The Sunday Leader

No Muslims On UNP Ticket

By Faraz Shauketaly

For the first time ever, there are no Muslim members of parliament elected from the UNP in the Colombo district. Many UNP members expressed shock at the extent of the erosion in the UNP’s popular vote in a key UNP dominated district.

AJM Muzzamil a well-known political mechanic, who contested under the UNP ticket, went to the extent of publicly taking an oath affirming that in the event he was elected he would not resign. However even the novelty value of such a move was evidently not enough to inspire enough UNP Muslim voters to cast a preferential vote towards a member of their own community.

There was a growing call for the UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to appoint a Muslim from the Colombo district through their National List in order to maintain the traditional UNP vote base amongst Muslims in Colombo. The Muslims in Colombo, however, appear to have abandoned their links to the UNP  – the former UNP stalwart Azaath Salley, polled a mere 10,000 votes in spite of being part of the government machinery with Minister AHM Fowzie the only Muslim of any note who declared himself happy with the result for himself as well as his party. Mr. Fowzie, a veteran politician is confident that he remains the primary focal point for all Muslims not just in Colombo.

118 Comments for “No Muslims On UNP Ticket”

  1. Psycho

    Cardinal sin UNP made was to back a Psycho like me at the presidential election.

    UNP needs a renaissance.

    • muzammil

      Don’t worry psycho,that was a “once in a life time sale”. You missed
      it means,will never come your way once again.

    • gonna

      MOST OF US R LIKE YOU PSYCHO. WE ARE THE NUTTY SRILANKANS

  2. Soni

    It seems like only the LTTE is backing UNP/DNA now adays..

    • True Democrat

      Why should Muslim people vote only for Muslim Candidates ?
      Who taught you jounalism and political science Faraz Shauketaly ?
      People should vote for the mose capable candidate and notr judge by the race , cast or creed.
      You are promoting communalism in this article and pkease grow up with your journalism.

      • kugan

        soni,
        tamil people or LTTE dont like UNP anymore.
        mahinda won his first term coz LTTE threaten the tamils not to vote.
        so just coz u dont like LTTE or DNA, dont just say LTTE support them.

        • napier

          yes dont forget LTTE cut off the hands of the only tamil civilian who voted. like all tamil interlects killed by LTTE. more tamils killed by ltte than anyone. also LTTE commanders wives were caught by NAVY fleeing to india with Gold jewellery of tamil civilians. your own words say ‘LTTE threanten tamils’ so why shud tamils support ltte or be compared to them?

      • Dahanayake

        I agree with True Democrat 100% I have casted my vote for Imitiyas(unfortunately he was tipexed years back) being a Sinhalese and the same thing is true for Muslim voter.
        It’s the capability ,trust,and the personality that count in getting preferential vote not one’s race or religion and that should be the case

      • Ari

        Simple!
        The Muslims had rejected the UNP and its H$m$ leader Ranil…

      • Native Vedda

        When there is no honest,capable and decent candidate among Sinhala/Buddhists then whats wrong with selecting a Muslim.

        Show me one decent, honest and capable candidate among the Sinhala/Buddhist nationalist.

      • mohammed

        Yes you are right Mr. True Democrat but do you singhalease and Muslims only in UNP will vote without thinking about race or relgion but when its come to SLFP they never ever vote for muslims any part of srilanka because S.W.R.D bandaranayaka started communalism only for him to elect as a Prime Minister of srilanka. Singhalease started communalism not others. All srilankan muslims are not voting for Muslim Congress accept few, better keep it in your mind. Also tell me after 62 years of Independent what we all got from these politicians? accept suffering and poverty only. These all politicians are playing game to get power, not for sack of people. Hela Urumaya is new communal party brought by singhalease into srilankan politics, they do everything agaisnt tamils and muslims all over srilanka. I hate all politicians and their messages. all of them are big liers.

      • zubi

        true… democracy should not based on mere segregations

    • LOL

      i being a muslim my self, didn’t vote for a muslim candidate, There is no rule saying that muslims must vote for a muslim candidate. lol, a pity you didn’t know that.

  3. muzammil

    UNP is not new for strategic errors.It fielded three muslim candidates for
    Colombo where all three have collected nearly the same amount of votes
    which denied an opportunity to all three.Two candidates would have at least
    managed to send one entry.UNP NEEDS A – Z CHANGES.Just crack on
    blaming govt for everything won’t help.There are electorates where UNP
    had no candidates.

