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Dhaka Tribune

Saudi man uses his life savings to save Bangladeshi expat

Update : 30 Jul 2013, 01:33 PM

A Saudi man used his life savings, and borrowed on top of what he already had, to save the life of a seriously ill Bangladeshi worker he hired illegally while visiting the Gulf kingdom to perform Hajj, reported the Arabic newspaper Okaz.

The daily described what Abdullah Al Rouqi had done for his worker as "a rare case of faithfulness," adding that the Bangladeshi was suffering from a brain tumour and had been in hospital for more than three months.

According to Okaz, Mahboub Al Alam underwent two surgeries and that Rouqi had already paid nearly Saudi Riyal 80,000, including SR20,000 he had saved and SR30,000 he borrowed.

The rest of the money was raised through donations from friends and relatives of the Saudi man, who is a resident of the western town of Huda Al Cham.

Rouqi illegally hired Abdullah nearly seven years ago after Mahboub performed Hajj.

When the government announced a general amnesty for illegal immigrants this year, Rouqi tried to give him a legal job but tests showed that Mahboub had brain cancer.

"I am now trying to borrow and raise more money as he needs treatment after the two operations"¦ I have an ethical responsibility towards this faithful man and my conscience does not allow me to abandon this responsibility,"" Rouqi said.

"I need help now that I have spent all my life savings"¦ we need help from all benevolent people to finance the treatment of this man,"" he added.

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