Former Tamil United Liberation Front(TULF) Member of Parliament for Mannar Mr. P. S. Soosaithasan has passed away after a brief period of illness on Friday October 13 th 2017 in Sri Lanka. He was 83 years old.
Mr. Soosaithasan popularly known as Soosai hailed from Vangaalai in the Mannar district of Sri Lanka’s Northern province. Born on July 24th 1934, he was a chartered accountant by profession and served in Sri Lanka, UK, Zambia and Canada.
Mr. Soosaithasan contested the 1977 General Elections from the newly formed TULF and was to parliament as the Mannar MP with a majority of 2212 votes He polled 15, 142 votes. The TULF contesting on a separatist platform swept the polls in the North and East winning 18 of the 19 Tamil majority seats in Parliament.
Soosaithasan served as chairman of the Parliamentary accounts committee and earned the respect of MP’s on both sides of the house.
When the UNP Government of JR Jayewardene passed the sixth constitutional amendment in the aftermath of the July 1983 anti – Tamil pogrom the TULF took a principled decision. The TULF chose to forfeit their seats in parliament rather than take the mandatory oath disavowing separatism. Soosaithasan too forfeited his seat after six years of being in Parliament.
He later migrated to Canada where some of his children were and took up Canadian citizenship, He worked as accountant both in the private and public sector in Canada.
After retirement Mr. Soosaithasan returned to Sri Lanka and became a dual citizen. He returned to his native Vangaalai and lived there until his demise
Mr. Soosaithasan was a devout Catholic who worked closely with the Roman Catholic Bishops, Archbishops and Cardinals in Sri Lanka. He was a genial, amiable person who interacted closely with the people whom he represented
May his soul rest in peace!
Leader of the oposition R. Sampanthan has issued a condolence mesage for Mr. Soosaithasan. It is as follows –
I am deeply saddened to hear of the demise of former TULF Member of Parliament Mr. P.S. Soosaithasan.
I have known the late Mr. Soosaithasan for a long time, and also had the opportunity to work with him closely during and after his tenure in Parliament.
The late Mr. Soosaithasan was elected to Parliament in 1977 representing the Mannar electorate. He was a Chartered Accountant by profession holding high positions abroad with immense facilities, all of which he forsake to come to parliament in 1977 to serve the Tamil people. He was recognized for his proficiency and was appointed as the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament in 1977.
The late Mr. Soosaithasan was a well-respected person and a person with the calibre to work with even those who held different views. Late Mr. Soosaisathan was very committed to winning the rights of the Tamil People throughout his life.
The demise of Mr. Sooosaithasan is a great loss to the people of this Country and especially to the Tamil people. At this time of sorrow and grief on behalf of both the Tamil National Alliance and the ITAK, I extend my deepest sympathies to Mrs. Soosaithasan his children and other family members.
May His Soul Rest in Peace.