UNP, Bodu Bala Sena in pow-wow

  Published : 12:09 am  February 13, 2013  |  6,180 views  |  18 comments  |  Print This Post   |  E-mail to friend
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  • Kabir Hashim-led UNP team meet BBS reps in Parliament for talks
  • Main Opposition says Muslim Ministers in Govt. are neglecting the issue
  • Kabir refutes charges about Muslim extremist groups; clarifies Halal, Sharia Law concerns

By Dharisha Bastians
Charging that Muslim representatives in the Government were doing nothing to defuse tensions rising against the Muslim community, the main Opposition United National Party yesterday held lengthy discussions with the Bodu Bala Sena, a monk-led extremist Buddhist organisation that has been at the forefront of recent anti-Muslim protests in the island.  

A delegation of the UNP’s Muslim Professionals Group led by Kegalle District MP Kabir Hashim held discussions with four monk representatives of the Bodu Bala Sena, a UNP Spokesman told the Daily FT. The discussions, which lasted for over two hours, were
During the talks, Hashim, who was joined by Colombo Mayor A.J.M. Muzammil, UNP Western Provincial Councillor, Mujibur Rahman and two others, attempted to clarify certain misconceptions about the Halal Certification and aspects of Sharia Law, the party said.
The Bodu Bala Sena reportedly raised the issue of Muslim extremist groups in the island receiving significant foreign funding, during the discussions.
Hashim responded that if there was in fact such information, then the Bodu Bala Sena representatives should present their suspicions before the Defence Ministry and request a full-scale investigation, the UNP Spokesman said. However, Hashim reiterated that there were no such Muslim extremist groups active in the country, the Party Spokesman added.
The UNP said that the Bodu Bala Sena representatives had been satisfied with the explanations and clarifications provided by the Opposition delegation.
The talks between the UNP and the Bodu Bala Sena will continue periodically in order to defuse misunderstandings that could result in religious tension, the party said.


18 Responses to “UNP, Bodu Bala Sena in pow-wow”

  1. Sideek on February 13th, 2013 8:53 am

    Well kabeer better later than ever, you whoul have been to tnl last night rather than doing that @ parliment. C’ous 3 gys representing the mus lims were not given a opportunity 2 defend the couminity it was mostly one side game so kabeer since ur a well recagnised by every one u should do a show like what late asharef have done once. Budu bala sena is a comunel org wich is not aproved by singales has a ambistion of entaring in 2 politics it is short of RRS in sri lanka. Prasidend can just wipe out them if he wishes but he seems to ignore the fact as other majour issues.sideek

  2. kalindu on February 13th, 2013 9:42 am

    bala sena pls mind your religious buissness without being the scapegoats of the U N P do not tarnish the buddhist phylosophy beware there is grave consequences make peace with all kind you will have nirvana.

  3. Rasheed on February 13th, 2013 10:09 am

    Good work Mr. Kabir Hashim. The Govt Muslim MPs are not bothered about their religion, but they will start jumping and shouting in the Parliament when somebody say bad about the President or Govt.

  4. Walter on February 13th, 2013 10:22 am

    It might be even better if the monks involved with Bodu Bala Sena spend a bit of time to learn what Lord Buddha preached. Their current actions are disastrous to Buddhism than whatever non-Buddhists do collectively.

  5. ahmed on February 13th, 2013 10:44 am

    we were welcome talks each other we are not extremiist i islam mean peace always so talks will keep continued so better muslims are the not insulted other religeon some how very bad word to use by via internet for our prophet( nabi sal) i saw most of time given way pratishara options may those jungali but repeat i say we are not violated not terrorist our great hamuduruwo get wrong information

  6. suhail Lebbe on February 13th, 2013 10:48 am

    I think it is high time the Jamiathul Ulamah stopped issuing Halaal Certificate to non muslim organisations.Muslims of this country can look after Halaal things themselves.What hurts most the Bodu Sena is not the halaal cert.but the fee charged for it from the Singala businessmen.

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  8. Don Siripala on February 13th, 2013 12:19 pm

    Thank you Mr. Kabeer and Muzammil for looking into this before it goes out of hand.

  9. Roshan on February 13th, 2013 12:32 pm

    Yes, many complain about the fee they charge, why can’t they publish in the paper or media the detail of the fee charged and the name of the institution for the last year, which might clear their name.

  10. sach on February 13th, 2013 1:36 pm

    I think all religous institutes should come under scrutiny not only muslim orgs. Why are there no tax, reduced electricity and water rates for religous institutes? There should be regulations on all religions and especially building of religous institutes and should not allow building religous structures in public places like road sides. this is a small country, and we have no room for unregulated religous structure building. And authorities should take steps to curb extreme religosity which is rising but what they do is whip up the feelings.

  11. Mangala on February 13th, 2013 2:17 pm

    Buddhist monks have fully rights to fight for Sri Lanka, read the history, ages ago monks became worriors and after the war, they were back to be monks. We saw, so called muslim patriotism, when pakistan and Sri Lanka matches played in Colombo years ago. First learn to respect country history where you live.

  12. Jalak Bilal on February 13th, 2013 2:24 pm

    Why cant this Badu Bala Sena or associate organisation start issuing Halal Certificates and earn revenue instead fighting? It is a market economy and the competition makes things cheaper and assures quality while creating more business.See private banks and govt banks doing the same.
    Lankans ,learn to be diplomatic with these issues rather than fighting like cats and making weird noises?

  13. Psycho on February 13th, 2013 2:37 pm

    To sort this problem out nationalise Jamiya al Ulema, its a money making organisation, manned by uneducated mullas.

  14. Mustafa on February 13th, 2013 5:17 pm

    It is OK, and the Halal protection from Islam not to muslims only the whole community menbers will benefitted always, for example, eating dead animals meat after a long time from the dead, eating the blood infected meat types, possible deseases from meats and milk products, poisoned foods and killing germs, and Mr.Kabir Hashim is the only living genleman and politician in current sri lanka.

  15. Suban on February 14th, 2013 8:50 am

    Cunning Muslims are like this. All these talks are until they become the majority of this country. Then they will start their Jihad – Killing non believers.

    Bodu bala sena is doing it for all Buddhists. Pandits who comment here crtisizing Bodubala sena are not real sinhala blood. Any way we wish Bodubala sena the strength!
    When all sinhala politicians betray us, Bodubala sena is the voice…

  16. sally on February 14th, 2013 1:16 pm

    main problem is non of our parlimentarian not taking abourt halal matter they should come forward and explain in the parliment about this from there onwards.

  17. zury on February 16th, 2013 7:25 am

    Good initiative. But govt should understand that this issue is spreading through very viciously all over the country. This has to be stopped. Buddhists around the country should be educated about the question raised by the bodu bala sena. All these allegations does not exist. I mean Muslims in this country are peace lovers. They don’t have any ulterior motives.

  18. najeem on November 17th, 2013 5:05 am

    We are human beings.why we fight. Thanhawa soko jayathi. Budda also says dont be jelous.

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