PETALING JAYA: In a shocking revelation, the widow of Jins Shamsuddin told The Star that the local movie legend died after having choked on his favourite snack.
Halijah Abdullah related how her late husband was happy to be served his favourite, “cucur kodok pisang” (fried banana dumplings) and started to choke after taking a few bites.
“He ate three pieces and when he was fed the fourth, he became quiet.
“I told him to spit it out as I could feel he was choking but he did not open his mouth. I patted his back and the piece fell out.
“I gave him water and after that he vomited until he passed out. At that time he had turned pale,” she was quoted as saying by the daily.
The 82-year-old actor was quickly rushed to a clinic near their home in Kampung Pasir, Hulu Klang, but was pronounced dead at 5.45pm.
Accepting that it was God’s will, Halijah said she is still coming to grips with the fact that his favourite snack had hastened his demise.
“When he was healthier, he used to like eating cucur kodok a lot. But after he fell sick, I never served it to him.
“On Wednesday, I felt like giving in. It’s an unsettling feeling as it was I who served it to Jins,” she told The Star.
The popular film star, who was introduced to films by P Ramlee, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011.
Jins was buried at the Masjid Al-Ridhuan cemetery in Hulu Klang yesterday morning, with many artistes paying their last respects to the star of more than 40 movies.
He leaves behind Halijah, 54, and four sons, Jefri Zain, Hang Tuah @ Shazrin, Putera Hang Jebat and Putera Hang Nadim.
Born in Taiping on Nov 5, 1935, Jins was also appointed a senator in 2004.
He had notable roles in movies like Pancha Delima and Sarjan Hassan, Megat Terawis, Lela Manja, Bukit Kepong and Bukan Salah Ibu Mengandong.
He also became known as the Malaysian James Bond for his role as charismatic spy Jefri Zain in several films. – FMT