Sam Wijesinha, a Man for all Seasons - Justice C.G. Weeramantry
Former Secretary General of Parliament and first Ombudsman Sam
Wijesinha is a wonderful advertisement for Sri Lanka in its
international affairs as he was a true gentleman, highly respected by
the international community, former judge of the International Court of
Justice in The Hague, Justice C.G. Weeramantry said.
He was addressing the ceremony at the launch of the book 'Sam
Wijesinha, His parliament, His World: 90 years at the Centre of Sri
Lanka' at Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS)
yesterday. The book launching ceremony organized by Parliamentary Staff
Union was held under the patronage of Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne .
Former Secretary General of Parliament Sam Wijesinha
yesterday presented the book titled 'Sam Wijesinha, his
Parliament, his World: 90 years at the Centre of Sri Lanka'
to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees. This book is
a collection of articles on the former Secretary General of
Parliament. Sam Wijesinha's son Prof Rajiva Wijesinha MP,
daughter Anila Bandaranayake and publisher Manmohan Bhatkal
are also in the picture. Picture by Chandana Perera
Justice Weeramantry further said Sam Wijesinha is a Man for all
Seasons, a fountain of knowledge and wisdom and if one happened to speak
to him it could be an encyclopaedic survey that would bring an all round
knowledge on almost everything.
“His excellent memory power and outstanding character was exemplary
and respected by all around the world . One who came with frustration to
Sam would depart contented as he was very generous and treated everybody
with kindness”, he said.
“His experience which spanned in many spheres for 90 years brought
him glory and prestige as he was a genuine and committed individual with
an unblemished character”, he said.
His modest and humble approach to anybody is outstanding, he further
“Though Sam is known by Sri Lankans as an individual who is a mobile
encyclopaedia, he maintains an unblemished image among those in the
international community as a scholar with great respect. Some
international judges have commended his excellence with gratitude”, he
Dr. Indrajith Coomaraswamy delivering a lecture said Sam Wijesinha is
an excellent mentor who deals with all communities.” He is a friend of
all communities and he associates with people from all walks of life
without any obstacle”, he said.
“There is a great deal for the younger generation to learn from Sam”,
he explained. He is driven by a strong desire to help people and anybody
who comes to him dejected would always be helped with cash and kind”, he
Tissa Devendra said Sam Wijesinha hails from a respectable family and
he is also blessed with wonderful children who hold key positions in the
“Sam Wijesinha is truly a humane person coming from a Buddhist
background studying in key respectable Buddhist schools,such as, Rahula
Collage, Matara and Ananda College, Colombo.
"His outstanding tolerance would have been due to his religious
background he said."