Mohammad Mosaddak Ali

Mohammad Mosaddak Ali (born 7 April 1960[1]) (also known as Phalu) is a Bangladeshi entrepreneur and a politician[2] who was a former parliamentarian from Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).[3] He served as the political secretary to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Begum Khaleda Zia between 2001 and 2004.[4] He was responsible for building special relations and partnership for development between the government and the private sector that is interested in investing in new and highly potential industrial sectors, and introducing new products and services to local industries, at a time when Bangladesh's economic growth accelerated. In 2003, Ali launched Bangladesh's first automation-based private satellite television station NTV. He also founded another satellite channel RTV and Bengali daily newspaper Amar Desh. He is the founding President of Association of Television Channel Owners (ATCO).[5]

Mohammad Mosaddak Ali
মোহাম্মদ মোসাদ্দেক আলী
Mosaddek Ali Falu Photo.jpg
Born (1960-04-07) 7 April 1960 (age 59)
Dhaka, East Pakistan, Pakistan
NationalityBangladeshi
EducationBA (Hon's)
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka
OccupationBusiness
Years active2001-2006
Known forBusinessman
Home townDhaka
TitleChairman and Managing Director, International Television Channel Ltd (NTV), Chairman of MAH Securities Limited, Chairman of DhakaShanghai Ceramics Limited, Chairman of Roza Properties, Chairman of Roza Agro Limited and Chairman of Roza Industrial Park Limited
Board member ofUnion Insurance Company Limited, Rakeen Development Co. (BD) Limited, SM Abashon Limited., Ashlaoy Housing and Development Limited., Star Porcelain Limited
Spouse(s)Mahbuba Sultana
ChildrenRoza Ali
Parent(s)Alhaj Abdul Mannan (father) and Mrs. Ramon Bibi (mother)
Websitewww.mosaddakali.com

Early life and educationEdit

Ali was born on 7 April 1960. His father Alhaj Abdul Mannan was a businessman and social worker and mother Mrs Ramon Bibi a housewife and they had six children. Mosaddak Ali is the youngest one of them. He is married to Mahbuba Sultana and the couple has one daughter, Roza Ali. He started his school life at Don Junior High School (which was closed down during the war 1971) and he then went to Shahjahanpur Railway Colony High School. He had completed his bachelor's degree (with honours) under the University of Dhaka in 1980.

Political careerEdit

 
Ali with Mother Teresa at Zia International Airport in Dhaka (1991)

Ali joined politics in 1979 and played an active role in anti-autocracy movement in the 1980s. He was the private secretary (1991 to 1996)[citation needed] to Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia. From 1996 to 2001, Ali was political secretary of the BNP Chairperson and leader of the opposition of parliament.[citation needed]

When Khaleda Zia was sworn in as Prime Minister in 2001,[6] Ali was appointed her political secretary, a position he held until he resigned for contesting a by-election in Dhaka in 2004.[citation needed] The BNP central committee later declared Ali as vice president.[7] Though he has already resigned[8] from the position, his name is still there as vice president in central committee. Ali continued to be a close aide of Khaleda Zia after Zia and Ali were released from prison and the caretaker regime ended. He was selected into the advisory council, now consisting of 32 members,[9] following the Fifth National Council of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party.[10][11][12]

Member of ParliamentEdit

The BNP nominated Ali as its candidate for Dhaka-10 (Ramna-Tejgaon) by-polls, and he won the election.[13] Ali took oath as Member of Parliament (MP) from the then Speaker Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar on 3 July 2004. As an MP, he immediately became active in parliament. In light of Khaleda's two-way loyalty strategy[14] Ali was allowed to contest for the 2004 by-election of the Dhaka-10 constituency when BNP parliamentarian M A Mannan's defection to Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh meant that the seat was vacant (defection from a political party automatically results in the parliament seat to be vacated under Article 70 of the Constitution[15]).

