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Demand for separate Muslim Province is vital: Dawood

2016-02-22 10:00:33
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Muslims cannot give up their demand for a separate Muslim Province, SLMC Chairman Basheer Segu Dawood said at a discussion held in Kathankudy on Saturday in the context of submitting their proposals to the new constitution to be enacted.

He said that it was not prudent to step down from the demand of a separate province for Muslims.

"The Tamils had demanded self-determination. They have neither stepped down nor had given up their demand. They have also not stepped down from their demand for a merged North-East. This could be described as a stratagem or a political manoeuvre deployed by them. Similarly, a Muslim Province only will give a motherland and self-determination to Muslims and we cannot give up our demand. If we were to do so we could dissolve all the Muslim parties and join a majority parties like the UNP or SLFP," he said.


He said that a separate Muslim identity did not mean winning a few Parliamentary seats and Cabinet portfolios.


Sri Lanka Muslim Congress was established in order to uphold the fundamental rights of the Muslim polity. If the majority community could have many parties and the Tamil polity a few parties why couldn’t the Muslims form a party to represent their community, he queried.


"We cannot under any circumstances give up our demand for a Muslim Province. If we give up our demand we must also exit from the party or discuss with the Muslims and give up the party and also our demand," Dawood said.


"The SLMC stance is that the Muslims need a separate Muslim Province. Our late founder of SLMC M.H.M Ashraff too endorsed it. If a Chief Ministers conference is held a Muslim Chief Minister should definitely participate in it," he said. (M.S.M Noordeen)


  Comments - 40

  • surasena Monday, 22 February 2016 10:10

    Please no more separatism, we had enough. The law on the land must be equal to all and have to guarantee the religious and cultural freedom of all the people. We need no Sharia Law hare, because such laws are brutal and out-dated, might fit for centuries ago in desert areas. The Muslims with common-sense must peruse common national goals, as honorable citizens of Sri Lanka.

    Reply : 1       1

    das Monday, 22 February 2016 10:15

    Are all the Muslims in Colombo and other urban areas going to move to this Muslim Province?

    Reply : 0       2

    Stephani Monday, 22 February 2016 10:20

    What a joke...soon they will demand for the entire island!

    Reply : 0       2

    Dushi Monday, 22 February 2016 10:29

    Excellent !! As promised on 8th of January,we need it.

    Reply : 0       2

    Aruna Monday, 22 February 2016 10:32

    Yes, act fast if you need results before Yahapalana guys being kicked out by the citizens of united Sri Lanka!

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    Mohamed Monday, 22 February 2016 10:34

    Muslims do not need such things. In fact, you need a slogan for your followers to get caught and vote for you. As a Muslim, I see this as a wrong development. We need to stop this Indian style politicians from Sri Lankan forum.

    Reply : 0       2

    stanly Tuesday, 23 February 2016 09:26

    Well said bro.He is politically soaked or he is out of his mind.He will withdraw his statement soon.We have ended up in hell because of 30 years war.

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    Lanka power Monday, 22 February 2016 10:44

    What rubbish are you talking we muslims are having enough trouble. i have no idea why muslims even vote for such people. this is one nation for all we dont need any separate state please.as a muslim i believe such rubbish should not be tolerated.

    Reply : 0       2

    Rodent Monday, 22 February 2016 10:50

    Good. People in other areas can live without seeing women dressed like penguins, when all of them leave to Kaththankudi from other areas.

    Reply : 0       2

    Wedagadara Ahamed Lebbe Shafraz Monday, 22 February 2016 10:56

    This guy should be stoned to death. We have been living in Kandy district for over 20 generations and who is this bozo to put our livelihood and heritage in danger. At a time when the whole world is realizing the only way to go forward is unity, this guy is stuck int he reverse gear, like the BBS.

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    Veda-mama Monday, 22 February 2016 11:25

    You are perfectly correct. He is trying to gain His Political Milage at the expense of Peace Loving People.

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    Muslimah Monday, 22 February 2016 10:59

    They are out in the blue and they dont speak for very many muslims in Lanka. Why should muslims nation wide leave houses and apartments, jobbs, neighbuorgs, friends etc and go to some ghetto? Ever heard the word integration?

    Reply : 0       2

    ziyard Monday, 22 February 2016 11:00

    It is not easy for muslims to live with ananda/nalanda educated buddhist fanatics

    Reply : 1       1

    Aththa Monday, 22 February 2016 14:24

    What about the Zahira College Muslim fanatics? We should stop all kinds of segregated schools!

    Reply : 0       2

    LANKANNN Monday, 22 February 2016 11:02

    I am a muslim person..And i say this is a very stupid request by slmc. under no circumstance should this be taken into consideration. We are all sri lankans and we will live together. NO MOREEEEE seperations. End of story.

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    mohamed Monday, 22 February 2016 11:06

    I suggest that government should directly ask from muslim community. Only politicians wants these kind of provinces or whatever then they can have positions. Not the people. Where was SLMC when muslims were attacked at Beruwala. All these Ministers were comfortably sitting in their seays.

