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28 November 2007

Hussein Abu Hassan dikagumi peminat, disegani rakan

Oleh: ABD. AZIZ ITAR (WARTAWAN UTUSAN) (27 November 2007)

PEMERGIAN pelakon veteran, Hussein Abu Hassan, 70, yang kembali ke rahmatullah pada pukul 5.30 pagi di Hospital Kuala Lumpur semalam kerana masalah paru-paru berair meninggalkan kesan yang amat mendalam terhadap dunia lakonan tempatan.

Allahyarham yang dilahirkan pada 8 Mei 1937 di Tanjung Limau, Alor Gajah, Melaka bukan sahaja dikenali sebagai seorang pelakon yang hebat di layar perak dan televisyen (TV), tetapi beliau juga amat disegani di kalangan rakan taulannya.

Pelakon seangkatan beliau, Tan Sri Jins Shamsudin, 70, misalnya, menyifatkan Hussein sebagai seorang yang berbakat besar dalam bidang lakonan.

“Saya anggap pemergian beliau ke rahmatullah sebagai suatu kehilangan yang cukup besar kepada persada seni kita. Ini kerana, Allahyarham bukan sahaja boleh berlakon tetapi beliau juga seorang pengarah dan penulis skrip yang hebat.

“Walaupun uzur di penghujung hayatnya, tetapi saya kagum apabila beliau sedaya upaya hadir pada majlis-majlis yang dianjurkan untuk warga seni tempatan. Biarpun bertongkat, tetapi beliau kuat semangat dan tetap akan hadir,” katanya ketika ditemui di kediaman Allahyarham di Gombak Setia, Kuala Lumpur, semalam.

Menurut Jins yang kini merupakan Pengerusi Perbadanan Kemajuan Filem Nasional Malaysia (Finas), menganggap Allahyarham sebagai kawan rapatnya dan pernah tinggal serumah dengannya pada tahun 1960-an.

“Semasa masih bujang, saya dan Allahyarham pernah menyewa rumah di Klang Gate, Selangor selama beberapa tahun. Ketika itu, kami sama-sama berlakon filem-filem terbitan Studio Merdeka, di Hulu Klang, Selangor.

“Kebetulan ketika tinggal serumah, kami bersama-sama berlakon dalam filem Amok Tok Nading yang diarahkan oleh S. Kadarisman pada tahun 1968. Saya anggap gandingan saya bersama Allahyarham dalam filem itu sebagai suatu kombinasi yang cukup mantap.

“Kami bukan sahaja tinggal serumah, tetapi kami juga berlatih bersilat bersama-sama untuk menjayakan filem itu,” ujarnya yang juga pernah berlakon bersama Hussein menerusi filem Bukit Kepong pada tahun 1981.

Allahyarham meninggalkan seorang balu, pelakon Mahyon Ismail, 66, dan tiga orang anak iaitu Fadila, 43, Fairuz, 41, dan Faizal, 40, serta empat orang cucu. Lakonan Hussein paling berkesan ialah sewaktu melakonkan watak-watak jahat menerusi filem seperti Lanang Sejagat dan Laksamana Do Re Mi.

Selain berlakon, Allahyarham juga pernah mengarah banyak filem hebat antaranya berjudul Panglima Badul, Senja Merah, Gila-Gila Remaja, Pendekar Dari Tanjung Rimau, Dendam Perawan Bunting dan Kanta Serigala.

Allahyarham juga aktif menerbitkan filem dan drama menerusi syarikat produksinya, Baiduri Film pada pertengahan tahun 1970-an sehinggalah awal 1980-an.

Contohnya filem berjudul Bunga Padi Berdaun Lalang yang merupakan antara filem Melayu terawal yang diterbitkan dalam warna.

Pelakon terkenal Rosyam Nor, 40, yang merupakan anak saudara Hussein pula tidak melupakan jasa Allahyarham yang telah bertanggungjawab memperkenalkan namanya sebagai pelakon filem.

