National heritage status for P Ramlee’s works

GEORGE TOWN: The works of film legend P Ramlee are to be honoured as “national heritage” next week as part of a process to recognise his contribution to the national arts over the years.

This was revealed by Deputy Tourism and Culture Minister Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik today. Details will be made known at a press conference on Oct 17.

He said the iconic Penang Free School and the Kapitan Keling Mosque would also be listed as national heritage sites.

Bakthiar said this after opening the fourth National Archaeology Seminar at a hotel here today at an event organised by Universiti Sains Malaysia and the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority.

Ramlee was born on March 22, 1929, in Penang, and would have turned 88 had he been alive. He passed away at the young age of 44 on May 29, 1973. His final resting place is the Kampung Baru Muslim cemetery in Kuala Lumpur’s golden triangle.

He was a prolific artiste who made 60 films and composed around 250 songs, earning him the sobriquet “seniman agung” (supreme artist).

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 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.