Sydney Prayer Times

Nine SL Muslim Organisations in Australia urge government not to allow Gnanasara Thero to Australia

ALMA together with nine (9) other organisations representing Sri Lankan Muslims across Australia jointly signed and sent a letter to The Prime Minister Hon Tony Abbott, Foreign Minster Hon Julie Bishop and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Hon Scott Morrison urging the Australian government to reconsider their decision to allow Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Secretary General Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero to visit the country.

This letter also drew attention on the recent ant-Muslim riots in Aluthgama, Beruwela and Dharga Town that Gnanasara Thero is accused of having instigated, pointed out he should not be allowed into Australia as he fails to pass the character test defined in Section 501 (06) of the Migration Act of 1958.

The following groups were the signatories to the letter:
  1. Austra-Lanka Muslim Association Inc (ALMA), NSW
  2. Australia Sri Lanka Association Inc (ASLA), VIC
  3. InsightOz Inc, VIC
  4. Serendib Community Cultural Association (SCCA), NSW
  5. Sri Lankan Australian Malay Association (SLMA), NSW
  6. Sri Lankan Muslim Society of Western Australia (SLMSWA), WA
  7. United Sri Lankan Muslim Association of Australia (USMAA), VIC
  8. Unity of Families and Friends – Melbourne Inc. (UFFM), VIC
  9. Sri Lankan Muslims Living in Queensland, QLD

This letter can be downloaded from Here

Further, Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) too expressed their concern over Gnanasara Thero's visit and issued a press release via their website/facebook page, a copy of which can be viewed here
 

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