“Saya pertama kali berlakon menerusi filem Gila-Gila Remaja pada tahun 1984 yang diarahkan oleh Allahyarham. Bermula daripada filem itu, saya mula serius dan dikenali sebagai pelakon sehinggalah ke hari ini.

“Sebab itulah, saya tidak akan melupakan jasa Allahyarham yang telah mengangkat saya daripada seorang anak setinggan yang tinggal di Pantai Dalam, Kuala Lumpur suatu ketika dulu sehinggalah kini menjadi pelakon yang dikenali ramai,” katanya.

Sungguhpun begitu, Rosyam sedikit terkilan apabila Allahyarham tidak sempat berlakon dalam filem ataupun drama terbitan syarikatnya, Suhan Movies Production yang dirancang diadakan pada tahun depan.

Jelasnya, beliau merancang menyediakan watak yang sesuai untuk dilakonkan oleh Allahyarham sebagai penghargaan dan membalas jasa pelakon veteran itu.

“Tetapi sayangnya, hajat saya itu tidak kesampaian apabila saya menerima berita yang mengejutkan ini. Apa pun saya tetap akan kenang jasa Allahyarham sepanjang hayat saya sebagai anak seni,” ujarnya.

Sementara itu, seorang lagi anak saudara Allahyarham, penyanyi Khadijah Ibrahim juga terharu kerana tidak sempat bertemu sebelum bapa saudaranya itu menghembuskan nafas terakhir.

“Saya sepatutnya berjumpa Allahyarham pada pukul 11.45 pagi ini kerana mahu menunjukkan gambar-gambar kami yang diambil pada Hari Raya Aidilfitri lalu.

“Kami bergambar bersama kira-kira 50 anggota keluarga yang lain tetapi hajat itu tidak kesampaian,” katanya dalam nada sedih.

Sebelum memulakan kerjayanya dalam bidang lakonan, Allahyarham yang juga penghidap sakit buah pinggang dan sakit jantung pernah berkhidmat sebagai anggota polis selama kira-kira lima tahun pada tahun 1950-an.

Malah, sebelum bergelar anak seni, Allahyarham juga merupakan seorang peninju dan pernah menjadi Juara Tinju Flyweight (bawah 21 tahun) di Singapura pada tahun 1953.

Selama bergiat sebagai pelakon, Allahyarham telah berlakon lebih 15 buah filem selain drama-drama TV yang berjaya meletakkan namanya sebagai antara pelakon veteran yang sukar dicari ganti.

Antara filem-filem hebat lakonan Allahyarham berjudul Nasib Do Re Mi bersama Allahyarham Tan Sri P. Ramlee, Bujang Selamat, Manis-Manis Sayang, Kembar Siam, Boss, Bus Driver, Wu Gong Zhou, Fajar Menyingsing dan Panglima Badul.

Jenazah Allahyarham selamat dikebumikan di Tanah Perkuburan Islam, Taman Ibu Kota, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur selepas solat Asar, semalam.

16 November 2007

The Top 10 Languages Spoken In The World

1. Mandarin [Chinese]
Number Of Speakers: 1 Billion+
Surprise, surprise, the most widely spoken language on the planet is based in the most populated country on the planet, China. Beating second-place English by a 2 to 1 ratio, but don't let that lull you into thinking that Mandarin is easy to learn. Speaking Mandarin can be really tough, because each word can be pronounced in four ways (or "tones"), and a beginner will invariably have trouble distinguishing one tone from another. But if over a billion people could do it, so could you. Try saying hello!To say "hello" in Mandarin, say "Ni hao" (Nee HaOW). ("Hao" is pronounced as one syllable, but the tone requires that you let your voice drop midway, and then raise it again at the end.)

2. English
Number Of Speakers: 508 Million
While English doesn't have the most speakers, it is the official language of more countries than any other language. Its speakers hail from all around the world, including the U.S., Australia, England, Zimbabwe, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Canada. We'd tell you more about English, but you probably feel pretty comfortable with the language already. Let's just move on to the most popular language in the world.To say "hello" in English, say "What's up, freak?" (watz-UP-freek) .

