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Karu Jayasuriya MP

By Ravi Ladduwahetty

Hello Friends

Senior deputy leader of the United National Party and Gampaha district Parliamentarian Karu Jayasuriya is a widely respected popular politician. Before he entered active politics this old Anandian had a distinguished record in the private sector.

In a recent article in “The Island” journalist Ravi Ladduwahetty has written a multi-faceted article about Karu Jayasuriya’s private sector past based on a conversation with him. It is an interesting article providing an insight into Karu’s previous “avatar”.

I found Karu’s reminiscences eminently readable and thought of sharing the article with readers by reproducing it on my blog.
So here it is friends-DBSJ

LIFE AND TIMES OF KARU JAYASURIYA IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR

By Ravi Ladduwahetty

It is no secret that United National Party Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya once held the position of either Chairman or Director of 50 listed, unlisted corporates, trade chambers and others prior to his entry into politics. But what he would describe as the bullwalk was being the Chairman of United Motors Lanka PLC the first corporate entity to be “peoplised” under the Ranasinghe Premadasa Presidency.

“When I look at the private sector, I could always recall with satisfaction the discipline, hard work, the commitment and the contribution to the nation building that went into it and especially the work that went into the privatization of United Motors, he told The Island Reminiscences at an interview at his Dawson Road, Colombo 5 residence.

It was during the dark days of the JVP insurgency of the Ranasinghe Premadasa Presidency in 1989 and one of the severest constraints that the then government had to encounter was foreign exchange, consequent to the slow movements of exports triggered by the JVP terror antics. External Reserves had declined and with that the burden of the essential imports, which, at that time were done on 360- day deferred terms. The government of the day had to resort to external borrowings and had to turn to the International Monetary Fund.

One of the preconditions imposed by the IMF, in lieu for the releases of the tranches, was the privatisation of the Government Owned Business Undertakings and as they were vested with the public, it was the term coined by the slain president himself as peoplisation! United Motors was the first in the pipeline.

Karu was also a member of the Presidential Privatisation Commission appointed by President J.R. Jayewardene which was chaired by Baku Mahadeva (Member of the then prestigious Ceylon Civil Service, United Nations Civil Servant and former Chairman of the then Development Finance Corporation of Ceylon and National Development Bank). President Premadasa was keen that the challenge of “peoplising” United Motors was given to Karu. That was also the time that the country’s private sector was totally debilitated with threatening letters and telephone calls to close down , resulting in foreign exchange shortages.

The company came under the purview of Industries Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the President wanted the process expedited. Karu was inundated with at least four telephone calls daily from the President. The then board comprised Mahendra Amarasuriya, Eraj Wijesinghe from the private sector, Secretary to the Industries Ministry Vincent Panditha and a Treasury nominee. That was the manner in which the board was constituted for the privatization to be implemented.

There were the looming death threats from trade unions within the company but the officials worked hard. Some officials resigned due to such threats.

There were no takers for the company from any part of the world due to the business and political environment in the country. It was with a great deal of persuasion that Mitsubishi Motors Ltd of Japan , whose general sales agent in Sri Lanka at that time was United Motors, agreed upon buying a 5 % stake of the shares of United Motors.

The rest of the shares were acquired by the financial institutions due to the then inactivity of the share market. That was the time that people were repatriating funds due to the political uncertainty.

Karu recalls with nostalgia and horror, the chilling experience of a night, three days prior to the completion of the United Motors privatization how 14 armed JVP gunmen arrived at his then Conniston Place , Colombo 7 residence at around 7.30 pm with AK 47 rifles, wanting him to resign from the United Motors and come with them!

Karu shuddered at the mere thought of that day, being the day after Chairman of the Independent Television Network’s Chairman Thevis Guruge and News Editor Kulasiri Amaratunga were shot dead and the day before Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation’s Programs Producer/Announcer Premakeerthi De Alwis was gunned down.

Being the dutiful father, Karu’s first line of duty by the family was to pack his two little daughters, then 13 and 11, overseas for their security and studies. Elder daughter Lanka is now a Medical Doctor with the World Health Organization in Colombo and is the wife of Minister Naveen Dissanayake and the second, Indira, now an Economist in London married to Human Resources Manager Martin Dicker.

