Irate President takes on SLMC

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In what appears to be a major rift within the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government, President Mahinda Rajapaksa is reported to have asked Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem to decide whether he and his party was remaining in the Government.

A reliable government source told Daily Mirror that this had transpired at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting after several ministers including Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka raised questions about a document given by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) to UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillai during her visit to Sri Lanka in August.

It was revealed at the cabinet meeting that the 50-page document given to Ms. Pillay highlighted the sporadic attacks on Muslims and Christians in the country and that the government had failed to take any action against the perpetrators.

The report had also contained maps highlighting the places where the attacks had taken place and the areas from which Muslims had been chased away last year.
The President and Ministers had been told at the cabinet meeting that Ms. Pillay had leaked this document to the Tamil Diaspora and that they were visiting Muslim countries having friendly relations with Sri Lanka in an effort to turn them against Sri Lanka and force them to vote against Sri Lanka when the US- sponsored resolution is presented at the UNHRC sessions.

It was also revealed at the Cabinet meeting that the Tamil Diaspora had used this document in its campaign against Sri Lanka in Geneva and that they had also visited all UN missions of UNHRC-member countries to showcase the document.

A visibly angry President Rajapaksa had asked Minister Hakeem about this document given to Pillay.

Several Ministers had also questioned Minister Hakeem about it.

Minister Hakeem had told the President that in as much as the President did not have control over some of the UPFA members he too had no control over some of SLMC members.

He had told the President that it was not him but the SLMC Secretary who had given the document to Ms. Pillay.
It was at this point that President Rajapaksa had asked Minister Hakeem to decide whether he wished to continue as a minister in the UPFA Government.(Sadun A. Jayasekara)
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  • sham Saturday, 01 March 2014 03:38 PM

    West is trying to devide n rule, v must unite r selves within r country

    Ex Athiest Sunday, 02 March 2014 08:25 AM

    Rauf should have not joined this stupid govt. He well deserves the treatment he is getting now.

    Neela Sunday, 02 March 2014 08:33 AM

    So, put him in jail

    yehiya Saturday, 01 March 2014 11:06 AM

    This is drama. Muslims never fall.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 01 March 2014 11:20 AM

    Maybe a stage drama to help the SLMC to get more votes because the President knows ultimately Hakeem will turn over those votes to the government party anyway.

    Tissa Saturday, 01 March 2014 11:27 AM

    Muslim support in Sri Lanka to MR is a myth. Only 5% of Muslims vote MR.

    rangans Saturday, 01 March 2014 11:43 AM

    This is what they have done all over the years.Supplying information to Portughese and then to Dutch and finally to British against Tamils and Singhalese they became trusted spies to Colonial governments.Singhalese army saved them while Prabhakaran chased them away knowing the habits of these people.They have it in their genes.

    tony Saturday, 01 March 2014 12:02 PM

    I DONT THINK HAKEEM IS DOING ENOUGH TO PROTECT THE MUSLIMS. HE WAS SILENT WHEN BBS KEPT PRESSING TO WITHDRAW HALAL CERTIFIED PRODUCTS. HE ONLY LOOKS AFTER HIS POCKETS. HE HAS BECOME PROSPEROUS AFTER HE JOINED THE CABINET. MR KNOW HIS WEAK POINT AND PULLED HIM UP.

    Waz Saturday, 01 March 2014 06:45 AM

    Nothing to worry, our minister will never leave the govt;
    Another drama!

    sandman Sunday, 02 March 2014 10:59 AM

    MR behaving like a thotha baba pretending as if nothing has ever happened...................

    Ravi Kamal Sunday, 02 March 2014 11:26 AM

    This what happens " when tail wags the dog" and the tail thinks it is the most important ......

    sas Saturday, 01 March 2014 07:29 AM

    What SLMC did was right.

    A.F.A.Cader Saturday, 01 March 2014 01:37 PM

    Yes, When injustice is done and when president is turning a blind eye, everybody should keep mum.

    Azee Saturday, 01 March 2014 07:09 PM

    Rauf and his SLMC does not have the support of the Muslims as he was power hungry and betrayed them by voting for the 18th Amendment. via DM Android App

    Guest Saturday, 01 March 2014 01:42 PM

    There you go again, flip-flopping. MR knows about Muslims that they will always flip-flop. MR will trust LTTE but Muslims.
    This is the fact.

    cheers

    mohd Sunday, 02 March 2014 11:55 AM

    You are such a genius. May I remind you of sinhalese army commanders and MP who sold themselves to the LTTE . You should refresh your memory and study a little bit of history before throwing stones.

