Veteran politician M. S. Amarasiri passed away
yesterday, after brief illness, at Maharagama.
Matarage Sirisena Amarasiri de Silva was born in
1925 on September 05. He had his primary education at Malamure
school in Mapalagama and later at St. Aloysius’ College in Galle.
He entered local government politics as a member of the LSSP and
later joined the MEP over the language issue and was among those
who fought against colonial occupation.
He was first elected as an MP for the Hiniduma
electorate in 1960. Amarasiri was the first JP appointed by S.
W. R. D. Bandaranaike. He later joined the UNP and won his
electorate in 1977 to be appointed as Deputy Minister of Trade
and Shipping. Later, he was promoted as the Minister of Trade.
When the Provincial Council system was introduced, he was
appointed as the first Chief Minister of the Southern Provincial
Council. From 1994 onwards he was the Opposition Leader of the
He was later appointed Governor of the Uva
Province by the Chandrika Kumaratunga Government.
Amarasiri played a major role during the last
Presidential election for the victory of President Mahinda
His remains will be at Rajagiriya today and and
tomorrow for the public to pay their respects and then taken to
Southern Provincial Council on Wednesday morning. Cremation will
be held on Wednesday evening at family burial grounds in