JO claims attempt to mislead Muslims in Sri Lanka

JO claims attempt to mislead Muslims in Sri Lanka

February 14, 2018   05:18 pm

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The Joint Opposition says that a Commission was never appointed to look into the important issue of the Aluthgama incident, because all the perpetrators are now in the yahapalana government.

“The Muslim community has now realized the deception that has been practiced on them, and the results of the local government election clearly reflects that.” 

“It is therefore not surprising that conspiratorial elements are once again at work. The public should be vigilant and not be misled a second time,” the JO said in a statement issued today (14).

It states that following the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna’s resounding victory at the local government elections, a rumor began circulating in the social media that the Bodu Bala Sena had made Facebook posts in support of the SLPP.

Then articles appeared in the newspapers quoting a letter written to the press by Mr. N.M. Ameen of the Muslim Council stating that SLPP cadres had allegedly harassed several Muslim individuals in Ugurassapitiya in Kandy and Veyangalla in Agalawatte for not supporting the SLPP, it said.

“If any such incidents had occurred, they should be reported to the police and dealt with,” said the statement signed by SLPP Chairman Professor G.L. Peiris, with the concurrence of the party leaders’ committee of the Joint Opposition.

He said that the public is well aware of the strategies that were orchestrated before the last presidential election to alienate the Muslim community from the JO leadership. 

“Everyone will remember that as the yahapalana government rapidly declined in popularity in 2017, there was yet another spate of attacks on Muslim businesses and houses. Then a monk at the centre of these incidents was granted bail three times in a single day and everything was swept under the carpet.” 

“Even though the yahapalana government appointed Presidential Commissions to look into matters like the renting of space in the Mahiyangana Pradeshiya Sabha shopping complex, they never appointed a Commission to look into the far more important issue of the Aluthgama incident, because all the perpetrators are now in the yahapalana government.”

The statement further said: “The Muslim community has now realized the deception that has been practiced on them, and the results of the local government election clearly reflects that. It is therefore not surprising that conspiratorial elements are once again at work. The public should be vigilant and not be misled a second time.  The government should immediately establish a Commission of Inquiry into the Aluthgama incident, the incidents that led up to it, the sudden flare up of extremist activity in 2017 and the Gintota incident. In the meantime, the full severity of the law should be brought to bear on such incidents in the future.” 

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