    • Salman

      Mr. Muzaamil, it would be better if you tell the UNP leader to appreciate the support given by the Muslims to the party and show such appreciation at least by appointing Muslims to positions which are democratically due to them. One example is the post of Deputy Mayor in Dehiwala-Mt Lavinia. I’m sure you will agree that the UNP made a grave mistake there!

      • ayesh

        muzammil,

        Not just this time, even last election there were 3 from UNP list. But 2 won ! Given the fact that percentage of vote, esp from Colombo Central, Colombo North, was very low, I get the feeling that a lot of Muslims did not go to vote this time.

        • muzammil

          ayesh,
          Situation then and now dramatically changed.
          Whatever reasons given by UNP,its support
          base kept eroding.This is what we take into
          account in deciding the next step forward.but
          UNP miserably failed because of strategy error.
          They could have minimized the loss by taking
          a real stock of the situation.It’s not only about
          absence of muslim mps,it’s a historic setback
          for both UNP in general and muslims in particular.Definitely non muslim mps will come
          forward to fill the vaccum from both govt and
          UNP.That’s a different case.

        • NonResident

          Muzammil, you are talking through your hat! Analytically having two candidates would have been worst!

          Eg. When there are three candidates and a muslim voter casts his preference to the three candidates all of them will get the same number of preference votes.

          When there are two candidates too both of them will get the same no of preference votes, but the difference is if the third preference being given to another candidate will increase the chances of other candidates moving ahead of the muslim candidates in the preference list.

          Based on this having three candidates is the best option.But, this is not the optimum option to get maximum muslim representation!

  4. Peter Casie Chetty

    Clown Price II. As long as the UNP has to rummage at the bottom of the barrell they will never be a Government Party. Muzzamil is a person who should have won if the UNP had supported the war effort. Muslims all over realise that the LTTE is not longer a threat. Kathankudy 1989 is a souvenier of the UNP rule remember.

    • Fairose

      I know someone by the name of Elmo Casie Chetty, Do you have any relation to him

    • Anonymous

      Don’t trust the eastern Muslims. It is the Muslims outside north and east who support the UNP. Also, UNP is the only part that can be trusted by every body. Even Fowzy was a UNPer before he jumped wagon to SLFP in the 70s. The present downfall of the party is due to the myopia of its leader Ranil. Ranil thinks the Sri Lankan think with their head before voting. Alas, they think with their heart.

      The main brain behind the break up of LTTE is Ranil. The so called peace pact is the main reason for the break up of the LTTE. Remember terrorists like Karuna and Pillayan split from the LTTE because of the pact. If the peace pact was not signed, LTTE would still have been intact and ruling the Vanni, thanks to Mahinda’s so called patriotict “HORA GIVISUMA”with the LTTE.

      If you look at the recent Sri Lankan history and think with your head, you will be able to understand who the real traitor is. Few things to thinks about:

      In 1989, who went to Geneva to lobby against Sri Lanka he terrorists JVP.
      In 2004 Who had a hora givisuma with the LTTE to prevent the Tamils from voting.
      Who is selling the country to Chinese now on the name of development prjects. Take a look at the project estimates (more than double the usual cost – Example: Northen railway – Indian estimate $2M/km Chinese estimate $4M/km). Conditions and payment terms of the loans. Interest rate (Commercial rate 8%). Payback period (less than 7 years). Type of equipment used:Very inferior in quality – won’t even last 10 years (Kerawallapitiya power project).

      Some of the project claimed by Mahinda were started long before even Mahinda intended contesting.
      Southern highway project in 1990s.
      Kinniya bridge – Hakeem negotiated with the Saudi government.
      Katugastota bridge started early 2000s.

      If goes on and on. But no point Sri Lankans never use their brain only heart.

      • mFz

        Well Said dude…

      • ayesh

        Anonymous,

        You forgot to add the 6 Billions VAT scheme occurred when Mahinda was the Finance Minister ! Did he take the Responsibility. Nay ! Did he punish the culprits , Nay He promoted them !

        You also forgot that Mahinda had Billions of Tsunami money in his account. Did he take his cut ? We never know, He took his cut or not, shameless act decent person would say.

        Its NOT abt SriLankans having No-Brains. I think the Government Media is cleverly Brain-Washing people. Look at the Songs, Documentaries made of Mahinda, they just show he is the GREATEST KING we ever had.

