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Dr. Moosa bin Shamsher the $22-billion man

Dear Editor:
Last week you published an astonishing report by Nick Beams that’s presently sweeping through the world media from its roots in London. (The Holiday, page 4; 25th January 2019).
The report was entitled “27 billionaires control as much wealth as the poorest half of humanity” and was based on the world’s financial elite who met in Davos, Switzerland.
This is how it has always been and there will never be any change. Even when the poorer become better off, the richer will become even more rich. The divide between the rich and the poor will always remain.
People should not be criticised for being rich. One section of society being rich, gives the rest an incentive to achieve a similar goal. There is no incentive to achieve greatness in anything if everyone were equal.
Ask any 14-year-old and upwards in Bangladesh who is the richest man in Asia and they will instantly reply “Dr. Moosa bin Shamsher”. Then ask them what is their ambition and they will say, “to become as rich as him”. That is a great incentive for children to study with the hope of achieving similar success.
People who have “real” money generally do not brag about it. Moosa, for example, admitted to an NBR investigation in Dhaka that he had 12-billion dollars held up by a bank in Switzerland. He did not lie. He has 12-billion plus the rest! According to a financial institution in the UK, the amount is 22-billion.
I guess the difference between 12-billion and 22-billion is not a lot to those who have that amount of wealth.
For a Bangladeshi to achieve such status and wealth is a unique, remarkable achievement. The greatness of big men, however, is measured by how they look after little men. It remains to be seen to which category Dr. Moosa bin Shamsher belongs when his 22-billion is released.
There is nothing wrong being rich and powerful. The wrongness generally comes from how it is used.
Dr. Nurul Hamad, PhD.
Mirpur 1, Dhaka

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Dear Editor:
Last week you published an astonishing report by Nick Beams that’s presently sweeping through the world media from its roots in London. (The Holiday, page 4; 25th January 2019).
The report was entitled “27 billionaires control as much wealth as the poorest half of humanity” and was based on the world’s financial elite who met in Davos, Switzerland.
This is how it has always been and there will never be any change. Even when the poorer become better off, the richer will become even more rich. The divide between the rich and the poor will always remain.
People should not be criticised for being rich. One section of society being rich, gives the rest an incentive to achieve a similar goal. There is no incentive to achieve greatness in anything if everyone were equal.
Ask any 14-year-old and upwards in Bangladesh who is the richest man in Asia and they will instantly reply “Dr. Moosa bin Shamsher”. Then ask them what is their ambition and they will say, “to become as rich as him”. That is a great incentive for children to study with the hope of achieving similar success.
People who have “real” money generally do not brag about it. Moosa, for example, admitted to an NBR investigation in Dhaka that he had 12-billion dollars held up by a bank in Switzerland. He did not lie. He has 12-billion plus the rest! According to a financial institution in the UK, the amount is 22-billion.
I guess the difference between 12-billion and 22-billion is not a lot to those who have that amount of wealth.
For a Bangladeshi to achieve such status and wealth is a unique, remarkable achievement. The greatness of big men, however, is measured by how they look after little men. It remains to be seen to which category Dr. Moosa bin Shamsher belongs when his 22-billion is released.
There is nothing wrong being rich and powerful. The wrongness generally comes from how it is used.
Dr. Nurul Hamad, PhD.
Mirpur 1, Dhaka

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