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Tamils talking to SLMC no solution to ethnic crisis: Rauff Hakeem
By M. I. M. S. Anwar, Digamadull a Correspondent

“The Tamils talking with the SLMC will not bring in a permanent solution to the ethnic crisis,” said the SLMC leader and the Minister of Justice Rauff Hakeem at the A/L day function held at Zahira College, Kalmunai on Friday, July 29.
“The standardisation introduced in 1970, though affected the minority Tamils and the majority Sinhalese in Jaffna and Colombo, it brought in benefits to others in remote areas. Large numbers of Muslims in the coastal areas of Ampara district were benefited by this law which is also one of the causes for the ethnic crisis along with the ‘Sinhala only’ official language Policy of the government in 1958,” minister Rauff Hakeem said.
The minister further said that the problems are now so complicated with a certain ethnic community wanting the standardisation practice to be implemented in the entire island while another community wanting it implemented only in particular areas of the country. “There are so many problems like this and one community talking with another community will not pave way for solving the ethnic crisis,” he said.
Continuing further, the minister said that if a reasonable and justifiable solution for the ethnic problem is to be arrived at, all the ethnic communities in Sri Lanka should participate in the talk and discuss genuinely all the problems affecting ethnic harmony before finding a permanent and durable solution to the crisis without harming any other community which would prevent the brain drain of intellectuals in Sri Lanka who are much wanted and appreciated for their abilities in foreign countries.
At Zahira College, Kalmunai, A/L day function is held every year to felicitate students who have passed the G.C.E. (Advanced Level) examination and gained admission to various faculties of universities and to encourage students who are expected to sit the examination the same year. According to the principal Muhammad Ismail, 64 students of the college were selected at the G.C.E (A/L) examination held in 2010 to study medicine, engineering, dental science, physical science, bio-science, management studies, commerce and arts subjects in different faculties of universities in Sri Lanka.