලකට නිදහස ලැබීමට 1948 වසරෙහි මෙහි වාසය කළ මුස්ලිම්වරුන් විසින් කිසිදු කොන්දේසියක් නොමැතිව එදා තීරණාත්මක දායකත්වයක් ලබා දුන්හ.

ආචාර්ය ටී. බී. ජායා, සර් රාසික් ෆරීඩ්, වෛද්‍ය එම්. සී. එම්. කලීල්, බදියුදීන් මහ්මූද් වැනි ලාංකික මුස්ලිම් නායකයන් විසින් එදා නිදහස ලබා ගැනීමට සහ දේශයට ස්වාධීනත්වය මෙන්ම ස්වාධිපත්‍යයද ලබා ගැනීමට උර දුන් සැටි රටේ ඉතිහාසය අමතක නොකළ සියල්ලන්ටම මතක ඇති බවට සැකයක් නැත. මෙලෙසින් එදත් අදත් රටේ ස්වෛරී දේශපාලන ප්‍රගතියට ශ්‍රී ලාංකික මුස්ලිම්වරුන් කිසිවිටෙක බාධකයක්ව නොසිටියෝය.  

ct logo- By Latheef Farook

President Maithripala Sirisena’s order on 30 December 2016 to issue a gazette notification extending the land area coming under the Wilpattu National Park has shocked the Muslims who were trying to get back to their own lands to rebuild their shattered lives.

They fear that this announcement include nearby villages such as Marichichukaddy, Karadikuli and Palaikkuli where Muslims lived for generations in their own lands with valid title deeds but were kicked out by LTTE .