PAYS TRIB­UTE TO P. RAMLEE

New Straits Times - - News -

In the im­age, it high­lighted P. Ramlee, perched on a di­rec­tor’s chair with a music sheet in one hand and a hailer in an­other, as well as a gui­tar by his side.

He passed away on May 29, 1973, at the age of 44 from a heart at­tack and was buried at Jalan Am­pang Mus­lim Ceme­tery.

P. Ramlee, or his real name, Teuku Zakaria Teuku Nyak Pu­tih, was a pro­lific ac­tor, di­rec­tor, writer and mu­si­cian who con­trib­uted to more than 60 films and com­posed around 250 songs.

P. Ramlee’s niece Siti Haslinda Ab­dul Hamid, or bet­ter known as Shasha, said she was very happy and proud that her un­cle was given in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion.

“I would like to thank Google for ap­pre­ci­at­ing my un­cle’s achieve­ments.

“Since many of our fam­ily mem­bers are busy with work, we will be car­ry­ing out spe­cial prayers for my un­cle to­day (yes­ter­day) at the near­est mosque,” she told New Straits Times yes­ter­day.

Shasha said she still could not for­get the good times spent with her un­cle when they stayed in Jalan Dedap, which now has been con­verted into a P. Ramlee me­mo­rial mu­seum.

“I re­mem­ber how my un­cle used to crack jokes and made us step on his back (urut).

“I also re­mem­ber how he used to com­pose music ev­ery­day.”

Yayasan Ar­tis 1Malaysia (YA1M) pres­i­dent Datuk Ir­wan Shah Ab­dul­lah, bet­ter known as DJ Dave, said he was glad that Malaysian multi-tal­ented ac­tor and di­rec­tor P. Ramlee was hon­oured by Google.

“That means we have world­class tal­ents in our coun­try.

“He is one class above as he could act, sing, com­pose, di­rect with hu­mour and play many in­stru­ments.

“Very few artistes could match that feat,” he said yes­ter­day.

Mean­while, Pe­nang Malay As­so­ci­a­tion (Pe­me­nang) hopes to cre­ate a se­nate seat at a public univer­sity in hon­our of P. Ramlee.

Pe­me­nang pres­i­dent Tan Sri Yu­soff Lat­iff said they had sub­mit­ted the pro­posal to a lo­cal univer­sity in the state.

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P. Ramlee, was a pro­lific ac­tor, di­rec­tor, writer and mu­si­cian who con­trib­uted to more than 60 films and com­posed around 250 songs.

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