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PBJ’s extended pleasure expedition

Most of us who are nobodies in this country do not stand to gain personally from any power that Dr. P. B. Jaysundera might be in a position to exercise. Thus we can well afford to say that his decision to remain as the Chairman of SriLankan makes him one of the most despicable characters in the country.

The government was immoral in its decision to retain him at SriLankan in the wake of the Supreme Court’s insistence that he is unworthy of being a public servant. But the choice fell on him whether or not to abide by the government’s immoral decision.

God only knows who is worthy of anything in this country. Yet it is difficult to ignore the fact that Dr. Jayasundera is distinguished by the Supreme Court bestowed appellative, Unfit for Public Service. In this he is perhaps alone among the men who have held that high office from which he was forced to resign. Dr. Jayasundera is under no compulsion to agree with the Court’s ruling. But as a citizen he is very much on compulsion to make at least a show of contrition for conduct for which he has been found wanting by the people’s highest court. None would deny him the opportunity to make a comeback. Only he must first raise a contrite cry.

Franklin de Zoysa

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