3. Hindustani
Number Of Speakers: 497 Million
Hindustani is the primary language of India's crowded population, and it encompasses a huge number of dialects (of which the most commonly spoken is Hindi). While many predict that the population of India will soon surpass that of China, the prominence of English in India prevents Hindustani from surpassing the most popular language in the world. If you're interested in learning a little Hindi, there's a very easy way: rent an Indian movie. The film industry in India is the most prolific in the world, making thousands of action/romance/ musicals every year.To say "hello" in Hindustani, say "Namaste" (Nah-MAH-stay) .

4. Spanish
Number Of Speakers: 392 Million
Aside from all of those kids who take it in high school, Spanish is spoken in just about every South American and Central American country, not to mention Spain, Cuba, and the U.S. There is a particular interest in Spanish in the U.S., as many English words are borrowed from the language, including: tornado, bonanza, patio, quesadilla, enchilada, and taco grande supreme.To say "hello" in Spanish, say "Hola" (OH-la).

5. Russian
Number Of Speakers: 277 Million
Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, and Yakov Smirnoff are among the millions of Russian speakers out there. Sure, we used to think of them as our Commie enemies. Now we think of them as our Commie friends. One of the six languages in the UN, Russian is spoken not only in the Mother Country, but also in Belarus, Kazakhstan, and the U.S. (to name just a few places).To say "hello" in Russian, say "Zdravstvuite" (ZDRAST-vet- yah).

6. Arabic
Number Of Speakers: 246 Million
Arabic, one of the world's oldest languages, is spoken in the Middle East, with speakers found in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt. Furthermore, because Arabic is the language of the Koran, millions of Moslems in other countries speak Arabic as well. So many people have a working knowledge of Arabic, in fact, that in 1974 it was made the sixth official language of the United Nations.To say "hello" in Arabic, say "Al salaam a'alaykum" (Ahl sah-LAHM ah ah-LAY-koom) .

7. Bengali
Number Of Speakers: 211 Million
In Bangladesh, a country of 120+ million people, just about everybody speaks Bengali. And because Bangladesh is virtually surrounded by India (where the population is growing so fast, just breathing the air can get you pregnant), the number of Bengali speakers in the world is much higher than most people would expect.To say "hello" in Bengali, say "Ei Je" (EYE-jay).

8. Portuguese
Number Of Speakers: 191 Million
Think of Portuguese as the little language that could. In the 12th Century, Portugal won its independence from Spain and expanded all over the world with the help of its famous explorers like Vasco da Gama and Prince Henry the Navigator. (Good thing Henry became a navigator . . . could you imagine if a guy named "Prince Henry the Navigator" became a florist?) Because Portugal got in so early on the exploring game, the language established itself all over the world, especially in Brazil (where it's the national language), Macau, Angola, Venezuela, and Mozambique.To say "hello" in Portuguese, say "Bom dia" (bohn DEE-ah).

9. Malay-Indonesian
Number Of Speakers: 159 Million
Malay-Indonesian is spoken - surprise - in Malaysia and Indonesia. Actually, we kinda fudged the numbers on this one because there are many dialects of Malay, the most popular of which is Indonesian. But they're all pretty much based on the same root language, which makes it the ninth most-spoken in the world.Indonesia is a fascinating place; a nation made up of over 13,000 islands it is the sixth most populated country in the world. Malaysia borders on two of the larger parts of Indonesia (including the island of Borneo), and is mostly known for its capital city of Kuala Lumpur.To say "hello" in Indonesian, say "Selamat pagi" (se-LA-maht PA-gee).

10. French
Number Of Speakers: 129 Million
Often called the most romantic language in the world, French is spoken in tons of countries, including Belgium, Canada, Rwanda, Cameroon, and Haiti. Oh, and France too. We're actually very lucky that French is so popular, because without it, we might have been stuck with Dutch Toast, Dutch Fries, and Dutch kissing (ew!).To say "hello" in French, say "Bonjour" (bone-JOOR).

As we move through life we make a lot of friends along the way. Some of them will stay with us for a very long time while others will just slip away, but the best ones are the ones that leave a mark