"We aren't going to America to just learn how to make Kichuri. We are going there to understand food management and gather experiences in making kichuri without onions and spices," Food Minister Mohanuzzaman said.
"You journalists need a good beating. Stop making mountains out of molehills. This trip is a learning experience for us all," he said.
Another point of contention has been the Tk 5 crore bill which the trip will cost, but the minister downplayed it, saying "experience is priceless. For everything else there is a credit card".
"Do you know how much onions cost? If we don't spend this Tk 5 crore, we will eventually have to spend Tk 100 crore just because our people are so crazy about onion. It's all they can ever talk about," the exasperated minister said.
The minister also expressed unhappiness at journalists for always reporting facts without thinking about the spirit of the country. "You are just damaging the spirit of the country. Yes, we spend money going abroad learning how to dig ponds and how to cook kichuri without spices. So what? How else are we supposed to learn? The culinary arts in the country is barely art. We have no option but to go to America, where my wife has always wanted to go," he said.
The minister also said that going to America was just a proposal. They were also mulling going to Canada instead. "We don't know how well Canadians make kichuri but what we do know is that we all have homes there so it will cost less for us to stay there," he added.
The minister finally warned journalists and said it was time to do positive news. "Stop being idiots. Just write good things. You can make the people happy in this noble profession, so just do that. Or get clapped."