An open letter to M.Sumanthiran, M.P , TNA - from . Noor Nizam.
Dear Mr.. Sumanthiran - (nominated MP, TNA).
You are playing with words in your statement. You say that we want the amalgamation of the North and East. You say it is the Tamil peoples' requirement and you say it the North and East will be amalgamated with the fullest support of the Muslims (ஆனால், அதுவும் முஸ்லிம் மக்களின் முழுமையான ஆதரவுடன்தான் இணைக்கப்படவேண்டும்'). Who the hell are you to dictate to the Muslims (அது எங்களுடைய தேவை)? I know you very well Mr. Sumanthiran when you were in and out of Temple Trees during Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's time and how the former President reprimanded you in the presence of all TNA MP's about your integrity. You speak one thing in Colombo and another thing in the North of the same issue.PLEASE KINDLY KNOW THAT THE MUSLIMS TOTALLY OPPOSE THE MERGER OF THE NORTH AND EAST. It is our need (அது எங்களுடைய தேவை) and it is our demand (அது எங்களுடைய கோரிக்கை). We will fight for it to the end.
Muslims will never go in for an amalgamation of the North and East as one Province. The Muslims in the North-East have suffered very much and lost a lot under the administrative power of Tamil Government Servants/government officials and the dominating Tamil political parties since independence. The Muslims in the North and East were treated as second-class citizens. With the advent of the LTTE, it became much worse, until May 2009. The Colombo Muslims or Muslims who live outside the North and East did not feel the oppression's because they were administered by the Sinhalese administrators/government officials who were communal too, but considerate.
On 2 and 8 September 1988 President Jayewardene issued proclamations enabling the Northern and Eastern provinces to be one administrative unit administered by one elected Council. The North Eastern Province was born. The proclamations were only meant to be a temporary measure until a referendum was held in the Eastern Province on a permanent merger between the two provinces. However, the referendum was never held and successive Sri Lankan presidents have issued proclamations annually extending the life of the "temporary" entity.
The merger was bitterly opposed by Sri Lankan nationalists. The combined North Eastern Province occupied one-fourth of Sri Lanka. On 14 July 2006, the JVP filed three separate petitions with the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka requesting a separate Provincial Council for the East. On 16 October 2006, the Supreme Court ruled that the proclamations issued by President Jayewardene were null and void and had no legal effect. The Eastern Province was formally born on 1 January 2007. SINCE THEN, the Muslims in the Eastern Province have some form of FREEDOM and enjoy FUNDAMENTAL and POLITICAL RIGHTS. Muslims of the Eastern Province should OPPOSE a merger of the North and Eastern Provinces at any cost. Muslims should NOT at any stage consider the political “CROCODILE TEARS” of Sumnatiran, R. Sambandan and the TNA., This column is not enough to list the administrative and political atrocities the Tamil politicians and the TNA/ITAK had done to the Muslims in the Eastern Province since Independence. The above content is NOT communal or racists but the TRUTH and nothing but the TRUTH.
Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP Stalwart and former SLFP District Organizer – Trincomalee District and Convener – The Muslim Voice.
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