Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said she has been working for the socio-economic improvement of Bangladesh risking her life.
“Taking the death in the grip and risking life, I have been working for the change of the fate of the people through socioeconomic improvement. I’m trying to govern the country with utmost honesty,” she said.
Hasina, also the Leader of the House came up with the remarks while responding to question in parliament during the Prime Minister’s Question Time.
She was responding to a question by Fakhrul Imam who also greeted Hasina as she has been chosen as one of the top honest leaders of the world by research firm of global politics.
People’s and Politics has ranked the Bangladesh premier the 3rd among five in its list of honest global leaders.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel topped the list of the honest leaders of 173 countries. She has got 90 out of 100. The Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, stood second with 88.
Hasina secured the 3rd position in the list with 87 score. Securing 85 Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg stood 4th in the list and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, who has got 81, stands in the fifth place in the list.
Hasina said she doesn’t care what she got and what she didn’t get or who recognized her and who didn’t.
“My thoughts go around as to how much work I could do for changing the fate of the people,” she said.
“I don’t think about what amount of money and property I have … money and property don’t exist forever as man is mortal. They will have to go leaving all things.”
Hasina said the human beings don’t understand and they suffer from anxiety for the greed of property. “It’s their natural instinct and those who could keep it under control can give the country and the people to something,”
“We’ve come here to give. We’ve given blood and lost parents and brothers …. I’ve risked my life so that Bangladesh is developed and prosperous as an independent country and moves on the world stage by keeping its head high,” she added.
Thanking the organisation which published the list, Hasina said it has enhanced the dignity of the country. “It’s a big achievement for me,” she said.
Hasina said the list would have been different if it compared the number of population between Bangladesh and the countries from which the other leaders have been placed.
“Over 16 crore people live in our little territory of 55,598 square miles area. Moreover, they haven’t lost their parents and near and dear ones and they were not tortured and not indicted in false cases,” the PM said, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
Hasina added they didn’t become a victim of the grenade attack or face threat through planting of a 76-kg bomb. “Attempts on my life were made time and again. If they could face such a threat, they would stay in the house much earlier,” she said.
The prime minister said the continuity of democracy was disrupted in Bangladesh many times.
“We had to wage movement for restoration of democracy and the country is now marching forward through the practice of democracy,” she said.
About the corruption, the she said the whole body is infected if head gets rotten. “As the head remains well, so we could cure wounds from the body,” she said.