The Passing of a Legendary Actor, Director and Film Maker–Tan Sri Dr. Jins Shamsuddin

March 3, 2017

The Passing of a Legendary Actor, Director and Film Maker–Tan Sri Dr. Jins Shamsuddin

Approximately 1,000 people turned today up to bid farewell to legendary actor Jins Shamsuddin at his funeral.

According to Bernama, family members, fellow artistes and friends converged at the cemetery to pay their last respects to the Malay film hero.

The late movie veteran was buried at 10.30am at the Masjid Al Ridhuan cemetery, Hulu Kelang, after preparations at his residence in Kampung Pasir and prayers at the mosque.

Utusan Online reported that veterans in the entertainment field, such as DJ Dave, Norman Hakim, Yusof Haslam, Ahmad Nawab, Fauzi Ayob, Zaiton Sameon and M Nasir, were present. Also present at the cemetery was Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri.

Jins, 81, died yesterday at a clinic in Taman Melawati, according to his son Putera Hang Jebat. Putera Hang Jebat said his father complained of difficulty breathing when having tea at home and was rushed to the clinic at 5.45pm.

Jins leaves behind a wife, Halijah Abdullah and three sons, Jefri Jins, Putera Hang Jebat and Putera Hang Nadim.

‘Strict, but also loving’

Putera Hang Jebat, 30, described his father as a strict disciplinarian when dealing with his children.

“My father was serious about matters involving our education. He was strict, but was also loving,” he told reporters when met at the cemetery, Bernama reported.

Putera Hang Jebat said Jins had always hoped that more local artistes would further their studies in the arts to take the Malaysian arts industry to a higher level.

“My father wanted local artistes to be knowledgeable,” just like him, who has a PhD degree.

Meanwhile, actor Zul Ariffin, 31, described the death of Jins Shamsuddin as a big loss to the Malaysian film industry. “I learned a lot of acting from him, although we never acted together. Jins Shamsuddin is my mentor,” Zul added.

Film hero who became politician

Mohamed Jins Shamsuddin was born on November 5, 1935, in Taiping, Perak. The Malay film hero subsequently went into politics and was a two-term senator, from 2004 to 2011.

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He was awarded the Seniman Negara (National Artiste) by the government in 2009 for his contribution to the development of the Malaysian film industry.

The late actor starred in more than 40 movies, including ‘Sarjan Hassan’, ‘Gerak Kilat’, ‘Si Tanggang’, ‘Bukan Salah Ibu Mengandung’ and ‘Sumpah Wanita’.

Among his directorial efforts are the classics ‘Bukit Kepong’, ‘Ali Setan’, ‘Menanti Hari Esok’, ‘Esok Masih Ada’ and ‘Balada’. Jins career took off in 1950 and lasted until the 70s. In his early years, Jins received the support of national legend P Ramlee.


7 thoughts on “The Passing of a Legendary Actor, Director and Film Maker–Tan Sri Dr. Jins Shamsuddin

  1. LaMoy, Tok Cik, Orang Malaya, Bakri Musa, Conrad and CLF,

    Another member of my generation gone. A few years ago, Kartina Dahari, my favorite singer, left us. Last year, my boyhood friend and Malaysian goalkeeper Yusof Bakar died.

  2. Passing of an icon of Malay films. Al Fatiha. I remember him starring in several,films with Sarimah. Great duo.

  3. I came to this world with a cry, hopefully I will leave with a smile. For birth, aging, sickness and death is a natural process. Nothing we can do about it. So, live in the now and the present, and with a smile. 😊

  4. My dear friend, having seen and dealt with death close hand, it is not the end. It is not dissolution – but a resolution of the sum total of our life. It’s how we go – with a whimper or a bang, the love we leave behind and the realization that we do it alone as in all things Ultimate. We were created ex-nililo and to nihilo we shall return.

    Those of us who truly believe in God, can’t say anything more except to trust and have faith – something unquantifiable.. All double entry accounting is irrelevant and fatuous.

    As our wise friend LaMoy says, the now and present or all we had, was the here and now. Fret not.

  5. I have an “Advance Directive” as part of my will and living trust which spells out my wishes when I am incapable to decide for myself which includes ‘do not resuscitate’ and no intravenous feeding to keep me alive except to ensure my comfort and to reduce pain when I am terminally ill. It also spells out that bury me where I die and in a simple funeral, no markers for the grave and no grieving on my passing.

  6. I don’t have a formal will, like you Semper, but my kids know what i want. I prefer cremation and burial under a sapling – but don’t tell my pastor..!

    The biggest threat to existence is actually cerebral degeneration – like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and so on – and vice versa are conditions like Multiple Sclerosis, Multiple System Atrophy etc where the sentient mind is trapped in a non functioning body..

    Whatever it is, if we are still loafing here parts, we are still very much “Present”. Here’s to all you fellas (guys and gals) who are blessed to grow diamonds and yet ‘rust gracefully’. Just remember to take your multi-varied ‘pharmacopoeia’, okay?:

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