‘Take care of this legacy, do not tar­nish it’

New Straits Times - - News -

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.

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