08 August 2021, Bandar Seri Begawan
The Bangladesh High Commission in Brunei Darudsalam observed the 91st Birth Anniversary of Bangama Fazilatun Nessa Mujib in virtual format on 08 August 2021. While the program was earlier scheduled to be held at the chancery, the Bangladesh High Commissioner prudently decided to err on the side of caution with the virtual arrangement in the wake of the recent uptick of COVID-19 transmissions.
Moderated by Head of Chancery Mr. Jelal Hossain, the program started off with the recitation of Holy Quran and special prayer for the departed souls of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangamata Fazilatun Nessa and other martyrs. In honour of Bangamata, one minute silence was observed with due solemnity.
The Bangladesh High Commissioner read out special messages from the Hon’ble President of Bangladesh Md. Abdul Hamid and the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina who is the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and Bangamata Fazilatun Nessa Mujib. Head of Chancery Mr. Jelal Hossain read out special message on this occasion from the Hon’ble State Minister for Women and Children Affairs, Fazilatun Nessa Indira MP.
While the screening of the documentary made on Bangamata, provided a clear account of the life, dedication, and struggle of Bangamata, the Bangladesh High Commissioner took upon herself the responsibility to elaborate on the meaningful and glorious life of Bangamata.
The Bangladesh High Commissioner proudly told that behind every political success of Bangabandhu was the inspiration, dedication and contribution of Bangamata who never acted upon her self-interest or receded while supporting Bangabandhu. Bangabandhu and Bangamata were complementary to each other, and the history of Bangabandhu’s political struggle is therefore deeply rooted in his understanding with Bangamata who never sought attention rather supported Bangabandhu in every possible way. The entire nation therefore owes Bangamata a lot for her unconditional support to Bangabandhu in all phases of his life.
The Bangladesh High Commissioner further added that Bangabandhu had to spend a significant amount of time in jail for his political position and actions. During that period, Bangamata took care of their five children and helped them at her best to grow up as good human being. She was also under house arrest in 1971 when Bangabandhu was arrested and taken to erstwhile West Pakistan, now called Pakistan.
The interaction in the virtual environment took an emotional turn when local Bruneians started expressing how the story of Bangamata had touched their delicate chord. They have requested the Bangladesh High Commissioner to organize such programmes in greater number and bring occasions for then to know more such stories about the lives of luminaries of Bangladesh. The Bangladesh High Commissioner assured them that the distortion of history of Bangladesh will not be tolerated anymore and that the real history of Bangladesh will be made known to all. She also invited the Bangladesh community members to send their children to attend programmes organized by the Bangladesh High Commission so that they could be well-informed about their roots, and the genuine history of Bangladesh.
The Bangladesh High Commissioner sincerely thanked everyone for attending the program, and called upon them to pray for Bangamata Fazilatun Nessa Mujib and to contribute to the best of their ability to build ‘Sonar Bangla’ envisioned by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.