Ahammad Parvej Khan
Participation of business people in the national parliament elections can be considered a positive gesture.
Analysts made the statement while adding, businesspeople would have the opportunity to build a more economically enriched country, and contribute further to employment generation and eradication of poverty.
Analysts said business people bear a very strong and constructive sense of economic and national development as a whole because they are already contributing through employment generation and paying huge amounts in tax to the national exchequer. So, if they have policy-making power they will be able to contribute significantly in socio-economic development.
A good number of businessmen and trade body leaders are competing for Member of Parliament (MP) posts in the ensuing national election, among them are former President of BGMEA and currently President of Exporters Association of Bangladesh (EAB), Abdus Salam Murshedy who had been elected MP uncontested from Khulna-4 Constituency, President of Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI), Selima Ahmad, former FBCCI President and Vice-Chairman of Beximco Group. Salman F Rahman, Tipu Munshi, former FBCCI president, and Yousuf Abdullah Harun.
Eminent economist Professor Dr. Abul Barakat told Bangladesh post that not only are businessmen becoming politicians, but politicians as well are becoming businessmen in the country, and it’s a common tendency.
Businessmen in our country try to be involved in politics due to separate reasons, sometimes it may be that they need to hold political power to sustain their businesses or wider expansion, if the motive is like this, it is not a good sign, but if they have the thinking of doing overall development of the country, it is good.
“Our career politicians who pass at least 15 to 20 years in their political career, directly or indirectly become involved in business, but then their major effort goes to business instead of politics and that is harmful for their respective parties”, Barakat said.
He mentioned that among the winners in the national election of ‘Juktafront’ in 1954, only 4 percent were businessmen and rest 96 percent were from independent professions, although presently there is no representation of independent professionals in the national parliament. Now you can see a Doctor, an Engineer or a Teacher also becoming businessmen at times.
President of Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI), Md. Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin told Bangladesh Post, business, politics and economy all are interdependent, but the ultimate goal is to serve the nation and ensure its development. So, if businessmen become politicians or vice versa, there is nothing harmful.
“But I believe everyone has to perform their duties with full honesty and patriotism, and only then they will be able to earn the trust of people, and in politics, the trust of people is most important,” Mohiuddin added.
He felt that as businessmen usually become economically solvent, they will have no tendency to misuse or defalcate government money, but rather be attentive to economic development.
President of Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BWCCI), Selima Ahmad, a candidate for Member of Parliament in the upcoming national polls, told Bangladesh Post, business leaders are usually successful in their respective fields, so if elected, they must contribute positively in the country’s development.
We are already involved in social development process through creating employment opportunities and paying taxes to the national exchequer, so we have opportunity to enter into politics through our social responsibilities. I believe that serving people in a wider range will be easier, if elected as a people’s representative,” Selima Ahmed said.
Citing the example of late City Mayor, Annisul Huq, she believed that if there is honesty, worthiness and commitment, the businessmen who are involving in politics, will do much better.