Friday, 02 June 2023
CM chief should apologize - Hakeem

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East chief minister Nasir Ahmed should tender an unconditional apology for having inconvenienced a Navy officer during a ceremony at a school in Sampur, Trincomalee, stresses Rauf Hakeem, minister and leader of the SLMC, which is Nasir’s party.

After an apology came from the CM, the matter should be inquired into, Hakeem told a function at Kinniya in Trincomalee.

This incident should not be allowed to be used by certain persons to gain political advantage, he said.

We should not fall into traps laid by vested interests bent on clashing with us, said Hakeem, adding that he hoped the president and the prime minister should take appropriate action.

We buried the ghosts at the last general election, and we should not allow them to rise up again, said the SLMC leader.

He said he intervened as leader of the Nasir’s party for the sake of the country’s stability and the dignity of the minority communities and society.

Meahwhile, the east CM has written to the president and the prime minister, saying “I would not hesitate to express my unequivocal regret and apologies to all those who were present, including the staff and students of the school, the foreign dignitary and the concerned naval officer for my strong but justifiable reaction.”

“It would be in the best interest of the country for the responsible officers to apologize.”

He also said, “I also understand that the tri-forces have today decided to boycott functions attended by me even before your excellency the president had looked into the matter. I condemn this as a political decision by the forces whose leaders appear to be have joined hands to look at the issue from the limited perspective of protecting the offenders within their ranks and not from the broader prospect of establish truth and justice,” the CM said.

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