26 January, 2013
DAILY NEWS 26 JANUARY, 2013
Allaying Sinhala Buddhist Fears
Response to Shenali Waduge
Hameed Abdul Karim
‘Oh you who believe if a wicked person comes to you with any news ascertain the truth, lest you harm people unwittingly and afterwards become full of repentance for what you have done’ Qur’an 49:6
The above is advice from the Qur’an. But for all intents and purposes these words could have come out of the lips of the ever content Buddha.
Truth is sacred and truth has no religion. Shenali Waduge must abide by this tenet if she is true to her conscience.
Let me point out one of many of her glaring untruths. She claims that Premanath Pereralage (Thungasiri) is awaiting execution for having a Buddha statue in his room at his work place. This is an absolute fabrication that was propagated by an extremist Sinhala Buddhist group. Waduge has swallowed this falsehood hook, line and sinker whether mistakenly or not is left to speculation. A senior official at our embassy, according to Arab News dated Sunday 8 July 2012, had slammed this story as a total fabrication. What had happened was that Pereralage was involved in a dispute over a housemaid who he had said was a relative. When things got out of hand the police arrived and took him into custody.