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Jins Shamsuddin dies at 81

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KUALA LUMPUR — March 2, 2017: Legendary actor Tan Sri Jins Shamsuddin died yesterday. He was 81.

Jins died at a clinic in Taman Melawati, said his son Putera Hang Jebat.

He said his father complained of difficulty breathing when having tea at home and was rushed to the clinic at 5.45pm.

“When my mother realised that my father was having chest pains, she rushed him to the clinic but he had passed away upon arriving there,” Putera Hang Jebat said to Bernama at his home in Jalan Datuk Abu Samah, Sungai Pasir, Hulu Kelang, last night.

Putera Hang Jebat said his father’s remains would be brought to the Hulu Kelang Mosque for prayers before being laid to rest at the Hulu Kelang Muslim Cemetery today.

Jins leaves behind his wife, Puan Sri Halijah Abdullah, and three sons, Putera Jefri Jins, Putera Hang Jebat and Putera Hang Nadim.

The actor was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had expressed condolences to Jin’s family.

“Sad to receive news of the passing of Tan Sri Jins Shamsuddin. Condolences to the family. May his soul be blessed. Al Fatihah,” he said in a post on his Twitter account last night.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, also in a Twitter message, offered his condolences to the family.

“My condolences to the family of the late TS Jins Shamsuddin. May his soul be blessed. His contributions will be remembered for all time. Al Fatihah,” he tweeted.

Jins, whose real name was Mohamed Zain Shamsuddin, was honoured by the government with the appointment as a senator for two terms, from 2004 to 2011, to represent the film community. He was the first actor to be accorded that status.

In addition, the actor, who was born in Taiping, Perak, was also conferred the Seniman Negara (National Artiste) award by the government in 2009 for his contribution to the development of the national film industry.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said Malaysia has lost a precious gem in the national film industry with the Jins’ death.

“Jins Shamsuddin was among the country’s legendary figures who changed the local film landscape after Tan Sri P. Ramlee, who was also a legend. We will definitely miss him,” he said to Bernama.

Jins had acted in over 40 local and international films as well as directed a few box office movies in his 50 years in the industry, starting with his first movie entitled ‘Matahari’ in 1951.

Salleh said Jins became well known as the Malay James Bond after playing the character Jefri Zain, a secret agent, in the movie entitled ‘Gerak Kilat’ which had successfully introduced local movie fans to the action thriller genre.

He also said that Jins, a protege of P. Ramlee, had managed to inspire Malaysians as well as people from neighbouring countries with his acting and directing and delivery of messages of patriotism, courage, devotion, loyalty and struggles as portrayed in the movie ‘Bukit Kepong’ that he directed.

Meanwhile, fellow artistes expressed their condolences to Jins’ family, saying his passing was a great loss to the national film industry.

Fauziah Datuk Ahmad Daud, popularly known as Ogy, said she would remember him for the guidance he gave that assisted in her acting.

“I still remember the shooting of the film ‘Ali Setan’. Jins was the director and he was so strict to ensure that I played my character Asmidar well,” she said to Bernama at Jins’ home last night.

Ogy said she hoped that Jins’ son, Putera Hang Jebat, would continue the legacy of his father in the national film industry.

Film director Datuk Yusof Haslam said he learnt a lot from Jins in the field of arts and directing.

“Bukit Kepong was a film in which we acted together. I acted as Policeman Jaffar Hassan and the late Jins as Sergeant Jamil Md Shah,” he said.

Yusof said Jins’ death was a huge loss to the country. – Bernama

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