More than 1,000 people pay last respects to late Jins Shamsuddin

Farhana Syed Nokman

KUALA LUMPUR: Legendary actor and director Tan Sri Jins Shamsuddin was laid to rest this morning at the Tanah Perkuburan Masjid Al-Ridhuan, Ulu Kelang, here, today.

Jins, 81, passed away at a clinic in Taman Melawati in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday after experiencing breathing difficulties.

His wife, Puan Sri Halijah Abdullah, 57, then brought Jins to the clinic where he was pronounced dead at 5.45pm.

Jins had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease since 2011.

About 1,000 people turned up to pay their last respects.

Among those who came were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, singer and actor Datuk M. Nasir, director Datuk Yusof Haslam, actress Noor Kumalasari and poet Datuk A. Samad Said, among others.

Born Mohamed Zain Shamsuddin on Nov 5, 1935, in Taiping, Perak, the veteran actor entered show business in the 1950s with the help of Tan Sri P. Ramlee.

Jins starred in more than 40 films made for cinema and television, and his best-known included Panca Delima, Di Belakang Tabir and Bukan Salah Ibu Mengandung directed by Ramlee, the Jefri Zain secret agent films (where he was Malaysia's 007), Bukit Kepong, and the tear-jerker Esok films of the 1970s such as Esok Untuk Siapa, Tiada Esok Bagimu and Esok Masih Ada, all of which he directed.

Jins studied at the London Film School in the early 1970s and graduated with a diploma in film technology.

Also a lyricist, he wrote the late Fazidah Joned's Aidilfitri hit song Selamat Hari Raya.

Twice married and a father of three, Jins also served as a Senator and chairman of the National Film Corporation.