Dhaka business body criticises MPs who can’t read English

April 28th, 2011 - 4:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, April 28 (IANS) Bangladesh’s apex business chamber chief has criticised lawmakers who “make laws, but cannot even read English”.

Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry president A.K. Azad Wednesday also criticised lawmakers, judges and members of his own business community for engaging in corruption.

“Some members of parliament even do not know the minimum level of English. What is their calibre? But they are in a position of making laws and holding the power of impeachment. Shame!”

“And a number of them do not know the difference between a doctor as a physician and a doctor as the holder of a PhD degree,” New Age quoted him as saying at an advocacy workshop on business ethics organized by the International Business Forum of Bangladesh.

At 48.8 percent of literacy, more than half of Bangladesh’s population is illiterate.

Azad also criticised judges, businessmen and government officials for corrupt practices.

“Only three judges submitted their wealth statement. What about others? Why did not others submit their wealth statement,” he asked.

“It is very difficult to find 10 businessmen, 10 lawyers and 10 judges who maintain ethics,” he observed.

He suggested that ethics should be practised “from the top level in all communities”.

The country rates high on graft as per the rating by the Transparency International, a global watchdog against corruption.

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