Karu also recalls with nostalgia, how the trade union leaders and especially the SLFP Trade Union leader who walked up to him at the time that the traditional oil lamp was lit and said: “Sir, we are dead against privatization, but we know that you will not do anything that is rash and we know that you will look after us.”

The peoplisation was, by itself a success story with the employees getting 15% of the shares! No other privatized institution got that many shares at that time! There were also the career advancement programmes which were initiated for the graduates who were in the minor staff cadre. They eventually became millionaires and they yet come and see me, he chuckled.

The IMF, hot on the heels of the United Motors peoplisation, released the first tranche at that time, which saw the revival of the economy.

Karu- the shipping professional turns trader

It was soon after Ananda College, Colombo that Karu ventured into the shipping industry and his career was to be at Ceylon Trading, owned by the Danish. He also sat for the examinations of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers of UK and was later an Associate of the Institute. He was to be absorbed into the shipping cadre of Ceylon Trading Company, but that being the trading company, his boss, being a Dane, thought that Karu had a flair for trading

The Principal of the Danish company were hell bent on having a Dane to head the Shipping Department of the company and his boss- the then Ceylon Trading Managing Director Eric Staarup, believed that Karu had a better future in trading. He said that he was himself a trader and that the sky was the limit. That was 1965 and Karu, the fledgling shipping professional, just 25.

Karu was soon with the Exports Department and having shown good results, was promoted Export Manager soon with his adventures and forays into tea, rubber and coconut exports. There were the restrictions imposed for foreign companies in their exports to the East European bloc and China

That was the time that they ventured into acquiring the largest rubber exporting company- CW Mackie and Co, which was owned by the De Soysa family. The company was losing with Indian equity participation at that time, and therefore the management deal went though with Ceylon Trading acquiring CW Mackie.

Karu was asked to go there and reorganize the entire production and trading operations of CW Mackie. The Danish had acquired the management control having purchased 51% but there were still Indian Directors on the Board. Within a year, the company was restructured to make a profit oriented organization. Karu, who went in as the Stores Manager, had a rapid rise and went to be General Manager, Director/ General Manager, Managing Director and finally the Chairman!!

Travelling was extensive where he had visited Russia well over 50 times where rubber contracts had to be signed every three months and also almost all the East bloc countries. One of the pioneering ventures of Mackie was sugar trading under the subsidiary Mc Grains.

Mackies was by far the largest rubber exporter then, having opened up exports to the Socialist bloc- Russia, Rumania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and Poland and controlled the rubber exports out of Sri Lanka while dealing with desiccated coconut, being one of the largest suppliers to Mars chocolates et al. Synergies were merged with some of the largest global tyre manufacturers. Exports were leveraged into coconut and non- traditional products and they were paid an incentive called FEECS (Foreign Exchange Entitlement Certificates). Exporters were also allowed to remit 2-3% of their Dollar earnings to convertible rupee accounts, through which vehicle imports were also allowed.

Ceylon Trading and Mackies were also keen to invest into human capital and Karu was the first Sri Lankan to be trained at the premises of the Danish Principals. He was sent to INSEAD in France for the advanced management programs where it helped him to look at matters from different perspectives.

He also struck gold within the Ceylon Trading Group as well rising to be the Deputy Managing Director to Managing Director P.G. Rasmussen with the death of Eric Staarup and what preventing him being the Chairman was that slot was reserved for Danish, working at the Head office in Denmark. Ceylon Trading was the General Sales Agents for Maersk Shipping Lines and a host of others.

The birth of Korea Ceylon Footwear

It was during the Jayewardene Presidency that he wanted a tie up for the Leather Corporation and investments were invited from two Korean companies- Tom Yang Rubber and Doosan, a large trading company. The venture was failing and that was the time that President Jayewardene summoned UNP Chairman NGP Panditharatna (then also Senior Partner KPMG Ford Rhodes Thornton and Co, Director General of the Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka and Member of the Central Bank Monetary Board) who took Karu to him.