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    A Muslim Monday, 22 February 2016 11:14

    Stupid idiot.. I am a Muslim. And we belive in living in unity with everyone why do you need a separate state for that.. Such dumb idiotic thinking.. Not the Islamic way

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    lankan Monday, 22 February 2016 11:32

    "Muslim" is a religion, not a language, , no one should be given preference based on religion in Sri Lanka. All must unite under one as Sri Lankan!

    Reply : 0       2

    ahmed Saleem Monday, 22 February 2016 11:51

    this kind of guys should be hanged

    Reply : 0       2

    MZS Monday, 22 February 2016 12:05

    I am a Muslim and a proud Sri Lankan. I humbly request from my all Sinhalese brothers not to be misled by this plot. Basheer is a scoop of Mahinda. This is a contract he is carrying out to favour Mahinda. They want to create confusion in the society. Please comment on Basheer only because this is his, and only his, idea.

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    alisbah Monday, 22 February 2016 12:31

    Go to hell! if you want a separate state for muslims go to afghanistan or pakistan. Who the hell does he think he is to tell that we as muslims need a separate state? we are fine where we are. we have no need to go to some backward taliban village and get controlled by mysoginistic ignorant imbeciles. he can take his muslim province and shove it up his...

    Reply : 0       2

    Aquarius Monday, 22 February 2016 14:05

    This is not freedom of expression but gutter politics from someone seeking publicity.

    Reply : 0       2

    abdul rahman Monday, 22 February 2016 14:53

    why this stupidity.

    Reply : 0       2

    ravi Monday, 22 February 2016 15:29

    Go to hell man. we all live in united sri lanka. there are no separate states for Muslims or Tamils.

    Reply : 0       2

    Fassey Monday, 22 February 2016 15:35

    This is not a requirement of the Muslims. Please do not create unnecessary problems for peace loving Muslim community. If you are not happy living in Sri Lanka as a minority, you may get asylum and live in a100% Muslim country.

    Reply : 0       2

    UDAYANGA Monday, 22 February 2016 15:40

    Is this fellow a Sri Lankan Muslim or from ISIS ?Every citizen should be able to live freely anywhere in this country. We should be calling ourselves Sri Lankans

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    ghaffari Monday, 22 February 2016 15:41

    Dear Dawood!What you think of Sri Lank? is this your Fathers property?please do not start another LTTE in the country, peace is mush enough for the people who ever it is.. Kindly shut your mouth as possible.

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    Chris Silva Monday, 22 February 2016 15:43

    You cannot have a state or a province within a sovereign country. The day all Sri Lankan recognise we are Sri Lankans and not go by religion, race, creed or cast is the day we will prosper as a nation.

    Reply : 0       2

    Mohamed N Monday, 22 February 2016 16:38

    This guy does is speaking only for himself! I and a 99.99 % of Sri Lankan Muslims do not want a spectate province or state or whatever. Y do we when we r happily living in peace and harmony all over the country

    Reply : 1       1

    Shafraz Monday, 22 February 2016 16:45

    Ayyo. These politicians in Sri Lanka Must be having a coconut for a head to give statements like these.. via DM Android App

    Reply : 0       2

    Adahan Monday, 22 February 2016 17:07

    The people from the East know what he is upto as a politician. He is just dreaming how he can be a prominent leader of the Muslims. via DM Android App

    Reply : 0       2

    latharaya Monday, 22 February 2016 17:23

    what funny people... We will send youll back to egipt. via DM Android App

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    Monday, 22 February 2016 17:51

    Just finished bloody war in Sri Lanka.

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    abeysinghe41@hotmail.com Monday, 22 February 2016 18:38

    Tamils need to recognize their identity and Muslims as well.WHAT IS WRONG IN HAVING A SEPARATE PARTY TO RECOGNIZE THEIR ETHNICITY AND RELIGION.

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    Renas mohamed Tuesday, 23 February 2016 08:17

    This guy must be out of his mind. We do not need suchStupid guys to be our representatives, he is just uttering utter nonsense.

    Reply : 0       1

    NKH Tuesday, 23 February 2016 09:13

    Thank you to all the Muslim great Sri Lankans for ur comments via DM Android App

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    Ashraff Ali Tuesday, 23 February 2016 09:41

    This is a foolish proposition from SLMC. We live with harmony with all other members. This will only lead to issues causing disharmony. As a Muslim member I strongly oppose this thought.

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    Jumaan Rimzy Tuesday, 23 February 2016 14:39

    Foolish Muslim leaders . This shows their utter greediness for wealth and power . Please take note, we Muslims do not ask for separate province . One nation one flag one brotherhood that is all we want .

    Reply : 0       2

    Serendipity Tuesday, 23 February 2016 15:15

    First and foremost, we are SRI LANKANS. We certainly do not wish to be individualized by religion and you are not the voice of the Muslims and never have. So keep you GAP shut for the well-being of all peace loving citizens in our beloved country.

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    nipun Tuesday, 23 February 2016 15:23

    Reading comments written by Muslims on the news of this stupid demand by a SLMC (Muslim Congress) separatist idiot....Proud of Sri lankan Muslims, we still have hopes for unity...

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