Ms. Ferial Ashraff, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Singapore is the latest target in the on going anti-Muslim campaign of the Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS).The BBS has demanded that Ferial Ashraff’s services be terminated immediately and that she be recalled from Singapore.
The demand was made at a public rally by the Bodhu Bala Sena General Secretary Ven.Galagoda Atthe Gnanasara Thera at a meeting convened by the BBS in Pandura on Sunday March 24th 2013.
Rev Gnanasara declared “war” on Ms. Ferial Ashraff amidst loud applause at the Panadura meeting attended by around 1000-1500 people. He stated that the BBS had received reliable information from Singapore that Ms. Ashraff was working against the interests of Sinhala Buddhists.
The BBS leader cited two instances as “proof” of Ferial Ashraff’s anti-Sinhala Budhist bias.
The first was that she had prevented Sinhala songs being sung at the Sri Lankan independence day ceremony conducted in Singapore in February.
The second was that she had objected to the traditional April new year celebration being referred to as “Sinhala Avuruddhu”or Sinhala new year.
Stating that these incidents were proof of Ferial Ashraff’s anti-Sinhala Buddhist credentials, Rev Gnanasara Thera declared that they were calling upon President Mahinda Rajapaksa to terminate the services of Ferial Ashraff as the High Commissioner to Singapore and recall her to Sri Lanka immediately.