Karu agreed to restructure the company on the strict understanding that there will not be any political interference and that he be given a free hand. The Industries Minister of the day was Cyril Mathew. Korea Ceylon was on the brink of closure with a share at Rs. 2. The company under Karu saw phenomenal growth within two years where the share zoomed to Rs. 280. The secret to the turnaround was Karu’s management concepts and motivational theories as the then Chairman. Korea Ceylon Footwear then, became the largest footwear exporter in Sri Lanka.

Merchant Bank, Merchant Credit and Ceybank Unit Trust

He also served as Chairman of the Bank of Ceylon subsidiaries – Merchant Bank and Merchant Credit. Karu also recalls with pride having been the Chairman of the first unit trust in Sri Lanka – the Ceybank Unit Trust which was a joint venture of the Bank of Ceylon and the then largest unit trust of India.

Grand half century of ventures!

The 50 ventures that he served either as Chairman or as Director were: Chairman Supervisory Board, Pima Holdings (Pvt) Limited which was Managing Agents and Major Shareholder was: Plymouth Industries (Pvt) Limited. Michelangelo Footwear (Pvt) Limited, Asia Industrial Enterprises (Pvt) Limited, Classic Footwear (Pvt) Limited, and Raphael Classics (Pvt) Limited, Chairman, K J Holdings (Pvt) Limited, Chairman, Merchant Credit of Sri Lanka Ltd, Director, Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka Limited, Alexandra International (Pvt) Limited, Plantation Investment and Management Company (Pvt) Limited, Director, Royal Fernwood Porcelain (Pvt) Limited, Chairman, Korea Ceylon Footwear Manufacturing Co. Ltd, Chairman, United Motors Lanka Limited, Chairman, Sri Lanka Expo (Pvt) Limited, Chairman, Unit Trust Management (Pvt) Ltd., Ceybank Unit Trust, Chairman, Organizing Committee, Sri Lanka Expo Fair 1992, Chairman, Advisory Board Plymouth Industries (Pvt) Limited Chairman, Colombo Rubber Traders Association, Chairman, C.W. Mackie & Co. Ltd, Chairman, C.W. Mackie (Coconut Products) Ltd, Chairman C.W. Mackie (Non-traditional Products) Ltd, Chairman, Mackgrains Limited, Chairman, Orient Silver Co. Ltd, Chairman, Cocomac (Pvt) Limited Chairman, Ceymac Rubber Co. Ltd., Chairman, C.W. Mackie (Managing Agencies) Ltd, Chairman, Rubber Convertors Limited, Chairman, Woodmac Limited, Chairman, Sri Lanka Business Development Centre

The other similar offices he held were: Chairman, SAARC Committee Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry of Sri Lanka, President, National Chamber of Commerce, Sri Lanka, President, Sugar Importers Association, Sri Lanka, President, Sri Lanka Korea Association, President, Plastics & Rubber Institute of Sri Lanka, President, Sri Lanka East European Business Council, Deputy President, Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry of Sri Lanka, Deputy President, Colombo Business School (Organizing Committee), Director, Ceylon Trading Co. Ltd, Director, General Superintendence Co Ltd, Director, Association Intercon Ltd. Director, Ceytra Limited, Director, Scan Imports Limited, Director, Scanships Limited, Director Ladyhill (Tourist) Hotels Limited, Director, Serendib Coconut Products Limited, Director, Prodcarry Limited, London, Director National Development Bank Venture Investments (Pvt) Ltd, Director Michelangelo Footwear (Pvt) Limited Member, Federation of Exports Association of Sri Lanka, Presidential Commission on Privatization, Rubber Council, Human Resources Development Council, Member, National Steering Committee – Year of Exports, Public Investment Management Board (by Presidential Appointment) and Member, Sri Lanka Export Development Board.

Pioneer of Expo 1992

Karu was in the habit of meeting President Premadasa in the wee hours at Sucharitha. At one such meeting, the President was wanting Sri Lanka to host the first international trade fair. The motto was:

“export or perish.” The slain President, having read books on the Korean resurrection, had wanted Karu to invite 1001 visitors, just one more than the first Korean international business exhibition! He had also pledged a small percentage of the government funds and it was up to Karu to find the remainder. There had been a magnificent board with leaders in the calibre of Singer Chairman Hemaka Amarasuriya, former FCCISL President Patrick Amarasinghe, EDB Chairman K. Gunaratnam.

