Nov 21, 2016

Didn’t intend to incite racism – Wijedasa Rajapakse Featured

Minister Wijedasa Rajapakse says he had no intention of inciting racism when he said that 32 Sri Lankans had joined the ISIS in Syria.

After calling on the Mahanayake Theras of the Malwatte and Asgiriya chapters in Kandy yesterday (20), the minister spoke to the media regarding his claim among other matters.

Several Muslim organizations and leaders have objected to Rajapakse’s remark, made in parliament recently.

The Sri Lanka Muslim Council said the facts given by the minister were reported in the media more than one year ago when a Sri Lankan combatant died fighting with ISIS.

The statements made by the minister would only help to disturb peace and promote the interests of certain vested interests to destroy our country, said the SLMC in a statement.

Concealing fact will lead to dangerous situation

However, Rajapakse maintained the accuracy of his claim and told the media in Kandy that concealing facts would lead to a dangerous situation.

He noted that even international media exposed identities of IS members in order to help curb terrorism.

The minister also said that the new constitution would not change the priority given to Buddhism.

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