BBS slams Daily FT at key rally in Kandy

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By Dharisha Bastians
Signalling an about-face on a key issue on its agenda, the hard-line Bodu Bala Sena group yesterday declared victory in its battle against the Halal certification and slammed the English-language press, even singling out the Daily FT for being traitors to the Sinhala Buddhist cause.

Addressing a massive rally in Kandy town last afternoon, Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero said the Defence Secretary had provided an assurance that the Halal logo would be withdrawn in the country and a special Police unit would be set up to carry out inspections in shops around the country that might be still carrying Halal products.  According to the Thero, the Cabinet subcommittee headed by former Premier Ratnasiri Wickremanayake had also ruled that all Halal certifications issued following September 2004 were illegal.  “So today we have come to the historic city of Kandy to tell the Dalada Hamuduruwo about our victory over Halal and to invoke blessings for our future struggle to win the rights of the Sinhalese,” Gnanasara Thero told large crowds gathered at the rally.
According to the hard-line monk, not a single stone was cast to win the Halal battle. Gnanasara Thero slammed what he called were “sinful forces” that referred to the Bodu Bala Sena as extremists and charged that the English press had betrayed their cause.
“With the exception of a few, the English media is still working on foreign agendas in the country. The Gulf News, the Asian Tribune and the Financial Times have repeatedly referred to the Bodu Bala Sena as the ‘leading terror group’ in the country,” he said.
Referring to these publications as “kalu suddho,” the Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary said that the English language press had always worked against the interests of Sinhala Buddhists in Sri Lanka. He said the English media had repeatedly maintained that the Halal certification was a positive thing for the country.  The monk said that when their advertisements about Halal were blacked out on mainstream electronic media channels, the group’s youth task forces had taken to social media and email to spread the anti-Halal message far and wide.
The Bodu Bala Sena representatives met with the Mahanayake Theras of the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters and also paid homage to the Temple of the Tooth before holding the rally.


41 Responses to “BBS slams Daily FT at key rally in Kandy”

  1. S.Amarasekara on March 18th, 2013 8:34 am

    Kudos to BBS.

  2. sunil jayathilake on March 18th, 2013 8:36 am

    Chiran jayathu ape hamuduruwne but please do not step in to dirty party politics.BBS will be more powerfull without that dirt.

  3. superb on March 18th, 2013 8:36 am

    thanks bbs for spreading islam in sri lanka.


  4. fizi on March 18th, 2013 8:59 am

    This is mind boggling.

    Who is the defence secretary to give assurances that HALAL certificate would not be used in the future.

    The ISLAMIC clerics have in conultation with the chamber of commerce and leading buddhist priests have come to a conclusion that HALAL logo will not be used any any products unless requested for export purposes and that too free of charge.

    So I should say that all powerful GOTA should look after defence matters without trying to tread into unknown territory.

    It is pretty obvious from the inception that HALAL is used as a scapegoat for bigger suppression of muslim rights in the country in the coming days.

  5. Sudu on March 18th, 2013 9:08 am

    The public who particapted for BBS rally at least one of there family memebers could be working in middle east and the BBS members to go to Kandy hope they must have used middle east product of fule how fools these fellows also selfish, there protest will never effect the muslims , and they are used to fast so food is not much concern what BBS think wait and see finally BBS will be the losers.
    From Sudu

  6. silva on March 18th, 2013 9:14 am

    The BBS should know we are living in the global village and not in the well.

  7. Ismael on March 18th, 2013 9:17 am

    .what does their motive leads to go against Halal certificate if the masses decide to accept it? Now they will go around on ANTI-LANGUAGE protest to say The Sinhalese dont need to speak English in SL..and the politicians are scared to ban this racists Bikus who are destroying the country's image..a shame ….

  8. somapala on March 18th, 2013 9:19 am

    These thugs who desecrate the sacred yellow robes worn by arahats shall be derobed and given lashes in public.

