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‘Digital Security Act formulated to counter cybercrime’

  • Published at 10:22 pm September 21st, 2018
FIle photo of Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League General Secretary Odaidul Quader Dhaka Tribune

'The new act will not undermine freedom of press or speech in the country'

Assuring that there is no need for concerns regarding the newly implemented Digital Security Act 2018, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader pointed out that the law was formulated to counter cybercrime.

He made the comment around 11:30am on Friday after inspecting several projects, such the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), which are being implemented in Gazipur.

“The new act will not undermine freedom of press or speech in the country. This act will be implemented with care. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made a clear statement about the fare use of the Digital Security Act 2018 on Thursday,” Obaidul Quader told reporters.

Commenting on the book authored by former chief justice SK Sinha, the minister said: “Sinha could have refrained from publishing the book before the 11th general polls, as his book instigates anti-government sentiment.

“It is okay for him to voice his opinion through his book. But why did he do it just before the parliamentary election, while living abroad? He could have delayed publishing his book for a few months.”

Adding that Sinha’s book will raise questions about his professionalism during his tenure as the chief justice, Quader said: “SK Sinha might have grievances, but his book could benefit certain quarters possessing anti-government sentiments.”

Speaking about the importance of Gazipur as a transportation hub, the minister commented: “The mayor, police, engineers and authorities concerned must make a serious effort to keep this district free from traffic congestion.”

Obaidul Quader also welcomed the formation of the political alliance “Juktofront” by saying that new alliances among political parties and leaders are perfectly normal during election time.

“We are not concerned, because we have the people with us,” he added.

Gazipur Mayor Mohammad Jahangir Alam, BRTA Project Director Engineer Sanaul Haque, Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Ariful Islam were present during the program among many others.