That was way back in 2000 when the web was in Jurassic Age. In Sri Lanka, she created a wholly new branch of journalism and a new form and art of writing financial news. LBO would not have reached to what its today, if not for her commitment and leadership.
She was fiercely independent and never bowed down to commercial or political pressure. She was committed-stubbornly- to the highest standards of her profession. She always committed to serve the rights of her readers the right to know unbiased, accurate and insightful news, timely.
Relentless pursuer of truth, Mel was guided by only one voice- the powerful voice of her own conscience.Once, during the early days of LBO, Mel reported on a landmark regulatory action against a powerful service provider. The company together with the PR and advertising agency brought much pressure upon her to retract her stories. She didn't deviate from her principles and continued to cover the story.
That was Mel, a shinning light of financial journalism in Sri Lanka.
Mel's untimely death in the hands of an assailant brings us close to the reality of the lowest of depth our society has fallen to. A piece of metal was more valued than a human life by the coward who murdered a wonderful human being at her prime age.
Mel was ever so effervescent- who lived her life to the fullest, packing her days with her work, other interests and time for her family and friends. She was funny and loving. Never a boring person to hang out with, her conversations were always full of witty remarks and often interrupted by her own loud laughs.
We lost Mel, at a time this country needs more of people like her. With her death- her brother lost a loving sister, her parents a wonderful daughter and the rest of us, her friends, lost a friend who knew no bounds to her loyalty.
Sleep well my friend.
--Lakshaman Bandaranaike - Publisher LBO