  9. Jayantha on March 18th, 2013 10:20 am

    Hamuduruwane Protecting majority’s right is not a crime. Don’t let happen what happen to all other Buddhist countries around the world. don’t be scared other countries like England ,France. Teruwansaranai Obatumata

  10. zee on March 18th, 2013 10:59 am

    Could you (BBS) tell the people of this country what did you achieved by stopping halal certificate, nothing but every body going to call you that another upcoming terror group to desroy this country! I hope people will not mislead by this monks,
    we had enough last 30 years, it’s time to develop our country not destroy.

  11. sideek on March 18th, 2013 11:15 am

    thank u bbs, we muslims helped u last year @ jeneve so u’ll reworded back muslims. May allah panish thouse inwolve against islam and muslims. Allso we thank u bbs for uniting all muslims in sri lanka.sideek.

  12. United srilankan on March 18th, 2013 11:29 am

    Value of peace known to person who effected by war. Extremism ,racism and corruption need to be eradicated.we have to work hard not to pass next generation.
    All we need just tolerant good citizen for future srilanka.
    We are far behind in very area in human life.
    It’s our duty to respect, help each others.
    We need a country for all Srilankan , who wants to live peacefully with others.
    I doubt, we have a system in place to protect the country from another destruction by this extreme elements left in action,
    This extremist are doing great destruction and damage to heart and soul of all srilankan.
    Please all srilankan come up to defeat any extremist now and in future.
    Again we need just tolerant, corrupt free society.

  13. Mohd. on March 18th, 2013 11:39 am

    Being a Sri Lankan Muslim, I have started losing the credibility overall on SL and Muslims need to be more thoughtful than ever before. I don’t think that the Muslims can depend on their so called “elder brothers’ anymore!!!

  14. john on March 18th, 2013 12:21 pm

    why is the sinhalese monks wanted to discriminate and hatre muslims in sri lanka .why and why the president is silent. why the world is still watching these inhuman treatment by the exremist monks. why the muslim world is also silent . these thugs and rowdy monks will not stop their activities like what they did to innocent tamils during the war. they are playing to make a communial riots in sri lanka because sinhalese is a vast majority in sri lanka. THIS IS PURELY RASACISM AGAINST THE MUSLIM MINORITIES. they started attacking the mosques,muslim owned businessmen and their properties, then halal issue, now boycotting businesses, now burqa later who knows what.

  15. john on March 18th, 2013 12:28 pm

    where are the muslim ministers in sri lanka very few are talking men with backbone but some are hiding under their wifes sarees. soon or later we will depart from this world but we should talk to our rights in our motherland. muslims cannot be so innocent when they are been attack, taken away their rights,discriminating,on and on. LTTE was defeated because they fought and waged a war but muslims in sri lanka were peaceful and supported the government now being attacked. this is call the unfaithfulness of rasacism buddhist people.

  16. silva on March 18th, 2013 12:36 pm


  17. David on March 18th, 2013 12:52 pm

    These hardline monks will damage the image of buddhism worldwide, just as hardline muslims damaged the image of islam. I’ve never seen such hardline buddhists anywhere,these guys are only capable of propagation of hate only.They don’t know what they are doing ,and more certainly they don’t know anything about buddhism.Who made these idiots monks,in thailand many such fake monks are in jail.

  18. Prof.Rubert Vanderkoon on March 18th, 2013 1:07 pm

    I am not a fan of BBS or any group but I agree with the monk, these journals always refer to them as hardliners and some go even further calling them names, including affiliating them to terrorism.Media has to grow up.

  19. Ann on March 18th, 2013 2:00 pm

    Aww…. These “monks” (And I don’t mean all monks in general.. many I’m sure are good, decent folk) don’t like that moderates are speaking out against them? so sad… NOT!

    To the BBS, as a non-Muslim I can assure you that you do not and will never speak for me

    I must thank them though… my knowledge in not just Islam, but my own religion increased by researching (let’s face it, when they done with the Muslims, it’s only logical to assume that Burghers and Christians in general will be next on their hit list)

    Folks, this is how Dictators, Fascists and Hardliners start…. by targeting the moderates, the intellectuals and those who speak against them (don’t believe me? read up on world history)

  20. Ahamed on March 18th, 2013 2:16 pm

    I watched the Kandy event. The BBS is behaving in a racist manner spreading lies. They are worse than politicians. Also attacking other religions and god even which piloticians dont. Now muslim women cant walk safely on the road with some ill advised elements attacking their scarf and harassing women. Many incidents are happening, but not getting reported. Example Dehiwala Medical Centre Lady Doctor.

  21. Ajay on March 18th, 2013 2:24 pm

    hey muslim brothers,
    if you guys thinks you are genuine but keep quiet and promote islamic militancy to rise in Sri Lanka silently,then this is what you get from people from other religions.
    Basically,one day you create your own enemy when you try to harm innocent people.Same happend to Piraba,who kept killing innocent people and by doing this he created his own hangman too.
    Just look inward while pretending to be brothers you silently propogate and sponsor your hardliners with ultimte jihadism, What happened in Law college entrace exams! Who is doing this?
    Goto certain towns in Sri Lanka and muslim people quite arrogant to innocent singhalese whom they depend on their business.

  22. Devinda Liyanage on March 18th, 2013 2:55 pm

    When is the BBS going to enter parliament and get the luxury cars

  23. Paul on March 18th, 2013 3:09 pm

    It is now widely accepted that a certain religion breeds terrorists and if you Google almost any Country, you will find , there are organisations like BBS .in U.K. Aus, U.S . Canada etc. They have become a curse on this Earth, and , they are indeed fortunate that they are allowed to live here in Peace. If this happened in India, they would be wiped out. Remember what happened in Ayodya.

  24. Ishaam on March 18th, 2013 3:16 pm

    Bodu Bala Sena.. u ar correct. I was a muslim and now I have understood the truth behind buddhism. The truth in Islam is a general lie as i understood. But I dnt go out from Islam. Cz um born as a Muslim. Wt 2 do…. :( :( :(

  25. AC on March 18th, 2013 3:20 pm

    Dear Muslim Friends, Our Tamil Leaders told you earlier that after wiped out Tamils these terrorists will turn their guns against you. You didn’t listen and gone behind them or helped them including in Geneva. Hope you realize the true picture now. But its too late. Next, Muslim youths will take the gun and they will wipe out all Muslims.

  26. Shamil Ahamed on March 18th, 2013 3:25 pm

    ■>>>S.Amarasekara & ■sunil jayathilake <<<

    This is exactly what BBS wanted, to create a base for them for a future election (wait and see). The Govt had JHU and the panchauda kumaraya last time around to win some votes, & know that their shelf life is over. Hence, they have created another force(BBS) by allowing them to be popular among the gullible sinhala masses (like you) by using a sensitve religious issue.

    Given the sensitive nature of the halal issue, BBS (if they had an iota of responsibility ) shouldnt have gone to the masses with the issue. And also the Govt should have prevented the issue dripping down to the grassroot level. BBS should have spoken to the ACJU, who represent the muslim community in the island and should have sorted it at a higher level (they didnt do it cos then people woudnt know it!). So by doing what they did (like a bull in a China shop), they achived thier objective (of making a name for BBS and the monks involved), but halal certification will continuem, sans the logo!!!

  27. Jo on March 18th, 2013 3:38 pm

    we don’t halal logo instead of halal logo better to put a pig face logo. it is mo respectable for humans.

  28. SHAZIL on March 18th, 2013 4:43 pm

    TODAY Maththala Air port is opened fist flight was landed its AIR ARABIA total HALAL flight any commends from BBS.. ??? Now Sri Lanka Buddhist are not fools as you think.. everybody is aware what is BBS upto..

  29. ABDUL KAIYOOM on March 18th, 2013 5:50 pm

    Prophet PBUH said, “He who makes peace between the people by inventing good information or saying good things, is not a liar”

  30. Ratnayake on March 18th, 2013 5:51 pm

    Today I was shocked to see ape Haamaduru namak (Bhudist monk) being attacked by a group of Tamils in Tamilnadu. I couldn’t express my agony when I saw the monk running at the train station to escape the assault by the mob. In Sri Lanka we revere the monks and we respect them immensely. I was almost cried when I saw the attack.
    On the otherhand my anger is on the Rajapakse Government which put our venerables in such an insult and assault. Already because of the violation of the rights of the Tamil people, the whole Sri Lanka is viewed in the international community as a ruthless nation. Now with the Anti-Muslim sentiments and PBB’s anti-Muslim propaganda would no doubt, lead the country into peril.

