‘Take care of this legacy, do not tarnish it’
KUALA LUMPUR: The late Tan Sri Jins Shamsuddin played various leading roles and had helped nurture a constellation of new stars over his decades-long career.
In his heyday, he had starred in films such as Panca Delima, Di Belakang Tabir, Bukan Salah Ibu Mengandung and Bukit Kepong.
One of his most memorable characters was Jefri Zain, a Malaysian secret agent equivalent to James Bond, in Gerak Kilat films. He later became a director and successfully helmed
the tear-jerking Esok films of the 1970s, such as Esok Untuk Siapa, Tiada Esok Bagimu and Esok Masih Ada.
He helped groom Fauziah “Ogy” Ahmad Daud, Uji Rashid, Hail Amir and the late Latif Ibrahim, among others.
Yesterday, the local entertainment and film fraternity bade a tearful farewell to Jins at his funeral at the Muslim cemetery in Hulu Klang.
Singer Datuk M. Nasir said he admired Jins for being a good actor and film director.
“I have followed his works since I was small, and have always admired his work.
“He was a firm person and put a lot of effort into his work.”
M. Nasir said he respected the late actor’s work ethics.
“Nowadays, there are new filming methods. But I’m sure without the old methods, the new ones could not have been developed.”
National laureate Datuk A. Samad Said said our nation had lost someone who was at the root of the local film industry.
“I’m disappointed that Jins was not awarded with more national honours.
“Many of those who have initiated new culture after our independence have been forgotten.
“Nowadays, art and culture are not valued, and this worries me. Jins’s contributions were enormous in the film industry.
“He moulded the industry to what it is now,” he said.
One of Jins’s son, Putera Hang Nadim, said among the words of his late father that stuck with him was to never tarnish his reputation.
“My dad once said: ‘I’ve worked hard to be who I am today. Take care of this legacy, do not tarnish it.’”
About 1,000 people including relatives, friends and celebrities paid their last respects to Jins at his funeral.
Among them were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, producer Datuk Yusof Haslam, National Film Development Corporation Malaysia director-general Datuk Fauzi Ayob and actress Noor Kumalasari.