Abdul Monem Limited (AML), one of the largest conglomerates of the country, lost its Founder, Abdul Monem this morning. He was 83.

The company Chairman & Managing Director Abdul Monem breathed his last at around 10:00am while undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka. He has earlier suffered a stroke on the 17th of May and left many of his admirers in tears today.

The visionary leader was laid to rest beside his mother’s resting place after Maghrib prayers in the evening at the Madrasa Complex that he has built for the underprivileged people in Brahmanbaria. He left behind his wife, two sons, three daughters, and a host of relatives and admirers to mourn his death.

Abdul Monem was born on January 5 in 1937 in Brahmanbaria. He was a civil engineer by profession. He established Abdul Monem Limited (AML) in 1956 and successfully ran it along with his two sons – ASM Mainuddin Monem and ASM Mohiuddin Monem — working as the deputy managing directors of the company.

Abdul Monem Limited has not only developed a wealth of experience in infrastructure and development project arena, but also became the bottler of Coca Cola, the producer of ice-cream brand Igloo, Igloo milk and dairy products, Igloo food items and snacks, maker of auto bricks and other selected construction materials. The business entity also established AM Sugar Refinery Ltd, AM Rice Bran Oil, AM Securities and Financial Services Ltd, etc. In 2015, Abdul Monem Limited was awarded for developing one of the first private economic zones of the country Abdul Monem Economic Zone (AMEZ) — in Daudkandi, Munshiganj. He was also awarded with the IFAWPCA Gold Medal by the Asian and Western Pacific Contractors’ Associations in recognition of his excellence in construction performance and his contribution to the development of construction technology and management.

The honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Roads and Bridges Minister and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, Prime Minister’s Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman Fazlur Rahman, Law Minister Anisul Huq, State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President Hasanul Huq Inu and General Secretary Shirin Akhter among others expressed deep shock and condoled the death of Abdul Monem.

Abdul Monem, one of the greatest entrepreneurs of the country, poured his heart into the people’s welfare and his legacy will live on forever. May his soul rest in peace!