However, the fascinating aspect of the Expo 92 international exhibition was that Sri Lanka was successful in procuring 5600 plus foreign visitors, far in excess of President Premadasa’s expectations. There was a constraint in the hotel rooms. All hotels from Bentota to Kandy were fully booked. President Premadasa was so keen and there were three or four rehearsals as well to ensure the success.

One of the constraints was serving alcoholic beverages to foreigners. Both President Premadasa and Trade Minister A.R. Munsoor wouldn’t hear of it. But Karu, being the astute businessmen that he is, told the President that there would be a total Sri Lankan identity at the exhibition and that there were going to be local astrologers and soothsayers as well and also with that the promotion of the locally brewed alcoholic beverages such as gin, beer, rum and arrack!! President Premadasa had smiled and asked: “Is that so?”!! He neither declined nor agreed. Karu assumed that the answer was yes!! That was also at the time of the exhibition that former Sri Lanka Navy Commander Rear Admiral Clancey Fernando was assassinated.

It was also at that time that President Premadasa invited Karu to become Sri Lanka’s envoy to Germany which he originally refused. The thinking was to have a private sector personality to promote German investments here. Germany was the second largest donor and the largest export cum tourist market Karu nominated Rienzie Wijetilleke and others, but Premadasa wouldn’t hear of it. Presidential persuasive powers saw Karu relenting.

Karu’s private sector career ended in 1992, a very fulfilling one with his departure to Germany as the Ambassador with accreditation to Austria. There were persuasions from President Premadasa for Karu to succeed Ranjan Wijeratne as Minister of Plantations Industries and Minister of State for Defence after the latter’s assassination but Karu declined. Otherwise, he would have to resign from all the Boards that he was serving in starting from CW Mackie and Ceylon Trading. By the time he retired from Mackie’s, the company was responsible for 5-7% of Sri Lanka’s overall export earnings.

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45 Comments

  1. If hon.Karu Jayasuriya comes forward to challenge Ranil directly for party leadership the UNP will support him. If he challenges Mahinda for presidency as common opposition candidate whole country will support him.

  2. He should be the next UNP Leader to stear the country and the party to the right direction.the current both main party leaders are unreliable personalities.

  3. Interesting read on karu.
    Wonder why he has not had the same impact and success in politics as he did in the private sector?

    DBSJ,the most interesting part was when the 17 JVP’ers came with AK47 and asked him to come with them.It reminds me of the white vans now.What happenned then?Did karu do an MGR?Please let us know how he escaped from death?

    LTTE of course would have shot him dead without a word.No talking business with them.JVP of course were better because they would at least give you sometimes a warning without killing you.

  4. Only chance for UNP is a Karu-Sajith combination to replace Ranil. But both dont seem ready to take such bold steps.Meanwhile Ranil has sidelined both

  5. Dear Jeyaraj,

    Thank you very much for helping me to remove many misconceptions about Sinhalese through your blog.

    Most of the TN Tamils have misconception about Sinhalese. One group feels that Sinhalese should be defeated either politically or militarily. Another group feels that Tamils of SL should accept to be tamed and subdued by the majority and Tamils should be happy with whatever Sinhalese give. But both groups believe that Sinhalese are the villains. I hope in the long run chiefminister of TN will visit Sri Lanka and provincial chiefministers (especially of N & E) of SL will visit TN. President of SL should also (I don’t mean MR, may be after few decades) visit TN and should come forward to remove the misconceptions and pre conceived opinions of TN Tamils about the Sinhalese.

    It is realy unfortunate for Eazham tamils to have Prabhakaran in their history. Any way, we can’t blame Prabhakaran alone. It seems that Prabhakaran is not personally affected by the Sinhalese attrocities initially. In my opinion there are two reasons for Prabhakaran to become the leader of LTTE. Being a school dropout, he had no avenues (except carrying out his family profession of fishing or possibly agriculture since he is from a well to do family) to play.

    Another reason is also a derivative of the first reason. Since he was idle, ideas like Tamil Nationalism, Independent Eazham would have attracted him and he became a prey to the ideology. Leaders like Chelva and Amirthalingam would have guided Tamil youth in a better way. Even though they were not personally involved in violence, violence that was done by some emotional Tamil youth was indirectly encouraged. India played a spoilsport and Eazham tamils became the victims.

    It is the time for TNA and Tamil Diaspora to realize that winning Eazham through war machine is not possible. They should try their best to develop social harmony with Sinhalese (not subjugation or assimilation as few Sinhalese fanatics say) for a peaceful co-existence. If nothing works out, they can think about diplomatic move to overcome Sinhalese hegemony.

    Very happy to see good sinhalese friends like Diyasena, Wije, Don George, Samarasekara and others. Once again, Thank you Jeyaraj.

  6. Doing well in private sector doesn’t mean he is a good public sector administrater. He made a ess as a minister under Ranil and Mahinda.

  7. Some people are talking that Karu may challenge Mahinda in president elections next time. If Karu wins he will be first Anandian to be President.

  8. I knew Mr.KJ had a long career in private sector before turning to public service and politics. But I never realised he had such an impressive track record. Good show Sir!

  9. Karu helped the National Chamber of Commercen eventually to moving to their own HQ
    at DR Wijewardena Mwa – from their original small oiifce at the Fort YMBA Bldg.
    Although the new building came up during the period of Muni Kundanmal, as I recall,
    he continued to show interest until the actual moving took place. He was a fine
    gentleman to work with. When I learnt he entered the snake-pit of Lankan politics my view was he was not suited – the electoral politiking part of it. I waa not wrong because one fine day he walked into an SLFP operation at Dean’s Road and could have been in trouble – although his intention was to tell those gathered there politics can be practised clean and without violence. What saved him from physical harm I think is his debonair personality and his winning smile. I believe he also served as our Ambassador eminently well in Bonn. His later leaving the UNP and joining MR’s Cabinet – for whatever valid reason – will haunt his political career for long. He was not the first to pole-vault and neither will he be the last.
    Deeply religious man, Sai Baba devotee, I used to meet him regularly at Captain Gardens Temple and we used to talk of our days together.

    ISS

  10. Are you joking by making such a suggestion. Karu did desert the party once and joined the government. Ranil had to woo him back to the party by offering him deputy leadership. What is the point in making such a person the UNP party head. Being the deputy party leader he is responsible for all the party decesions made against Sri Lanka including the infamous bogus White Flag issue. UNP has not made a good impression on good governess simply oposing the government for everything. They should first admit they blundered in not suporting the government efforts to achive peace and its development effort. The current bill to revert the government ventures handed to UNP supporters should not be opposed as the government wants only to take back under performing such ventures.

  11. Karu Jayasooriya destroyed the UNP following R.Premadasa’s Rajalia(broke at least 9 lacs votes). Who is this man to challenge MR or RW?

  12. Mr.Karu Jayasuriya is a decent gentleman totally unsuited for type of politics in Sri Lanka today. As Gota said you need underworld connections which he doesent have. So his future is very limited

  13. Karu is too weak for dirty politics. See how Ranil has sidelined him by appointing John Seneivaratne acting opposition leader. Not a whimper from Karu. So how can he fight the Medamulana brothers?

  14. Mr.Jayasuriya is a good man but his image with minority communities not so good. Ranil is acceptable to Muslims and Tamils but Karu I am not so very sure

  15. Karu is a Gentleman no doubt , but politics in SriLanka is a different ball game altogether, Today President Mahinda Rajapakse has left an indelible impression with the common man/ majority of voters with his Strong ‘Leadership abilities’ that it is and will be difficult for any politician from the Opposition to beat him at any future polls until he is alive….. and the opposition is in such a disarray with Ranil Wickremasinghe not giving up UNPers are disgusted and confused. The result as we see at any future poll will be the same around 30% as per the last few Election results.

  16. DBSJ,congratulations on completing 30 years in a remarkable career in journalism.I hope you one day complete 50 years and just like old wine become better and better.After that you can retire,because i’am sure you would like to potter around like me doing something or other that you could never find time to do.

    Thank you.Inshaah Allaah!!………DBSJ

  17. Karu Jayasuriya is a pal hora who plundered the atnation. He may be a millionarire, it is the millionaries who are the biggest pal horas such as Mahinda Rajapakse and Ranil Wickramasinghe.

