TEAR­FUL FAREWELL FOR AC­TION HERO

Stars pay trib­ute to an out­stand­ing ac­tor, screen­writer, di­rec­tor, pro­ducer and lyri­cist

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THE late leg­endary ac­tor Tan Sri Jins Shamsuddin, who died at 81 on Wed­nes­day, loved cam­eras as they were important in­stru­ments in film­mak­ing.

Dur­ing his five-decade en­ter­tain­ment ca­reer, he man­aged to col­lect dozens of cam­eras for work and for his hobby — pho­tog­ra­phy.

Pro­ducer Datuk Yu­sof Haslam, an old friend of Jins, said: “His cam­era col­lec­tion is quite im­pres­sive. He told me that af­ter he dies, the film in­dus­try could turn it into a mini mu­seum, not only to honour his achieve­ments, but also to honour film­mak­ers.

“He said the growth of movies was in tan­dem with the growth of a cam­era’s de­sign. That was why he kept abreast with all as­pects of cin­e­matog­ra­phy.”

Yu­sof hoped the film in­dus­try would honour Jins be­fit­tingly, as he was the coun­try’s first ma­jor ac­tion hero and was an out­stand­ing screen­writer, di­rec­tor, pro­ducer and lyri­cist.

“Like Tan Sri P. Ram­lee, Jins will be re­mem­bered as an il­lus­tri­ous son of Malaysian cin­ema.

“He also cham­pi­oned the well­be­ing of artistes through his in­volve­ment in artiste as­so­ci­a­tions and as a se­na­tor rep­re­sent­ing the in­dus­try.”

When asked about his ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with Jins, Yu­sof said his men­tor was a strict dis­ci­plinar­ian.

“He en­cour­aged film­mak­ers and artistes to get a good ed­u­ca­tion to be more ef­fec­tive in their work.

“He wanted to see Malaysian movies go global. The emer­gence of young and tal­ented film­mak­ers, whose works went over­seas, de­lighted him.”

Yu­sof hoped young film­mak­ers would heed Jins’s ad­vice to keep im­prov­ing them­selves, be pas­sion­ate about mak­ing world-class movies, and never for­get their roots af­ter achiev­ing suc­cess.

Vet­eran singer Datuk D.J. Dave re­called work­ing with Jins in the 1980s movie Menanti Hari Esok.

“I was a singer in the movie, and saw how Jins worked.

“He was very strict with his ac­tors, but once the movie wrapped up, he was a gen­tle­man.”

Dayang Sulu, who has also ap­peared in films di­rected by Jins, agreed, say­ing “he tol­er­ated no non­sense on set”.

“We had to be tidy, po­lite, punc­tual and well-dressed”.

Film­mak­ers Datuk Rahim Razali and Oth­man Haf­sham said Jins’s death marked the pass­ing of a “titan” in the in­dus­try.

The late ac­tor’s son, Putera Hang Je­bat, said his fa­ther had set high stan­dards for ac­tors, and en­cour­aged his chil­dren to be well-ed­u­cated.

“He al­ways said it’s good to be well-ed­u­cated be­cause ed­u­ca­tion adds value to one’s even­tual pro­fes­sion.

“He prac­tised what he preached by tak­ing film­mak­ing cour­ses in Lon­don, the United King­dom.”

An­other son of his, Putera Hang Nadim, thanked all who at­tended his fa­ther’s fu­neral at the Mus­lim ceme­tery in Hulu Klang yes­ter­day.

“My fa­ther loved his work and was sel­dom at home.

“But when he was, he paid a keen in­ter­est in our aca­demic progress and en­cour­aged us to do our best.”

Tan Sri Jins Shamsuddin’s widow, Puan Sri Hal­i­jah Ab­dul­lah, pour­ing rose wa­ter onto his grave at the Mus­lim ceme­tery in Hulu Klang yes­ter­day.

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BY BER­NAMA Tan Sri Jins Shamsuddin

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