  5. Mahinda Rajapakse

    Tere is no such thing as Sinhala, Tamil or Muslim any more. We are all Sri Lankans. Factional fighting based on race is over. This is a new Mahinda era.

    • gonna

      WHAT HE TOLD IN JAFFNA REFLECTS DIFFERENT IMPRESSION NEVERTHELESS

    • muzammil

      We love it.But reverse is the case.Have you ever heard crabs walk
      straight?

    • Native Vedda

      What you mean by we are all Sri Lankans? When my identity is not enshrined in the constitution how dare you call me Sri Lanka?

    • Anonymous

      Mahinda’s father and Bandaranayake were the reason for the entire tamil problem. 1956 Sinhala only pact.

      Then 1972 constitution, Mahinda was a signitory to this which removed all the safeguards the minorities had.

      Actual Tamil war started in 1972 with the forming of TNT (Tamil New Tigers).

  6. Mahinda Rajapakse

    There is no such thing as Sinhala, Tamil or Muslim any more. We are all Sri Lankans. Factional fighting based on race is over. This is a new Mahinda era.

  7. Rambuttan

    As usual Fowzi got elected by 95% Sinhalese votes, we can confirm this from Azaath Salley’s mere 10,000 votes. So what happened to Muslim’s votes? A big portion might have abstained from casting their votes and others might have preferred Sinhalese in the UNP list.

    • Fairose

      SLFP Muslims did not vote for this (Humbug) Azath Sally.

    • Raymond

      This time fowzie was not elected by the Sinhalese voters but Fowzie is going to Parliament through his nephew AZATH SALLEY’s Vote. He canvassed for his uncle to give one manapa but his uncle who is selfish wanted a vote only for him. The President know’s about it. Even Azath Salley’s votes were manipulated.

  8. kayhaytha

    I am a Muslim Voter and I cast my votes for 3 Candidates who in my opinion could contribute effectively towards the development of our Motherland. In deciding upon the Candidates, I did not for one moment take into consideration their race. All 3 Candidates are Sinhalese.

    • Observer

      I am honored to be one of your fellow citizens. This is the way forward. The best person should be elected without communal bias.Unfortunately these type of ”so called journalists” are responsible for creating communal disharmony.They should be rejected outright.

      • ayesh

        As a Sinhalese from Borella, where Sinhalese Voters continuously elected MH Mohammed, a Muslim over others,
        it is a good feeling to know that our Muslim brothers also have the same thinking!
        Elect the Best ! Not the Race !

    • Anonymous

      I am too a Muslim and voted for Wijedasa Rajapake, Srinath Perera and Sujeewa Senasinghe

  9. gonna

    DONT THINK IN PETTY RACIAL LINES MY DEAR COLOMBO VOTERS. BE AN EXAMPLE TO OTHERS

  10. Salman

    Muslims are predominantly UNP supporters but refrained from voting this time as they lost confidence in the UNP leadership for what he did to two upcoming Muslim leaders. One is Azath Sally from Colombo and the other is Hassen from Dehiwala. In the case of Hassen, he was entitled to be appointed Deputy Mayor as he had obtained the highest preference votes (7,000+) but was not and a person with (3000+) was appointed thus a Muslim was deprived a position democratically due. So, Muslims have now lost confidence in the UNP leadership. Sooner or later Muslims will rally round President Mahinda Rajapakse and one will not be surprised if more Muslims get elected in the UPFA in the future.

    • Fairose

      If Muslims have lost confident in UNP, they should have voted for those so called “upcoming muslim leader” ‘Azath Sally”. This budding star lost miserably and ever popular ‘Fowzie’ just made it by the lowest margin ever by this popular figure. I am from central colombo. All my family gave their preference for Ranil, Rosy, Wijedasa, Sujeeva Senasinghe. We voted for people who are more deserving

      • Zeenath

        Wow! your family had 4 (Rail, Rosy, Wijedasa and Sujeeva Senasinghe) preference votes! We had 3. Good luck! It is very important that there is adequate Muslim representation in Parliament both in the Government and Opposition. Hence, we MUSLIMS should give due consideration in voting for Muslim candidates.

