I am a Sylhet man, claimed former Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith. There is a receipt rule. I am honored to earn Sylhet City Corporation’s highest distinction. Such a distinction in one’s own hometown. I bow my head before the majesty of the one who is honoring me. Please accept my apologies for any errors I may have made.

He delivered the remarks in front of the traditional Ali Amjad watch house in Sylhet on Wednesday night (March 16th), after receiving the highest honor from the Sylhet City Corporation in celebration of his lifetime achievement.

Abul Maal Abdul Muhith was greeted by a band of Sylhet Metropolitan Police when he arrived at the site around 8 p.m. The mayor, councilors, and other city authorities then presented him with flowers on the stage. The gold-plated Radhapalika of the centenary Ali Amjad’s watch was formally handed up to him as a remembrance of merit by Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury.

In his remarks, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith reflected on the past. He explained, “We are 14 brothers and sisters.” You’re aware that I’m one of the country’s oldest residents. In January of this year, I became six years old. I am grateful to Allah Almighty for blessing me with a long life. What can one say in such a situation? One is to discuss preparation. Another option is to make a comment in light of the current situation. I went with the second option. It is, of course, more reminiscent. Reminiscing will be easy for me.

He emphasized contrasting characteristics of city living from rural life in his childhood reminiscences. The joyous, independent days of childhood, according to Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, were highly enjoyable. Today, I’d like to express my gratitude to you all for the good memories of those days. I was born in Sylhet surroundings. I matured. I feel honored to have been born in this city. Many wise guys will be born here. Today I am a visitor in Sylhet. It’s a point of pride. I am honored to get such recognition in my hometown.

“I am grateful to my hometown,” he remarked, referring to Sylhet as a traditional center of social harmony. To preach Islam, Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) came to Sylhet. He is responsible for the conversion of the majority of us to Islam. I’ve been practicing my religion. Other religions’ niceties are similarly honored here. Religious harmony is a long-standing tradition.

On behalf of civic society, the Vice-Chancellor of North East University presented a welcome speech. Biswas, Elias Uddin Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury’s written statement was read out by City Corporation Chief Executive Officer MLA Roy Chowdhury.

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