Veteran TULF politician Soosaithasan’s funeral today

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By 2017-10-17

By V. Niranjan

Veteran Tamil politician and former Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) MP for Mannar, P. S. Soosaithasan who died at the age of 83 will be laid to rest at St. Anne's Church cemetery at Vankalai in Mannar today (17).

Former Parliamentarian Soosaithasan who was a chartered accountant by profession, passed away after a brief illness last Friday (13).

Popularly known as 'Soosai,' he was a devout Catholic and was highly respected by his constituents. He was the first Tamil parliamentarian from the Northern Province to be an accountant and had even served in countries such as the UK, Zambia and Canada.

Soosaithasan contested at the 1977 General Elections as a TULF candidate, winning the election with a majority of 2,212 votes. He received 15, 142 votes.

In his capacity as an accountant, he served even as Chairman of the Parliamentary Accounts Committee and earned the respect of MP's from both sides of the House.

Later, quitting politics, he migrated to Canada where he practiced as an accountant both in the private and public sectors.

Leader of the Opposition and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan who is the only surviving Tamil Parliamentarian from that era has expressed his condolences. His message is as follows: "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 many privileges, all of which he gave up 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 was able to work with even those who held different views. He was very committed to winning the rights of the Tamil people throughout his life. Hid demise is a great loss to the people of this country,

especially to the Tamil people."

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