      • Nihal

        My dear Fairose YOU MADE A GRAVE MISTAKE BY VOTING ROSY you should never have don that as she’s all evil against Muslims.She will show one face to muslims and do a another remember she’s an Avangelist Christian (a sworn enemy of Muslims)

      • Rambuttan

        Oh man “ever popular Fowzi”. As far as I know Muslims do not consider him as a Muslim. Muslims were eagerly waiting for a good news after Akuressa bomb blast to hear this fellow was one of the casualty. Many openly expressed this fellow should have gone. Until this election I did not have answer for why Muslims hate Fowzi. I saw Fowzis(his reps) were supplying arrack to poor Sinhalese in Dehiwala, Ratmalana and Moratuwa areas. In a way his policies deprived Muslims but attracted Sinhalese.

    • sandman

      Upcoming Muslim leader !!! and that too Azath Saly. Salman u must be very close to Azath surely…………………

      • Anonymous

        Azath Sally a upcoming leader? my foot… this person cannot even speak tamil properly. Elect and educated muslim to be the leader. Not stupids like Azath Sally.

        • This election system or people thinking metality must change. Paba & Dr.Mervin won the election.
          What they can do in parliament.In Sri lanka health unskill labour need 8th stand qulification. But politician nothing need for contesting. Its must change.

  11. leel

    As long as UNP keeps Ranil as party leader and his gang in control of UNP there is no place for UNP in this country. He almost succeeded dividing the country in his two years rule and failed miserably in other spheres of government administration. Now he says people has no faith in the system. He tries now to twist truth. People does not has any faith on you except few fool Colombians. That is the fact.

  12. Guru Sathyadasa

    Hey, you guys, could you please stop preferncing candidates on the basis of their race, religion, colour, culture, appearence and what not? Preferencing on candidates should be based on performance and capability alone and not on any other criterion. However, to be able to do that, the voter should know what he/she wants. A voter should identify his/her needs prior to making a choice. Does one want democracy, rule of law, development, peace and harmony etc and then pick the most capable party/candidate who demnostrated capacity to deliver the voter’s needs. This principle should be applied to selecting an employee from amongst candiates for a job, as well.

  13. chami nana

    and after the split within the party UNP has always been a weak opposition and the blunder they did during the previous municipal council elections by appointing a three wheel driver proved to me voting for UNP is an utter waste. first there should be a strong opposition leader no a losing one.

    • Anonymous

      The three wheel driver is the selection of Mahinda.

      Remember the tipexing the UNP list. The culprit (Milinda Moragoda) is with Mahinda. Thank god he was not elected.

  14. Shaik Anwar Ahamath

    At long last Muslims are waking up to the fact that we are all Sri Lankans and not a fragmented set of tribal communities bent on destroying each other. We all work together for the good of our nation and hopefully with the wisdom displayed by our President, we will succeed.

  15. I am muslim, voted to Vijedasa Rajapakse , Sunethra & Mahroof. We wanted professional members to parliament.Not cast peoples.

    • Zeenath

      Agreed that Wijayada Rajapakse is a Professional. But don’t forget that he moved a private Member’s motion against slaughter of cattle. I don’t understand how you classify Sunethra & Mahroof as professionals? I’m from Dehiwala and can tell you with confidence that Sunethra is the worst mayor we have ever had! Mahroof took our votes in the last two elections and never sighted Dehiwala!

      • Rambuttan

        I may wrong. I heard slaughter of cattle motion only for fertile cows. Already there is a deteriorating situation regarding the management of infertile and age old cows and bulls which were saved from slaughtering on time. I have to agree on your point regarding Sunethra. She is very incapable to handle a municipality.

      • Zeenath,Maharoof never cross to any political party & gentleman.You dont know about sunethra & her family politicians done the service to nation.Cattle meat is no relation with muslims. What is the percentage muslim in the country.if you sit front of beef stall, you know the percentage of muslim consumptiom of meat.We muslim belongs to Quran. Not to cattle.

  16. Somawansa

    I know meny sinhala people gave their preference to Fowzie

    • muzammil

      Somawansa,
      Do you think late president Premadsa was elected by sinhala votes?
      Never.In the south,eighty percent of muslims vote for sinhala mps.

  17. gonna

    I gave my precious vote to archariya and delighted he won in a style

  18. Fairose

    Muslims do no vote on ethnical line. They vote for party and for people with good values. Sri Lanka muslims are not racist.