BusinessEdit

Ali started his business in the mid-1980s establishing Brotherhood Enterprise Ltd. Now he is the Chairman of his own securities company MAH Securities Ltd, a member of Dhaka stock exchange Ltd.[16] His subsequent investments include a joint venture with China for manufacturing ceramics, steel fabrication manufacturing company and healthcare consumer products manufacturing company. Currently, he is the Chairman of Dhaka-Shanghai Ceramics Ltd. He is the Chairman of Roza Properties, Chairman Roza Agro Ltd., Roza Director at Union Insurance Company Ltd., Director at Rakeen Development Co. (Bd) Ltd., Director at SM Aabashon Ltd., Director at Ashlaoy Housing and Development Ltd., Director at Star Porcelain Ltd.[17] and Chairman at Roza Industrial Park Ltd.. Ali is a former Chairman at The Cox Today Limited, former Chairman at Brotherhood Enterprises Limited, former Chairman at Build Trade Structures Ltd., former Chairman at Brotherhood Securities Limited, former Chairman at Build Trade Engineering Limited and former Chairman at Build Trade Color Coat Ltd. He was the former Chairman of International Finance Investment and Commerce Bank Limited (IFIC Bank).

Media businessEdit

NTVEdit

 
Ali along with the country's prominent personalities cutting cake marking the 12th founding anniversary of NTV at its office

Ali is the Chairman and Managing Director Bengali language channel International Television Channel Ltd (NTV), the first Dhaka-based private sector satellite channel with state of the art technology, on 3 July 2003.[1] In its mission statement, NTV says it works with the slogan "Somoyer Sathe Agamir Pothe" (Heading towards the future in keeping with currents of the present), and upholds "Bangla language and culture". It says it believes in fundamental equality of men and women and non-discriminatory role of the state in its treatment of citizens and thus tries to pursue "moralistic journalism". Offering unbiased and comprehensive news and entertainment programs, NTV has established itself as one of the most popular Bengali language TV channels in Bangladesh. It is present in all platforms - TV, Internet and Mobile. NTV, as the first Bangladeshi channel, achieved an ISO 9001-2008 certificate for its “outstanding contribution” to the broadcast management system in 2011. As the Chairman and Managing Director of NTV, Ali launched its operation in the United States of America in 2004, Canada in 2005, the United Kingdom and Europe in 2010, and the United Arab Emirates in 2014 and opened its Australia office in Sydney in 2015. NTV is the worldwide broadcasting TV channel. News, views, photographs, videos, talk shows, dramas, musical programmes, reality shows and fashion shows that all are broadcast by the NTV. NTV are available on the NTV Online website.[18] YouTube, has honoured NTV Online, by awarding it with ‘YouTube Silver Play Button’ trophy for the second time. NTV Online is the first and only Bangladeshi digital outlet that has received the prestigious award from YouTube.[19] Bangladesh Online Media Association (BOMA) awarded NTV Online as the best online portal in Bangladesh for being popular in home and abroad.[20]

RTVEdit

Ali launched in December 2005 his second television channel RTV. He is a former Chairman of RTV, the 1st 24-hour broadcasting TV channel in Bangladesh.[21]

Amar DeshEdit

Ali began publishing Amar Desh, a Bangla daily newspaper, in 2004. He is the founder Chairman of Amar Desh. The newspaper continued its publication even after a fire incident that damaged its office.[22]

Social activitiesEdit

Ali is a member of Dhaka Club, Uttara Club, Kurmitola Golf Club, All Community Club, National Press Club (Bangladesh),[23] Baridhara Cosmopolitan Club, and Dhaka Boat Club. He served as president of Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited, for 23 years.[24] He has founded, under the regulatory control of the Mosaddak Ali Foundation, Abdus Sobhan Madrasa and Orphanage; Ramon Bibi Women Madrasa and Orphanage; Abdul Mannan Degree College, Savar, Dhaka; Shishu Swastho Kendra (Mother and Child Health Centre) Savar, Dhaka; and Mahbuba Child Care Savar, Dhaka.

