3 December, 2020

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MR’s ‘Palatial Bunker’ Had Nothing To Do With National Security: AKD

“I have seen palaces, I have seen bunkers – but this is the first time I have seen a ‘Palatial Bunker’, the JVP leader cum Opposition Chief Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake said commenting on an underground facility built at President’s house premises in Fort during former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s time.

Anura Kumara

Anura Kumara

The multimillion-rupee facility has been described by Rajapaksa as a bunker built for the protection of his and other high notch politicians and officials during the war.

Rajapaksa has said that he used to have meetings with the cabinet of ministers and Security Council members at the President’s house when the war was raging on and the bunker with a secret exit tunnel had been built to meet any emergency.

However, refuting Rajapaksa’s claims, Dissanayake told media last night that he has received reliable information that the “Palatial Bunker” had nothing to do with national security.

“If national security is the issue, Rajapaksa has to explain why he used tiles imported from Italy and other items such as lightening equipment, furniture and expensive fittings imported from other countries for the facility using public funds”

Dissanayake charged that the facility had nothing to do with national security but was built as a safe haven for the Rajapaksa family with modern living quarters, which will be self-contained.

“This was to ensure continuation of the luxurious living of Rajapaksa and family even during an emergency situation. This they did at the expense of public funds” he added.

Meanwhile government sources said the facility had cost over Rs. 400 million.

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    Even rich despots like Saddam Hussein or Gadaffi did not have such super luxury Bunkers!!!!!!

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      Gobba

      “Even rich despots like Saddam Hussein or Gaddafi did not have such super luxury bunkers!!!!”

      Sri Lanka’s Gadapeee described himself as “Shahanshah” (King of all Kings) and thought he would rule for ever.

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      So what the big deal? Did MR take the bunker home? I think JVP should get on with the job of getting few more voters and stop liking yankee wikis boot.

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        Parakrama,

        “So what the big deal? Did MR take the bunker home?”

        The big deal is Mafia king had wasted hell of a lot of Tax payers’ money on a yet another white elephant , who had advised him to make such a super luxury bunker with an exit route to the SL Port ? who gave the permission to import everything from Italy ? whose money was it ? FM SF has quoted as saying ” US $ 33 Million has been spent on it” . Mafia King thought, SL is his private property ;moreover, all his subjects are grass eating dumb asses . alas , he got it all wrong , where is he today ?

        PS : it has been revealed that Mafia king had secretly negotiated with prabakaran to come to a settlement , this is how it reports .

        “Former Norwegian Norwegian Development Minister and peace envoy to Sri Lanka, Erik Solheim claimed last week that the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa was willing to give self-rule to Tamils within the Sri Lankan state without calling for elections in that region.

        “Rajapaksa wanted to do a backroom deal to make Prabhakaran the leader there. He portrayed himself as the great savior of the Sinhalese, but was ready for any dirty deal for his own survival and if it helped his political fortunes”. “

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          A little bird informs me that the furniture was already in TT even during CBK time . All the other western countries who have bunkers will never expose this when governments change . This is so typical of the SL who tries to take political mileage of every possible situation at the cost of National security. protection of the President was a top propriety during the hey days of the LTTE terror campaign . Can anyone remember how electrical installations and 13 planes were destroyed ? If they could do this why would not have been possible for them to attack TT ????? Politicians heads have to be examined first.

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            Sarojini ,

            “A little bird informs me that the furniture was already in TT even during CBK time .”

            This particular luxury bunker is not at TT , it has been built at president’s palace at colomo 01 . tell your little bird to divulge accurate info next time.

            “protection of the President was a top propriety during the hey days of the LTTE terror campaign . Can anyone remember how electrical installations and 13 planes were destroyed ? If they could do this why would not have been possible for them to attack TT ????? “

            Didn’t your little bird tell you that this super luxury bunker was completed after the war ; moreover , there wasn’t a single security meeting been held at that premises . Mafia king tried to bluff as usual on this matter as well ;consequently , FM SF promptly got the record straight , he said it was another “Zero civilian causality” type lie which Mafia king uttered hoping to mislead the masses again. no more blatant lies from the MF, he is history !

            “Politicians heads have to be examined first. “

            Agreed .

  • 19
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    Alexander the Great said “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion”.

    Perhaps that is why MR built this bunker. To guard himself against the sheep.

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      Addin,

      Tell us what is GREAT about Alexander.

      He tried to invade India, failed and committed suicide at 32. He stole Indian knowledge. There was nothing GREAT about him except the ability to kill until he learnt his lesson from King Porus at the Battle of Hydaspes.

      Read history Addin. Servile minds make Alexander and Brtain GREAT.
      Shame!

