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FBCCI asks protesting students to return home

  • Published at 01:34 am August 6th, 2018
FBCCI President Md Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin speaking at a press conference on Sunday Courtesy

He also requested the transport workers engaged on flip side of the student protests to not take part in any unwarranted activities

Students and other members of society taking part in the protests around Bangladesh have been requested to return home by FBCCI President Md Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin.

He was addressing the media at a press conference organized by FBCCI at their headquarters in Motijheel in Dhaka on Sunday.

He also requested the transport workers engaged on flip side of the student protests to not take part in any unwarranted activities.

He added that if the current situation is to continue, the inflation rate will see a rise, SME entrepreneurs will suffer losses, and that paying off dues and bonuses of RMG workers for the upcoming Eid might also be hugely affected.

Businesses at the Chittagong and other ports has been less than usual, which has caused businesses all over the country to slow down, he claimed.

The FBCCI president also said they will sit with transport business owners and discuss how to mediate the current situation prevalent in the country.

He claimed that no sooner the effects of the Holey Artisan Bakery were wearing off, the current situation regarding the protests have had a negative impact, currently Japanese and American businessmen have cancelled their upcoming tours to Bangladesh.

He also said that a certain quarter has been using social media as a tool to spread false propaganda and rumors to further their own agendas, which can lead to further deterioration of the current situation in the country.

In reply to a query from a journalist, the FBCCI president said, “this kind of situation leads to two types of losses: a loss of image; and financial losses.”

While answering a question, he said during a strike, the nation loses around Tk300 crore a day. 

He then went on to claim that they have been able to put a stop to child labor in the RMG sector, but have been unable to do the same for the transport sector, and rooting that out would lead to reduction in the number of mishaps in the latter sector.  

“There is no alternative to dialogue when discussing issues regarding national development,” the FBCCI president said.

FBCCI First Vice-President Sheikh Fazle Fahim, FBCCI Vice-President Montakim Ashraf, former BGMEA president Atiqul Islam, and other FBCCI directors were present at the press conference.