ControversiesEdit

Following the resignation of Iajuddin Ahmed's caretaker government in January 2007 and the ascension of an army-backed caretaker government, Ali was among the first of many to be arrested on corruption charges - he was arrested on 5 February 2007.[25][2][4] He was detained when many politicians were arrested. Reporters Without Borders mentioned his name in its report that expressed "Concerns over unfair arrests" after an anti-corruption drive.[26] He was then charged with misuse of the government's relief materials and was jailed for five years in the case. The High Court declared his detention illegal and he was released from the jail.[27] The High Court halted graft cases against Ali. The Supreme Court upheld the High Court verdict that acquitted him from relief embezzlement charges. He was in penal institution[2][4] on grounds of sleaze[2] between 2007 and 2008.[2] And HC upholds Ali's acquittal in relief scam case.[28] The probe committee of the 2011 share market scam in Bangladesh identified Ali among the 20 individuals involved in masterminding the scam to their personal benefits;[29][30] The Chairman of the investigation committee, Khondokar Ibrahim Khaled denied the allegation. Specific evidences were available against Falu according to the report.[29] The probe committee found Falu, among others, to operate multiple omnibus accounts used to perform the chicanery.[31] However, the Finance Minister AMA Muhith stated that the state would neither disclose the names of the accused officially nor take punitive measures without further investigation.[29]

BooksEdit

As an author Ali write seven books. The books are:

  • Sohoj Hajj Niyomaboli (2002)
  • Al Quran-er Drishtite Manobjibon (2008)
  • Al-Lulu Wal Marjan (2012)
  • Somriddhir Pothe Bangladesh (2002)
  • Somriddhi, Unnoyon O Utpadone Bangladesh (2004)
  • Unnoyone Bangladesh (2005)
  • Somriddho Bangladesh (2006)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Profile of Top Management". NTV. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Falu stripped of division for hospital meet". The Daily Star. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  3. ^ "List of Members of 8th Parliament of Bangladesh Jatiyo Sangsad" (PDF). Bangladesh Parliament. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 August 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  4. ^ a b c Affairs, National Democratic Institute for International (11 February 2007). "NDI Election Watch Bangladesh" (PDF). National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. p. 2. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Association of Television Channel Owners (ATCO)". bd-directory.com.
  6. ^ "Khaleda Zia sworn in as PM". The Hindu. 11 October 2001.
  7. ^ "BNP names executive, standing body members". The Daily Observer. 7 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Falu steps down as BNP vice chairman". Dhaka Tribune. 6 August 2016.
  9. ^ Suman, Rakib Hasnet (14 August 2010). "Falu seeks to quit his job". The Daily Star. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  10. ^ "New Committee". Bangladesh Nationalist Party. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  11. ^ "History of Bangladesh Nationalist Party". real nationalist. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  12. ^ "Khaleda says juma prayers at Al-Masjid al-Haram". bdnews24.com. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  13. ^ "Alliance picks Falu, Momin for by-polls". The Daily Star. Retrieved 12 May 2004.
  14. ^ "Thomas termed Khaleda lazy, Tarique notorious". Daily Sun. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  15. ^ "Constitution of the People's Republic of Bangladesh" (PDF). International Relations and Security Network. 4 November 1972. pp. Article 70. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  16. ^ "MAH Securities Ltd". Dhaka Stock Exchange.
  17. ^ "Star Porcelain Pvt. Ltd". Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI).
  18. ^ "NTV Online". NTV.
  19. ^ "YouTube rewards NTV again". NTV. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  20. ^ অনলাইন মিডিয়া এখন বাস্তবতা: ইকবাল সোবহান. bdnews24.com (in Bengali). Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  21. ^ "Uphold national heritage, culture President tells RTV launching programme". The Daily Star. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  22. ^ "Bangladesh newspaper closed down". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
  23. ^ "Permanent member list". National Press Club (Bangladesh). Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  24. ^ "MSC to go limited". The Daily Star. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  25. ^ "Bangladesh politicians sent to jail for a month". Dawn. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  26. ^ "Concerns over unfair arrests after anti-corruption drive". Reporters Without Borders. Retrieved 13 March 2007.
  27. ^ "Falu freed on bail". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 22 December 2008.
  28. ^ "HC upholds Falu's acquittal in relief scam case". The Daily Star. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  29. ^ a b c Karim, Anwarul (8 April 2011). "Probe report mentions 20 masterminds of stock-market scam". Banglanews24.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  30. ^ "Further probe needed before action: Muhith". New Age. 9 April 2011. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  31. ^ Rejaul Karim Byron; Md Fazlur Rahman (9 April 2011). "Finger pointed at 60 individuals". The Daily Star. Retrieved 14 October 2011.