    • Zeenath

      Mr. Fairose, there’s NOTHING racial in Muslims voting for Muslim candidates to represent them and voice genuine Muslim concerns in a Multi-racial community. Just to show that Muslims are not racial – if they not vote for Muslims – who do you think will represent the Muslim community in parliament? Let’s be realistic!

      • Fairose

        Zeenath,
        We had so many muslim ministers in the parliament. What is the great contribution that they’ve done to the muslim community leaving TB Jayah and sithy Lebbe to name a few. Muslim community is the poorest in colombo because they do not have jobs. In colombo we have most of the companies, state corporations and government ventures and ministries. How many muslims are employed there? If you take a survey, you will discover muslims are the most unemployed in colombo. Did any of the so called muslim ministers contributed redress this.

        • gonna

          Muslims are the people ridiculed most in Colombo. not the tamils

        • Fairoses comments are correct all muslim leaders & businessmen are hypocrites like
          Mahinda Rajapakse.

          They need power & Fame, including Azath Salley & Mahroof, Fowzie, & M.H. Mohamed
          who openly robbed the Muslim Tsunami funds
          recieved from Arab Countries.

      • Psycho

        Zeenath, dont be a racist. You may twist , turn and spin, denying this fact.

        Always think that we are all Sri Lankan, you may agree with it but however without even realising you are turning to be a racist.

        Its the qualty of the person that matters and not what his race or religion.

        For example if we need to elect someone to be the “president of the world”, whom will you vote Nelson Mandella, or a Saudi King?? Choice is yours.

        • ayesh

          Can we add Dr Mervin too ?

        • Anonymous

          There are more… besides Dr. Mervin.. Dr. Mahinda, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Rohitha Abeygunawardene (raththaran hora), Muthuhettigama..

          Look at it all are with Dr. Mahinda.

        • ayesh

          @Anonymous,

          Rohitha may be a good choice too !

          Started as a TAXI driver, now has assets exceeding 4000 Million RS !!
          WOW ! Mahinda Chinthanaya does work (for some) !

  19. Marikar

    Muslims are finally showing signs of political maturity and voting nationalistic.

  20. Abdullah

    Great News!!!No more religion/Ethinicity based politics.

    • Analyst

      It’s not a Great News!!! for democratic and secular country, it should have equal rigts and law for all the citizens, by saying no more religion/Ethinicity base politics it means that cannot be the democratic and it shaws discrimination between religion/ ethinicity and it couse violation of the citizen’s rights, all the citizens should have their right to speak on behalf of thier community and protec their social culture rights any one can represent their comunity by political base for their rights. if one failed to do the right things for the community some on can do that in democratic way in democratic country like Sri Lanka to proctect their community rights, and aslo if any political base parties or organizations go against the democratic and sovereignity of the country it should be prevent.

    • To Abdullah
      There is Ethnicity based politics in the state sector because in every form they ask what religion are you from, if they regard us as Srilankans they need not ask our religion.

      • Abdullah

        I wonder,Why Should any one vote for Self Centred/Selfish politicians be in any ethinicity/race?Muslims are powerless at it is time they put their trust on ONE MIGHTY CREATOR-THE FIRST & THE LAST…Every politician in the recent History is only for himself…Gone are the Days of Sir RAZIK,DR BADI,ACS HAMEED Etc

  21. nmn

    Muslims are now matured now i suggest…thats why they didnt choose any muslims…now what the muslims in srilanka wants working people for the country…not for the comunity any more…

  22. ray vaaz

    Modawansa is tipped to get a top cabinet portfolio for all his efforts!!

    Modawansa is tipped to get a top cabinet portfolio for all his efforts!!

  23. Anonymous

    how can we conclude that people don’t vote on racial lines when a racist like champaka ranawaka is still in parliament !!

  24. The United National Party needs a massive changes in the party and its strategical usage of contesting in diverse electorates of the island.they do have adiquate esperiences but have to reconsider the system.

  25. rodrigo

    Colombo city is mostly populated by very poor people tens of thousands live in wattas in small shanty houses .the elite are a minority restricted to colombo 7,3.5, areas. other areas are mostly populated by middle class and by urban poor. mainly the minorities. most of them even cannot attend pretigious schools of colombo the schools they attend are also in pathetic situation .the city poor city deweller was counting on UNP for ages ,now they are turning back on the UNP .

