When many politicians in Bangladesh and other parts of Indian subcontinent are busy for self-gain, a few of them dare to swim against the tide.
Obaidul Quader, the general secretary of ruling Awami League, is such a personality who set on Monday a rare example for his fellow politicians by letting humanity prevail.Quader has proven his mettle as a ‘politician for the poor’ through extending his helping hands to three poor and severely sick patients.
The AL general secretary has broken the negative notion of the people regarding politicians by taking three patients in his own car to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
As approached, the three poverty-stricken patients - Bilquis Begum and her daughter Bithi and Mizan Mia- described how the incident had unfolded.
Bilquis and Bithi are survivors of acid attacks. Both have lost the shape of their beautiful faces in the heinous attacks. Even the daughter has lost her right hand up to wrist in the acid attack.
Mizan is a survivor of a road accident. The lower part of his leg under the knee has developed gangrene due to lack of treatment for a long time.
Due to abject poverty, they were deprived of proper treatment and fighting for their lives.But they happened to come across Quader while he was leaving the office of the Bangladesh Road and Transport Authority (BRTA) on the Manik Mia Avenue in the capital in the morning.
Mizan sat nearby when Bilquis and her daughter put their hands out in front of Quader.
Listening to the pains and groans of the ill-fated mother and daughter, Quader called in them, including Mizan, and enquired about their conditions.
Their sad stories touched the soft corner of the AL general secretary, also the road, transport and bridges minister, and he instantly took them in his own car and drove to the DMCH.
Bilquis said she is from Manda upazila of Naogaon district. Miscreants threw acid on the faces of her daughter and herself, mistaking them for her maternal uncle.
Even after many years since then, they had been suffering and deprived of justice.
With tears of gratitude towards Quader, Bithi said, “As we are poor, we hardly get proper treatment.”
The acid victim also said Quader has appeared as their saviour.
Abu Taher Md Mohidul Haque, personal secretary to Obaidul Quader, who accompanied the minister during the incident, said the three patients will get proper treatment from the hospital.
When asked, Quader said, “As politicians, our job is to serve the people and it’s really a tiny service I have provided to my three poor countrymen.”