The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) informed that they were not for the division of the country.
General Secretary of the SLMC, Hasan Ali said that Segu Dawood had never talked of a separate State but only about a separate Province with a Muslim majority centered round the Ampara District.
“M.H.M. Ashraff’s name and likeness has been somewhat abused during the last 15 years by many politicians for their own political agenda. In the present context, there is a strong undercurrent of racial elements. M.H.M. Ashraff’s good name is being soiled with things that have nothing to do with him. Segu Dawood’s claim implies that M.H.M. Ashraff endorsed and condoned that Muslims must be given a separate state. M.H.M. Ashraff in the late 1980s, was of the view that if the Tamils who were fighting for autonomy were granted autonomy in the North, then it is only fair that the Muslims too be granted autonomy in the East. M.H.M. Ashraff changed his mindset regarding this over time, and in the mid 1990s, he was of the view that the division of the country was not a solution. This is when the idea of national unity, where the National Unity Alliance (NUA) with the collaboration of Buddhists, Hindus and Christians came about. Unfortunately he died before the NUA could contest,” Aman Ashraff remarked.
“If some arrangement is going to be made to the ethnic problem, ethnic wise, then the Muslims also must be considered as equal stakeholders and such status must be given to us. One cannot leave one community out. The 13th Amendment to the Constitution has not been implemented fully. If this continues, the country will continue to experience what it experienced. There will be no stability. People will become agitated. One cannot have a situation where one community is suppressed by another because if this is the case, there is every possibility of revolt, and the international community too will poke their fingers into our affairs. This is something the majority should decide on,” Ali added.
MEanwhile, Aman Ashraff, son of former Founder cum Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), M.H.M. Ashraff criticized Chairman of the SLMC, Basheer Segu Dawood over an alleged statement made by Segu Dawood allegedly claiming that the Muslims should be given a separate state.
Aman Ashraff said that Segu Dawood was free to put forward such views as his own independently, without dragging those uninvolved with such views.
Despite several attempts to contact Segu Dawood, he was not available for a comment.