Air Ambulance to Singapore

Mr. Zillur Rahman, The President of Bangladesh, recently passed away while undergoing treatment in Singapore. May his soul rest in peace. His role as a trusted lieutenant to Bangabandhu Mujib and later to Mujib daughter Sheikh Hasina is laudable. He was rewarded for his loyalty, specially for staying loyal to tradition during post 1/11 days.  He was a better human being than most in political scene in Bangladesh.

He also is the first sitting President of Bangladesh who could die a normal death. He however is the 3rd Rahman who could become president and is the 3rd one to die a president of Bangladesh, as both other Rahmans who could become President also died in office. This reason of this post, however, is not to speculate who would become the next President of Bangladesh. Phantombd is there to do these sort of speculations.

air ambulance

This blogger wants to use this occasion also to bring back to memory another post he did 7 years ago. The post is over the fold.

Our sick President was flown to Singapore for further treatment. One news told he was in coma, one news told he had chest pain. But there has been no clear press briefing from a medical person about the real conditions.

Last week co-blogger Shafiur mentioned that Communist Party  leader Saifuddin Ahmed Manik was also in Singapore for treatment.

What a testimony to our healthcare system! Even our head of the state don’t have the trust in our healthcare system and travel to foreign land for for an emergency critical treatment.

Our prime minister goes to Saudi Arabia for her knee treatment.

Our opposition leader goes to Singapore for treatment of her ear injury.

And every hour, hundreds of thousands of people die in Bangladesh with diseases which were easily preventable.

Recently I wrote a post about the remedy of our politicians’ power lust.

One remedy was to bar government leadership and politicians, law makers from going abroad for treatment.

That will help in multi-prong way.

1. One our leadership will be sincere in cleaning the mess in healthcare sector in Bangladesh.
2. Leadership positions hopefully will be less tempting
3. According to good old friend rafiq ahmed, it will help in this way, ” Actually another net benefit of barring medical treatment abroad, or forcing treatment at home, is to allow government officials to die natural deaths, ther by cleansing the system a little at a time”. I like this one.



  1. More than that I think it will save the Bangladeshi tax payers a lot of their hard earned money. Can we please make sure that the next President is not sick person ( I mean physically)? And how about an upper age limit of some sort ?
    I don’t really care if it is not a “Rahman”.

  2. There are two groups of doctors (?) here: the DAB (Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh) and SWACHIP (Swadhinata Chikitsok Parisad). The former is a BNP wing and the latter is AL wing. They control the total health system of the counntry whatever their qualification or expertise may be. Our head of govt knows well how much dependable they are because they have been placed in high posts not for their expertise, experience and skill but for their servile allegiance to their parent party. That’s why our heads of govt cannot rely on them and choose to go abroad. As the common people, who cares? Let the wretched people die. They are no longer wanted after the election. That’s it.

  3. It’s joke. Their children study abroad, they park their money in foreign banks, they have second homes abroad in case?????? Bangladesh is their factory to syphon money. When they talk politics, they talk from both sides of their mouth.


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