    The muslims came for trade and have lived side by side for centuries within srilanka unlike the colonial powers that came in guise with weapons in their ships. Ignorant and a half you are !

    npathirana Saturday, 01 March 2014 01:44 PM

    Hakeem is Quite right. President cannot control (After having all the Executive power unlike Hakeem) many of his Party, Regional politicians, Friends and even relatives doing all the crazy things and just want Hakeem to hide known incidents. True they were not major incidents and these happen in many other places. Also true Muslims are secretly increasing their population and changing the demographics of places and that is the root cause of the hatred, Yet we have to accept that is their right.

    The problem is not these incidents, but Govt not taking proper action against perpetrators. It is alleged a Govt Minister is behind these incidents. There were so many other incidents involving regional politicians, but been saved, send abroad secretly or cases delayed etc. This shows Govt wont take action against people on their side. Then Now face the consequences.

    teddy Saturday, 01 March 2014 09:36 AM

    troubles brewing in regime coming colors no good. via DM Android App

    npathirana Saturday, 01 March 2014 01:46 PM

    Many other Coalition ministers criticise Govt freely and say that is democracy. Why not Hakeem ?

    dana Saturday, 01 March 2014 01:18 PM

    good move MR via DM Android App

    henry morgan Saturday, 01 March 2014 02:43 PM

    rangans,
    if you do not know how to comment in a educated way THEN DONT DO SO. BUFOONS like you are a disgace.

    Jay Ranaweera Saturday, 01 March 2014 02:49 PM

    Mr President, CHASE OUT THIS TRAITOR FROM THE GOVT IMMEDIATELY!!!

    ahamed Saturday, 01 March 2014 02:52 PM

    Bull shit, Hakeem doesn't have a backbone even though he has my name

    sigiri Saturday, 01 March 2014 02:55 PM

    Absolute truth .All they know is to produce like rabbits

    true lankan Saturday, 01 March 2014 08:40 PM

    MR should be done that long time ago, rauf hakeem spreading the nationalism against Sinhalese. he spreads the Muslim terrorism in sri lanka via DM Android App

    ibadun Saturday, 01 March 2014 03:11 PM

    what is wrong with the documents given. its true , MR must taken action to correct the situation facing by Muslims and Tamils, why you can't change this,

    Fuzzy Saturday, 01 March 2014 10:08 AM

    So basically the truth should be pushed under the carpet and a pretty face should be shown to the world.via DM Android App

    meenavan Saturday, 01 March 2014 04:43 AM

    May be president angry with Hakim...but it helps S.L.M.C.to get more muslim votes and disrupt U.N.P.s Muslim votes

    ibadun Saturday, 01 March 2014 03:19 PM

    you want to attack mosque and you also need support of Muslim countries for UN, if we tell our issue you want to leave it ??? you feel muslims are fool?

    ibadun Saturday, 01 March 2014 03:20 PM

    better you go school again and study history

    Yoga Saturday, 01 March 2014 03:27 PM

    Truth always sour. MR never likes the truth

    Grace Saturday, 01 March 2014 04:51 AM

    Mr.Hakeem is rocking the cradle and pinching the child through SLMC secretary.

    ashok Saturday, 01 March 2014 03:38 PM

    Mr. Tissa so should the Muslim be taken to task ???

    M.Muttha Monday, 03 March 2014 12:33 PM

    It's another comedy to distract the attention of the people from other burning issues. We should nominate Hakim for an Oscar for Best Supporting role. via DM iPad app

    bebon Saturday, 01 March 2014 03:39 PM

    we dont want halal

    M.O.A.Careem Saturday, 01 March 2014 03:40 PM

    endless drama.....continue

    renuka Saturday, 01 March 2014 09:32 PM

    Chase him away via DM iPad app

    Public Saturday, 01 March 2014 05:07 AM

    Is it an ultimatum issued by MR?

    neera Saturday, 01 March 2014 05:13 AM

    Hakim is the most reliable of all the muslim ministers in the govt. Next to Ashraff, he is the only one who will do anything to protect his community

    tm Sunday, 02 March 2014 11:25 AM

    giving out the true report is 100% correct and SLMC being in d govt is 0% correct. via DM Android App


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