Government help for P. Ramlee clan


BY CECIL FUNG

KUALA LUMPUR: The Culture, Arts and Tourism Ministry is trying to trace a son of the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee to discuss the prospects of aid from the Government. 

Minister Datuk Paduka Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir said they are hoping to get in touch with Sabaruddin, the third son of the screen and music legend who is dubbed Seniman Agung in the industry. 

“If we can locate Sabaruddin, the Government can then discuss with him on ways we can help his family,” Abdul Kadir said at a press conference, ahead of a cheque presentation to another of P. Ramlee’s son, Sazali, at his ministry in Menara Datuk Onn here, yesterday. 

Sazali, who works with waste disposal company Alam Flora Sdn Bhd, received RM10,000 from the ministry and another RM10,000 from his employers.  

Alam Flora’s general manager (human resource and administration) Harmain Zaiyadi and P. Ramlee’s eldest son, Nasir, were present at the ceremony. 

Abdul Kadir said his ministry, in co-operation with the private sector, will launch a P. Ramlee Theatre Programme next year, which would include dramas and musicals about the legend’s works, which would go on tour nationwide. 

He said there were also plans to stage the shows in other Asean countries like Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. 

Sazali P. Ramlee (centre) with his brother Nasir P. Ramlee (left) and his wife Hamidah Hitam after a cheque presentation ceremony at Menara Datuk Onn yesterday.

In recognition of the artiste’s contribution, the Government had set up a P. Ramlee memorial here (in 1986) and another in Penang (1991), where pictures and artefacts depicting his career are displayed.  

Abdul Kadir said as a gesture of its appreciation, the Government wants to help all the children of P. Ramlee, adding that Nasir had taken up a job offer as a music co-ordinator at Istana Budaya. 

He said his ministry had also offered Sazali a job at the Malaysian Tourism Centre as chief of security, but he declined the offer saying he was content with his current job and was living a happy life with his family in Semenyih, about 70km south of the city. Interviewed later, Sazali, , said he would use his monetary gift to repair his home, which he shares with his wife Hamidah Hitam and in-laws. 

Sazali has his name immortalised in the movie classic Anakku Sazali, while Sabaruddin is also the name of one of P. Ramlee’s film characters, Sabaruddin Tukang Kasut.  

Nasir said his lawyers in Singapore were currently handling the legal procedures to obtain royalties of his late father’s compositions from EMI Singapore.  

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