July 2, 2022

The Bangladesh High Commission in Brunei Darussalam has screened a documentary on the life and work of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on September 28, marking her 74th birthday.

The screening programme at the chancery premises began in the afternoon with recitations of Al-Quran, followed by a welcome speech by the Head of Chancery, according to media report.

Newly appointed High Commissioner Nahida Rahman Shumona attended the programme virtually from a mandatory quarantine facility as she had returned to Brunei Darussalam to join her new office on September 23, said officials concerned.

With the presence of several diplomats, officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and members of the Bangladeshi community in Brunei Darussalam at the chancery, the high commission screened Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale, which depicted the life of Sheikh Hasina, the longest-serving Prime Minister.

The Centre for Research and Information and Applebox jointly produced the film. The film covers the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, along with most of his family members on August 15, 1975. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana were the only survivors of the carnage.

Nahida Rahman Shumona spoke about the life-long struggle of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for the independence of Bangladesh.

She also made a brief sketch on how Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina uplifted Bangladesh to a middle-income country despite having myriads of global and local challenges.

The programme closed with prayers for the Prime Minister and her family.

Brunei has been an important destination for Bangladeshi migrant workers who began to work there since 1992, according to data of the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training.

About 30,000 Bangladeshi workers are currently working in Brunei, mostly in the construction sector.

However, rackets of brokers remain involved in the process of recruitment, putting the migrant workers in vulnerabilities in the country.

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