Kalmunai, a separate administrative district - Hasan Ali
The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) is currently working out a
manifesto that reflects political, social and religious aspirations of
the Muslim community, SLMC General Secretary and State Minister
M.T.Hasan Ali said.
T. Hasan Ali
It will take about a week for this process to be completed, he said
adding that the basic aspirations of the SLMC are also reflected in the
MOU that was signed recently with the United National Party (UNP).
The SLMC is contesting the Vanni and Batticaloa electoral districts
on its party symbol 'Tree' while contesting the Kandy, Digamadulla,
Trincomalee, Kurunegala, Puttlam, Gampaha and Kalutara Districts on the
UNP's 'Elephant' symbol. Explaining the salient features of the SLMC
election manifesto, on issues to be addressed and partly incorporated
into the MOU with the UNP -Hasan Ali said the incumbent government of
six months has not been stable and, due to that, they have only been
able to prepare the background for all basic requirements of the Muslim
community and the possible ways and means of resolving them.
Unlike the previous government, the future government that would be
formed after the August 17 polls will not be a hardline government and
the problems of the Muslims would be addressed systematically with a
sense of fairness, he noted.
He said there had been unlawful takeovers of land belonging to the
Muslims of the East which are seriously disputed by the affected people,
massive files containing documents to support their claims over the
respective lands have now been handed over to the Prime Minister for
necessary action. The PM has accepted the SLMC request to appoint a
Special Task Force with extra-ordinary powers to handle the matter of
"It is only a matter of time. Once the new national government is
formed, matters will start moving with regarding to addressing the
problems and grievances of the Muslims.
"After I became the State Minister of Health, I visited virtually all
hospitals in the North and East and submitted to the Minister a detailed
report on shortcomings that need immediate redress. The Minister has
consented to take necessary measures," he noted. Hasan Ali further said
that requests have also been made, followed by discussions, on the
release of enhanced funds to the North and Eastern Provincial Councils
to address a number of issues and a consensus has already been reached
"Three-phase talks were held on the lands of Muslims that have been
unlawfully taken over and a consensus was reached on settling the
problem. These were ministry level talks.
Talks with the Premier were held on establishing an additional
Administrative District for Kalmunai and assurance has been given that
this request will be fulfilled once the new government is formed after
All these will form part of the SLMC's election manifesto, State
Minister Hasan Ali said.