DEN­NIS CHUA looks back at the legacy and stel­lar movie ca­reer of one of the na­tion’s most ver­sa­tile lead­ing men

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

AN iconic ac­tion hero of Malaysian and Sin­ga­porean cin­ema, and per­haps the only other Agent 007, apart from Ian Flem­ing’s James Bond, Tan Sri Jins Shamsuddin, 81, died yes­ter­day.

Jins, who played Agen Je­fri Zain 007 in ac­tion-packed spy movies filmed in Hong Kong in the 1960s, was one of the first Malaysian “se­cret agent men” to grace the sil­ver screen via Malay Film Pro­duc­tions a.k.a. Jalan Am­pas Stu­dio in Sin­ga­pore.

Jins, of Acehnese de­scent, was born on Nov 5, 1935, in Taip­ing, Perak, as Mo­hamed Zain Shamsuddin, and his cin­e­matic men­tor was none other than the late screen and mu­sic leg­end Tan Sri P. Ram­lee.

He has a diploma in Film Tech­nol­ogy from the Lon­don Film School, the United King­dom, and was en­cour­aged by P. Ram­lee to pur­sue act­ing in Sin­ga­pore in the 1950s. He worked hard to mas­ter his craft, and had a stel­lar movie ca­reer, ap­pear­ing in more than 40 films over five decades.

Jins’s best-known films in­clude P. Ram­lee’s Panca De­lima, Di Be­lakang Tabir and Bukan Salah Ibu

Men­gan­dung; the Je­fri Zain se­cret agent films (which were in colour); the his­tor­i­cal Bukit Ke­pong (where he played real-life Sergeant Jamil Mohd Shah, who fought com­mu­nists in Muar, Jo­hor); and, the tear-jerk­ing Esok films of the 1970s, such as Esok Un­tuk Si­apa,

Ti­ada Esok Bag­imu and Esok Masih Ada, which he di­rected. He di­rected and starred in Ali

Se­tan, a mid-1980s ro­man­tic-com­edy, which helped boost the act­ing ca­reers of Fauziah “Ogy” Ah­mad Daud, Azmil Mustapha and the late Izi Yahya.

Singer Datuk Sheila Ma­jid also starred in the film, the first of two in her ca­reer.

Jins’s last block­buster film, in which he played the late Sul­tan Ibrahim of Jo­hor, was 1957 - Hati

Malaya, di­rected by Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba.

He was also a tal­ented lyri­cist and wrote the late Fazi­dah Joned’s Aidil­fitri hit song, Se­la­mat Hari Raya, with its clas­sic line “Se­moga kita berjumpa

lagi” (“May we meet again”).

In 1990, he was made a Datuk by the ninth Yang di-Per­tuan Agong, Sul­tan Azlan Shah of Perak. He was awarded the ti­tle of Tan Sri by the 13th King, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin of Tereng­ganu.

In 2009, the gov­ern­ment hon­oured him with the Sen­i­man Ne­gara ti­tle.

Jins had also served as a se­na­tor and chair­man of the Na­tional Film De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Fi­nas).

He is sur­vived by his wife, Puan Sri Hal­i­jah Ab­dul­lah, and three chil­dren.

His son, Putera Hang Je­bat, said his fa­ther suf­fered breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties af­ter chok­ing while hav­ing tea with their fam­ily, and was ad­mit­ted to a clinic near his home in Hulu Klang. He later died.

He will be buried at the Masjid Al Ridzuan Mus­lim Ceme­tery to­day af­ter prayers held at 11am.


Pho­tos of Tan Sri Jins Shamsuddin through the years.

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