March 23, 2015
Message of Condolence
Eelam Tamils are deeply saddened by the loss of a great leader the Honourable Lee Kuan Yew. The Tamils and the world have lost a great leader who was loved and was a strong supporter of our struggle.
The International Council of Eelam Tamils (ICET) conveys its deepest condolences to the Honourable Lee Kuan Yew’s family and all the Singaporeans.
Honourable Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore’s first Prime Minister when the country gained Independence in 1965 and accepted the Tamil language as one of Singapore’s national languages. He was a great and visionary leader for the Singaporeans. We still remember the words he said in an interview in 2010, “I’ve read his [Rajapakse] speeches and I knew he was a Sinhalese extremist. I cannot change his mind. Sri Lanka. It is not a happy, united country. Yes, they [the majority Sinhalese government] have beaten the Tamil Tigers this time, but the Sinhalese who are less capable are putting down a minority of Jaffna Tamils who are more capable. They were squeezing them out. That’s why the Tamils rebelled. But I do not see them ethnic cleansing all two million-plus Jaffna Tamils. The Jaffna Tamils have been in Sri Lanka as long as the Sinhalese.”
His words in 1998, “Sri Lanka – the country will never be put together again.”
We pray for his soul to rest in peace.
International Council of Eelam Tamils (ICET) was established in 2011 by a number of grass-roots Tamil organizations, which were democratically elected by the Eelam Tamils. It is the largest Tamil diaspora organization with members drawn from fourteen countries. The ICET is absolutely committed to a non-violent agenda and it seeks a lasting peace in Sri Lanka, based on Vaddukoddai Resolution. For more information, please contact spokesperson Steven Pushparajah K, +47 90641699.