BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has lambasted the government for its “failure” to ensure safety of public funds.
“People's money is not safe at the hands of this incompetent and corrupt government whether it is in the bank, in the ATM booth or even in the Bangladesh Bank,” she said while addressing the party's sixth national council at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh on Saturday.
The three-time former premier alleged that corruption and terrorism took a dreadful turn during the tenure of the current government. “The share market was looted ... Banks were plundered ... Now the foreign hackers have joined in the looting of central bank's money.”
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She said that if her party voted to power, the central bank would be empowered properly to ensure financial discipline. Moreover, political interference would be stopped in banks and financial institutions.
Khaleda said honest, competent and efficient people would be appointed in the private and state-owned banks.
On February 4, suspected hackers stole more than $101 million from Bangladesh Bank’s account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and wired it to a number of bank accounts in the Philippines and Sri Lanka. On February 29, Philippines daily the Inquirer broke the story.
The Criminal Investigation Department is investigating the case.