‘Conspirators have made the students launch the quota reform movement,’ says the shipping minister
Stressing that the children of anti-liberation elements have no patriotism, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan on Thursday said they will not be allowed to join government jobs.
"The progress of a country depends on political stability, infrastructural development and patriotism. The children of anti-liberation elements have no patriotism. They will not get government jobs," he said.
The minister was addressing a function marking the inauguration of a rail-mounted gantry crane at jetty No 5 of New Mooring Container Terminal of Chittagong port.
Shajahan said those leading the quota reform movement were misleading general students. "Conspirators have made the students launch the quota reform movement," he said.
He also claimed that Islami Chhatra Shibir first initiated the movement against the quota system in 2004.
He said the Bay Terminal and the Patenga Container Terminal would go into operation in 2020.
Mentioning that Chittagong port ranks 71 among 100 busiest container ports across the world, the minister said they wanted to bring it on the list of 10 best ones.
Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Mahbubul Alam underlined the need for starting dredging as soon as possible to save the Karnaphuli River and resolving the crisis of jetty and lighter vessels at the port.