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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2344

Death Wishes of Jeyaraj Fernandopulle

By K.T.Rajasingham

1. To bring about peace and stability in the country
2. Tamils should live with peace and honor in the country
3. LTTE terrorism should be ended either by negotiation or else by militarily means.
4. UPFA should win the East Provincial Council elections and Pillaiyan should become the chief MinisterJeyaraj Fernandopulle - A Martyr Jeyaraj Fernandopulle - A Martyr

Asian Tribune was in touch with Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle. He used to call Asian Tribune almost every other day and discuss the political development in the country. Some conversations were off the record. Ony those meant for publication appeared in print. Asian Tribune recorded his interviews judiciously. The last time Asian Tribune spoke with the late Minister was on Saturday (April 5th) around 9.30 PM, Sri Lanka time. He was talking about the trip he took to Trincomalee on the 3rd, to participate in the filing of the nomination papers of the UPFA in the provincial Council Elections.

His scintillating voice still reverberates in our ears. We played the recorded voice one more time; there was no words to describe our emotions. He is no more with us.

When he came up with the two Ambassadors – US and Norway involved in talks with Rauff Hakeem, the Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress to contest in the Provincial Council elections, we told him this is a very serious issue. He said that everyone in Colombo knew about it. We told that this is something new to our readers.

One of our contributing editors, Philip Fernando who resides in Los Angeles, described it, "This is dynamite man.” Unfortunately our friend Jeyeraj Fernandopulle succumbed to a bomb blast.

He also talked about his ministerial office and also about his Office of the Chief Government whip. He said that he is keeping some of his staff there because he was sure that people would have taken copies of his communications to be distributed to the opposition. He said how badly he feels when one of his staff who was introduced by him has let him and Asian Tribune down.

He said we are watching those quislings and would take appropriate action soon. However he said, “it felt as if a time bomb was ticking and someone would be passing information on his movements to the LTTE.” He had a premonition.

He said he was requested by President Mahinda Rajapakse not to visit his offices on a regular basis, but to attend to his works from his residence.

So many things he narrated. His aim was to bring about peace and stability in the country.

He, as a Tamil was loved and respected by the People of Sri Lanka and everyone loved him except the LTTE and Velupillai Prabhakaran. They hate him because that as a Tamil he voiced opposition to their so called parochial Tamil nationalism.

Jeyaraj Fernandopulle was a nationalist and never a communalist. He loved Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankans.

There was a move by Sri Lanka President to nominate him as the next Prime Minister in the anticipated Cabinet reshuffle.

A second Tamil who was considered for a Prime Minister position next to Lakshman Kadirgamar was targeted and killed. It was unfortunate according to him he had felt that ticking dynamite reverberating in one of his offices who was suspected of passing information to the Tigers.

Whatever said and done Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, a Good politician, a Good leader, a Good Tamil, a Good Catholic, above all a Good human being – a gem of a person is no more.

Goodbye sweet Prince!

May a host of angels sing thee to thy sleep!

Let your Aathma Santhi Adayaddum - Let your soul rest in peace!

- Asian Tribune -

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