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Video: We did what is best for us - Hakeem

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SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem said that the SLMC is still a part of the ruling coalition and that the decision to contest the Eastern province separately is no threat to the government.

Addressing a news conference at the party headquarters ‘Dar- es- salaam’ Hakeem said that the decision to contest the polls separately was based on  “what was best for the party and its members”

Mr. Hakeem said they were left with two options - when running for the upcoming elections. One was to join the government and contest, and the other was to contest by protecting the individuality of the party.
 
“I am glad we chose to contest as an individual party. It was unfortunate that we could not contest along with the government. But party members and the people have expressed their pleasure over SLMC contesting as a unique party,” he said.
 
Mr. Hakeem said that there was no dispute between the government and the SLMC, and the government had a clear understanding as to why the party has to contest individually. (Kelum Bandara & Nishan Casseem)




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-2+63 # sue 2012-07-20 11:29
You mean you did what was best for you and you're now waiting to see how the cookie crumbles so that you can make the next jump?
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-2+8 # Nodrog 2012-07-21 08:50
He should have thought of doing what was best for the Muslims he represents. Shameless opportunist!
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-6+47 # rif 2012-07-20 11:29
Knowing that ruling coalition is going wrong path sporting them is like cheating Muslim voters and himself
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-6+36 # Aney Machang 2012-07-20 11:39
SLMC did this to enhance their bargaining power in any future coalition governments.
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-1+4 # Nodrog 2012-07-21 16:30
he's so slimy no party can hold on to him for long.
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-4+35 # Sri Minnal 2012-07-20 11:41
Yes, We understand you very well. You want your job as well. Power is very important than you people.
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-3+34 # Daya 2012-07-20 11:42
Pls do things what is best for the community that you are representing not for the party or for your personal agenda.
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-28+27 # abdulla 2012-07-20 11:43
This time UPF is the number one in Eastern province. You will be No 3 Mr Hakeem Second is TNA. Ranil is 4th. Good punishment for boot liker.
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-4+11 # Fathima 2012-07-20 13:46
Dear Abdulla: No: 3 is very important for No: 1 or 2 to make their way to make majority for the EPC. At this point you will see the importance of SLMC.
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-1+15 # tarzan 2012-07-20 11:45
specially for me
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-2+26 # Yohan Perera 2012-07-20 11:47
We knew it long before you made this statement. As a politician you have to be sure that you and your henchmen can survive regardless of what may befall the public...
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-1+3 # Dodu Pakeer 2012-07-20 15:12
Well said Yohan
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-2+34 # Calistus Jayatilleke 2012-07-20 11:49
Of course, Sir. You always did what is best for you jumping from one party to another. That is called selfishness and not service to your community.
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-2+24 # DMirrorFan 2012-07-20 11:56
Will you ask Gov to give those tsunami relief houses for only Tsunami affected people? Ask it in Public not secretly!
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-2+29 # Dinesh 2012-07-20 11:58
As usual he is cleaver....Sitting on the fence ready to jump whatever side that is suitable.
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-4+19 # janak 2012-07-20 12:01
peraluna pattha hondai kiyanawa spinless politicians
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-1+36 # Concerned 2012-07-20 12:02
He said right.

“what was best for the party and its members”

Not for the people.
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-1+5 # kirihami 2012-07-20 13:43
i did'nt get any thing from them at this time, you belive me.
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-2+6 # Mahinda Leelaratne 2012-07-20 13:57
Your salary is paid by all Sri Lankans, not only Muslims. So, you must work for the good of the country
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-1+0 # Lak 2012-07-22 09:04
Best comment so far. Too much racial politics going on in Sri Lanka by the minorities.
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-4+2 # Shaik Ahamath 2012-07-20 14:01
Mr. Hakeem wants to keep the cake and eat it. Compared to other countries, Muslims here as a junior ethnic partner, have got a great deal. I know as I am one. This is not a good decision as you would only split the votes and nobody wins except the opposition.
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-3+6 # Mahinda Leelaratne 2012-07-20 16:41
Muslims are not treated as juniors in Sri Lanka. It was done by LTTE by doing ethnic cleansing. Today, the responsible ones for those acts are TNA guys, who are still coughing for defunct LTTE.
Muslims are enjoying doing successful business in the country because of the sacrifices made by security forces .
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-1+1 # allah 2012-07-20 18:12
Dambulla mosque affairs. Forgot or acting to have forgotten?
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-1+2 # Fazli 2012-07-20 14:39
Mr. RH, remember one thing, either one can have the cake or eat the cake. Its impossible do both.
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-8+2 # Thomas 2012-07-20 15:07
The present Government of H E Rajapakse holds a majority in the Parliament, and your leaving the ruling coalition does not pose any threat. You are FREE TO GO. Bye
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-1+8 # abdulla 2012-07-20 15:09
Sir , Are you a High jumper or long Jumper.
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-6+2 # KINGASANGA 2012-07-20 15:41
all the Muslim's, Tamil's live here in Sri Lanka demanding and enjoin best for them. if they haven't so many nannies for care about them. what about poor sinhalese. are they enjoin any thing special other than minorities?
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-1+0 # Lak 2012-07-22 09:12
Poor sinhalese are the most discriminated community in the whole island. They have absolutely nothing.
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-1+1 # Aney Machang 2012-07-20 17:38
Hakeem and Cassim go to EPC and fill your badde with eastern Vadde, come and tell Mahinda without any thadey.
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-1+1 # Jagath Leanage 2012-07-20 18:52
Exactly correct.You did what is best for you.You are so selfish and you are least bothered about our country.What a shame.
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-1+1 # baluwssq 2012-07-20 22:11
best for u?
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-1+2 # nicky karunarathna 2012-07-21 09:11
Us means who? country, Muslims or you? Don't be selfish idiot mate. First country, then people, and last your religon or ethnicity. But your ethnicity or religon doesn't matter as long as you are a good human being. Grow up even at this your old ripe age and become a Man before anything else!
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-1+1 # vaidy 2012-07-21 10:03
It looks advantageous for all minorities to unitedly join the ruling party and canvas equal rights for minorities in all respects and ensure Provincial councils with adequate powers are vested without any delay.All minorities should support the party in power JVP or SLFP or UNP
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-1+1 # Yehiya 2012-07-21 14:48
SLMC too late & no link with present knowledge.
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-0+1 # Thineth 2012-07-22 08:37
Do not best for you.Do what best for country man..
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