Audio: SLMC disappointed over govt. action: Hakeem

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Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader, Minister of Justice Rauf Hakeem said the SLMC was not only disappointed with some actions taken by the government but also strongly criticised it.

Commenting on the appointment of members to the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) at an election rally in Negombo, the Minister said despite being the party with the second highest number of seats in the government, the SLMC did not have a seat in it.

“They broke tradition by not allocating a seat for us. They haven’t even given a seat to Prof. Tissa Vitharana, Chairman of the All Party Repetitive Committee (APRC),” he said.  

Hakeem went on to say that due to extremist groups within the government reports from the PSC would not be accepted. “Who will accept these reports? The UNP is not part of the Committee, the Tamil National Alliance is protesting against it, the JVP call it a joke and meanwhile, a party in the government with the second largest number of seats also have no place in it,” he said.

The Minister went on to say the government changed its policies for individuals and groups with a smaller percentage in the government. “If the government is changing their policies for minority groups then we too will have to prove that we have a substantial voter bank,” he said.

The Minister also countered claims by Youth Affairs and Skill’s Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma of secret agreements signed with the LTTE during the 2004 ceasefire agreement.

“We did not take the initiative to meet the LTTE during the ceasefire. We were there as the government and the international community requested our presence,” he said.

Commenting on the statement made by Alahapperuma that the party had not taken any measures for Muslims expelled from the Northern Province during the war, Hakeem said he had presented a report on the war situation and the effects on the Muslim community to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.(Darshana Sanjeewa & Ranjith Ferdinandos)
 
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  • Pradeep Sunday, 23 March 2014 01:07 PM

    Thanks for the audio clip DM. All the Sri Lankans shoul be educated on their Human righ Right Laws and their right to live independ and freedom and justice as Citizens of a country.

    Lokka Sunday, 23 March 2014 01:11 PM

    So, why dont you resign without criticising the govt. being a Cabinet Minister in it.

    DN Sunday, 23 March 2014 01:20 PM

    When close to an election you are so anti govt. But soon after the election, you give your support to the govt. with seats you won from anti govt votes. You are fooling entire Muslim community.

    M.Muttha Sunday, 23 March 2014 06:59 PM

    Don't brood over your disappointments for you'll end up with a depression or psychopathic disorder. Pre-empt it by quitting. You'll miss your ministerial perk but worth it to save your image and dignity. via DM iPad app

    MrKasthuri Sunday, 23 March 2014 01:30 PM

    Turning the hat to all directions was again proved to the maximum level.

    Nanasiri Sunday, 23 March 2014 01:32 PM

    Why do we keep this arrogant, self righteous bankrupt politician in the government, it baffles me.

    Shyam Sunday, 23 March 2014 01:49 PM

    Why didn't you leave the government that time? Why are you talking now?

    kinniyan Sunday, 23 March 2014 08:38 PM

    another election drama to steal votes. awsome actor via DM Android App

    xlntgson Sunday, 23 March 2014 03:10 PM

    janapati hitai, 'unu kiri bonnat amarui ahakata dannat lobai'

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 24 March 2014 04:09 AM

    Hakeem we know about your Baila, we also know you are an actor who always acts dual roles, just like Thonda. If you resign your Ministerial Port folio, and be a true leader of SLMC then it will be little bit sense Being in the Govt. enjoying all the best comforts, perks and benefits, don't try to play games.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 24 March 2014 04:18 AM

    [quote name="M.Muttha"]If you are disappointed do what all honourable men would do! ! Quit. Instead of bickering whilst holding a cabinet in the same government. via DM iPad app[/quote]

    If he is a real Muslim, he will not shamelessly exist in the ruthless Govt. He wants to earn much as possible with Rajapakshe family. He cannot cheat the Muslims anymore.

    RoaringCreek Sunday, 23 March 2014 10:38 AM

    You care only of your post . So keep you gab shut. You are the lowest level politician in Sri Lanka.

    Raizuh Langai Monday, 24 March 2014 09:20 AM

    After the PC elections SLMC will be happy with the govt.

    Aachita Haala-karnad Sunday, 23 March 2014 10:43 AM

    who cares, ahetath katha karanwa mayhatat katha karanawa..wasi patay hoya. What you have done to the community so far rather than contesting election.

    Aachita Haala-karnad Sunday, 23 March 2014 10:49 AM

    he he We can see mr. Hakeem as real muslim with cap and etc during the election only. These buttering will not work with this time

    Faro Sunday, 23 March 2014 04:26 PM

    So what? Do u have back born to detach urself from this kind of govmnt. ney! U will keep licking their boot untill u r removed from the cabinet. via DM Android App

    Marayaka Sunday, 23 March 2014 10:58 AM

    Bow...bow....!...???

    Randy Sunday, 23 March 2014 11:09 AM

    Seems you are so worried now about Prof. Tissa Witharana as you didn't get a seat. Otherwise you have no worries. You deserve it.

    johan Sunday, 23 March 2014 11:11 AM

    Even govt.kick you out,you need a seat to survive.We know the
    history of slmc.

    M.Muttha Sunday, 23 March 2014 04:56 PM

    If you are disappointed do what all honourable men would do! ! Quit. Instead of bickering whilst holding a cabinet in the same government. via DM iPad app

    ASD Sunday, 23 March 2014 11:29 AM

    Too late Hon.Minister!

    Bhoja Sunday, 23 March 2014 05:08 PM

    MR says: Dance liltl bybe dance........ Oooh you can get 1mo chance ............. Come on dance ........ Dance.......

    ahmed Sunday, 23 March 2014 12:02 PM

    We will see how many Seats you can get in this PC elections. You have no other option, loin with the opposition. (UNP)

    Suq Madique Sunday, 23 March 2014 12:03 PM

    We have been disappointed with Hakeem's actions for the past so many years.

    ahmed Sunday, 23 March 2014 12:04 PM

    We must see how many Seats MC can get in this PC Elections. No option join with Opposition.

    Suq Madique Sunday, 23 March 2014 12:06 PM

    Hakeem the opportunist may be disappointed but he will never leave the govt no matter how much crap the govt dishes out to him and his party.

    Abdul hameed Sunday, 23 March 2014 12:10 PM

    Dear Minister. For Gods sake please forget the pity party politics. We are a great nation with multi religious ethnicities. Insha Allah. As followers of the Great religion , Islam , we will strengthen the presidents hands at this difficult hour.

    Neela Sunday, 23 March 2014 12:20 PM

    Really?
    From when? And for how long?
    Who are the jokers voted for these clowns?

    Azee Monday, 24 March 2014 11:26 AM

    Shameless and thickskinned fellows will not at any cost give up the position and perks they enjoy. via DM Android App

    Duminda de Siliva Sunday, 23 March 2014 12:42 PM

    govt is running out off all free giveaways

    sooner or later they will learn a lesson form the international community


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