The tourism secretary on Tuesday said the government will built an exclusive zone with casinos for foreign tourists in Cox’s Bazar
Senior BNP leader Abdul Moyeen Khan on Wednesday strongly opposed the government’s plan to allow casinos for foreigners in exclusive tourist zones, and called it an “immoral move.”
“I’ve seen in the newspapers that the government has a plan to allow casinos for foreigners. How did the government reveal this plan amid the huge uproar over casinos in the country?
“How can the government take such an immoral step?” he wondered while addressing a human-chain program in front of the National Press club, organized by Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal, demanding the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
His remarks came a day after Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Md Mohibul Haque told reporters at the secretariat that the government will built an exclusive zone for foreign tourists in Cox’s Bazar, which will have all modern facilities including casinos for them.
“We’ve a plan so that foreigners can go to casinos at the exclusive tourist zones with their passports like other countries,” the secretary said.
He, however, supported the ongoing drive against illegal casinos in Dhaka and elsewhere.
BNP leader Moyeen said setting up of casinos for foreigners cannot be a justified decision as it will have bad impacts on the character of the people of Bangladesh.
“What is a sin for Bangladeshis can’t be good for foreigners. Won’t it be a sin if foreigners indulge in misdeeds in Bangladesh? Who can guarantee that it won’t spread among the people of Bangladesh if casinos are introduced for foreigners?” he questioned.
He said the ruling party leaders were indulging in casino business and various misdeeds as the government has no accountability.
Moyeen said the government cannot hide the wrongdoers and corrupt elements without accountability and democracy.
He said people want to know how the government developed the country when crores of taka and huge gold ornaments were being recovered from the houses of ruling party leaders.
Arrested with ill-gotten money
BNP Standing Committee member Nazrul Islam Khan said the allegations of corruption were being surfaced against ruling party leaders as some of them were arrested with crores of ill-gotten money.
“They made the illegal money with the help of the government.”
He also criticised Prime Minister’s Political Affairs Adviser HT Imam for his remarks that those arrested on charge of casino business were infiltrators, and questioned why the government allowed them making money and doing business illegally and gave them big posts of Awami League and its associate bodies.
He came down hard on Information Minister Hasan Mahmud too for his comment that a detained ruling party leader used to send crore of taka per month to BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman, saying the minister was trying to mislead people with such unguarded remarks.
Nazrul urged the government to arrest all who are involved in casino business and corruption, and put them on trial for the sake of country’s betterment. “But we know you can't do it.”