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        Hey, buddy, I just copied and pasted the quotation from a site. I don’t know his story or her story. I am just a rice eating bull like you. (Sorry, if you are a rice eating cow. I do not want to be seen as a male chauvinist pig (again sorry, I mean bull)).

        Now that you mention it, how can one call Alexander ‘Great’ without insulting MARA (Great MAha RAja)? MARA never killed like Alex. He had finesse. He got others to do it for him.

        Also MARA does not seem to have stolen knowledge, of Indian or any other origin. Otherwise how can he be so….mmm… knowledge less (I will not say stupid)? He hardly ever used his grey matter. Cannot blame him. Did not have much of it to use in the first place.

        He did not steal knowledge because he did not have the time to do that. He was too busy stealing our money. Roughly about Rs 70,000 for each man, woman and child of this wonderful island. He went on and on not out of greed but because he was not sure how much was enough. Like Booruwansa, the man was poor in arithmetic. Not his fault. A deficiency in grey matter.

        Alex invaded India. MARA tried to get India to invade us. You ask why? Because he wanted the Chinese to come and save their darling.

        MARA certainly surpassed Alex in almost every field, even in longevity. Alex died at the age of 32 and MARA is still very much with us. Refuses to go away. Perhaps he wants to make that 70,000 a nice round 100,000 before he conks out?

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        Pathetic comment

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        Alexander did not lose in hydaspades, though his victory did come at considerable cost. It was the first time he encountered elephants, and yet the tactics he developed on the fly to defeat them are even today taught in military schools as the way to defeat mobile armored units using a lighter and faster force (which Alexander’s cavalry was). To this day, he is the only outsider to conquer afghanistan. Btw he was given the title “the great” even before Hydaspades, for all his victories against the Persian empire, who started off with an army fifty times his own.

        If you believe military greatness is not personal greatness, that is a fair argument. But to deny Alexander’s military prowess is an indication of a worse condition than a servile mind.

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    This Plunderer after SF won the war for us, raped and pillaged the country and bled the poor to death and enjoyed a super luxurious for him, his family and his henchmen.

    The worst part is, still the donkeys like DAYAN, GONAWRADANE, VASIDEVA, BOORUWNSA, GEMBAMPILA AND THE LIKES have still not come to their senses.

    How will they ever be, when part of the poor peoples blood money through taxes and tariffs are also in their pockets and still continue to pour.

    This moron really is and was a wolf in sheep’s cloth. You don’t need to be an intellect to know this, just a person with common sense can fathom out, provided he has a sense, unlike the donkeys mentioned above.

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    MaRa hit upon an idea that he had lived it up on Terra Firma since 2005.Nw lets live it up ,down under Terra Firma for kicks!
    Cost immaterial-just 400 Million-petty cash for him;Besides he need not cough out the funds.
    The term MEGALOMANIAC fits him like a glove.

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    What does this Galkattas fellow know about national security. Thuppahi fellow. For few US dollars he will give his wife also away.

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    Hold your horses, guys! Clearly, neither AKD nor any of you commentators have seen the Saudi bunkers or even seen pics of them. The same goes for the bunkers in the USA… None of these will be found boastfully pictured and shown for all the world to see…leaders in those countries are NOT FOOLS.

    The aforesaid bunkers are at top secret locations and I am certain are furnished most luxuriously and very well equipped in every way for long term survival. The top dogs in these countries are NOT accustomed to frugal living, and will not accommodate a lack of their normally accustomed standards you can be sure.

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      CountryFirst ,

      What are you trying to say here ?if Americans and Saudis can build super luxury bunkers , why can’t we the Sri lankies build a super luxury one , is it ? Americans and Saudis have their arch rivals (North Korean , Iranians and Israelis) ever ready to destroy them with nukes , what is the comparison man ? oh , you mean that state of the art LTTE s’ “kurumbatti” machines were there to destroy Rajapaksa palace with nukes ?

      like any other dictator , Rajapakses also wanted rule SL for ever .after witnessing Arab Spring , he hurriedly made an emergency exit route for a quick get away, that’s it !

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        It is NOT ONLY DICTATORS who build bunkers for usage in times of necessity brought on by military or natural disasters. Governments that build them include democratically elected governments which do not expect them to be used only by whoever is the current ruling group at a given time, since these structures are government-owned and available for whatever group is in power that has to run a country under disaster conditions.
        These structures in Sri Lanka are not owned by the Rajapakses but by the GOSL.

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          Country First ,

          Don’t repeat your nonsense over and over again , it’s obvious that Mafia king couldn’t take that super luxury bunker with him . the point being, why the hell he completed that bunker after the war ? even during the war there wasn’t a single incident where there was a defence/security meeting been held , FM SF had highlighted this bogus claim of MR and ridiculed it .

          it has been reported that the thickness of the concrete slab of this bunker was whopping 12 ft; furthermore , the thickness of the walls were 6 ft . my goodness ! our modern king Dutugamunu was this scared of Prabakaran’s kurumbatti machines ! we the general public was equally vulnerable of Prabakaran’s imminent attacks , what security have we had ? FM SF had revealed , even the US president is having only 800 security personal as his PSD , yet our modern king Dutugamunu had over 2000 security personal.all these were done under the guise of ” national security ” what a leader ?

