PETALING JAYA: Ramly Abu Bakar, a popular Malay news anchor and voiceover talent in the 1970s and 1980s, died in Rawang early today. He was 78.
Dubbed “the man with a golden voice”, Ramly worked with Radio Television Malaysia (RTM), presenting the news nightly, in the 1970s, Bernama reported.
He was also famous for his role as an emcee in many variety programmes and as a voiceover talent in radio and television commercials.
Among his most-remembered voiceovers was for the Dunhill commercial, which always ended with a dulcet voice saying “Gaya, Mutu, Keunggulan” (“Style, Quality, Excellence”).
News of his death was posted on Facebook by a local artiste, Darling Ngasri, who said she had been informed of the matter by Ramly’s eldest daughter.
“He died at about 2.30am at his daughter’s house in Kundang, Rawang. The funeral prayers will be held at Nurul Yakin Mosque in Kampung Permata Kundang after Zohor prayers today,” the post said.
According to Bernama, prior to his stint with RTM, Ramly had played the role of a news anchor in the movie “Gagak Hitam”, which starred the late P Ramlee.
He also had a role in the 1977 movie “Menanti Hari Esok”, which was directed by and starred the late Jins Shamsuddin.