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Former finance minister and the reformer with biggest contribution to building free market economy in Bangladesh, Saifur Rahman was killed in a road accident yesterday.
The reform man
An assiduous person that he was, Bangladesh’s longest serving finance minister M Saifur Rahman was loved by the audience for his serious remarks laced with humour, often in his own Sylheti dialect. Wherever he was, he always carried an air of freshness in ideas, vigorous conviction and straightforwardness. And through decades of his political career and wisdom, Saifur almost became a true statesman, often criticising his own party stances on issues such as hartal and anti-privatisation sabre-rattling. Inside his party, he was one of the few saner heads respected across the file and rank.
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From The Star, Bangladesh
M Saifur Rahman’s unforeseen death touched my heart so much that I Ask God why did HE not end his life in a rather comfortable way rather than taking his life in a such cruel and unthinkable way. Any death is deplorable. However Mr. Saifur’s death was rather more deplorable, more saddened, more tragic and more heartbroken.
To me he was an excellent accountant turned politician turned economist. I will miss him a lot.
Shahagir Bakth FARUK
British Bangladesh Chamber of commerce
I read your tribute to the late Mr Saifur Rahman with interest.
I came to know Mr. Rahman in 1976 when President Ziaur Rahman appointed him Commerce Minister in his Cabinet of Talents. Zia told me earlier in February that year he was contemplating bringing in leading technocrats in the government in a bid to solve the country's dire problems.
It was fortunate for Bangladesh that Saifur Rahman was moved to the finance ministry shortly afterwards. In this capacity he served four governments - two under Zia and two under Begum Khaleda Zia. During this time Bangladesh made great strides in economic development. He served a considerable period as aboard member of the World Bank and was for a period its Vice President. That helped Bangladesh's cause immensely.
I had the honour of interviewing him on several occasions for the BBC. I was greatly impressed not only by his great grasp of finance and economics but also by his kindness and generosity.
His demise is a great blow and loss for Bangadesh. May Allah grant him Jannatul Ferdous in the next world.
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