This just in! Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the national flag carrier of the country of Bangladesh has signed a 1.265 billion dollar deal with Boeing to buy eight of their latest state-of-the-art jets!
Suppose this is the first time you ever heard about the country. What will the piece of news make you think of it? You are most likely to assume that the country is one of those small but rich nations, having vast mineral resources, or perhaps a promising tourism industry. People running around in Mercedes-Benzs.
You couldn’t be more wrong.
The third world nation burdend with poverty, over-population and corruption has decided to spend over a billion dollars of their tax payers’ money to buy some new jets for its national flag carrier, which has been recently turned into a public limited company, with bureaucrats in its board of directors. The same billion dollar that could make the lives of the greater percentage of its 140 million population living in poverty a little better, provide free public health facilities, strengthen the educational system, set up new power plants or at least make its pollution-stricken capital city Dhaka a little more habitable. But somehow the need of the people to fly around in jets supervened.
Mismanagement and corruption clipped the wings of Biman. And the same top-level management responsible for it are still running the show. Bangladesh refuses to do what the superpower USA had to do: shut down its flag carrier Pan Am for running into huge losses.
Am I the only one who is bothered? May be I am getting too edgy. I should take a Boeing out of the country and relax.