"THE MUSLIMS FINALLY MADE A DECISIVE MOVE TO JOIN THE PADA ......." By Noor Nizam
THE MUSLIMS FINALLY MADE A DECISIVE MOVE TO JOIN THE PADA YATRA FROM KEGALLE, MAWANELLA AND THIHARIYA.
The Muslims finally made a decisive move to joint the Pada Yatra from Kegalle, Mawanella and Thihariya. Many Muslims were seen in the march flowing into Colombo. This is how leading newspapers reported on this new political phenomenon. The Island Newspapers today (02.08.2016) reported this as: Quote. …..
Kandy District MP Mahinda Aluthgamage said that the Muslim community of Thihariya on Sunday threw their weight behind the Pada Yathra. Key Pada Yathra organizer said that the Muslim community had publicly regretted voting for Maithripala Sirisena at January 2015 presidential polls. Former Sports Minister said that the Pada Yathra had proved that former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa still earned the respect and love of genuine SLFPers. The real SLFP responded spontaneously to the former President’s appeal to members to join the five-day campaign, MP Aluthgamage said. Unquote.
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 trying to cover-up the involvements of a prominent former Mahinda Government Minister of the UNFGG's who won the elections in Kalutara District at the 2015, and left the country on the eve of the violence? 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. The rest we have to leave to God AllMighty Allah. Therefore the decisions for the Muslims of Kegalle, Mawanella and Thihariya joining the “Pada Yatra” fits correctly to the thinking of the late Muslim political leader at that time – late T.B. Jaya. News about Muslims joining beyond Thihariya is not available at the writing of this comment. This is also what “The Muslim Voice” also advocating, Insha Allah. This is what "THE MUSLIM VOICE" is 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.
Noor Nizam. Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP Stalwart and Convener - The Muslim Voice".