          Mafia king never planned to go home , he wanted to hang on to it ,until his clown prince takes over . bad luck for him , he is history now ! SL has got her real independence on 8 th Jan 2015.

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            SIMPLE QUESTION to Srilal:
            Your own statement that MR did not expect to take it with him, reveals the emptiness of your argument.
            The bunker was a necessity, because the govt had Intelligence info on LTTE Diaspora that warned of brewing possibilities of more military action for which US support was being wooed by the Diaspora. Furthermore, climate change and its disastrous effects were being forecast and deserved preparation.
            So get your facts straight and stop concocting fairy tales on behalf of the “Borupalana”.

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              CountryFirst ,

              “Your own statement that MR did not expect to take it with him, reveals the emptiness of your argument.”

              MR didn’t expect to take what ? be specific mate !

              “The bunker was a necessity, because the govt had Intelligence info on LTTE Diaspora that warned of brewing possibilities of more military action for which US support was being wooed by the Diaspora. “

              Oh i see ,on the contrary , i heard MR’s justifications slightly different to your version , wasn’t he whining about that imminent attack from those highly sophisticated , state of the art “Kurumbatti” machines ? now i know you were privy to special intelligence briefing about the ground attack as well , i tell you what , why don’t you go and tell all these folk tales to ” konde badapu cheenunta ”

              “Furthermore, climate change and its disastrous effects were being forecast and deserved preparation.”

              Climate change ?????? here we go ! any thing else mate ! yes you may be right , perhaps he was anticipating to those infamous seven thunders coming upon on his a… , mind you ,as in our sinhala adage , those seven thunders normally come without rain .

              “So get your facts straight and stop concocting fairy tales on behalf of the “Borupalana””

              Hmmmmm , i have to get my facts right , food for thought , mate!

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            Aney, me srilal gonata thaama MR viyaruwa… LMAO

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          Country First ,

          “since these structures are government-owned and available for whatever group is in power that has to run a country under disaster conditions.”

          is that your justifications for this monumental blunder ? if that the case , that may be the reason behind building half dozen of super luxury presidential palaces across the country , Mafia king might have thought about the next president’s well being in advance ;thereby, he continued in plundering tax payers’ money totally disregarding the starving masses .

          “These structures in Sri Lanka are not owned by the Rajapakses but by the GOSL. “

          Really ? no body knew this fact before ! not only this super luxury bunker but also there are a quite number of Mafia hall mark white elephants are being idled , i.e Hambanthota Air port , Hambamthota sea port , Sooriyaweva Cricket stadium , Hambanthota conference centre , Ranmini thanna tele cinema village etc etc . by the way do you know who is going to pay for all these good for nothing white elephant projects ?Mafia king couldn’t stop pleasing his megalomaniac desire by just building Billions of worth white elephant projects but also continued to siphoned off Billions of our money at off shore bank accounts. on top of all these blunders , he was selfish enough to allocate a huge chunk of budget for his personal use , just do the comparison with MY3 ‘s expenditure now ,that is , if you want to see the difference.

          country first , may i ask you to change your pseudonym to Mahinda first instead of country first !

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      CountryFirst

      “neither AKD nor any of you commentators have seen the Saudi bunkers or even seen pics of them. The same goes for the bunkers in the USA…”

      Americans have put men on moon and returned them back alive and they have men on International space station, built nuclear bombs and tested on humans, regularly send probes to explore universe, hubble telescope, …………….

      Why haven’t the stupid little islanders done all these and other if you constantly want to cite what Americans are upto.

      By the way why don’t you introduce chopping hands and neck and polygamy if you really want to follow Saudi Arabia?

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    Was built for him to have parties Djed by DJ ?

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    The “Most Reliable Witness” to the use of this “Bunker” for Cabinet and Security Council meetings during the last days, that were critical of the “war” is none other than the present President. He was the Acting Defense Minister during the last few days when the war ended while the Minister of Defense and the Commander-in Chief, the then President Mr. Mihinda Rajapakse was away in a Middle Eastern country, If I remember correct (subject to correction) he, the then President, the Defense Minister and the Commander-in-Chief returned to the country after the winning of the war was announced. I am hundred per cent correct on that, because, I saw a picture of him arriving on a flight and “KISSING” the ground at Katunyake International Airport. I hope the “PATRIOTS” – The FOURSOME (Wimal,Dinesh,Vasu & Gammanpila) remember this of returning the “WAR HERO” after the war “Winning” was declared. Did he have a “BUNKER” in the Middle Eastern country too to be SAFE during those last days of war? Even those “Despots” named by “GOBBA” in his comment above sacrificed their lives in their own country without running away during the most critical times. I consider that to be PATRIOTISM and HEROISM. Don’t you agree?

