Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Minister Rauf Hakeem states that he did not make any statement that incited separatism and that he had stated that certain parties are spreading such rumours.
During a speech in Ampara, Minister Hakeem has stated that the Muslim community in Sri Lanka have lost their religious rights and are unprotected and that despite development taking place in the East, there are issues regarding the safety of the Muslim community.
However the JHU allege that the minister’s statements are inciting religious unrest and separatism.
JHU Media spokesperson Nishantha Shri Warnasinghe stated that this statement is causing friction between the Buddhist and Muslim communities.
However speaking to our news team, the national convenor of the SLMC Safik Rajabdeen stated that the SLMC is not trying to create religious friction and that the statement made by the leader of the SLMC only applies to a small section of the country.
Meanwhile speaking at a media briefing of cabinet decisions, cabinet spokesperson Minister Keheliya Rambukwella stated that in future more attention will be paid to see if such statements are made at election rallies in the Eastern Province.