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TIB urges Muhith not take duty-free car import facility

  • Published at 09:27 pm August 25th, 2019
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Muhith, during his tenure as finance minister and lawmaker, did not take the NBR's tax-free luxury vehicle import facility

Transparency International Bangladesh(TIB) has urged the former finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith to refrain from taking the duty-free car import facility provided by the NBR. 

TIB, a civil society organization against corruption, said it in a press release on Sunday.

MA Muhith, during his tenure as finance minister and member of parliament, did not take the National Board of Revenue or NBR's tax-free luxury vehicle import facility for MPs.

TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman urged Muhith to set up an example of morality by not taking this special facility, especially now that he is not holding a government office or a position in the parliament.

TIB also said taking such facility now will reflect poorly on the good reputation of the former minister.   

According to media reports, NBR issued special order granting Muhith the special facility to import a duty-free car from abroad. 

NBR sources said Muhith applied for the facility while he was a member of parliament, and the finance minister of the last Awami League government-led cabinet.

The TIB chief also said: "The duty-free car import facility for lawmakers is already a controversial topic. In addition, taking the facility while being not in a position to take it will set bad examples for the future."

Muhith retired from government, and from his role as a member of parliament, for Sylhet 1 constituency, at the December 2018 election. His younger brother AK Abdul Momen succeeded him as MP.