Unprincipled Journalism Hurts Both Country, Nation
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has said that unprincipled journalism or yellow journalism is harmful for both the country and the nation, and it can never be acceptable. She said it at once hurts the country, the nation, and the people. The prime minister then used a quote from Bangabandhu who said that unprincipled journalism cannot give anything to the politics, country, and nation and it cannot do any good but hurts the society in many cases. The prime minister made the remarks at an iftar program organized by Bangladesh Federal Journalists Union and Dhaka Journalists Union on June 4 at the National Press Club.
The Government on a Seriously Wrong Path
Legal expert Shahdeen Malik said that the government through its compromising attitude is instigating extremism. He also warned that the government is walking on a seriously wrong path. He was speaking at a meeting on May 27, when he said that the recent removal of the sculpture was an indirect attempt of the government to create pressure on the Supreme Court. Malik also said that the government has surrendered to those who explain religion like it was done in the Middle Ages.
Awami League Has Lost Its Mind
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir claimed that Bangladesh Awami League has lost its mind ever since his party announced its Vision 2030 plan and the government has been suffering from the BNP-phobia. Mirza Fakhrul was addressing a protest meeting at Engineers Institution in the capital on May 27 when he said that the intelligence officials who went to search Khaleda’s office came out to say that they had found nothing. He said it raises question about who those intelligence people are and why they are misleading the government. The BNP secretary general also asked if those who are running the government are politicians or intelligence officials.
Where is the Tax Money Going?
Jatiya Party lawmaker Kazi Firoze Rashid criticized the government for the mismanagement of the economy and wanted to know where all the tax money was going to. He said all that money was getting indiscriminately looted because there is no good governance in the country. He also added the prevailing anarchy would not have existed if there was good governance in the country. Rashid said during a unscheduled discussion in parliament on May 30 that the economy was facing an ominous situation for a long time and according to the report published in a national daily six state-owned banks have lost their capital worth BDT160 billion. He said it meant these banks are becoming bankrupt every day.
All Judges But Me are Free
Chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha resented that all judges but him are free. During the appeal hearing on May 30 on the 16th amendment of the constitution to give power to parliament to impeach a judge, Sinha asked how dependent the chief justice was. In his reply, attorney general Mahbubey Alam said that you are not dependent because everyday many comments of you are being published in the newspapers. The chief justice said that he does not say anything by calling a press conference and he speaks within his proceedings. He then complained that the judiciary is in a pitiable condition because the government gives computers to primary schools and union parishad offices, but the judiciary cannot give computer to the judges.
A Budget to Create Opportunities to Steal
In her reaction to the proposed national budget, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia said that it is all about plundering. This budget has created opportunities for the Awami League government to steal money. Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith submitted a BDT4.00266 trillion budget for the 2017-18 fiscal. The BNP chairperson expressed her reaction during an Iftar party. She called Sheikh Hasina an autocrat and added that the finance minister has nothing to do with the budget because everything is done on Hasina’s instruction.
Ministers are Made to Tell Lies
Environment and forest minister Anwar Hussain Monju has admitted that ministers have to tell lies. He said during a press meeting at the secretariat on May 31 that he felt proud because whenever he was a minister he always worked with very brilliant people. He then identified a journalist who was reading the written statement distributed amongst press members and told him that it was better to listen to the minister because what was written was a bunch of lies. The minister then broke into laughter before saying that all ministers are made to tell lies.
Those Who are Wealthy
Finance minister AMA Muhith insisted that the prices of commodities will not soar but fall if the VAT law 2012 is implemented. He claimed that it will be so because essential commodities have been given VAT exemption. He further said that those who have more than hundred thousand taka in the bank are wealthy people, which is why it is essential to increase excise duty on bank deposits. In his opinion, government’s budget implementation capacity has been enhanced and it is no longer relevant to question this capacity. While speaking at the post-budget Q&A held at Osmani Memorial Auditorium on June 2, Muhith claimed this budget was the greatest budget ever submitted.
Excise Duty on Bank Deposits is Sheer Extortion
BNP leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury has called the excise duty imposed on bank deposits in the proposed national budget as sheer extortion. The former commerce minister criticized 15 percent VAT slapped on goods and services and said that the government is picking people’s pocket to pay for the deficits created by plundering of banks. He was addressing a meeting on June 2 when Chowdhury said that excise duty can be imposed on goods sold but not on bank accounts. He also said that there is no instance of imposing excite duty on bank accounts anywhere in the world.
Religion is Being Used for Election
Veteran lawyer and one of the leading framers of the constitution Dr. Kamal Hossain said that removal of the statue of Greek goddess Themis was a cheap way to use religion to win votes. He said mass killing and rapes were carried out in 1971 in the name of religion. The senior jurist said the provision of secularism has been incorporate into the constitution to separate politics from religion whereas the biggest challenge today is to maintain justice and moral principles. He made his comments at a remembrance meeting held on May 27 at the National Press Club.