July 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm
He is one of the most iconic Malay film stars ever in Malaysia, Singapore and Sumatra. Many of his shows are all-time favourites of people of all ages no matter what background they come from. This multi-talented actor can not only take on all sorts of roles as and when required, he also possesses a rich baritone voice which never fails to melt the hearts of many women. This person is the late Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr. P. Ramlee.
P. Ramlee was born Teuku Zakaria bin Teuku Nyak Puteh. He won his first competition in 1947 which was organised by Penang Radio. He then moved on to acting and within seven years from the time he started, he directed his first film called Penarek Becha (Trishaw Puller). He then appeared in the first of his many Bujang Lapok comedies, a role which he acted together with Aziz Sattar and S. Shamsudin. Many of his fans can still recall the many funny lines from the Bujang Lapok series, especially from the movie Seniman Bujang Lapok. In his whole career, P. Ramlee acted and directed in 66 films and had more than 360 songs to his credit. He was married three times, the last wife being the very famous singer, Saloma.
P. Ramlee passed away on 27th May 1973 due to a heart attack. He was later buried at the Jalan Ampang Muslim Cemetary in Kuala Lumpur. His premature passing came as a shock to the country. In honour of his contributions to the Malaysian entertainment industry, the P.Ramlee Memorial was built in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur in 1986. Four years later, he was posthumously awarded the Malaysian honorific title ‘Tan Sri’, and another title ‘Datuk Amar’ by the Sarawak State Government in the year 2009.
Fans of P. Ramlee will be delighted to know that there is an exhibition of his photographs at Badan Warisan Malaysia (Heritage of Malaysia Trust) located at 2, Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur. This collection of 60 photographs are from the personal collection of Tun Ahmad Sarji bin Abdul Hamid and will show scenes from the legendary icon’s films from 1949 to 1973. This exhibition will be held until 16th July 2011 and is open from 10.00 am till 6.00 pm from Mondays to Saturdays. Admission is free for the public.
Photo (c) Aizuddin Saad!