Muslim MPs see political agenda behind Wilpattu issue

A group of Muslim Parliamentarians today called on the Government to resolve the controversy on the deforestation in the Wilpattu National park and ensure National reconciliation.

Addressing a press briefing at the Renuka Hotel organized by the Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum today, the Muslim Parliamentarians alleged that latest Wilpattu controversy is based on a political agenda.

The MPs noted that during the three decade conflict in Sri Lanka, Muslims continuously sided with the Government but today the Muslims are being targeted by the very-side that they once supported.

State Minister of Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs M.L.A.M. Hizbullah, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen, State Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation A. H. M. Fowzie, Colombo District MP Mujibur Rahman, President of the Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum N. M. Ameen, and Leader of the National Unity Front Azath Salley, were among those who addressed the press briefing.

Minister Bathiudeen said that the latest controversy over the Wilpattu resettlement is another attack on the Northern Muslim IDPs.

“There are no Muslim families living within the Wilpattu reserve. The areas being talked about are out of the boundary of the reserve and legally taken,” he said.

Minister Bathiudeen said that Muslims who have been living in the Maruthamadu GS Division in the Museli Divisional Secretariat were among those who were forcibly evicted from the North by the LTTE.

“They were victims of ethnic cleansing in these areas. While they were displaced and living elsewhere, on 2012 October 10 the then Government issued a gazette changing the name of the Maruthamadu GS Division to Villathikulam. This gazette acquired forest land using GPS and land belonging to IDPs were also in this acquisition. Later, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) allocated land back to the IDPs and the latest issue is created around some of these LLRC allocated lands incorrectly showing them as illegally used. This is an attack on the Northern Muslim IDPs. I request the Government to resolve this issue,” Bathiudeen said.

Colombo District MP Mujibur Rahman said that allegation on the resettlement of Muslim IDPs is against the government’s reconciliation process. He called on the Government to resolve the issue without delay. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. I see there playing the “Its because i’am muslim card” Also gonvt wont do nothing, they knew about this. They sold the land to qatar for “foreign investments” and buthideen and his brother was the dealmaker and now hes playing “Its’s because i’am a muslim, thats why your against me”

  2. If these people are evicted from the North, as the minister Badyudeen claims, they should be resettled in North not in the east. They need governments help to get their property back and start their life in the North. Minister and others should help them to go back to North, not giving up their basic rights.

  3. Yes Sri Lankan Muslim is big selfish people only thinking themselves no interested on country values ,all Sri Lankan got to protect national assets don’t try to believe too much of Got do nothing of any human been, only created problems with people, all religions are just vested time and property harmful????????

  4. These politicians will stage dramas by releasing “press statements” because all of them have been well taken care by the Yahapalana government and the foreign interests who are giving them large amounts of funding to keep their mouth shut and NOT disturb the government. These are Muslim politicians who DO NOT HAVE A POLITICAL PRINCIPLE OR IDEOLOGY. For their personal gains, they will do anything trying to show the Muslims that they are the “SAVIOURS” of the community, but “DECEPTION” is what they do, all of them. Their objective is to dupe the Muslim voters and get their votes by deceiving the poor Muslims during elections and become elected and then do NOTHING to the community. The “Yahapala Government” has no consideration to the Muslim Community issues or the “MUSLIM FACTOR” at all. The “Yahapalana Government” is NOT going listen to the Muslim Civil Society Leaders, Community Leaders and Ulema Sabai Leaders, though they have been making “BIG NOISES” about the “MUSLIM FACTOR” over the last two years. It is time up that a NEW POLITICAL FORCE that will be honest and sincere that will produce “CLEAN” and diligent Muslim Politicians to stand up and defend the Muslim Community politically and otherwise, especially from among the YOUTH, has to emerge from within the Sri Lanka Muslim Community to face any new election in the coming future, Insha Allah. It is by only expressing and showing our political REPRESENTATIVE strength unitedly that we can gain our position as equals in the country. We can support any political party or idealogy, but emerging as a “NEW POLITICAL FORCE”, we will stand to gain what we are loosing. We can even do this as a “Independent Group” INSHA ALLAH.
    Noor Nizam. Convener – “The Muslim Voice”.

  5. The president is correct in telling the truth,nobody has the right to deforest and settle people.The forests are national assets.The muslims bring huge amount of money from middle east and illegaly settle muslims in the lands belonging to goverment as well as the lands belonging to other communities.Muslims should put a stop to this practice,otherwise we will boycott their establishments.Further,the muslims say they supported the goverment during the civil war,yes they supported the army by coporating and collaborating with the soldiers and killed thousands of innocent tamils in the east.

    • Well said.Thestablished Muslim mp’s are opportunists, they have double standards. They have been harassing the Sinhala IDP’ not allowing them to settle in their traditional lands, not forest reserves. They claI’m it’s their cows pastures. Is human being more valuable than a cow, who in any case is put to slaughter for meat trade. Sinhala people shouldo show our strength by boycotting All Muslim business and then see where they stand. Sinhala as natives of Sri Lanka have the fundamental rights as the original ethnic groups. If others don’t respect, why would they expect any good gesture in return. Batticaloa district is doing ethnic cleansing of sinhala pelet. We can’t allow that to happen.

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