    Even the corrupt COPE listed him.

    Karu got his child married to Gamini Dissanayake family, another pol hora family

    The way he changes political parites is a personification this man has no principles

  18. UNPers are other side of LTTE whether it is karu or boru, sajith is son of a bloody murderer equal to LTTE, this is united Naxalite Party not national party. Bloody rogues destroy them.

  19. Friends, all of you would have read Norway’s recent report about the last phase of Eazham war.

    I want to convey what I read in the Tamil weekly magazine ‘Nakkeeran’. After Eazham war, Nakkeeran published a lot of information about LTTE. It seemed that Nakkeeran expressed the views of Nediyavan gang. Nakkeeran published an issue in which the cover page had the photo of Prabhakaran reading about his death report. Later it was proved that it was a graphics trick.

    Now the same magazine has written that

    ‘In the last days of Eazham war many senior leaders of LTTE were waiting for a miracle to be enacted by Prabhakaran as he did in many other occasions. However nothing happened and finally all LTTE leaders were eliminated by SL military’.

    This implies that Nakkeeran concedes that Prabhakaran and Pottu Amman were killed in the war. Did Nakkeeran publish this with the concern of Nediyavan? Nakkeeran is pro-DMK and it is against Vaikko.

    Vaikko is going to answer the question ‘Whether Prabhakaran is alive?’ in Vikatan Vaasagar Medai of the popular Tamil weekly Aanandha Vikatan. His answer will be published within few weeks. Whether Vaikko acts according to the instructions of Nediyavan or Vinayagam? Any idea DBSJ?

    In my opinion leaders of LTTE took the right decision to embrace death. Had they escaped or surrendered, it would have been the biggest betrayal to thousands of cadres who gave up their life for the cause. Mistake done by LTTE is that they used innocent citizens as the shield.

  20. Hi- This man Karu – Karumakkaraya!!. This guy is not a national leader. Fellow canoot build a bridge for 10 years. Example the GAMPAHA Rail Bridge. Took 8 long years. What an inefficient guy this man is. Anandian. do not say that – utter disgrace. you are just went to Ananda, as your former principal Mr. Meththananda said once. These people just went to ANANDA. No achievmenet at all, until accidently Premadasa Regime appointed him as an Ambassador some where in European country. NOW HE HAS STARTED GOING BEHIND BUDDHIST MOBNKS. What a selfish man. Bye-nihalg

  21. Mr.Karu Jayasuriya, did an excellent job during his short stint as the Mayor of Colombo. He contracted the garbage collection and city cleaning services to the private sector. This was a pioneering effort and Colombo became a clean city for a while. I am sure he is well qualified to be a decent politician and a leader. Criminality and the support of criminals are not prerequisites to be a politician or aleader, although politics has been criminalized in Sri Lanka. We need good managers with sterling character, like Karu Jayasuriya in parliament. We do not need extremists, nincompoops, wind bags, empty vessels and criminals in parliament. Democracy has been made a mockery in Sri Lanka and we have to discover its true meaning.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  22. Jaliya, would you mind expanding on what you have stated, with corroborative facts? If you throw accusations so liberally, you need to substantiate them.

  23. I have seen how he functioned when he was Colombo mayor. Capable,courteous, efficient and amiable. Ideal man for leadership position

  24. You are wrong. Not a bogus white flag issue , there were credible evidence for that. Time will prove which is right..

  25. I strongly object to mud slinging by B.Shani. As your initials BS suggest you are Bull shit

    Whatever his faults Karu is a man of integrity and honesty. How dare you call him “Pal hora”?I challenge you to prove what you say.Otherwise apologize openly

  26. Eranga

    i totally agree with you.If ranil gives enough rope to those two they will hang themselves.Then ranil can come back and say,”look it was nothing to do with me,the UNP defeats.You can see what happenned even after these two took over”.Ranil is a stupid to keep the hot potato on his lap.In my opinion the UNP will come up again,only with structural changes starting at the grassroots level.To do that a leader has to have a backbone because there will be a lot of resistant internally.None of these guys have that backbone.All the first string leadership of the UNP was decimated by LTTE.

