President Premadasa is a universal man, server of the poor, lover of the needy:
""President Premadasa's life is adorned with rare qualities of mankind, and I firmly believe that he is one of the greatest sons of Sri Lanka who has dedicated himself to serve for the common good of mankind.... His magical influence to involve others to serve the poor and needy, and his firm determination and courage to launch the massive village reawakening movement, paved the way to declare the International Year of Shelter and won the international award for housing."
Honourable C. Nanda Mathew
Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports"