Bangladeshi community marks Historic March 7 Speech Day

Izah Azahari

The High Commission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Brunei Darussalam commemorated the March 7 speech of the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman yesterday.

The High Commissioner-designate of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to Brunei Darussalam Nahida Rahman Shumona began the programme by hoisting the flag in the chancery premises, followed with a recitation of Al-Quran verses prior to the reading of messages of the President and the Prime Minister on the Historic March 7 Speech Day.

Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office of Brunei, Charge d’Affaires of Turkey and Timor-Leste embassies, academics, artists, civil society, local elites and Bangladeshi expatriates in Brunei were also present.

Before screening the historic speech of Bangabandhu, the high commissioner-designate said that Bangladesh’s Father of the Nation led the people of Bangladesh to independence in 1971 and delivered a speech at a large gathering at Ramna Race Course, Dhaka, on March 7, 1971.

UNESCO has recognised the speech as part of the World’s Documentary Heritage. The address has been included in the Memory of the World International Register – a list of the world’s important documentary heritage maintained by UNESCO.

The high commissioner-designate told the audience that with hard work and a visionary leadership, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, has been transforming Bangladesh into a Golden Bengal – the long-cherished dream of Bangabandhu.

High Commissioner-designate of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to Brunei Darussalam Nahida Rahman Shumona places a bouquet before a portrait of Father of the Nation of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. PHOTO: HIGH COMMISSION OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF BANGLADESH IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM