Mysterious advertisement of ruling party MP in Bangladesh
Since publication of these advertisements in the local dailies, intelligence agencies and investigative journalists in Bangladesh have started looking into this issue
Monday August 27 2012 21:51:50 PM BDT
Weekly Blitz has also started investigating the case of such mysterious advertisement of Maisha Group along with activities of the business enterprise of the ruling party lawmaker Md. Aslamul Haque.
In recent months, the trend of disappearance and murder of drivers of a number of members of the ruling party has reached to an alarming level. Driver of the Assistant Personal Secretary [APS] of Minister Suranjit Sen Gupta is yet to be traced. Similarly, fate of the driver of missing Bangladesh Nationalist Party [BNP] leader M Ilias Ali is unknown to anyone. Few weeks back, driver of the son of influential Awami League leader Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya was killed in Uttara area in the capital city by unidentified assassins.
None of these cases either had been properly investigated nor the mysteries behind had been unfolded by the law enforcing or intelligence agencies in Bangladesh. It was rumored though that these drivers might have become victim of secret killings as they became witness of corruption and crimes of the respective 'elites' of the ruling party. The latest episode of disappearance came into radar of intelligence agencies in the country, when ruling party lawmaker Md. Aslamul Haque's business enterprise Maisha Group published notice in a number of local dailies on August 27, 2012 with photographs of two of the 'missing' drivers of the MP.
According to the advertisement circulars published in the dailies, Maisha Group claimed that its driver Md. Ibrahim Sarder, son of Md. Abul Kalam Sarder, Village: Kismnat Moukayon under district Patuakhali and driver Md. Jafar Matbor, son of late Syed Matbor of Village: Bhabloganj under district Patuakhali had been missing since August 14, 2012. In the advertisements, Maisha Group claimed that, its driver Md. Ibrahim Sarder went into hiding after stealing Taka Two Hundred Thousand while on duty from the official vehicle bearing registration number Dhaka Metro Cha-53-3604. The company also lodged a case with Jatrabari Police Station on the same day [Case Number 54, dated 14-08-2012, under section 406/420]. Maisha Group has also mentioned mobiles phone numbers of both the missing drivers, which are: 0192-681-2340 and 0192-007-4731 and requested the people to inform the company about the whereabouts of these "missing" drivers of the company. General Manager of the company, Md. Anwar Hossain [Mobile phone number: 0171-300-6945, 0175-5534-620] signed the notices.
Since publication of these advertisements in the local dailies, intelligence agencies and investigative journalists in Bangladesh have started looking into this issue with due importance, as they already are smelling rat behind this mysterious notices published by the ruling party MP. Many are even anticipating that the drivers might also have faced the similar fates of those missing or murdered drivers of Assistant Personal Secretary [APS] of Minister Suranjit Sen Gupta, missing BNP leader M Ilias Ali or the murdered driver of the son of influential Awami League leader Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya.
Meanwhile Weekly Blitz has also started investigating the case of such mysterious advertisement of Maisha Group along with activities of the business enterprise of the ruling party lawmaker Md. Aslamul Haque. In its website [which still is under construction], it is written: "Maisha Group is one of the leading privately held companies in Bangladesh. The Group has now entered the International Arena, with companies in Malaysia and Singapore ever moving forward to a World recognised brand. Our corporate values are Teamwork, Transparency and Customer Success which focuses on our long-term perspective for leadership and prosperity. These values should inspire us to a level of excellence that maximizes value for customers, business partners, and shareholders, while supporting our employees and the communities in which our employees live and work. These values are intended to be a foundation to guide our decisions.
The company claims to be having established branches in Malaysia and Singapore, though it is unclear as to how much of money the ruling party lawmaker had shifted to those countries in such business ventures. It is initially anticipated that Md. Aslamul Haque, MP might have invested significant amount of money in Malaysia through his company established there with the goal of obtaining "Second Home" privileges in Malaysia with permanent resident visas for him along with other members of his family. Since Bangladesh Awami League led leftist-Islamist coalition government came in power in 2009, Md. Aslamul Haque has successfully established a large number of companies under the umbrella of Maisha Group. Names of the companies are:
1.Maisha Property Development Limited
2.Mahim Real Estate Limited
3.Aswat Consumer Limited
4.Interlink Recycle Limited
5.Dhaka West Power Limited [quick rental power station]
6.Dhaka North Power Utility Company Ltd [quick rental power station]
7.CLC Power Company Limited [quick rental power station]
8.Mahim Trade Link
9.Crystal Readymix Limited
10.Mahim Leisure & Associates Limited
11.Mahim Shipping Lines Limited
12.Dayking Corporation Limited
13.Mega Tech Asset Holdings SDN BHD [company in Malaysia]
14.Eco Environment Recycle Industries SDN BHD [company in Malaysia]
15.Asian Charters Pte Limited [company in Singapore]
It is learnt that Asian Charters Pte Limited is enjoying almost monopoly business in providing chartered aircrafts to national flag career Biman Bangladesh Airlines and making millions of dollars as profit. It is also operating private airline charter service as well as air ambulance service in Bangladesh. M Haidar Uzzaman is the CEO of this unit of Maisha Group.
Dhaka West Power Ltd. is a sister concern of Maisha Group whose principle activity is to set up a power plant for generation and supply of electricity. It was incorporated in Bangladesh on 28th October, 2010 under the company act 1994 its registration number is C-87861/2010. According to the Maisha Group website, Dhaka West Power Ltd. is preparing to construct a modern power plant to be located at Bosila, Dhaka to help fight against the increasing demand for power. Capital outlay for the project is estimated USD 120 Million including working capital. This power plant will operate on an IPP basis under BOO [Build, Own & Operate] scheme. Total capacity of the Heavy Fuel Oil [HFO] operated power plant will be 108 MW [net].
Dhaka North Power Utility Co. Ltd. is a sister concern of Maisha Group which is established with a view to set up power plants for generation and supply of electricity. It is incorporated in Bangladesh in 28th October, 2010 under the company act 1994 having its registration on C-87862/2010. According to company's website, Dhaka North Power Ltd. is preparing to construct a modern power plant to be located at Bosila, Dhaka to help fight against the increasing demand for power. Capital outlay for the project is estimated USD 120 Million including working capital. This power plant will operate on an IPP basis under BOO [Build, Own & Operate] scheme. Total capacity of the Heavy Fuel Oil [HFO] operated power plant will be 108 MW [net]. The project is supposed to go into operation during dry season in 2013.
CLC Power Company Ltd is a private limited company incorporated in Bangladesh in 2010 under the Companies Act 1994 Registration Number. C-89027/10. According to company's website, CLC Power Company Ltd is currently constructing a modern power plant located at Bosila, Washpur, Keraniganj, Dhaka. Total capital layout for the project has been estimated at USD 110 Million including working capital. This power plant will be operated on IPP basis under BOO (Build, Own & Operate) scheme. It will be Heavy Fuel Oil [HFO] operated with a total capacity of the power plant will be 104 MW [Net].