Sufi Mizan: A hawker for social service
Published: 07:56 PM, 22 February 2020 Updated: 07:59 PM, 22 February 2020
In the year 1999, three patients brought to Mount Hospital. As soon as they brought to the hospital, doctors and nurses rushed to their treatment. When asked the manager, he said “they are the workers of the then PHP Group (now PHP Family) of Sufi Mizan. He directs if any staff of his company gets sick and admitted, immediate treatment must be given”.
After then, I heard the name of Sufi Mizan first. The next day, I saw fruits coming from the factory and foods are being sent from home to cabin-cabin for the patients. At the same time, there is constant supervision.
It got me really surprised that when many employees of some of the country’s most renowned corporate organizations get sick, the company doesn’t take such good care where Sufi Mizan is providing VVIP treatment for injured workers!
In the year 2000, when the authorities of Mount Diagnostic Center, located beside Mount Hospital, could not provide Eid bonus to the 60 staff due to financial instability — a representative of Sufi Mizan came with help and gave financial assistance to the staff of the diagnostic center. After getting the Eid cost for their families, everyone gets happy with tears of joy and gratitude.
Sufi Mizan, also known as Sufi Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, chairman of the PHP Family, recently awarded Ekushey Padak in Social Service. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over the award to him at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital on February 20.
After getting the nomination for Ekushey Padak, I went to the PHP Family office in Chattogram to congratulate him where I was accompanied by Mohammed Mohsin, the older son of Sufi Mizan and vice president of the company.
When talking with him, he told many untold stories about him, about his vision and ideology. At one point, he told: “Learn to love people, you will find God among human beings.”
Starting the career with a monthly salary of only Tk 100 at Jalal Jute Mill in Narayanganj is now the best businessman and entrepreneur in the country.
After passing intermediate, he went to Chattogram with a job in the then National Bank of Pakistan (now Sonali Bank Limited) in 1965. Immediately after independence, he started his business where his capital was only Tk 1143. And now his PHP Family investing millions of money which is an inspiration to the young generation.
When talking with him, he said that in order to establish, you must grow the ‘truth’ in yourself. “If you want to please the creator, you have to be a good person. The more you work for the people, the bigger you will become,” he said.
Born on March 12, 1943, at Kanchan village in Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj district, Sufi Mohammed Mizanur Rahman completed his secondary education in 1961 from Bharat Chandra School and higher secondary in 1963 from Tolaram College in Narayanganj. Later, he graduated from Dhaka Univerity with a B.com degree.
PHP is currently investing in more than 24 sectors in the country. These include — steel, fisheries, stocks and securities, power generation plants, continuous galvanizing mills, shipping agency, flat glass, latex and rubber production, terminal and distribution, properties, petro refinery, agro product, University of Information Technology and Science, cold storage, ship breaking and recycling, oversees hospital, hospitals, airlines, electric and automobiles.