  27. Yogesh Karayalar says:
    November 15, 2011 at 11:28 am
    President of SL should also (I don’t mean MR, may be after few decades) visit TN and should come forward to remove the misconceptions and pre conceived opinions of TN Tamils about the Sinhalese.
    ———————
    Dear friend,
    Today is 66 birthday of MR, and he is starting his second ruling period of the country which will be ending in year 2016. After that too he has a room to contesting again for ruling of the country.

    In this circumstance you ought to be wate for indefinet period to fulfil your ambition.

    So my point is it is better to amending your point or give us a sustanable answare for why you are retain on your point as it is.

    samarasekara

  28. “There were persuasions from President Premadasa for Karu to succeed Ranjan Wijeratne as Minister of Plantations Industries and Minister of State for Defence after the latter’s assassination but Karu declined” – can believe this statement. Why did he leave the private sector in 1992 to come to Politics then?

  29. DBSJ
    When you have the time can you give us details of the celebrations of mahinda’s birthday by the diaspora.

    Much oblighed if you could give a vivid description of religious programmes held in kovils,churches and bhuddhist temples.

    Allnight pirith ceremonies and pinkamas to invoke blessings on our great president,are my favourites, but i won’t go so far as to trouble you to go to those,but if you can satisfy my insatiable thirst for these by giving some news of it,i would be much oblighed to you.

    I would love to know of the hindu poojas by the diaspora to invoke blessings on our great and loving president,because when he hears about it through some of his sychopants on this blog,it will help to heal the rift that was created between him and the diaspora which started when he was ignomiously booted out with his retinue of hundreds of yes men and women from the oxford union,which resulted in us having to lustily sing the national anthem in sinhala back
    home.

    Also don’t forget the christian and any muslim services to invoke blessings on him, because on hearing of it any attacks by bhuddhist monks or grease yakkas on these sections of our community could become considerably reduced.

    Our president is good to those who are good to him and bad to those who are bad to him.He does not discriminate based on age(infants to invalids),sex,ethnicity or religion.He just follows that basic principle of his.

  30. Dear DBSJ,

    Congratulations and best wishes to you for many more years in the field of Journalism. The report on KJ is great!

    I have known Karu from the time he was in the Middle School with his cousin and boxer CCJ. They come from decent families who have served their communities faithfully for generations. Merely because he changed his party he should not be condemned in the way some did. Some times, when one has self-confidence and proven capabilities as seen in the article, and is prepared to work for the country, there is nothing wrong in looking for opportunities to do so in a gentlemanly way. The future is in his hands. I wish him good luck in whatever he wishes to do as he will never cause harm to anybody.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you but I did not write this

  31. Oh,when will srilankan voters give decent kindhearted gentlemen like karu a chance to govern them.Do we get the representatives we deserve?

  32. Ravi Ladduwahetty is writing crap here. Karu was never a top corporte man. If he was, he would have been corrupt anyway, it is how these top companies flourish.

    How can one person be a director and sometimes in charge of 50 odd companies. This is bull shift good only for the Ladduwahettis.

    It is Premadasa who gave him the break by appointing to the United Motors and sent him away as a diplomat.

    if Karu disliked Politics, why did he enter it and still stick to it like a tick

    If Karu becomes the President it will be another Mahind Rajapakse with all the Gamini Dissanayke corrupt family taking the control

  33. Karu
    Do not tell the people that you are related to D. S. senanayakaou have a double face. It wae ehame that you are related to great late D. S. Senanayaka
    guy

  34. You have a point J&F, but Jaliya too made a good point. Karu was a poor minister.What legacy has he left as a minister? Who talks about anything he did during the time?He was just another man to nod whenever the president proposed something. when the president had a go at him, he badly wanted to leave the party and the company but luckily for him, Ranil had internal problems so he invited Karu to accept the deputy leadership role. Looking back, Ranil probably wish now he didn’t do that. Ranil only wanted to demote Sajith by implementing a senior position above Sajith. But Ranil must not have expected that very senior man to revolt against him. But Ranil has a good heart, he loves the boyz, he will come out victorius! His boyz will help him!

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