Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday warned of a possible repercussion on the employment opportunities for Sri Lankans in Middle- East countries if the racially motivated attacks against certain communities continued.
Addressing a gathering of ministers, parliament members, religious leaders and businessmen of all three communities at the Central Province Governor's office in Kandy, Mr. Jayasuriya stated that leaders of certain countries have been hurt by the violent incidents in the Kandy District.
"A large number of Sri Lankans are working in Middle East countries. If the leaders of those countries after being hurt over a certain community here being threatened, take steps to send back the Sri Lankans, it would affect the country in a big way" the Speaker warned after inspecting the situation in the areas where attacks on Muslim houses, businesses and mosques had taken place last week .
He pointed out that the riots had already taken a heavy toll on the tourism industry while a UN official visited the country to express the concern of the world body. He lamented that the situation tarnished the image of the country seriously.
Denouncing extremism and racism as a threat to all communities, the Speaker observed that no country could progress if these social maladies are condoned. "Countries have perished due to racism and extremism. We must ensure that there won't be a recurrence of the incidents that took place in Ampara and Kandy" he asserted.
Public Administration, Law and Order Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara who attributed the spread of the violence to the false and slanderous social media propaganda stated that stern action would be taken against those responsible for the situation that defamed the country's image.
While the Secretary of the Muslim Traders Association A.C.M. Rahuman expressed displeasure over the conduct of the authorities responsible for the security of the area, Maulavi Fasrul Rahman bemoaned his community was hurt by the insults hurled against them. "We are not importing Arab culture here" he said and urged that those responsible for the mayhem be punished while compensation must be paid for the damages. (J.A.L. Jayasinghe, Chandana Uduwawala and Sisira Kumara)
Surain Monday, 12 March 2018 09:56
Action speaks louder than words!,
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niroshan tishan Monday, 12 March 2018 11:46
We r rich. no need to go out.
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mohamed Monday, 12 March 2018 12:05
govt could have easily controlled it
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Patriot Monday, 12 March 2018 12:07
As a first step let all the 3 communities doing business in Sri Lanka should have mixed employees from all the three communities. Presently it is not like that. Muslims employ only Muslims, Tamils only Tamils and Sinhalese only Sinhalese, this trend should stop forthwith.New laws should be enacted accordingly. This will reduce racism to a great extent. Inter-community marriages are already taking place.
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lankan Monday, 12 March 2018 16:03
Patriotic. ....... are you in srilanka. Pl check in many muslim firms there are sinhalese and tamils working. Even holding high post.
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Nasnin Monday, 12 March 2018 12:08
Sir, Create a mechanism to teach the Rural people about what is real PATRIOTISM. Then there will be real reconciliation in the country.
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Yasin Monday, 12 March 2018 22:10
The mobs that attacked are from the urban areas and politically and racially motivated with the Monks in saffron leading the pack and inciting the mob to attack forgetting the fact that the saffron robe is for holy men and not for thugs.
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Duminda Monday, 12 March 2018 16:33
Mr. Speaker why don't you proposed to send parliament members to fill up the vacant Middle Eastern jobs? . Time to pay pay back?.
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