    • Exactly said rodrigo it is very pathetic in every slums of Slave Island , Maradana , Hulsdorf, Grandpass, Modera ,Maligawatte etc
      has only 2 toilets for 50 or 30 houses, if a water cut enforced
      very miserable.

      • FIYAZ

        Mr.Sheriff, yes it’s 100% correct, normally Colombo area people are living very small houses, for example in 1 perch house there are 2 to 3 families are living together, this pathetic situation can be seen highly at Maligawatte, Grandpass,Aluthkade area, not only in this area but most of the colombo peoples are living like this. I do not know when this will going to be change?

  26. Farial hakeem Maroof

    Divided we fall………….time to wake up–

  27. NMT

    Politics is a card game played by the politicians and religion is their truimp till the last election. Now not only muslims most of them realised the politicians game.

  28. Sumithlal

    Well it’s a fact that muslims naturally support UNP and not UNP muslim candidates in particular. A main reason would be that most muslims are business oriented thus the hope they have in a business favouring party.
    Take the example of Former Beruwala Mayor and provincial councilor M.S.M Faleel Hajiar who used to be the only muslim candidate from the Kaluthara district for parliamentary elections. He is loved by the sinhala masses and used to get more than 40,000 votes. There is many as 120000 muslim votes in the district, but the lack of muslim votes deprived him from entering parliament. which only goes to proove the point that muslims vote for the UNP.

    • rodrigo

      Sumith your point is not clear

      • Sumithlal

        Well i was emphasizing that the Muslim vote base in the past and also in the present are a strength of the UNP. And that they do not necessarily vote for their race if they are from another party. Its UNP first and then the candidates.

        • rodrigo

          OK it is clear, it was UNP, and mainly pres ,Premadasa who was instrumental in getting the poor city deweller to vote for the UNP .if i am not mistaken colombo was a bastian of the old left ,after president premadasa’ s demise and after the collapse of the old left every govt that came into power was wooing the rural voter because of the large vote base of over 75% .the neglect made the city life a hell on earth. other cities like kandy ,negombo , and galle , are also catching up fast

    • Asif

      I totally agree with you and a very good example.

  29. mohammed

    Muslims are still trusting Ranil,Ranil is not suitable man to lead the UNP. I salute only His Excellency Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksha, what he say, he did. He done valuable part in for all srilankans destroying world second criminal terrorist from the Island. He is the only leader can take this country to get some sort of hope. Stop muslims suppoerting UNP and Ranil. suppoert to re-build the country and strength hand of our His Excellency Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksha. enough is enouhg voting UNP.

    • nmn

      im totally agree with u mohammed…thats what in this election muslims already gave the reply to UNP in colombo and other parts of the country…because of MR leadership only terrorism eliminated and we are living without a fear now..even the UNP parlimentarians…people must think during the LTTE period can any politician visit to Vanni or North..no way because they were in LTTE’s hit list…Hakeem,Ranil and who ever it is they are scared to visit…but now they are travelling to those areas without any problem…because of whom…think…

    • This is where i dont agree Mr mohammed, trying to give the glory alone to MR in War Victory, you being made to believe like that by the state media or by any MR cohort.

      not that i like Ranil Wickramasinghe, definetely he shoud be ousted.

  30. DireStraits

    Who cares! show me one muslim leader who has done any good to the country? Even when they achieve the highest of hights they have failed the nation and their community. e.g. ACS Hameed
    So serves them all right! I think the elctorate has now become a lot mature and politicians/ parties and journalists like you have yet to realize that the change has come. No more votes just because you have a muslim name and a dirty smile. Practice Islam, in doing so, obviously you wont be a lier, drunkard or be a thug like those in the past.

