Don't blame the messenger, heed the message
Four-fifths majority has made ruling alliance reckless
(October 17, 2012)
Mahbubur Rahman Sharif
We would request the government to receive the TIB report positively and start working against corruption.
Excellent writing! I hope prime minister would acknowledge the truth instead of denying it.
Political leaders are egotistical and reckless in their words.
It is disgraceful to encourage corruption. A lawmaker can not be a law breaker.
The parliamentarians have become small potentates in their own constituencies by gobbling up all the powers of the executive and other local bodies. Unhindered and unrestrained, they commit all sorts of irregularities and crimes. They rule as well as reign. The expression of public opinion, if negative, is regarded as conspiracy or attempt at conspiracy, and therefore, must be gagged and muzzled.
Mahfuz Rashid, Sydney
Dear editor, your explanation and comments are so clear and to the point.
Mr. Mahfuz Anam, you are right in saying that four-fifths majority made the alliance reckless. The alliance feels that people have given them absolute power and it can do anything it like, which is a mistake. They are misusing their power.
Why doesn't the PM conduct a genuine survey among people, who are the part and parcel of democracy?
AKM Ziaul Huda
I am 73 years old now and totally frustrated. I wish good sense would prevail among our leaders.
N D Saha
It seems the politicians in power have made it a strategy to use conspiracy theory as an invincible shield against any charge of corruption and abuse of power. They scrupulously try to inculcate a culture of conspiracy phobia in the minds of the people.
Honourable editor, hats off to you for your bold commentary.
Please don't make it light by comparing it with British MPs.
Being an ordinary citizen it hurts me a lot. Why are our political leaders so furious about this TIB report? Why our PM termed this as a conspiracy against democracy? Hence I would like to ask them, are we really living in a democratic country?
TIB should be more professional in presenting their report for their credibility.
Dear editor, thank you for standing up for common people.
I applaud the author for putting across his views on the TIB report. The comparison with the British expenses scandal trivialises the extent of the offences committed by the Bangladeshi lawmakers. According to the TIB report, most of the parliamentarians in Bangladesh are involved in criminal and civil offences, where there was no criminal offence committed by the British MPs. That is also an important difference between the two scandals.
Excellent commentary as usual! It is not just TIB that pointed to the corruption, the World Bank, IMF, even the Indian government is also worried about funding for BD Railways. Of course, in Bangladesh corrupt politicians are regarded as patriots by the government.