  31. worried man on March 18th, 2013 6:42 pm

    Muslims should remember that they a minority with approved Citizenship in Sri Lanka. they are not aslylum seekers and got their citïzenship, like sinhalese the muslims have the right to live in this Country whether they are Major or minor. Only the government can interfere in religious matter with an appointed commitee, what BBS is does is against the international law as well as the countries constifutuion. if the Sinhala Buddhist got a Problem with muslims they have to channel the departments concerned. No Organisation or Individual can do whatever they wanted against the another Religion. BBS and the Ravaya Groups should stop this before the International law appears. The Present goverment is also taking this opporunity to prevent People Forget the rise of cost.

  32. Tuan on March 18th, 2013 7:39 pm

    There are millions of Singhalese working in Middleast countries and they wear and consume Halaal products. Even the Fuel imported from Middleast is an Halaal product,then why import?Use Bakki Karattha. Bodu Balu sena and Gota are not worried about Casinos,brothel houses,increase crime rates,corruption,rapes, drug peddling etc., instead they are worried about Halaal and women dressess. 

  33. Ranasinghe on March 18th, 2013 7:57 pm

    Just imagine, how muslims in Sri lanka behave with Sinhalese and Tamils. They never get to gether even for any occation with others. They think that the muslims are the only people can live in this country and not to get friendly with others. Obviously you must have seen in public busses or getting a three wheeler for them. When they seated in a public bus, they never give a place for a sinhalese person even if there a space for them. Have a look when they wanted a three wheeler ! thely wait for ours to get a one with a muslim driver.
    So you all spoilt the envirnment and wanted to have it without any one. Sinhalese have waited for years and years to become a friendly country with everyone. But it looks like too late now. people can suffer only little time.
    We suffered enough after the war. Our people died and disabled like thousands. How many Muslims died in the war ? Only few when campare to Sinhalese and Tamils. You only wanted to enjoy your life without doing any hard work. Remember ! We are not fools any more

  34. lankan on March 18th, 2013 8:42 pm

    welldone BBS. This paper should be SUED for hate speech against Buddhists (if that is possible)

  35. Shamil Ahamed on March 18th, 2013 10:11 pm


    You are absolutely correct. The anti muslim campaign also could be exploited by the following parties to de-stabilize the country;

    1) US and many many European countries who have grudge against SL over the recently concluded war.

    2) Islamic groups currently fighting in Iraq & Afghanistan, since they will be jobless once the US and its allies pullout later this year.(they need a cause to keep their flags flying)

    3)India/Tamil nadu

    To Ranasinghe>>I guess your world so small, come out of the well and see the world

  36. Shamil Ahamed on March 18th, 2013 10:31 pm

    Jo on,

    So you accept the certification? Why don’t you let your face for the logo?

  37. HARSHA PERERA on March 19th, 2013 12:07 pm

    I never saw a Buddhist monk like, Rev Gnanasara Thero. I doubt he is not a monk. In a public gathering how he talk. It’s not a good behaviour for a monk. What he think about him. Is there no any nayaka thero to get an action on this IRC type monk?  If defense secretary support to BBS, we don’t have to say anything. People will say GOOD Bye to Rajapaksha family very soon.

  38. HARSHA PERERA on March 19th, 2013 12:13 pm

    i hope that RANASINGHE is like a “Ling Madiya” (Frog in the Well). he dont have a other religion friends. except sinhala friends.

  39. hnf ilyas on March 20th, 2013 1:12 pm

    BBS, Secretary is like the story of ” every cock is a town crier on his own dung and heap”. He is funded supported by the German Jews to attack the Muslims, and patronized by the govt ,which is playing a double and introduced and welcomed the Halal flights to Matthala.

  40. THE GOOD MUSLIM ME on March 20th, 2013 7:49 pm

    halal impportent to sri lankan all muslims becouse muslims are always like halal logo foods we are always need that truth always win i like hahal logo foods and ETC bt i never afraid other religions this is muslims way. cant to avoid halal logo

  41. anas on March 20th, 2013 7:50 pm

    i like halal my logo

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