  31. VINTAGE VOTER

    THE SINHALESE ARE THE MAJORITY. THEY CLAIM THEY ARE DESCENDANTS OF VIJAYA( THE FIRST ILLICIT IMMIGRANT) I AM NOT GOOD AT HISTORY, BUT I THINK IT WAS A REBEL SON WHO WAS PUT IN A BOAT AND EXILED.
    ACTUALLY SINHALESE ARE BENGALI ORIGIN, TAMILS FROM INDIA , MUSLIMS
    FROM ARAB COUNTRIES AND BURGHERS FROM THE WEST AND MALAYS FROM JAVA. THE ORIGINAL SRI LANKANS ARE YAKKAS AND NAGAS AND VEDDAHS
    WE ARE LIKE AMERICA A COUNTRY OF MIGRANTS. THEY DONT GO ABOUT CALLING EACH OTHERS NAMES.
    AS THE RED INDIANS THE ORIGINAL AMERICANS ARE MARGINALISED,
    WE HAVE DONE TO OUR VEDDAHS.
    ITS TIME WE GAVE A PLACE FOR THE VEDDAHS ON THE NATIONAL LIST.
    BEST WOULD BE TO HAVE A “CEREMONIAL VEDDAH PRESIDENT. ”
    LETS SET THE EXAMPLE AND GIVE THE LEAD. THE RAJAPAKSES, CAN
    BE HIS ADVISORS AND THEIR ARE ANY NUMBER OF THEM.
    NOT A BAD IDEA EH!

    • Native Vedda

      VINTAGE VOTER says: “WE ARE LIKE AMERICA A COUNTRY OF MIGRANTS”

      You are spot on. Thanks for your support to my people.

      I have spent lot of time educating the migrants from India that nobody has a sole claim over the island.

      The asylum seeker Vijaya, probabley a thug, running away or exiled by his own father arrived in my ancestral land and suddenly he had become part of Mahawamsa fantacy and Sinhala.

      The genetic studies carried out in Sri Lanka confirm that the Sinhala people are closely related to South Indian Tamils than the Tamils of Sri Lanka.

      Apart from Mahavamsa yarn there is no archaeological evidence to support the claim that Vijaya ever steped foot on the shores of Sri Lanka. There was not even proto Sinhala language until the 4th century AD. How do the Sri Lankan historians link asylum seeker Vijaya to Sinhala people?

  32. Amith

    Colombo Muslims have cast their votes very efficiently, Nation should understand Muslims specially Colombo crowd is not stuck with any race, they have selected good parliament members to work to the nation very efficiently. It’s very clear.

    • Native Vedda

      Colombo and its wealthy residence irrespective of their race form a separate state within the country. All whims of political leaders are subdued by the wealthy.

      • rodrigo

        Who are the colombo wealthy, they are the people from provinces, they have their estates,walawwas and ancient homes in their villages.yes there are proffesionals in colombo ,they have a little wealth that they have earned through there proffession.

  33. roshan

    This is the follishness of the UNP and DNA, if they contested together at elast in some of the major districts like Colombo, Gampaha, Kandy, Galle and Anuradhapura, they woudl have easliy got more MPs than what they got now. But, b’cos of their utter foolishness and the unwillingness to compromise on petty issues like party symbols, most of the population will have to suffer under this mafia regime!

    Any way, now it’s too late and never know what to come for the coming years ahead and the agenda of the so called Deshapremi Govt!

    • To Roshan
      It Was Tissa Attanayake who clung to the Elephant Symbol, shunning the repeated requests by sarath fonseka to contest on
      Swan symbol, but he made others to pay the price , Coming on
      the national list.

      SF cannot contest on Elephant because they who scuttled the war & rediculed him, as he will fall into the unpatriotic.

  34. mFz

    I’m a muslim from kandy..i voted for UNP as usual, and the preferancials were for 3,8,and 13..who are muslim,sinhalese and hindu respectively…

  35. Milton Dayasena

    ADO THAMBIYAS GO BACK TO PAKISTAN

  36. muslim

    In islam, this demo CRAZY,ballot box is not there. THESE ARE INVENTIONS OF jEWS. TELL ME WHERE ON EARTH, PEOPLE LIVE PEACEFULLY WITH THIS SYSTEM. THIS UTTER RUBBIZ.

    WHAT TRUE MUSLIM’S CONCERN IS TO WORSHIP ONE ONLY GOD WHO CREATED EVERY THING.

    WHERE AS PEOPLE ARE WORSHIPPING, IDOLS, MAN, JINN, SUN, MOON STARS, ANIMALS AND SEXUAL PARTS.

    SO TRUE MUSLIM WILL SAY THIS MESSAGE TO NON MUSLIM. AND GUIDE TO REVEALED MATERIALS.

  37. innal

    . What are the Teachings of Islaam?

