Kuala Lumpur - Veteran actor Datuk Abdul Aziz Sattar, who became a household name after acting in the popular Bujang Lapok films, died at the Kajang Hospital yesterday at around 2am.
He was 89.
"My father was hospitalised since Sunday after a heart attack," his daughter, Sandakiah, told Malaysia's Berita Harian when asked to confirm his death.
Aziz was taken to the hospital after he complained of chest pains and collapsed in the home of one of his children, reported entertainment website Astro Gempak.
He was treated in the hospital's coronary care unit and his condition had reportedly stabilised.
Together with the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee as well as S. Shamsuddin, he was part of the trio in Pendekar Bujang Lapok (1959), Ali Baba Bujang Lapok (1960) and Seniman Bujang Lapok (1961), which have a huge following among the young and old even today.
Veteran Singaporean lyricist Yusnor Ef says that Aziz was a natural comic in both reel and real life.
"He would ad-lib his script and make up his lines on the spot. A lot of his dialogue is remembered by fans of classic Malay comedy. He was always funny in real life too. But as a director, he took his work seriously and didn't take things lightly," says the 77-year-old president of Perkamus, the Association of Malay Singers, Composers and Professional Musicians.
Yusnor wrote the the lyrics for the songs in the comedies Prebet Lapok (1979) and Da Di Du (1981), which were directed by Aziz, and also wrote the script for action drama Serampang Tiga (1981), which was produced by Aziz's company, Indra Filem Productions.
Born on Aug 8, 1925, in Pekalongan, Central Java, Aziz joined the Pancasitara band, whose members included P. Ramlee, Normadiah, Aziz Jaafar, Ahmad C and Kassim Masdor in the early 1950s.
Aziz also directed several films, including Keluarga Si Comat (1975), Si Badol (1979), Prebet Lapok (1979), Penyamun Tarbus (1980), Da Di Du (1981), Setinggan (1982) and Darah Satria (1993).
He was conferred datuk-ship in 2007 by then Malaysian King, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin. Aziz married five times and had seven children.
On Dec 16, 2006, he married his fifth wife, Madam Hashimah Delan.
According to the Malaysian press, he was buried at a Muslim cemetery in Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, Cheras at 2.10pm.
Present at the burial were many Malaysian celebrities including actor Rosyam Nor, songwriter and producer M. Nasir and actress Fauziah Ahmad Daud.
"He would make up his lines on the spot. A lot of his dialogue is remembered by fans of classic Malay comedy. He was always funny in real life too."
Yusnor Ef, president of the Association of Malay Singers, Composers and Professional Musicians.
This article was published on May 7 in The Straits Times.
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