My people not exhibits - President
President Mahinda Rajapaksa reiterated that he will
never ever be prepared to display to the world his motherland or its
people, as sympathy evoking exhibits.
President Rajapaksa stated this when he presided and
addressed an august gathering of Ministers, Parliamentarians, religious
dignitaries and other distinguished guests, at a ceremony to hand over a
25,000 square feet, three-storied, new building complex, completed at an
estimated cost of Rupees 100 million, for an outpatient and a special
clinical division to the Homagama Base Hospital at Homagama yesterday.
The new building is a generous and meritorious gesture
of the Bamunuarachchi Foundation (BAF), under the Ran Mehewara Project,
phase 1- stage 1, to commemorate the late B.A. Semaneris Appuhamy.
Categorically rejecting allegations made by certain
quarters, including sections of the international community, he pointed
out that the innocent internally displaced civilians of the Vanni, were
cared for, as their own kith and kin, by the Government. "It was the
ruthless LTTE which has caused heinous crimes and atrocities with these
civilians, and not the Government.
"We have at all times, treated those civilians fleeing
from the grip of the terrorists to the safe zones, most humanely.
" I have made an open invitation to the Secretary
General of the United Nations, to come and see for himself, our utmost
and profound commitment in providing all their medical and other
requirements", he said..
Reminiscing the events consequent to the tsunami
catastrophe in 2004, President Rajapaksa opined that albeit certain
international agencies had acted in a bona fide compassionate manner,
some nevertheless had only visited the country for curiosity,
notwithstanding the plight and sufferings of the victims. Their true
contribution to the victims had been minimal in the process.
He lauded the Bamunuarachchi Foundation for making
this most charitable contributions. "The Bamunuarachchi dynasty would
not have, and may not be the wealthiest businessmen of the country
Nonetheless, this magnanimous and charitable venture
which could not be estimated in words, however expresses and reflects
their true patriotic sentiments and their passion to assist their
motherland. It undoubtedly, echoes out a great message to the rest of
the privileged and business fraternity of this land, to follow suit" he
The President underscored the importance of protecting
not only one's business per se, but also his motherland, in which his
business is carried out.
"Some businessmen are solely concerned of the future
of their business, with no due consideration as to the safety of their
country", he claimed.
These charitable ventures are most opportune now, in
an era we have achieved our second independence. The Government has
allocated a gigantic sum of rupees 89 million for the provision of
adequate health facilities and education, next only to the expenditure
on national security.
Our maternal and infant mortality rates are the best
in the Asian region. We have refurbished the most remotest hospitals,
inclusive of estate hospitals, and brought them to more sophisticated
and fully-equipped levels.
Referring to the recent historic and landslide
victories in the Wayamba and Central Provincial Council elections,
President Rajapaksa pointed out that these decisions were very
encouraging and displayed the full endorsement of the Governments
policies and the tributes paid to our gallant war heroes, who have
sacrificed their lives for their cause in protecting their motherland.
The Most Venerable Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera, Most
Venerable Galaboda Gnaneswara Thera, Ministers Nimal Siripala De Silva,
Dinesh Gunawardena, Bandula Gunawardena, P. Dayarathna, Geethanjana
Gunawardena, Western Province Governor Alavi Mowlana and several others
participated at this ceremony.
Courtesy: Daily News