MA Hashem, founding chairman of Partex Group, died of coronavirus while undergoing treatment at a hospital in the capital on Thursday. He was 78.
The industrialist brea-thed his last at around 1:20 am at Evercare Hospital in the capital, said his son Showkat Aziz Russell.MA Hashem, also a former lawmaker, was admitted to the hospital on December 11 after he had tested positive for coronavirus.
Beforehand, he was receiving treatment at home till December 10. Later, he was put on life support when his health condition deteriorated.
The industrialist joined Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in 2001 and he was elected a member of parliament from Noakhali’s Begumganj constituency.
Industry Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, and Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) president Sheikh Fazle Fahim expressed deep shock at the death of MA Hashem.
In separate condolence messages, they recalled his contributions in the field of commerce and industries in the country.
MA Hashem left behind his wife Sultana Hashem, five sons – Aziz Al Kaiser Tito, Aziz Al Mahmud, Aziz Al Masud, Rubel Aziz and Showkat Aziz Russell, and a large number of relatives and well wishers to mourn his death.His son Showkat Aziz Russell said his father would be buried at Banani Graveyard after Jummah prayer on Friday.
Born in Noakhali’s Begumganj on August 30, 1943, Hashem started his business with trading tobacco in 1962. In the early seventies, he established M/S. Hashem Corporation (Pvt) Ltd with its corporate office in Chattogram.
His unflinching commitment in ensuring quality products and services distinguished him from others.
He began importing iron, steel, cement, sugar, rice, spices, wheat, salt, milk and other essential commodities.
Later, he concentrated on manufacturing world-class products in the country and subsequently founded Partex Group.
Today, Partex Group is one of the leading conglomerates in the country with its bright presence in both manufacturing and service sectors.
The business group is manufacturing boards, furniture, plastics, paper, cotton-products, yarn, and jute-products. It is also involved in manufacturing different foods and beverages.
Real estate, textile, shipping, agro-industry, garments, aeromarine logistics are also parts of their businesses.
His sons are now leading three groups: Partex Group, Partex Star Group and Amber Group. They have altogether 60 companies.
MA Hashem, former chairman of the Board of Trustees of North South University, also worked as a director of City Bank Limited and United Commercial Bank.
He also founded the Janata Insurance Company.