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    This is so telling of the long term agenda of rajapakse and the 40 thives, in this instance let’s just say thousands of thives. Well nobody can stop the forces of nature, what happened to him and the thives in January is a true testament to the saying “KARMA IS A B@&$%”.

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    Did Abraham write the script ?..

    Did Kumara drive the Vellala Merc to deliver it?

    Is our Prince giving Illankai Thamil Arasa Kittu value for their money?..

    Was Batalanda Ranil in a Bunker when Kumara’s ex party JVP Cadres were coming out of their Bunkers ( no A/C of course ) to kill UNP and SLFP supporters in the villages, when Ranil’s nemesis Keselwatta kid’s dad was was giving Yahapalanaya to our inhabitants.

    Latest in today’s Press in our Port City…

    Kumara demands that all land must be returned ( to Vellalas of course ,Who else have land in our country t call their own ).

    That is excellent ROI..

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      Hi Sumane,Sorry about missing out your name in my list of donkeys.

      That was a costly error,my apologies.

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      KASU KASU. you’re showing your Racists Streak very openly , the young educated have had enough of the Racism.
      The ugly sight of Racism is a sign of Depressed , Greedy Nation.
      We don’t see too much of Racism in Liberal thinking Nations. Only in countries like in SL where the Racist Politicians and Religious Leaders continues to preach the Vulnerable idiotic subjects to Rise Against the Minority Races. Set them up to kill and burn their Religious Places .

      The only difference now is the world is watching . The world where we live in is like a Glass Bowl. No preachers can escape and that too is classed as “HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION “. Religious and Racial intolerance is classed as again “. HUMANRIGHTS VIOLATION “. And one can be taken to court and punished in a civilised society.

      Srilankans are not hesitant to say they’re not civilised nor the country is civilised , when we come to basic Rights the Srilankans are compared to worse than the Third world countries.
      The frogs in wells do not know how the frogs outside lives.
      Importing foreign goods and living in Luxury does not make one civilised . Outward thinking should be different.

      ” We all know how the Srilankan way of thinking.”
      There is a big difference in that field of Srilankans born and bred in Srilanka and the children born to Srilankan Parentage born and bred outside of Srilanka in their thinking.

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    Does the ordinary man in the country, made to be deceitful by his leaders during the Rajapakse rule, aware extravagant and wasteful expenditure like this is paid for by him and those of all communities, races and religions. The payment for this criminal waste is secured through regular higher taxation in fuel, electricity, sugar, flour, milk powder, liquor, cigarettes etc., In other words, the poor, the farmers and the lower middle class in the country – forming the largest segment of the country – foot the bill to satisfy the Rajapakse tamashas- all in the name of sovereignty and Sinhala Buddhist majority rule. So were those super-expenditure events indulged by the Rajapakse princes in the many nights of car racing in the more exclusive streets of Colombo 7.

    Punchi Singho and Citizen Perera are taken for a regular ride by their “beloved” leaders. The fools hardly know what hits them. And the idiots, with every passing election, keep asking for more.

    Horikadey

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    Rohana wijeweeras palaces.

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    It would have been educating had A revealed where he had seen bunkers and palaces. The we would also know what they look like. I suppose he has seen the bunkers under the white house and the buckinham palace and a few in middle east.
    Why A so obsessed with bunkers and Avant garde instead of fuel prices and ever dropping prices of tea and rubber. Not a word about those.
    By the when will you disclose to us about the US 500 000 found in Danuna’s mother’s vault?

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    JVP is fast loosing its support. Anura Kumara and the JVP have become a puppet of RW. They give philosophical stories and pointers but does not raise a word against the anti-democratic measures of this government. Their excuse is they do not want to bring Rajapakse back…this is the same bull theory they gave when they supported Premadasa (until Ranjan Wijeratne slammed them) and JRJ regimes…They simply do nothing against this government. This guy is a businessman and worst than the old left…at least the old left never engaged in making money by doing politics…

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    If JVP is Ranil’s puppet they would have joined the national government.Can you name any JVPer appointed to state instititons. Truth hurts. Check you facts if AKD is a businessman. We still find people carrying briefs for MR.

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    MARA never ever in his wildest of dreams thought that he could win the war. Prabakaran on the other hand was also knew he could not win. When the LTTE bombed Colombo MARA was scared of his guts.In order to save himself and his family from the LTTE attack he designed to build the underground luxury palace with an outlet to the Colombo Port and escape in a high powered boat with his ill gotten monies. That is the real truth.

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