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Muhibur Rahman, first mayor of Bengali origin of the Leighton Linslade

By Ansar Ahmed Ullah

Syed Muhibur Rahman has been appointed as the Mayor of Leighton -Linslade Council, Bedfordshire. He is the first Mayor of Bengali origin in Leighton Buzzard.

In May this year, he officially took over as the Mayor. Before that he served as the Deputy Mayor. In 2006, Syed Muhibur Rahman was elected as the first Asian Conservative Party Councillor from Grovebury Ward. Syed Muhibur Rahman is involved with British mainstream politics as well as many social-cultural and charity organisations. He is associated with the Greater Sylhet Education Trust and is the Vice President of Habiganj District Association in Britain. In the early part of this year, he was also elected president of the Luton North Rotary Club.

The new Mayor of Leighton-Linslade has pledged to focus his energies on encouraging job-creating business activities and ensuring infrastructure projects to keep pace with the demands of the town’s growing population. He said, ‘My heart is in Leighton Buzzard, as I have spent most of my life here. Moving to the town was coincidence-luck-but it is my destiny to be here.’

Syed Muhibur Rahman arrived in Britain in 1980s. Prior to that in 1970s he had gone to Germany following his graduation in Bangladesh. After coming to the UK in 1985 he started a restaurant business in Leighton Buzzard. He is a successful man in his personal life, married with a daughter and two sons. His wife works for the NHS, while his only daughter Syeda Pamela Rahman, works as Assistant Director at the Home Office. His eldest son Syed Hasinur Rahman is a teacher and his youngest son is studying at the Luton Sixth Form College.

Syed Muhibur Rahman, was born in Daud Nagar Sahib Bari in Sayestaganj Upazilla of Habiganj. Syed Muhibur Rahman’s grandfather, Syed Obaidur Rahman served as an Honorary Magistrate in Sylhet during the British rule. Former Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain was his grandfather and former Chief Justice Syed Modasser was his uncle.


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