Google honours P Ramlee on his birthday

p-ramleePETALING JAYA: Google is honouring legendary Malaysian actor P Ramlee with a Doodle today, on the occasion of his birthday.

P Ramlee was born on March 22, 1929, and would have turned 88 had he been alive.

Unfortunately, the man whom many Malaysians consider the greatest entertainer the country has ever produced, passed away at the young age of 44 on May 29, 1973. His final resting place is the Kampung Baru Muslim cemetery in KL’s golden triangle.

P Ramlee’s artistic achievements left an indelible mark on the cultural history of Malaysia.

He was a prolific actor, director, writer, singer, musician and composer who contributed to more than 60 films and composed around 250 songs.

After his death in 1973, Malaysians kept his legacy alive, honouring him with posthumous awards and naming halls, museums, and other buildings after him.

His popularity cut across people of all races as his diverse artistry transcended the entertainment scene and won the people’s hearts.

Malaysians will always remember him sporting a thin moustache and a checkered suit, his head cocked slightly to the side.

His classic films, including comedies Labu dan Labi, Ali Baba Bujang Lapok and Madu Tiga, and dramas Enam Jahanam and Anakku Sazali are among the all-time favourites of Malaysian movie buffs.