Thursday, February 26, 2009
EVENING WITH DATUK AZIZ SATAR
For me, it is like a long wait to meet this famous actor – Aziz Satar. Everyone fondly remembers him as the team member of the “sudin-ramlee-aziz” team. I have met the late P.Ramlee and the late A.R. Tompel before but then I was very young.
We chatted about the genius of P.Ramlee and how Malaysia lost a visionary actor and script writer well ahead of his time. I recall that Malaysia did not give P.Ramlee the support that he needed when he returned to Malaysia from Singapore. This is the malady of the Malays – inability to recognize real talent and real leadership.
It is even sadder that we still have not woken up to the idea of tapping on the experience and knowledge of veterans.
Dato’ Aziz spoke about 6 things that P.Ramlee told him, which I found interesting:
(a) Aziz, Allah Taala tidak memberi kita segala-gala. Kekurngan akau ada pada kamu, pada Sudin, pada semua kawan-kawan.
(b) Aziz, kalau gua mati, gua akan hidup lagi 1000 tahun.
(c) Aziz, seni gua bukan untuk wang, tapi seni gua untuk masyarakat
(d) Kalau kita sudah ada diatas, kalau ada kawan nak naik, pimpinlah ia.
(e) Rezeki yang Tuhan bagi tidak semua hak kita, sebahagian hak ibu, hak ayah, hak saudara dan ada kalanya jadi hak pencuri.
(f) Aziz, jangan selalu menyalahkan orang lain kerana nak melindungi salah sendiri.
The social messages in P.Ramlee movies are brought forth subtly, sometimes in the manner of comedy.
Dato Aziz Satar recalls a scene in the movie “Semerah Padi” where two farmers in dispute appeared before the penghulu. The Penghulu advised them:
“Apa yang digaduhkan? Kan elok kalau hari ini kau tolong sawah dia? Dan esok dia tolong sawah kau pulak dan buat lah seterusnya macam ni”.
I cannot help thinking that this will be useful advise to politicians in the cause of National interest issues. Apparently, P. Ramlee had PAS and UMNO in mind when he penned this dialogue.
Dato Aziz Satar is currently completing a book recording his experience with P.Ramlee and it is scheduled to be published by the end of this year.
We wish him the best and look forward to the book.