All Muslim Ministers including Rishad resign

All Muslim Ministers, including Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, resigned from their portfolios in the Government today.

Addressing the media today, Minister Rauf Hakeem said that all Muslim State and Deputy Ministers had also tendered their resignations.

He said that the decision was taken after discussions held between the Muslim Parliamentarians in the Government.

Hakeem said that the Muslim Ministers will however continue to support the Government in Parliament and ensure it has the majority.

The Muslim Ministers who resigned are Rauf Hakeem, Kabir Hashim, MHA Haleem and Rishad Bathiudeen.

State Ministers Ali Zahir Maulana, Faizal Cassim, H.M.M. Haris and Ameer Ali also resigned.

Deputy Minister for Ports and Shipping Abdullah Mahroof had also tendered his resignation.

Hashim said the Muslim Ministers who resigned will give the Government one month to ensure the authorities investigate the allegations made against some Muslims Ministers over the Easter Sunday attacks.

He said that while the former Ministers will continue to support the Government they would expect the Government to protect the Muslim community.

Earlier, Eastern Province Governor M.L.A.M Hizbullah and Western Province Governor Azath Salley had also resigned from their posts.

The President’s office said that they handed over their resignation letters to President Maithripala Sirisena.

President Sirisena, who had appointed the two Governors, accepted the resignation letters.  (Colombo Gazette)


  1. I believe that the foreign power is behind the Muslim leaders. The foreign power is using Muslim leaders as they had used Tamil leaders for more than three decades. I urge the Sinhalease leaders to come together regardless of the political differences. This is the most crucial time for the country. This is a war of diplomacy, it is an important war and you must give all you have, in order to win.

    By Noor Nizam. Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP Stalwart and Convener – The Muslim Voice – June 6th., 2019.

    The political happenings ( not the NTJ violence and the incidents followed as a result) at present with regards to the Sri Lanka Muslim Community has to be considered as God AllMighty Allah sent, Alhamdulillah, Insha Allah. The resignation of all the Muslim Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Ministers without portfolios (9 in all) and the 2 Muslim Governors has opened the way for “NEW POLITICAL LEADERSHIP” within the Muslim political hierarchy of Muslim political praties and the (so-called Yahapalana) coalition government. This deceptive so-called SLMC Leader campaigns under the SLMC Party banner, but contests under the UNP Elephant symbol. Wiping up communal and religious themes. The ACMC does the same, but is accused of being busy making money. These politicians finally do all they can to become elected by the people hoodwinking the poor “PAMARAMAKKAL”, the Muslim voters. Let the Muslims (PAMARAMAKKAL) who OWN the Muslim VOTE BANK NOT get duped once again, Insha Allah. Muslims in Sri Lanka do NOT have a voice – a POLITICAL VOICE for that purpose. The Muslim politicians stooging the UNP are ONLY interested in their personal benefits. The ungrateful Muslim politicians who benefited the most from Mahinda Rajapaksa, Basil Rajapaksa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa are now stooging the Yahapalana government and enjoying their best with their kith and kin and henchaiyas, by selling the VOTE BANK of the Muslims who have been deceived lock-stock-and-barrel. The Muslim Civil Society and Muslim Media organizations (excluding in Sri Lanka and their leaders 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. THEY HAVE RESIGNED NOT ON BEHALF OF THE WELFARE OF THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY, BUT TO SAVE THEIR SKIN AND TO HOODWINK THE MUSLIM VOTERS, so that they can appeal for their votes as “SAVIOURS OF THE COMMUNITY” in the situation we are placed.

    Brother M.F.M.Fazaath – Southeastern University, Oluvil has written a well explanatory article about the present plight of the Muslim Community in Sri Lanka – Alhamdulillah. Fazaath makes the call that – “The slumber (sleeping) in which the Muslim Community has been should be over now. It is time up that we should awake now”. This is the reality, Insha Allah – முஸ்லிம்கள் சிந்திக்க … – Jaffna Muslim

    It is true that we have allowed the affairs of our community to be taken control of unscrupulous, dishonest, deceptive, self-motivated, selfish, corrupt and manipulating Muslim politicians, Muslim political party leaders, traders, businessmen, Ulema, Media personnel and government officials, that has led our community to be considered as a 2nd., class community in Sri Lanka. Look at a comment made by Brother Haseef M says: 13 July 2016 at 15:41Replyhas stated. “Our education and employment index is very low compared to Tamil and Sinhalese .. Without employment people will do anything illegal to make money… That is happening to our community … Most unemployed are from our community,,. Most uneducated are from our commutiy.. So crime rate go up… Do not we believe in next life and do not believe in Hell and Pradise we do.. We have weekly Friday reminder and yet crime is going up among us .why ??

    On the eve of January 8, 2015 presidential elections, the SLMC and the ACMC joined “Hansaya” camp as they found that the entire Muslim Community had decided to take revenge on Mahinda Rajapaksa. The vote that President Maithripala Sirisena (“Hansaya”) got was an Anti-Mahinda vote, “enblock”. It was not a pro Maitripala vote, neither was it a vote for Rishad Bathiudeen or Rauf Hakeem or Faizer Musthapa or Mujeebu Rahuman or Marikkar or for the UNP. Even the 20% of Muslim voters who voted Mahinda at the 2010 Presidential Elections and the general elections, voted against Mahinda at the 2015 presidentail and general elections. The ACJU willingly or unwillingly allows itself to be manipulated by the above Muslim politicians and used as a front for Muslim as well as non-Muslim politicians who seek to achieve their own ends through the ACJU. The incidents of Aluthgama and Beruwela, blamed as violence instigated by the then government via the BBS was to be probed by the “Yahapalana government” when it comes to power – then 20014/2015. A presidential commission was to be set in motion. THIS DID NOT HAPPEN UP TO NOW. The FRUSTATION and AGONY of the Muslims being betrayed by the “Yahapalana Government”, followed by more incidents against Muslims in Digana and other areas and attacks on a few Muslim mosques which were smoke screened by Muslim politicians for their personal gains, may have driven some of the the Muslim youth to gather around an EVIL force of destruction that we saw let loose on April Good Friday in our recently peacefull Island. Was there more to this, or was it the “THREACHERY” that the Muslim politicians and Political leaders and ULEMA – failed of politically serving the “ASPIRATIONS and INSPIRATIONS” of the Muslims, especially the “YOUTH”, that drove these youth to what they have now ended up with – that it was NOT wealth, position, elite way of living, be politically successfull or the goodies of well-to-do-lives or “RELIGIOUS DECEPTION” but NOT – politically serving the “ASPIRATIONS and INSPIRATIONS” of the Muslim Community since the Muslim political leaders started “TRADING” their vote banks with National Political Parties/Alliances for their selfish needs since the advent of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress – SLMC in Kattankudy in 1981.
    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 as responsible citizens of our “MAATHRUBOOMIYA”, 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.

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