Popular Bangladeshi songstress, Somnur Monir Konal, is set to establish a welfare trust in memory of her father Monir Hossain Montu, who recently died of Covid-19.
She made the announcement at the National Press Club on Saturday, at a doa mahfil organised in memory of Monir Hossain Montu by Kuwaiti Returnees' Get-Together Celebration Committee, 2020.
Konal said, "My father was a politician and philanthropist who dedicated his life to the welfare of the society. Both in Kuwait and Bangladesh, our doors were always open for those in need, and my father's heart was also always open for people.
"For Bangladeshi expatriates in Kuwait, our home would turn into a hub for get-togethers every Thursday and Friday. My father would stand by all expatriate Bangladeshis, in good times and bad," she added.
She said, "I hope my brother and I will be able to carry on my father's good deeds and keep his legacy alive. Therefore, I intend to establish a social welfare trust in my father's memory, to provide financial support to the poor, needy and helpless members of society."
Addressing the memorial meeting, Secretary to Railways Ministry Md Salim Reza said, "Montu Bhai was my soul mate. His departure at such an early age is an irreparable loss for the country.
"Montu Bhai's capacity to organize was incredible. He founded many organisations to cater to the needs of Bangladeshis in Kuwait. He was the first to organise a gathering of 25,000 Bangladeshis in Kuwait in 2000, bringing 14 cultural organisations under a single platform. He never visited the Bangladesh embassy in Kuwait for his own benefit, other than to seek support for expatriate Bangladeshis," he added.
Presided over by Convener of Kuwaiti Returnees' Get-Together Committee Habibur Rahman, the meeting was attended by Konal's mother Sayma Monir Minu, younger brother Muinul Hossain Arko, husband Manjur Quader Zia, and her aunt Zakia Parveen.
Also, in attendance were family members of the deceased, and leaders and activists of various social and cultural entities.
Monir Hossain died of Covid-19 at a private hospital in the capital on September 10. He served at the Ministry of Interior in Kuwait, and was involved with various socio-cultural organisations of Bangladeshi expatriates in Kuwait.