    The foundation of the Islaamic faith is belief in the Unity of God. This means to believe that there is only one Creator and Sustainer of everything in the Universe, and that nothing is divine or worthy of being worshipped except for Him. Truly believing in the Unity of God means much more than simply believing that there is “One God” – as opposed to two, three or four. There are a number of religions that claim belief in “One God” and believe that ultimately there is only one Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. Islaam, however, not only insists on this, but also rejects using such words as “Lord” and “Saviour” for anyone besides Almighty God. Islaam also rejects the use of all intermediaries between God and Man, and insists that people approach God directly and reserve all worship for Him alone. Muslims believe that Almighty God is Compassionate, Loving and Merciful.

    The essence of falsehood is the claim that God cannot deal with and forgive His creatures directly. By over-emphasising the burden of sin, as well as claiming that God cannot forgive you directly, false religions seek to get people to despair of the Mercy of God. Once they are convinced that they cannot approach God directly, people can be mislead into turning to false gods for help. These “false gods” can take various forms, such as saints, angels, or someone who is believed to be the “Son of God” or “God Incarnate”. In almost all cases, people who worship, pray to or seek help from a false god don’t consider it to be, or call it, a “god”. They claim belief in One Supreme God, but claim that they pray to and worship others beside God only to get closer to Him. In Islaam, there is a clear distinction between the Creator and the created. There is no ambiguity in divinity – anything that is created is not deserving of worship and only the Creator is worthy of being worshipped. Some religions falsely believe that God has become part of His creation, and this has led people to believe that they can worship something created in order to reach their Creator.

  38. innala

    What are the Teachings of Islaam?
    The foundation of the Islaamic faith is belief in the Unity of God. This means to believe that there is only one Creator and Sustainer of everything in the Universe, and that nothing is divine or worthy of being worshipped except for Him. Truly believing in the Unity of God means much more than simply believing that there is “One God” – as opposed to two, three or four. There are a number of religions that claim belief in “One God” and believe that ultimately there is only one Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. Islaam, however, not only insists on this, but also rejects using such words as “Lord” and “Saviour” for anyone besides Almighty God. Islaam also rejects the use of all intermediaries between God and Man, and insists that people approach God directly and reserve all worship for Him alone. Muslims believe that Almighty God is Compassionate, Loving and Merciful.
    The essence of falsehood is the claim that God cannot deal with and forgive His creatures directly. By over-emphasising the burden of sin, as well as claiming that God cannot forgive you directly, false religions seek to get people to despair of the Mercy of God. Once they are convinced that they cannot approach God directly, people can be mislead into turning to false gods for help. These “false gods” can take various forms, such as saints, angels, or someone who is believed to be the “Son of God” or “God Incarnate”. In almost all cases, people who worship, pray to or seek help from a false god don’t consider it to be, or call it, a “god”. They claim belief in One Supreme God, but claim that they pray to and worship others beside God only to get closer to Him. In Islaam, there is a clear distinction between the Creator and the created. There is no ambiguity in divinity – anything that is created is not deserving of worship and only the Creator is worthy of being worshipped. Some religions falsely believe that God has become part of His creation, and this has led people to believe that they can worship something created in order to reach their Creator.

  39. a believer

    It is a talk of muslim, just get some idea who is muslim, and these politics personalities knows these.

    The Arabic word “Muslim” literally means “someone who submits to the will of God”. The message of Islaam is meant for the entire world and anyone who accepts this message becomes a Muslim. Some people mistakenly believe that Islaam is just a religion for Arabs, but nothing could be further from the truth, since in actuality over 80% of the world’s Muslims are not Arabs! Even though most Arabs are Muslims, there are Arabs who are Christians, Jews and atheists. If one just takes a look at the various peoples who live in the Muslim World – from Nigeria to Bosnia and from Morocco to Indonesia – it is easy enough to see that Muslims come from all different races, ethnic groups and nationalities. From the very beginning, Islaam had a universal message for all people. This can be seen in the fact that some of the early companions of the Prophet Muhammad were not only Arabs, but also Persians, Africans and Byzantine Romans. Being a Muslim entails complete acceptance and active obedience to the revealed will of Almighty God. A Muslim is a person who freely accepts to base his beliefs, values and faith on the will of Almighty God. In the past, even though you don’t see it as much today, the word “Mohammedans” was often used as a label for Muslims. This label is a misnomer and is the result of either wilful distortion or sheer ignorance. One of the reasons for the misconception is that Europeans were taught for centuries that Muslims worshipped the Prophet Muhammad in the same way that Christians worship Jesus. This is absolutely not true since a Muslim is not permitted to worship anyone or anything besides Almighty God.

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